Tag Archives: civil liberties

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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New chorus from TPLF :         “Ethiopia is nascent democracy”, still quarter century later & the nation internationally troubling human rights abyss

1 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

On July 30, 2015, a dumbfound The Irish Times headlined its teeth-gnawiing article: Obama visit to Ethiopia highlights human rights and media clampdown. The article’s curtain raiser sentence speaks of how “Irish and US governments ignored human rights have been traded off in the interests of “development” and security” in Ethiopia.
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Five Topics Obama Faces in Kenya and Ethiopia

25 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ABC News Radio Report

(NAIROBI, Kenya) — With a trip to Africa this weekend, President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. While much of his schedule is official business, it will be a highly personal visit for Obama, whose father was Kenyan, and a moment of pride for the Kenyan people, who have been clamoring for a presidential visit since 2009.
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At long last, UK makes known its worries about the state of media freedoms in Ethiopia: UK must back this with concrete actions

15 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

We were concerned about continuing restrictions on press freedoms and freedom of expression in Ethiopia in 2014, including through use of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). Those detained under the ATP include members of opposition groups, journalists, peaceful protesters, and others seeking to exercise freedom of assembly or expression.
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Kenya’s High Court ensures protection of Kenyans’ civil liberties: Draconian aspects of nation’s anti-terrorism law excised

24 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Kenya’s High Court has thrown out key aspects of a tough new anti-terrorism law after a legal challenge by the opposition.
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Washington Post‘s editorial exposes TPLF regime’s cruelty, as its board also questions donors’ integrity & double-standards in dealing with heavy-handed officials in Ethiopia

10 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    The editorial by The Washington Post on Ethiopia is not a collection of local voices of distress, nor that of local interested parties “trying to press the regime to change its bad ways.” Nor is it the voice of Ethiopia’s diaspora that has largely turned against the things that are happening in our unfortunate land.
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New ‘red line’ allegedly designed to fight extremism & terrorism is targeted against those unallied with Ethiopia’s regime

8 Oct

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory


Since last Friday – the 4th of October 2013 – Ethiopian civil society has found itself on the cusp of newer governance-related difficulties in its relations with the TPLF/EPRDF-led regime. In this article, ‘civil society’ refers to the broader society, the scope and goals of which are the defense of human dignity. Through its vitally important kinship with democracy, civil society endeavors to facilitate and improve societal governance, especially in this era of globalization, terrorism and counter-terrorism.
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Ethiopia scores low on global prosperity index

22 Nov

By Elias Gebreselassie, Capital

Ethiopia ranked a lowly 133rd out of 144 countries on the prosperity index 2012 report released by the Legatum Institute which bases its measurements on various criteria including economic growth and personal well being.
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