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2016: Ethiopia’s Year of Brutality, Restrictions

The 2016 crackdown in Ethiopia followed years of systematic attacks that effectively closed political space and provide little room for dissenting voices.

Restore Rights, Address Grievances. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

By Human Rights Watch,

Ethiopia plunged into a human rights crisis in 2016, increasing restrictions on basic rights during a state of emergency and continuing a bloody crackdown against largely peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.

The state of emergency permits arbitrary detention, restricts access to social media, and bans communications with foreign groups. Continue reading 2016: Ethiopia’s Year of Brutality, Restrictions

Ethiopia: Protest Crackdown Killed Hundreds, UNHRC Turn a Blind Eye

Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 protesters and arrested tens of thousands more with blatant disregard for human life during widespread protests in the Oromia region since November 2015. The international community turn a blind eye as always and let the regime to get away with it. Does the word ‘Double Standard’ ring a bell?

By Human Rights Watch (HRW),

Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 protesters and others, and arrested tens of thousands more during widespread protests in the Oromia region since November 2015. The Ethiopian government should urgently support a credible, independent investigation into the killings, arbitrary arrests, and other abuses.

The 61-page report. “‘Such a Brutal Crackdown’: Killings and Arrests in Response to Ethiopia’s Oromo Protests,” details the Ethiopian government’s use of excessive and unnecessary lethal force and mass arrests, mistreatment in detention, and restrictions on access to information to quash the protest movement. Continue reading Ethiopia: Protest Crackdown Killed Hundreds, UNHRC Turn a Blind Eye

Does Dr. Tedros Adhanom have the Requisite Qualifications to Become Next WHO DG?

Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s nomination as the sole candidate representing Africa for the post of Director General of the World Health Organization is an insult to we Africans. By reading his candidature in the context of the political, social and economic policies of the government that he represents, we argue, he does not meet the exceedingly high standards required for a Director General of the WHO.

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin,

Eight medical doctors have served the World Health Organization (WHO) as its directors-general, through it the international community, in the post-war world from 1948 to the present, beginning with Dr. B.Chisholm of Canada, and now the incumbent another Canadian Dr. Margaret Chan, with dual citizenship (Chinese, Hong Kong).

The only exception in the making now for her successor is a non-medical doctor candidate from Ethiopia, its present foreign minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who also happens to be in top leadership position as an executive committee member of the ruling Tigrai People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Continue reading Does Dr. Tedros Adhanom have the Requisite Qualifications to Become Next WHO DG?

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

EU Should Condemn Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Oromo Protests

The European Union remain muted in its criticism of Ethiopia’s violent crackdown against peaceful protesters nor took any meaningful action after government forces killed more than 140 innocent protesters.

By IFEX,

European Union officials should convey serious concerns about Ethiopian security forces’ use of excessive lethal force against protesters when meeting with Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Human Rights Watch said today. The foreign minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, will meet with EU officials on January 12 and13, 2016, in Brussels. Continue reading EU Should Condemn Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Oromo Protests