Aid in the wrong hands : Is TPLF’s regime, whose security forces are guilty of rape and torture, a worthy recipient of £329 million of British taxpayers’ money?

31 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

A bull in china shop: Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian prime minister, is untroubled by criticism in the local press or any public opposition, for the simple reason that both are effectively banned Photo: Getty Images (via The Telegraph)

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Almost 30 years ago, Band Aid mobilised a generation of British teenagers behind the campaign to help Ethiopia recover from famine. Today, Ethiopia is the second-biggest beneficiary of British aid, receiving no less than £329 million last year. And yet the same government that is favoured by this largesse has also carried out appalling atrocities.
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British aid facilitates repression, torture, deaths in Ethiopia & Africa

31 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by David Blair, The Telegraph: Does British aid to Africa help the powerful more than the poor?

    As Ethiopia’s regime is accused of atrocities, David Blair asks whether British aid might – inadvertently and indirectly – be subsidising repression

British aid to Ethiopia amounted to £329m last year
(Credit: The Telegraph)

Ethiopia’s security forces have carried out terrible atrocities during a brutal campaign against rebels from the Oromo Liberation Front. So reports Amnesty International in a horrifying investigation which concludes that at least 5,000 people from the Oromo ethnic group have suffered torture, abduction or worse in the last three years alone.
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Election 2015: Listen to Ermias Legesse to better understand TPLF’s deceit in Ethiopia

31 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


 

State Minister Tadesse Haile in his usual footing: Ethiopia is only nation in the world with cheapest electricity & attractive to investors – Huge discount for both its lack & frequent disruptions?

31 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

አዲስ አበባ፣ ጥቅምት 20፣ 2007 (ኤፍ.ቢ.ሲ.) በኢትዮጵያ የኤሌክትሪክ ሀይል አገልግሎት ከዓለም እጅግ ዝቅተኛ የሚባል መሆኑ ተመለከተ።
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US statement of concern over imprisonment of Ethiopian journalist Temesgen Desalegn

31 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Press Statement by Jen Psaki

The United States is deeply concerned by the October 27 sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesgen Desalegn to three years in prison for “provocation and dissemination of inaccurate information.” Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are fundamental elements of a democratic society, and the promotion and protection of these rights and freedoms are basic responsibilities of democratic governments.

As President Obama stated during his meeting in September with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam, it is important that Ethiopia’s progress and positive example on economic development and regional conflict resolution extends to civil society as well. We urge Ethiopia to make similar progress with regard to respect for press freedom and the free flow of ideas and reiterate our call for the Ethiopian government to release journalists imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
 

UK axes support for Mediterranean migrant rescue operation

31 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Alan Travis, The Guardian

Britain will not support any future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants and refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, claiming they simply encourage more people to attempt the dangerous sea crossing, Foreign Office ministers have quietly announced.
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Thousands of Ethiopians tortured by brutal government security forces… while Britain hands over almost £1 BILLION in aid money

31 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Vanessa Allen

More than £1billion from taxpayers was given in aid to Ethiopia while its security forces tortured, killed and raped, campaigners claimed yesterday.
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