Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kenya Red Cross says 8,500 asylum-seekers flee Ethiopia

By Associated Press March 14 at 3:20 PM
NAIROBI, Kenya — The Kenya Red Cross says more than 8,500 Ethiopians have crossed the border into Kenyan territory seeking asylum from conflict after government troops mistakenly killed civilians.
The Red Cross said in a statement Wednesday that the number may keep increasing in the coming days.

The civilians fled after Ethiopian security forces mistakenly killed nine civilians in Moyale, located on the country’s southern border with Kenya, according to a command post established to oversee Ethiopia’s state of emergency. Ethiopia imposed the state of emergency following months of unrest in some parts of the country that tarnished the country’s image as one of Africa’s best performing economies.

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Ethiopia arrests top Oromia official who openly slammed Moyale killings

uncontrolled mafia group and dictatorial and tribal regime in Ethiopia taking a desperate act in order to terrorized the people of Ethiopia

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban

Local media in Ethiopia are reporting that the Command Post administering the February 16 state of emergency (SOE) have arrested a top official of the Oromia regional state for openly criticizing the deadly military incident in the town of Moyale over the weekend.
Taye Dendea, a lawyer and head of the Oromia regional state’s justice bureau is reported to have belied the army’s account of the mistaken killing of nine people in Moyale. He serves as head of the bureau’s communication and PR department.
In an interview with the VOA Amharic service, Dendea said he believed that the deadly incident was a deliberate act by the security forces and urged action to be taken against all persons directly and remotely connected to the incident.
The Addis Standard portal in its report on the arrest noted that this is the third time Taye has been detained. He has previously served jail terms of three and seven years on charges that he belonged to the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) during his varsity years between 2003 and 2016.

Incidentally, the official account of the Moyale incident said forces had acted on wrong intelligence as they attempted to intercept OLF members. “It took Taye a total of 16 years to graduate with his first degree in Law before he joined the Oromia justice bureau in 2017,” the report added.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Crisis in Ethiopia: elections, and fast!

The crisis in Ethiopia has suddenly gained momentum and reached a tipping point. Things could go either way. The country could dig itself even deeper, with consequences that don’t bear thinking about. Or there could be a broad realisation that Ethiopia is “at the precipice”, bringing a surge of realism and pragmatism that would finally start a process of political rebuilding on solid, inclusive and lasting foundations.

This will require compromise, an attitude that is, to say the least, somewhat unfamiliar in traditional Ethiopian culture. All the actors will have to find a balance between what they would like to get and what they can get, between the short-term and the long-term. But time is short, numbered in weeks, maybe days.

The system of government introduced in 1991, and monopolised by Meles Zenawi from the early 2000s, is irremediably dead. It had been in its death-throes since Meles’s sudden demise in 2012. The snap resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on February 15 marked the serving of the official death certificate.

He had privately indicated his intention to resign, but not until after the planned spring congress of the governing coalition of the four major ethnic parties: the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), the Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organisation (OPDO), the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement (SEPDM).

The reason he gave for his resignation, as “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy”, is particularly open to question in that he was a well-known reformist. Did he quit because he was pushed or because he had become aware of his powerlessness?

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Ethiopia crisis needs reforms not emergency rule - E.U. warns govt

The European Union (E.U.) has cautioned Ethiopian government over the decision to impose a state of emergency on the heels of promised political reforms.

In a statement released on Monday by E.U. spokesperson, Catherine Ray: “The announced reinstatement of the State of Emergency risks undermining this very objective.

“It is therefore of the utmost importance that it should be as limited in time as possible and respectful of human rights and fundamental freedoms, notably those enshrined in the Ethiopian Constitution. Violence should also be avoided,” the statement said.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ethiopia's state of emergency to last six months

The TPLF government has no intention to resolve the people demand instead the same TPLF apartheid regime and the government supporter’s web sites like and also pushing the Ethiopian government to act or support the State of emergency.

And as the German proverb said whatever you do, act wisely, and consider the end. Said Strauss, Emanuel (1994).

This government never learns from their past experience and they did not consider the end result and they are full of losers who do not understand the current political situations in Ethiopia and the top of that the governments has a serious lack of forward looking mind set and have no capacity or intention to resolve the people demand.

But Can TPLF regime resolve the people demand by force? I will leave that for history

A state of emergency declared in Ethiopia after the resignation of the country's prime minister will last for six months, the minister of defence has said, as the government seeks to stem political unrest amid long-standing demands for greater freedoms.
The measure, which was first announced by state media after a cabinet meeting on Friday, includes a ban on protests and the dissemination of publications "that could incite and sow discord", Siraj Fegessa told reporters on Saturday.
"The government has previously made several efforts to curtail violence, but lives have continued to be lost, many have been displaced and economic infrastructure has been damaged," Fegessa said, as quoted by Reuters news agency.
The state of emergency order will be sent to Ethiopia's parliament within 15 days for ratification, the minister also said.
It will give law enforcement officers the power to detain anyone suspected of violating "the constitutional order" and the ability to search houses, cars and individuals, all without a court warrant, state broadcaster FANA reported.
Displaying signs "which could stir up violence" is also prohibited, FANA said.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Ethiopia court's jailing of Bekele Gerba 'deeply troubling' – U.S. lawmaker

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with REUTERS 3 hours ago

A United States Congressman, Representative Eliot Engel, has reacted to the six-month sentence handed to top Ethiopian opposition member Bekele Gerba. Gerba and four others were sentenced for contempt of court, specifically for refusing to stand when addressed by a judge.

According to Engel, a Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Addis Ababa High Court’s move was ‘deeply troubling’ within the context of Ethiopia’s recent political reform agenda.

He also cited the reported ill health suffered by the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) secretary who has been detained since 2015 over charges of inciting violence in the country. His statement of February 5, 2018 read as follows:

Mr. Gerba, the secretary general of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, has allegedly been in in poor health since his December 2015 detention..

“Despite the recent release of thousands of political prisoners, the decision by an Ethiopian court to sentence Bekele Gerba to an additional six months in jail for contempt is deeply troubling.

“Mr. Gerba, the secretary general of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, has allegedly been in in poor health since his December 2015 detention, which was part of the crackdown on anti-government protests in the Oromo and Amhara regions. Mr. Gerba has also been designated by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission as a prisoner of conscience.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Abreham Yayeh: one prominent Ethiopian/Tigrian origin revolutionary

From many one prominent Ethiopian/Tigrian origin revolutionary who exposed the danger of TPLF for Ethiopians, I will never forget what he said in the era of Degue and everything what he said that is what we see in today’s Ethiopia

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ethiopia's Amhara state arrests civilians after deadly clashes with army

It is amazing the Tigrian elites believe that Ethiopians hate them unfairly and some goes to extent saying that, this is injustice. They actually think and believe that Ethiopia is the property of Tigerians, they can do whatever they like to do and they do not give a shit for the rest of the Ethiopians.

When they slaughtered the Ethiopian youth on the broad day light, they think they sprinkle the sheep and goat blood to their idols , when people are upset and destroyed some of their properties and they cried so loud and shamelessly tried to defend those robbers as if they work very hard and build up all their wealth from the scratch.

They exploited manipulated and killing Ethiopians and they confiscated our homes and our properties and yet as if they work very hard and they make too much noise.
They were ruling Ethiopia for the last 27 years without effective constitutional limitations and Ethiopians knew, we have a form of government in which TPLF possesses absolute power. And they control Ethiopian political, economical, social, and every aspects of the Ethiopian life.

And their opponent were poisoned, killed, tortured inhumanly and none can ask them why? If you ask you will end up in prison, and yet The Tigrians are crying their crocodile tears but they should know better this is the beginning of the End of their regime

read this stupid article from Tigrai online

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban 16 hours ago

The Amhara regional state in Ethiopia says a number of civilians have been arrested for their role in deadly violence that killed over 20 people in the state through last week.
The state-run FBC and privately owned Addis Standard news portals said the party governing the region, the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), disclosed the measure after a central committee meeting.
The region, the second largest in the country, is located in the north and was riled by anti-government sentiments in three town – Woldiya, Kobo and most recently in Mersa. The Woldiya incident sparked off what is seen as solidarity protests in Kobo and Mersa.
Even though the exact number of arrest is not known, political watchers are wondering why no security forces have been arrested over their use of undue force on unarmed civilians.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ethiopia is following the path of failed states in the Horn of Africa, North Africa and the Middle East.

Ethiopia faces a high risk of failure due to continued political and social instability in the country, the Fund for Peace reported in its Fragile States Index Annual Report 2017.
Over the past few years, months, weeks and days, security officers have killed anti-government protesters, resulting in more anti-government protests. The latest point in this vicious cycle occurred on January 20 when Ethiopian security forces shot and killed at least seven protesters. According to news reports, the protesters were celebrating a religious festival. Then they started chanting anti-government slogans and hurling stones at security officers, who responded by firing bullets.
Reports say the weekend clash was followed by a week of more violent clashes, which resulted in the death of at least 20 civilians.

Much of this bloodshed in Ethiopia is based on ethnic differences and territorial disputes between ethnic regions within the nation.
“Limited attention has been given to outbreaks of violence in Ethiopia, as anti-government protests, particularly in the Amhara and Oromia regions, led to a declaration of a [10-month] state of emergency in October 2016,” the Fund for Peace wrote in its report. “The state of emergency was also used as a tool to crack down on political opponents and media.”

Activists say that more than 700 Oromia residents were killed when security officers clashed with people from the Oromo ethnic group during a thanksgiving festival in October 2016. A similar incident happened in October last year when security forces killed about 10 people who were protesting food shortages. In December, military officials reportedly killed 15 protesters in Oromia.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ethiopian protesters killed for singing anti-government songs: U.N.

The TPLF criminal group killing Ethiopian youth without any reason and the world is ignoring the cry of 90 million Ethiopians

GENEVA (Reuters) - Ethiopian security forces opened fire on protesters who were singing anti-government songs, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said on Tuesday.

Authorities said on Monday that at least seven people died in clashes between security forces and worshippers taking part in a religious ceremony marking Epiphany in Amhara region in northern Ethiopia at the weekend, but they had yet to determine the cause of the violence.

Shamdasani told a U.N. briefing in Geneva that the U.N. human rights office was extremely concerned by the deaths.

“The incident, in Woldiya City in Amhara Regional State on 20 January, reportedly took place when the security forces tried to stop people from chanting anti-government songs and allegedly opened fire on them. Protesters reportedly later blocked roads and destroyed a number of properties.”

Ethiopian government spokesman Negeri Lencho, reacting to Shamdasani’s statement, told journalists on Tuesday that demands by the public should be “raised peacefully.” Security forces should exercise restraint and avoid actions that could lead to death and injury, he said.

Shamdasani did not specify the source of the information but said the U.N.’s regional office in Addis Ababa had collected information from several sources, including local media, trusted civil society sources and official statements.

The incident was all the more regrettable as it came just two weeks after Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, announced its intention of undertaking reforms, she added.

“We understand that the President of Amhara Regional State, who confirmed that there had been deaths and injuries, said there would be what he termed a ‘careful examination’ of the incident.”

She said it should be prompt, independent, impartial and effective and ensure anybody responsible for violating human rights was held accountable.

Reporting by Tom Miles,; Additional reporting by Aaron Masho in Addis Ababa,; Editing by Richard Balmforth