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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT 25 July 2012 AI Index: AFR 25/010/2012

Ethiopia: Widespread violations feared in clampdown on Muslim protests Amnesty International is concerned over the fate of scores of Muslim protestors arrested in  Ethiopia during July. The arrests took place in the context of ongoing protests against alleged  government restrictions on freedom of religion in the country. The detainees are at risk of  torture and other ill-treatment, and there have been numerous reports of beatings in detention  against those arrested. Some detainees have been held in incommunicado detention since  their arrest without access to family members, often in unknown locations. Amnesty  International is further concerned at widespread reports of the beating of protestors during  demonstrations, and other examples of excessive use of force by the police during the arrests  and the dispersal of protests, resulting in many injuries to protestors