Monthly Archives: "October 2016"

Our brother and sister of Jamaica followers of HAile Selassie I has called a peaceful protest in front of Ethiopian Embassy on 28 November 2016. The main objectives of the protest were to condemn the atrocity committed against the Ethiopian people who are not allowed to exercise their basic human right. During their protest chanting slogans. Stop killing Oromos! Stop killing Amharas! Stop killing sedamas! Stop killing Ethiopians! Stop it stop it! One people! One nation one Ethiopia! Stop Ethnic cleansing! Down Ethnic Cleansing! Ethiopian Land for Ethiopia! MahedereRead More
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Posted On October 27, 2016By Wondimu MekonenIn Current Update

Ethiopian police arrest six Kenyan officers

Ethiopian police arrest six Kenyan officers   ESAT News (October 26, 2016) Ethiopian police arrest six Kenyan officers Ethiopian police arrested six Kenyan police officers over the weekend including a police chief at the border with Kenya, according to a report by the Kenyan Daily Nation. The team of Kenyan police had crossed the border to secure the release of a reservist, Salim Kala, who had been arrested on October 21 for allegedly fishing along the shores of Lake Turkana on the Ethiopian side, the report said. They were allRead More
 At least 1,500 arrests in Ethiopian state of emergency, claims news agency State-run media says since declaring the six-month state of emergency, authorities have made vast numbers of arrests to quell protests Ethiopians cross their wrists above their heads as a symbol for the Oromo anti-government protesting movement. Photograph: Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images Agence France-Presse in Addis Ababa Friday 21 October 2016 Ethiopian authorities have arrested more than 1,500 people since declaring a state of emergency less than two weeks ago, according to a statement published by state-controlled news agencyRead More

Posted On October 26, 2016By Wondimu MekonenIn Current Update

Vision Ethiopia: Roadmap for Reconciliation

Roadmap for Reconciliation- Initiating Confidence Building Measures for Political Transition in Ethiopia Preamble Vision Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), organized a two-day conference entitled “Roadmap for Transition and Constitution Making in Post-Conflict Ethiopia”, on October 22 and 23, 2016. The Conference was convened at Georgetown Marriot Hotel, Washington D.C., was graced by the presence of several Ethiopians of all backgrounds, including, experts on constitutional making, conflict resolution and peace building, political scientists, scholars, men and women of the arts, former diplomats, and members ofRead More

Posted On October 21, 2016By Wondimu MekonenIn Current Update


TRAVEL WARNING  ETHIOPIA   The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing unrest that has led to hundreds of deaths, thousands of arrests, as well as injuries and extensive property damage, especially in Amhara and Oromia States. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in many parts of the country is limited by the current security situation. The Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency effective October 8, 2016. An October 15 decree states that individuals may beRead More

Posted On October 19, 2016By Wondimu MekonenIn Current Update


Seven things banned under Ethiopia’s state of emergency 17 October 2016 Taken from BBC the section Africa 1. Social media You cannot use social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to contact what are called “outside forces”. In fact, any attempt to communicate with “terrorist organisations and anti-peace groups designated as terrorist” is banned. Protesters have been posting messages and mobile phone footage to social media and websites run by Ethiopian dissidents living abroad. The government has accused Eritrea and Egypt of fomenting the protests. 2. Broadcast Media YouRead More

Posted On October 18, 2016By Wondimu MekonenIn Current Update


Ethiopia: Felix Horne Speaks at EU Rights Subcommittee The Human Rights Watch, senior researcher, Mr Felix Home appears before the European Union Human Rights subcommittee and briefs the worsening situation in Ethiopia.Read More
Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency following months of anti-government protests by members of the country’s two largest ethnic groups. The Oromo and the Amhara make up about 60% of the population. They complain power is held by a tiny Tigrean elite. Violence has intensified since last Sunday when at least 55 people were killed in clashes between police and protesters at an Oromo festival. Hundreds have died in months of protests, human rights groups say. Tens of thousands have also been detained, they say. What do OromoRead More
  Security officials watch as demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, on October 2, 2016. © 2016 Reuters The following questions and answers are critical to understanding recent events inEthiopia. Responses are written by Felix Horne, senior Ethiopia researcher at Human Rights Watch. The Human Rights Watch analysis of the situation is informed by 15 interviews with people who witnessed and lived through the events of October 2, 2016, as well asRead More