THE British government told Ethiopia on Thursday its treatment of an imprisoned opposition figure, who is also a British national, was unacceptable and that the case risked hurting ties between the two countries.
Andargachew Tsige was sentenced to death in 2009 in absentia over his involvement with an opposition political group and another trial handed him life behind bars three years later. He was arrested in Yemen in 2014 and extradited to Ethiopia. Continue reading UK Warns Ties with Ethiopia at Risk→
THE United Nations says unidentified gunmen have attacked a group of Eritrean asylum seekers in the eastern part of Sudan, kidnapping 14 of them.
On Thursday, the spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Nicolas Brass, said based on the information provided by Sudanese authorities, a lorry of the Sudanese Commission of Refugees, which was taking 49 people to the Shagarab refugee camp, was targeted by the gunmen who were on a pickup truck. Continue reading Gunmen Kidnapped 14 Eritrean Asylum Seekers in Sudan→
THE Kenya-Ogaden Community is taking all possible precautions as Ethiopia prepares for the May 15 national election.
Head of the Ogaden Refugee Council, Eng. Ahmed Sadik, has urged Kenyan authorities to exercise extreme vigilance during upcoming Ethiopian elections as there are fears that cross-border persecutions of Ogaden refugees will increase as was seen in the run-up to the 2010 Ethiopian elections.
Mr Sadik called on the government of Kenya to be aware of Ethiopian assailants and those conspiring with them to ensure that they would not harm anyone on Kenyan territory.
THE Chargé d’Affaires at the Ethiopian Embassy in the UK, Mr Demeke Atnafu, was summoned to the Foreign Office this afternoon to meet the UK’s Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds MP.
Mr Simmonds expressed deep concern that the Ethiopian authorities had not allowed consular access to Mr Andargachew Tsege, a British national who has now been detained in Ethiopia for six weeks after being removed from Yemen.
SECRETARY general of the outlawed Ethiopian opposition group Ginbot 7, Andargachew Tsige, was detained in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on June 24; and if we have to believe the official version, he was extradited to the security officials in Addis the same day.
Yemen, which never misses the top ten spot on the annual failed states index, seemed unable to contain the pressure of holding an opposition leader of a foreign country. They quickly dumped him over to his nemesis who already handed him a couple of death sentences. Worrying about international conventions and treaties is a luxury the Arabian Peninsula nation can hardly afford. Continue reading Woyane Television’s Latest Guest – Andargachew Tsige→