Ethiopia: A call to the true sons and daughters of Tigray

28 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Yohannes Berhe, Ottawa, Canada
 

“Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come” the great Victor Hugo uttered these enduring words more than a century ago. And yet, one would be hard pressed to find more fitting words to describe the crises currently unfolding in Ethiopia. A few months back it was the southern part of the nation (Oromigna speaking area of the nation to be precise) that was engulfed in a vast array of spontaneous protests against the TPLF dominated regime. The most recent one is Gonder, one of the northernmost and oldest regions of Ethiopia. Given the most stifling political environment and the complete shutdown of the political space, this worrisome development is not at all surprising. Added to the total lack of democratic legitimacy, the officially sanctioned ethnic policy is an aggravating factor that is pushing our country into uncharted water. The focus of my commentary is indeed to underscore the danger of this hyper-ethnicized political environment as far as the Tigrayan community is concerned.Map of Tigray region.
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Ethiopia: Human Rights Leadership at the UN Security Council Requires Human Rights at Home

28 Jul

Editor’s Note:

If, on the recommendation of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations General Assembly, Burundi under the balky Pierre Nkurunziza who broke the laws in the constitution of that country, seized power and began killing his people to remain president, was selected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 15, 2015, all the same Ethiopia under the murderous TPLF regime becoming a member of the United Nations Security Council is no longer anything unusual.

In common both are clienteles of the United States because of their anti-terrorism role they take in Somalia, fighting the equally murderous Al-Shabab. Therefore, it has been a while since the whole rationale behind international diplomacy has been denoting irrelevance of the system of international cooperation and international collaboration in many respects, wherein the United Nations no longer is the august assembly of Nations with moral and legal authority it once was presumed it would be.

Read what Ethiopia’s retired army chief of staff wrote recently: Ethiopia already is on fire. The solution is expedited reform or implosion. Ethiopians have begun resisting the criminal Tigray People’s Liberation Front’s (TPLF) misgovernance of the country and its murderous escapades in Oromia & Amhara, among others, at this very moment as you read this. Unarmed youth protestors are being shot in the streets and parents protecting their children are also massacred along with their children on a daily basis!

In spite of this, we have heard a leader of the Western world telling us the “Government of Ethiopia is democratically elected“; and billionaires in the likes of Bill Gates reminding us days ago how sovereign the TPLF regime is. They should have openly told us that the TPLF regime’s duty is to protect their interests, not our people and that of our nation’s!

Why then lecture the international community endlessly about the situation of human rights in North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Russia, or Venezuela, etc?

Where is our world and human civilization headed?

 

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Adotei Akwei and Nicole Southard
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Lt. Gen. Tsadkan Gebre Tensay:       Radical change of course for Ethiopia, or implosion!

25 Jul

Editor’s Note:
 
A good recognition and a step in the right direction, belated though!
 

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Netsanet, Publius aethiopicus
 

Ethiopia under the TPLF/EPRDF has come to a dead end, change of course towards a constitutional democracy or a nightmarish scenario of Ethiopia imploding could follow, Lt. General Tsadkan Gebre Tensay asserts.
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ከጎንደር ሕወሃት በዘረፈው መሬት ምክንያት በኢትዮጵያ የጦርነትን ማገዶ ማቀጣጠል የሚሻው አውሮፓ ነኝ የሚለው የትግራይ ማኅበር ጸረ-ኢትዮጵያዊነት

23 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ተቀማጭነቴ በአውሮፓ ነው የሚለው የትግራውያን ማኅበር በአውሮፓ (Union of Tigreans in Europe፣ Amsterdam, Netherlands)፣ ሐምሌ 15/2016 በተበተነ መግለጫ፡ “በቅርቡ በጎንደር ከተማና አካባቢዋ በተከሰተው አውዳሚ ሁከት አስመልክቶ የተሰጠ መግለጫ” በሚል ርዕስ፣ ይህ ማኅበር ትግራይንና ትግሬዎችን ተበዳይ፣ የጎንደርን ሕዝብ በዳይ አድርጎ አቅርቧል።
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TPLF’s Attack on Civil Society Escalates as Dissent Spreads

23 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
by Freedom House‘s Yoseph Badwaza, Africa Program Officer & Jennifer Charette, Africa Senior Program Associate,
 

While the initial trigger for the protests in Oromia was opposition to an unpopular government development plan, the scale and persistence of the protests in the country’s largest and most populous region point to a deeper ethnic discontent after years of misrule. These developments are even more worrisome as deadly protests began to emerge in several parts of the country less than six months after EPRDF and its allies claimed to have won all 547 parliamentary seats in the latest general elections in May 2015.

 
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Is world’s top billionaire Bill Gates uncaring & indifferent about Ethiopians under TPLF repression?

22 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

The story on Thursday’s (July 22) The New York Times, hinting by implication, Bill Gates indifference about repression and censorship in Ethiopia comes across as extremely troubling – to put it mildly. Its tone was very much Trump-esque, examined in the lens of the latter’s acceptance speech at the Republican Party Convention.
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የጥፋት ዘመን! የሞተ በሬ ስጋ እና ባዕድ ነገሮችን ከጤፍ ጋር ቀላቅለው እንጀራ ለመሸጥ የሞከሩ ግለሰቦች በቁጥጥር ስር ዋሉ!

22 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

አዲስ አበባ ፣ ሃምሌ 15 ፣ 2008 (ኤፍ ቢ ሲ) በአዲስ አበባ ከተማ የሞተን በሬ ስጋ ለልኳንዳ ቤት የሚያቀርቡ እንዲሁም የጣውላ ፍቅፋቂንና ጀሶን ከጤፍ ዱቄት ጋር ቀላቅለው እንጀራ የሚሸጡ ግለሰቦች ቁጥር እየተበራከቱ መጥተዋል።
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በእስር የሚገኙ ታዋቂ የኦሮሞ አመራር አባላት የረሃብ አድማ ላይ ናቸው

22 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

 
አዲስ አበባ — አቶ በቀለ ገርባን ጨምሮ በእስር የሚገኙ አራት የኦሮሞ ፈደራሊስ ኮንግረስ አመራር አባላት በእስር ቤት ውስጥ በረሃብ አድማ ላይ መሆናቸውን ቤተሰቦቻቸው አስታውቀዋል።
አድማውን ለማድረግ የወሰኑት በማረምያ ቤቱ አስተዳደር ላይ ላቀረቡት የመብት ጥሰት አቤቱታ ጉዳያቸው የሚከታተለው ፍርድ ቤት የሰጠውን ውሳኔ በመቃወም መሆኑን አመልክተዋል።

የኤፌኮ አመራር አባላት አቶ ጉርሜሳ አያሌው፣አቶ አዲሱ ቡላላ፣ አቶ ደጀኔ ጣፋና አቶ በቀለ ገርባ ከትላንት በስትያ ከቀትር በኃላ ጀምሮ የረሃብ አድማ ላይ እንደሚገኙ የቤተሰቦቻቸው አባላት ለአሜሪካ ድምፅ ገልጸዋል።
 

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