NES COMMENTARY: No. 43
Title: Congratulations to Eritrea and Ethiopia Uniting as One People with One Shared Destiny
By Mammo Muchie: DST/NRF SARChI Research Professor, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
Ethiopian officials say one person has died and dozens more are injured, after an explosion at a rally for the new PM Abiy Ahmed.
Earlier Mr Abiy had said that several people had died.
Mr Abiy described it as an "unsuccessful attempt by forces who do not want to see Ethiopia united".
He was whisked away immediately after the blast, thought to be from a grenade thrown amid thousands of people in Addis Ababa's Meskel Square.
Despite the hue and cry on reforms and change in Ethiopia, the regime's hostility and negative practices against the EPRP continues.
- Not one EPRP political prisoner has been released despite the fact that dozens are imprisoned since 1991. EPRP prisoners are not even recognized as such.
The Ethiopian government must intervene to protect thousands of ethnic Amharas who are on the verge of displacement due to violent attacks on their homes by ethnically-motivated youth groups in Oromia Regional State, Amnesty International said.
THOUSANDS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS STILL IN PRISONS
The repressive regime in Addis Abeba, convulsed by continuing mass protest, has been forced to admit it holds political prisoners and has released a thousand or so of them. The regime holds more than 45,000 political prisoners in secret and official camps (gulags) and prisons all over Ethiopia.
CONDEMN THE ASSASSINATION OF GEZAHEGN G.MESKEL
Human rights activist and a militant for democracy, Gezahegn Gebre Meskel, was assassinated in broad day light in Johannesburg. His killer has escaped and many Ethiopians there are certain that he was hired killer working for the embassy of the regime in Addis Abeba. Gezahegn, a fearless militant, was the target of many death threats from the embassy, witnesses have revealed. Gezahegn, 48, is survived by his wife and two children.
The regime in Addis Abeba has mocked at the persistent and popular demand to release ALL political prisoners in Ethiopia. Conservative estimate of Ethiopian political prisoners has put the figure at least 45,000
By Hama Tuma
I wanted to write this article since last week but put it off due to lack of time. Netanyahu accepted a UN plan to end the deportation threat on 37,000 African refugees and I almost abandoned the idea of writing this article. Thanks to the extremist consistency of the prime minister (who rejected the UN plan ) here I go with my article.
For many Ethiopians, this is the season of the ultimate Dickensian Paradox. For some, it is the best of times, for others, it is the worst of times. Some are high in hopes, others are still shrugging their shoulders. Ultra-optimists are waving their, ‘a new leader for the new day’ placard, cautious souls are beeping their alarm lights. It’s a pandemonium par excellence. Until the dust settled and we start talking about things with certitude, better dealing with what we know.
H. RES. 128 Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia full text.
Response to an article written by Ato Abdul Mohammad that appeared on
Aigafourm on March 19,2018 entitled “Ethiopian Solutions for Ethiopian Problems”
Government sources say the military will be in charge via a command post, which will be "reporting to the prime minister".
Shifting alliances in the Horn of Africa have some analysts worried about a potential open conflict ahead
At least five people have been killed in northern Ethiopia after security forces fired on a crowd at a religious festival who were reportedly shouting anti-government slogans.
Many more were injured in the incident in the town of Waldiya. Angry protesters have blocked roads and businesses are closed.
Jailed Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been freed after more than a year in detention. The leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress was released on Wednesday morning and allowed to go home, where he was welcomed by thousands of people. He has been in prison since December ...
The nominal Prime Minister of Ethiopia has today declared that "all political prisoners in Ethiopia will be released". This is what the foreign media reported. However, the PM did not say that.
Ethiopia's prime minister has announced the release of all political prisoners and the closure of a notorious detention centre which allegedly used torture to extract confessions.