ESAT English News

British lawyers urge Foreign Secretary to call for Andargachew Tsige’s release

ESAT News (October 4, 2017) Two British legal professional associations urge the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, to call for the release of Andargachew Tsige, an opposition figure in death row in Ethiopia. The president of the Law Society, Joe Egan, and the chair of the Bar Council, Andrew Langdon QC, have written to the ...

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Displacement continues in Eastern Ethiopia

ESAT News (October 3, 2017) Displacement of Oromos and Somalis in Eastern Ethiopia continued despite statement by authorities that they had put an end to the crises that was sparked by land dispute between the two ethnic groups. The number of Oromos displaced from the Somali region and Somaliland has reached 70,000. But the numbers of Somalis displaced from the ...

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Group urges Congress to probe spying partnership with Ethiopian tyranny

ESAT News (October 3, 2017) A rights defender urged the U.S. Congress to ask the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense on the status of the surveillance partnership with the Ethiopian regime to ensure that the U.S. is not facilitating human rights violations in Ethiopia. “It is high time for the US administration and Congress to reckon with ...

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Ethiopia: UN confirms detention of Andualem Aragie arbitrary, calls for release

ESAT News (October 3, 2017) The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called the arrest of Andualem Aragie, an opposition politician, arbitrary and called for his release. The UN Group, besides demanding Aragie’s release, also said that the political prisoner should be compensated. Mr. Aragie has been behind bars for exercising his political rights, the UN group argued and ...

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Ethiopia: Bahir Dar University expels engineering students from campus

ESAT News (October 2, 2017) Over 1500 engineering students of Bahir Dar University were expelled from campus following a dispute with University officials over the format and grading of a comprehensive fourth year exam. A change has been made to the grading of a “holistic” examination given to fourth year students. According to the new directive, students will be given ...

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Ethiopia: Scores of people arrested following protests at annual Irreecha festival

ESAT News (October 2, 2017) Scores of people were arrested on Sunday following anti-TPLF protests at the annual Irreecha festival in Bishoftu a.k.a. Debrezeit, 25 miles outside the capital Addis Ababa, according to information received by ESAT. The religious festival on Sunday turned into protest rally with thousands of festival goers chanting anti-TPLF slogans and demanding freedom for the Oromo ...

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Ethiopia: Army, police force to be deployed at Irreecha festival

ESAT News (September 29, 2017) The Federal Police Commission said the army and police force would be deployed at the Irreecha festival this coming Sunday despite earlier statements by the Aba Geda and authorities that said there would be no armed security at the site of the festival in Bishoftu. Police Commissioner, General Asefa Abiyou, told TPLF owned Fana Broadcasting ...

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Ethiopia: Flooding displaces 93,000 people

ESAT News (September 29, 2017) More than 93,000 people have reportedly been displaced by flooding in areas in Afar, Jima, South-East and South-West Shewa as well as in zones surrounding the capital Addis Ababa, according to a report by Centre for African Journalists (CAJ). The report said that over 18,600 households have also been affected by the extensive flooding. The ...

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Thousands more displaced in Eastern Ethiopia

ESAT News (September 28, 2017) Reports reaching ESAT from Eastern Ethiopia say about 10,000 Oromos displaced from Somaliland and the Ethiopian Somali Region were headed to Harar and Eastern Hararghe. It brings the total number of people displaced so far close to 80,000. Trucks loaded with the displaced have began arriving in Harar and Hamaresa today. Ethnic violence in Eastern ...

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Aba Geda bans gov’t officials at this year’s Irreecha

ESAT News (September 28, 2017) The Council of Aba Gedas, the cultural and religious leaders of the Oromos, has banned government officials from delivering speeches at this year’s Irreecha festival due to take place Sunday October 1, 2017, according to a report by the BBC Amharic. Hundreds were killed and injured at last year’s Irreecha, a festival to welcome the ...

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