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MEPs denounce worsening human rights situation in Ethiopia

(EU Human Rights) — Deteriorating human rights situation in Ethiopia, killings of Oromos and the country-wide six-month state of emergency declared on Sunday 9 October by the Ethiopian government were amongst the main issues raised by Human Rights subcommittee and Development committee Members in a joint meeting on Wednesday morning. MEPs expressed their concerns as … Continue reading

  • Many international news reported  that the Ethiopian government, one of the top dictator in the world, is confronted by protesters all over Ethiopia.    VOA: Several Killed in Ethiopia Oromia Protests "Clashes between police and protesters in Ethiopia's Oromia region have left several people dead, according to officials and regional opposition leaders.Clashes between police and protesters in Ethiopia's Oromia region have left several people dead, according to officials and regional opposition leaders." more: Yahoo News: people dead in Ethiopia protests sparked by land grab fears "The protests began in November when students opposed government proposals to extend administrative control from the capital to several towns in Oromia, sparking fears of land grabs." Read More:   Global voices report: Global voices report—Over the past two weeks, students in Ethiopia’s largest regional state, Oromia, have been protesting against a government plan to expand the area of the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia. Reports suggest security forces used violence including live ammunition to disperse crowds of peaceful demonstrators in the compounds of universities in Oromia. Read more: Ethiopia Growth Clashes With Politics as Oromo Protests Rise "The Oromo people, one of the continent’s largest ethnic groups, comprise about a third of Ethiopia’s 99.5 million population, according to the CIA World Factbook. Bekele Gerba, deputy leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress, is among those fighting the expansion. “What does development mean when it’s evicting hundreds of farmers that do not have any skills, that do not have any means of subsistence other than their land?” he said by phone. “They are evicted and they are made homeless and there is no effort to develop and to take into consideration all their cultural, their social and the environmental well-being of the indigenous people that used to live there.”" Read More: How The Oromo Protests Are Exposing Ethiopia’s Longstanding Political Vulnerabilities "At least 40 people have been killed, hundreds wounded, and thousands detained in more than three weeks of uprisings in Ethiopia’s Oromia state, the largest of nine linguistic-based states. The Oromo people make up close to 50 percent of Ethiopia’s population of 100 million. Protesters primarily oppose a draft master plan that, if implemented, will expand the jurisdiction of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia. Dozens were killed last year in similar protests when authorities first introduced the controversial Addis Ababa and Surrounding Oromia Special Zone Development Plan or the Master Plan."  Read More: Ethiopia: Fresh eruption of violence claims lives, injuries Fresh violence has erupted in Ethiopia’s north Gondar zone in the Amhara Regional State that has claimed the lives of dozens and wounded many others. Chief Administrator of the regional state Gedu Andargachew said, adding however that the security problem has been brought under control.The Chief Administrator said the state deeply regretted the loss of life and damage to property caused by the instability which occurred in some kebeles (districts) in Metema and Chilga woredas of the zone.