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ICC NOTE: Ethiopian Justice sends out a plea for the United Nations to investigate Muslim violence against Christians in Ethiopia .

Ethiopian watchdog urges international probe on religious violence

Sudan Tribune

Friday 3 November 2006

Ethiopian Americans for Justice

In an open letter to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan and other world leaders, Ethiopian Americans for Justice called for an immediate investigation of the recent violence between Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia .

More than 15 people were killed and 800 homes were destroyed during a four-day spasm of religious violence in South Western Ethiopia. According to news reports, the violence began on October 15, 2006.

According to the group, there is credible evidence that the minority government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is fanning communal violence to stay in power against popular will.

The group also accused the Meles government for instigating violence to gain Western sympathy and cash in the name of fighting Islamic extremism. The communal violence coupled with the Ethiopian ruling group’s subcontracting of the invasion of Somalia is being used to divert world attention from domestic human rights abuses.