A crowd hold Ethiopian flags during a memorial service for the victims of the Tigray conflict organized by the city administration, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 3, 2021. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP) (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images)
The crisis in Ethiopia is deepening. Here's what's happening
10:41 - Source: CNN
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Witnesses say Tigrayans are being arrested in Addis Ababa in a wave of alleged ethnic targeting by authorities, after a year-long conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

The detentions follow a dramatic escalation in the war last week, when the federal government declared a state of emergency and rebel forces allied with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that once dominated Ethiopia, vowed to oust Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ethiopia’s state-appointed human rights commission (EHRC) said on Monday that authorities appeared to be arresting people “based on ethnicity” under the state of emergency, which gives them the power to detain “people suspected of collaborating with terrorist groups on reasonable grounds.” The EHRC demanded that law enforcement “protect human rights and adhere to principles of legitimacy, reasonableness, proportionalism, and impartiality.”

Several Tigrayans living in the capital said police would not explain why they had arrested their family members and neighbors, including a young mother and an elderly priest. They asked that CNN change their names due to safety concerns.