Ethiopian prisoners tortured: HRW

AFP-JIJI

Jailed Ethiopian political activists are tortured and held in appalling conditions, Human Rights Watch said Friday, in a report dismissed by the government as lies.

Former detainees in the capital’s Maekelawi prison describe “being slapped, kicked, and beaten with various objects, including sticks and gun butts, primarily during interrogations,” the report said. Other inmates reported “being held in painful stress positions for hours upon end, hung from the wall by their wrists, often while being beaten,” the U.S.-based rights watchdog said in its report, based on interviews with 35 former prisoners.