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Ethiopia is accused of 'torturing and illegally jailing opponents of regime'

Ethiopia is accused of 'torturing and illegally jailing opponents of regime'
By Steve Bloomfield in Addis Ababa
Published: 09 February 2007
Ethiopia is conducting a systematic campaign of intimidation, detention and torture against political opponents of its increasingly autocratic government, human rights groups have alleged.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a celebrated ally of the US administration in its "war on terror" and previously invited to sit on Tony Blair's Africa Commission, has become increasingly blatant in his suppression of opposition.

At least 40 opposition supporters in the country have been held in prison since December where torture has become commonplace, according to evidence from Amnesty International.

None of the detainees being held in Addis Ababa's Maikelawi prison have been allowed to see family members or lawyers and released suspects say prison guards routinely torture inmates.

The opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) also…

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