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Open Letter to the 2019 Nobel Laureate Abiy Ahmed

1 Dec

Part II

Dear Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

By your admission, Prime Minister, eighty-six Ethiopians were killed in various ways up until the last week of October 2019, on account of activist Jawar Mohammed’s incitements—almost all of the killings savage and gruesome.

Troubling as it is, the word “protection”, as a duty of the state, is mentioned fifteen times in the Ethiopian constitution. Ethiopians—including some Ethiopian Oromos—as I am, are accusing you of not having carried out your responsibilities in the spirit of Ethiopian laws and international law, thereby rendering Ethiopia one of the unsafe places in the world today. 

The killings are now minimised in Ethiopia. It is not because the security forces you are the overall commander have opted to protect the helpless victims, but because:

(a) Most Ethiopians have expressed anger in defence of victims, irrespective of ethnicity;

(b) The target populations in Oromia have left their dwellings and are sheltered in nearest churches. How can this be explained?

Today, you are a very fortuitous person the world toasting you in admiration of your selection to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Foreign Policy  describes your input as superficial.  That notwithstanding, I too would underline your prize is important for our country to become a source of your encouragement to do more and better in future, instead of what you have done so far. There the Nobel Committee too has come with carefully worded statement to the effect: “The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.”

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Open Letter to the 2019 Nobel Peace Laureate PM Abiy Ahmed

30 Nov

December 1, 2019

Part I

Dear Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 

As Ethiopia’s first Nobel Peace Laureate, allow me, Sir, to congratulate you for the honour the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee has bestowed upon you and, through you, on our nation. I admit such congratulation may be a bit late, coming as it does from an Ethiopian. I beg you to consider it my way of extending to you an early welcome to this part of the world, Scandinavia, on your way to Oslo, Norway, to receive your Nobel Peace Prize on December 10.

I have decided, therefore, before you get too busy with the events surrounding your award ceremony on that day, to put across to you through this Open Letter my worries about the clear signs of fragility that increasingly is besieging our country since you took over. In its more pronounced form especially after last October’s incident, the cause of which was the anti-Ethiopian American of Oromo Muslim extraction whose goal has been to politically profit from Ethiopia’s ensuing crises.

It is already common knowledge around the world now by that he has caused deaths of scores of Ethiopians, the living surviving indignities of violation of all forms—either because of one’s origin, faith or language or all of them—notwithstanding that it is against national laws of many states and international law

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Nobel Peace Prize: Never simple task zeroing on those that have “conferred the greatest benefit on mankind”

21 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Donald Trump? Hardly.

Reconciliation between the Koreas? Rather premature.

Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea? Probably missed the deadline.

As the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize looms, it’s easier to rule out names than guess who’s going to win.

This year the field of possibilities facing the five members of the Norwegian committee tasked with awarding the prize was pretty wide, with 331 individuals and organisations proposed for the prestigious prize, which will be announced on Friday in Oslo.

And, as usual, despite the fact the list of candidates is a secret, predictions about who might win are gathering pace.

With the postponement of this year’s Literature Prize for the first time in 70 years over a #MeToo scandal at the Swedish Academy, Friday’s peace award has become the most highly anticipated Nobel announcement this year.

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The nascent reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea has also fuelled hope that a durable peace can be reached between the two neighbouring countries after 20 years of war.

For Wallensteen, the peace prize could go to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. But he only took power in April with his peace overtures coming to fruition this summer.

That is a little late for the Nobel committee, which takes nominations at the start of the year.

Given the lack of certainty and the limited scope of progress on potentially prize-winning initiatives, some observers are turning to some longer-term contenders.

/South China Morning Post

3 October 2018

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