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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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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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