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Mob Killings Split Ethiopians as Political Fault Lines Test Abiy’s Big Tent

Ethiopia’s deadly communal violence spread to the capital Addis Ababa
Fatal attacks in Addis Ababa area represent only the tip of recent violence, as local disputes flare during transition, and an ideological struggle heats up. (Photo source: Al Jazeera)

BY NIZAR MANEK & ERMIAS TASFAYE | ETHIOPIA INSIGHT

Between two popular celebratory rallies by contrasting opposition movements, Ethiopia’s deadly communal violence spread to the heart of the federation, shocking Addis Ababa, and fueling recriminations. Continue reading Mob Killings Split Ethiopians as Political Fault Lines Test Abiy’s Big Tent

Ethiopia: Amhara and Oromia Region MPs Boycott Parliament

Ethiopia’s three-pronged security crisis: Anti-government protests on the one hand, ethnic violence and serial killings and violence across universities. (Photo: Nahom Tesfaye / The Reporter)

BY MARY HARPER | BBC NEWS

Member of Parliaments from Ethiopia’s Amhara and Oromia regions have boycotted parliament. They say there is no point in parliament meeting until Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn gives an explanation for ongoing ethnic unrest in the country. Continue reading Ethiopia: Amhara and Oromia Region MPs Boycott Parliament

Congressman Urges House to Vote Resolution H.Res 128 on Ethiopia

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) urges his colleagues to vote on H.Res. 128 to address human rights abuses in Ethiopia on the House of Representatives floor.

“Today, I urged my House colleagues to consider a vote on H.Res 128, a bill to stop human right abuses in Ethiopia.” – Rep. Mike Coffman‏

BY ENGIDU WOLDIE | ESAT NEWS

Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado today urge the House of Representative to vote on H. Res. 128, a resolution supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.

The Representative from District 8 of Colorado who works closely with the Ethiopian community on promoting democracy and human rights in Ethiopia also expressed his disappointment that the House has not yet scheduled a vote on the Resolution. Continue reading Congressman Urges House to Vote Resolution H.Res 128 on Ethiopia

‘I Am Worried Ethiopia Will Explode’: Ana Gomes

“Change will occur if Ethiopians come together and take matters in their own hands. They should not expect someone else come and make changes in their country.” – Ana Gomes

The day after … the firestorm. “I am very very worried for Ethiopia… The fact that the International community turn a blind eye to the totalitarian regime of the TPLF is going to provoke an uncontrollable explosion in Ethiopia.”

BY ENGIDU WOLDIE | ESAT NEWS

A member of the European Parliament who is a fervent critic of the TPLF (Tigray People’a Liberation Front) said current political developments in Ethiopia could lead to conflict with tremendous consequences to the Horn of Africa.

Speaking to ESAT on the phone, the Portuguese politician said she fears that the ongoing conflicts in various parts of the country will go out of hand with serious ramifications to the region and even to Europe. Continue reading ‘I Am Worried Ethiopia Will Explode’: Ana Gomes

Ethiopia and the United States: Can the Crisis be Prevented?

The U.S. expects worst case scenarios such as genocide, ethnic cleansing or civil war can not happen in Ethiopia. It conveniently prefer fighting the fire rather than preventing it from happening.

The question is not what will happen when (not if) present trends continue? Ethiopia will be swallowed into the black hole of failed African states, possibly disintegrated and descend into civil war and strife. The U.S. need to take action to reverse the situation, else the blood of hundreds of thousands of people will be on its hands.

BY DAWIT W GIORGIS

The simmering crisis in Ethiopia has reached a boiling point. It is extremely serious and every person who has watched Ethiopia closely knows that. It is not simply about repression and extrajudicial killings, stifling of freedom of expression, but most of all it is about ethnic politics; a minority government, representing in theory 6% of the population, that is in complete control of the state machinery including the economic political and state apparatus. Continue reading Ethiopia and the United States: Can the Crisis be Prevented?

U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff

Ethiopia has halted a human rights resolution in the House by threatening to withdraw security cooperation with the United States. But counterterrorism partnership should not give the regime a pass to continue killing and jailing political opponents with absolute impunity.

The U.S. should send a strong and unequivocal signal to the Ethiopian government demanding accountability and meaningful reforms. Members of Congress should call the bluff, place the resolution back on the House agenda, and approve it.

BY YOSEPH BADWAZA | FREEDOM HOUSE

When Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) addressed a gathering of mostly Ethiopian-origin constituents in late September, he told them that according to the Ethiopian ambassador in Washington, Ethiopia would stop counterterrorism cooperation with the United States if Congress went ahead with a planned vote on a resolution calling for human rights protections and inclusive governance in the country (H. Res. 128). Continue reading U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff