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Ethiopia: Parliament removes “terrorist” labels on opposition groups

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 5, 2018) Ethiopia’s parliament has revoked terrorist labels on three opposition groups, namely Patriotic Ginbot 7, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).   The three groups and two others, al Shabaab and al Qaeda, were labeled terrorists by a rubber stamp Parliament, the House of People’s Representatives, seven ...

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    Ethiopia: “We are Like the Dead,” Jail Ogaden prisoners tell Human Rights Watch

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 5, 2018) A damning report by a rights watchdog exposed horrific torture committed against prisoners in Jail Ogaden, a prison in the Somali region of Eastern Ethiopia. Located in the regional capital JiJiga, Jail Ogaden holds prisoners accused of being members and supporters of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a Front that until ...

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      Ethiopia: Liyou police attack Babile, Chinaksen in East Hararghe

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 4, 2018) The Liyou police with the Somali region in Eastern Ethiopia attacked residents of Babile and Chinaksen in East Hararghe killing at least three and displacing hundreds of people. A resident who spoke to ESAT from Babile said forces of the Liyou police have set 60 houses on fire and several domestic animals ...

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        Ethiopia: Prison administrators fired over torturing inmates

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 4, 2018) The federal prosecutor said five officials with the government prison administration have been fired for perpetrating torture and other human rights abuses against political and other prisoners. Freed political prisoners have exposed on ESAT and other media outlets that torture against inmates by prison officer and their bosses have been a common ...

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          Ethiopia/Sudan: Troops exchange fire after Sudanese soldiers kill Ethiopian farmers

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 3, 2018) Ethiopian and Sudanese troops have engaged in a brief battle after soldiers for the latter killed and injured several Ethiopian farmers. As information trickles slowly from the area, ESAT has learnt that the latest wave of attack by the Sudanese began three weeks ago when its army killed several Ethiopian farmers on ...

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            Ethiopia: Police commissioners, officials given pink slips for failing to stop communal violence in Asosa

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 3, 2018) The Benishangul Gumuz regional administration has fired four security heads and 54 other officials for failing to stop a communal violence last week that has claimed the lives of 14 and inflicted injuries to over 70 people. The regional police commissioner, Abdela Shehid; chief of the regional security, Dinsa Beyene; regional police ...

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              Ethiopia: Towns in Amhara region rally in support of PM

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 2, 2018) Residents of twenty cities in the Amhara region held rallies in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his economic and political reform initiatives. The scene at the Bahir Dar stadium was like no other as tens of thousands of residents of the city and its environs gather, flying the Ethiopian tricolor. ...

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                Ethiopia: Opposition groups, ex-officials return home

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 2, 2018) Leaders and representatives of opposition political groups have returned home in response to a call by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has ever since appointed to the office in April been seeking opponents and critics of the government to to join him in the political process in the country. While in exile, ...

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                  Ethiopia: Premier says 90% of ruling party members support change

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 29, 2018) Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said 90% of members of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) support ongoing change, political and economic reform efforts in the country. Speaking at a town hall meeting with residents of Semera, in Afar region of Northern Ethiopia, Dr. Ahmed said he and his supporters ...

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                    Ethiopia: Rights council says scores killed and thousands displaced in recent violence

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 29, 2018) The Human Rights Council said that scores of peaceful citizens were killed and tens of thousands displaced in recent violence in various parts of the country. The Council said Ethiopia has become one of the top countries in the world where there are high numbers of internally displaced people, (IDPs) mainly due ...

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