Ethiopia’s parliament on Tuesday voted for an early end to a six-month state of emergency, three weeks after the approval from cabinet.
The order was imposed in November after Tigrayan forces invaded two other regions, threatening the capital.
The vote added to signs that a bloody conflict between the government and rebellious Tigrayan forces could be easing in Africa’s second-largest nation that has largely ground to a stalemate.
The state of emergency gave the government power to detain citizens without charge and search homes without a warrant leading to the rounding up of thousands of Tigrayan civilians including very elderly people, nursing mothers and children in prisons and warehouses.
Ethiopia’s state-appointed rights commission said some human rights were not being upheld after the order was imposed.