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Ethiopia: Amharas in Benishangul region face mistreatment

  ESAT News (December 27, 2016) Ethnic Amharas in Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia say they are facing beatings, imprisonment and harassment perpetrated by the local and regional authorities. A representative who spoke to ESAT say authorities are jailing people whom they accuse of transferring arms to guerilla fighters opposing the Ethiopian regime. There have been reports of clashes between ...

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    Ethiopia: Thirteen arrested following fraudulent land loan scandal

      ESAT News (December 27, 2016) Thirteen officials in the Gambella region, western Ethiopia, have been arrested following controversies over land loans with investors from the Tigrayan region, who are accused of unfairly taking land and loans. News of the arrest of the Gambella officials came as a surprise to many as the investors from Tigray have been the ones ...

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      Ethiopia: Groups call halt on remittance to punish regime

        ESAT News (December 27, 2016) Civic and political organizations called on Ethiopians in the Diaspora to suspend sending remittances to the country to punish a regime which they said uses the money to oppress the people. The seventeen civic and political organizations in a press release urged Ethiopians to halt sending money for three months. It also called for ...

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        Ethiopia: thousands remain in jail without due process of law

          ESAT News (December 26, 2016) Over a thousand people who were jailed last August in Bahir Dar and it environs following anti-government protests have not been brought to court, sources disclosed to ESAT. Security forces rounded up and detained over four thousand people in Bahir Dar and surrounding towns last August in a deadly protest that saw the killing ...

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          Ethiopia: Road accident kills fourteen people  

            ESAT News (December 26, 2016) A minibus full of passengers collided with a dump truck in Bora, 100 miles south of the capital Addis Ababa resulting in the death of all 14 passengers including the driver. The minibus was traveling from Batu town to Addis Ababa when it was involved in a head on collision with the dump truck ...

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            Addis Ababa: Fire guts down businesses, residences

            ESAT News (December 26, 2016) Three fire incidents in 24 hours period over have gutted down businesses and residential quarters in Addis Ababa causing property damages worth about 400,000 dollars, according to the city’s fire department. Four businesses were blazed behind the old post office and property worth 25,000 has been destroyed, city fire department told local media. Eight houses ...

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              U.N. council fails to impose arms embargo on South Sudan

              ESAT News (December 23, 2016) The United Nations Security Council failed on Friday to adopt a U.S.-drafted resolution to impose an arms embargo and further sanctions on South Sudan despite warnings by U.N. officials of a possible genocide in the world’s newest state. Reuters reported that there were seven votes in favor and eight abstentions. A resolution needs nine votes ...

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                Ethiopia: Freed prisoners speaks of mistreatment and torture

                  ESAT News (December 23, 2016) Human Rights Watch said Thursday that while it is a good news that the regime in Ethiopia freed close to 10,000 prisoners following massive anti-government protests, the detainees shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place. Senior researcher for the Horn of Africa at the Human Rights Watch, Felix Horne, said in a dispatch ...

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                  Ethiopian Olympic legend dies at 72

                  ESAT News (December 23, 2016) Miruts Yifter, two-time Olympic gold medalist and a runner who earned the nicknames “the gear shifter” and “yifter the shifter” for his fast dash at the last rounds of competitions, died in Canada at the age of 72. Winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Moscow Olympics in 10,000m and 5,000m and bronze in ...

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                    Ethiopia: Protesters in Ambo demand release political prisoners

                    ESAT News (December 22, 2016) Protesters in Ambo, west of the capital Addis Ababa, demanded Wednesday for the release of leaders of opposition political parties and students whom they said were unjustly imprisoned by the regime. Residents of Ambo staged the protest rally defying the state of emergency that bans any demonstrations against the regime. Students of the Ambo Secondary ...

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