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How long can Ethiopia’s state of emergency keep the lid on anger?

12 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by William Davison, The Guardian
 
A state crackdown has silenced ethnic Oromo people in Ethiopia, but grievances over land and rights, and a lack of political options, could reignite protests

 Oromo people stage a protest against the government near the Hora Lake at Debre Zeyit. Photograph: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Oromo people stage a protest against the government near the Hora Lake at Debre Zeyit. Photograph: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

In a muted show of defiance near Ethiopia’s capital city, a tall farmer glanced around before furtively crossing his arms below his waist to make the Oromo people’s resistance symbol.
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Ethiopia on the brink? Politics and protest in the horn of Africa

3 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Andrea Carboni*
 

Ethiopia is 12 months in to a political crisis which has seen at least 1,000 people killed. But unless the government introduces significant reforms, it will get worse.

An unprecedented wave of protests has shaken Ethiopia since November 2015. These protests have revealed the fragility of the social contract regulating Ethiopia’s political life since 1991, when the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition (EPRDF) overthrew the Derg and assumed power. This tacit agreement between the ruling coalition and the Ethiopian people offered state-sponsored development in exchange for limited political liberalisation. After twenty-five years of EPRDF rule, frustrated with widespread corruption, a political system increasingly perceived as unjust and the unequal gains of economic development, hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have now descended into the streets, triggering a violent reaction from the state.
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Never Again? Inside Ethiopia’s “retraining” programme for thousands of detained protesters

27 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Kalkidan Yibeltal*
 

Detainees rounded up in the state of emergency were treated to a six-part course that included units in “Constitutional Democracy”, “Colour Revolutions” and “Ethiopian Renaissance”.

Looking drained last month, thousands of Ethiopian detainees swore on their release from prison to “Never Again” protest against the government. Or at least that’s what was written on their t-shirts in the well-choreographed scenes shown by the state broadcaster.
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ታስረው የተፈቱት ‘ሥልጠና ላይ ከረሙ’ ተባለ፤ ግርፋትና ሰቆቃ ተፈጽሞብናል የሚሉም አሉ! የቱን እንመን? አሁን በአካባቢያቸው የሚደርስባቸው ነገር እንደማይኖርና ተረጋግተው መደበኛ ሕይወታቸውን እንዲቀጥሉ ተነግሯቸዋል! ተግዳሮቶቻቸውን ወይንስ የቱን ይመኑ?

24 Dec

“አይደገምም!” – ጉልበተኛው ተጠቂውን የሚያስገባው ግዴታ! (ኢዜአ ፎቶ)


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

ከሰሞኑ ሕወሃት አሥር ሺ የሚጠጉ ነጻነታቸውንና መብቶቻቸውን የተገፈፉ ታጋዮችን ቢፈታም፣ ነገሩ ውሃ ቅዳ ውሃ መልስ ሆኖ፣ የአምቦ ተማሪዎች ለረዥም ጊዜ የታሠሩ የፖለቲካ እሥረኞች ይፈቱ በማለት ሠልፍ በማድረግ ሲጠይቁ፡ እንደተለመደው የሕወሃት ኮማንዶች ተማሪዎቹን በመክበብ ብዙዎቹን ከቀጠቀጡ በኋል ቁጥራቸው ከፍተኛ የሆነ ወጣቶችን ወደ እሥር ወርውረዋቸዋል!
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Human Rights Groups to Ethiopia: Where Is Jailed Journalist?

14 Dec

Posted By The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by The New York Times
 
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Human rights groups are asking Ethiopia’s government to immediately disclose the whereabouts of a popular local journalist who has been behind bars since October 2014.

The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia and DefendDefenders on Wednesday called it “unacceptable” that the government was unwilling or unable to provide Temesgen Desalegn’s relatives with information after two years of detention.

The groups say Temesgen was jailed on “spurious charges.” The journalist is serving a three-year sentence on charges of defamation, incitement and false publication.

The public relations head of the Ethiopian Federal Prison Administration, Gizachew Mengiste, tells The Associated Press he has no information about Temesgen’s whereabouts

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in October amid massive anti-government protests, leading to the arrest of at least two journalists.

Ethnic tension could see Ethiopia descending into civil war

9 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by James Jeffrey

No longer are bands of young men marauding on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, trying to set fire to foreign-owned factories. Nearly two months into Ethiopia’s six-month state of emergency, it appears to be having the desired effect: protests rocking its two most populous regions have subsided.
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በአትላንታ የኦሮሞች ስብሰባ ላይ ምን ተከናወነ? አዘጋጆቹ ይናገራሉ!

15 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 


 

Ethiopia’s dissident Olympian says ‘Ethiopia could become another Libya’

11 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by EurActiv
 

EXCLUSIVE/ Ethiopia – one of the EU’s largest recipients of development aid and a key partner in the new Emergency Trust Fund for Africa for halting the flow of migrants – garnered unwelcome headlines last summer, when Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms in protest at the treatment of the Oromia and Amhara peoples.
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