Tag Archives: Irreecah Massacre

Ethiopia’s Oromos Celebrate Irreecha Festival

The celebration was held in capital Addis Ababa for the first time in 150 years.

The festival was usually held in Bishoftu, a town located in the Oromia region, about 40 km south of Addis Ababa. But this year, i.e. 150 years later, it was celebrated in at Hora Finfinne in the capital Addis Ababa. 

BY ALJAZEERA

Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group have been celebrating in the capital Addis Ababa at the start of an annual thanksgiving festival. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Oromos Celebrate Irreecha Festival

Call for Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Ethiopia

If the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is truly concerned about the Situation of Human Rights in Ethiopia, it should address the urgent call for an independent investigation of all the crimes committed by the regime against its own people.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

As an Eritrean American who has closely followed developments in the Horn region and knows a little bit about the political machinations involved, I was sorry to see Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights succumbing to US pressure by singling out Eritrea for rebuke when she knows full well that there is no verifiable evidence against the State of Eritrea except the words of a few self serving individuals who find it to be a lucrative business to engage in the human rights network.

These individuals and groups assembled by the US and Ethiopia do not represent the people of Eritrea. These miscreants neither have the moral or legal authority to represent Eritreans in Eritrea or in the Diaspora, where their record of betrayal and crimes is well known. Continue reading Call for Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Mourns – But Mourns What, Exactly?

On Monday, Ethiopia declared three days of national mourning. But as debate rages about what exactly happened in Bishoftu, and who was responsible, it’s far from clear that everyone is mourning the same thing.

By Simon Allison | for Daily Maverick,

The government death toll from the Bishoftu disaster stands at 52. This is an extraordinary number. Even taken at face value, this makes the deadly stampede one of modern Ethiopia’s bloodiest episodes. But we can’t take anything at face value. This is a country where information is tightly controlled, and where casualty counts are routinely underplayed by government spin doctors. Continue reading Ethiopia Mourns – But Mourns What, Exactly?