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Ethiopia ‘deliberately blocking’ U.S. Congress resolution on human rights! Does it have such power?

18 Oct

Editor’s Note:

    ‘Deliberately blocking’ is a strong phrase, not applicable to Ethiopia!

    TEO does not believe the repressive ethnic minority TPLF regime in Ethiopia has any power or influence to block a resolution by or any action of the US Congress.

    TEO agrees with Freedom House’s U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff. It is an empty noise the senators and Congressmen/women must call its threat to withdraw from security cooperation with the United States for what it is: a mere bluff!
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How US Surveillance Helps Repressive Regimes—the Ethiopia Case

3 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Felix Horne, Human Rights Watch
Recent stories from Edward Snowden’s disclosures show how the US government’s involvement with Ethiopia presents a case study in enabling repressive regimes to carry out surveillance on their own citizens. In the case of Ethiopia, such surveillance powers can play a significant role in a government’s criminalization of dissent and politically motivated detentions. The United States is not alone in its assistance. Ethiopia has also used hacking technologies obtained from abroad to spy on diaspora living in the United States. It is high time for the US administration and Congress to reckon with the human rights abuses of the Ethiopian government, and how the sharing of national security technologies is enabling the regime.
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Ethiopia must let Somalia determine its own fate

1 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jamal Osman*
Somalia will not be able to assert itself and prosper until Ethiopia stops meddling in its affairs. Western nations also need to reevaluate their support of the Ethiopian regime if they ever want to see peace in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia has long been a thorn in the side of Somalia, a troublesome neighbour, and an obstacle to regional peace.
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Eritrea:                                       Anecdotes of indefinite anarchy

6 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Abraham T Zere*, Aljazeera

“A country preparing for dawn. We grow less intelligent.”

–Mahmoud Darwish, Under Siege
If available at all, facts about many crucial issues in Eritrea fail to capture the reality in the country. Reading the news about Eritrea, an outsider would not understand the extent and complexity of its transformation: from a country with a promising future into the personal fiefdom of President Isaias Afwerki and his clique at the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ).
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Fire under Ashes:                            The Ongoing Struggle for Human Rights in Ethiopia

29 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Elizabeth Fraser, Oakland Institute
As massive protests swept across Ethiopia last year, the dire human rights situation in the country made headlines around the world. The Financial Times described it as Ethiopia’s “Tiananmen Square moment,” and then-US Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Tom Malinowski called the government’s crackdowns on dissent “self-defeating tactics.”
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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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