Attorney General announces directive for implementation of State of Emergency

Addis Ababa, March 6, 2018 (FBC) –Attorney General Getachew Ambaye yesterday announced directive number one that was issued for the implementation of the nationwide State of Emergency declared on February 16, 2018.

According to him, the directive has two parts that deal with prohibited actions across the nation and areas that are to be specified by the Command Post.

1.       Acts prohibited across the country

1.1  action which violates the constitutional order

1.2  action which harms unity and tolerance of the people

1.3  having link with and supporting terrorist organization

1.4  obstructing transport service

1.5  disrupting, terminating and shutting down public service

1.6  attacks against infrastructure

1.7  obstructing law enforcement

1.8  unauthorized demonstration and public gatherings

1.9  conducting strike at educational institution and sport fields

1.10  instigating violence

1.11   obstructing distribution of basic goods

1.12   disrupting cultural, public, religious, and national holidays

1.13   carrying firearms at market places, religious institutions, public holiday celebration and public areas

1.14   providing financial, material, and other support to disturb peace and security of the people

1.15   providing statement on security issues without permission from the Command Post

2.      Acts prohibited in some areas of the nation

2.1    carrying firearms in areas to be announced by the Command Post

2.2   movement around a place put under curfew by the Command post such as big factories, industrial centers, commercial farms,

3.      Duty to inform and notify

3.1   lessors of houses and vehicles shall record in detail the identity of a lessee and report to police within 24 hours. If a lessee is a foreign national, the lessor shall provide passport of the lessee and a lease contract to police

3.2   any institution has the responsibility to provide information for law enforcement organs if requested to do so

3.3   any individual has the obligation to respect and implement decision of the Command Post.

4.      Measures to be taken

4.1   law enforcement officers are authorized to take measures against violators of the state of Emergency

4.2  detention without an arrest warrant,

4.3  Keeping the detained person in a location to be decided by the Command Post

4.4  undertake search at any time on any individual and premises without court warrant

4.5  return looted property to their owners

4.6  take legal measures against those who incite violence in educational institutions

5.      Use of force by law enforcement

5.1  law enforcement officers and security guards are authorized to take proportionate measures to protect themselves from attacks and to ensure the wellbeing of the people and to protect investment institution from attacks.