Authorities should promptly release Lidetu Ayalew and other detainees who have continued to be held in detention despite bail orders by courts, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said.

On September 22, a high court in East Shoa Zone, Oromia Region, granted Lidetu bail of 100,000 birr, but authorities are yet to implement the decision. “The continued detentions of Lidetu and others in spite of bail grants reflect disregard for the rule of law and are violations of human rights,” said Daniel Bekele, EHRC’s chief commissioner.