ESAT English News

Ethiopia: Prosecutors present media interview clips as evidence of “terror”  against prominent dissents

  ESAT News (February 17, 2017) Unable to present witnesses on a bogus terrorism charge against opposition political prisoners, Ethiopian regime prosecutors presented to the 4th criminal bench in Addis Ababa video clips and speeches made by Bekele Gerba, a leading member of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), detained for over a year now. The video clips presented by the ...

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Ethiopia: Peaceful protests turning into fully-fledged armed uprising

ESAT News (February 17, 2017) The peaceful protests that began in November 2015 have now changed into  “fully-fledged armed uprising in Ethiopia,” says the head of a UK charity that works on social change and human rights. “Angered and exasperated by the government’s intransigence and duplicity, small guerrilla groups made up of local armed people have formed in Amhara and ...

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Congressman Ethiopian Government Must Stop Rights Violations

ESAT News (February 16, 2017) Joined by victims of torture at the hands of the Ethiopian government, Representative Chris Smith  and Representative Mike Coffman came together on Wednesday to bring to light the actions of the oppressive Ethiopian regime. Smith, Chairman of the House Panel on Africa said “For too long the government of Ethiopia has used violence, including the ...

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Swedish member of parliament speaks of atrocities in Ethiopia

  ESAT News (February 16, 2017) A Swedish member of parliament on Wednesday spoke at length on the atrocities committed by the Ethiopian regime against its citizens, while also crossing his wrists, a sign of resistance by Ethiopians against a brutal regime, made popular by Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa. Anders Osterberg called on the parliament and the government of ...

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Richard Pankhurst passes away at 90

  ESAT News (February 16, 2017) Richard Pankhurst, considered by many the ultimate expert on Ethiopian history, passed away on Thursday in Addis Ababa. Richard Pankhurst is the son of Sylvia Pankhurst, a surrogate to King Haileselassie I and a vocal activist in her own right against the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. Born in 1927  in Woodford Green, Pankhurst studied ...

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Feyisa Lilesa reunited with family

  ESAT News (February 14, 2017) Olympic silver medalist known for his protest gesture at the Rio Olympic against a brutal regime in his home country, Feyisa Lilesa, who sought asylum in the U.S., reunited with his wife and two children on Tuesday. Lelisa crossed his wrist at the finish line in Rio to protest the plight of his people ...

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Ethiopia: Investigations into high level corruption continues

  ESAT News (February 15, 2017) Prosecutors have begun the process of extradition of seven army officers and businessmen who hid in Dubai after allegedly taking bank loans amounting to over 5 million dollars in the name of agricultural development in Benishangul Gumuz region of western Ethiopia. According to ESAT’s sources, the seven suspects, who are also called “the seven ...

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Foreign investment in Ethiopia slumps after protests

ESAT News (February 15, 2017) Foreign direct investment in Ethiopia dropped by a fifth in the first half of the country’s fiscal year after violent anti-government protests in which foreign-owned businesses were targeted, according to a report by fin24. The country attracted $1.2bn in the six months through the end of December, compared with $1.5bn in the same period a ...

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Several killed in an attack in south eastern Ethiopia

  ESAT News (February 14, 2017) ESAT’s intelligence sources say at least 20 members of the Somali special forces unit were killed in Gursum and Bombase in south eastern Ethiopia. The attack was reportedly carried out in retaliation by armed residents in the Oromo region of southern Ethiopia where the Somali forces had reportedly carried out incursions and looting. Weapons ...

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Ethiopia: Rights league says 248 civilians killed in three weeks in Oromo region

  ESAT News (February 14, 2017) The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) said 248 civilians  were killed and 3706 were detained in just three weeks (from 8th October – 30th October, 2016). In a written appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the League renewed “its call to the international community to act collectively in ...

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