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Mar 19

The Ethiopian Government Denies a Journalist in Jail Access to Medical Treatment


According to CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalist) authorities in Ethiopia have denied medical attention to Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn, who has been imprisoned since October, according to sources close to the journalist. Temesghen Desalegn, owner of the now-defunct newsmagazine Feteh (Justice), is servinga three-year term in Ziway Prison, outside Addis Ababa, on charges of defamation, incitement, and false publication in connection with a series of Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 05

Human Rights Watch Urges World Bank to Address Ethiopia Findings


(Washington, DC) – The World Bank should fully address serious human rights issues raised by the bank’s internal investigation into a project in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the bank’s vice president for Africa. The bank’s response to the investigation findings attempts to distance the bank from the many problems confirmed by the investigation and should be revised. The World Bank board of directors is to consider the investigation report Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 05

Militarization and Alternative Biofuel Drives Ethiopian Land-Grab


Ethiopia promises to meet its Millennium Goal objectives of creating a middle class and providing education and health care for its indigenous tribes. India promises to reduce its green house gas emissions from and dependency upon fossil fuels through production of alternative biofuels. Both Ethiopia and India find that leasing or buying large tracts of “fertile basket” land, land traditionally used for herding and small scale shifting cultivation (shifting between small plots that are cultivated then left to revert to nature), facilitates the accomplishment of their promises.

These off times secret land deals, with hidden terms and conditions, that transfer vast sections of Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 24

TPLF Leaders’ Arrogance and Contempt: Inviting Further Bloodshed and Loss of Lives – HRLHA Statement


Since the downfall of the military government of Ethiopia in 1991, the political and socioeconomic lives of the country have totally been controlled by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front/TPLF leaders and business institutions. As soon as the TPLF controlled Addis Ababa, the capital city, in 1991, the first step it took was to create People’s Democratic Organizations (PDOs) in the name of different nations and nationalities in the country. With the help of these PDOs, the TPLF managed to control the whole country in a short period of time from corner to corner. The next step that the TPLF took was to weaken and/or eliminate Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 19

Political Violence Intensifies in Ethiopia as the Fifth National Election Approaches

(URJII ONLINE) Urgent Action Issued by HRLHA

According to a schedule released by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, citizens will go to the polls to elect a new government on 24 May 2015. It will be Ethiopia’s fifth national election since EPRDF came to power in 1991. In connection with the upcoming National Election of Ethiopia, the ruling EPRDF government has begun to wage a widespread campaign to secure once again Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

“Journalism Is Not a Crime” – Human Rights Watch


The Ethiopian government is stepping up oppression of independent journalists, and suppression of media freedom by Ethiopia’s government is curtailing democratic space ahead of national elections due in May, a leading rights group said in a report on Thursday. “Ethiopia’s government has systematically assaulted the country’s independent voices, treating the media as a threat,” Read the rest of this entry »

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