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Release of ‘coup’ suspects without charge follows continued abuse of anti-terrorism law, AI report

31 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The release without charge of 22 government critics who were arrested and detained for months on allegations of terrorism illustrates the Ethiopian authorities’ continued abuse of the country’s anti-terror laws, Amnesty International said today.

“For them to have been detained for four months without an iota of evidence being adduced is blatantly unjust.”

—Fisseha Tekle, Amnesty International’s researcher for Ethiopia

The 22, released late on Tuesday, were among more than 200 people arrested in June after the killing of army chief Seare Mekonnen and Amhara Regional State President Ambachew Mekonnen – termed an attempted coup by the Ethiopian government. Most of those arrested have since been quietly released without being formally charged in court.

“The release of these 22 people without formal charges ever being filed against them is one consequence of the authorities’ continued misuse of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to arbitrarily arrest and detain government critics. For them to have been detained for four months without an iota of evidence being adduced is blatantly unjust,” said Fisseha Tekle, Amnesty International’s Ethiopia researcher.

“The Anti-Terrorism Proclamation continues to be the government’s tool of choice for arbitrarily arresting people. Dozens of other people are still languishing in detention under the ambiguous and overly broad anti-terrorism law.”

—Fisseha Tekle, Amnesty International’s researcher for Ethiopia

“The Anti-Terrorism Proclamation continues to be the government’s tool of choice for arbitrarily arresting people. Dozens of other people are still languishing in detention under the ambiguous and overly broad anti-terrorism law. They must be immediately released or charged with clearly defined and recognizable offences.”


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Amnesty International is calling on the Ethiopian authorities to expedite the revision of the anti-terrorism law in line with international human rights standards. The revised law should among other things provide suspects with the right to bail pending trial, as well as ensure any criminal offence is clearly defined in accordance with international human rights law.

Five Ethiopian journalists arrested one month ago and arraigned in court on 3 October on charges of “incitement to terrorism” must be released immediately and unconditionally, after the police failed to produce any shred of evidence for their alleged crimes, Amnesty International said today.

“It is shocking that after a whole month of arbitrarily detaining the journalists incommunicado, all the Ethiopian police could produce in court was a file containing a letter they sent to the National Intelligence and Security Services asking for assistance in investigating the matter.

“It is shocking that after a whole month of arbitrarily detaining the journalists incommunicado, all the Ethiopian police could produce in court was a file containing a letter they sent to the National Intelligence and Security Services asking for assistance in investigating the matter.

—Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes”

 

 

በእስር ላይ የሚገኙት ሁለቱ ጋዜጠኞች አናኒያ ሶሪና ኤሊያስ ገብሩ ለተመድ ዋና ጸሃፊ፣ለአፍሪካ ኅብረትና የአሜሪካ አምባሳደር ግልጽ ደብዳቤ ጻፉ

1 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
በጋዜጠኞች ኤልያስ ገብሩና አናንያ ሶሪ
 
ለተባበሩት መንግሥታት ድርጅት ዋና ፀሐፊ፡- አንቶኒዮ ጉተሬስ
በአፍሪካ ህብረት የአሜሪካ አምባሳደር ፡- ሜሪ በት ሊዮናርድ
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በአንድ ሉዓላዊ ሀገር ውስጥ፣ ሕዝብና መንግሥት የሚግባቡበት ጤናማ ግንኙነት እንዲኖራቸው የሕግ እና ሕገ-መንግሥታዊ ሥርዓት መኖሩ ቀዳሚው መሠረት መሆኑ ይታመናል፡፡ በሕግ አግባብ ሥርዓትን ተከትላ የምትተዳደር ሀገርም ወደ እድገትና ብልፅግና በሂደት መሸጋገሯ አይቀርም፡፡ ከእዚህ በተቃራኒው የሚጓዙ ሀገራት ደግሞ ችግርና መከራዎቻቸው ተዘርዝረው አያልቁም፡፡

መስከረም 28 ቀን 2009ዓ.ም በሀገራችን ኢትዮጵያ የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ ለስድስት ወራት “እንደ አስፈላጊነቱ ተፈፃሚ ይሆናል” በሚል “በኢፌድሪ መንግሥት” መውጣቱ ይታወቃል፡፡ የአዋጁ መውጣትም የሀገሪቱ ሰላምና ደህንነት ተናግቶ አደገኛ ደረጃ ላይ መድረሱን እንደሚያሳይ መንግሥት በወቅቱ ገልፆ ነበር፡፡ ነገር ግን አዋጁ ከመሠረታዊ የሰብዓዊ መብቶችና ከሕገ-መንግሥታዊ ድንጋጌዎች ጋር ይጋጫል፡፡ በተለይም የመረጃ ልውውጥን ፣ በነጻነት የማሰብ ተፈጥሮአዊ እና ህገ-መንግሥታዊ መብቶችንና የመረጃ ምንጮችን የመከታተል መብቶችን ሙሉ በሙሉ ይጨፈልቃል፡፡ ከሰብዓዊና ዲሞክራሲያዊ መብቶችም ጋር በግልፅ ይጻረራል፡፡
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Half-hearted Statement By US National Security Council On the Arrest of Journalists in Ethiopia

31 Dec

Editor’s Note:

    It is long overdue for the United States Administration to pay attention to the hell the lives of Ethiopians have turned into. It is an indiscriminate repression of the citizens of that country the TPLF has been perpetrating. Of late, it has gone from bad to worse.
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Obama’s Visit to Ethiopia Must Extend Relationship Beyond Security and Business

25 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Daniel Finnan, Radio France International (RFI)

Rights activists and press freedom advocates are pushing US President Barack Obama to raise concerns over political space, press freedom and human rights in Ethiopia, ahead of his trip to Addis Ababa this weekend. Obama is expected to arrive on Sunday in his first visit to Ethiopia, which the White House says will help “accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security”.
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At long last, UK makes known its worries about the state of media freedoms in Ethiopia: UK must back this with concrete actions

15 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

We were concerned about continuing restrictions on press freedoms and freedom of expression in Ethiopia in 2014, including through use of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). Those detained under the ATP include members of opposition groups, journalists, peaceful protesters, and others seeking to exercise freedom of assembly or expression.
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Human rights organization accuses TPLF regime of crackdown on journalists before election

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Marthe van der Wolf, VOA

ADDIS ABABA — A new report by Human Rights Watch accuses the Ethiopia’s government of systematically cracking down on media ahead of the May 2015 elections. The report, released Thursday, details how Ethiopia has restricted independent reporting since 2010.
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TPLF ‘decimates’ free press in Ethiopia, says rights group

22 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Nairobi (AFP) – The Ethiopian government is stepping up oppression of independent journalists ahead of national elections due in May, a leading rights group said in a report on Thursday.
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Unfortunate plight: Ethiopian journalists must choose between being locked up or locked out

31 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Nicole Schilit, Journalist Assistance Associate

A sharp increase in the number of Ethiopian journalists fleeing into exile has been recorded by the Committee to Protect Journalists in the past 12 months. More than 30–twice the number of exiles CPJ documented in 2012 and 2013 combined–were forced to leave after the government began a campaign of arrests. In October, Nicole Schilit of CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program and Martial Tourneur of partner group Reporters Without Borders traveled to Nairobi in Kenya to meet some of those forced to flee.
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