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The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the UPR of Ethiopia

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September 21, 2014

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Ethiopia on September 19, 2014. On that date, Ethiopia was given 252 recommendations by the UN Human Rights Council member States[1] to improve human rights infringements in the country, based on the general human rights situation assessment made to Ethiopia on May 2014 at UPR.

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the UPR on Ethiopia and appreciates the majority of the UN Human Rights Council member states’ recognition that one of their members, Ethiopia, has committed gross human rights abuses in its own country contrary to its responsibility to protect and promote human rights globally.  Most of the Recommendations the Ethiopian Government received on September 19, 2014 were similar to the 2009 recommendations that were given to the same country during the first round of UPR human rights situation assessment in Ethiopia[2]. This proves that the human rights situation in Ethiopia continues to deteriorate. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 21/09/2014 at 9:53 am

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Somalia: Sexual Abuse by African Union Soldiers

AU soldiers and sexual abusers are from: Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sierra Leone.

hrwSeptember 8, 2014, Nairobi (Human Rights Watch) – Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Troop-contributing countries, the African Union (AU), and donors to AMISOM should urgently address these abuses and strengthen procedures inside Somalia to seek justice.

The 71-page report, “‘The Power These Men Have Over Us’: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by African Union Forces in Somalia,” documents the sexual exploitation and abuse of Somali women and girls on two AMISOM bases in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, since 2013. The AU soldiers, relying on Somali intermediaries, have used a range of tactics, including humanitarian aid, to coerce vulnerable women and girls into sexual activity. They have also raped or otherwise sexually assaulted women who were seeking medical assistance or water at AMISOM bases. Human Rights Watch interviewed 21 women and girls who described being raped or sexually exploited by Ugandan or Burundian military personnel serving with the AU forces. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 08/09/2014 at 2:35 pm

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Ethiopia: A Generation at Risk, Plight of Oromo Students

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September 06, 2014

The human rights abuses against Oromo Students in different universities have continued unabated over the past six months- more than a hundred Oromo students were extra-judicially wounded or killed, while thousands were jailed by a special squad: the “Agazi” force Read more…

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Posted by admin - 06/09/2014 at 4:48 pm

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ETHIOPIA: Arrests and Detentions of Oromo Students Continued

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August 27, 2014

While fresh arrests and detentions, kidnappings and disappearances of Oromo nationals have continued in different parts of the regional state of Oromo following the April-May crackdown of peaceful demonstrators, court rulings over the cases of some of the earlier detainees by courts of the regional state are being rejected by political agents of the governing TPLF/EPRDF Party. The renewed violence by government forces against Oromo nationals started particularly following what was termed as “Lenjii Siyaasaa” (literally meaning “political training) that has targeted Oromo Students of higher educational institutions and has been going on in the past two weeks in different parts of Oromia. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 27/08/2014 at 7:54 am

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Ethiopia: Gross Violations of Human Rights and an intractable conflict

HRLHA FineHuman Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA)
26th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council
Geneva, Palais des Nations,

Presented By :Garoma B. Wakessa : Executive Director of HRLHA

June 19, 2014

Ethiopia: Gross Violations of Human Rights and  an intractable  conflict

Introduction:  It is common in democratic countries around the world for people to express their grievances/ dissatisfactions and complaints against their governments by peaceful demonstrations and assemblies.    Read more…

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Posted by admin - 27/08/2014 at 6:22 am

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Oral statement, Human Rights Council, 19 June 2014

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August 27, 2014

Fleeing from abuse in Ethiopia and seeking refuge in Kenya, Djibouti, Somaliland, South Africa and Egypt, 187 refugees have described in detail, during hour-long interviews how they and their close families were persecuted.[1] Read more…

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Posted by admin - 27/08/2014 at 5:24 am

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Melbournians Hold a Concert for Oromo Human Rights

1919673_370723019741904_1901023165300352225_n(Advocacy for Oromia, 12 August 2014) — The Human Rights Concert for Oromia was held in Ascot Vale, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on August 9, 2014.

Bonsen Dhabasa, 10 years old boy who was six months old when his father was arrested; five years old when his mother was imprisoned presented his memoir of persecution account on this Human Rights for Oromia concert in Melbourne.

This is our Human Rights Concert. The people coming together as one and uniting against a common enemy! Corrupt power. We are the voice of the people! This is dedicated to those suffering under suppression and Human Rights Abuses. The people on the ground who are treated like collateral damage by those who have vested interests and no concern for human values or human rights! Read more…

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Posted by admin - 11/08/2014 at 7:16 pm

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US-Africa: Make Human Rights Central to Summit

Obama Should Press African Leaders to End Repression

hrwAugust 5, 2014, Washington, DC (HRW) – US President Barack Obama should ensure that human rights concerns are a major focus of the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Human Rights Watch said today. Rights concerns should not be relegated to meetings in the margins of the summit. The theme of the August 4-6, 2014 summit in Washington, DC, is “Investing in Our Future.”

The summit will host some 45 African heads of state, at least a dozen of whom lead repressive governments that have imprisoned journalists, human rights defenders, and anti-corruption campaigners. Many have approved laws that stifle freedom of expression and used national security, defamation, and anti-terrorism laws to prosecute independent writers, protesters, and activists who criticize government policy. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 05/08/2014 at 6:09 am

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Joint letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister on Charges against Bloggers and Journalists

hrwPrime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Office of the Prime Minister
P.O. Box 1031
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

24 July 2014

Re: Detained Journalists and Bloggers

Dear Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn,

We write to you to express our grave concern regarding the terrorism charges laid against seven bloggers associated with the “Zone 9” website and three independent journalists in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights—which both expressly protect the right to freedom of expression. We therefore urge your government to fulfill its obligations under international law and release all individuals who have been arbitrarily detained in violation of their fundamental rights. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 25/07/2014 at 9:23 pm

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Ethiopia: Release Prisoners of Conscience Immediately and Unconditionally

amnestyJuly 21, 2014 (Amnesty International) — On 17 July 2014, seven members of the Zone 9 blogging collective and three independent journalists were formally charged with terrorism offences and ‘Outrages against the Constitution’. Amnesty International considers the detained bloggers and journalists to be prisoners of conscience, imprisoned for peacefully exercising their freedom of expression without using or advocating violence or hatred, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release, and for the charges to be dropped against all of the accused. Read more…

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Ethiopia: Drop Case Against Bloggers, Journalists

Politically Motivated Charges Show Misuse of Terrorism Law

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(Nairobi, July 19, 2014) – The Ethiopian government should immediately drop politically motivated charges brought against 10 bloggers and journalists on July 17, 2014, under the country’s deeply flawed anti-terrorism law, Human Rights Watch said today.

 

The Ethiopian authorities arrested six of the bloggers and three journalists on April 25 and 26. They have been detained in Maekelawi, the Federal Police Crime Investigation Sector in Addis Ababa. The court charged the nine with having links to banned opposition groups and trying to violently overthrow the government, local media reported. A tenth blogger, who was not in Ethiopia at the time of the arrests, was charged in absentia. Read more…

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Ethiopia: UK Aid Should Respect Rights

Ruling Permits Review of Development Agency’s Compliance

hrwJuly 14, 2014, London (Human Rights Watch) – A UK High Court ruling allowing judicial review of the UK aid agency’s compliance with its own human rights policies in Ethiopia is an important step toward greater accountability in development assistance.

In its decision of July 14, 2014, the High Court ruled that allegations that the UK Department for International Development (DFID) did not adequately assess evidence of human rights violations in Ethiopia deserve a full judicial review. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 14/07/2014 at 11:14 pm

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Ethiopia: End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue

amnestyJuly 10, 2014 (Amnesty International) — The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International said today, after the arrest of four more opposition party members this week, who are believed to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

All four were arrested on 8 July in the capital Addis Ababa and the northern city of Mekele on “terror” accusations: a charge commonly used as a pretext to put dissenters behind bars in Ethiopia.

“These latest detentions add to Ethiopia’s ever-increasing number of journalists, opposition members, activists and other dissenting voices locked up for alleged ‘terrorism’ offences,” said Claire Beston, Amnesty International’s Ethiopia Researcher. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 10/07/2014 at 1:07 pm

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ETHIOPIA: Concerns over the Safety of Mr. Andargachew Tsige

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After two weeks of denial, the Ethiopian Government has official admitted that It has Mr. Andargachew Tsige in Its custody, following Mr. Andargachew’s appearance on the government-controlled Ethiopian Television yesterday. Although it is a partial relief that Mr. Andargachew’s overall whereabouts is now known, the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) still has deep concern regarding the safety of the Ethiopian political activist Mr. AndargachewTsige, especially given the unbelievable conspiracy displayed around his extra-judicial arrest and deportation by a foreign country that has no connection to the political allegations filed against Mr. Andargachew. Mr. Andargachew Tsige, General Secretary of Ginbot Sebat Ethiopian opposition political party, was reportedly arrested by Yemeni security agents on the 24th June, 2014 at the El Rahaba Airport in Sana’a, Yemen while on a transit flight from UK to Eritrea. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 09/07/2014 at 2:54 pm

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Missing Guests – The U.S. Africa Summit

Johanna Lee contributed to this post. | July 4, 2014

amnestyStarting August 4, the Obama Administration will host a mini replica of an African Union (AU) summit. As many as 40 heads of state from the continent will be on hand for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, a conference that will look at ways to boost trade and investment in the continent, tap into Africa’s burgeoning youth population, and promote good governance.

The idea for such a summit is laudable, considering the critical issues that will be discussed – issues that will continue to be key challenges for both Africa and U.S. policy towards the continent and as part of addressing the chronic need to raise educate the public about the realities of the different countries that make up Africa, unknown success stories and it’s untapped economic potential. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 04/07/2014 at 9:22 am

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