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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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          Prominent Ethiopians of Tigray origin call for the removal of the TPLF regime

          ESAT News (January 20, 2016) Renowned Ethiopians of Tigray origin said in a statement today that the only way to stop the quarter century of human rights violations, mass arrests, extrajudicial killings and the suffering of Ethiopians is to remove the minority regime. In a statement sent to ESAT, the nine prominent Ethiopians who hail from Tigray said the Tigray ...

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            Epiphany processions turn into protest demonstrations in Ethiopia

            ESAT News (January 20, 2016) Ethiopian orthodox Christians celebrating Timket (Epiphany) used the occasion to denounce human rights violations in their country and the brutal killing of protesters in the Oromia region. The Orthodox Christians who came from various ethnic groups seized the opportunity of the Epiphany processions to condemn the brutal regime for killing over 150 peaceful protesters in ...

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              Full Text of European Parliament resolution on Ethiopia

                European Parliament resolution on Ethiopia (2016/2520(RSP)) B8‑0091/2016 The European Parliament, –  having regard to its previous resolutions on situation in Ethiopia, –  having regard to the statement of 23 December 2015 by the spokesperson of the HR/VP on recent clashes in Ethiopia, –  having regard to the EU-Ethiopia Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility, signed on 11 November 2015, –  having regard to the ...

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                Government files charges against Ermias Amelga

                ESAT News (January 19, 2016) The Ethiopian government has filed charges against a banker and real estate mogul, Ermias Amelga, for what the Ministry of Justice said was failing to keep his promise to resolve his dispute with people who made payments amounting to 500million dollars for the construction of houses. Ermias was put behind bars a week ago and ...

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                  GRI says US-Ethiopia relations taking turn for worse

                  ESAT News (January 19, 2016) “Ethiopia’s relations with the US may be taking a turn for the worse, despite the two countries’ strategic counter-terror relationship,” Global Risk Insights (GRI), an online publication which provides expert political risk analysis for businesses and investors said in its publication today. In its article titled “Rising instability in Ethiopia could impact markets,” RGI said ...

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                    Protest in Oromia continues despite a call for calm by the regional government

                    ESAT News (January 19, 2016) People in various parts of the Oromia region of Ethiopia continued their protest against the government today despite call by the Oromia Regional State yesterday urging the protesters for calm. Protest continued for the fourth day in Meisso, East Hararghe and residents called on the authorities to stop the brutal killing innocent citizens by the ...

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