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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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Human rights organizations appeal to UN-HRC Member States to address the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia

8 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

Geneva, 8 September 2016

To Permanent Representatives of
Members and Observer States of the
UN Human Rights Council

RE: Addressing the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia

Your Excellency,

The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia, including the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.

As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to convene for its 33rd session between 13 – 30 September 2016, we urge your delegation to prioritise and address through joint and individual statements the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia.
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Ethiopia’s regime has killed hundreds. Why is the West still giving it aid?

10 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
By The Washington Post Editorial Board
 

OVER THE weekend, Ethiopia reminded the world of how it treats those who dare demonstrate against the government. At least 90 protesters were shot and killed by Ethiopian security forces in the regions of Oromia and Amhara. As demonstrations unusually reached into the capital of Addis Ababa, the regime censored social media posts and blocked Internet access.
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Freedom House: Dozens of Ethiopian protestors killed; urges respect for constitutional rights

10 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

In response to Ethiopian security forces killing dozens of protesters in the Amhara and Oromia regions during protests on August 6-7, Freedom House issued the following statement:
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A year after Obama’s visit, Ethiopia is in turmoil!

9 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Paul Schemm, The Washington Post
 

ADDIS ABABA — The shoes lay scattered on the sidewalk as the detained protesters walked barefoot through the rain, escorted by grim-faced police officers who casually beat them with batons to keep them moving.

In nearby Meskel Square here in the heart of the Ethio­pian capital, police kicked around the remnants of protest signs. Just 10 minutes earlier, 500 people had gathered at the site, shouting slogans against the government — before being beaten, rounded up and carted off by police.
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በአሁኑ ወቅት በዶ/ር ብርሃኑ ነጋ ለኢትዮጵያውያን የተላለፈው መልዕክት! መደመጥና መታየት ያለበት!

9 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

 

Dozens killed in Ethiopia, as TPLF police use excessive force against peaceful protesters

9 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes
 

At least 97 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia region and in parts of Amhara over the weekend, according to credible sources who spoke to Amnesty International.
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32nd Human Rights Council session urged to take action on serious human rights violations in Ethiopia

22 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

on Wednesday June 22, 2016, at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), Human Rights Watch (HRW) participated in the General Debate under Agenda item 4: Human Rights situations that require the Council’s attention.

HRW informed HRC that it is “deeply expressed concerned about several human rights situations that have either been inadequately addressed by this Council, or on which the Council has remained largely silent.”

In that respect, it mentioned four countries by name – Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Thailand and Yemen – mostly where these violations have taken place.
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