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Ethiopia: Crimes Against Students and Humanity

Stand up for your Rights NOW or NEVER!
When Ambo University students were massacred, many at Addis Ababa University remained silent. Mekele University students did not protest. They stayed put and remained silent. Students at Bahr Dar, Gondar, Dire Dawa and other universities also remained silent. Who is going to stand for you if you don’t stand for others? It’s Now or Never!!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam ,

ON May 2, 2014, BBC reported that the security forces of the regime in Ethiopia had massacred at least 47 university and high school students in the town of Ambo 80 miles west of the capital Addis Ababa. The regime dismissed the massacre and tried to sweep it under the rug claiming that a “few anti-peace forces incited and coordinated the violence”. There has been little international coverage or outrage over the massacre.  Continue reading Ethiopia: Crimes Against Students and Humanity

Ethiopia: Human Rights, Repression, Carrots, and Sticks

Despite fleeting statements expressing “concern,” Washington has shied away from condemning the regimes brutal killings to its own people. Such silence from the US and US is really deafening.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion,

AS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Ethiopia, the recent spate of harsh crackdowns in the country has raised serious questions about the U.S. and international community’s ongoing support for the Ethiopian government.

Days ago, Ethiopian authorities arrested nine journalists and bloggers, subsequently denying them access to lawyers, family, and colleagues. They are held on allegations they work for foreign human rights groups or used social media to incite violence. [i] Such allegations have become common-place, as Ethiopia’s highly-controversial anti-terrorism laws allow the government to hand down 20-year sentences to anyone who “writes, edits, prints, publishes, publicizes, [or] disseminates” statements the government considers terrorism. [ii]  Continue reading Ethiopia: Human Rights, Repression, Carrots, and Sticks

Ethiopia: Dozens of Ethnic Oromo Protesters Killed

The resistance is spreading …

By TesfaNews,

ETHIOPIAN security forces today reportedly killed more than 20 ethnic Oromo students after opening fire while protesting peacefully in the western Oromia town of Ambo.

Eye witness reports indicate that eight among the dead are students.

In recent days ethnic Oromo students, opposition and activists in Ethiopia are ratcheting up opposition to the territorial expansion of the capital city under the guise of  the “Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan” that was unveiled earlier this month.  Continue reading Ethiopia: Dozens of Ethnic Oromo Protesters Killed