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UN Human Rights Council: Addressing the pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia

26 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“May 25, 2017
To Permanent Representatives of
Members and Observer States of the
UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 25 May 2017

RE: Addressing the pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia

Your Excellency,

The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to persistent and grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia and the pressing need to support the establishment of an independent, impartial and international investigation into atrocities committed by security forces to suppress peaceful protests and independent dissent.
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2017: Dictators take charge of the UN Human Rights Council, repressive Ethiopia as one of them!

1 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Today, the prevailing wisdom amongst Ethiopians is that Western support is guilty of rendering the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – Ethiopia’s ruling party – arrogant. It has emboldened it to determinedly pursue its trademark violent anti-democratic and anti-human rights policies, seen during this past quarter century.

As a not thoroughly-vetted carte blanche political gift, it has strongly and harmfully influenced the course of political history in Ethiopia.
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FreedomOnline: Rise in intentional Internet disruptions & costs thereof

4 Dec

Posrted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Nov 21, 2016

“The Brookings report estimates Ethiopia suffered a US$8.5 million loss for an April Internet shutdown. More recently, in October, Ethiopia initiated a new shutdown as part of the government’s ongoing state of emergency, which the Deloitte study suggests cost the Ethiopian economy just under half-a-million U.S. dollars a day in lost GDP, as a low-connectivity country with a population of 94 million and per capita GDP of U.S. $505.
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Finland seriously concerned about evolving Ethiopia’s violent situation

16 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Finland has six development partners in Africa, namely, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia. This cooperation has entailed Finland providing Ethiopia in development assistance about euro 20 million in 2015, according to data by Finland’s Foreign Ministry.
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Ethiopia: Human Rights Leadership at the UN Security Council Requires Human Rights at Home

28 Jul

Editor’s Note:

If, on the recommendation of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations General Assembly, Burundi under the balky Pierre Nkurunziza who broke the laws in the constitution of that country, seized power and began killing his people to remain president, was selected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 15, 2015, all the same Ethiopia under the murderous TPLF regime becoming a member of the United Nations Security Council is no longer anything unusual.

In common both are clienteles of the United States because of their anti-terrorism role they take in Somalia, fighting the equally murderous Al-Shabab. Therefore, it has been a while since the whole rationale behind international diplomacy has been denoting irrelevance of the system of international cooperation and international collaboration in many respects, wherein the United Nations no longer is the august assembly of Nations with moral and legal authority it once was presumed it would be.

Read what Ethiopia’s retired army chief of staff wrote recently: Ethiopia already is on fire. The solution is expedited reform or implosion. Ethiopians have begun resisting the criminal Tigray People’s Liberation Front’s (TPLF) misgovernance of the country and its murderous escapades in Oromia & Amhara, among others, at this very moment as you read this. Unarmed youth protestors are being shot in the streets and parents protecting their children are also massacred along with their children on a daily basis!

In spite of this, we have heard a leader of the Western world telling us the “Government of Ethiopia is democratically elected“; and billionaires in the likes of Bill Gates reminding us days ago how sovereign the TPLF regime is. They should have openly told us that the TPLF regime’s duty is to protect their interests, not our people and that of our nation’s!

Why then lecture the international community endlessly about the situation of human rights in North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Russia, or Venezuela, etc?

Where is our world and human civilization headed?


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Adotei Akwei and Nicole Southard
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Ethiopia’s Human Rights Council accuses TPLF regime of inciting ethnic violence; challenges distortions angering citizens by pro-TPLF Bloomberg reporter

16 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Bitsate Terefe, the Director of the Human Rights Council, accused the TPLF regime of inciting ethnic violence between the Oromos and the Amharas.

Bitsate told ESAT that on December 12, 2015 his office received a call from Ameya Wereda, and according to his sources, ruling party officials were encouraging some of their members to launch an attack against Amharas, in a deliberate attempt to instigate violence between the two ethnic groups.
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Only Half of Global Banks Have Policy to Respect Human Rights

10 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Carey :. Biron, IPS

    Against a set of 12 criteria, the average score was only a three. Many scored at or near zero. While those ranked at the very bottom include several Chinese institutions, they also include banks in the European Union and the United States.


WASHINGTON, Dec 9 2014 (IPS) – Just half of major global banks have in place a public policy to respect human rights, according to new research, despite this being a foundational mandate of an international convention on multinational business practice.
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AI on outcome of Ethiopia’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Systemic human rights concerns demand action by both Ethiopia and the Human Rights Council

23 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

With elections coming up in May 2015, urgent and concrete steps are needed to reduce violations of civil and political rights in Ethiopia.
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