Historic: African Human Rights Court sides Kenya’s Ogiek in their land case against Kenya’s gov’t

27 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Virginia Vigliar, Aljazeera

“This is a historic moment for the Ogiek. We have seen success for the first time,” he said. “We expect the government of Kenya to respect the decision and give Ogiek recognition.”

Ngongongeri, Nakuru County, Kenya – Kenya’s Ogiek, an indigenous minority of hunters and gatherers, have won a historic case against the Kenyan government, close to a decade after they began their legal battle.
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Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates

27 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Natalie Huet & Carmen Paun, Politico
 
Some billionaires are satisfied with buying themselves an island. Bill Gates got a United Nations health agency in Geneva.

Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates
The software mogul’s sway over the World Health Organization spurs criticism about misplaced priorities and undue influence (credit: Politico)

Over the past decade, the world’s richest man has become the World Health Organization’s second biggest donor, second only to the United States and just above the United Kingdom. This largesse gives him outsized influence over its agenda, one that could grow as the U.S. and the U.K. threaten to cut funding if the agency doesn’t make a better investment case.

The result, say his critics, is that Gates’ priorities have become the WHO’s. Rather than focusing on strengthening health care in poor countries — that would help, in their view, to contain future outbreaks like the Ebola epidemic — the agency spends a disproportionate amount of its resources on projects with the measurable outcomes Gates prefers, such as the effort to eradicate polio.
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Before the new Director-General begins to face WHO & its dilemmas, Thursday was a night out in an exclusively Tigrean celebration

26 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 


 

In an article giving a good sense of what to expect in the World Health Organization (WHO) in the coming months and years and, following the election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom as Director-General, author Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on May 25, 2017 wrote:

“For the first time in its seventy-year history, the World Health Organization (WHO) will, effective July 1, be led by a nonphysician, an African, and a person from the global South. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia campaigned in an unprecedented election that gave 186 nations equal voice and saw three globetrotting candidates plead their cases.”
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በጎዴ አንድ የአይር ሃይል ባልደረባ በርካታ የሕዋሃት መኮንኖችን ገድሎ ራሱን ማጥፋቱ ተሰማ

26 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
ግንቦት ፲፰ ቀን ፳፻፱ (ኢሳት ዜና):- የኢሳት ምንጮች እንደገለጹት በኢትዮጵያና በሶማሊያ ድንበር በምትገኘው ጎዴ ከተማ የሰፈረው የመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባል የሆነው የጎንደር ተወላጅ ወታደር በርካታ መኮንኖችን ገድሎ በመጨረሻም ራሱን አጥፍቷል።

ወታደሩ ድርጊቱን የፈጸመው በአየር ሃይል የምህንድስና ትምህርት ተምሮ ጎዴ በእግረኛ ወታደርነት መመደቡን ተከትሎ ነው። ምንጮች እንደገለጹት፣ ወታደሩ ያለምንም ምክንያት ወደ ጎዴ ተወስዶ በእግረኛ ወታደር አባልነት እንዲሰራ የተመደበ ሲሆን፣ ይህንን ውሳኔም ሲቃወም ቆይቷል።
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ሆ! ሆ! ሆ! በኢትዮጵያና በሳዑዲ አረቢያ መካከል የሠራተኛ ስምሪት ስምምነት ተፈረመ! ፈቃድ የሌላቸው አብዛኞ ዜጎች መመለስ እንደማይሹ ይሰማል!

26 May

የአዘጋጁ ቅሬታ

    የሕወሃት ባለሥልጣኖች ስለሳኡዲ-ኢትዮጵያ አዲስ ስምምነት ይህንን ሰሞን ሲደሰኩሩ ይሰማል። ይኽውም አፍንጫቸውን ተይዘው (እነርሱ እንደሚሉት ደግሞ ለዜጎቻችን ተቆርቁረው) በሳውዲ ነባርና ግትር አቋም ላይ ተስማምተው ጀብዱና የዜጎችን መብት የሚያሰክር ሙያ እንደሠሩ ነው የሚናገሩት በተለይ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስትር ዶክተሩን ላዳመጠ!

    ‘በፈጣን የዕድገት ጎዳና’ ላይ የምትገኘው ሕወሃቶች የሚመዘብሯት ኢትዮጵያ ግን፣ ሕወሃት — ትራምፕ ሳውዲዎቹን ሲያቅፍ በማየታቸው — እምቢ ሲሉ የኖሩትን አንፈርምም ያሉትን ስምምነት ተፈራረምን ብለው ሲደሰኩሩ መስማቱ ያማል። ወደ መቶ ሺ የሚጠጉትንና ገና ሃገር ለቀው የሚሰደዱትን ወጣቶቻችን ጭምር ለሳኡዲዎቹ ግርድና ስምምነት አሳልፈው ሠጥተዋል ማለት ነው!
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UN Human Rights Council: Addressing the pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia

26 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

“May 25, 2017
To Permanent Representatives of
Members and Observer States of the
UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 25 May 2017

RE: Addressing the pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia

Your Excellency,

The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to persistent and grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia and the pressing need to support the establishment of an independent, impartial and international investigation into atrocities committed by security forces to suppress peaceful protests and independent dissent.
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How State Restrictions Are Reshaping Civic Space Around the World: The Case of Ethiopia Under Rogue TPLF Included

26 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Saskia Brechernmacher, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace May 22, 2017
 

“In addition to heightened administrative and legal harassment, activists fear prosecution under sweeping anti-terrorism measures. Ethiopian authorities have used the 2009 Anti-Terror Proclamation to selectively target journalists, lawyers, and civil society leaders…In Ethiopia, the 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation effectively bars a wide range of advocacy and rights organizations from receiving external support—while preserving access to such funding for development and service delivery organizations…In Ethiopia, hundreds of organization decided to abandon rights-based programming and shift their focus toward politically neutral capacity-building and local service delivery in order to preserve their access to foreign support. A 2011 survey found that 70% of development NGOs and 44% of human rights organizations changed their mandates and activities in response to the government’s NGO regulations.

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WHO elects Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom as its new director-general

24 May

ON THE HOME FRONT ETHIOPIA’S TROUBLED POLITICS & THE CONTROVERSY CONTINUE!

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