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Ethiopia ranks 103th out of 168 countries in Corruption Index 2015

ESAT News (January 28, 2016) Ethiopia continues to be one of the countries in the world where corruption is still rife, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2015. The index covers perceptions of public sector corruption in 168 countries. Ethiopia ranked 103th, making the country one of the places where corruption is highly prevalent. Denmark took the top spot ...

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    Tight security amid continuing protest as African leaders gather in Addis Ababa

    ESAT News (January 28, 2016) Protest continued in the Oromia region of Ethiopia on Thursday despite ruling party officials’ media announcement on Wednesday that the two month protest had been brought under control. There has been heavy security presence both in and outside the capital Addis Ababa, the venue of the African Union leaders summit due to be held on ...

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      Human Rights Watch says repression worsening in East Africa

      ESAT News (January 27, 2016) Governments in East Africa made little or no progress on human rights in 2015,   Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. “Ethiopia and Burundi, and to some extent Uganda, experienced worsening restrictions on freedom of speech, assembly, and other rights in the lead up to or after elections,” according to the report. ...

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        Ethiopian government’s contradictory statements on the looming famine baffle donors

        ESAT News (January 27, 2016) Members of the diplomatic community say donors were puzzled by statements coming out of the Ethiopian government regarding the looming famine which they said contradicts the reality on the ground. The diplomats who wish to remain anonymous said statements by the Ethiopian government that “the calamity is under control and all is well in the ...

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          Aerial photography resumes to delineate disputed Ethio- Sudanese border

          ESAT News (January 25, 2016) The Ethiopian government has resumed aerial reconnaissance survey to delineate the border between Sudan and Ethiopia, according to a source with the Information Network Security Agency, INSA. The Ethiopia government had agreed to give a large swath of agricultural land to Sudan amid uproar and indignation by Ethiopians who believe the land is historically theirs. ...

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            Mass arrest in Konso following peoples’ demand for self-administration

            ESAT News (January 25, 2016) Federal and regional forces are conducting mass arrests in Konso, southern Ethiopia following demand by the people of Konso to have their own zonal administration. Federal government and regional security forces were reportedly trying to force a large number of detainees to sign a piece of paper that says the demand for a self-administered zone ...

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              Five people shot and Killed in Gondar at an Epiphany celebration

              ESAT News (January 23, 2016) Five people were shot and killed at an Epiphany celebration in Chilga, Gondar, in what sources say was an apparent attack by the regime’s security operatives against the Qimant ethnic group to incite violence between them and the other people of Gondar. Recent reliable reports reaching ESAT show that the regime kill squads were killing ...

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                A think tank says Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law is used to stifle dissent

                ESAT News (January 21, 2016) The government of Ethiopia routinely uses its vague and overly broad anti-terrorism law to stifle freedom of expression and political opposition, the Oakland Institute, a policy think tank said in a report today. “The flawed anti-terrorism law must be revised and its misuse by the government stopped,” the Institute recommended. Ethiopia’s highly controversial anti-terrorism law, ...

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                  European Union Parliament condemns the wide range of human rights violations by the TPLF regime in Ethiopia

                  ESAT News (January 21, 2016) In what is being described as the strongest resolution on Ethiopia thus far, the European Union Parliament passed a resolution that condemned the ever increasing human rights violations in Ethiopia by the minority TPLF regime. The Parliament also deplores the recent use of excessive force by security forces in Ethiopia against peaceful protesters in the Oromia ...

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                    CORRECTION

                    In yesterday’s news item titled “Prominent Ethiopians of Tigray origin call for the removal of the TPLF regime,” the people who signed the letter were mentioned as former members of TPLF. In fact, the majority of the signatories of the letter were not  former members of the TPLF. The error is regretted.

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