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TPLF is brutally cracking down on months of protests, Huffington Post

25 Jan

Editor’s Note:

    We receive information through the social media that the shooting, beatings, torture and killings are continuing in Oromia region. Over four hours ago, we received information from the social media . Accordingly, in East Walaga, Digga district, Arjo Gudetu village, Agazi soldiers have fired on protesters wounding the following people last night: (a) Gamachu Alamu Tasama, shot on his back; (b) Zerihun Jiregna Bayana, shot on the stomach and (c) Birhanu Kebede Sando, shot on his leg. These victims are currently being treated at Naqamte Hospital. Two of them are in critical condition.
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Oromo protests: Dealing with the fear of “Oromia is kienga!” & Addis Abebans are foreigners”

25 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
The other day, when I was reading Prof. Messay Kebede’s Unity Overrides Everything on the Zehabesha, I came across a comment by Ato Abegaz. He has two main concerns:

    (a) suspicion of Oromos that “shout Oromia is kiegna”; and

    (b) allegations against Dr. Tsegaye Ararssa, on whom he levels the accusation of authoring the claim “Addis Ababans are foreigners.”

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*LA COSA NEGA*: የሕወሃት ሥርና ምሶሶ ምንድ ነው? መላው የትግራይ ሕዝብ ወይንስ መሠረቱ ኤርትራዊ የሆነ በደም፣ ጋብቻና ጥቅም የተሳሰረ አንድ ትግራዊ ‘የማፍያ’ ቤተሰብ?

24 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


Credit: Ethiomedia
ስብሃት ነጋ ለአሜሪካ ድምጽ ራድዮ የሰጠው ገላጩ ቃለ መጠይቅ


ማነው ስብሃት ነጋ?

ክፍል አንድ


ክፍል ሁለት


የሕወሃት ሰዎች መሬት፡ ደንና ከርሰ ምድር ላይ ብቻ ሳይሆን ያተኮሩት የሃገራችን የእህል ማከማቻ ሳይሎ ላይ ጭምር ነው! ለሌሎች ተከልክሎ የተከስተ ስብሃት ነጋ ሳይሎቻንን መከራየት!
 
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ሕወሃት ለሱዳን ስለሚሠጠው የኢትዮጵያ መሬት በበረሃ የገባውን ቃል ተግባራዊ ለማድረግ ሲዘጋጅ ለማዘናጋት አፉ በሁለት በኩል ነው የሚናገረው!

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
በአዲስ አድማስ የኢትዮ-ሱዳን ድንበር ማካለል ዳግም እያነጋገረ ነው

    “ድንበሩን ለማካለል በዚህ አመት የተያዘ ምንም አይነት እቅድ የለም” – የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት

    “በዚህ አመት የድንበር ማካለሉ ይጠናቀቃል” – የሱዳን መንግስት

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United Nations experts urge Ethiopia to halt violent crackdown on Oromia protesters, ensure accountability for abuses

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “The sheer number of people killed and arrested suggests that the Government of Ethiopia views the citizens as a hindrance, rather than a partner”.

    “We call on the Government to immediately release protesters who seem to have been arrested for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, to reveal the whereabouts of those reportedly disappeared and to carry out an independent, transparent investigation into the security forces’ response to the protests”.

    “Ethiopia’s use of terrorism laws to criminalize peaceful dissent is a disturbing trend, not limited to the current wave of protests… The wanton labelling of peaceful activists as terrorists is not only a violation of international human rights law, it also contributes to an erosion of confidence in Ethiopia’s ability to fight real terrorism. This ultimately makes our world a more dangerous place.”

    – UN independent experts

 

GENEVA (21 January 2016) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today called on the Ethiopian authorities to end the ongoing crackdown on peaceful protests by the country’s security forces, who have reportedly killed more than 140 demonstrators and arrested scores more in the past nine weeks.
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Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Felix Horne, Researcher, Human Rights Watch

“Badessa” was a third-year engineering student in western Ethiopia in April 2014 when he and most of his classmates joined a protest over the potential displacement of ethnic Oromo farmers like his family because of the government’s plan to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into the farmland.
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Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: TPLF’s Tool to Stifle Dissent

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
A Legal Analysis by International Lawyers*

Oakland, CA — With human rights as the special focus of the 26th Summit of the African Union that gets underway Friday in Ethiopia, the Oakland Institute and the Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) released a new report, Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent. This timely report, authored by lawyers from leading international law firms, provides an in-depth and damning analysis of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. Building on the substantial number of earlier legal analyses prepared by a wide range of critics of the law, the report examines how the law, enacted in 2009, is a tool of repression, designed and used by the Ethiopian Government to silence its critics.
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Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera & Tirfi Tsegaye triumph at Dubai Marathon

22 Jan

Dubai Marathon winners Tesfaye Abera and Tirfi Tsegaye (Giancarlo Colombo)

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

There seems to be an unwritten rule of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon that it must be won by Ethiopians and that the men’s winner must be either a debutant or an underdog. At the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Friday (22), everything went according to those rules.
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