Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ethiopia’s Parliament Speaker Resigns Over ‘Disrespect’ to Oromo People. Is the Balance of Power Shifting?

Others theorized Abadula‘s departure was propaganda. Abebe Gelaw, a prominent opposition activist, wrote

TPLF is good at recycling its use-and-throw officials. The “resignation” of Abadula from his ceremonial position in TPLF's rubber stamp parliament is not as significant as some would like us to think. It is to be remembered that the former prisoner of war, whose real name was Menase Wolde Giorgis, was once made a Major General. In 2005, he was made to vacate his position as Minister of Defense and was rebaptized Ato Abadula Gemeda, “President” of Oromia regional state. It is a folly to expect someone who leads a fake life–with fake name given to him by the TPLF, fake power and even fake degrees he bought for cheap to become a champion of the people he has betrayed throughout his adult life. The plain and simple truth is that Abadula is one of these political prostitutes owned and enslaved by the TPLF. This is a reality he has accepted for far too long. His resignation is not even a symptom of the crisis in TPLF's tyranny because the crisis is obvious without a puppet's resignation. We will wait and see what his masters will do with him again.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ethiopia is slowly sleepwalking into ethnic war. Can it be averted?

This TPLF made ethnic war will be averted only when TPLF disappear from the face of the earth

In 2004, the former Chairman of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) party, Hailu Shawul, held a conference in Addis Ababa before the election. In his speech, Hailu told the crowd that he was not worried about the ruling party, the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPRF), imprisoning him and the opposition. "I am most concerned about the slow and sporadic mass killings due to the false hope of unrealistic tribal borders," he said.

Almost 13 years later, the deadly consequences of ethnic-federalism is resulting in increasing tension within Ethiopian society.

Over the last several days, dozens of Sidamas have been killed and a further 50,000 have been cleansed out of a region that straddles the Oromia and Somali regions—previously known as Bale—by Oromo extremists, a region the two communities shared for centuries.

And last month, nearly a thousand Oromos and Somalis perished due to another tribal border conflict in the southeast – a region that can never be ethnically demarcated due to the nomadic lifestyle of each side. Many of the dead were women and children, with tens of thousands more becoming refugees in their own country.

This is the ugly face of Ethiopia's ethnic-federalism, an apartheid-style separation of land that divides people based on tribe. It is a dangerous experiment created and institutionalised by former TPLF Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

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6 dead as protests surge again in Ethiopia: Official

By Associated Press October 12 at 11:00 AM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An Ethiopian official says protests in the restive Oromia region left six people dead Wednesday as anti-government demonstrations return to some parts of the East African country.

Oromia regional official Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were injured in clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was responsible for the killings.

Blogger and university lecturer Seyoum Teshome says more than 15,000 people rallied again Thursday in Wolisso town against the country’s ruling elite. He says it was mostly peaceful.

Ethiopia in August lifted a 10-month state of emergency imposed after widespread protests.

Oromia is the country’s largest federal state and has seen large anti-government protests since the end of 2015. Rights groups say several hundred people were killed in a government crackdown.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ethiopia's central bank devalues currency by 15 percent, hikes rates

Life in Ethiopia is already hard, now it is going to be crazy

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s central bank has devalued the Ethiopian birr by 15 percent to boost lagging exports, its deputy governor announced on Tuesday.

The bank also raised its main interest rate to 7 percent from 5 percent, he said.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Prominent Ethiopians fleeing political persecution: Lilesa, Tsegaye, Teferi

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban 19 hours ago

All Non-Tigrians diplomats should start abandoning this racist anti people government, hope the exodus will continue and this is the beginning and they have to show their solidarity with Ethiopian people
Ethiopia has recorded one of the highest asylum seeking moves by a government official. But before Baye Tadesse Teferi – a top official close to the Prime Minister, there were two other major instances of prominent nationals fleeing political persecution.

One of the most publicized being that of Feyisa Lilesa, the long distance runner who took the anti-government gesture to the Rio Olympics. He was shortly followed by one of the country’s biggest television stars.

The similarity for all three personalities being: they all openly stated fleeing political persecution and all headed to the same destination, the United States.

Baye Tadesse Teferi, was part of Ethiopia’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York weeks ago.

The Ethiopian delegation has since returned to Addis Ababa but he remains in the U.S. He confirmed to the Voice of America’s Amharic service that for political reasons he had opted to seek asylum in the United States.

The Protocol Chief of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn thus quits after serving over two years with the government. Ethiopia’s economic successes have long been eclipsed by what political and rights watchers call a systemic and institutionalized crackdown on media and political dissent.

The East African nation has been severally called upon to open their political space and to tolerate dissenting political views.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ethiopian diplomat abandons delegation after UN Assembly, seeks asylum in U.S.

All Non-Tigrians diplomats should start abandoning this racist anti people government, hope the exodus will continue and this is the beginning

An Ethiopian diplomat who was part of the government delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month has sought political asylum in the United States.

Baye Tadesse Teferi, the state’s chief protocol officer, quit his job in the United States after serving over two years with the government, he told VOA Amharic on Tuesday.

He added that his decision was due to fears of being persecuted for political reasons.

Teferi attended the summit with the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who has since returned.

Ethiopia is regarded as one of Africa’s fastest growing economies yet many citizens have faced repression by security forces and the government.

In the past two years, protests were held in the Oromia and Amhara regions where tens of thousands of people flooded the streets denouncing marginalization by the government.

The Ethiopian government reacted with force to the protests, leading to the death of about a thousand people, arrests, state of emergency, internet shutdowns among other measures to stop the protests.

Ethiopia flouting international laws over arbitrary detention – UN group

Ethiopia is flouting its international human rights obligations particularly in the area of arbitrary detentions, a United Nations rights group has said.

According to the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Addis Ababa was flouting international laws of which it is a state party to. The particular law it added was ‘The International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.’

The U.N. body in a recent document denounced the failure of Ethiopia to give it responses over the continued detention of an opposition figure, Andualen Aragie Walle. The group said its correspondence to the government dated May 2, 2017; has yet to be responded to.

It went on to decry the deprivation of rights of people being held by government without formal charges as is the case with Andualen. They quoted portions of international laws that Ethiopia was openly flouting by their current action.

“When it is clearly impossible to invoke any legal basis justifying the deprivation of liberty (as when a person is kept in detention after the completion of his or her sentence or despite an amnesty law applicable to him or her)

“When the total or partial non-observance of the international norms relating to the right to a fair trial, established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the relevant international instruments accepted by the States concerned, is of such gravity as to give the deprivation of liberty an arbitrary character.”

Andualem Aragie Walle, a prominent opposition politician in Ethiopia was first arrested in 2005 before being pardoned two years later.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Boris Johnson urged to intervene to save Briton on death row in Ethiopia

Heads of Law Society and Bar Council ask foreign secretary to seek release of Andargachew Tsege, who was kidnapped in 2014

Boris Johnson has been urged by the heads of both branches of the legal profession to call for the release of a Briton who was abducted in Yemen and is now on death row in Ethiopia.

The president of the Law Society, Joe Egan, and the chair of the Bar Council, Andrew Langdon QC, have written to the foreign secretary to ask him to intervene more forcefully in the case of Andargachew Tsege.

Johnson has said he will “not interfere in the legal systems of other countries” and that calling for his release would not “be helpful at this stage”.

Tsege, known as Andy, was kidnapped in 2014 and forcibly flown to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and is an opponent of the regime. He holds British citizenship. His partner, Yemi Hailemariam, and their three children are also British and live in the UK. She has not spoken to him for nearly three years.
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Tsege, 63, had previously been secretary general of Ginbot 7, a political opposition party that called for democracy, free elections and civil rights in Ethiopia. He first came to the UK in 1979.

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How US Surveillance Helps Repressive Regimes—the Ethiopia Case

By Felix Horne

Recent stories from Edward Snowden’s disclosures show how the US government’s involvement with Ethiopia presents a case study in enabling repressive regimes to carry out surveillance on their own citizens. In the case of Ethiopia, such surveillance powers can play a significant role in a government’s criminalization of dissent and politically motivated detentions. The United States is not alone in its assistance. Ethiopia has also used hacking technologies obtained from abroad to spy on diaspora living in the United States. It is high time for the US administration and Congress to reckon with the human rights abuses of the Ethiopian government, and how the sharing of national security technologies is enabling the regime.

The National Security Agency (NSA) documents provided by Snowden reveal that the US set up several listening posts in Ethiopia in 2002 to intercept communications from Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, as part of its regional counterterrorism efforts. In 2006, the documents indicate, the NSA agreed to provide Ethiopia with additional domestic surveillance technology in the Somali Regional State, commonly called the Ogaden. As part of these partnerships, the US trained Ethiopia’s army and security agency in surveillance techniques in exchange for local language capabilities and well-placed intelligence operations centers.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Protests in Ethiopia rekindle at Irreecha festival

Bishoftu, Ethiopia — An Ethiopian religious festival turned into rare open defiance to the government on Sunday, a year after a stampede started by police killed dozens at the annual gathering.

The Irreecha festival is held by the Oromos, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, which in 2015 began months of antigovernment protests over claims of marginalisation and what members called unfair land seizures.

Parliament declared a nationwide state of emergency aimed at quelling the unrest shortly after the bloodshed at October 2016’s Irreecha, but the protests at 2017’s gathering show that dissatisfaction still runs deep.

"The government is trying to control us and deny our rights, lives and security," said Sabana Bone, who was among the tens of thousands in a resort town of Bishoftu, about 60km southeast of the capital Addis Ababa.

"We are remembering what happened last year [2016] and it makes us angry. We need freedom," Bone said.

The Oromo protests were triggered by a government plan to expand Addis Ababa’s boundaries, which community leaders denounced as an attempt to steal their land.

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