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East Africa: Crackdowns on Protests, Free Expression – Prioritize Accountability, Redress for Victims

13 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Human Rights Watch
(Nairobi) – Clampdowns by governments in East Africa on peaceful protests and free expression severely threatened human rights in the region in 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.

Government security forces in Ethiopia, as well as in Uganda and Kenya, used unnecessary and disproportionate force to disperse largely peaceful protests, causing deaths and injuries. In Ethiopia, hundreds of protesters were killed this year. East African governments also used a range of tactics to curtail criticism of government policies and obstruct the work of journalists, notably with physical force, arbitrary arrests, and criminal charges. Across the region, governments failed to investigate and prosecute security force personnel for serious human rights abuses. Refugees, particularly in Kenya, faced threats of forced return.
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Uganda court orders closure of 63 schools backed by Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates: Uganda finally exposes billionaires’ profiteering in Africa under guise of philanthropy

6 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Coror Gaffey, Newsweek

Uganda’s High Court has ordered the closure of more than 60 primary schools run by a U.S. education company backed by Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates and Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg.

An official in the Ugandan education ministry told the BBC that the schools, which are attended by around 12,000 students across the country, would have to close immediately following the court ruling on Friday, despite being it the middle of the school term.
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Prof. Berhanu Nega in Washington D.C. on business – perhaps talking with Americans; he comments on AG7’s latest Arba Minch operations

15 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Regarding the recent military engagement between the TPLF regime and Arbengoch Ginbot 7 (AG7) forces, in its article of May 14, 2016 TEO questioned validity of the regime’s statement about its A – Z knowledge and whereabouts the of ‘Eritrea-recruitd-and-disptached’ destabilization force from its inception in Asmara to its arming, flight to Uganda, to its return by car to Kenya and then its entry into southern Ethiopia on land.
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“If we have to die on account of our freedom, we too have to kill”! –          Should Ethiopians & the TPLF too take Arba Minch operation as AG7’s first redemption of Prof. Berhanu Nega’s Maryland pledge?

14 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin* The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Arbengoch Ginbot 7 (AG7) Thursday officially claimed responsibility for the military action by its Southern Front Command that engaged the TPLF army in Arba Minch and its environs from May 7-9, 2016. It reported that it had killed 20 government solders, while wounding ‘not less than 50 enemy soldiers’, according to its statement quoted by ESAT.
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UPDATE ARBA MINCH 1: Taskforce claims capturing & killing ‘Eritrean recruits’ in southern ‘tip of Ethiopia’. ESAT confirms TPLF military commander & 20 soldiers killed, several others wounded

11 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The TPLF anti-terrorism task force in Addis Abeba announced Wednesday evening capturing several Eritrea-trained ‘recruits’, according to the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).
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Road to Kiir’s downfall he paved, mediators plus & Troika expanded, may have many more to blame for the conflict & at roads’ end still South Sudan with no peace

19 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

A day after the signing of the so-called South Sudan Addis Abeba Accord, signed by rebel leader Riek Machar and SPLM SG Paga Amum, news from South Sudan Tuesday morning August 18 was that “rebel forces had overrun key town in Eastern Equatoria state, after they allegedly came under attack by government forces in intense battles.”
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Ethiopia clinches victory in men’s Tokyo Marathon

22 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

KOT17. Tokyo (Japan), 22/02/2015.- Endeshaw Negesse (C) of Ethiopia celebrates on the podium after winning the men’s race of the Tokyo Marathon 2015 in Tokyo, Japan, 22 February 2015. Negesse won the race ahead of second-placed Stephen Kiprotich (L) of Uganda and third-placed Dickson Chumba (R) of Kenya. Some 36,000 runners took part in the ninth running of the Tokyo Marathon, one of the six World Marathon Majors (WMM). (Etiopía, Japón, Kenia, Tokio) EFE/EPA/KIYOSHI OTA


Ban Ki-moon’s radar has become blind & mute to forcibly silenced & unlawfully detained Zone 9 bloggers & journalists & many others in Ethiopia

6 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

This past Tuesday afternoon, February 4, 2015, a friend of this blog sent the link to an article by Mathew Russell Lee, titled As Ban Ki-moon Speaks on Greste’s release, Silence on Zone 9 Bloggers. The story appeared on the Inner City Press and Google News. This article is thus partly a product of the prodding by that piece.
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