…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…
Ethiopian Government’s Empty Promise on Press Freedom
FROM THE EDITOR
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” . Continue reading “Action Speaks Louder Than Words”
On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 11:30, Freedom House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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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.
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
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)
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)
New York – The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is following developments in Ethiopia with concern after a series of measures under a state of emergency targeted the media and diplomats, his spokesperson said. (Read More)
New Democrats are deeply concerned about the ongoing political and human rights crisis in Ethiopia. The country has been rocked by deadly protests over several months, resulting in the declaration of a six-month state of emergency, beginning October 9th. (Read More)