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State Department Urges Ethiopia to Release those Jailed for Exercising their Rights

The U.S. State Department urges Ethiopia to discontinue its use of its Anti-Terrorism Proclamation law to Prosecute Journalists, Opposition members and Activists and free those who detained for exercising their constitutional rights.

By John Kirby | Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson,

The United States is deeply concerned by the Government of Ethiopia’s recent decision to file terrorism charges against Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) First Vice-Chairman Bekele Gerba and others in the Oromia region who were arrested in late 2015. Continue reading State Department Urges Ethiopia to Release those Jailed for Exercising their Rights

UN Special Rapporteurs Urge Ethiopia to Halt Violent Crackdown

Four UN independent experts strongly urges the Ethiopian government to end the ongoing crackdown; release protesters and reveal the whereabouts of those reportedly disappeared by carrying out an an independent and transparent investigation.

By UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),

A group of United Nations human rights experts (*) today called on the Ethiopian authorities to end the ongoing crackdown on peaceful protests by the country’s security forces, who have reportedly killed more than 140 demonstrators and arrested scores more in the past nine weeks.

“The sheer number of people killed and arrested suggests that the Government of Ethiopia views the citizens as a hindrance, rather than a partner,” the independent experts said, while also expressing deep concern about allegations of enforced disappearances of several protesters. Continue reading UN Special Rapporteurs Urge Ethiopia to Halt Violent Crackdown

State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights

Forget Democracy. In Ethiopia today, there is a Thugocracy: a government of thieves, for thieves, by thieves

By AIM,

The U.S. government on Friday commended activists, citizens  and journalists for their courage in advocating for universal human rights and expressed concern over the heightened crackdown on civil liberties, rebuking several countries for shrinking the space for journalists and activists.

In its 36th annual report of human rights practices around the world, the State Department criticized the increased suppression of freedoms of expression, assembly, association and religion. The report said governments continued to repress or attack the means by which individuals organize and “demand better performance from their rulers” by instituting new impending laws throughout 2012.  Continue reading State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights