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CPJ condemns conviction of Muslim community reporters

ESAT News (December 22, 2016) The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned on Wednesday the criminalization of reporting on issues of the Ethiopian Muslim community as an act of  terrorism. CPJ’s deputy executive director, Robert Mahoney, made the remark in connection with the conviction of Khalid Mohammed and Darsema Sori on terrorism charges by the kangaroo court of the TPLF regime. ...

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    Ethiopia: Tourism in decline following unrest, martial law

      ESAT News (December 22, 2016) Ethiopian regime says revenue from tourism is in downward spiral following the declaration of the state of emergency. The culture and tourism ministry said the number of tourists visiting the country has been decreasing since the declaration of the martial law in October that followed a yearlong deadly protests in the Oromo and Amhara ...

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      Resistance to continue till oppressive regime is dismantled, says Afari Front

        ESAT News (December 22, 2016) The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) says uprisings and resistance will continue until the regime is eliminated and a genuine democratic federalism is established in Ethiopia. ARDUF said in a press release on Wednesday that the state of emergency declared in October was aimed at legalizing the extrajudicial killings and other human rights ...

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        Horn of Africa braces for another hunger season

        ESAT News (December 21, 2016) The UN Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday that countries in the Horn of Africa are likely to see a rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months. FAO said it expects a rise in hunger as farming families struggle with the knock-on effects of multiple droughts that hit ...

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          Ethiopia: Kangaroo court convicts journalists, activists of terrorism offences

            ESAT News (December 21, 2016) Twenty people, including two journalists and activists, were convicted of terrorism by a kangaroo court in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian courts, used by the regime as instruments of silencing dissent and free speech, have been convicting opposition political party members, activists and journalists on trumped-up terrorism charges. Journalists Khalid Mohammed and Darsema Sory, producers of “Bilal” ...

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            Ethiopia: Millions of dollars squandered in fraudulent land loan

              ESAT News (December 21, 2016) Nearly 400  of the 623 investors who took land for development in the Gambella region, western Ethiopia, have reportedly taken multiple loans  on a single plot of land. Most of the so-called “investors” have reportedly been from Tigray region. A report issued by a team to probe into the case concluded that 381 investors ...

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              British MPs condemn inaction over citizen held in Ethiopia

              ESAT News (December 21, 2016) British MPs from all political parties have criticised their government for not seeking the release of Britons detained unjustly abroad, including British father of three Andargachew Tsege in Ethiopia, and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran. In a parliamentary debate on Tuesday, Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood was accused of “hiding behind” a claim of needing to ...

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                Rebel group reported clashes with regime forces in Ogaden

                ESAT News (December 20, 2016) The Ogaden News Agency reported that heavy fighting took place between the Ogaden National Liberation Army (ONLA) and TPLF regime forces in Ogaden. “TPLF regime forces were engaged in harassment activities around the Dumodlay Village of Qabri-dahar district including rape, beatings, and arbitrary detention,” the report said. The Ogaden National Liberation Army attacked the regime’s ...

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                  Ethiopia: Stanford forum to dwell on Ethiopian crisis

                  ESAT News (December 20, 2016) A unique summit under the theme “Ethiopia in Crisis” will gather academics, activists and political party leaders at the Stanford University campus in California from January 21 to 22, 2017 to look into ways of effecting changes. “In response to this crisis, the Ethiopian-American Council (EAC) is planning a forum wherein concerned advocates can address ...

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                    Egyptian media lashes out Saudi Arabia over visit to Ethiopian dam

                    ESAT News (December 20, 2016) Egyptian media lashed out at Saudi Arabia over a high-level Saudi delegation visit to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during a short trip to Ethiopia on Friday. Experts said the decision to visit the GERD was an act of revenge against Egypt that could deepen tensions between the two countries, Middle East Eye said ...

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