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TPLF courts continue handing down prison terms to political prisoners, despite latest promise of releases

11 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ESAT News (January 11, 2018) Ethiopian courts, seen by many as instruments of the oppressive regime, have continued handing down prison terms to dissidents who insist terrorism charges brought against them were politically motivated.

A court in Addis Ababa today sentenced thirty-three defendants to prison terms ranging from 15 to 18 years for allegedly being members and supporters of an opposition group, Patriotic Ginbot 7.
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የፖለቲካ እሥረኞች በመፍታት ስም የፖለቲካ ከሃዲነቱ ማብቂያ የሌለው ሕወሃት የጀመረው ራሱን አክሳሚው ቅብጠት!

4 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)



Oromia placed under TPLF martial law, three months after the last one that enveloped the country for ten months

29 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)



    Legal Analysis of Ethiopia’s State of Emergency: Summary

    Was TPLF vice-chairman Debretsion Gebremichael saying yesterday in an interview on Tsinat Radio that the TPLF has no separate responsibility in administration of Ethiopia? Why is it the main body now imposing martial law administrative body designated by defence, police and the intelligence? Isn’t that clear deceit? Read the full story here:

    የሕወሃት ም/ሊቀመንበር ነፍሰ ገዳዩ ሕወሃትን ‘አመራር’ በእጃቸው ለማስገባት የሚያደርጉት ዝግጅት፡ከወዲሁ መጥፎና ክፉውን ገጽታቸውን በክህደት እያበሱ ያሉ አስመስሏቸዋል!


US Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski on situation in Ethiopia, after his latest leg into the country

22 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by VOA, Amharic Dec 17, 2016

    “[W]e are very deeply concerned that the current crisis may inhibit Ethiopia’s ability to reach those goals and because we know, we know Ethiopian history. We know what a true crisis in this country would look like and how much harm it could potentially do, not just to the people of this country, but to the region.”


VOA: Secretary Malinowski, I want to thank you for giving VOA this opportunity.

So as your travel schedule indicates, you were to meet with high-ranking government officials and policy leaders as well as civic organization leaders. How did these discussions strike you?

A/S Malinowski: This is my fourth visit to Ethiopia in the last year and a half, and every time I come I feel as if the discussions are richer and more candid, more comprehensive in going over the extraordinarily difficult challenges that Ethiopia faces right now.

When I was here last year for the first time, the government officials with whom I met already were acknowledging that following a long period in which their primary focus was economic development, the country would need to turn its focus to democratization. I argued to them then that the country was undergoing a process that could be likened to a boiling pot. And that when you have a boiling pot the thing to do is take the lid off, because either way it’s going to be boiling, and if you keep the lid on it’s going to explode.
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US expresses concern over TPLF terrorism charges against Oromo leaders; urges protecting & respecting constitutionally enshrined rights

30 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Hereunder is the full text of the US State Department statement:

    “The United States is deeply concerned by the Government of Ethiopia’s recent decision to file terrorism charges against Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) First Vice-Chairman Bekele Gerba and others in the Oromia region who were arrested in late 2015.
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የአሜሪካ መንግሥት በኢትዮጵያ በመካሄድ ላይ ያለውን ዘር ላይ የተመሠረተ ግድያና አፈና እንደገና ተቃወመ፤ የታሠሩት እንዲፈቱና ውይይት እንዲካሄድ ጠየቀ – ሰሞኑን ይህንን ዐይነቱን እርምጃ ማዕደ ኢሣት ክፉኛ ያጣጣለው ቢሆንም!

15 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

የአሜሪካ መንግሥት ጥር 14/2016 ባወጣው መግለጫ በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በሕወሃት መሪነት የሚፈጸመውን የኦሮሞ ሕዝብን ጭፍጨፋ እንደሚቃወም እንደገና አሰማ። በዚሁ መግለጫ በሃገሪቱ ሕገ መንግሥት መሠረት ኢትዮጵያውያን በሰላማዊ መንገድ የመቃወም መብታቸው መረጋገጡን አስታውሶ፡ መብቶቻቸውን ተግባራዊ ያደረጉ ሰላማዊ ዜጎች በግፍ መገደላቸው ክፉኛ እንደሚያሳስበው በዚሁ መግለጫ ውስጥ አሥምሮበታል።
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ለችግሮች መፈታትና ለሰላም መስፈን ግድ የሌለው ሕወሃት በፖሊሱና ደኅንነቱ አማካይነት በኦሮሞ ክልል ተማሪዎች ላይ ድል ተቀዳጅቻለሁ ይላል

3 Dec

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“በጥቂት ፀረ ሰላም ሀይሎች ተከስቶ የነበሩ ሁከቶች [የሕወሃት] ፀጥታ ሀይሎች ከየአከባቢዎቹ ነዋሪዎች ጋር በመሆን በቁጥጥር ስር አውለዋቸዋል” ይላሉ የኦሮሚያ ፖሊስ ኮሚሽን ኮሚሽነር ኢብራሂም ሀጂ ረቡዕ ማምሻውን ለፋና እንደተናገሩት። ዜናውን ለራሴ ሳነበው ቅጥፈት መሆኑን ገና ከመጀመሪያው ዐረፍተ ነገር ስለ ተገነዝብሁ የተለመደው ነገር ብየው ወደ ሌላ ሥራዪ ላመራ ነበር። ነግር ግን ግልጽ ላልሆነላቸው ወይንም መውያየት ለሚፈልጉ የራሴን ድርሻ በዚህ ጽህፍ ለማቅረብ መረጥሁ።
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GONDAR PRISON FIRE UPDATE 2: TPLF regime admits 17 lives were lost & a prisoner was shot escaping

2 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

We knew from the outset, what the TPLF regime would say about the Gondar maximum-security prison would be a lie. The fire did not cause much damage and no life was lost was the first explanation they announced on their media, citing as its source Commander Hassan Shifa, Chief of the Bahta Maximum-Security Prison.
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