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)
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)
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”
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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
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)