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Ethiopia on the brink? Politics and protest in the Horn of Africa

Ethiopia is 12 months into a political crisis which has seen at least 1,000 people killed. But unless the government introduces significant reforms, it will get worse, says Andrea Carboni. (reliefweb) — An unprecedented wave of protests has shaken Ethiopia since November last year. These protests have revealed the fragility of the social contract regulating … Continue reading

‘Ethiopia cannot build democracy without vibrant media’

Dr Negeri Lencho, Ethiopia’s newly appointed Information Minister has expressed the resolve to develop and protect a vibrant media landscape in the country. Lencho said a vibrant media was non-negotiable in the country’s democracy further linking it to tolerance and stability in a country that has been rocked by anti-government protests since late last year. … Continue reading

A Danish parliamentarian expressed solidarity at anti-TPLF rally in Denmark

by Berhanu G. Balcha Anti-TPLF demonstration was held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 3. November 2016. Oromo, Ogaden and other members of the Ethiopian community stood together and united to denounce the TPLF-led Ethiopian regime’s massive human rights violations in Ethiopia, and demanded the Danish government and the EU to stand at the side of the … Continue reading

Legal Analysis of Ethiopia’s State of Emergency (HRW)

Summary On October 9, 2016, the Ethiopian government announced a country-wide six-month state of emergency. This followed a year of widespread protests against government policies that state security forces violently suppressed, killing hundreds of people and detaining tens of thousands. [1]   Protesters also committed a number of attacks on government buildings and private businesses perceived … Continue reading

Open Letter to the Government of Ethiopia (HRW)

November 4, 2016 Dr Workneh Gebeyehu Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs P.O. Box 393 Addis Ababa Ethiopia Re: Human Rights Watch Reporting on Ethiopia Dear Minister, Human Rights Watch notes the October 22, 2016 blog post of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, then minister of foreign affairs, on the Ministry’s website about our recent … Continue reading