The government of Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency to bring an end to the violence occurred in some areas. A Command Post led by the Prime Minister was also established to oversee the implementation of the emergency rule. But what are the do’s and don’ts in the emergency rule.
The state of emergency forbids the following actions:-
-activities which make people to be at odds, create doubt and conflicts among individuals
-preparing and distributing publications which create disagreement and incite conflicts between people and religions as well as exhibiting shows and symbols.
-the rights to assemble, demonstrate and organize could be banned in the areas where the state of emergency would be applied.
-the emergency rule also forbids carrying firearms, inflammable and sharp objects in the areas where the state of emergency would be applied.
-citizens living in the areas where the state of emergency would be applied have the obligation to respect the state of emergency and collaborate for its implementation. Those who do not will be penalized as per the proclamation.
Powers and duties of the Command Post:-
-the Command Post has the power to block any means of communication which it said could pose a threat for the peace and security of the country.
-law enforcement bodies could detain an individual suspected of inciting violence or participating in violence without an arrest warrant. Detainees will be released after receiving education, but criminals will face justice.
-the state of emergency also allows law enforcement bodies to stop and ask people as well as search homes and vehicles without a search warrant.
-the Command Post could block unsafe institutions or roads or provide special protection for those institutions that are exposed for attack.
-the Command Post could force people to remain at, leave from or not to enter into a specific location for sometimes to ensure the security of the people living at unsafe areas.
-the Command Post, in collaboration the people, could carry out restructuring works in areas where administrative structures are demolished or weakened.
-the Command Post could take proportionate measures based on the depth and scale of the disaster and if it is not possible to prevent forces with the regular law enforcement bodies.
-currently, no curfew is imposed and it could be applied in areas to be announced to the public in the future.
Source: Fana BC