Full Respect of Rights not State of Emergency is the Solution to Ethiopia’s crisis

Full respect of rights not State of Emergency is the solution to Ethiopia’s crisis
The situation in Ethiopia is at a cross road. Years of repression has brought the country in to the current crisis. Intensifying the repression, the government has imposed “state of Emergency “through the country (please see the link below). With such a legal cover, the government is now committing highly disturbing Human Rights violation throughout the country and in particular in the regions of Oromya and Amhara.
Increasingly, Ethiopians and others concerned for Human rights are calling for national dialog as a means to get the country out of its current crisis and move forward with respect of basic Human and Democratic rights and rule of law.
In our opinion, this could be achieved only with full participation of all stake holders. The reality in Ethiopia shows that the political divisions among the elite are very deep. In such environment, a search for political resolution should be an inclusive process. One has to keep in mind that the political alienation that started in 1991 is a major contributor to the current crisis in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia should now take the bold step to begin inclusive democratization. In this process, a back door deal that alienates key stake holders will be unable to produce meaningful result both in the short term but most definitely in the long term.
We urge an immediate all inclusive national dialog, not a continuation of state of emergency, to resolve the current crisis and all outstanding issues. We urge the international community to put the utmost pressure on the ruling group in Ethiopia to accept such

Ethiopia State of Emergency Directive October 15 2016.pdf

NYTimes.com: Ethiopia Arrests Hundreds of ‘Ringleaders and Bandits’ in Effort to Quell Protests

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Ethiopian authorities said on Thursday they had detained 1,645 people since declaring a state of emergency less than two weeks ago in an effort to quell mass protests and violence.
Around 1,200 of those were described as ringleaders, the rest coordinators, suspects and bandits, in a statement by the government body formed to deal with the unrest.
Ethiopia announced a security crackdown on Oct. 8 amid a wave of attacks on mostly foreign-owned businesses and demonstrations over land and political rights.
The United States and other major donors have raised concerns about the measures, which include dusk (Read More)

Ethiopia ‘detains 1,600’ under state of emergency – BBC News

The Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 1,600 people under the state of emergency, a government minister has told the BBC.A statement, quoted by state-affiliated FBC website, lists arrests in the Oromia and Amhara regions, which have recently seen massive demonstrations. This is in addition to Monday’s arrests of 1,000 people near the capital. (Read More)


US worries over the state of emergency decree in Ethiopia

The United States takes note of the Government of Ethiopia’s October 8 declaration of a State of Emergency in response to recent protests and violence in the Oromia and Amhara regions. We are troubled by the potential impact of the decision to authorize detention without a warrant and to further limit freedom of expression, including by blocking Internet access, prohibiting public gatherings, and imposing curfews. This declaration, if implemented in these ways, would further enshrine the type of response that has failed to ameliorate the recent political crisis. (Read More)

Ethiopia’s Desalegn admits to the death of over 500 Oromo protesto rs but still warns of a forceful response to “extremists” — Quartz

After almost a year of anti-government protests, Ethiopia on Tuesday (Oct. 11) admitted that the death toll from police crackdowns and deadly stampedes could exceed more than 500 people. The admission came a few days after the government declared a country-wide six-month state of emergency, and blamed external forces for trying to break up the nation of over 100 million people. (Read More)