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State of Emergency Ends in Ethiopia

Government Should Use Reform, Not Force, to Avoid More Protests Felix Horne, August 7, 2017 Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa Ethiopia’s parliament has just lifted the country’s 10-month-long state of emergency. The government’s emergency powers brought mass detentions, politically motivated criminal charges, and numerous restrictions on people’s movement and communication. While the end is welcome news, thousands … Continue reading

Non-Governmental Organizations and Diaspora Groups Welcome Growing Support in Congress

July 27, 2017 Non-Governmental Organizations and Diaspora Groups Welcome Growing Support in Congress for Improved Governance and Human Rights in Ethiopia. Human rights, democracy, torture survivor and diaspora organizations welcome today’s markup of House Resolution 128 that calls for more inclusive governance, accountability for human rights violations, and an independent investigation into the unrest and … Continue reading

Cultural competence is a game changer for Ethiopians in the Diaspora – By Assegid Habtewold

July 26, 2017; If you’re an Ethiopian, live, work, and do business in another culture, cultural intelligence is one of the key soft that you need to develop. With the opportunity to meet, interact, and work with diverse people comes the challenge to get along and succeed in what you do. This challenge is understandable. … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Public Participation Is Essential to Realize the Country’s Vision

By Tesfaye Lemma; July 2017 The government frequently made vivid that Ethiopia not only has been registering a double-digit growth, but also undergoing a democratization process anchored in a federal system that guaranteed the respect for the rights of nations, nationalities and peoples in the country. In doing so, there are efforts to enhance fair … Continue reading

EU chief tasks Ethiopian PM to initiate inclusive political dialogue quickly

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with European Union External Action August 2, 2017; The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has tasked the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to respect democratic principles and civil rights in the country. Mogherini, who is also Vice-President of the European … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Disorganization and Obsession in Afar Region

August 2, 2017: Afar killil’s disorganization and obsession with distracting agendas TPLF/EPRDF thrives and extends its life span by creating distracting agendas, among other things. In the last few weeks, its attention distracting line-ups included arresting corruption suspects, calling an extraordinary session of the parliament, promulgation of new taxes, controversial of Oromia-Addis Ababa partnership law and … Continue reading

Vision Ethiopia and ESAT Fourth Conference Third and final call for papers

July 31, 2017: Conference Theme “Building Democratic Institutions in Ethiopia” (የዲሞክራሲ ተቋማትን በኢትዮጵያ ስለመግንባት) 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 in Washington D.C. on September 23 and 24, 2017. We thank … Continue reading

Businesses Go on Strike in Ethiopia’s Oromiya Region Over Taxes

July 19, 2017 ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Retail business owners in some towns of Ethiopia’s Oromiya region have gone on strike over the imposition of a revised tax law, residents said, the latest unrest to plague a province that was shaken by violence for months in 2015 and 2016. The Horn of Africa country declared … Continue reading

Businesses go on strike in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region over taxes

By Aaron Maasho, JULY 19, 2017 ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Retail business owners in some towns of Ethiopia’s Oromiya region have gone on strike over the imposition of a revised tax law, residents said, the latest unrest to plague a province that was shaken by violence for months in 2015 and 2016. The Horn of Africa … Continue reading

Italy and the Addis Ababa massacre

Jul 20th 2017, For Italians, it was a garden-variety colonial atrocity. For Ethiopians it was a modern war crime The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy’s National Shame. By Ian Campbell. Hurst; 478 pages; £30. To be published in America by Oxford University Press in August.NEAR the village of Affile, on a picturesque hillside east of Rome, stands a … Continue reading

Ethiopia: The T-TPLF Trojan Horse of the Apocalypse Riding in Oromiya

  By Alemayehu G. Mariam, july 2017 Author’s Note: The ruling Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) in Ethiopia is said to be on the verge of passing a “law” protecting “Oromia’s special interest in Addis Ababa” and “giving Oromia extensive rights in the capital city” (hereinafter the T-TPLF Masters’ Addis Ababa Plan B). … Continue reading

39 EU parliament members call for Ethiopia human rights investigation

Africa Times, July 207 (Africa Times) — A new letter signed by 39 members of the European Union Parliament asks for a full inquiry into human rights violations in Ethiopia, while calling into question the accuracy and impartiality of a controversial report completed by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission in April. The letter to Federica Mogherini, High … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Removal of Fascist Criminal Rodolfo Graziani’s Mausoleum

The Honorable Nicola Zingaretti Governor of Lazio Province, Italy Subject: Removal of Fascist Criminal Rodolfo Graziani’s Mausoleum The Global Alliance for Justice – The Ethiopian Cause presents its compliments to H.E. Mr. Nicola Zingaretti, Governor of Lazio Region in Italy and submits this appeal for consideration. It is to be recalled that the Fascist criminal, … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Prosecutors once again dismiss Dr. Merera’s second objection, court to give its verdict

by Mahlet Fasil | Addis Standard Addis Abeba, June 20/ 2017 – Federal prosecutors have today submitted their objections against the statement from Dr. Merera Gudina. Last month, Dr. Merera’ lawyers have submitted a letter requesting for the criminal charges against him to be separated from the terrorism charges against the two foreign based media … Continue reading

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