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Ethiopia’s Bloody Crackdown: The Case for International Justice

19 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Felix Horne, Huffington Post
 
Ethiopian security forces gunned down at least 100 people a week ago in the bloodiest weekend in the ninth month of anti-government protests. Unlike previous protests, which have been largely confined to the Oromia region, the protests on August 6 and 7 were also in the northern Amhara region. Altogether at least 500 people have been killed since November and tens of thousands have been detained during the largely peaceful protests.
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Repressive TPLF regime court rules two Zone9 bloggers to face charges of inciting violence

7 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
CPJ Statement
 
Ethiopia’s Supreme Court today ruled that two bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, previously acquitted of terrorism charges, should be tried instead on charges of inciting violence through their writing. If convicted of the charge, Atnaf Berhane and Natnail Feleke would face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, according to the Addis Standard newspaper.
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Why is Western media ignoring ongoing atrocity in Ethiopia?

6 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Lys Anzia*, The Huffington Post
 
She spoke to me with tears in her eyes describing the calculated execution of her own people. Even though Atsede Kazachew feels relatively safe as an Ethnic Amharic Ethiopian woman living inside the United States, she is grieving for all her fellow ethnic Ethiopians both Amharic and Omoro who have been mercilessly killed inside her own country.
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Tampere University of Technology sought to honor Ethiopian tyrant with honorary degree – its opponents expect an apology

30 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Mikko Paakkanen* Helsingin Sanomat  

    The Tampere University of Technology (TUT) was about to honor the Ethiopian tyrant with honorary doctorate degree. This action by the university has caused offense and there is a feeling apology is in order.
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US Congressional Hearing: Democracy Under threat in Ethiopia

11 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Subcommittee Hearing: Democracy Under Threat in Ethiopia
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Thursday’s Human Rights Watch Statement on Ethiopia to US Congress

10 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, members of the Subcommittee: thank you for holding this important hearing on the current situation in Ethiopia and for inviting me to testify. I am pleased to be a part of it.

Ethiopia is a country of dual realities. Visitors and diplomats alike are impressed with the double-digit economic growth, the progress on development indicators, and the apparent political stability. But in many ways, this is a smokescreen: many Ethiopians live in fear. The current government – the only one since 1991 – runs the country with an almost complete grip on power, controlling almost all aspects of political, public, and even much private life. Pervasive telephone and online surveillance and an intricate network of informants allow the government to quickly curb any threats to its control; it silences critical voices through the use of arbitrary arrests and politically motivated prosecutions. These actions also prevent critical and divergent views as many who may be impacted by these harsh policies fear repercussions.
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The TPLF’s plan, a people’s protest and a government’s response

10 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Amnesty International
 
The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on 9 October 2016. Protests in Oromia, which later spread to Amhara and other regions, had been ongoing since November 2015.

The protests in the Oromia Region in November 2015 were initially against the government’s Addis Ababa ‘Master Plan’, which would have extended the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia Regional State. Protesters were concerned that the Master Plan would lead to evictions of Oromo farmers living in the outskirts of the capital.
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Amhara teachers’ rebellion slowly gaining impulse. Seyoum Teshome’s ordeals mirror in myopic TPLF-led nation what to be a teacher means!

9 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

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