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Category Archive: Commentaries/Analyses

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 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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Feb 24

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

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(URJII ONLINE) 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 …

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Feb 19

Political Violence Intensifies in Ethiopia as the Fifth National Election Approaches

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(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 …

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Jan 23

“Journalism Is Not a Crime” – Human Rights Watch

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(URJII ONLINE) 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 …

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