In connection with “Justice Day”, which will be observed on Sep 10, Maekelawi prison, known as the notorious torture chamber in Addis Abeba, will be open for public viewing between Sep. 06 – 09, Zinabu Tunu, Public relations officer of the federal attorney general office said.
In previous times Maekelawi prison was one of the notorious prisons where massive human right abuse and ill-treatment frequently reported.
The prison is known to have been a serious human rights abuses in the past, and following the political reform, the government has decided to shut down and turn it into a museum.
Federal police investigators have long used Maekelawi to interrogate Ethiopia’s most prominent political prisoners. Maekelawi officials, primarily police investigators, have tortured and ill-treated detainees by various methods including inflicted severe psychological punishment on political prisoners.
Detention blocks known by detainees as “Chalama Bet” (dark house in Amharic) will be open for public visit for four consucuative days starting from september 6, 2019, accordign to the informatiuon form the Federal Attorney General.
Information from the Attorney General indicates that the Committee has made a call to allow any community to be present on the tour dates on the dates specified.