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May 08

Ethiopia: The Endless Violence against Oromo Nationals Continues

(URJII ONLINE) Harassments and intimidations through arbitrary arrests, kidnappings and disappearances have continued unabated in Ambo and the surrounding areas against Oromo youths and intellectuals since the crackdowns of last year April, 2014, when more than 79 Oromos, mostly youths, were killed by members of the federal security force.

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May 04

The US Heaping Irresponsible Praise on Ethiopia’s Regime

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(URJII ONLINE) ETHIOPIA’S ELECTIONS, scheduled for May 24, are shaping up to be anything but democratic. A country that has often been held up as a poster child for development has been stifling civic freedoms and systematically cracking down on independent journalism for several years. It was consequently startling to hear the State Department’s undersecretary …

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Apr 17

Ethiopia’s Economic Miracle Is Running Out of Steam

(URJII ONLINE) Just over 30 years ago, Ethiopia’s famine regularly made the news. Gruesome accounts of up to a million deaths stemming from drought and civil war captured the attention of aid agencies, sympathetic governments, and humanitarian groups around the world. Contrast that with the past decade, when Ethiopia averaged an economic growth rate of slightly better than …

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Mar 19

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

Temesghen Desalegn (CPJ)

(URJII ONLINE) 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 …

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Mar 05

Human Rights Watch Urges World Bank to Address Ethiopia Findings

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(URJII ONLINE) (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 …

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Mar 05

Militarization and Alternative Biofuel Drives Ethiopian Land-Grab

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(URJII ONLINE) 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, …

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