Tag Archives: Anti-Terrorism Law

What’s it Like Living in a State of Emergency

You really cannot imagine what it’s like to live under the state of emergency just by reading about it on newspapers.

Welcome to the banana republic of Ethiopia.

BY SEIF MAGANGO | DAILY NATION

My three days in Addis Ababa recently 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 the restrictions the people there have to endure every day, especially since a state of emergency was imposed last October. Continue reading What’s it Like Living in a State of Emergency

Ethiopia: Prosecutors File Terrorism Charges Against Col. Demeke, et al

Col. Demeke Zewdu, a former rebel and retired military officer, is considered by many as the leader of the Gondar uprising and resistance in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

Col. Demeke Zewdu was a member of the committee campaigning over the contested Wolkait territory that was forcefully taken out of Gondar’s control to be incorporated under Tigray administrative district by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in 1992. The genesis of the Amhara Protests in Gondar.

By ESAT News,

The 19th bench of the federal high court in Addis Ababa on Tuesday presided over the case of Colonel Demeke Zewdu and et al, who are leaders and members of a committee that spearheads the demands of the people of Wolkait, Tsegede and Telemt.

The defendants lead the demand by the people of north Gondar to reclaim their land that was illegally incorporated into Tigray region when the Tigrayan-led regime took power 25 years ago. Continue reading Ethiopia: Prosecutors File Terrorism Charges Against Col. Demeke, et al

Ethiopia’s Viability as Stable Partner Questioned at U.S. House Hearing

Former US ambassador for anti-human trafficking and President of Freedom House, Dr. Mark Lagon testifying before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Human Rights said the Ethiopian regime’s harsh repression of dissent raises questions about its long-term viability as an effective U.S. partner.

By ESAT News,

Harsh repression of dissent, use of the anti-terrorism law to imprison journalists and bloggers, opposition leaders, and civil society activists as well as rigged elections where the ruling EPRDF declared 100% victory are all signs that the regime in Ethiopia could not be a viable U.S. partner, according to Dr. Mark Lagon, President of Freedom House.

Presenting his case at a U.S. House hearing on Wednesday on “human rights under siege worldwide,” the former US ambassador for anti-human trafficking, Mark Lagon said the Ethiopian regime “viewed as a key partner in the war on terror, its harsh repression of dissent raises questions about its long-term viability as an effective partner.Continue reading Ethiopia’s Viability as Stable Partner Questioned at U.S. House Hearing

Ethiopia: TPLF Use of “Anti-Terrorism Law” to Terrorize Citizens

In the police state Ethiopia, standing up for democracy and human rights is terrorism. Defending the rule of law is terrorism. Peaceful resistance of state terrorism is terrorism.

By Prof. Al Mariam,

This is exactly what apartheid white minority use of “anti-terrorism law” to terrorize black South Africans. The first indisputable fact is the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is itself a certified terrorist organization officially listed in the Global Terrorism Database.

So there is no question whatsoever that the TPLF is a terrorist organization clinging to power in Ethiopia!

How can a certified terrorist organization use “anti-terrorism law” to go after others it calls “terrorists”? (That is the million dollar question!)

The whole “terrorism” thing was a god-send for TPLF thugmaster Meles Zenawi in the mid-2000s. “Terrorism” in the Horn of Africa was both Meles’ get-out-of-jail-card for his crimes against humanity and a welfare card to get maximum handouts from the United States. Continue reading Ethiopia: TPLF Use of “Anti-Terrorism Law” to Terrorize Citizens

12 U.S. Senators Condemn Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Civil Society

Twelve U.S. Senators led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced a resolution condemning the brutal crackdown used by the Ethiopian government against peaceful protestors, journalists, and others in civil society for exercising their rights constitutional rights.

By U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relation,

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution with 11 other Senators today condemning the lethal violence used by the government of Ethiopia against protestors, journalists, and others in civil society for exercising their rights under Ethiopia’s constitution.

The resolution calls for the Secretary of State to conduct a review of U.S. security assistance to Ethiopia in light of allegations that Ethiopian security forces have killed civilians. It also calls upon the government of Ethiopia to halt violent crackdowns, conduct a credible investigation into the killing of protesters, and hold perpetrators of such violence accountable. Continue reading 12 U.S. Senators Condemn Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Civil Society

Prestigious Media Award for Ethiopian Bloggers

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has awarded its International Press Freedom Award to 6 Ethiopian bloggers in absentia. Ethiopia is the ONLY country in the world where the police arrest and detain a criminal suspect and then go out looking for evidence of wrongdoing for months and even years.

By Eshete Bekele | for Deutsche Welle (DW),

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has awarded its International Press Freedom Award to six Ethiopian bloggers who served more than a year in Ethiopia’s notorious prisons.

Until the Zone 9 bloggers suddenly appeared on the Addis Ababa web scene under the motto “We Blog Because We Care” in May 2012, the local blogosphere was far from familiar for most Ethiopians. Former Ambo University lecturer and member of the group, Zelalem Kibret, recalls that none of the nine social media enthusiasts set out to engage in political blogging at first but rather entered the circuit to “connect with like-minded people.”  Continue reading Prestigious Media Award for Ethiopian Bloggers