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Ethiopia’s Oromo leader facing terrorism charges; denied bail again

27 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban, AfricaNews

Dr Merera Gudina, leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has been denied bail by a court.

Gudina is facing terrorism charges by the government which accuses him of meeting anti-government elements during a European tour last year.
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“የወገኖቻችን ስቃይ፣ ችግርና ብሶት በያለንበት ይሰማን፤ ለመፍትሔውም በጋራ እንነሳ!”                                    – የአርበኞች ግንቦት 7 መግለጫ

3 Dec

Editor’s Note:

A bit belated, and yet a timely and potent message by Arbengoch Ginbot 7!

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

AG7 emblem“ግፍ ሞልቶ የፈሰሰበት ወቅት ላይ እንገኛለን። የአንደኛ ደረጃ ተማሪዎች የሆኑት ሕፃናት በፌዴራል ፓሊስ ጥይት የሚገደሉበት አሳዛኝ ወቅት ላይ ነን፤ ዜጎች በር ተዘግቶባቸው በእሳት እየጋዩ ነው። ሰፊ እና ለም የእርሻ መሬት ለሱዳን በስጦታነት ለመስጠት ዝግጁቱ የተጠናቀቀበት ወቅት ላይ ነን። ከአስር ሚሊዮን በላይ ሕዝብ ተርቧል። በፍትህ እጦት እስር ቤቶች በንፁሃን ዜጎች ተሞልተዋል። ውሀ፣ መብራትና የቴሌፎን አገልግሎት ብርቅ ሊሆኑ ነው። ይህ ሁሉ እየሆነ ግን የሥርዓቱ አገልጋዮችና ደጋፊዎች በህንፃ ላይ ህንፃ እየገነቡ በድሀው ላይ ይሳለቃሉ። የህወሓት አገዛዝ ድህነትን፣ ችጋርን፣ ስደትን፣ የእርስበርስ ግጭቶችን እያባባሰ ኢትዮጵያን እየጋጠ የሚኖር አገዛዝ ነው። አገዛዙ በቀደደልን ቦይ ከተጓዝን ችግሮችን ማባባስ እንጂ ማርገብ እንኳን አንችልም። ይህንን ሥርዓት በቃህ ማለት የአማራ ወይም የኦሮሞ አጀንዳ አይደለም፤ ይህ የሁላችንም – የኢትዮጵያዊያን – ጉዳይ ነው።”
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“Blatant disregard for the rule of law … biggest threats to the national security” of Ethiopia – The Reporter

28 Dec

Respecting the law (Credit: The Reporter)

Excerpts from The Reporter‘s editorial, December 28, 2013
Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Much has been said over the years about the prevalence of bad governance in Ethiopia and its solutions. But the critical role that the lack of respect for the rule of law contributes to this sad state of affairs has not been acknowledged to date. Public officials and servants who mistreat citizens who demand their rights, who have no clue that ultimate power resides in the people and who are mired in corruption do not and cannot be expected to care an iota about the rule of law. On the contrary, those who believe that they are duty-bound to serve and are accountable to the public defend to the hilt the rule of law and pay the necessary sacrifice for its observance; they toil day and night to ensure that citizens place confidence in the rule of law.
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Africa’s exit from ICC ‘Badge of shame’ – Annan

8 Oct

by Chantal Presence, The Mail & Guardian, Posted by The EThiopia Observatory

If African victims could get justice in their own countries, there would be no need for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to step in, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan said on Monday.
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Gambia’s Healer-President: An African disgrace with guns, juju spirit and regular fake ballots

4 Oct

The president known for ordering the shooting of prisoners, because he has too many of them, seen as ealie (Courtesy of Freedom Newspaper)

Editor’s Note:

    Why are those terrified of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and are campaigning about the end of its work in Africa never heard of raising their voices, amongst others, against the crimes of the ruthless dictator of Gambia ‘His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh’, if at all their concerns for the dignity of Africa and its people were genuine?
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Ethiopia confirms jail for blogger, opposition figure; regime prepares to stamp out Moslem protests using articles from its anti-terrorism law

2 May

By Jenny Vaughan, AFP, Title, Ethiopia confirms jail for blogger, opposition figure

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

ADDIS ABABA — An Ethiopian court on Thursday dismissed the appeal of blogger Eskinder Nega and opposition leader Andualem Arage who were jailed last year for terror-related offenses.
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Presumption of Innocence: Are We Ignoring Key Legal Principle?

23 Nov

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Addis Ababa (Ezega.com) – Presumption of innocence, which states that the accused has a right to be presumed innocence before proven guilty by the court of law, is one of the core principles of any legal system. This principle is also one of the fundamental human rights incorporated in international human rights instruments and national constitutions. In addition to its obligation under international human rights instruments, as a country, Ethiopia also incorporates this core principle under its constitution which states that “an accused person has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to the law.’’
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Yenesew’s self-immolation: The ultimate call for justice

18 Nov

by Jawar Mohammed

The self-immolation of Ethiopian high school teacher, Yenesew Gebre, 29, signals a clear message to Ethiopian leaders and their international supporters. In Ethiopian politics, practically everything is contested, a contest that has often taken an ugly face leading to arrests, tortures and disappearances of dissidents. The growing clampdown on dissent targets leaders of opposition political parties, activists, and even bystanders with no clear association with what the government alleges to be their offense. But self-immolation in a society known for its unbreakable faith, and perseverance has shaken the social conscience of many.
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