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ESAT News in Brief May 19 2017

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Ethiopia: Torture victim says Tedros Adhanom rejected request to travel abroad for life saving treatment

  ESAT News (May 19, 2017) Habtamu Ayalew, whose exposé of torture stories in Ethiopia’s notorious jails has gripped the nation, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom, one of the leading candidates for the WHO director general, rejected his request through mediators to travel abroad for a life saving medical treatment when the candidate was a minister of foreign affairs of Ethiopia. ...

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Civil society under assault in Ethiopia, says think-tank

ESAT News (May 19, 2017) The closing of civic space has become a defining feature of political life in an ever-increasing number of countries, Ethiopia being at the forefront, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said in a newly released report. “Civil society organizations worldwide are facing systematic efforts to reduce their legitimacy and effectiveness. Russia, Egypt, and Ethiopia have ...

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Press in Ethiopia as free as press in Europe, a member of Ethiopia’s oligarchy says

  ESAT News (May 19, 2017) The press in Ethiopia is as free as the press in Europe and the Ethiopian press is free to publish whatever it wants, says Arkebe Oqobay, advisor to Ethiopian prime minister. Oqobay’s statement came in sharp contrast to Ethiopia’s abysmal record of crackdown on the independent press and a regime widely know for infringing ...

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Ethiopia: Senators condemn excessive use of force by regime

  ESAT News (May 18, 2017) U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) on Wednesday introduced a Senate resolution condemning excessive use of force by Ethiopian security forces that led to hundreds of deaths last year, and calling on the Ethiopian government to release all political opposition, dissidents, activists, and journalists and to respect the rights enshrined in ...

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Ethiopia: Parliament calls for release of Dr. Merera Gudina

  ESAT News (May 18, 2017) Members of the European Parliament called for the immediate release on bail and dropping of all charges against Dr Merera Gudina, the Chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress party. Dr. Merera Gudina was arrested upon his return from a visit to the European Parliament on 9 November 2016, where he joined a panel ...

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ONLF, PG7 agree to work in unison against tyranny

  ESAT News (May 17, 2017) Leaders of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Patriotic Ginbot7 Movement for Unity and Democracy (PG7)  on Wednesday reached a breakthrough agreement to wage the struggle in unison against the TPLF/EPRDF regime and work jointly to facilitate the formation of a broad based common platform for all democratic forces. “Both sides vowed that they ...

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Ethiopia: Attack by guerilla forces kill 13 regime soldiers

  ESAT News (May 17, 2017) Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed group opposing the Ethiopian regime, says its forces have carried out a surprise attack against regime forces on Monday in Libokemkem, South Gondar, killing 13 and injuring 4. In a statement it sent to ESAT, PG7 says the attack was carried out on regime soldiers who were abusive to ...

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Aid agencies hope rain in April eases drought impact

  ESAT News (May 17, 2017) Aid agencies hope the anticipated rain in April would ease the persisted dry condition and have also positive contribution for the improvement of pasture and drinking water in the pastoral areas. Relief web, the digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on Wednesday that the anticipated near ...

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Somalia: Fighting al-shabab requires ‘carrot and stick,’ U.N. official

ESAT News (may 17, 2017) Defeating Al-Shabab militants in Somalia requires a “carrot and stick” approach that could eventually include political negotiations with the Islamist militants, the U.N.’s top official in the country tells Newsweek. Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, elected in February, has declared a state of war against the Al-Qaeda affiliate. The president offered a 60-day amnesty to ...

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