Tag Archives: human rights violation

Ethiopia’s star singer Teddy Afro makes plea for openness

13 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Associated Press (AP)

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Teddy Afro, the controversial singer whose album “Ethiopia” is topping the Billboard world chart, poses for a portrait during an interview at his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Known for the political statements he makes in his music, an infectious mix of reggae and Ethiopian pop, Afro, 40, whose birth name is Tewodros Kassahun, told The Associated Press that raising political issues should not be a sin. (Mulugeta Ayene/Associated Press)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s superstar singer, is topping the Billboard world albums chart with “Ethiopia,” which less than two weeks after its release has sold nearly 600,000 copies, a feat no other artist here has achieved.
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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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TPLF lacks moral & political credibility to nominate candidate to WHO’s Director-General post

12 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Ethiopia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since 2013, re-elected in October 2015 and an incoming member of the United Nations Security Council as of January 2017 is no longer a credible member of the international community.
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ICC to prosecute land grabbers at The Hague – Some anti-ICC AU leaders may say ‘I told you so!’

17 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Global Diligence

On September 15, 2016, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) signalled that she will no longer stand by as kleptocratic dictatorships and businesses commit mass human rights violations in the name of profit. For the first time in history, an international criminal court will prioritise crimes within its jurisdiction that are committed by means of or result in “the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources, or the illegal dispossession of land.”[1]
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TPLF blocks Facebook and other social media, allegedly for exams – illegal as it is – the dictatorial regime doing what it knows best!

12 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Ethiopia has blocked social media sites across the country after university entrance exams were posted online.

The government said the ban was to prevent students being distracted from studying during the exam period and to prevent the spread of false rumours.
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Liberté, égalité, impunité: French peacekeepers abuse of African kids remains story of ‘innocence’

5 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Anthony Morland, IRIN contributor

As French investigators prepare to return to Central African Republic to look further into two-year-old accusations that French soldiers deployed in the country sexually abused children, there is no sign of any criminal charges being laid any time soon, let alone of convictions being secured.
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The ‘Ethiopia rising’ narrative and the Oromo protests

21 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Awol K Allo*

So much for the “Ethiopia rising” meme which Ethiopian authorities ostentatiously promote to camouflage the repressive nature of the state.

A new report published by Human Rights Watch on the Oromo protests depicts a disturbing picture of a government that thrives on systematic repression and official violence.
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Eleven US Senators condemn human rights violations in Ethiopia, a hopeful resumption with little more work, belated though

22 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The draft bill co-sponsored by eleven United States senators, titled Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia, has been referred to committee since April 20, 2016.
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