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Habtamu Ayalew: A victim of prolonged torture in Ethiopia

VOA Amharic Service March 22, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC – Habtamu Ayalew, one of the most charismatic opposition leaders of Ethiopia in recent times, tells VOA’s Solomon Kifle how prolonged torture at the notorious Maekelawi Prison left him bound to the wheelchair with severe health issues, including serious kidney problems. Advertisements

Rep. Mike Coffman’s Strong Letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Regarding Ethiopia

The Honorable Rex W. Tillerson Secretary U.S. Department of State 2201 C St. NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Mr. Secretary, I write to you today at the request of many of Ethiopian-Americans whom I represent in Congress. These constituents have brought to my attention what they view as an ongoing campaign of human rights violations … Continue reading

Ethiopia: “Koshe” Victims Pays the Price for Government Negligence

by B. Aklilu, Toronto, Canada The irresponsible TPLF led government, in this 21st century, has quietly watched when its citizens pick garbage for living and make a living out of it. As if that wasn’t enough, on March 11 2017 around 8pm local time, Koshe, a land fill in Addis Ababa collapsed in a land slide … Continue reading

Letter on Ethiopia to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs / Vice-President of the European Commission Mogherini

(HRW), MARCH 24, 2017 Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs / Vice-President of the European Commission Rue de la Loi, Wetstraat 200 1049 Brussels Brussels, March 23, 2017 Dear High Representative Mogherini, Human Rights Watch wishes to express our deep disappointment over the one-sided statement issued by your office during your official visit … Continue reading

Ethiopia: African governments learn to block the internet

(The Detroit News)Kampala, Uganda — The mysterious Facebook blogger kept dishing up alleged government secrets. One day it was a shadowy faction looting cash from Uganda’s presidential palace with impunity. The next was a claim that the president was suffering from a debilitating illness. For authorities in a country that has seen just one president … Continue reading

Lawmakers in Washington increasingly concerned about Ethiopia

by Mesfin Mekonen Washington Update Lawmakers and policymakers in Washington are becoming increasingly concerned about the situation in Ethiopia. A congressional hearing last week highlighted bipartisan criticism of the Ethiopian government. Members of Congress made it clear they are convinced that the Ethiopian government is routinely violating human rights. Speaking at a March 9 hearing of … Continue reading

Ethiopian journalist released from prison

CPJ: New York, March 13, 2017–Authorities responsible for overseeing implementation of Ethiopia’s state of emergency today released Ethiopian commentator Anania Sorri. Anania told CPJ he was released unconditionally today, four months after his November 17, 2016, detention without charge under a state of emergency the government declared the month prior. He told CPJ that he … Continue reading

Ethiopian journalist’s wife urges UK and US to call for his release By Jason Burke, Guardian February 27, 2017

The wife of a blogger and journalist detained in Ethiopia has called on the international community to pressure local authorities to release her husband, who is among tens of thousands held since a state of emergency was declared in the emerging east African power last year. Bezawit Hailegiorgis (Photo: Courtesy of Jason Burke)     … Continue reading

Vision Ethiopia & ESAT call for papers Press Release March 10, 2017

Vision Ethiopia, an independent network of Ethiopian scholars and professionals, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), is pleased to announce that the Fourth Conference will be held on September 16 and 17  2017, in the Washington D.C. metro area. Abstract, and preferably the entire paper should be sent to on … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Detained journalists denied justice AHRE Press Release , March 9, 2017

Elias Gebru and Anania Sori were arrested on 18 November 2016, together with their colleague and former leader of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), Daniel Shibeshi, by security forces. Outspoken journalist and former political activist Anania Sori was arrested following his recent criticism of government policies in reaction to widespread protests in … Continue reading

An Act of Treason by the TPLF Ethiopians Must Reject

EBAC Press Release March 10, 2017 EBAC is pleased to note that over more than 11 years of advocacy, the overwhelming majority of the Ethiopian people, civic and opposition parties and prominent personalities, the media and others have provided us unwavering and steady moral, diplomatic and material support.  On our part, we have been diligent … Continue reading

US: Stand Up for Ethiopians as Government Stifles Protests, Jails Journalists

Human Rights Watch Statement on Ethiopia to US Congress Human Rights Watch Statement to US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Thursday, March 9, 2017 Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, members of the Subcommittee: thank you for holding this important hearing on the current situation in … Continue reading

Ethiopia: GNUM strongly condemns the current atrocities in the Gambella region

Gambella Nilotes United Movement/Army, Press Release 9th March 2017, Gambella Gambella Nilotes United Movement (GNUM) strongly condemns the current atrocities in the Gambella region that are carried out by the armed South Sudanese refugees and cattle raiders of Nuer and Murle tribes. It is evidenced that on February 1st 2017, a group of armed Murle … Continue reading

Ethiopia: A government plan, a people’s protest and a government’s response

Ethiopia’s state of emergency violates human rights The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on 9 October 2016. Protests in Oromia, which later spread to Amhara and other regions, had been ongoing since November 2015. The protests in the Oromia Region in November 2015 were initially against the government’s Addis Ababa ‘Master Plan’, which would have extended the capital, … Continue reading