The Ethiopia Federal Attorney General Office (FAGO) on Tuesday announced it has charged 1,323 individuals in connection with various conflicts across various parts of Ethiopia.
In a press statement, FAGO said the 1,323 individuals are accused of involvement in ethnic conflicts that happened in recent months in Oromia, Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz regional states that left 1,229 people dead.
FAGO said the various ethnic conflicts have left around 1,393 people injured and left around 1.2 million people displaced.
The statement further said the ethnic conflicts have caused around 75 million U.S. dollars’ worth of property damage.
Ethiopia has apprehended 645 out of the 1,323 individuals, with the government currently conducting manhunt on the remaining fugitive suspects.
Ethiopia follows an ethnic federalism model, which has been credited with giving self-governance rights to more than 80 ethnic groups that make up the country’s estimated 100 million people.
However, critics claim that the ethnic federalism model magnifies ethnic diversity at the expense of national unity, leading to occasional ethnic tension and clashes. Enditem