Ethiopia has "ruthlessly targeted" its largest ethnic group for suspected links to a rebel group, human rights group Amnesty International says. Thousands of Oromo people had been subjected to unlawful killings, torture and enforced disappearance, it said. Dozens had also been killed in a "relentless crackdown on real or imagined dissent", Amnesty added. Ethiopia's government denied the allegations and accused Amnesty of trying to tarnish its image. It has designated the Oromo Liberation Front OLF , which says it is fighting for the rights of the Oromo people, a terrorist organisation. At least 5, Oromos have been arrested since "based on their actual or suspected peaceful opposition to the government", Amnesty said in a report entitled Because I am Oromo - Sweeping repression in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Former detainees who had fled the country described torture, "including beatings, electric shocks, mock execution, burning with heated metal or molten plastic and rape, including gang rape", it added. It compiled the report after testimonies from people who were exiled in countries like Kenya and Uganda, Amnesty said. Ethiopia is ruled by a coalition of ethnic groups. However, the OLF says the government is dominated by the minority Tigray group and it wants self-determination for the Oromo people.
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