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UN rights chief: Ethiopia blocked access to protest areas
May 6th, 2017 by Publisher News Group

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian officials have blocked United Nations access to areas that experienced deadly protests during one of the country’s most violent periods in recent memory, the U.N. human rights chief said Thursday.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein spoke during a three-day visit to the East African nation at the government’s invitation. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has rejected United Nations and other outside requests to investigate the months of anti-government protests demanding more political freedoms. (Read More)

U.N. human rights chief pushes for inquiry into Ethiopia unrest
May 6th, 2017 by Publisher News Group

By Aaron Maasho | ADDIS ABABA

The United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday he would push Ethiopia to allow his agency to investigate rights abuses during months of unrest in 2015 and 2016 in which hundreds of people were killed. (Read More)

Bishu Mining and Human Rights
May 6th, 2017 by Publisher News Group

SOCEPP Editor’s Note

Bisha Mining is an Eritrean company formed for the development and operation of the Bisha Mine in western Eritrea.  It is owned by a Canadian based Nevsun Resources Ltd. (60%) and the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO) (40%).

The labourers at the mining are allegedly participants of National Service Program. This is a program, according to one UN report, administered “similar to slavery in its effects”.   In relation to this, Human Rights Watch in its January 2013 report entitled- Hear No Evil: Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Eritrea’s Mining Sector– stated that “Nevsun’s experiences show that by developing projects in Eritrea, mining firms are walking into a potential minefield of human rights problems. Most notably they risk getting entangled in the Eritrean government’s uniquely abusive program of indefinite forced labor—the inaptly-named national service program. Through this program the Eritrean government keeps an enormous number of Eritreans under perpetual government control as conscripts. Originally conceived as an 18-month program, the national service scheme now requires all able-bodied men and most women to serve indefinitely, often for years and with no end in sight, under harsh and abusive conditions. Those who try to flee risk imprisonment, torture, and even reprisals directed against their families.”( https://www.hrw.org/report/2013/01/15/hear-no-evil/forced-labor-and-corporate-responsibility-eritreas-mining-sector )

Victims did not sit with their hands folded. In November of 2014, Gize Yebeyo Araya, Kesete Tekle Fshazion and Mihretab Yemane Tekle filed a lawsuit against Nevsun Resources in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  The number of accusers now has increased and reached 48. However, the company is still operating in Eritrea well along with the brutal dictator of the region.

The current dictatorial leader of Eritrea and his government with whom Nevsun is working is the cause for thousands of citizens fleeing home only to perish in the high seas. Concerned citizens have joined hands to fight against any corporation that makes a deal with dictators who treat their fellow citizens in no different way than slaves were treated centuries ago.

As a strong player in the global mining industry, Canada and the Canadian government have responsibility to make sure that Canadian mining companies and the likes  fulfill their social responsibility wherever they may operate.

Currently Freedom United reports that community members joined Vancouver’s Mining Justice Alliance outside Nevsun Resources’ Annual General Meeting to present over 180,000 signatures on petitions calling for the company’s shareholders to divest from operations in Eritrea, a country where forced labour is widespread.  To read more on this please go to the News Release

SOCEP –Canada joins the call for Nevsun Resources Investors to divest over abuses at Eritrea mine.

Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.

UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia after deadly protests
Apr 29th, 2017 by Publisher News Group

UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia after deadly protests

Published April 28, 2017 · Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The United Nations says the U.N. human rights chief will visit Ethiopia next month at the invitation of the government, which has rejected U.N. and other outside offers to investigate months of deadly protests. (Read More)

2017 World Press Freedom Index – tipping point | RSF
Apr 28th, 2017 by Publisher News Group

The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies. (Read More)

Report: 669 killed in Ethiopia violence since August
Apr 21st, 2017 by Publisher News Group

Report: 669 killed in Ethiopia violence since August
Government-backed report comes after independent rights groups are denied access to conduct probe into violence.

Almost 700 people have been killed during violence in Ethiopia since August 2016, a government-sponsored commission has said, bringing the total death toll since the unrest began in late 2015 to more than 900.

Ethiopia declared six months of emergency rule in October after almost a year of anti-government violent protests in its Oromia, Amhara and SNNP regions. In March, the measure was extended by four months amid reports of continuing violence in some remote areas. (Read More)

Ethiopia: Year of Brutality, Restrictions
Jan 12th, 2017 by Publisher News Group

January 12, 2017 10:10AM EST

Ethiopia: Year of Brutality, Restrictions

Restore Rights, Address Grievances

(Nairobi) – Ethiopia plunged into a human rights crisis in 2016, increasing restrictions on basic rights during a state of emergency and continuing a bloody crackdown against largely peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. The state of emergency permits arbitrary detention, restricts access to social media, and bans communications with foreign groups. (Read More)

Two Radio Bilal journalists sentenced in Ethiopia on terror charges
Jan 4th, 2017 by Publisher News Group

New York, January 4, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the prison sentences handed down to two journalists from the Ethiopian faith-based station Radio Bilal. Khalid Mohamed and Darsema Sori were sentenced yesterday to prison terms of five years and six months and four years and five months respectively, the independent news website Addis Standard reported. (Read More)

Justice will prevail

አንድን ነገር ደግሞ ደጋግሞ በመስራት የተለየ ውጤት መጠበው እብደት ነው።
Dec 22nd, 2016 by Publisher News Group

From the Editor

የሀገራችንን ፖለቲካ በቅርብ ለምንከታተል ሁሉ አዲስ ባይሆንም ህወሀት/ኢህአዴግ ዴሞክራሲአዊ አለመሆኑን እየተናነቀውም ቢሆን “ውስጣዊ ዴሞክርሲ መገንባት ተስኖን ነበር” ሲል አምኗል።

ዝርዝሩን ከ Ethiopian Reporter ሊንክ መመልከት ይችላሉ። ታዲያ መነሳት ያለበት ጥያቄ

በውስጡ ዴሞክራሲያዊነት የሌለው  የፖለቲካ ድርጅትና መንግስት ከዚህም በላይ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስቴሩ እንዳመኑትም  ውስጡ “የበሰበሰ፣ የነቀዘና ኪራይ ሰብሳቢነትና በአድርባይነት የተዋሀደው” ፓርቲና መንግስት እንዴት ነው የዴሞክርሲ ስርአትን ለመመስረት ፣ፍትህን ለመመገንባት፣  ለሀገር ጥቅም የሚበጅ ስርአትን ለማምጣት ብቃት የሚኖረው?፧ የራሱ ቤተሰብ የሚበላው የሌለው ሰው ለሌላ ሰው እርዳታ እሰጣለሁ ቢል የሚመስል ነገር ይሆናል?

ስለሆነም ስርአቱ ስህተቱን እንዳማነው ሁሉ፣ ጊዜ ወስዶ ራሱን ለማስተካከል የሚሰራውን ይስራ ።የታመመ ሰው ህመሙን ማስታመም አግባብ ነው፡ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ግን ኢህአዴግ “በጥልቅ እስኪታደስ” (ያውም ከሆነለት) ቁጭ ብሎ ይጠብቅ ማለት ወይም ዴሞክራሲያዊ ስርአትን የሚሻ ህዝብ ዼሞክራሲያዊ  አይደለሁም ብሎ ባመነ ፓርቲና መንግስት መመራት አለበት ማለት በፍጹም ስለሀገር አለማሰብ ፣ ፍፑም ህሊና ቢስነት ወይም ተራ ስግብግብነት ነው። የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ከዚህ የተሻለ መሪ ሊኖረው የሚገባው ታላቅ ህዝብ ነው።

ሁኔታወን ለማሻሳል ደግሞ በሽተኛው ራሱ አይደለም ሀኪም መሆን ያለበት። ስለዚህ ህወሀት/ኢህአዴግ መፍትሄ ፍለጋውን ለኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ መተው ይኖርበታል። ሀኪሙ የሚገኘው ከህዝቡ ውስጥ ነው። ሀኪሙ ህዝቡ ነው። በርግጥ በመፍትሄ ፍለጋው ውስጥ የበሽተኛው ድምጽም መሰማት ይኖርበታል። የያንዳንዱ በሽታ የሀገር በሽታ ነው እና ወደፊት ለመጓዝ ማንንም ቢሆን ወደ ሓላ ጥሎ መሆን የለበትም ። ለዚህ ነው ደግመን ደጋግመን ለሀገር የሚሆን ዘላቂ መፍትሄ ከተፈለገ ሁሉም ባለድርሻ የሚሳተፍበት ብሄራዊ መግባባት   ባስቸኳይ መጀመር አለበት የምለው። ይህ ሳይሆን ህወሀት/ኢህአዴግ ከነበሽታው ሀኪምም እኔ ብቻ ነኝ ብሎ አሁን በሚሄድበት ጎዳና ከቀጠለ ፤ ውሀ ቢወቅጡት እንቦጭ እንደሚባለው አንድ ቦታ ላይ መዳከር እንጂ መሻሻል ሊመጣ ከቶ አይችልም። ይሀንንማ ህወሀት/ኢህአዴግ አ25 አመት  ሞክሮ ውጤት ሊያሰገን አልቻለም። እንደሚባለውም አንድን ነገር ደግሞ ደጋግሞ በመስራት የተለየ ውጤት ለማግኘት መሞከር እብደት ነው። ኢትዮጵያ አዲስ አካሄድ አዲስ ጅምር ያሰፈልጋታል።

THE ARREST OF DR. MERERA CAN NOT ECLIPSE BUT EMBOLDEN AND REINFORCE THE PEACEFUL OPPOSITION
Dec 5th, 2016 by Publisher News Group

THE ARREST OF DR. MERERA CAN NOT ECLIPSE BUT EMBOLDEN AND REINFORCE THE PEACEFUL OPPOSITION

December 5, 2016

It is with great dismay that we learn the arrest of Dr. Merera Gudina, the current Vice Chair of Medrek Ethiopia. He was arrested on his return from a visit to Europe where he participated in a meeting at the European Parliament. His crime according to government statement is that he was at a meeting in which groups alleged as “terrorists” by the regime were present. He was invited to speak by a profoundly august institution, the European Parliament, and he does not have the prerogative to select or deselect who attends the meeting. (Read More)

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