There is little progress in assuring gender equality and the empowerment of women in Ethiopia. Death at child birth is still one of the highest in the world, harmful practices (forced early marriages, FGM…) continue and the trafficking of young girls and women to the Middle East to be modern slaves is thriving.
The only fact we can affirm without hesitation is that Ethiopian women have not stopped to fight for their rights. During all the decisive stages of the Nation's history women have been, with men,
March 7, 2014
International womens day March 8, was established on february 18, 1909 in USA. However, it was officially declared on Augest 1910 in Coupenhagen, Denmark. The aim was to chariesh , honor women and enable them to encourage participating in economical, social and political aspects, so that their human right will be respected dispite gender difference.
Commemorate and Remembering Yekatit 12, 1929 G.C. (Ye-Sematet day) in New York City on March 1, 2014
By: Berhane Tadese
Ethiopians residing in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut held a town hall meeting on March 1, 2014 in New York City as Remembrance Day for Yekatit 12, 1929 G.C. Fascist General Graziane’s massacre act. This observance event was organized by a committee composed of Ad hoc committee for Global Alliance for Justice and the Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association of NY, NJ and CT.
It has been said that solutions proposed by governments are often worse than the problems themselves and we can realize this when we consider many weird and strange laws decreed out of the blue to deal with problems that are sometimes only seen within the presidential palaces and the offices and villas of the officials. Uganda has given us one strange (and irrelevant) law after another and it has amused us to no end. Museveni’s “scientific” tirade against homosexuality and his recent stringent decree against it actually concerns a minority in a country whose majority consider poverty, bad governance and corruption (by Museveni and his family) as their major problems. He went on to ban miniskirts too. Go ahead and laugh.
By Yilma Bekele
I came across a clip of a VOA interview from Ethiopia. It is about the unveiling of a new statue in Oromia Kilil (Bantustan), Arsi Zone, Hitosa Wereda named Anole Statue and Museum. From the video that came with the report the ugly contraption seems to be sitting in the middle of acacia forest and depicts a cut off human hand with a cut off what we are told to be depiction of a female breast resting on the palm stretched to the sky. I am assuming the Museum is there to explain the reason for the erection of such a strong and ugly visual in such a serene place.
February 25, 2014
The close relations of the regime in Addis Abeba with the Omar Beshir led regime in Khartoum have almost always worked against the interest of Ethiopians in the Sudan. Many Ethiopians who were in danger of losing their lives have been deported from the Sudan to Ethiopia and many have died (Major Atanaw Wassie and others) or have been disappeared like Azanaw Demile and dozens of others.
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ITALIAN WAR CRIMES IN ETHIOPIA LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN ON ETHIOPIAN MARTYRS’ DAY (FEB. 19 2014) WITH PRESENTATIONS IN WASHINGTON, ATLANTA, NEW YORK
Copilot Hailemedhen Abera has requested political asylum in Switzerland. The copilot’s action represents the voices of the voiceless Ethiopians who have lived under tyranny for the last 23 years.
The human rights violations of the Sudanese government, especially against Ethiopians, have been documented many times but the latest involving an 18 years old rape victim surpasses all bounds.
Aklog Birara, PhD
The fundamental premise of this commentary is that only genuine commitment to FREEDOM and human rights of all citizens would assure Ethiopians sustainable and equitable growth and improvements in their lives.
“Desperate times call for desperate action”
SOCEPP sends this appeal to the Federal SWISS government, the Ministry of Justice and the Federal prosecutor’s office to appeal for Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn who was forced, by far of grave persecution, to divert the plane he copiloted to Geneva.
A Rome-bound passenger jet was "forced to proceed" to Geneva early Monday when its co-pilot took control of the aircraft while the pilot was in the bathroom, an official said.
Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon told reporters that the co-pilot — an Ethiopian who wanted to seek asylum in Switzerland — locked himself in the cockpit after taking control.
The Post's Craig Timberg breaks down a new report by digital watchdog group The Citizen Lab, which suggests the Ethiopian government is hacking the computers of Ethiopian journalists in the D.C. area.
February 10, 2014
While we appreciate the motive, mission and purpose of the SBS, we are sending you this protest letter to call for an end to the use of the SBS Amharic service to popularize mass murderers of the previous military regime. Captain Kassahun Seboka, who served the totalitarian regime of colonel Mengistu and is now seemingly in charge of the Amharic service of the SBS, is responsible for this travesty that has pained and hurt millions of Ethiopians.
Here under this document, I like all Ethiopians to compare yourself to judge what the so called 'equal' development implemented in Tigrayans and Amhara zones.
Posted: 23/01/2014 11:55
Some disappeared; others were given lengthy prison sentences. One thing all thirty men arrested in 2012 in Ethiopia had in common was that they had criticised the state and the policies of the former Premier, Meles Zenawi.
Winnipeg Multicultural Human Rights Forum (WMHRF) stands in solidarity with SOCEPP in condemning the cowardly act of death threat against Brother Ali and his family
Sign petition - Free Reeyot Alemu - Imprisoned Award-winning Ethiopian Journalist with Breast Tumour
January 11, 2014
The president of SOCEPP, renowned poet and human rights advocate Ali Hussein, has received death threats from agents of the repressive regime in Addis Abeba. This is not the first time Ali Hussein has been harassed by the agents of the repressive regime but this latest death threat, received during the holiday season, is particular in that it clearly asserts that Ali and his family would be killed without doubt. Canadian police in Winnipeg are investigating the affair.
Statement Issued by Detained Ethiopian
Muslim Community’s Arbitration Committee Members - Monday December 23, 2013
The international Adoption law – is a type of adoption in which an individual or couple becomes the legal and permanent parent(s) of a child who is a national of a different country.
How adoption agencies work in Ethiopia
According to Ethiopian child adoption law – adoptive parents must submit post adoption reports at three months, six months, and one year. After the first year, the reports must be filed yearly until the child turns 18. This is a commitment that the adopting parents, home study agency, and adoption agency must sign when submitting documents for the adoption. Around 70 adoption agencies have set up business in Ethiopia and half of them are unregistered.
However the adoption process in Ethiopia is marred by criminal activity and corruption, in recent years.
Andualem Tefera Editor, ESKEMECHE
An International Conference organized by Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies,
Doha, Qatar November 2013 Part V (a)
Aklog Birara, PhD
I do not subscribe to the contentious view that there is no growth in Ethiopia. There was in fact growth under the Imperial regime and under the Dergue. The current ruling party tried to diminish the contributions of previous regimes solely for a political reason.
An Ethiopian Journalist Woubshet Taye, who is serving his sentence in Kality Prison in Addis Ababa, is being denied a Medical Treatment. He is suffering from severe renal calculus (kidney stone).
By Ewnetu Sime |
I have been watching on 12/11/13 the brutal dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who repressed Ethiopians for nearly two decades and became a symbol of notorious human rights abuse, making comments about Nelson Mandela's legacy on Ethiopia Satellite Television (ESAT). The SBS radio also conducted similar interview with Mengistu. As it is well known, under Mengistu's Red Terror killings campaign, disappearances and kilings, beatings, mutilations, drowning, electrocutions etc. were a daily horror. In short period, the death toll was estimated as high as 500, 000 people. It is the worst act of state-sponsored terrorism in history of Ethiopia.
The May 2005 election was supposed to go according to the plan. The TPLF would allow the election, as long as it controlled the entire electoral process. The loyal opposition would begrudgingly go along with that. The people, whom the election was supposedly for , would remain on the sidelines as cheerleaders. The donor countries would congratulate all three- the TPLF, for allowing the election, the loyal opposition for not setting unreasonable pre-conditions, such as demanding the election to be free and fair, and the people for accepting the outcome, whatever that be. The election day came. The TPLF declared itself, the winner. The loyal opposition cried foul, and appealed to the conscious of the donor countries to intervene on its behalf.
By Mesfin Mulugeta
“Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees” Dolres Ibarruri (aka La Pasionaria)
There is now a growing interest on the history of EPRP. The curiosity, however, is perverted. It is so because the attempt is not to recount its accomplishment, but the impoverishment of the Ihapa led generation. If a book specially defames the history of EPRP, then in no time people with a broad spectrum of political affinities, flock in to write reviews and critiques.
By Haile Tolla:
I started reading Wore Negari: A Memoir of an Ethiopian Youth in the Turbulent 70s, by Mohamed Yimam, first copy right 2013, not only out of sheer intellectual curiosity, but also out of the years-old yearning for seeing the admirable history of my generation, of which I was a very small part, compiled carefully and objectively so that coming generations would learn valuable lessons both from our success and our failings.
By Yilma Bekele
‘Et, tu Brute?’ is what the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was heard to have said when he saw his dear friend Marcus Brutus in league with his assassins. In English he was saying ‘you too, Brutus?’ It is said by historians that Caesar was fond of Brutus and treated him as he would a son. His betrayal must have been very painful.
December 17, 2013
Right after the tragedy that befell Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia (150,000 deported, some killed, many tortured and all humiliated), it is now the turn of Israel to deport back hundreds of Ethiopians. The man considered a traitor and a criminal by many people in Ethiopia, that is to say Hilawe Yosef now purged and dumped in Israel to serve as ambassador, has, as expected, bent backwards, to assure all that the deportees will be given some money, free air ticket and medical service. He expects us to applaud the government of Israel.
On December 13, we observe the tenth anniversary of the massacre of Anuaks in Gambella by the forces of the repressive regime than headed by the late Meles Zenawi. The systematic rampage and murder of Anuaks was ordered by Meles himself with the agreement and prompting of Abaye Tsehaye (still a top official) and Dr. Barnabas. The on the place culprits had also been identified and several calls were made to bring all the culprits to justice.
By Tedla Asfaw
Mengistu Hailemaraim the butcher of Ethiopia has become "Madiba specialist" thanks to the SBS and ESAT Amharic Radio following the passing away of Madiba early this month.
By Lomita Baheru December 14,2013 Norway ,Bergen
Prosperity for the Few and the Ethiopian Developmental State Africa: "Dynamics of Conflict and Promises of Renaissance" An International Conference organized by Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies, Doha, Qatar
Aklog Birara, PhD Part IV of V
ADDIS ABABA — "He was extremely tough, extremely vigilant, intelligent and loveable. So loveable," says Col Fekade Wakene of the late Nelson Mandela — the student he schooled in guerrilla combat in July 1962.
The observance of the World Human Rights Day every year on December serves the bitter purpose of recalling that Ethiopia’s human rights has worsened. The same is true this year.
By Tedla Asfaw
Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013 winter has arrived early in New York City. Light snow has just stopped dropping around 2 pm. The candlelight vigil in front of Saudi Arabia Mission to United Nations for the third time in a month went without any problem thanks to the brave New Yorkers who came out no matter what not deterred by cold weather.
The seven-month period for amnesty for undocumented workers in Saudi Arabia has since expired, sparking unrest between Ethiopians and Saudi police. Now, over 100,000 Ethiopians have been returned to their homeland. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said last week that up to 50,000 more citizens were still expected to return.
By Yilma BekeleI hope you are sitting down while reading the story I am about to tell you. Unfortunately it is a true story and it couldn’t have happened anywhere but in good old Ethiopia. When it comes to laying down like a doormat and letting everyone walk all over us we Ethiopians wrote the manual.
EPRP - December 6, 2013
The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP) sends its condolences to the families of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela and the people of South Africa for the passing away the great leader.
For us, Nelson Mandela exemplified courage and perseverance, a humane and democratic vision, tenacity and pan Africanism, reconciliation and loyalty to his cause for which he had said from the start he was ready to die. Mandela passed 27 hard years in prison (18 of them in the notorious Robben’s Island) but never gave up his fight, he did not knuckle under apartheid regime despite all that cruel system tried to break his will and stain his soul.
December 5, 2013
Mohamed Ibrahim, a devout Muslim and the father of seven children, was arrested in Addis Abeba by the security police 29 days ago and taken to the notorious Ma’ekelawi (central) prison. Once there he was accused of being a terrorist under the sweeping anti-terror law (already used to jail journalists), beaten brutally, tortured in the usual cruel way of the Addis Abeba regime.
World Aids Day has been observed globally and a lookt at the situation in Ethiopia does not lend itself to any kind of optimism. Once again, the regime in place has hidden the real statistics and manipulated selected “experts” to make up beat statements about Aids infection being reduced. Actually, the reality is still bleak.
Africa: Dynamics of Conflict, Promises of Renaissance, Aljazeera Studies Center, Doha, Qatar The Façade of Change from the Inside: Ethiopia
Dr. Aklog Birara Part III of V
Unfettered “Globalization has reinforced increasingly unequal returns to human capital.” Gerry Z. Muller, Capitalism and Inequality
The major themes, presentations and dialogue centered around two seemingly contradictory views: on the one hand, the economic and social dividends emanating from peace, stability, national reconciliation, investments, markets and social integration etc. South Africa is a prime example.
By Yilma Bekele
‘Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.’ Is what comes to mind when we see the behavior of the Ethiopian government and its response to the Ethiopian tragedy taking place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Human Rights Watch - Ethiopian Workers Allege Attacks, Poor Detention Conditions
(Beirut) – Ethiopian migrant workers have been the victims of physical assaults, some of them fatal, in Saudi Arabia following a government crackdown on foreign workers. Many workers seeking to return home are being held in makeshift detention centers without adequate food or shelter.
My initial reaction was to comment on the slanted allegations, but then I dropped the idea. His drooling is too much to wipe and takes another book to dab. Read more>>