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Category Archive: Commentaries/Analyses

Oct 28

Ethiopia: Ethnic Oromos Arrested, Tortured and Killed by the State in Relentless Repression of Dissent

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(URJII ONLINE) Thousands of members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, are being ruthlessly targeted by the state based solely on their perceived opposition to the government, said Amnesty International in a new report released today. Below is a full text of the report issued, today, October 28, 2014, by Amnesty International based on …

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Oct 16

Ethiopian Authorities Convict Another Journalist

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(CPJ, Nairobi, Oct. 15, 2014) An Ethiopian court on Monday convicted a journalist and magazine owner Temesghen Desalegn of alleged defamation case of 2012, according to news reports and local journalists. The Federal High Court in the capital, Addis Ababa, found Mr. Temesghen guilty of incitement, defamation, and false publication in connection with

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Oct 15

A Minor Gets Prison Terms for Alleged Instigation

(URJII ONLINE) A fourteen-year old boy has been sentenced to four years in prison in a district court in Illu Abbabor Zone, western part of the Regional State of Oromia, for allegedly instigating political violence. Below is a full text of an urgent action issued by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa …

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Sep 16

Oromo Canadians Rally against Africa-Canadian Business Summit

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(URJII ONLINE) Oromo Canadians of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and nearby cities staged a demonstration yesterday in downtown Toronto in protest to the invitation and participation of Ethiopian delegation in the ongoing Africa-Canadian business summit. The main goal of the demonstration was to bring to the attentions of the Canadian Government,

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May 14

Ambo under Siege: Daily Activities Paralyzed

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(URJII ONLINE) The brutal attempts of crackdown against Oromo protesters by the Agazi Special Squad continuing unabated in different parts of the regional state of Oromia, reports coming from Ambo in central Oromia indicate that the town and its surrounding has come under virtual seizure by the Agazi Federal Armed Force, daily movements and activities …

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Mar 27

Kenya’s Plan that Might Affect Thousands of Refugees from Ethiopia

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(URJII ONLINE) (HRW) – The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has requested that the Kenyan authorities reconsider a new plan to forcibly move 50,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers from cities to overcrowded and underserviced refugee camps. News media reported that Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku made the announcement on March 25, 2014, two days …

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