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Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

15 Jul

Screenshot from one of Seena’s viral Afan Oromo ‘resistance songs’ from the group’s YouTube channel.


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, GlobalVoice
 
Seven producers and performers of a popular YouTube music video were charged in Ethiopia in late June with terrorism for producing ‘inciting’ audio-visual materials and ‘uploading them on YouTube’.

The group members were arrested in December 2016 and were held in detention without charges until last month.
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The Fraught Relationship Between Ethiopia’s Capital City and Largest State

7 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, Global Voice
 

At the end of June, the Ethiopian Council of Ministers revealed a bill that seeks to address questions of social services, language, education and culture involving the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, and Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region within which Addis Ababa is located.

The government and its supporters say the law is needed to redress the historical injustices that the people of Oromia suffered since the establishment of Addis Ababa. Critics see the law as a tactic to disenfranchise the residents of Addis Ababa. Some go further in their allegation that the law is intended to worsen the already sensitive ethnic relations in Ethiopia.
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Human rights & the election of the next WHO director-general: Public accountability now

18 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Eric A. Friedman, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law
 

I believe that human rights, and the right to health in particular, should be a top priority of and guiding principle for the next WHO Director-General, whom the world’s health ministers will choose at the World Health Assembly in May. Human rights, after all, encompass the values needed to achieve health for all and health justice, such as equity, non-discrimination, universality, participation, and accountability. They are legally binding precepts. Above all, they embrace human dignity, and the utmost respect for all people in health systems and health-related decisions. They embody the notion of people-centered health services.
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Executive summary: US State Dept 2016 report on human rights practices in Ethiopia

5 Mar

Editor’s Note:

    Inside this year’s report, in its opening page what is reported about prosecution of corrupt officials is not entirely correct.

    It states that the Ethiopian regime “generally did not take steps to prosecute or otherwise punish officials who committed abuses other than corruption.” An individual or individuals in Ethiopia are seized and taken ‘to court’ for corruption under one major premise – the corrupt individuals are not TPLF leaders and generally Tigreans in good standing with the regime.

    By this operating procedure under the martial law, those who are penalized or their resources seized on mere suspicion are non-Tigrean Ethiopians, mostly Amharas and Oromos! This is a blind spot in this year’s human rights report.
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Why Ethiopia’s Security Council membership is detrimental to human rights & int’l peace & security Part I

24 Dec

Blatta Ephrem Tewelde Medhen, Minister to the United States and member of the Ethiopian delegation  to the United Nations Organization Conference, signing on behalf of Ethiopia the United Nations Charter at San Francisco on 26 June 1945 (Credit: UN Photo)

Blatta Ephrem Tewelde Medhen, Minister to the United States and member of the Ethiopian delegation to the United Nations Organization Conference, signing on behalf of Ethiopia the United Nations Charter at San Francisco on 26 June 1945 (Credit: UN Photo)


 
By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
The inspiration for this commentary comes from Ethiopia’s current preparations to assume for the third time its seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from January 1, 2017 for two-year term. As one of the 15 members of the Security Council and a full participant in its work, Ethiopia is also required to represent the interests of the peoples and governments of Africa.

Blatta Ephram Tewelde Medhin's signature of the UN Charter (UN record)

Blatta Ephram Tewelde Medhin’s signature of the UN Charter (UN record)

For a founding member of the Organization that signed the Charter on June 26, 1945, along with two other African nations – Egypt and Liberia – to my mind, this third term is either a reflection of our nation’s inadequacies, or a record of its poor performance within the 71-year old United Nations, or perhaps an issue that requires resolution within itself.
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Eritrea’s message to TPLF at UNGA: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

30 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
The quote in the title is taken from the New Testament, Luke 6:42 (New International Translation).
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U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner contemplates investigations into killings in Amhara and Oromiya; those “peacefully protesting should be released promptly”

10 Aug

Editor’s Note:


    Civilized international conduct demands that the weekend massacres in Ethiopian should be taken seriously. Long before this latest one, there have been voices calling for an investigation into killings by the state and torture in Ethiopia. These were not heeded, because of which several scores of Ethiopians have been killed for expressing their dissatisfaction with the situation in the country.
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Brexit: Could it cleanse and sanitize the international non-sytem?

24 Jun

TEO Editorial :

Sanitization moment for the international system

UK’s withdrawal (Brexit) from the European Union (EU), a continental organization that for long has lost its ways, may be a revolution. We would dare to say that it may possibly have positive implications to the international system, which has become a non-system.

Difficult as Brexit may be for the people of the United Kingdom, experts and the media should refrain from weaving its story out of strands of doom and gloom.
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