Tag Archives: TPLF

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/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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        “Political democracy in Ethiopia crucial for peace in the region,” says Eritrean diplomat

        “Ethiopia is the heart of this area [East Africa]. If the heart falls ill, the entire region falls ill too.” by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 21, 2018) An Eritrean diplomat says a rule by an exclusive and ethnic group in Ethiopia has been proven to be a threat to peace and prosperity in the region and only an all ...

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          Ethiopia: Group says would give up arms if PM implements promises

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 20, 2018) An armed opposition group said it would give up arms if Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed fulfill promises of change, scrap laws that restrict political opponents and do away with obstacles to a democratic transition. In response to a speech by the Premier on Monday that called on opposition groups abroad to give ...

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            Ethiopia appoints new National Bank governor and deputy, albeit controversial

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 19, 2018) Billions of dollars in debt, the Ethiopian government appointed a new governor and deputy governor for its National Bank. The decision by Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister, to fill the two positions with individuals with no direct experience with macroeconomic issues has already created mumbles in opposition among the banking and macroeconomic ...

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              Govt blames deadly violence on “saboteurs of change” as mob kills several people in Southern Ethiopia

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 15, 2018) The towns of Awassa (Hawassa) and Sodo in Southern Ethiopia have seen deadly mob attacks against innocent residents as federal and regional security forces in the area refuse to intervene to stop the bloodshed. Although exact figures are not known, several people were believed to have been killed today by an unidentified ...

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                Ethiopia: Exiled opposition party returns home for further talks with govt

                ESAT News (May 23, 2018) Leaders of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) have arrived in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to continue talks with the government. The Front announced a week ago that it had held talks with representatives of the Ethiopian government in an undisclosed location outside Ethiopia and that the two sides have agreed to continue the talks in ...

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                  Ethiopia: Elders from Somali region denied access to PM

                  ESAT News (May 22, 2018) About 150 elders from the Somali region who came to the capital Addis Ababa have reportedly been unable to address their grievances to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as army generals allied with president of the Somali region used their influence to deny them access to the PM. The elders came to the capital a month ...

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                    Ethiopia: Truly democratic transition, not reform needed to move the country forward, says opposition group

                    By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (May 21, 2018) A leader of an opposition political party says what Ethiopia needs is a truly democratic transition, but not superficial reform if the intention is to move the country forward. Speaking to a gathering of his supporters in Washington, DC, Chairman of Patriotic Ginbot 7, an opposition group based in the Diaspora, Professor ...

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