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Ethiopia needs all the help it could garner, including by visiting UN Special Rapporteur to ensure respect for human rights sticks in a nation that has been through a lot!

7 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


Ethiopians have not as yet officially heard of David Kaye’s assessment of the human rights situation in Ethiopia. I guess he still happens to be in the country, having arrived in Addis Abeba on Monday December 2, 2019.

I know he still is in Ethiopia, as we have not learned from the media about his mission culminating in an exit meeting with the nation’s prime minister, as is the tradition.

Otherwise, a quiet exit may emit a different message, an ominous sign Ethiopia’s ugly past of habitual refusal of cooperation with the UN Special Procedures mechanism having made a quiet comeback. Human Rights Watch once described this state of affairs with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as a “history of [Ethiopia’s] non-cooperation…with UN special mechanisms…” It is only in 2006, Ethiopia was compelled to accept the UN special rapporteur on Eritrea.

Therefore, the present non-meeting with special rapporteur with the highest level of the ruling Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) government may come as a confirmation that past negative habit is alive and well and is still kicking. 

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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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Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

15 Jul

Screenshot from one of Seena’s viral Afan Oromo ‘resistance songs’ from the group’s YouTube channel.

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, GlobalVoice
Seven producers and performers of a popular YouTube music video were charged in Ethiopia in late June with terrorism for producing ‘inciting’ audio-visual materials and ‘uploading them on YouTube’.

The group members were arrested in December 2016 and were held in detention without charges until last month.
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TPLF’s ‘violent intolerance’ & the ever closing political space in Ethiopia

23 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Adoteki Akwei, Amnesty International

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a growing trend of evaporating political space. Non-governmental organizations are being heavily and often violently restricted, and newspapers, bloggers and other voices of dissent or criticism are being silenced or intimidated into exile.
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Defying censorship, hunger stories emerge from Ethiopia

1 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)by Christabel Ligami, http://www.equaltimes.org

During my recent visit to Addis Ababa, one thing caught my eyes: the increased number of people on the streets begging for food and money. This is not the same Ethiopian capital I visited last year. It is very different due to a severe drought, and the government is trying hard to keep word from getting out.
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The Year 2015: Ugliness of the TPLF-run Ethiopian state in world human rights annals

2 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In Ethiopia in 2015 there were continuing government crackdowns on opposition political party members, journalists, and peaceful protesters, many of whom experienced harassment, arbitrary arrest, and politically motivated prosecutions.
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Eritrea and Ethiopia named most censored countries in Africa

24 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Trevor Analo, The East African

Eritrea and Ethiopia have been named as the most censored African countries in a report compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

According to the CPJ release, the list is “based on research into the use of tactics ranging from imprisonment and repressive laws in the harassment of journalists and restrictions on Internet access.”
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ኢትዮጵያዊያኑ ጦማሪዎች ፍትህ ሲጠብቁ አንድ አመት ሞላቸው

24 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Endalk Chala and Ellery Roberts Biddle for Global Voices, in collaboration with the Guardian Africa network

በ2004 ዘጠኝ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ወንዶች እና ሴቶች ዞን 9 የተሰኘ የጦማሪዎች ቡድን ለመመስረት ተሰባሰቡ። የፖለቲካ ሙሰኝነት በሰፊው በተንሰራፈበት: የመገናኛ ብዙሃን በመንግስት ፍጹም ቁጥጥር ስር ባሉበት እና አምባገነን ስርአት ስር በሰደደበት ሀገር ላይ ይህ በጣም ድፍረት የሚፈልግ ተግባር ነው።
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