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።

Dec 5th, 2016 by Publisher News Group


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)

Emailing shengo statement about arrest of Dr Merera dec12006.pdf
Dec 4th, 2016 by Publisher News Group

The oppressed people of Ethiopia cannot remain oppressed and gagged forever: Free Dr. Merera Gudina & All Political Prisoners Now!


SHENGO is extremely saddened and concerned to hear about the arrest of Dr Merrera Gudina in Addis Abeba on Wednesday November 30, 2016 by the security forces of the regime in power. Dr Merrera is among the leading political leaders in the country who believes in peaceful struggle and has repeatedly called for national dialogue to resolve the grave danger Ethiopia has and continues to face mainly because of the misguided and reckless policies and practices of the ruling TPLF/EPRDF regime. For the last 25 years, Dr. Merrera has abundantly and clearly demonstrated all and sundry his commitment and resolve to address Ethiopia’s complex political problems through peaceful struggle and national dialogue.

shengo statement about arrest of Dr Merera dec12006.pdf

No Government That Kills Its Own Citizens Should Be Treated As A Friend
Nov 19th, 2016 by Publisher News Group

…SOCEPP Canada appreciates Minister Dion’s expression of concern with regard to the repression in Ethiopia. However, we would like to stress that for the most part of the last 25 years, Canada has expressed similar concerns over the atrocities of the Ethiopian government with no positive outcome. Despite paying lip service to the donor community, the Ethiopian government has shown no tangible progress with regard to upholding human rights, or opening the political space and ensuring democratic rights or initiating a national dialogue that could work towards consensus and inclusiveness…


Action Speaks Louder Than Words
Nov 8th, 2016 by Publisher News Group


Ethiopian Government’s Empty Promise on Press Freedom



October 7, 2016

On Oct 3, 2016 in an interview with BBC , the new communication minister of the TPLF led government in Ethiopia Dr Negeri Lenco has said that he” is committed to press freedom”. However, the question is whether his statement reflective of the government he is representing and if so what is the steps he and his government should take right now to demonstrate their “commitment to press freedom” .

It is now evident that for years, the government in Ethiopia has been among the top suppressors of press freedom in the entire world and of course among the top three “enemies of the press” in the entire Africa.

According to CPJ “With 17 journalists behind bars as of December 1, 2015 Ethiopia was the second-worst jailer of journalists in Africa, after Eritrea. “

According to Freedom House, the status of freedom in 2015 is ranked as follows: Press freedom, not free ; Internet freedom, not free, Legal environment worst, Political environment worst.

According to CPJ, just few weeks ago , the government arrested a well know blogger and lecturer at Ambo university , Seyoum Teshome.

Reporters Without Boarder explains the situation about freedom of expression in Ethiopia as follows:” Ever since the 2009 anti-terrorism law took effect, terrorism charges have been systematically used against journalists. The charges carry long jail sentences and allow the authorities to hold journalists without trial for extended periods. There has been little improvement since the purges that led to the closure of six newspapers in 2014 and drove around 30 journalists into exile. Physical and verbal threats, arbitrary trials and convictions are all used to silence the media “ .

This is the reality of freedom of the press in Ethiopia for the last 25 years. Hence, we urge the new minister and his government to go beyond rhetoric and demonstrate in action their “ commitment to press freedom” by setting free all journalists imprisoned for political reasons i.e Eskindir Nega, Temsegen Desalegn, blogger Seyoum Teshome and many others and by repealing the repressive laws that made speaking the truth a crime . As the saying goes, Action speaks louder than words. It is one thing to say we are “committed to press freedom” but completely different to walk the talk. Ethiopians demand and deserve full respect of their human rights.

Nov 3rd, 2016 by Publisher News Group



Change In Ministers But No Change In Policy; The Crisis Will Continue

Nov 2, 2016

On Tuesday October 31, 2016, the PM Hailemariam of Ethiopia appointed 21 ministers  to his new cabinet. This happens in the mildest of the popular protest in the country in Oromiya,  Amhara regions, as well as in the south   for the last 12 continuous months and by Ethiopian Muslims for over 4 years.

The main demand of the population has been about respect for freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, against the interference of the government in religious affirms , against the ethnic domination , against displacement of farmers, repression of identity, the absolute domination of the political space by the ruling TPLF led EPRDF etc. Basically, the people have lost confidence in the 25 years rule of the TPLF led EPRDF.

Instead of answering any of this public demand, the government is now involved in a superficial change. None of the repressive policies of the government have changed. Freedom of expression is not respected, no demonstration is allowed, infact the entire country is under state of emergency. Non of the repressive laws such as the Charities and associations act that has obliterated the independent civil society , the anti terrorism act, whci has been used to jail opposition leaders, journalists etc has been changed.

There is no reform in the country’s justice system; the judiciary continues to be the political arm of the ruling TPLF led government. The government continues to refuse to sit down with the opposition to address the root causes of the current unrest in the spirit of national dialogue and reconciliation. Infact, the attorney general makes mockery of the oppositions call for national dialogue calling it “an attempt to seize power”. Not a single political prisoner has been released. To the contrary, in the last three months alone, over 10 thousand have been detained in horrible conditions; political leaders such as Bekele Gerba are jailed.

As the history of many other similar repressive governments has shown, if there is no justice there will be no peace. This is not what Ethiopia needs now. This is not helpful for a country that should attract investment, tourism. The truth is no serious investor will be attracted to pour millions of dollars while the fundamentals in Ethiopia show that political stability is a farfetched illusion.

In general, it appears that the government is resorting back to its usual way of neglecting the peoples demand and repressing any and all forms of descent and peaceful protest. This is a serious mistake that should be condemned by all who wants to see peaceful resolution to the protest in Ethiopia. We at SOCEPP Canada are very concerned that the regimes reluctance to address the peoples demand immediately will lead to further public resentment, protest and instability in the country.



Ethiopia Undermines Financial Support for Human Rights Groups
Oct 24th, 2016 by Publisher News Group

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Ethiopia Undermines Financial Support for Human Rights Groups

Washington – October 24, 2016 — In response to Ethiopian security forces disrupting a fundraising event by the country’s most prominent human rights organization, the Human Rights Council (HRCO), Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Authorities’ interference with HRCO’s otherwise orderly event shows the government’s utter disregard for the constitutionally guaranteed right to free assembly,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. “The government blocking of local fundraising while also effectively barring foreign financial support is part of a campaign to prevent human rights groups from monitoring government actions.”


On October 23, police and plainclothes security personnel broke up a fundraising event that was organized by HRCO to mark the organization’s 25th year anniversary. HRCO officials had requested and were given permission by authorities to hold the event. Police briefly detained three HRCO officials including the executive director, releasing them after issuing a warning not to criticize the government.

Ethiopia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2015.

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The international community must act now: Non action is not in the best interest of Ethiopia and the regional security.
Oct 24th, 2016 by Publisher News Group


October 24, 2016

As has been stated again and again, the instability in Ethiopia will affect not only the 100 million people of Ethiopia but also the entire East Africa region and the international community.

Just see what is happening now, repression and instability in Ethiopia is at its highest in 25 years. The Ethiopian people are indiscriminately being detained; tortured killed etc. with the introduction of the state of emergency, the situation is getting worst by the day. All of this will have push effect and will generate more refugees. If things are not addressed immediately one can expect to see increased level of refugees to begin arriving in the neighboring countries and in Europe etc in the next few months.

As the ruling TPLF/EPRDF’s security forces  becomes too stretched  in its attempt to suppress peaceful protest in the country, it is now forced to pull out of Somalia and Allshebab is using this opportunity to attack and expand its control within Somalia.

The same could also happen in Southern Sudan. There is no question that the TPLF lead government will also be forced to withdraw from other peace keeping missions as the resistance in Ethiopia continues and the government attempts to suppress the protest by force.

Therefore, it is in the best interest of the international community to find a peaceful resolution to the Ethiopian crisis without delay.

Clearly, the protest in Ethiopia shows that return to the statuquo is no more an option. Ethiopians need their full rights to be respected, their dignity fully restored and all of the repression lifted from their shoulder. They want a government that respects them, that protects them not one that kills and terrorize them.

The government should be pressured to release political prisoners immediately, lift the state of emergency, stop further violation of rights throughout the country and engage the opposition and all stake holders in the search for lasting solutions. In our opinion, this is the only thing that could help create peace and stability in Ethiopia.

The international community should pressure the government to do the above immediately. Silence and non action introduces more complexity. Such is not in the best interest of Ethiopians , the region and the international community.

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