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Anger Among the Oromo Ethnic Group Boils Over

By France 24,

In recent months, Ethiopia has seen its worst unrest in a decade. Members of Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic group, which feels left out of the country’s booming economy, have taken to the streets in protest.

Protesters are calling for equal rights and an end to what they call corruption, land grabs and government oppression. Some Oromo families have been forced off their land, and the government refuses to officially recognise the Oromo language. The government has cracked down on the protests, and activists and human rights groups say over 200 people have been killed.

FRANCE 24’s reporter spoke to the families of several victims.



EDITOR’S NOTE:


The booming land grab in Ethiopia has contributed to the disposition of many poor Oromo farmers and turned them into beggars and daily labourers.

Oromia is the country’s largest region, and many there believe the government did not want to redevelop services and roads, but that it was engaged in a land-grab.

The Oromo protest movement opposes the mass eviction of poor farmers.

Though the government shelved its plan due to the tension, protests continued as the Oromo called for equal rights.

Unless the regime allows the constitutional right to dissent, the discontent that boils over in Oromia will soon engulf the entire country.


Ethiopia’s Oromo People Demand Equal Rights in Protests


Time to Repeal Anti-Terrorism Law in Ethiopia

Guilty until proven Innocent. Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism legislation makes Ethiopia the only country in the world that allows the police to arrest and detain a criminal suspect and then go out looking for evidence of wrongdoing for months and even years.

By Anuradha Mittal,

With the African Union celebrating the African Year of Human Rights at its 26th summit, at its headquarters in Addis, Ethiopia, the venue raises serious concerns about commitment to human rights.

Ethiopia’s so called economic development policies have not only ignored but enabled and exacerbated civil and human rights abuses in the country. Case and point is the ongoing land grabbing affecting several regions of the country. Under the controversial “villagization” program, the Ethiopian government is forcibly relocating over 1.5 million people to make land available to investors for so called economic growth. Continue reading Time to Repeal Anti-Terrorism Law in Ethiopia

EU Parliament Adopts Resolution Condemning Ethiopian Government

By European Parliament,

European Parliament passed a resolution that strongly condemns the Ethiopian government for use of violence by the security forces and the increased number of cases of human rights violations in the country.

The resolution calls for a credible, transparent and independent investigation into the killings of at least 140 protesters and into other alleged human rights violations in connection with the protest movement after the May 2015 federal elections in the country. Continue reading EU Parliament Adopts Resolution Condemning Ethiopian Government