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Ethiopia: At least 700 feared dead at Irrecha religious festival

Anywaa Survival Organisation-ASO strongly condemns the Ethiopian government security agents’ provocation at Irrecha religious festival at Bishoftu, 45km from the capital, Addis Ababa. ASO is further greatly concerned about the worsening security situation and the fear it causes to civilians. Since the violent incident on Sunday that claimed precious lives, the government deployed heavy police … Continue reading Ethiopia: At least 700 feared dead at Irrecha religious festival

Miracle or Mirage? Manufacturing Hunger And Poverty in Ethiopia

Miracle or Mirage? offers lessons from the deadly impact of sugar and cotton plantations in the Awash Valley in the Afar Region, established in the 1950s. The projects drastically reduced land and water availability for people and cattle, undermined food security, destroyed key drought coping mechanisms, and stirred up violent conflicts between different groups over … Continue reading Miracle or Mirage? Manufacturing Hunger And Poverty in Ethiopia

COMPANY EXECUTIVES COULD NOW BE TRIED FOR LAND GRABS AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION

A move by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to expand its focus signals a landmark shift in international criminal justice and could reshape how business is done in developing countries, says Global Witness. Company executives, politicians and other individuals could now be held criminally responsible under international law for crimes linked to land grabbing and … Continue reading COMPANY EXECUTIVES COULD NOW BE TRIED FOR LAND GRABS AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION

Kilinto fire: Ethiopian government accused of gunning down political prisoners as they flee burning jail

Rights groups have raised serious concerns over the fate of political prisoners held at a facility on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after 23 inmates died in a huge fire at the high-security complex…. Continue Reading.

DISPATCH An Olympic Protest Is the Least of Ethiopia’s Worries

When Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa neared the finish line in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday and crossed his hands above his head, it wasn’t to celebrate the Olympic medal he was about to win. It was to protest his government’s violent crackdown on ethnic Oromos, who have died by the hundreds at the hands of … Continue reading DISPATCH An Olympic Protest Is the Least of Ethiopia’s Worries

Ethiopia’s Bloody Crackdown: The Case for International Justice

Ethiopian security forces gunned down at least 100 people a week ago in the bloodiest weekend in the ninth month of anti-government protests. Unlike previous protests, which have been largely confined to the Oromia region, the protests on August 6 and 7 were also in the northern Amhara region. Altogether at least 500 people have … Continue reading Ethiopia’s Bloody Crackdown: The Case for International Justice

The Ethiopian model is breaking

Ethiopia’s rulers are now faced with a stark choice. Double down on the despotism, and risk a revolution – thereby undoing much of the country’s economic growth (donors are already under intense pressure to pull out). Or acknowledge that civil and political rights are not just a luxury, but a necessary condition for sustainable, long-term … Continue reading The Ethiopian model is breaking

Ethiopia: Attack on Civil Society Escalates as Dissent Spreads

In the wake of the large-scale protests that rocked the Oromia region from November to March, the government, led by the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has taken a number of measures aimed at stifling dissent. While consistent with EPRDF’s authoritarian posture, these steps are a devastating blow to the country’s independent media and … Continue reading Ethiopia: Attack on Civil Society Escalates as Dissent Spreads

Why is the EU funding Ethiopia’s repression of land rights defenders?

by Nyikaw Ochalla: On Friday, the EU and German government announced the agreement of providing the Government of Ethiopia with 3.8 Million euro for a project to facilitate large-scale commercial land deals amid wide spread human rights abuses and brutal repression of its opponents. The EU and German government state that the project will “support … Continue reading Why is the EU funding Ethiopia’s repression of land rights defenders?

Stop the Criminalization of Environmental and Human Rights Defenders! Free Ethiopian Political Prisoners!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2016—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 Ethiopia’s controversial counterterrorism law. A March 1 … Continue reading Stop the Criminalization of Environmental and Human Rights Defenders! Free Ethiopian Political Prisoners!

Ethiopia: At least 700 feared dead at Irrecha religious festival

              Anywaa Survival Organisation-ASO strongly condemns the Ethiopian government security agents’ provocation at Irrecha religious festival at Bishoftu, 45km from the capital, Addis Ababa. ASO is further greatly concerned about the worsening security situation and the fear it causes to civilians. Since the violent incident on Sunday that claimed … Continue reading Ethiopia: At least 700 feared dead at Irrecha religious festival