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Ethiopia: Human Rights, Repression, Carrots, and Sticks

Despite fleeting statements expressing “concern,” Washington has shied away from condemning the regimes brutal killings to its own people. Such silence from the EU and US is really deafening.
Despite fleeting statements expressing “concern,” Washington has shied away from condemning the regimes brutal killings to its own people. Such silence from the US and US is really deafening.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion,

AS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Ethiopia, the recent spate of harsh crackdowns in the country has raised serious questions about the U.S. and international community’s ongoing support for the Ethiopian government.

Days ago, Ethiopian authorities arrested nine journalists and bloggers, subsequently denying them access to lawyers, family, and colleagues. They are held on allegations they work for foreign human rights groups or used social media to incite violence. [i] Such allegations have become common-place, as Ethiopia’s highly-controversial anti-terrorism laws allow the government to hand down 20-year sentences to anyone who “writes, edits, prints, publishes, publicizes, [or] disseminates” statements the government considers terrorism. [ii]  Continue reading Ethiopia: Human Rights, Repression, Carrots, and Sticks

Ethiopia: One Killed, 70 Injured in Haramaya University Explosion

A peaceful protest demanding for an immediate halt to the disingenous Integrated Addis Ababa Development Master Plan quickly shaping itself into an ethnic Oromo student movement

By TesfaNews,

IN AN apparent escalation of the ongoing protest by ethnic Oromo students in about a dozen Oromia towns, an explosion went off at Haromaya University late Wednesday night killing one and injured more than 70 students.

According to eyewitness reports, the explosion occurred when a hand grenade was thrown at students watching a football match.

No one took responsibility for the explosion. The government, however, through the state-owned media blamed the ongoing crisis on “few extremists who seek to gain power through turmoil and upheaval.”  Continue reading Ethiopia: One Killed, 70 Injured in Haramaya University Explosion

Ethiopia: Dozens of Ethnic Oromo Protesters Killed

The resistance is spreading …

By TesfaNews,

ETHIOPIAN security forces today reportedly killed more than 20 ethnic Oromo students after opening fire while protesting peacefully in the western Oromia town of Ambo.

Eye witness reports indicate that eight among the dead are students.

In recent days ethnic Oromo students, opposition and activists in Ethiopia are ratcheting up opposition to the territorial expansion of the capital city under the guise of  the “Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan” that was unveiled earlier this month.  Continue reading Ethiopia: Dozens of Ethnic Oromo Protesters Killed