‘Callous’ EU politics on migrants costing lives, UN rights chief warns

21 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

20 April 2015 (UN News): Following the loss of some 700 lives after a boat carrying migrants capsized and sank over the weekend, the UN human rights chief has urged European Union (EU) governments to take a “more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach” to coping with the flows of migrants towards Europe.
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Ethiopian bloggers on trial in case seen as crackdown on free expression

21 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Simona Foltyn

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — They met online in 2010 while raising money for a charity case: nine young university-educated Ethio­pian professionals. Eventually, they decided to launch a blog about social and civic issues in Africa’s second-most-populous nation.
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Italy arrests two over migrant boat sinking

21 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, have been arrested, Italian officials say.
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Lelisa Desisa renews 2013 Boston Marathon victory in men’s 10k race

20 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa has won the elite men’s Boston Marathon and Caroline Rotich of Kenya finished first in the elite women’s division.
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ISIL beheads 15 Christian Ethiopian immigrants, shoots 15 others – A tragedy of people that flee TPLF’s persecution only to end up facing cruel misfortune in the hands of barbarians using Islam as cover!

19 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ISIL massacre of Ethiopian Christians

Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.
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“Dear Secretary Kerry: U.S. Wrong to Endorse Ethiopia’s Elections”

19 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
April 17, 2015

“The Honorable John F. Kerry
Secretary of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Mr. Secretary:

We are deeply troubled over the comments made by Under Secretary Wendy Sherman yesterday in Addis Ababa. The Under Secretary’s unfortunate statement calling Ethiopia a democracy puts the United States government on record as endorsing a government that systematically suppresses the fundamental rights of its citizens. Political pluralism and the ability of Ethiopians to freely express themselves, associate, and participate in peaceful assembly is far more restricted today than ten years ago under the same government, reflecting a dramatic deterioration in the government’s respect for fundamental civil and political rights.
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US official praises Ethiopian ‘democracy,’ rest of world begs to differ

19 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Mohammed Ademo, Opride

During a press briefing in Addis Ababa on April 16, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman praised Ethiopia as a democracy, suggesting it had made great strides toward an open and inclusive electoral process.
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“Ethiopia is a democracy”, says US: A tweak in its principles? Or mere justification to let TPLF further unleash its rights violations?

18 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The remarks to the press Thursday April 16, 2015 by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry in Addis Abeba attracted my attention for two reasons.
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