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Human Rights Watch – Fears for Safety of Returned Opposition Leader

(London) – An exiled Ethiopian opposition leader unlawfully deported by Yemen back to Ethiopia is at risk of mistreatment including torture. Andargachew Tsige is secretary-general of Ginbot 7, a banned Ethiopian opposition organization, and was convicted and sentenced to death in absentia in separate trials in Ethiopia in 2009 and 2012. The current whereabouts of [...]

Ethiopian activist Andargachew Tsige at risk of torture – Amnesty International

URGENT ACTION:- ETHIOPIAN ACTIVIST AT RISK OF TORTURE Amnesty International Andargachew Tsige, an Ethiopian political activist in exile, appears to have been arrested in transit in Yemen on 24 June and forcibly returned to Ethiopia. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Andargachew Tsige is a British national of Ethiopian origin and Secretary-General [...]

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Ethiopia: Brutal Crackdown on Protests – Human Rights Watch report

Security Forces Fire On, Beat Students Protesting Plan to Expand Capital Boundaries (Nairobi) – Ethiopian security forces should cease using excessive force against students peacefully protesting plans to extend the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa. The authorities should immediately release students and others arbitrarily arrested during the protests and investigate and hold accountable security [...]

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Telecom and Internet Surveillance in Ethiopia – Human Rights Watch report

The 137 page report details the technologies the Ethiopian government has acquired from several countries and uses to facilitate surveillance of perceived political opponents inside the country and among the diaspora. The government’s surveillance practices violate the rights to freedom of expression, association, and access to information. The government’s monopoly over all mobile and Internet [...]

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US state department 2013 Human Rights Reports: Ethiopia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY    Ethiopia is a federal republic. The ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a coalition of four ethnically based parties, controls the government. In September 2012, following the death of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, parliament elected Hailemariam Desalegn as prime minister. In national parliamentary elections in 2010, the EPRDF and affiliated parties [...]

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Ethiopia: Land, Water Grabs Devastate Communities – Human Rights Watch

(Nairobi) – New satellite imagery shows extensive clearance of land used by indigenous groups to make way for state-run sugar plantations in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley, Human Rights Watch and International Rivers said today. Virtually all of the traditional lands of the 7,000-member Bodi indigenous group have been cleared in the last 15 months, without [...]

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Ethiopia most restrictive Sub Saharan Country, Freedom House reports 2013

Ethiopia has one of the lowest rates of internet and mobile telephone penetration in the world, as meager infrastructure, a government monopoly over the telecom sector, and obstructive telecom policies have notably hindered the growth of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the country. Despite low access, the government maintains a strict system of controls [...]

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Police Abuse Journalists, Opponents to Extract Confessions – Human Rights Watch

Ethiopia: Political Detainees Tortured Police Abuse Journalists, Opponents to Extract Confessions “They Want a Confession” Torture and Ill-Treatment in Ethiopia’s Maekelawi Police Station – Full report in English – Summary and recommendations in Amharic – Press release in Afan Oromo (Nairobi) – Ethiopian authorities have subjected political detainees to torture and other ill-treatment at the [...]

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Amnesty International: Ethiopian repression of Muslim protests must stop

“We are extremely concerned at reports coming out of Ethiopia this morning of further widespread arrests of Muslim protesters. The Ethiopian government’s ongoing repressive crackdown on freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest has to end now.” Claire Beston, Amnesty International’s Ethiopia researcher. The Ethiopian government must end its use of repressive tactics [...]

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EU delegation: Ethiopia should release jailed journalists and activists

By Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A European Union parliament delegation on Wednesday called on Ethiopia’s government to release jailed journalists and activists, but in a sign the call may not be heeded the delegation was denied from visiting a prison it had been approved to see. The head of the delegation, Barbara Lochbihler, [...]

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