Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ethiopian Guangul makes powerful gesture in 4-peat


MOLINE -- As Hirut Guangul, of Ethiopia, crossed the Quad Cities Marathon finish line as the first woman overall for the fourth consecutive year, she crossed her arms above her head in an "X".
Guanhul became the first QCM four-time champion, but the moment became larger than just her athletic achievement on Sunday morning.
"I like this race," said Guanhul. "Four-time champion. I'm very, very happy."

After the race, the 24-year-old said the "X" is a way of protesting the human rights abuses that are taking place in Ethiopia. Guanhul's simple action is a brave and powerful one that bypasses any language barrier.
Hundreds of peaceful Ethiopian protesters have been killed or arrested by the Ethiopian military this year. Protesters have demanded equality for the country's Oromo people, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group that has felt marginalized by the government as it pushes them off their land before selling it.
Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa held up an "X" with his arms as he won silver in the marathon at the Rio Olympics. The gesture has been used as a symbol of strength and peaceful resistance

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ethiopian leader at UN Assembly decries use of social media to spread messages of hate and bigotry

The Ethiopian PM abused our human human right the Social media play vital role to exposed his administration and now he wants the world to stop digital platform and this rabid dogs in Addis will say anything and try everything to stop the Ethiopian struggle for their basic human right

21 September 2016 – As much as social media offers a digital platform to improve exchange of information and enhance popular participation, its attendant negative impacts simply cannot be ignored, Hailemariam Dessalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, told the United Nations General Assembly today.

“In fact, we are seeing how misinformation could easily go viral via social media and mislead many people, especially the youth,” he said in his address to the annual general debate, adding: “Social media has certainly empowered populists and other extremists to exploit people's genuine concerns and spread their message of hate and bigotry without any inhibition."

On other global challenges, he said international peace and stability is facing greater risks with the rise of geo-political tensions and the growing threats posed by “all shades” of terrorist groups. Moreover, the global economy has not yet rebounded from the financial crisis.

Further, “it is critical to underline one critical matter which is usually given short shrift, both by the media and others. It is simply hypocritical to deny that some of our countries have been targets for destabilization activities carried out with no accountability by people and groups who have been given shelters by states with whom we have absolutely no problems,” he stressed.

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Ethiopia as a sovereign state will probe protests – PM and top diplomat insist

The Ethiopian government believes that they are untouchables because they are spoiled brats backed by western governments. And also they are the investigator, judges, and persecutors and there is no opposition in the country? So there is nothing will come out from their bogus investigation and I hope their sponsors in the western country will never buy their argument

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with FP

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalgen, insists that the country is able to launch investigations into deadly protests that have gone on in recent months and that as a sovereign country they should be allowed so to do.

His view is backed by the the Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Girma Birru. Both men are quoted by the US-based Foreign Policy (FP) news portal as stating that the country did not need outsiders to probe the Oromia and Amhara protests.

“There is no need for somebody from outside to come and investigate this issue. It’s not because there is something to be hidden but it’s because we have a sovereignty that needs to be kept,” Hailemariam is quoted to have said.

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The Obama Administration is a party to the crises in Ethiopia

I am not surprised, Ethiopia is no longer an independent State and the TPLF is listening orders and execute what they are told; now in that respect Issias Afeworki is a patriot than those Ethiopian thugs, that is why Obama loves them

Over the years, the Obama Administration officials praised and gave unconditional financial, military and diplomatic support for the ruling Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) party that is still remained in power since 1991. Contrary to US Department Sates’ official report and despite warning and protest by various human right organizations’, the Administration kept ignoring the consequence of the regime’s mass atrocities, high-level corruption and complete control of the political, economic and social space of the nation.

The regime that instituted ethnic based Federalism that polarized and destabilize the population with full support of all US Administrations since it came to power in 1991 — replacing the Soviet backed Military regime.

President Obama himself on two separate occasions officially praised the ruling party in New York on a venue exclusively organized by his cabinet and on his first and the only visit to Ethiopia by a seating US President in July of 2015 at a Press Briefing held in the Capital Addis Ababa. The President, not only stated; the ruling party that declared to win the May 2015 Election by 100% of the votes two month prior as “democratically elected government” but, “a reliable partner to the United States” — unprecedented for any seating American President to publicly endorse a minority ethnic dictatorship.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

'Medical torture' being reported out of prison camps in Ethiopia

By Ass'n of Amhara Physicians
September 20, 2016

There are reports of medical torture in NAZI TPLF concentration camps to Amhara people. Birsheleko Victims are reportedly being enforced to take drugs without any professional medical expertise for corporal punishment.

Please those Amhara physicians, pharmacists, health officers ,nurses and related professionals working especially in Finoteselam , Motta, Burea,Enjibara hospitals and health centers be informed that any person in amhara region with fainting ,collapse, dizziness, bizzariness, death or others brought to these centers with accompany TPLF assistants is highly suspicious victim of medical torture with out medical expertise.
This fundamentally violates medical ethics of Hippocratic Oath and international laws.

We all amhara physicians are expected to adhere to laws and stand against deliberate and explicit harm. Nazi TPLF cadres without ability are prescribing and giving drugs for 'bad will' to deliberately harm amhara people, a criminal act against humanity in its concentration camps. The Declarations of Geneva, Tokyo and World Medical Association Medical Ethics require us to have utmost respect for human life even under threat. As of World Medical Association Declaration of Tokyo and UN Principles of Medical Ethics, Health Personnel, particularly Physicians, should stand for Protection of Prisoners and Detainees.

The doctor shall not countenance , condone or participate in the practice of torture in whatsoever circumstances.

We amhara physicians strongly ask if any Cadre medical professionals in Camps are using their medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.

We Amhara physicians are profesionaly responsible for knowing torture drugs more likely TPLF sponsored which might have lots of short or long term bad effects on the victims, their families, communities, future generation genetic alterations and Amhara people in general.

We are currently not sure whether Federal Drug Control Authority of Ethiopia has a regulation relating to medical torture in Ethiopia.

We are highly requesting all to:

1. evaluate all victims and even deaths for any drug use
2. identify brand or generic name, manufacturing country or company of drug
3. examine drug's biochemistry
4. identify individuals/ professionals involving in the situation
5. know ways how such drugs are imported to our country
6. inform means for use of such community and generation risky drugs with out approval of Federal Drug Authority

The Iron-Fisted Ethiopian State

A political crisis of longstanding duration has been brought to the world’s attention by the actions of a competitor at the recently concluded Olympic Games. Marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa’s gesture of raising his arms aloft in the form of a cross as he was about to confirm his silver-medal position was a politically-motivated one intended to highlight the plight of the Oromo people of Ethiopia who vehemently claim to be perpetually marginalised by the country’s central government.

The Oromo also claim to be the primary victims of an escalating crackdown on public dissent. But while the Ethiopian government strenuously contests the facts and figures behind each repeated claim by local human rights groups and international non-governmental organisations of mass incarcerations, torture and extra-judicial killings, the picture emerges of a nation perennially at struggle in the quest towards achieving a genuine democracy and the rule of law. Whatever the merits of the arguments positing the clash of ethnic interests, ideological fractiousness and contestation of social policy, Ethiopia’s political history is one that is replete with episodes of ethnic or ideologically-motivated dissent which have typically been met by violent counter-reactions on the part of those wielding the levers of central power; whether by its overthrown monarchy or by its military and civilian successors.

The iron-fisted approach to managing the affairs of state adopted by successive Ethiopian governments has always been predicated on the idea of preserving a multi-ethnic polity seemingly at any cost, much to the extent that the critics of the present administration accuse it of being insensitive to the genuine grievances of its citizens and of being unable to appropriately distinguish between protest and insurrection. This heavy-handed approach, some commentators contend risks plunging Ethiopia into a serious ethnic-based conflict that would not only mirror the violent transformations in its own recent history but which may also undertake the devastating features of conflicts as have occurred in neighbouring Sudan and Somalia and even Rwanda.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

UN rights body cannot ignore the situations in Turkey, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, in August security forces repeatedly fired on generally peaceful protesters, bringing the death toll to over 500 since the suppression of demonstrations began in Oromia in November 2015. Thousands more have been wounded and arrested. Since the government systematically restricts independent media and civil society, there has been limited reporting on the crackdown and inadequate international attention to this ongoing crisis. These human rights violations as well as the persistent denial of country visits by Special Procedures are not consistent with Ethiopia’s obligations as a Council Member and Vice-President. Human Rights Watch urges the Council to raise concerns over the serious abuses, particularly in the Oromia and Amhara regions, and support the High Commissioner’s call for an independent investigation into the unlawful killings and other violations.

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Ethiopia - P.M. Hailemariam Desalegn says USA will have no role in Ethiopian politics

This man is a TPLF Donkey who does not have his own political view. I did not expect anything good from TPLF regime anyway? Nevertheless what kind of logic is that? You control the whole Ethiopian economy and you kill or put in jail people who contribute for Ethiopian oppositions. Now you are telling us that oh! we do not accept money from USA? That is funny but you accept all other support including direct budget and military support from western governments?

In the name of fighting terrorism, your government swindles western nations, and yet you do not want the USA to support and help Ethiopian civic societies, You think USA and western countries are to that extent stupid?



Thursday, September 15, 2016

THE QILINTO MASSACRE: THE TRUTH SHALL BE REVEALED



ADDIS ABABA (HAN) September 15.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News.By Zecharias Zelalem. On Saturday, September 3rd 2016, something sinister, ghastly, premeditated and honestly speaking somewhat poorly calculated, transpired in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The tragedy in question has, for the most part, managed to avoid the sort of outcry and global condemnation these incidents tend to get when the actors involved are from nations not allied with the United States and its NATO affiliates in their “war on terror.” It has been more than two weeks, and already we are faced with subliminal calls from the conceited to pretend it didn’t happen.

At eight in the morning of that fateful day, the Addis Abeba sky, normally coated with layers of the rainy season’s fog was, assaulted by billowing smoke emanating from a raging fire that was consuming parts of the city’s Qilinto prison, home to hundreds of inmates including many political prisoners, activists, journalists and others who, frankly, don’t belong on the premises at all. By all accounts, the fire, which burned and ravaged the prison’s facilities before it was put down by the city’s firefighting brigade, was accompanied by a clearly audible orchestra of automatic gunfire. Exactly who was doing the shooting wasn’t clear nor was it evident who or what was being targeted.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Boris Johnson Is ‘Comfortable’ With My Partner’s Kidnap, Torture And Death Sentence

My British partner, Andargachew “Andy” Tsege, has spent over two years on Ethiopia’s death row for daring to speak out against one of Africa’s most brutal dictatorships.

Last week I went to the High Court in London with our three children for a hearing about how the Foreign Office has handled Andy’s case. The court said it could not force the British government to do more to help Andy. “I am sad because I thought this judge would help us bring back my dad,” our nine-year-old daughter told me afterwards.

Every British passport says Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State promises to ensure that the bearer should receive “such assistance and protection as may be necessary.” In other words, Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has a duty to help British citizens like Andy when they are in peril abroad.

We went to court because in two years the Foreign Office has not even called for Andy’s release, something it has done in many similar cases. When Boris became Foreign Secretary, I hoped he would help Andy. After all, as Mayor of London, he wrote to me saying, “I am truly saddened to hear of Mr Tsege’s situation..... with no foreign policy remit, any other intervention is beyond my powers as Mayor of London...I very much hope Mr Tsege safely returns to the UK in the near future.”

Now that Boris has the power to help, I was sickened to see his lawyers tell the court they were “comfortable” that Andy is not being ill-treated. How can they say this when British Embassy staff only visit Andy with a guard in the room? Andy would be forced to say he is the victim of torture in front of his torturers

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