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Ethiopia: Gov’t pressing prisoners of conscience for pardon

  ESAT News (March 8, 2017) The Ethiopian regime is reportedly pressuring prisoners of conscience to ask for pardon in return for release from jail. Sources say authorities have sent mediators to prominent journalist Eskinder Nega, Andualem Arage, a leading member of the Andinet party and another member of the party, Natnael Mekonnen to convince the prisoners to ask the ...

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    Ethiopia: Over 300 die of cholera epidemic

      ESAT News (March 8, 2017) More than 300 people are feared dead due to cholera outbreak in Ogaden, in the far eastern region of Ethiopia. The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) said in a statement that with no health facility in most of the region, the lives of thousands is at risk. “Although the majority of the towns in ...

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      MP urges Canada take stand against atrocities in Ethiopia

      ESAT News (March 8, 2017) A member of the Canadian parliament on Tuesday urge his government take the “strongest possible stand” against the Ethiopian regime warning that  the east African country is “potentially on the verge of civil war and genocide.” Bob Zimmer, a conservative member of the parliament said the Canadian government need to do “more than expressing concerns ...

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        Ethiopians abducted from Khartoum prison

          ESAT News (March 7, 2017) Undisclosed number of Ethiopians including a priest were abducted on Monday from a prison in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. A source told ESAT that a number of prisoners were loaded on a bus with an Ethiopian license plate on Monday night and taken to Ethiopia. Among the prisoners is a priest, who is being ...

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          Ethiopia: Teachers strike in Amhara region

            ESAT News (March 7, 2017) Several schools have remained closed in a number of districts in Gojam, Gondar and Wollo following strikes by teachers who demand salary increment. A teacher from Wollo who spoke to ESAT said teachers are infuriated that the regime has increased salaries to all civil servants but not to teachers. He also said several teachers ...

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            Somalia’s President Criticizes New US Travel Ban

            ESAT News (March 7, 2017) Somalia’s new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, is criticizing the revised U.S. travel ban, telling journalists that “definitely” he would prefer it be lifted and reminding the United States that it has a large Somali community, according to a report by Shabelle news. The revised ban, signed on Monday, temporarily bars new visas for citizens of ...

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              Ethiopia: Grenade thrown into residence of Gondar mayor

                ESAT News (March 6, 2017) A grenade was thrown into the residence of the mayor of the city of Gondar in northern Ethiopia early Sunday. The mayor, Tekeba Tebabal, was not at his residence at the time of the explosion and no one was injured, according to a source who spoke to ESAT. No party took responsibility for the ...

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                Ethiopia: Arbitrary killings continue unabated, State Dep’t report says

                  ESAT News (March 6, 2017) Ethiopian regime security forces used excessive force against protesters throughout the year in 2016, killing hundreds and injuring many more, the U.S. Department of State said in its annual report. Quoting Human Rights Watch (HRW) 2016 report the Department recalled  security forces killed more than 500 protesters. The protests were mainly in Oromia and ...

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                  Ethiopia: Drought emergency spirals amid major aid shortages

                  ESAT News (March 6, 2017) Millions of drought-stricken Ethiopians needing food, water and emergency medical care are not receiving it due to funding shortages, the United Nations said, warning the crisis will worsen if spring rains fail as predicted, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported quoting UN sources. Some 5.6 million people need food aid in the Horn of Africa nation, which ...

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                    Law school challenges Ethiopia’s counter-terrorism statute

                    ESAT News (March 3, 2017) The Vanderbilt Law School’s International Law Practice Lab has submitted an amicus brief to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in a human rights case, Abubaker Ahmed Mohamed and 28 others v. the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the school announced in a press release.   Abubakar Mohamed and 28 others were jailed ...

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