THE United States is concerned by the Ethiopian Federal High Court’s January 28, 2015, decision to proceed with the trial of six bloggers and three independent journalists on charges under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. The decision undermines a free and open media environment—critical elements for credible and democratic elections, which Ethiopia will hold in May 2015. Continue reading U.S. Express Concern Over Ethiopia’s Flagrant Violation of Press Freedom
By Fikrejesus Amahazion,
AS 2014 draws to a close, the recent defection of several high-level Ethiopian military personnel , and the Ethiopian government’s bloody crackdown on protests in Bahir Dar  highlight serious questions about Ethiopia’s tense internal socio-political situation and the West’s ongoing support for Ethiopia’s repressive government.
Late last week, in Bahir Dar, several people were killed and many others wounded after police abruptly opened fire on protesters defending a sacred site against government-sponsored demolition.  On the heels of the crackdown, several military pilots and a technician absconded with MI-35 helicopters; notably, the defections are only the latest in a series of similar such high-profile desertions. Continue reading Examining Ethiopia: Bahir Dar, Defections and Indonesia
By Freedom House,
ETHIOPIA continues to have one of the lowest rates of internet and mobile phone connectivity in the world, as meager infrastructure, government monopoly over the telecommunications sector, and obstructive telecom policies have significantly hindered the growth of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the country.
Coupled with highly repressive laws and tactics aimed at restricting freedom of expression and access to information, internet freedom in Ethiopia is consistently rated the worst in sub-Saharan Africa and among the worst in the world. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Internet Freedom Status Remains ‘Not Free’
By Robele Ababya,
I HAD the privilege to watch, with tears choking my eyes, the stunning demonstration, in front of the EU Headquarters, by heroic Ethiopians that shut a busy street in Brussels. Ethiopians converging in a display of colorful unity from all over Europe and probably beyond made history by their unique act of patriotism.
The mammoth demonstration was no doubt necessitated by the complete denial of fundamental freedom of expression and gross violations of human rights by the brutal TPLF regime in Ethiopia during its dictatorial rule of the last 23 years and counting. These heinous crimes of the ruling regime are well recorded by respectable international organizations – and even by those powers in the Western industrialized democracies such as the United Kingdom and the United States that nevertheless keep the genocidal regime afloat with generous all round support including military, security, and direct financial assistance at the expense of the taxpayers of their citizens. Continue reading Massive Protest in Brussels Against Ethiopian Regime
A GROUP of United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country, amid reports that people continue to be detained arbitrarily.
The experts’ call comes on the eve of the consideration by Ethiopia of a series of recommendations made earlier this year by members of the Human Rights Council in a process known as the Universal Periodic Review which applies equally to all 193 UN Members States. These recommendations are aimed at improving the protection and promotion of human rights in the country, including in the context of counter-terrorism measures. Continue reading UN Special Rapporteurs Urge Ethiopia To Stop Using Anti-Terrorism Legislation To Curb Human Rights
By Bereket Kidane,
IT was revealed last month that not only does Ethiopia’s minority regime jams satellite broadcasts of its neighbors in a deliberate act of vandalism causing great outage and disruptions to African and Middle Eastern television audiences, the TPLF regime has also hired and trained internet bloggers to harass and troll Eritrean websites as well as Ethiopian ones that are opposed to its rule.
If you have ever wondered why there has been a recent explosion of obnoxious Tigrayans posing as Eritreans and writing a lot of nonsense about Eritrea and its government, there is your answer. These trolls TPLF hired hang around Eritrean websites 24/7 to defame, harass and blacken Eritrea’s image on the web. Continue reading TPLF’s Malicious Practices and Bantustanization of Ethiopia