TPLF says no armed deployment for 2017 Irreecha festival

22 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban AfricaNews
 
Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has confirmed that there will be no armed security personnel at this year’s Irreecha festival.

Security on the day will be handled by unarmed police and another 300 young people whose mandate will be to prevent unethical behaviour.
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The Long Arm of Ethiopia Reaches for Those Who Fled: Ethiopia’s Refugees Unsafe in Kenya and Elsewhere

22 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Felix Horne, Human Rights Watch
 
“Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government.

In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials kidnapped him in Nairobi and brought him to Ethiopia’s notorious Ziway prison, where he was mistreated and tortured, before being released. He fled to Kenya a second time.
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NEWSWEEK: Why is US worried about Ethiopia? US seems to choose diplomacy over public forum to deal with TPLF regime’s rogue behaviour

20 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Conor Gaffey
 
Ethiopia is a major U.S. ally in Africa. The government in Addis Ababa has long cooperated with Washington on security and counterterrorism while benefiting generously from U.S. aid. In 2016, the U.S. pledged $809 million to Ethiopia, behind only war-torn South Sudan and Kenya, another Western ally, in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Ethiopia: Exercise Restraint at Upcoming Festival—International Inquiry Needed into Deaths at 2016 Event

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Human Rights Watch
 
(Nairobi) – Ethiopian government and security officials should act with restraint and take concrete steps to prevent injuries and deaths at this year’s Irreecha festival on October 1, 2017, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video released today. Many people, likely hundreds, died in a stampede at last year’s festival, triggered by security forces’ use of teargas and obstruction of exits.
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Fresh troops into Oromia Region because of ethnic clashes; TPLF addressing the problem w/o disarming the killers, the Liyu Police, heart of the problem!

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
CGTN Africa
 

 
Ethiopia has sent troops into its eastern Oromia region following renewed ethnic clashes between the people in the Ethiopia Somali and the Oromia regions. Thousands are reportedly fleeing the area, and close to 30 people are reported to have been killed.
 

Meantime reports are surfacing about persecution of those that did not participate in the Qimant referendum, according to DE Amharic Service.

Likewise, there wa report of violence against Amharas and Qimants in Geledba, where two Qimants and an Amhara person were killed.
 

U.S. says disturbed by troubling reports of ethnic violence on the Oromia-Somali border

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Statement by the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa 

“These recent events underscore the need to make more rapid and concrete progress on reform in these areas.”

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የቅማንት ሕዝበ ውሳኔ ውጤት በየምርጫ ጣቢያው እየተገለፀ ሲሆን፣ በምርጫ ተሳታፊ ያልሆነው ሕዝብ እየተሳደደ ሽሽት ላይ መሆኑ ተነገረ!

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
DW Amharic
 
በ8 ቀበሌዎች ነዋሪ የሆኑ የአማራም የቅማንትም ሕዝቦች ናቸው ድምጽ የሰጡት ።የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ እንደሚለው ከ 23 ሺህ 283 ተመዝጋቢዎች መካከል 20 ሺህ 824ቱ ድምጻቸውን ሰጥተዋል
አውዲዮውን ያዳምጡ።
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The Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, Explained

18 Sep

Posed by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, GlobalVoices
 
Ethnic tensions between Ethiopia’s two regions, Oromia and Somali erupted into violent conflict that killed at least dozens of people and drove thousands of men, women and children from their homes during the second week of September 2017.
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