Guest post: EM investors need Ethiopia on their shortlist

 By Anders Heede of BDO

Ethiopia: Digital Attacks Intensify

Ethiopia: Digital Attacks Intensify

March 9, 2015(New York) – The Ethiopian government has renewed efforts to silence independent voices abroad by using apparent foreign spyware, Human Rights Watch said today. The Ethiopian authorities should immediately cease digital attacks on journalists, while foreign surveillance technology sellers should investigate alleged abuses linked to their products (Read More)

Ethiopia’s Growth Program Cuts Out Dissent

Lone opposition voice in Parliament says economic goals trigger clampdown on criticism

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—The sole voice of opposition in Ethiopia’s 547-member national legislature will soon fall silent—the latest in a long line of people who have given up the fight as the government actively mutes dissent while pursuing populist economic expansion.(Read More)

World Bank denies blame for violent Ethiopian evictions

The World Bank has denied responsibility for the violent evictions of an indigenous group by a major client, the Ethiopian government, and declined to press for compensation for families that have been forced from their homes.

Inclusive Development International, a U.S.-based human rights group, denounced the bank’s decision not to seek compensation for the Anuak, an indigenous community in western Ethiopia, and charged that the bank has “whitewashed damning evidence of widespread human rights violations” in order to sidestep blame. (Read More)

World Bank whitewashes Ethiopia human rights scandal

Bank absolves itself of responsibility and denies redress to victims

(March 2, 2015) – The World Bank has whitewashed damning evidence of widespread human rights abuses in connection with its flagship program in Ethiopia, Inclusive Development International said today. The evidence, obtained during the course of an internal investigation, appears to have been shelved in order to exonerate the bank and one of it biggest clients of responsibility for mass forcible population transfers that occurred between 2010-2013. To set the record straight, Inclusive Development International today is releasing leaked transcripts of interviews conducted by the World Bank’s Inspection Panel during its investigation mission in the Gambella region of Ethiopia.(Read More)

World Bank: Address Ethiopia Findings

World Bank: Address Ethiopia Findings

Response to Inquiry Dismissive of Abuses
February 23, 2015

(Washington, DC) – The World Bank should fully address serious human rights issues raised by the bank’s internal investigation into a project in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the bank’s vice president for Africa. The bank’s response to the investigation findings attemp

ts to distance the bank from the many problems confirmed by the investigation and should be revised. The World Bank board of directors is to consider the investigation report and management’s response, which includes an Action Plan, on February 26, 2015. (Read More) Continue reading “World Bank: Address Ethiopia Findings”

Ethiopia’s Stifled Press

Ethiopia’s Stifled Press

By Editorial Board February 9

WHILE ENJOYING its status as an international development darling, Ethiopia has been chipping away at its citizens’ freedom of expression. The country now holds the shameful distinction of having the second-most journalists in exile in the world, after Iran. That combination of Western subsidies and political persecution should not be sustainable. (Read More)

World Report 2015 Ethiopia

Hopes that Ethiopia’s government would ease its crackdown on dissent ahead of the May 2015 elections were dashed in 2014.

Instead the government continued to use arbitrary arrests and prosecutions to silence journalists, bloggers, protesters, and supporters of opposition political parties; police responded to peaceful protests with excessive force; and there was no indication of any government willingness to amend repressive legislation that was increasingly condemned for violating international standards, including at Ethiopia’s Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council. (Read More)

South Sudan: African Union Peace and Security Council stands in the way of justice in South Sudan

South Sudan: African Union Peace and Security Council stands in the way of justice in South Sudan

The African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council has failed the thousands of South Sudanese victims who are waiting for truth and justice by not making public the report of the Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, said Amnesty International today.  (Read More)