Tag Archives: Ethiopian

Ethiopia: Regions beset by violence agree for federal forces intervene to restore calm

ESAT News (July 16, 2018) Administrators of Ethiopia’s Somali and Oromo regions have agreed for federal defense and police forces to intervene to restore peace in their border areas where communal clashes resulted in the death of hundreds of people and the displacement of over a million people. The agreement by Lemma Megersa and Abdi Illey, Presidents of the Oromno ...

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    Ethiopia/Eritrea: Leaders join hands to raise flag as Embassy reopens after two decades

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 16, 2018) Eritrea reopened its Embassy in Addis Ababa, two decades after the compound near the soccer stadium in the capital was deserted by the Eritreans and was used for unspecified purposes by the Ethiopian government. The flag raising ceremony at the Embassy came at the conclusion of a three day visit by Eritrean ...

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      Ethiopia: Jail Ogaden prisoners transferred to other jails following torture and murder report by watchdog

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 6, 2018) Prisoners at the Jail Ogaden in the Somali region of Ethiopia have been transferred to several other prisons in the region after a report by the Human Rights Watch exposed torture and human rights abuse at the notorious detention center. Abdulahi Hussien, a former advisor to Abdi Illey, the regional president, told ...

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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: 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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