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Ethiopia shut down its internet to prevent exam cheating

(QUARTZ): May 31, 2017 Ethiopia has blocked access to the internet to prevent leaks as grade 10 students sit for exams, reports the Guardian. The nation also shut down access to some social media sites last year after university entrance exam questions were posted online—and has previously cut off internet access to curb political protests, … Continue reading

Ethiopian high court convicts editor of inciting subversion

CPJ: New York, May 24, 2017–The Ethiopian Federal High Court’s conviction of Getachew Shiferaw, editor of the news website Negere Ethiopia, on charges of inciting subversion is a further blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Getachew’s lawyer, Ameha Mekonnen, told CPJ that the court convicted him of … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Terrorism verdict for Facebook posts is a shameful affront to freedom of expression

Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes: 16 May 2017                         Yonatan Tesfaye In response to news that former Ethiopian opposition spokesman Yonatan Tesfaye has been found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism” in connection with his … Continue reading

Ethiopia slams EU call to free opposition politicians

By Addis Getachew Tadesse, Anadolu Agency May 20, 2017 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  Ethiopia rejected Friday a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of “all arbitrarily detained persons” including prominent opposition politician Merera Gudina.               Dr Merera Gudina: Handicuffed and held in solitary confinement Although Thursday’s resolution commended Ethiopia’s … Continue reading

Ethiopian National Unity Convention in Seattle

May 15,  2015 We are pleased to announce that the first-ever Ethiopian National Unity Convention organized by the Ethiopian Public Forum in Seattle and other concerned Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans who live in and around Seattle, Washington, will be held on May 27th and 28th, 2017, at the Ethiopian Community Gathering Hall. The main purpose of … Continue reading

Why the European Union (EU) Should Take a Principled Position in Ethiopia

Aklog Birara (D/R), may 2015 “For 60 years, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy here in the Middle East-and we have achieved neither…Now we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people.” Cairo, Egypt Condoleezza Rice, Former National Security Advisor under George Bush The same … Continue reading

Candidate to Lead the W.H.O. Accused of Covering Up Epidemics

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. MAY 13, 2017 The New York times Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in 2016. He has been accused of covering up cholera outbreaks by an associate of a rival for World Health Organization director general.CreditFabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused this … Continue reading

In Ethiopia, UN rights chief urges authorities for greater freedoms; space for critical voices

UN News 4 May 2017 – Speaking to the press during his mission to Ethiopia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today highlighted the need for greater and freer civic space, with “broader latitude for the contributions of critical or dissenting views” to decision-making in the country. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid … Continue reading


The 27-year-old athlete, who is an ethnic Oromo, made headlines last year after he crossed his arms over his head as he passed the finish line in the marathon race at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The gesture is a symbol of resistance Oromo people widely used during anti-government protests in Ethiopia in 2016. Making up 34.4 … Continue reading

UN rights chief ‘concerned’ about a ‘series of crucial issues’ in Ethiopia

The High Commissioner was speaking during a press conference on Thursday at the ECA, wrapping up his two-day visit to Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 5, 2017/APO/ — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has expressed concern over certain human rights issues in Ethiopia, after meeting and discussing with … Continue reading

udan and Ethiopia on alert for Egyptian military strike

Memo news May 5, 2017 Sudanese and Ethiopian forces operating on the border between the two countries are in place to prepare for any offensive that Egypt might launch against Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on the River Nile, intelligence and security sources in Khartoum have revealed to MEMO. Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in July 2016. The two armies … Continue reading

Singer Teddy Afro’s New Album Holds Fast to His Vision of a Diverse, Yet United Ethiopia

Global Voices, by Endalk May 2017 Ethiopian singer Tewodros Kassahun’s most anticipated and highly promoted studio album was released to great fanfare at the beginning of May 2017. Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro, who delivered opening remarks at a U.S. Embassy-sponsored workshop for students on the occasion of World Environment Day 2015. Photo by U.S. Embassy … Continue reading