The brutal police of the regime stormed the Anwar Mosque in Addis Abeba and violently beat up numerous Ethiopian Muslims and rounded up many others. The unjustified violence is part of the regime's continuing campaign to break up and stifle the peaceful protest of Ethiopian Muslims for their basic human and democratic rights. One report indicates that at least one person has been critically wounded from a gunshot. For very long now the repressive regime has been trying to break and halt the peaceful protest from aggrieved Muslims.
Following the illegal extradition of opposition Ginbot 7 leader Andargatchew Tsige from Yemen, the repressive regime in Addis Abeba has gone on a spree of arrests in a clear drive to strike at dissidents. Preliminary reports indicate no less than 35 people have been arrested in Addis Abeba in an alleged ( and false) link to "terrorism". The regime has conveniently labeled several opposition organizations as "terrorist".
ARDUF Outraged by the Unlawful Extradition of Ato Andergachew Tsige and Appeal to Ethiopian Democratic Forces to Hasten the dismantling of Wayyane
Like many a Daily Beast reader, I found Campus Crusade for Christ to be somewhere between annoying and amusing. You remember them from college: the Jesus freaks, intent on spreading the “Good News,” somewhere between quaint and creepy.
YEMEN : RELEASE ANDARGATCHEW TSIGE IMMEDIATELY !
(EPRP Press Releae)
Andargatchew Tsige, the secretary general of the GINBOT 7 Movement, was transiting through Sana'a, Yemen, airport when he was apprehended by Yemeni immigration and security police and jailed incommunicado. Andargatchew has never done anything to Yemen's detriment.
Andargatchew Tsige, the secretary of the Ginbot 7 movement(opposition) has been intercepted by Yemeni authorities at Sana'a airport and detained for a reason that has not been made public by them. Andargatchew was on his way to another country.
SANA, 1 November 2005 (IRIN) – “Clean your plate if it is touched by a dog, but break it if it’s touched by a Khadem [meaning servant in Arabic].” This traditional saying expresses the contempt by mainstream society in Yemen against members of the Akhdam community
Former editor of ASQUAL newspaper, Dereje Begashaw, is facing grave dangers to his very existence in a situation of difficult exile in Kampala, Uganda. Dereje, a persistent activist within the Ethiopian community in East Africa, has been threatened with deportation and worse, assaulted, and denied his human rights for years and the situation has worsened when and since his wife has been forced to join him in exile. Dereje has had to endure 7 years of suffering as a refugee living in unenviable conditions.
In an historic step, the UN Human Rights Commission has decided to establish a Commission to investigate the notorious human rights violations in Eritrea. The full text of the resolution is included below, but this is the key section:
“7. Decides to establish, for a period of one year, a commission of inquiry comprising three members, one of whom should be the Special Rapporteur, with the other two members appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council;
World Refugee Day highlights the world wide crisis of the presence of millions of refugees exposed to cruel mistreatment, enial of asylum rights and even death at the shores of callous ports. The plight of Ethiopian refugees is deplorable and worse than the year before.
Tedros Berhanu, the ill trained but notorious public prosecutor in Ethiopia, who has played a key role in the incarceration of several journalists, peaceful protesters and dissidents under the so called Anti Terrorism Law, is living now normally in Silver Springs (MD) along with his wife.
Detention under spurious charges in Ethiopia is nothing new. With the second highest rate of imprisoned journalists in Africa and arbitrary detention for anyone who openly objects to the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) regime’s despotic iron fist, the Western backed government in Addis Ababa is a dab hand at silencing its critics.
One standard definition of “international development” is that it is the global effort by rich and poor countries alike, working in tandem, to dramatically reduce extreme poverty and want. At the same time, such development should foster the economic growth of poor countries so that they will eventually be able to catch up with rich ones. Then they will share what Walt W. Rostow, the intellectual father of the so-called modernization theory that dominated the Western development world in the 1950s, called the promise of abundance.
PRESS RELEASE - Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF)
The Issa-Somali Diaspora and the Old Dream of Greater Somalia Bordering Awash River
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) has been following with alert and concern the unrest and convulsion on the banks of the Awash River and Addis -Djibouti road and the ensuing war of words among the Issa-Somali communities in Diaspora and Afar Diaspora about the ownership of the three territories, namely; Adaytu, Undda-Foo and Gadamaytu
The Oromo Extremists are busy demonizing Menelik II and Amharas. Below are quotations of letters from Atse Menelik II to Aba Jifar. Read it carefully.
“Two years before Emperor Menelik wrote the letter to Abba Jiffar, he had put a legislation in effect to abolish slavery.
“—– I have told you before again and again to stop selling and buying slaves. However, you have continued this practice secretly. Moreover, in the remote areas, I have heard that the people have started selling their wives as well as their kids. I remind you again, whether in remote areas or any other place, abolish this inhuman practice.
A woman who was beaten routinely by a notorious Ethiopian prison guard — a man accused of killing and torturing dozens of people — hugged prosecutors after her tormentor was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
Sun, 11 May 2014 23:23:00 CST
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Ethiopian jail guard suspected of torturing and maiming political prisoners during that country's "Red Terror" era came to the United States in 2004 under a false identity, seeking asylum and claiming he would be persecuted if he returned home.
He lived comfortably in Colorado until one day in 2011 when another Ethiopian recognized him outside a cafe and confronted him: "I think I know you."
That's how Worku, convicted last year of identity theft and immigration fraud, came to the attention of federal law enforcement authorities.
The government would like to see that happen more often.
EPRP EPRP - May 8, 2014
An evil campaign has been fired up in Ethiopia, by the regime in place and other extremist elements, to provoke violence and the mass slaughter of Amharas, considered by the TPLF/EPRDF regime and its supporters as the main enemy as a people. Inside the country and in the Diaspora, crazed extremist elements have been mobilized to call for the massacre of Amharas and some of these elements have even been guests of Western TV stations and radio programs given the chance to spread their propaganda of hatred.
May 7, 2014
SOCEPP condemns in the strongest terms the brutal murders of peaceful protesters from Ambo to Gondar, to Haromaya (formerly Alemaya) by the Federal Police of the regime in Addis Abeba. Dozens have lost their lives. Many more have been wounded and hundreds have been rounded up and jailed with torture being routine.
Yekatit is 40 years old. Though at the time, the EPRP was too young, it had not even declared its existence-, its organ, Democracia, was already a household name amongst the Yekatit revolutionaries. Democracia spoke their language, hoped their hopes, articulated their visions, and helped shape the course of their struggle. An organic link between Yekatit and the EPRP was already in place. In a way, the EPRP was born to cook Yekatit. So, with the birth of the EPRP, Yekatit was inevitable
As the United Nations Human Rights commission prepares to evaluate and assess the records of the regime in Ethiopia this same repressive regime has been busy: Arresting journalists; Beating up bloggers; Engaging in land grab activities and thereby removing farmers from their lands and forcefully resettling them elsewhere;……
Since the ferocious TPLF liberation front come in to power in 1991 there have been a lot of mass killing, torture, arrest and persecution of all ethnics in Ethiopia. TPLF targeted the Oromo people and Oromo students in trepidation of mass uprising. Ruling Ethiopia regime falsely accused tens of thousands of Oromo’s for associating with illegally categorized political organization the OLF, for asking question of rights and for their political opinion expression.
An escalating cycle of bloodshed has left tens of thousands dead and entire communities displaced in the Central African Republic. Peacekeeping forces have so far failed to stop the terror
May 3, 2014
As the world observes Press Freedom Day the situation in Ethiopia clearly shows that there is little to celebrate and that freedom of the press has been trampled more in the past year 2013. A week ago the regime in Addis Abeba arrested nine bloggers and three journalists to add to its very long list of repression against journalists and the freedom of the press.
2 May 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia and the increasing restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression in the Horn of Africa nation.
Following several peaceful demonstrations called by the legal Semayawi (Blue) Party (most banned), the regime in Addis Abeba has stepped up its violent repression of the members of this party. The attack has focused especially on the young activists of the party. In this connection, several activists of the party detained recently have been reportedly tortured at the notorious Maekelawi (central) prison.
By Elizabeth Girma Zewege
We, Ethiopians, are delighted and highly excited to participate and celebrate the International Workers’ Day (also known as Labor Day) here in a place we are living just like the way millions are celebrating it across the world.
The TPLF/regime which took power in 1991 made it its priority task to dismantle workers' organizations, Teachers, students and women's unions. A draconian Labor Law deprived workers of their rights and activist union leaders were arrested or forced into exile. The same happened with the other unions and the regime set up its own satellite unions like all totalitarian powers that stand against the civic society and its autonomous organizations.
Minga Negash, Seid Hassan and Mammo Muchie
The 1929 Nile water allocation agreement that was signed by Egypt and the United Kingdom (which excluded Ethiopia and nearly all other upper basin countries) allocated 48 billion (65%) cubic meters of water per year to Egypt and 4 billion to the Sudan. The 1959 agreement between Egypt and the Sudan raised the share to 55.5 (75%) billion and 18.5 billion cubic meters to Egypt and the Sudan, respectively.
The repressive regime in Addis Abeba, which is expecting a morale- boosting visit from John Kerry, has arrested six bloggers (known as Zone 9 bloggers) and three journalists for their dissent against the regime.
ARDUF PRESS RELEASE - Tuesday 29 April, 2014
ARDUF has learnt that TPLF/EPRDF regime has recently ordered its racist paramilitary forces to invade Ammih-baxa, district, zone 3, of Afar Regional State to arbitrary arrest and indiscriminately kill any person who disagree with and express their dissatisfaction with Federal Government's policies. On 19th April 2014, TPLF/EPRDF forces committed to deliberate, systematic and indiscriminate mass killing against innocent civilians over 12 people, including women, children and the elderly people; a dozen were critically injured, more than 120 homes destroyed purposely.
Fekadu Bekele, Ph D April 27, 2014
On 25th February 2014 a one-day seminar was conducted by Heinrich Böll Stiftung, a foundation which is founded after the name of one of the legendary figures of peace movements during the 1970s and 80s, famous for his many critical works as a writer. The foundation intimately linked to the Green party, actively participating in ecological, democratic and peaceful movements, and is contributor to civil society organizations in Germany and on a worldwide level. In this spirit it actively promotes such ideals in Africa and other Third World countries. After many years of active participation in Ethiopia, because of the ongoing repression and arbitrary arrests of journalists and civil right activists, the foundation do not want to extend its activity under such conditions and is compelled to close its office in Addis.
The situation of Ethiopian refugees in Kenya and the Sudan has worsened. Under the cover of action against illegals and would be “terrorists” the operation launched by the Kenyan authorities against, primarily Somali refugees, has now widened to include Ethiopians in all parts of Kenya. Hundreds have been forced into hiding. Dozens have been already deported from both Kenya and the Sudan.
Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP) April 17/2014
The regime in Ethiopia has once again resorted to deception by declaring that no jamming of opposition radio stations and web sites exist. A recent such argument by a high government official has reportedly pointed to the fact that one previously jammed TV and radio station is freely accessible in Ethiopia.