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US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes

Resolution Calls for Commitment to Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law Felix Horne Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa Ethiopia’s incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples’ Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. © 2018 Reuters Today, the US … Continue reading

U.S. Congress slaps Ethiopian govt with H. Res. 128, activists celebrate

(Africa News) April 10, 2018— The United States Congress on Tuesday passed a human rights-centered resolution against the Ethiopian government amongst others calling for the respect of human rights and inclusive governance. Despite a late pushback led by one Senator Inhofe – a known ally of the government, to get Congress to reject the resolution, … Continue reading

Freedom House Urges Passage of U.S. House Ethiopia Resolution

April 10, 2018 (Freedom House) Washington — In advance of U.S. House of Representatives vote on H.Res.128 scheduled for April 10, 2018, Freedom House issued the following statement: House Resolution 128 is an important tool to encourage the Government of Ethiopia to make good on recent promises of reforms, and to promote accountability for the … Continue reading

US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes

by Felix Horne Human Rights Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa, April 10, 2018 Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia’s government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia’s … Continue reading

Ethiopia: The Bounds of Non-Violent Struggle

by Addissu Admas, March 25, 2018 By temperament and conviction, I have always sought first peaceful resolutions to conflicts. I believe that human beings should exhaust all peaceful means at their disposal before embarking on any form of violent action, even against those who would not hesitate to rain violence and destruction upon them. I am … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Many detained by the army as crackdown intensifies

March 26, 2018 Many detained by the army as crackdown intensifies in various cities across Ethiopia, among them recently released politicians and journalists Some of recently detained Ethiopian journalists, politicians and activists. (Addis Standard) – In what appears to be a fresh round of crackdown by the army under the auspices of the command post implementing Ethiopia’s … Continue reading

Why is Kenya’s Government Silent on Ethiopia Crackdown?

Ethiopian Instability Could Have Huge Security, Humanitarian Impact on Kenya.  The East African, March 24, 2018 5:00AM EDT Over 9,000 Ethiopians, many of them women and children, have fled into Kenya’s Marsabit County over the last ten days, escaping ongoing Ethiopian military attacks. Sadly, more Ethiopians may follow as Ethiopia continues its two-and-a-half-year descent into further … Continue reading

About 5,000 Ethiopians Flee to Kenya After Botched Military Operation

March 13, 2018 (VOA News) ADDIS ABABA —  About 5,000 Ethiopians have crossed into Kenya seeking refuge since March 10, the Kenyan Red Cross Society said, after several civilians were killed in what the Ethiopian military said was a botched security operation targeting militants. Ethiopian state media reported Sunday that soldiers had been deployed to an … Continue reading

Ethiopia security detain communication and PR head of Oromia Justice Bureau

March 15, 2018 Move signals growing crackdown against the Oromia region (Addis Standard) Addis Abeba – It has been confirmed that members of the command post overseeing the current state of emergency have this morning detained Taye Dendea, an outspoken senior member of the Oromia regional state’s justice bureau. Taye is the head of the bureau’s … Continue reading

Ethiopia arrests critical blogger Seyoum Teshome

March 9, 2018 5:11 PM ET Nairobi, March 9, 2018–Ethiopian authorities should immediately release Seyoum Teshome, who publishes the Ethiothinktank blog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces yesterday arrested Seyoum at his home near the Woliso campus of Ambo University, where he lectures, according to witnesses who spoke with Voice of America and Deutsche Welle. The reason … Continue reading

A time warp: Face-to-face with emergency restrictions in Ethiopia

By Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s East Africa Media Manager 9 May 2017, 16:20 UTC My three days in Addis Ababa felt like a step back in time. As part of my day job, I keep abreast of developments in Ethiopia, so I thought I knew the true extent of restrictions people there have to endure every … Continue reading

Norway concerned over State of Emergency in Ethiopia

February 21, 2018 “As a good friend and strategic partner of Ethiopia I was concerned when learning of the re-imposition of a State of Emergency in Ethiopia, so soon after the last State of Emergency was lifted,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. The reinstatement of the State of Emergency was introduced 16 … Continue reading

‘Game Over,’ U.S. Congressman jabs Ethiopia’s TPLF

Africa News; February 21, 2018 A United States Congressman has insinuated that Ethiopia’s dominant party, the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) is on its way out of power. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher tweeted on Wednesday morning, ‘Game Over TPLF.’ His tweet incidentally mentioned three people including a famed Ethiopian activist, Jawar Mohammed. Dana Rohrabacher ✔@DanaRohrabacher @neaminzeleke … Continue reading

Statement on the situation in Ethiopia

European External Action Service (EEAS), Feb 19, 2018 The resignation by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn opens a period of uncertainty in Ethiopia. It will be important for the new government to have the full capacity to pursue the positive reforms initiated by the Prime Minister to address the grievances of the population. Only a constructive … Continue reading

Ethiopia’s Eskinder Nega refuses to sign false confession in exchange for prison release

CPJ; February 9, 2018 11:58 AM ET    New York, February 9, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Ethiopian government’s attempts today to compel Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega to sign a false confession before releasing him under a presidential pardon. Eskinder, who has spent almost seven years in jail for his work, was one … Continue reading

OPDO’s silence on Bekele Gerba, others still in jail, detrimental to its reformist image

February 7, 2018 by Awol Allo, Hassan Hussein, Mohammed Ademo and Tsedale Lemma Addis standard and OPride                              Bekele Gerba in Washington DC, August 2015. Addis Abeba, February 07/2018 — Ethiopia’s much-touted pledge to release political prisoners in order to foster national consensus and … Continue reading