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አዲዮስ ዲሞክራሲ!                     የጥላቻ ንግግር ሕግ ረቂቅ ቀረበ: ኦዴፓ ሕዝብ ለማፈን ዝግጅቱን አጠናቀቀ ማለት ነው!

10 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“It is possible to take seriously both the potential harm in hate speech and Roosevelt’s warning about censorship. There can be little doubt that what the scholar Susan Benesch calls “dangerous speech” has contributed to atrocities and even genocide in places including Rwanda, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. But outside narrow categories of speech that may incite violence, it is difficult to define hate speech without affecting political speech or targeting specific groups. This is amply demonstrated by Guterres himself, since he seems to include fake news in the category of hate speech.”

—The U.N. Hates Hate Speech More Than It Loves Free Speech


“Though hate crime laws are intended to protect minorities from unnecessary cruelty, they ultimately grant more power to people who are likely to abuse it. When legislation targets speech– especially abhorrent speech–it becomes a way for the powerful to subjugate others and evade responsibility.”

The Harms of Hate Crime Laws Are Becoming More and More




UN expresses concern over TPLF massacre of Amhara Wolidya residents during religious event; urges independent & impartial investigation

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Spokesperson

“We are extremely concerned by the use of force by security officials against worshippers celebrating the Ethiopian Orthodox festival of Epiphany this weekend that left at least seven people dead and a number injured.

The incident, in Woldiya City in Amhara Regional State on 20 January, reportedly took place when the security forces tried to stop people from chanting anti-government songs and allegedly opened fire on them. Protesters reportedly later blocked roads and destroyed a number of properties.
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TPLF regime continues jailing opponents despite promise to release political prisoners

10 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
ESAT News (January 10, 2018) Ethiopian regime prosecutors brought “treason” and “terrorism” charges against political opponents a week after the Prime Minister promised to release political prisoners to bring what he called “national consensus” and “broaden the political space.”

Five soldiers in Eastern Ethiopia were accused of recruiting members of the army to join the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) an opposition group outlawed by the regime, according to The Reporter.

The prosecutor accused that the soldiers were plotting to carry out missions by the OLF.

Meanwhile, a court in Addis Ababa sentences a political prisoner to four years in prison, according a local journalist who follows court proceedings of political opponents.

Girum Asnake and others were accused of being members and supporters of Patriotic Ginbot 7, also outlawed by the regime.

Asnake argued in court that written evidences presented by regime prosecutors were fabricated.

Eleven US Senators condemn human rights violations in Ethiopia, a hopeful resumption with little more work, belated though

22 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The draft bill co-sponsored by eleven United States senators, titled Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia, has been referred to committee since April 20, 2016.
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US Congress’s message on eve of Obama’s visit: Special Order on Human Rights in Ethiopia

25 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Congressman Mike Honda’s statement:

Representative Mike Honda is founder and co-chair of the Congressional Ethiopian American caucus:

“In advance of President Obama’s historic trip to Ethiopia, I led discussion on the House Floor as the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Ethiopian American Caucus to speak on the importance of our nation’s relationship with Ethiopia. The President’s trip provides a unique opportunity to promote democratic institutions including respect for freedom of speech and human rights, in addition to supporting economic, health, food security, and humanitarian development in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian diaspora here in the United States are the natural bridges and ambassadors to build and strengthen the economic, strategic, and humanitarian connections between our nations.”
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State intolerance to dissent in Ethiopia concretized before election as TPLF’s program of action

6 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ESAT News at the beginning of this month reported that the Addis Abeba regime is considering ways of trouncing legal and local opposition parties, threatening and demoralizing their supporters under the convenient pretexts of ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’ – the anti-terrorism law as its potent weapon.
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ESAT Bezhi Samint: Case Andargachew Tsige

28 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

A must watch ESAT interview with Tamagne Beyene, Ermias Legesse and Wendimagegne Gashu on Andargachew Tsige’s abduction and how the TPLF operates.


Ethiopian civil society at the crossroads

16 Aug

Editor’s Note:

    I began to read this article already flustered by its title. In speaking about “civil society at crossroads…”, I thought, it has totally lost it. But I am glad I summoned patience to persevere through it, which in the end helped me make peace with its author, after I finished reading the piece. Nonetheless, I remain uneasy about the title for the simple reason that Ethiopian civil society has long been more than six feet under, thanks to Meles Zenawi and the TPLF in particular, as the writer has tentatively pointed out.
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