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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 [...]

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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Amnesty International 2013 Report: Ethiopia

Source: Amnesty International 2013 Report: Ethiopia Background Freedom of expression Human rights defenders Torture and other ill-treatment Arbitrary arrests and detentions Excessive use of force Conflict in the Somali region Forced evictions The state stifled freedom of expression, severely restricting the activities of the independent media, political opposition parties and human rights organizations. Dissent was [...]

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US Department of State Report 2012 on Human Rights in Ethiopia

Ethiopia: United States Department of State Report on Human Rights Practices for 2012 US State Department report on Ethiopia’s human rights record – (PDF) Ethiopia is a federal republic. On August 20, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) elected then deputy prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn to take Meles’s [...]

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Ethiopia: Muslim Protesters Face Unfair Trial

Human Rights Watch April 2, 2013 (Nairobi) – The prosecution of 29 Muslim protest leaders and others charged under Ethiopia’s deeply flawed anti-terrorism law raises serious fair trial concerns. The trial is scheduled to resume in Addis Ababa on April 2, 2013, after a 40-day postponement. The case has already had major due process problems. [...]

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