Call for Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Ethiopia

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If the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is truly concerned about the Situation of Human Rights in Ethiopia, it should address the urgent call for an independent investigation of all the crimes committed by the regime against its own people.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

As an Eritrean American who has closely followed developments in the Horn region and knows a little bit about the political machinations involved, I was sorry to see Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights succumbing to US pressure by singling out Eritrea for rebuke when she knows full well that there is no verifiable evidence against the State of Eritrea except the words of a few self serving individuals who find it to be a lucrative business to engage in the human rights network.

These individuals and groups assembled by the US and Ethiopia do not represent the people of Eritrea. These miscreants neither have the moral or legal authority to represent Eritreans in Eritrea or in the Diaspora, where their record of betrayal and crimes is well known. Continue reading Call for Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Ethiopia

The ‘Ethiopia Rising’ Narrative and the Oromo Protests

Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 Oromo protesters and arrested tens of thousands more with blatant disregard for human life. The government and its Western partners are thinking that the outcry will die away, that the outrage will pass. The Ethiopian people in general and the People of Oromia in particular should lose no opportunity to prove them wrong.

By Awol K Allo | for Al Jazeera,

So much for the “Ethiopia rising” meme which Ethiopian authorities ostentatiously promote to camouflage the repressive nature of the state. A new report published by Human Rights Watch on the Oromo protests depicts a disturbing picture of a government that thrives on systematic repression and official violence.

The report, which puts the death toll from the seven-month-long protest at more than 400, exposes the “Ethiopia rising” narrative for what it is: a political Ponzi scheme.

Underneath the selective highlighting of Ethiopia’s story of renaissance and transformation lies a Janus-faced reality in which the triumph of some has meant the utter submission of others. Continue reading The ‘Ethiopia Rising’ Narrative and the Oromo Protests

Ethiopia: TPLF Use of “Anti-Terrorism Law” to Terrorize Citizens

In the police state Ethiopia, standing up for democracy and human rights is terrorism. Defending the rule of law is terrorism. Peaceful resistance of state terrorism is terrorism.

By Prof. Al Mariam,

This is exactly what apartheid white minority use of “anti-terrorism law” to terrorize black South Africans. The first indisputable fact is the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is itself a certified terrorist organization officially listed in the Global Terrorism Database.

So there is no question whatsoever that the TPLF is a terrorist organization clinging to power in Ethiopia!

How can a certified terrorist organization use “anti-terrorism law” to go after others it calls “terrorists”? (That is the million dollar question!)

The whole “terrorism” thing was a god-send for TPLF thugmaster Meles Zenawi in the mid-2000s. “Terrorism” in the Horn of Africa was both Meles’ get-out-of-jail-card for his crimes against humanity and a welfare card to get maximum handouts from the United States. Continue reading Ethiopia: TPLF Use of “Anti-Terrorism Law” to Terrorize Citizens

Does Dr. Tedros Adhanom have the Requisite Qualifications to Become Next WHO DG?

Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s nomination as the sole candidate representing Africa for the post of Director General of the World Health Organization is an insult to we Africans. By reading his candidature in the context of the political, social and economic policies of the government that he represents, we argue, he does not meet the exceedingly high standards required for a Director General of the WHO.

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin,

Eight medical doctors have served the World Health Organization (WHO) as its directors-general, through it the international community, in the post-war world from 1948 to the present, beginning with Dr. B.Chisholm of Canada, and now the incumbent another Canadian Dr. Margaret Chan, with dual citizenship (Chinese, Hong Kong).

The only exception in the making now for her successor is a non-medical doctor candidate from Ethiopia, its present foreign minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who also happens to be in top leadership position as an executive committee member of the ruling Tigrai People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Continue reading Does Dr. Tedros Adhanom have the Requisite Qualifications to Become Next WHO DG?