Archive | May 22, 2015

Ethiopia: Onslaught on human rights ahead of elections

The run-up to Ethiopia’s elections on Sunday has been marred by gross, systematic and wide-spread violations of ordinary Ethiopians’ human rights, says Amnesty International. “The lead-up up to the elections has seen an onslaught on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. This onslaught undermines the right to participation in public affairs freely […]

Ethiopia opposition say members arrested ahead of polls

(AFP) — Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous county, holds general elections Sunday, the first since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi and with his successor Hailemariam Desalegn seen as all-but certain to stay in office.

Imperiling the Right to Vote in Ethiopia

Briefing Paper – May 2015 Overview The international human rights to vote and to participate in government are at the core of a functioning democratic society and necessary to ensure that public officials are accountable to the people. During a time in which election observation missions have proliferated across the globe, the notion of what […]

Landslide likely for Ethiopia’s long-time rulers

Election victory for governing EPRDF a certainty, but why it will win is still subject to debate. (Aljazeera) — When Ethiopia’s ruling party and its allies won 99.6 percent of the parliamentary seats in the country’s last elections five years ago, some wondered if a government often accused of suffocating the opposition would be embarrassed. The […]

Doorsisi mootummaa qabsoo uummataa hin dhaabsisu jedhu mormitoonni

Tujubee Horaa WASHINGTON DC (VOA Afaan Oromo) —Ibsa muummicha ministeeraa kanaaf deebii gama mormitootaan deebii kan nuu kennan barreessaa paartii federaalawaa uummata oromoo obbo Baqqalaa Nagaa turan. Uummata keenya qabsoo inni eegale doorsisi mootummaan oofu hin dhaabsisu jedhan.Waggoota digdamii afuriif uummatichaaf bu’aa hin buusne har’a ka’anii gama misoomaan uummataan fedhii keen guuta jedhanii waadaa duwwaa […]

Is Ethiopia about to get more than one opposition MP?

(BBC News) — The current parliament in Ethiopia has only one opposition representative. Could this all change when up to 36 million voters head for the polls this Sunday? These will be the first elections since the death of the long-term Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in 2012. His Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has […]

Aiding Repression: Why won’t the Obama administration speak up?

Ethiopia is jailing journalists and crushing civil society activists. Why won’t the Obama administration speak up? By Sarah Margon USA (Slate) — In July 2012, an Ethiopian court charged the prominent journalist Eskinder Nega with conspiring to commit terrorist acts. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison under a broad and ill-defined law. His […]

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