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How State Restrictions Are Reshaping Civic Space Around the World: The Case of Ethiopia Under Rogue TPLF Included

26 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Saskia Brechernmacher, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace May 22, 2017

“In addition to heightened administrative and legal harassment, activists fear prosecution under sweeping anti-terrorism measures. Ethiopian authorities have used the 2009 Anti-Terror Proclamation to selectively target journalists, lawyers, and civil society leaders…In Ethiopia, the 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation effectively bars a wide range of advocacy and rights organizations from receiving external support—while preserving access to such funding for development and service delivery organizations…In Ethiopia, hundreds of organization decided to abandon rights-based programming and shift their focus toward politically neutral capacity-building and local service delivery in order to preserve their access to foreign support. A 2011 survey found that 70% of development NGOs and 44% of human rights organizations changed their mandates and activities in response to the government’s NGO regulations.

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Civil Society Under Assault: Repression and Responses in Russia, Egypt and Ethiopia

21 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Saskia Brechenmacher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 18, 2017
The closing of civic space has become a defining feature of political life in an ever-increasing number of countries. Civil society organizations worldwide are facing systematic efforts to reduce their legitimacy and effectiveness. Russia, Egypt, and Ethiopia have been at the forefront of this global trend. In all three countries, governments’ sweeping assault on associational life has forced civic groups to reorient their activities, seek out new funding sources, and move toward more resilient organizational models. Competing security and geopolitical interests have muddled U.S. and European responses, with governments divided over the value of aggressive pushback versus continued engagement.
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12 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Caroline Baylon*
Moscow helped ensure that the only candidate who will be friendly to Russia has gained office.
From Iran to Chile, covert CIA-backed operations were responsible for installing leaders friendly to the U.S. in countries around the world in an attempt to gain supremacy over the then-Soviet Union during the Cold War. Russia seems to have taken a page from the U.S. playbook and one upped it, as it may have significantly contributed to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
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Gentler resolution on situation of human rights in Eritrea garners consensus at HRC, exposing TPLF political machinations

6 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

At long last, even after a border clash involving several deaths between Eritrea and Ethiopia last month, the Human Rights Council (HRC) at the closing of its session on July 1, 2016 appropriately resolved the shame and anomaly by rejecting the original draft resolution’s operative paragraph 17, already in circulation. Instead it adopted an orally revised understanding, which removes the idea of referral to the Security Council. This helped member states to adopt it by consensus.
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Vladimir Putin bids for major world role as his forces move into Syria

27 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Emma Graham-Harrison and Alec Luhn

    Last week satellite images revealed Russia’s military expansion in Syria, with deployments of troops, tanks and warplanes. Now western governments are scrambling to respond to the shift in power in the Middle East

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Niinistö says ‘We can’t stand by while common values are threatened’

27 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Helsinki (YLE news) Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö has made a strong defence of EU sanctions on Russia, despite the cost to the Finnish economy. Addressing Finnish ambassadors in Helsinki, Niinistö also touched on Finland’s defence alliances and possible Nato membership.
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The national interest: Merkel asks Ukraine “to keep sense of proportion” in its fight against separatists

13 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

(Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a phone call late on Thursday to keep a sense of proportion in his actions against separatists and to protect civilians, a German government spokesman said on Friday.

“The Chancellor urged President Poroshenko to maintain a sense of proportion in his legitimate actions against the separatists and to protect the civilian population,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

“Both agreed that talks of the contact group … are urgently needed now in order to begin the implementation of Poroshenko’s peace plan and a mutual ceasefire,” he said.

Could President El-Sisi be sincere in vowing not to allow rift with Ethiopia?

10 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Egypt’s new President Abdul Fatah El-Sisi came to office Sunday June 8, 2014, declaring – in his words – “It is time for our great people to reap the harvest of their two revolutions.” This reference relates to Mubarak’s overthrow by the first revolution. The second revolution brought to power the Field Marshal and defense minister turned civilian now President of Egypt, after he overthrew the first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi a year ago in a coup d’etat.
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