Tag Archives: universal periodic review (UPR)

What has Ethiopia become? Security forces seize rising number of Ethiopians, lock & torture them in the notorious Ma’eklawi

2 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

At the just concluded Human Rights Council (HRC), which sent to Ethiopian officials 252 recommendations to seriously consider and implement them to improve the worsening human rights situation in the country. This action was taken as a result of an interactive discussion between Ethiopian officials and member states of the United Nations, with Council members leading the process.
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Redwan Hussein Says “Ethiopia Committed to Ensuring Press Freedom”, When All “Acknowledge Ethnic and Ideological Differences”!

23 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Addis Ababa: September 19, 2014 (FBC) – Government Communication Affairs Office Minister Redwan Hussein said Ethiopia is committed to ensuring freedom of expression.
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UN experts urge Ethiopia’s TPLF regime to stop using anti-terrorism legislation to curb human rights

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

GENEVA (UN news) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country, amid reports that people continue to be detained arbitrarily.
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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’s Brutal Crackdown on Protests in Ethiopia Lies Bare Before the World

6 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Human Rights Watch

    “Ethiopia’s heavy handed reaction to the Oromo protests is the latest example of the government’s ruthless response to any criticism of its policies. UN member countries should tell Ethiopia that responding with excessive force against protesters is unacceptable and needs to stop.”

    Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director

(Nairobi) – Ethiopian security forces should cease using excessive force against students peacefully protesting plans to extend the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa. The authorities should immediately release students and others arbitrarily arrested during the protests and investigate and hold accountable security officials who are responsible for abuses.
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Ethiopian security forces arrest Kenyan human rights activist

7 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Patrick Mutahi, a Kenyan citizen and research fellow at Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies, was allegedly taken in by Ethiopian security forces on arrival in Addis Abeba ‘s Bole International Airport last Thursday, according to The Star.

The Star reported that Henry Maina, the director of Article 19 in charge of East Africa region told the paper that Mutahi went there on the organization’s business.
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Saudi Arabia: Rebranding human rights records of brutes is oldest trick in the book fooling no one

21 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Nesrine Malik, The Guardian – Read comments

The latest reports of Saudi concessions on human rights might as well be called Operation Rebrand Saudi Arabia. Of 225 demands issued by the UN human rights council in 2013, the Saudi delegation conceded to 180. Over the past couple of days, Saudi representatives have been on BBC’s Newsnight, CNN’s Amanpour and other outlets billing this as a landmark step in the right direction, sanctioned by no less a person than the king himself.
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Review of human rights records of 42 states begins next week in Geneva, Ethiopia’s included (Part I)

21 Jan

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

In 2014, 42 United Nations member states would undergo what is formally known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of their human rights records. The first of the three such sessions during 2014 takes place from January 27 to February 7, under the overseer of the United Nations Human rights Council in Geneva.
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