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It’s a mindset/political culture in Ethiopia today things should be done at someone’s expense – the TPLF has institutionalized – Part I

21 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Ethiopia under the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is quietly experimenting its mini-nationalization of investor properties and enterprises.

Addis Abeba, Washington’s yet unsorted ally, its move would be seen as one of the most bizarre anomaly of our time. Given that the United States now is under the most hawkish business tycoon, in his own right the first United States billionaire President Donald Trump, members of his cabinet of similar wealths, the Ethiopian regime’s move is likely to smack the new US Administration on the face.

Such nationalization, anathema to the United States, the Trump Administration experiences in less than two months since assuming power could irk many, coming as it does as the most despicable political eccentricity under their early watch.
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Human rights & the election of the next WHO director-general: Public accountability now

18 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Eric A. Friedman, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law
 

I believe that human rights, and the right to health in particular, should be a top priority of and guiding principle for the next WHO Director-General, whom the world’s health ministers will choose at the World Health Assembly in May. Human rights, after all, encompass the values needed to achieve health for all and health justice, such as equity, non-discrimination, universality, participation, and accountability. They are legally binding precepts. Above all, they embrace human dignity, and the utmost respect for all people in health systems and health-related decisions. They embody the notion of people-centered health services.
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የአምዳችን የድጋፍና ኃዘን መግለጫ! TEO’s solidarity & condolence message!

13 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

በወረገኑ ቦሌ፣ ላፍቶና ነፋስ ስልክ ሕወሃት የመሬት ከበርቴ እንዲሆን እነርሱ ተገፍተው ጣራዎቻቸው አናቶቻቸው ላይ ለፈረሱባቸው ዜጎቻችን ብሔራዊና ልባዊ አንድነታችንን እናረጋግጣለን!

አሁን ደግሞ ሰብዓዊነታቸው ተዋርዶና ቆሻሻ ሥር ሲኖሩ – ሃገርና መንግሥት አጥተው ሰብዓዊ ክብራቸው ተረግጦ – ቆሼ ለሞቱት ቁጥራቸውነ እንኳ በውል ለማናውቀው ወገኖቻችን መሪር ኃዘናችንን ስንገልጽ፣ ለዚህ የዳረጋቸውን ኃላፊነት የማይሰማውን ዘራፊውንና ዘረኛውን የሕውሃት አስተዳደር አበክረን እያወገዝን ነው!

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Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Seen as Tool to Silence Dissent

11 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Salem Solomon, VOA
 
It’s been six months since Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in response to widespread protests and unrest, and there are no signs indicating when it might end.

Since October, thousands have been arrested and sent to military-style camps where they live in squalid conditions, perform strenuous exercises and get beaten when they falter, according to Befeqadu Hailu, a former detainee.
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Thursday’s Human Rights Watch Statement on Ethiopia to US Congress

10 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, members of the Subcommittee: thank you for holding this important hearing on the current situation in Ethiopia and for inviting me to testify. I am pleased to be a part of it.

Ethiopia is a country of dual realities. Visitors and diplomats alike are impressed with the double-digit economic growth, the progress on development indicators, and the apparent political stability. But in many ways, this is a smokescreen: many Ethiopians live in fear. The current government – the only one since 1991 – runs the country with an almost complete grip on power, controlling almost all aspects of political, public, and even much private life. Pervasive telephone and online surveillance and an intricate network of informants allow the government to quickly curb any threats to its control; it silences critical voices through the use of arbitrary arrests and politically motivated prosecutions. These actions also prevent critical and divergent views as many who may be impacted by these harsh policies fear repercussions.
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Executive summary: US State Dept 2016 report on human rights practices in Ethiopia

5 Mar

Editor’s Note:

    Inside this year’s report, in its opening page what is reported about prosecution of corrupt officials is not entirely correct.

    It states that the Ethiopian regime “generally did not take steps to prosecute or otherwise punish officials who committed abuses other than corruption.” An individual or individuals in Ethiopia are seized and taken ‘to court’ for corruption under one major premise – the corrupt individuals are not TPLF leaders and generally Tigreans in good standing with the regime.

    By this operating procedure under the martial law, those who are penalized or their resources seized on mere suspicion are non-Tigrean Ethiopians, mostly Amharas and Oromos! This is a blind spot in this year’s human rights report.
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Ethiopia’s (TPLF’s) cruel con game

5 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by David Steinman (Forbes)
 
In what could be an important test of the Trump Administration’s attitude toward foreign aid, the new United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien have called on the international community to give the Ethiopian government another $948 million to assist a reported 5.6 million people facing starvation.
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Cross-border conflict uproots 4 000 in Ethiopia

5 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – CROSS-border attacks by South Sudanese ethnic groups have displaced thousands in neighbouring western Ethiopia.

The attacks by the Murle ethnic group have been prevalent Ojwelo, Ojalo and Othwol in the Gambela region, with about 4 000 civilians uprooted from their homes.
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