Government Urged to Resolve Challenges Facing Ethiopian Muslims

By Staff Reporter

Islam-Council-EthiopiaJanuary 2, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Council has urged the government to give hard and fast solutions to the repeated violations of the rights of Ethiopian Muslims.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the council has listed detailed problems which it claimed Muslim communities are facing in Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray regional states of Ethiopia.

The council said followers of Islam have been subjected to attacks, death, and injuries in their residences and areas they lived for a long time as well as the destruction of properties in Amhara state.

According to the statement, many Ethiopian Muslims have been subjected to forced displacements due to armed attacks.

The council said the Muslim communities have managed to abort repeated attempts to burn and destroy mosques in Amhara, SNNPR and Oromia regional states and Addis Ababa city.

Among the human rights violations committed in Amhara state, the council said they include burning and robbery of business establishments owned the Muslims.

According to the statement, Muslims in Tigray and Amhara states in particular face scarcity of places for prayer and sometimes their dead bodies are denied funeral in those regions.

The council said the Muslim communities face problems of securing title deeds for places they purchased and acquired as gifts to use them for religious purposes in Addis Ababa city and SNNPR.

The council demanded the establishment of the Ethiopian Muslims Council in the shortest time possible.” If the demands and requests for solutions are not swiftly met, the very existence of the country will be compromised, the council warned.

The council further condemned the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Organizations and Ombudsman for being unperceptive to the challenges of Ethiopian Muslims. The council also accused media establishments for disseminating flawed and unbalanced information.  

Meanwhile, at least one student was killed and several others wounded in ethnic-based conflict that broke out at Wello University, the management of the university has disclosed.

The President of the university Dr. Abate Getahun said the student was stoned to death in ethnic-based clashes - a grim new reality in a country that, for so long, was known for peace and security.

Last weekend, the university held reconciliation among students to prevent possible conflicts on university grounds.

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