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Category Archive: Editorials

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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Nov 21

Doomsday Pope Warns Man’s Greed Will Destroy World

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(URJII ONLINE) Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world’s bounty for the poor and hungry, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn’t be subject to market speculation and quests for profit, according to Associated Press. He also warned Thursday, November 20, 2014, that …

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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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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 01

Region-Wide, Heavy-Handed Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters

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(URJII ONLINE) Determined Oromos Students are being met with brutalities in different parts of Oromia by armed special squad of the Ethiopian EPRDD/TPLF Government while attempting to peacefully and non-violently exercise some of their fundamental rights. According to the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA), in a heavy-handed crackdown being carried out …

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Mar 26

Arrests and Detentions of Oromo Students in Southern Oromia

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(URJII ONLINE) Around two hundred Oromo Students of a high school in Shakiso, Guji Zone, in southern Oromia have been detained following a clash with ethnic Amhara Students attending the same school on the 12 of March, 2014. The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa has issued the following press release:                Human …

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