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Ethiopia Issues Shoot-to-Kill Orders to Quell Protests

Security forces empowered to use ‘all necessary measures’

The so-called ‘Command Post’ today instructed the country’s security forces to “take all the necessary measures,” that normally include but not limited to killing, jailing and terrorizing anyone demanding political reforms in the restive Oromia region.

BY TESFANEWS

The increasingly paranoid Ethiopian regime today ordered the country’s security forces to “take all the necessary measures” to deal with anti-government civilian protesters demanding political reforms in the restive Oromia region. Continue reading Ethiopia Issues Shoot-to-Kill Orders to Quell Protests

Ethiopia’s Authoritarian Regime Backtracks on Reforms

“Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside” – John F. Kennedy

“The last state of emergency in Ethiopia did not stop unrest – just convinced more people that peaceful protest is futile. Now EPRDF is doubling down on its tragic mistake: choosing repression over reforms” – Bronwyn Bruton

BY FINANCIAL TIMES

When Hailemariam Desalegn resigned as Ethiopian prime minister on Thursday following almost three years of deadly anti-government protests, he said he did it to be “part of the solution” to meet the public’s demands for “development, democracy, and good governance”. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Authoritarian Regime Backtracks on Reforms

Ethiopia and South Sudan Ranked Unstable

South Sudan returned to position one as the most troubled country from position two while Ethiopia recorded the greatest worsening globally over 2016, according to Fragile States Index 2017.

BY MARYANNE GICOBI | THE EAST AFRICAN

East and central African countries have once again ranked poorly in a Washington-based think tank’s annual rating of countries’ susceptibility to instability.

South Sudan returned to position one as the most troubled country from position two while Ethiopia recorded the greatest worsening globally over 2016, according to Fragile States Index 2017. Continue reading Ethiopia and South Sudan Ranked Unstable

The Ethiopian Town that Welcomes Water Firms but Leaves Locals Thirsty

Business in the Sululta district of Ethiopia’s Oromia region is burgeoning. So why, despite abundant rainfall, does half the population have no access to fresh water?

Women collect water from a muddy well in Sululta town in Ethiopia, where the local government has failed to provide water for most households. According to WaterAid, 42 million Ethiopians lack access to safe water. (Photograph: William Davison)

BY WILLIAM DAVIDSON | THE GUARDIAN

Towards the end of the day at the Abyssinia Springs bottled water factory near Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, workers hose down the car park liberally. Outside the gates, residents of the Sululta area trudge along the road with empty yellow jerrycans that they will fill from muddy wells and water points.

Over the past decade, the town in Oromia region has attracted plenty of investment. A Chinese tannery, steel mills, water factories and hotels have sprung up. Continue reading The Ethiopian Town that Welcomes Water Firms but Leaves Locals Thirsty

Ethiopia’s Peaceful Uprising is Evolving into an Armed Resistance

By making peaceful and democratic changes impossible, the regime in Ethiopia makes violent revolution almost inevitable.

Peaceful uprising or armed resistance? The choice is the regimes’.

By Alem Mamo,

As the world ushers in the new year, Ethiopia’s political, economic and security situation is entering a new and dangerous phase. The peaceful and popular uprising that swept the country in 2016 is gradually transforming itself into a well-organized armed resistance in various parts of the country.

The government belligerence and refusal to respond to the popular demand of citizens and engage in a genuine, inclusive and meaningful dialogue with opposition political forces and find a workable solution to the political stalemate is forcing many groups, concerned citizens and peaceful activists to re-evaluate their non-violence strategy. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Peaceful Uprising is Evolving into an Armed Resistance

Groups Urge UN Human Rights Council Over Ethiopia Protests

Dozens of rights groups have written to the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for an independent investigation into the killings of hundreds of protesters in Ethiopia’s Amhara and Oromia regions since November 2015.

By Elias Deseret | Associated Press,

More than a dozen rights groups have written to the U.N. Human Rights Council urging an immediate halt to “excessive” use of force by Ethiopian security forces.

The letter dated Thursday also calls for an independent investigation into the reported killings of hundreds of people in Ethiopia’s Amhara and Oromia states since November 2015 amid protests. Continue reading Groups Urge UN Human Rights Council Over Ethiopia Protests