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Human rights organizations appeal to UN-HRC Member States to address the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia

8 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Geneva, 8 September 2016

To Permanent Representatives of
Members and Observer States of the
UN Human Rights Council

RE: Addressing the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia

Your Excellency,

The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia, including the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.

As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to convene for its 33rd session between 13 – 30 September 2016, we urge your delegation to prioritise and address through joint and individual statements the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia.
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“The truth is elsewhere:”            French journalist warns Eritrea Commission of Inquiry on allegations in its report

16 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Henri Fourcadis’, Media Part
Henri Fourcadis’ article on his blog is in French titled – Erythrée: La vérité est ailleurs. Its direct translation means: “The truth is elsewhere” .

In the light of the conflict now between Eritrea and Ethiopia, which is likely to flare anytime, this piece would attempt to provide essence of Fourcadis’ article, if no one cares for my rusty French, which has benefited from machine-assisted translation.
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US statement on report of the Eritrea Inquiry Commission

13 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
US State Dept, June 10, 2016

The United States takes note of the recently issued report by the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Eritrea, in particular its conclusion that there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea. We have repeatedly expressed grave concern about the human rights situation in Eritrea, and that concern has been reinforced by the COI’s findings.

We strongly encourage the Government of Eritrea to engage fully with the international community and UN bodies to address the human rights situation. The Government’s willingness to work on several Universal Periodic Review recommendations is a step in the right direction. We also urge Eritrea to implement its constitution, hold national elections, honor its commitment to limit the duration of national service to 18 months, develop an independent and transparent judiciary, and release persons arbitrarily detained including political prisoners, journalists, and members of religious groups.

We continue to support international efforts to improve the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Eritrea and will work to promote these efforts within the context of the upcoming Human Rights Council session.


    UN Eritrea Commission of Inquiry seeks Security Council to refer Asmara to ICC Prosecutor

    Conflict flares up at the Eritrea-Ethiopia border: Has the Eritrea Inquiry Commission’s report encouraged TPLF to exploit the situation to divert attention from its worsening internal problems?


UN Eritrea Commission of Inquiry seeks Security Council to refer Asmara to ICC Prosecutor

8 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Report is circulating about possibility of the United Nations Security Council at some point referring Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mike Smith, Chairman of the three-member Eritrea Inquiry Commission Wednesday briefed the media that his Commission “has concluded that Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity.”
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Who could take Africa & African Union seriously? It elects Burundi to its Peace & Security Council?

2 Mar

Editor’s Note:

    There is no doubt that some nations are disgrace to themselves, their people and other nations too. The essence of this story has repeated of late again and again. It is the big and middle powers that are conducting the orchestra.
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TPLF regime eyes UN Security Council seat edging silent Kenya, while Seychelles is said to have ‘voluntarily relinquished’, a claim intriguing UN observers

8 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

I. Security Council seat, a lotto or blackmail?

The dawn of 2016 – more precisely the mid-afternoon of the New Year day – was not as smooth and easy for me like its start under Helsinki’s sunny morning with temperature -4 celsius. This change of mood got me after I read an unpleasant news from Addis Abeba on the ruling party’s media. If indeed the scenario, as reported by the nation’s foreign minister is true and correct, the TPLF has managed to seize the opportunity to make Ethiopia sole candidate for seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) during the 2017-2018 term in a mysterious horse trading with two other East African candidate nations.
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The Last Time We Heard It Was TPLF Tea Time At VOA & Now Investigation?

30 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom and VOA journalist Henok Semaegzer (Credit: ECADF)

Meron Admasu wrote on August 19, 2014 about a VOA journalist Henok Semaegzer’s recent effort to subvert the truth regarding the cancellation of the honor to be bestowed by Azusa Pacific University (APU) on TPLF assigned prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. She accused the journalist of crafting “outstanding lies to protect of the current TPLF regime in Ethiopia and at the same time show how much he is undermining the intelligence of millions of Ethiopians and put dust on our eyes.”

For a while, the VOA hid itself behind the claim that it is always committed to the truth, without showing any interest in taking action.
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TPLF claims ‘UN accords its human rights accomplishments highest regard & acknowledgement’, Part II

25 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “Authorities have always recognized that to control the public they control information. The initial possessor of news and ideas has political power – the power to disclose or conceal, to announce some parts and not others, to hold back until opportunistic moments, to predetermine the interpretation of of what is revealed.”

    Prof. Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly (1987)


        I. The clash between lies & reality & the inescapable consequences

Part I of this article appeared under the title: Are official lies becoming TPLF’s preferred ways of running Ethiopia? That article’s goal has been to expose the endless lies and political propaganda by the TPLF regime, which in this case relates to what transpired in the morning of May 6, 2014 in Geneva when the United Nations examined Ethiopia’s human rights record under what is commonly known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism.
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