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Continuing TPLF massacres in Ethiopia’s universities & non-combatants at Chelenko! Sadly, UNSG & his human rights office remain troublingly silent!

15 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory 

Ethiopia’s dangerously-evolving situation

The reality obtaining in Ethiopia right at this moment is that no individual, whether a parent, neighbour, a brother, or cousin, or unrelated citizen would be indifferent or unaffected by stories of security forces entering universities, dormitories too, at any time — as is repeatedly happening these days in the two largest regions of the country in terms of size and populations — eventually beating and killing students.

This is not a fiction. It has been happening in Ethiopian universities, mostly in Amhara and Oromia Regions.
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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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TPLF claims ‘UN accords its human rights accomplishments highest regard & acknowledgement’, Part II

25 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “Authorities have always recognized that to control the public they control information. The initial possessor of news and ideas has political power – the power to disclose or conceal, to announce some parts and not others, to hold back until opportunistic moments, to predetermine the interpretation of of what is revealed.”

    Prof. Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly (1987)

 

        I. The clash between lies & reality & the inescapable consequences

Part I of this article appeared under the title: Are official lies becoming TPLF’s preferred ways of running Ethiopia? That article’s goal has been to expose the endless lies and political propaganda by the TPLF regime, which in this case relates to what transpired in the morning of May 6, 2014 in Geneva when the United Nations examined Ethiopia’s human rights record under what is commonly known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism.
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Are official lies becoming TPLF ‘s preferred ways of running Ethiopia? Part I

21 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

                                                     — I —

    “Newspapers are read at the breakfast and dinner tables. God’s great gift to man is appetite. Put nothing in the paper that will destroy it.”

    W. R. Nelson, Publisher of the Kansas City Star, 1915, quoted in Ben H. Bagdikian’s The Media Monopoly 1987

This article is an expression of this writer’s disappointment at a news item that appeared Saturday on the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) page regarding the investigation by the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on May 6, 2014 of Ethiopia’s commitment, behavior and human rights performance as the Organization’s member, signatory to its Charter and several international human rights instruments.
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