Tag Archives: human rights violation

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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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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