Tag Archives: Political Prisoners

Sudan’s President Orders Release of All Political Prisoners

“To strengthen the spirit of reconciliation, national harmony and peace created by the national dialogue”

Sudan’s state news agency says President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of all political prisoners, effective immediately, as part of national dialogue efforts.

BY REUTERS

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of all political prisoners held in the country, state news agency SUNA said on Tuesday.

The decision came in response to calls from political parties and groups that have participated in the country’s ongoing national dialogue to grant detainees the opportunity to engage in the political process, SUNA reported. Continue reading Sudan’s President Orders Release of All Political Prisoners

Ethiopia Re-arrests Recently Freed Politicians, Activists Over Flag Display

The military command post re-arrest 12 opposition activists, journalists, and bloggers including previously freed detainees, for displaying Ethiopia’s (not EPRDF) flag

The military administration in Ethiopia has arrested several prominent dissidents, some of whom were released from prison just weeks earlier, for gathering en masse in violation of the state of emergency rule and displaying the “wrong” Ethiopia flag.

BY DANIEL MUMBERE | AFRICA NEWS

The Ethiopian government is being blasted by human rights and press freedom activists after it rearrested bloggers and opposition leaders that it had released a few weeks ago.

Andualem Aragie, leader of Ethiopian opposition UDJ party, journalists Eskinder Nega and Temesgen Desalegn, bloggers Befeqadu Hailu and Zelalem Workagegnehu were arrested on Sunday during a celebration organized for all the political prisoners released recently. Continue reading Ethiopia Re-arrests Recently Freed Politicians, Activists Over Flag Display

Ethiopia Is Falling Apart

To stop Ethiopia from falling apart and to rescue the country from the undue weight of its own repression, the regime have no choice but to change course.

Tepid reforms and halfhearted concessions won’t save the country’s authoritarian government from its existential crisis. (Photot: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

BY MOHAMMED ADEMO and JEFFREY SMITH | FOREIGN POLICY

For a brief moment last week, Ethiopia seemed poised to shed its reputation as Africa’s Stasi state. At a press conference on Jan. 3, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn vowed to free political prisoners and shutter the notorious Maekelawi prison, which has long served as a torture chamber for government critics, opposition leaders, journalists, and activists. Continue reading Ethiopia Is Falling Apart

Why did Ethiopia Decide to Release Political Prisoners?

Addis Ababa’s sudden decision to release “some” political (politician) prisoners is out of “fear” to survive.

BY THEMBISA FAKUDE | ALJAZEERA

Earlier this month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced plans to release political prisoners in a surprise move the government says aims to “foster national reconciliation”.

The prime minister also declared that the government would close the Maekelawi detention facility in Addis Ababa, which has been considered “one of the country’s most notorious police stations” since its construction in the 1970’s. Continue reading Why did Ethiopia Decide to Release Political Prisoners?

Ethiopia Denies ‘All Political Prisoners’ to Be Freed, PM ‘Misquoted’

A figure of speech? Ethiopia rescinded the Prime Minister’s initial “all political prisoners” statement by “some politician prisoners” – no “political prisoners” in Ethiopia (lol)

If You Can’t Convince Them, Confuse Them

BY BBC NEWS

Ethiopia’s government has denied that all political prisoners will be freed, saying that only some imprisoned politicians will be pardoned. An aide to the prime minister said a mistranslation led to him being quoted as saying that all political prisoners would be freed to promote dialogue. Continue reading Ethiopia Denies ‘All Political Prisoners’ to Be Freed, PM ‘Misquoted’

Protests Flare Up Again in Oromia, Scores Killed

Hundreds of thousands across Ethiopia’s restive Oromia region took to the streets today. The return of widespread protests underscore deepening political crisis in Ethiopia.

Renewed protests rocked Oromia region once again. Protesters took to the streets in towns of Ambo, Shashemene, Wollega, Hararghe, Adaba etc… denouncing the regime and demanding for the release of political prisoners.

BY ADDIS STANDARD

At least eight people were killed and more than 30 wounded during fresh protests that hit several cities and towns across the Oromia regional state today, according to Addisu Arega Kitessa, head of the Oromia government communication affairs bureau. Continue reading Protests Flare Up Again in Oromia, Scores Killed