Archive | October, 2016

ODF President speaks at the wedding ceremony between ODF and Ginbot 7 on October 30, 2016.

ODF’s proposal is a document prepared to please the donor class than to address the massacres and plight of the Oromo people

By Abbaa Ormaa ODF’s proposal titled, “Our Common Future: A Proposal.  Seeking the Next Breakthrough in Democracy and Multinational Federation in Ethiopia”, is nothing more than a document written to solicit fund from the donor class in the west than to address the plight of the Oromo people. This proposal has received mum reaction from […]

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Ethiopia’s state of emergency silences aid workers — and some of their work

By Andrew Green (Devex) — The Ethiopian government’s recently imposed state of emergency, which followed months of clashes between political protesters and security forces, has imposed new curfews, limited the movement of civilians and diplomats and outlawed opposition media. It has also largely silenced the extensive international aid community operating in the country from speaking […]

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Children explore the remains of a cargo truck in Sebeta, central Ethiopia on October 13, 2016 after protesters took to the street to vandalise property thought to belong to the government/AFP

Without Reform Ethiopia Risks a Deepening Crisis

By Agence France Press, Adddis Ababa Nairobi,  (capital fm) — Oct 3, 2016  faced with its most serious challenge yet, the Ethiopian regime, a crucial Western ally in the fight against terrorism, risks a deepening crisis if promised reforms do not come, researchers and analysts warn. A nationwide state of emergency since October 9 combined […]

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Ethiopia ‘Releases 2,000 Detainees’ Held Under State of Emergency

Ethiopia ‘Releases 2,000 Detainees’ Held Under State of Emergency

The state of emergency is meant to crack down on anti-government rhetoric. BY CONOR GAFFEY ON 10/31/16 Human Rights Watch Report On Violence In Ethiopa (News Week) — Ethiopia has released around 2,000 people detained for partaking in recent anti-government protests, according to the country’s defense minister. The Ethiopian government imposed a six-month nationwide state […]

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Plantations Investigation Human Rights Oromo Protesters - security forces

Legal Analysis of Ethiopia’s State of Emergency

Summary (HRW) — 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 […]

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Unity yet, now talk of nations

(Reinvent Ethiopia) — Everyone is scrambling to form an ”alliance” these days. Thing is- it must be a deja-vu for some of them. The Oromo movement has made everyone itching and nervous. Some want to befriend us, other want to look to befriending us, and the remaining are openly hostile to us. Folks, it is […]

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Dereje Debele Tulu claimed victory in a time of 2:12:08

Dereje Debele Tulu wins Dublin City Marathon

Over 19,000 atheletes took part, October 30,2016 (News Talk) — Dereje Tulu crossed the line in a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 8 seconds. He was followed by the women’s winner from Namibia Helalia Johannes who was just 20 minutes slower. Up to 19,500 people took part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon […]

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Former TPLF’s Cadres Cannot Spearhead the Sidama National Struggle for Self-Determination

Press Release By Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF) 30 October 2016 Ever since the Sidama nation was forcefully annexed into the Ethiopian empire by the invading army of King Minelik II 125 years ago, our society relentlessly resisted political subjugation and wanton economic exploitation by the successive regimes. The Sidama society rejected serfdom that reduced […]

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HRLHA press release

Ethiopia: TPLF/EPRDF Crimes Against Humanity in Oromia Escalate After the State Of Emergency is Declared

HRLHA’s Appeal to the International Community October 30, 2016 Crimes against humanity in the Oromo nation have escalated after the State of Emergency was declared on October 8, 2016 by the TPLF.  The Tigray People’s Liberation Front blocked  all means of  communication in order to hide the  heinous crimes it perpetrated all over the Oromo […]

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Ethiopia’s troop withdrawal from Somalia: UN worried over humanitarian crisis

(Geesguud) — The United Nations (UN) is deeply concerned about the continuous withdrawal of international troops from Somalia and the subsequent takeover of such ‘abandoned’ territories by al-shabaab insurgents. According to the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the situation is worsening the humanitarian situation in Somalia battling insurgency. Ethiopia has since […]

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Can Poverty Lead To Mental Illness?

(NPR) — After a mother killed her four young children and then herself last month in rural China, onlookers quickly pointed to life circumstances. The family lived in extreme poverty, and bloggers speculated that her inability to escape adversity pushed her over the edge. Can poverty really cause mental illness? It’s a complex question that […]

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Ethiopia's Simien National Park. Free to use image from Pixabay

Ethiopia’s Regime Faces Precarious Times As Diaspora Plans for the Future

(Global Voices) — In November 2015, residents of a small town called Ginchi launched protests against a proposal by Ethiopia’s government to expand Addis Ababa, the capital, into the surrounding farmlands in the Oromia region. The protests have since grown into a movement demanding greater self-rule, freedom and respect for the ethnic identity of the Oromo people, who […]

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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, protesters chant slogans against the government during a march in Bishoftu, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.
But while things might seem calm in the streets of Addis Ababa, those perceived as challenging the government's views say they are often blocked from carrying out their activities.

Rights Activists in Ethiopia Report Obstacles at Every Turn

ADDIS ABABA (VOA News) — Ethiopian human rights activists, members of opposition parties and those working in the media say their freedom of movement has been severely limited since the government declared a state of emergency three weeks ago. Many are afraid to speak out while others had to stop working. Ethiopia’s government has insisted the […]

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