March 25, 2014 (BBC News) — Ethiopia’s government is using imported technology to spy on the phones and computers of its perceived opponents, a Human Rights Watch report says.
The New York-based rights group accuses the government of trying to silence dissent, using software and kit sold by European and Chinese firms.
The report says the firms may be guilty of colluding in oppression.
An Ethiopian government spokesman, quoted by AFP, dismissed the report as a part of a smear campaign.
“There is nothing new to respond to,” Ethiopian Information Minister Redwan Hussein told the agency.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says its report is based on more than 100 interviews with victims of abuses and former intelligence officials, conducted between September 2012 and February this year. Read more…
በያህያ ጀማል | March 23, 2014
የነፍጠኛው ገዢ መደብ ርዝራዦች በተቻላቸው ኣቅም ሁሉ ኦሮሞና ኦሮሞነትን ለመፋለም ተሰማርተዋል። የመንግስትን ስልጣን ይዞና የነፍጠኛውን የበላይነት ተክቶ ኣገር እየመራ ያለው ወያኔ ኢህኣዴግ ቢሆንም የነርሱ ዋነኛ ጠላት ግን ዛሬም ስልጣን ኣልባው ኦሮሞ ሆኖ ቀጥሏል። የወያኔ ኢህኣዴግ መንግስት ኦሮሞን ጨምሮ የብሄር ብሄረሰቦችን ማንነት ኣምኖ መቀበሉና ይህንንም (በመጠኑም ቢሆን) የሚያረጋግጥ ፌዴራላዊ ስርኣት መዘርጋቱ ያበገናቸው የቀድሞው ኣሃዳዊ ስርኣት ናፋቂዎች ኣማራ ነን ብለው ኣፋቸውን ሞልተዋ እንደ ኣማራ ብሄር ቆመው ከመከራከር ይልቅ ዛሬም በ ‘ኢትዮጵያነት’ የማስመሰያ ካባ ነጻ ህዝቦችን መልሰው መዳፋቸው ስር ማስገባት ከማለም ኣልቦዘኑም። ዛሬም የኦሮሞው፣ የትግራዩ፣ የሲዳማው፣ የቤኒሻንጉሉ፣ የሃዲያው ወዘተ ማንነት በራሳቸው ማንነት ታፍኖ፣ ቁዋንቁዋቸው በኣማርኛ ተተክቶ ኣማራ ሆይ ማረን ብለው ኣጎንብሰው ኣንዲያመልኩኣቸው ከማለም ኣልተመለሱም።
እነዚህ የነፍጠኛው ገዢ መደብ ኣተላዎች በነርሱ እኩይ የስልጣን ጥማትና በሌሎች ላይ በሚያሳዩት ንቀት ሳቢያ ኣማራውን ሁሉ ኣንድ ላይ ደምረን እንድንጸየፍ ወይም እንድናወግዝ ይፈልጋሉ። በርግጥ የተከበረው የኣማራ ህዝብ እነዚህን ከኣብራኩ የወጡና ለሌሎች ሰላምና ነጻነት ጸር የሆኑትን ልጆቹን ገስፆ የማስታገስ ሃላፊነት የወደቀው ከማንም በላይ በገዛ ትከሻው ላይ መሆኑ ኣይካድም። ኣንዳንድ መረን የለቀቁ ተማርን ባይ የኣማራ ተወላጆች ጭራሽ በነርሱ ብሶ ‘ኦሮሞ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ የገባው በ16ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን ነው’ እያሉ ኣደገኛ ድፍረት እያሳዩን ናቸው። የተከበረው የኣማራው ህዝብ እንዲህ ባለው ኣደገኛ ድፍረት ውስጥ እጁን ከማስገባት ኣንዲቆጠብና የህዝብ ለህዝብ ክብራችንን እንደጠበቅን እንድንዘልቅ እየተመኘን ከመዘዘኞቹ ባለጉዳዮች ጋር የታሪክና የፖለቲካ ሂሳባችንን ለማወራረድ እንገደዳለን። Read more…
March 22, 2014, NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A rights group says that Ethiopia’s government regularly listens to and records the phone calls of opposition activists and journalists using equipment provided by foreign technology companies.
Human Rights Watch said in a report Friday that the foreign equipment aids the Ethiopian government’s surveillance of perceived political opponents inside and outside the country.
The group’s Arvind Ganesan said Ethiopia is using its government-controlled telecom system to silence dissenters. The group says that recorded phone calls with family and friends are often played during abusive interrogations. Read more…
March 20, 2014
Dear Ato Girma Kassa,
Sorry, it took me long to be able to answer you. I hope that we are slowly coming to the point where we can identify our differences and agreements. I like the discussion. I wish that all recipients of our Ccs. comment. What are the media to whom we make Cc. of our e-mails doing with them?
1. Concerning my joining UDJ and Withdrawal
The views I have now are the views I had before I joined UDJ. If article 3.1.5 of the program of UDJ did not exist, I would not have joined UDJ. Read more…
Reported by Kumilachew Gebremeskel Ambo | March 20, 2014
It was 6th Mar2014 on Thursday the program was prepared and co-ordinated by Frontline Club Oslo. The club has great contribution in preparing stage for different issues like debate, seminars and others which is critical and International conflicts among different countries. It is a great step for countries like Ethiopia to have this opportunities to explain the current and worst situations by Ethiopian Regime to the rest of the world.It was a great presentations and debate by guest speakers invited Mr. Obang Metho and Mr. Abdullah Hussen. Those great persons of the time to show the Current Ethiopian situations. The program was began by one of founder of Frontline club Mr.Truls Lie( Chairman). Read more…
)March 11, 2014
The Omo River Valley in Ethiopia (declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1980) was known to Europeans since the 17th century, but only in the last decade have foreigners begun travelling in this region. Bordering with Kenya and Sudan, far from any city, it is a lost world, a region traversed only by a few bad quality roads, passable only in the dry season. Here live some 15 semi-nomadic tribes, the largest comprising of approximately 70,000 people and the smallest no more than 1,000, a total of about 200,000. Read more…
Study suggests irrigation projects linked to Gibe III dam could devastate Lake Turkana’s fisheries and affect livelihoods
March 5, 2014 (The Guardian) — Africa’s fourth-largest lake could drop by 20 metres, causing an ecological and human disaster to rival the shrinking of the Aral Sea in central Asia, if Ethiopia goes ahead with massive irrigation projects linked to a giant dam, according to a university paper.
Lake Turkana, located almost entirely in Kenya but fed by the river Omo, which rises in Ethiopia, will be severely impacted by the 243 metre-high Gibe III dam, which is due to be completed this year, says the study, published by the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre. It suggests water levels could drop by half, devastating the lake’s fisheries and affecting the livelihoods of 170,000 agro-pastoralists. Read more…
by Rundassa Asheetee Hundee | March 2, 2014
Convincingly, the Amharas had been the elites of empire Ethiopia, particularly, hateful men like Getachew Haile and the like were considered as senior civil servants who retained much power and influence well into the 1970s. Now this insane thug promotes unequivocally racist ideology targeting specifically the Oromo people by labeling them as uncivilized bad people not understanding that framing the nation state by having his tribe above every ethnic group in empire Ethiopia adds to the political turmoil that is engulfing the already sick empire.
To deny the existence of the Oromo people, Getacho Haile, a fluent afaan Oromo speaker and the citizen of Oromia, intentionally avoided the mention of name “Oromo” while listing the names of the Oromo tribes and clans whom he called the “Oromo speaking people.” By using term “Oromo speaking people” Getacho has tried to do what his friend Dr. Asrat, who denied the existence of the Amhara people in 1991 did. All these efforts are made to justify their claim that the Ethiopians are ONE people who share Amharic and the Amhara culture. Read more…
March 1, 2014 (Politico) — Ethiopia is a democracy at least in name and has had Western (and Chinese) companies salivating at its recent double-digit GDP growth. But longtime strongman Meles Zenawi, who died in 2012, and his successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, have leaned on a sweeping anti-terrorism law to stamp out opposition, imprisoning journalists, activists and politicians who dare speak out against the government. Ethiopia has made itself useful to the United States, though, invading Somalia in 2006 at Washington’s behest and disastrously fueling a rise in terrorism that prompted another intervention in late 2011. Read more…
The case of racist Getachew Haile
Rundassa Asheetee | February 28, 2014
There is no doubt that all ethnic groups of empire Ethiopia are victims of the political catastrophe that the Abyssinian kings and clergy men have created.
Thought such catastrophe can and should be left behind as history, the Abyssinians who interpret this catastrophe as a Nobel work based on their narrow perspective have opened unhealthy conversations between them and their victims. Interestingly, this situation allowed the minority Tigre tribe to rule the country for 23 years with iron fist and the tribe is going to stay in power as long as past continues to occupy, disturb and divide the people of empire Ethiopia, particularly the Oromo and the Amhara. Read more…
BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR
2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
February 27, 2014
Ethiopia is a federal republic. The ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a coalition of four ethnically based parties, controls the government. In September 2012, following the death of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, parliament elected Hailemariam Desalegn as prime minister. In national parliamentary elections in 2010, the EPRDF and affiliated parties won 545 of 547 seats to remain in power for a fourth consecutive five-year term. Although the relatively few international officials allowed to observe the elections concluded that technical aspects of the vote were handled competently, some also noted that an environment conducive to free and fair elections was not in place prior to the election. Authorities generally maintained control over the security forces, although Somali Region Special Police and local militias sometimes acted independently. Security forces committed human rights abuses. Read more…
February 27, 2014 (World Bulletin) — A long drawn out patent row between Ethiopia and the Netherlands concerning teff – a highly nutritious ancient grain variety – has made headlines in Ethiopia, but a local official is worried that not only teff is in danger of being “looted.”
“A great many genetic resources of Ethiopia are in perpetual danger of being looted,” Aweke Shiferraw, communication director at the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.
Shiferraw has been ringing the alarm for months, calling for due attention to protect Ethiopia’s unique flora and make good use of its genetic resources.
Teff is indigenous to Ethiopia, where it accounts for one quarter of total cereal production. It is believed that teff originated in Ethiopia between 4000 BC and 1000 BC. Read more…
USAID, UC Davis, and EIAR collaborate on international research program to benefit farmers
For Immediate Release
February 25, 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (USAID)—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the University of California Davis (UC Davis) launched the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Chickpeas housed at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). The 5-year, $4 million genetic research program will create more and stronger varieties of chickpea to increase smallholder farmer productivity. Read more…
February 23, 2014 — UDJ and AEUP held a large protest rally this morning in the city of Bahir Dar. One of the messages the protesters voice is their outrage over the recent ethnic slur against the Amhara people by Alemnew Mekonnen, a senior official of the ruling EPRDF/TPLF junta.
UDJ Suspension from MEDREK
Another interesting development is that MEDREK on its 9th Congress held in Finfinnee yesterday, February 22, 2014, unanimously suspended UDJ (Unity for Democracy and Justice) for undermining the activities of MEDREK and unanimously accepted the Sidama Liberation Front as a new member.
February 22, 2014 (BBC News) — Urban hyenas are becoming a dangerous problem in the Ethiopian capital, where they attack rough sleepers.
It is late evening in Addis Ababa. Stephen Brend, a zoologist with the Born Free Foundation, is driving me to the airport to catch a flight back to London.
“Have you got time for a ten-minute detour?” he asks, as we passed the British embassy. “Of course,” I reply.
So he turns off the road and up a dirt track between some rough shacks and a collection of battered old jalopies that passes for a taxi rank in Ethiopia’s capital. Read more…
February 22, 2014 (The Reporter, Pro Ethiopian government website) — This week the hijacking of an Ethiopian Airlines plane, flight number ET-702, and the first officer behind the hijacking, Hailemedhin Abera, have dominated the news.
After it was revealed the mainstream and social media have been speculating as to why he did it. Reasons include doubts about his mental health up to resilience against injustice and oppression. Some compared him with the former Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP) leader, Berhanemeskel Redda, who hijacked an airplane, while others said that he was a troubled individual. Family members have responded on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, that their brother is a good man and not a criminal. Regarding these speculations and other pertinent issues, Tibebeselassie Tigabu of The Reporter spoke with Endalamaw Abera (MD), the oldest brother of Hailemedhin. Excerpts: Read more…