UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Statement on the Situation in Ethiopia

4 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“We are deeply concerned at violent events in Ethiopia this week where a prominent singer and activist from Oromia Region, Hachalu Hundessa, was shot and killed in the capital, Addis Ababa on Monday.

The killing of Hundessa sparked protests across the country, including in the capital and in Oromia Region. While some of the protests were peaceful, a number were violent from the outset. According to information we have received, roads were reported to be blocked in most parts of Oromia Region and buildings vandalised and burnt, while there was gunfire and bomb explosions in Addis Ababa.

The authorities responded to the spread of the protests by shutting down the Internet in Oromia Region, as well as in Addis Ababa, making it extremely difficult to verify reports about the number of people killed and injured. According to the Government, around 50 people were killed, while media sources indicated some 80 people had died, including three members of the security forces.

We note with concern that the protests following Hundessa’s killing have increasingly taken on an ethnic undertone. We therefore call on all, including young people, to stop carrying out ethnically-motivated attacks and to stop inciting to violence, acts that only serve to exacerbate underlying tensions.

We also urge the security forces to exercise restraint when managing protests and to refrain from using unnecessary or disproportionate force.


Ethiopian military deployed after more than 80 killed in protests


Thirty-five people were reported to have been arrested by security forces on Tuesday evening during a protest over the location of Hundessa’s funeral. According to the police, the protesters, who wanted the singer to be buried in Addis Ababa, unsuccessfully tried to prevent his body being taken to his hometown of Ambo. His funeral went ahead in Ambo on Thursday. 

The shutting down of Internet services is of particular concern as it disproportionately restricts the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression, including freedom to seek, receive and impart information and risks further exacerbating tensions. We urge the authorities to restore Internet access without further delay.

The authorities have announced that suspects in Hachalu Hundessa’s murder have been arrested. It is essential that there is a prompt, thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigation into his death to ensure those responsible are held accountable. The victims and their families have the right to justice, the truth and reparations.

We also stand ready to provide support to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission in its investigation of potential human rights violations during these violent events.”

/ UN OHCHR, July 3/ 2020

Ethiopia mired in bloody unrest; still unsure how to move out of it

2 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ADDIS ABABA (AP) – More than 80 people have been killed in protests in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region during protests following the killing of a popular singer, a regional police commissioner told the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday.

The dead included 78 civilians and three members of the security forces, said Commissioner Bedassa Merdassa.

The number does not include any deaths in the capital Addis Ababa, where one policeman has been killed and an unspecified number of people were killed in three blasts on Tuesday. The singer was shot dead on Monday night.



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister says “several people” have been killed in unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer this week.

Angry protests were reported Tuesday in the capital, Addis Ababa, after Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead on Monday. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership in 2018, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed taking office.

The killing was a “tragedy,” Abiy said Tuesday, vowing that the perpetrators would be brought to justice and declaring that “our enemies will not succeed.”Dawit Endeshaw


 “ያልታወቁ ገዳዮች” ሕይወት ነጣቂ ተውኔት የሚያበቃው መቼ ነው?:

ጋዜጠኛ ቴድሮስ ፀጋዬ

Funeral begins for Ethiopian singer whose killing sparked deadly protests

ADDIS ABABA, July 2 (Reuters) – Security was high in Ethiopia’s Ambo town on Thursday for the funeral of singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, whose killing earlier this week sparked two days of protests that killed more than 80 people.

A farewell ceremony began with well-wishers laying wreaths in Ambo stadium.

“Haacaaluu is not dead. He will remain in my heart and the hears of millions of Oromo people forever,” said Santu Demisew Diro, his wife. “I request a monument erected in his memory in Addis where his blood was spilt.”

A live broadcast showed that the numbers of people in the stadium were sparse. Police were turning people away from the stadium, said one Ambo resident who tried to attend but met crowds of people who had been told to return home. Members of the military, federal police and regional police were out in force, he said.

“It is very sad that his body is accompanied by only a few people and security forces are keeping many others away,” one of Haacaaluu’s relatives, who had been allowed to attend the funeral, told Reuters.



Communiqué of the Extraordinary African Union Bureau Video-teleconference on GERD

28 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a video-teleconference Meeting of the African Union (AU) Extraordinary Bureau of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, on 26 June 2020, to discuss developments pertaining to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

All the Members of the Bureau participated in the video-teleconference Meeting as follows:
• His Excellency, President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo,
• His Excellency, President Abdel Fattah al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt,
• His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya,
• His Excellency, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of the Republic of Mali,

His Excellency, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmad of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and His Excellency, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok of the Republic of Sudan, were invited to participate in the meeting. His Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC)also participated in the Meeting.

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‘ብልፅግና በሕዝብ አልተመረጠም… ሥልጣን የለውም’!—ኢዜማ

26 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


በኤኮኖሚው መስክ ብልፅግና የሚወስዳቸው እርምጃዎች በሚገባ ሊጤኑ፣ እንዲሁም የዜጎችን ተሳትፎና  ውሳኔዎች ይሻሉ!




በሊባኖስ መንግሥታቸው ያልታደጋቸው ኢትዮጵያውያን ጉዳይ የመንግሥትን ምንነት አነጋጋሪ አድርጎታል

24 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

የአማራ ብሔራዊ ንቅናቄ(አብን) በመካከለኛው ምስራቅ በተለይም በሊባኖስ ችግር ላይ የወደቁ ኢትዮጵያውያን ወገኖችን መንግስትና የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ እንዲታደጋቸው ጥሪውን ያቀርባል፤

በርካታ ቁጥር ያላቸው ኢትዮጵያውያኖች በሥራና በተለያዬ ምክንያቶች በመካከለኛ ምስራቅ ሀገራት እንደሚገኙ ይታወቃል። በተለይም በሊባኖስ እስከ 150ሺ የሚደርሱ የሀገራችን ዜጎች በቤት ሰራተኝነትና ሌሎች ሥራዎች ተስማርተው በሚያገኟት አነስተኛ ገቢ ቤተሰቦቻቸውን የሚረዱ ሲሆን ለሀገር ምጣኔ ኃብት የሚያደርጉት ድጋፍም ከፍተኛ ነው።

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Egypt calls for UN intervention in talks on Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam

20 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Egypt on Friday called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene to restart talks on the $4 billion hydroelectric dam being built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile near the border with Sudan.

Talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam were halted once again this week, this time only about a fortnight before its expected start-up.

“The Arab Republic of Egypt took this decision in light of the stalled negotiations that took place recently on the Renaissance Dam as a result of Ethiopian stances that are not positive,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The latest round of talks, which had started on June 9 over video conference, followed a previous round of negotiations in Washington, which ended without agreement in February.

OPINION: Is Sudan’s neutral stance hindering agreement over Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam?

Egypt, which is almost entirely dependent on the Nile for its freshwater supplies, sees it as a potentially existential threat. It is anxious to secure a legally binding deal that would guarantee minimum flows and a mechanism for resolving disputes before the dam starts operating.

The dam is the centrepiece in Ethiopia’s bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter.

/ Middle East Monitor


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Arab League lends support to Egypt, Sudan in GERD talks

17 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The United States’ National Security Council (NSC) said on Wednesday that it is time to reach a deal over Ethiopia’s disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) before filling it with Nile River water.

In a tweet on its official account, the NSC said that “257 million people in east #Africa are relying on #Ethiopia to show strong leadership, which means striking a fair deal.”

“The technical issues have been resolved,” the NSC said, referring to the ongoing tripartite negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, before adding that it’s “time to get GERD deal done before filling it with Nile River water!”  

Source: AhramOnline


The Arab League has lent its support to Egypt and Sudan in the ongoing negotiations with Ethiopia over the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to Hossam Zaki, the Arab League Deputy Secretary-General. 

In an interview with state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA), Zaki said, “The Egyptian handling of the GERD issue was very wise, but unfortunately, the Ethiopian side’s intransigence and procrastination brought us to this point.”

He added that he wished for the issue to be positively concluded through political negotiation.

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Legal differences emerge over Ethiopian dam filling agreement

16 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

June 15, 2020 (Sudan Tribune) New legal disagreements emerged the tripartite talks on the first filling of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) forcing the parties to extend the talks for more time.

The dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the first filling of the giant hydropower dam continued on Monday according to a statement issued by the Sudanese government which initiated the ongoing videoconference meetings after the failure of Washington meetings to break the deadlock.

However, the Sudanese government stressed that “great progress” has been achieved on the issues related to the operation of the GERD, the safety of the dam, the long-term operation, data exchange and the technical committee for the needed coordination between the upstream and downstream countries.

All these points dealt in fact with the concerns of Sudan.

Nonetheless, the statement also pointed to progress on the “first filling of the dam” which is the main issue of concern for Egypt but did not develop on this matter.

Egyptian and Ethiopian government trade accusations about the bad faith of each other, as the public debate moved gradually to the ownership of the water and two sides accuse each other of seeking to dictate its will on the other.

Despite the announced progress in the discussions, the statement stressed that “legal” differences appeared between the parties.

“Differences arose between the three delegations regarding legal aspects, especially in binding character and legal force of the agreement and how to amend it,” further said the statement.

Secondly, the parties are still at odds on “the mechanism for the settlement of disputes over the implementation of the agreement,” underscored the statement.

The third point of discord is how to link the agreement to other “irrelevant issues related to water sharing”, said the Sudanese government which seeks to bring the parties to conclude a deal before the rainy seasons to enable Ethiopia to launch the long term filling process.

The legal teams of the three countries were tasked to deliberate on the three legal dispute, in the presence of the observers, before to submit their findings to a ministerial meeting that will be held on Tuesday, June 16.

Treaties often contain a mix of mandatory and non-mandatory elements. The parties have to determine clearly what is revocable and how to settle a dispute over it.




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