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‘We fear for our lives’: how rumours over sugar saw Ethiopian troops kill

8 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Tom Gardner in Ambo, The Guardian
It began with a rumour. On 25 October, residents of Ambo, 120km west of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, heard word on social media that a shipment of smuggled sugar was due to pass through town.

“Sugar is so expensive now, the price has tripled,” explains 18-year-old Israel, a first-year undergraduate at Ambo University. “And they’re exporting it to other parts of the country but the people here don’t have any. It’s not fair.”
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With corrupt & repressive TPLF regime Ethiopia becoming a failed state a matter of time, while peacefully averted march on Harar by Oromos another poignant signal

5 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Bereaved families in Ethiopia, according to Aljazeera in its Ethiopia’s bereaved families seek justice, are demanding justice for 650 anti-government protesters who were killed last year.

They were from the largest ethnic group, the Oromo, and died during a government crackdown on dissent, as extensively reported by various international news sources and on a continual basis.

Despite repeated government promises that security forces responsible for civilian deaths will be punished, so far no one has been charged.
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As Ethiopia is slowly sinking into turmoil, TPLF is finding tricky commemorating dictator Meles Zenawi’s 5th expiration anniversary

12 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
This article goes against a longstanding Ethiopian religious teaching: don’t utter anything bad about the dead.

Probably it is a good thing, something that has shaped our citizens into the decent people they are, though have been unlucky with national leaders. I must, therefore, add that teaching has certainly not been enough to help us enjoy meaningful earthy life nor, as a people, has it so far assured us of our heavenly place.

To come to the point, the cruel rape by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of our country on my mind, I have chosen to happily accept consequences of going against that Ethiopian standard of behaviour, instead of continuing to witness the endless abuses and exploitation by and servitude of our people to the ethnic mafiosi in power for a quarter century now!

Surprise! Surprise! Saturday is fifth anniversary of Meles Zenawi’s expiration. He was the cruelest of dictators, who has badly poisoned our country’s future and ruined its prospects to become a break out nation.
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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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It’s a mindset/political culture in Ethiopia today things should be done at someone’s expense – the TPLF has institutionalized – Part I

21 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Ethiopia under the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is quietly experimenting its mini-nationalization of investor properties and enterprises.

Addis Abeba, Washington’s yet unsorted ally, its move would be seen as one of the most bizarre anomaly of our time. Given that the United States now is under the most hawkish business tycoon, in his own right the first United States billionaire President Donald Trump, members of his cabinet of similar wealths, the Ethiopian regime’s move is likely to smack the new US Administration on the face.

Such nationalization, anathema to the United States, the Trump Administration experiences in less than two months since assuming power could irk many, coming as it does as the most despicable political eccentricity under their early watch.
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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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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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በኦፌኮ ሊቀመንበር ዶክተር መረራ ጉዲና ላይ ሕወሃት በሕገ ቢስ የቀልድ ፍርድ ቤቱ ሁለት ክሶች መሠረተባቸው

3 Mar

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

በሕውሃት የዜና ማሠራጫ ፋና ዛሬ ከቀትር በኋካ እንደተዘገበው፣ ክሱ በፌዴራል ከፍተኛ ፍርድ ቤት ልደታ ምድብ 19ኛ ወንጀል ችሎት ነው የቀረበባቸው። የክሱም ይዘቶች የሚከተሉት ሁለቱ ናቸው፦

    (ሀ) “የኦፌኮ አመራርነታቸውን እና የፖለቲካ ድርጅቱን እንደ ሽፋን ተጠቅመው የፖለቲካዊ፣ የሃይማኖታዊ ወይም የአይዶሎጂ አላማን ለማራመድ በማሰብ በመንግስት ላይ ተፅዕኖን በማሳደር የሃገሪቱን ማህበራዊ፣ ፖለቲካዊ፣ ኢኮኖሚ እንቅስቃሴ ለማናጋትና ለማፈራረስ በማቀድ ተቀሳቅሰዋል”

    (ለ) “በ2008 ዓ.ም በምዕራብ ሸዋ ዞን አምቦ አካባቢ የሚገኙ ፕሮጀክቶችን የአምቦ ካራ የመንገድ ግንባታ በመቆራረጥ፣ ካምፕ በማቃጠል፣ በተሽከርካሪዎችና ማሽነሪዎች ላይ ከ2,957,000 ብር በላይ የሚያወጣ ንብረት እንዲወድም አስደርገዋል”

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