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Ethiopia: A call to the true sons and daughters of Tigray

28 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Yohannes Berhe, Ottawa, Canada
 

“Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come” the great Victor Hugo uttered these enduring words more than a century ago. And yet, one would be hard pressed to find more fitting words to describe the crises currently unfolding in Ethiopia. A few months back it was the southern part of the nation (Oromigna speaking area of the nation to be precise) that was engulfed in a vast array of spontaneous protests against the TPLF dominated regime. The most recent one is Gonder, one of the northernmost and oldest regions of Ethiopia. Given the most stifling political environment and the complete shutdown of the political space, this worrisome development is not at all surprising. Added to the total lack of democratic legitimacy, the officially sanctioned ethnic policy is an aggravating factor that is pushing our country into uncharted water. The focus of my commentary is indeed to underscore the danger of this hyper-ethnicized political environment as far as the Tigrayan community is concerned.Map of Tigray region.
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When constitutionalism is subordinated to intensifying TPLF’s politics of repression

16 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Addis Fortune editorial: Constitutionalism Flourishes When All Ideas Contend
 

There is a growing tendency within the rank and file of the ruling party to consider the Constitution as a sacred document not to be debated, argued against and maintain reservation about. Opining against the provisions and premises of constitutional provisions is widely considered a crime. This is so even if the Constitution rightly depicts the right of individuals to “hold opinions without interference” and even “impart information and ideas of all kinds…through any medium of choice.”
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Alarm Bells for Ethiopia’s 100% Election Victory

25 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Felix Horne

Elections where a ruling party wins 100 percent of the seats in parliament should always ring alarm bells. Results in Ethiopia from the May 24 general election, released Monday, are no exception. According to Ethiopia’s National Electoral Board, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition won 546 parliamentary seats (with the 547th seat still to be announced).
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Killings & Disappearances in Ethiopia: Amnesty International calls for expeditious investigations

25 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Amnesty Press Release, June 23, 2015

The suspicious murder of opposition leaders and wide-spread human rights violations against opposition party members over the past few weeks raises questions about Ethiopia’s elections, said Amnesty International as the parliamentary poll results were announced yesterday.
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Ethiopia’s crackdown on dissent drives opposition to push for ‘freedom first’

11 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by William Davison

On the very day Ethiopia’s ruling party celebrated another crushing electoral victory, a young blogger on trial under anti-terrorism laws in an Addis Ababa courtroom lashed out at the authorities.
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Ethiopian Election 2015:                    “No desire from outside world to destabilize this regime. It’s not giving us any trouble; it’s a good destination for investment.”

24 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Heidi Vogt, Wall Street Journal

NAIROBI, Kenya—Ethiopians went to the polls Sunday for the country’s first national election since the death of longtime ruler Meles Zenawi, a vote the ruling party was expected to win overwhelmingly following what rights groups call years of suppression of political opposition.
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Ethiopian election 2015: UNDP reacts to charges it is promoting TPLF regime, albeit mere denial

20 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

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The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO) is very grateful for the response received and clarifications provided by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Ethiopia Office to the charges and criticisms of how Resident Representative Eugene Owusu handled himself on Monday, 14 May 2015 regarding his presumed role of being electoral patriarch in Ethiopia, especially in the lead to the finale of Sunday’s voting hours.
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የውጭ ፖሊሲ ላይ የተደረገው የ2015 የፓርቲዎች ውይይት፡ ኢትዮጵያ ጣጣሽ ጀመረ እንጂ አላለቀም!

19 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

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