Does Ethiopia’s New State of Emergency Dash Hopes for Reform?

Announcement Follows Prisoner Release, Prime Minister’s Resignation

On February 17, Ethiopia’s Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa declared a six-month state of emergency, appearing to end, for the time being, hope the government would undertake further reforms to open up political space.

The announcement capped off a tumultuous week in Ethiopia – first, the largest release of political prisoners in years, followed by the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Many long-suffering political prisoners finally rejoined their families, including journalists Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye , and opposition politicians Bekele Gerba, Col. Demeke Zewdu, and Andualem Arage. After two years of protests and unrest, the releases could have paved the way for more comprehensive and lasting reforms. But the state of emergency – the second imposed in the last 18 months – dashed those hopes. (Read More)

Ethnic violence displaces hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians

History of hate

Ethnic conflict along the common border and in the rural hinterland has long existed – with Oromo migration a particular source of friction.

The ongoing drought, which has put pressure on pasture and resources, could be another.

“As you move west of the regional border the land becomes higher with more water and pasture,” said the head of a humanitarian organisation who spoke on condition of anonymity over the sensitivity of the issues.

“Where the regional border runs is very contentious – you’ll find different maps giving a different border,” he added.

At the same time, many of the displaced spoke of their shock at how the violence broke out in formerly close-knit communities that had integrated peacefully, often for centuries, and in which intermarriage between Oromo and Somali was the norm.. (Read More)

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የመረጃ ማግኘት ነፃነትን በተመለከተ የተሰባሰቡ የሰብአዊ መብት ተሟጋቾች፣ ከሴፕተምበር 26 – 28 2002 (እአአ) በቡልጋሪያ ዋና ከተማ ሶፍያ ላይ ያካሄዱትን ስብሰባቸውን ሲጨርሱ በየዓመቱ ሴፕተምበር 28ትን “የማወቅ መብት መታሰቢያ ቀን” (The Right To Know Day) ሆኖ እንዲከበር ስምምነት ላይ ደረሱ፡፡ ይህን ውሳኔ የወሰኑት ከ15 አገሮች የመጡ የመብት ታጋዮች ሲሆኑ ከዚያን ጊዜ ጀምሮ በያመቱ ዕለቱ የሚታሰብባቸው ሀገሮች ቁጥር እየጨመረ በመሄድ ላይ ነው።

ይህ ቀን በሀገራችን በኢትዮጵያም የሰብአዊ መብት ተሟጋቾች በይፋና ያለ አንዳች መሸማቀቅ የሚያከብሩበት ቀን እንደሚመጣ እንታገላለን፣ ቀኑ እሩቅ እደማይሆንም ተስፋ እናደርጋለን። Continue reading “ሴፕተምበር 28፣ የማወቅ መብት መታሰቢያ ቀን”

Ethiopia: 55,000 People Displaced Amid Ethnic Clashes

Ethiopia: 55,000 people displaced amid ethnic clashes.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – More than 55,000 ethnic Oromos have been displaced from Ethiopia’s Somali region after a week of clashes with Somalis in which dozens were killed, the regional government of Ethiopia’s restive Oromia region said on Sunday.

The statement from the Oromia government follows claims by Somali regional officials earlier this week that more than 50 people were killed in an attack against ethnic Somalis in Aweday town. Read More


Timeline: Human Rights Situation in Ethiopia

Timeline: Human Rights Situation in Ethiopia Sparked by the Ethiopian Government’s plan to incorporate parts of the Oromia region surrounding Addis Ababa to the capital municipality in 2014, the Oromo people, the largest Ethiopian ethnicity, have used the latest round of protests that started in November 2015 to make their more basic grievances of lacking political participation and persecution on grounds of ethnicity heard. In all cases, the Government met their people’s expression of discontent with excessive and often lethal force, leaving more than a thousand Oromo dead within less than a year. (Read More)

UN rights chief: Ethiopia blocked access to protest areas

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)

Bishu Mining and Human Rights

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”.   Continue reading “Bishu Mining and Human Rights”