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Ethiopia: UN Demands the Release of Andargachew Tsige

un demand release of Andargachew Tsige
Andargachew “Andy” is a British national of Ethiopian origin. He has been sentenced to death twice in the Ethiopian regime’s kangaroo courts and highly likely to face torture. A year has passed since he was abducted and the British Government has done absolutely nothing, other than express regrets and issue fuzzy statements, to secure his release or to ensure that he is not subjected to abuse and mistreatment. It is a shame Andargachew Tesige “Andy” is a British national in name only.

By Mark Townsend,

THE UN has demanded the immediate release of a Briton held on death row in Ethiopia for more than a year, an intervention that campaigners say exposes Britain’s poor diplomacy towards the case.

Experts from the UN Human Rights Council have advised Ethiopia to pay Andargachew Tsige “adequate compensation” before sending him home to London, an abrupt hardening of its position on the case at a time when Britain pursues a softly, softly approach with no tangible reward. Continue reading Ethiopia: UN Demands the Release of Andargachew Tsige

UK Warns Ties with Ethiopia at Risk

Andargachew “Andy” is a British national of Ethiopian origin. He has been sentenced to death twice in the Ethiopian regime’s kangaroo courts and highly likely to face torture. A year has passed since he was abducted and the British Government has done absolutely nothing, other than express regrets and issue fuzzy statements, to secure his release or to ensure that he is not subjected to abuse and mistreatment. It is a shame Andargachew Tesige “Andy” is a British national in name only.

By Reuters and The Guardian,

THE British government told Ethiopia on Thursday its treatment of an imprisoned opposition figure, who is also a British national, was unacceptable and that the case risked hurting ties between the two countries.

Andargachew Tsige was sentenced to death in 2009 in absentia over his involvement with an opposition political group and another trial handed him life behind bars three years later. He was arrested in Yemen in 2014 and extradited to Ethiopia.  Continue reading UK Warns Ties with Ethiopia at Risk

UNHRC: Statement of Eritrea’s Delegation on the “Commission’s Report”

Excellencies,

This august body is discussing today the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea.

Allow me, in this context, to convey to Your Excellencies the indignation of the people and Government of Eritrea whose heroic history, civilized traditions and norms, and, purposeful development efforts anchored on social justice, are sullied and denigrated with gratuitous and unprecedented irresponsibility by an entity established by this assembly.  Continue reading UNHRC: Statement of Eritrea’s Delegation on the “Commission’s Report”

UN Inquiry Reports Gross Human Rights Violations in Eritrea

“The Eritrean government may have committed crimes against humanity and was responsible for systematic and gross human rights abuses on a scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere” – United Nations Inquiry Report Conclusion

By OHCHR,

THE Government of Eritrea is responsible for systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations that have created a climate of fear in which dissent is stifled, a large proportion of the population is subjected to forced labour and imprisonment, and hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled the country, according to a UN report released Monday. Some of these violations may constitute crimes against humanity. Continue reading UN Inquiry Reports Gross Human Rights Violations in Eritrea

UN Criticizes U.S. for Violating Torture Treaty

UN HAVE GOT BALLS? The United Nations Committee Against Torture deeply criticized the U.S. for its responses and investigations — or lack thereof — into counter-terrorism methods, police brutality, immigration policies, sexual assault in the military and other “subjects of concern” that involves numerous human rights violations, including torture, ill-treatment and enforced disappearance of persons suspected of involvement in terrorism-related crimes.

By The Associated Press,

A U.N. panel has concluded that the United States falls short of full compliance with an international anti-torture treaty.

The report by the U.N. Committee Against Torture cites police brutality, military interrogations, maximum security prisons, illegal migrants and solitary confinement among areas of concern. Continue reading UN Criticizes U.S. for Violating Torture Treaty

Ethiopia: UNPO’s Chilling Ogaden Persecution Report

State criminality against the Ogaden Somali People reached critical stage

By UNPO,

IN RECENT years the Ogaden people in Eastern Ethiopia have increasingly suffered various human rights abuses as the Ethiopian State continues its mission of ethnic oppression.

These violations of human rights often compound the current humanitarian crisis that is developing in the region; with foreign aid funds supporting a state that actively deters humanitarian organisations from operating in the Ogaden region.

To help increase awareness about the worsening situation for the Ogaden people, UNPO has published a background report outlining some of the major human rights that currently exist.

This report focuses on many of the Ogaden people’s civil and political rights that have been violated by the Ethiopian Government, and puts them into the broader context of the general state of human rights compliance throughout the whole country.

Cause for serious concern continues to be the suppression of the free media and freedom of expression within Ethiopia. Silencing the voices of those willing voice concerns of state suppression means that the outside world is never likely to know the full scale of rights violations that are taking place within the country.  Continue reading Ethiopia: UNPO’s Chilling Ogaden Persecution Report