Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaore, resigns
October 31, 2014 (BBC) — Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.
Mr Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days.
An army spokesman also broke the news to cheering demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou.
On Thursday, protesters angry at Mr Compaore’s attempt to amend the constitution set fire to parliament.
Following the protests, Mr Compaore said he had agreed not to seek another term, but that he would remain in power until a transitional government had completed its work in 2015. Read more…
October 30, 2014, JERUSALEM – Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest.
Coming during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said Sweden, fulfilling a promise it had made when the Social Democratic-led government took office earlier this month, believes the Palestinians have met the international law criteria required for such recognition.
“There is a territory, a people and government,” she told reporters in Stockholm, adding that Sweden was the 135th country in the world to recognize a Palestinian state. Read more…
As Ethiopia’s regime is accused of atrocities, David Blair asks whether British aid might – inadvertently and indirectly – be subsidising repression
British aid to Ethiopia amounted to £329m last year
October 30, 2014 (The Telegraph) — Ethiopia’s security forces have carried out terrible atrocities during a brutal campaign against rebels from the Oromo Liberation Front. So reports Amnesty International in a horrifying investigation which concludes that at least 5,000 people from the Oromo ethnic group have suffered torture, abduction or worse in the last three years alone.
Sadly, anyone familiar with Ethiopia will not be surprised. With a long record of suppressing dissent, its government is one of the most authoritarian in Africa. Yet Ethiopia also benefits handsomely from British aid, receiving £329 million last year, making it the biggest recipient of UK development assistance in Africa – and the second biggest in the world.
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Demonstrators breached the security around parliament and set it on fire
October 30, 2014 (CNN) — The military in the West African nation of Burkina Faso seized control of the government on Thursday and set a dusk-to-dawn curfew in what one general described as an effort to protect lives and restore order.
Unrest has gripped Burkina Faso — a key ally for the West in the fight against al Qaeda — as protests against President Blaise Compaore’s government turned violent, culminating Thursday with demonstrators storming the Parliament and setting fire to the building.
Saying it was in the best interest of the country’s citizens and supported by “national and international opinion,” Gen. Honore Nabere Traore told reporters in the capital city of Ouagadougou that the “government is dissolved.” Read more…
- Amnesty International says 5,000 people tortured, raped and ‘disappeared’
- Over the last three years the UK Government has given Ethiopia £1 billion
- It pocketed £261.5 million in 2012 and £284.4 million in 2013
Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Dessalegn, has rejected accusations that his government tortures its own people
October 29, 2014 (The Daily Mail) — More than £1billion from taxpayers was given in aid to Ethiopia while its security forces tortured, killed and raped, campaigners claimed yesterday.
Amnesty International has documented thousands of shockingly brutal abuses against citizens suspected of political opposition.
The human rights group’s report follows calls for greater scrutiny by Britain and other donors to ensure their money does not support state-sanctioned killings and brutality.
Amnesty warned that thousands have faced repeated torture while unlawful state killings have been carried out in a ‘relentless crackdown on real or imagined dissent’.
Horrors inflicted on ordinary Ethiopians include women being gang-raped and tortured by prison guards. Amnesty’s report also tells how a teacher was stabbed in the eye with a bayonet after refusing to teach pro-government propaganda to his students.
Entire families were arrested with parents and siblings ‘disappearing’ after they were taken to army camps, said Amnesty.
Britain has donated more than £1billion to Ethiopia in the last five years alone. The Government has denied funding security forces in the autocratic one-party state.
But Britain’s relationship with the East African country is likely to come under scrutiny in a judicial review into claims made by a Ethiopian farmer. Read more…
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October 29, 2014 (World News Report) — Determining the sustainability of a developing country’s public debt is a challenge. Read more…
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October 29, 2014
Today on 28th October 2014, the Oromo community in Egypt protested in front of UNHCR office to denounce in response to the Ethiopian community allegation during the protest on 19th October 2014, supported by the Ethiopian Embassy in Egypt, to denigrates Oromo refugees in Cairo. On behalf of Oromo Refugees Community in Cairo, we want to express our serious concerns with the treatment of our community by the Ethiopian government allied Ethiopian community in Egypt.
As it is well known, Oromos have been oppressed in the Horn of Africa region over the past 120 years. Oromos still strive to save their lives in many ways, and often escape from Ethiopia, eventually crossing many borders until they find a peaceful place to definitely settle. Read more…
October 29, 2014, Nairobi (CPJ)–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn to three years’imprisonment on charges of defamation and incitement that date back to 2012. A court in Addis Ababa, the capital, convicted Temesgen on October 13 in connection with opinion pieces published in the now-defunct Feteh news magazine, according to news reports. He was arrested the same day. Authorities have routinely targeted Temesghen for his writing. Temesghen’s lawyer said he plans to appeal the ruling, according to local journalists.
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FILE – Ethiopian migrants, all members of the Oromo community of Ethiopia living in Malta, protest against the Ethiopian regime.
October 28, 2014, ADDIS ABABA(VOA News) — Amnesty International has issued anew report claiming that the Ethiopian government is systematically repressing the country’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo. Read more…
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October 28, 2014
Amnesty International released a-166 page report on the repression committed against Oromo by the TPLF. Please find the report in PDF herewith.
“I was arrested for about eight months. Some school students had been arrested, so their classmates had a demonstration to ask where they were and for them to be released. I was accused of organising the demonstration because the government said my father supported the OLF so I did too and therefore I must be the one who is organising the students.” Young man from Dodola Woreda, Bale Zone.
The anticipation and repression of dissent in Oromia manifests in many ways. The below are some of the numerous and varied individual stories contained in this report: Read more…
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Said Abdosh | October 27, 2014
On October 11, 2014, the Oromo-Canadian community of Ottawa held its first annual commemoration event of Harmaa fi Harka Muraa Aanolee and Cali Calanqoo Remembrance Day. Those attending the memorial stood together, as a symbol of unity, and observed a minute of silence in remembering the sheer scale of genocide committed against the Oromo people during the time of colonization, in which millions of the Oromo population was massacred.
In his opening remarks, Bakkalcha Abdosh, Chairman of the community, reiterated that it’s a solemn duty of every Oromo to commemorate Harmaa fi Harka Muraa Aanolee, Cali Calanqoo and other massacres to ensure that the sufferings of our people and their memories are never lost.
Bakkalcha called upon all diaspora Oromo Communities to memorialize or commemorate these events, each year, in order to pay tribute to the courage of the Oromo people in that time of gravest peril. Moreover, he emphasized the need to provide vivid accounts of Harmaaf Harka Muraa Aanolee, Cali Calanqoo and other genocides perpetrated against our people in order to teach current and generations to come so that the memories of those innocent Oromo men, women and children massacred at the hands of the Abyssinians as well as the brutality, cruelty, savagery and inhumanness of Menelik and his successors are never forgotten. Read more…
By William Davison
October 27, 2014 (Bloomberg Business Week) –Ethiopia’s government illegally detained at least 5,000 members of the country’s most populous ethnic group, the Oromo, over the past four years as it seeks to crush political dissent, Amnesty International said.
Victims include politicians, students, singers and civil servants, sometimes only for wearing Oromo traditional dress, or for holding influential positions within the community, the London-based advocacy group said in a report today. Most people were detained without charge, some for years, with many tortured and dozens killed, it said. Read more…
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