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Ethiopia’s clampdown on dissent tests ethnic federal structure

Protests sparked by the arrest of Konso leader Kala Gezahegn underlined growing tensions between Ethiopia’s central government and many ethnic populations. Nothing seemed amiss when an Ethiopian government vehicle arrived to collect the traditional leader of the Konso people for a meeting in March. But instead of being taken to discuss his community’s requests for […]

Press Freedom for Ethiopian Bloggers Tested Again

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Press Freedom for Ethiopian Bloggers Tested Again. VOA News Abel Wabela, 29, and eight other bloggers and freelance journalists spent more than a year and a half in prison. They were acquitted five months ago, but life has not been easy since. “We cannot go abroad,” Wabela said, “getting a job is very difficult. We […]

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The consequences of Ethiopia’s forced evictions

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Building glut seen fueling biggest political crisis in decade Fatal land protests near capital have raged since November When Ethiopian farmer Mulugeta Mezemir ceded his land three years ago to property developers on the fringes of the expanding capital, Addis Ababa, he felt he had no choice. A gated community with white picket fences and […]

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History repeats itself in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is in the grip of a devastating drought sparked by the worst El Niño in a generation, and aid agencies warn that food aid could run out as soon as May. Unlike in the past, the government and aid groups have kept food shipments flowing to areas ravaged by drought in recent months. But […]

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Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege: UK funding Ethiopian spies who snatched Londoner & put him on death row

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The British Government is funding the training of Ethiopia’s intelligence services, responsible for the incarceration and rendition of a father-of-three from London who now faces the death penalty. The funding has sparked concerns that the UK could be inadvertently supporting the covert Ethiopian intelligence operatives who kidnapped Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege in 2014. Tsege, who has […]

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Oromo: Addis Ababa Master Plan – a Recipe for Disaster?

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The Addis Ababa Master Plan consisted in the expansion of the municipality of Addis Ababa, which would force Oromos to be displaced from their own farms. Even though the government’s master plan was cancelled in January this year [2016], it was too late to stop the general public’s uproar. Moreover, the Ethiopian government has restricted […]

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The Criminalization of Environmental and Human Rights Activists

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Bread for All, Anywaa Survival Organisation, Inclusive Development International, Oakland Institute, GRAIN One year after their arrest on March 15, 2015, three food, land, and human rights defenders continue to languish in an Ethiopian jail. After several court hearings, the prosecution has yet to present any evidence to support the spurious charge of “terrorism” under […]

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HRW: Ethiopian Pastor Pays the Penalty for Speaking Out

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Dispatches: Ethiopian Pastor Pays the Penalty for Speaking Out A year ago today, Ethiopian security forces arrested Pastor Omot Agwa and six colleagues at Addis Ababa’s Bole Airport and took them to the notorious Maekelawi police station, where torture is routine. The arrest came several months after Omot, a respected activist from Ethiopia’s Gambella region, […]

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Group: Ethiopia Forces Kill, Rape in Clashes With Protesters

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Group: Ethiopia Forces Kill, Rape in Clashes With Protesters A rights group is accusing Ethiopia’s security forces of carrying out serious rights abuses during recent protests in the country’s Oromia region. The Ethiopia-based Human Rights Council said Monday that it found evidence of extrajudicial killings, tortures, beatings, illegal detentions, forced disappearances and arson attacks during […]

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S. Sudan rebels warn of peace collapse after army attacks in Bahr el Ghazal region

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South Sudan’s armed opposition faction warned on Saturday that attacks by pro-government forces in Bahr el Ghazal region could derail commitments made towards the full implementation of the peace accord mediated by regional leaders. The agreement, which is in its eight months and has curbed violence, though not entirely, has been showing signs of possible […]

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