A Matter of Time Before Another Protest Flares up in Ethiopia: HRW

Government should use reform, not force, to avoid more protests.

Without meaningful reforms, it is just a matter of time before people start protest again.
The state of emergency gave the government a window to address citizens’ grievances without the shadow of imminent protests. But the government missed that opportunity. Without those meaningful reforms, it is just a matter of time before people start protesting again.

BY ESAT NEWS

The Human Rights Watch said on Monday that based on interviews conducted with protesters, including those who were detained during the state of emergency, it was just a matter of time before they took their grievances to the streets again.

“Many protesters, including those who were held in Ethiopia’s “rehabilitation camps” during the state of emergency, have told me that without such efforts and meaningful reform, it is just a matter of time before they start protesting again,” writes Felix Horne, HRW’s senior researcher for the Horn of Africa.

Felix says while the lifting of the state of emergency welcome news, “thousands remain in detention without charge, none of the protesters’ underlying grievances have been addressed, and politically motivated trials of key opposition leaders, artists, journalists, and others continue.”

He said fundamental demands of the people have deliberately been ignored by the regime and no credible investigations have been done to look into the brutal actions of security forces against anti-government protesters.

“The government has largely redefined protester grievances in its own terms, ignoring more fundamental demands to open up political space, allow dissent, and tolerate different perspectives that are critical in such a large and ethnically diverse country. It has also failed to conduct even a remotely credible investigation into security force abuses since the protests began.”



The regime, according to Felix, chose to use brutal force instead of seizing the state of emergency as an opportunity to address grievances by the people.

“Even though it was abusive and overly broad, Ethiopia’s state of emergency gave the government a window to address citizens’ grievances without the shadow of imminent protests. But the government missed that opportunity. Suppressing grievances through brutal force is more likely to provoke instability than to ensure Ethiopia’s long-term stability.”


State of Emergency Ends in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Members of Parliament
Ethiopian Members of Parliament raise their hands in favour of lifting the state of emergency on August 4, 2017. (© Reuters)

BY FELIX HORNE | HRW

Ethiopia’s parliament has just lifted the country’s 10-month-long state of emergency. The government’s emergency powers brought mass detentions, politically motivated criminal charges, and numerous restrictions on people’s movement and communication. While the end is welcome news, thousands remain in detention without charge, none of the protesters’ underlying grievances have been addressed, and politically motivated trials of key opposition leaders, artists, journalists, and others continue.



In October 2016, at the beginning of the state of emergency, the government promised “deep reform” in response to the year-long protests that left over 1000 people dead. The reforms included tackling corruption, cabinet reshuffles, and a dialogue with what was left of opposition political parties. The government also pledged youth job creation and good governance. But these are not the fundamental issues that protesters raised during the hundreds of rallies between November 2015 and October 2016. The government has largely redefined protester grievances in its own terms, ignoring more fundamental demands to open up political space, allow dissent, and tolerate different perspectives that are critical in such a large and ethnically diverse country. It has also failed to conduct even a remotely credible investigation into security force abuses since the protests began.



Impunity for security forces remains a major concern. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission’s two investigations into the protests and a recent speech by their chair – which both echoed the government’s misleading allegations of the extent of violence by protesters and its inaccurate portrayal of protester grievances – underscore longstanding concerns over the commission’s independence. Accountability matters – not only for corruption, but for security force abuses. Ethiopia’s repeated unwillingness to meaningfully investigate and hold its security forces to account is why Human Rights Watch and others have long argued that an international investigation is crucial.

Even though it was abusive and overly broad, Ethiopia’s state of emergency gave the government a window to address citizens’ grievances without the shadow of imminent protests. But the government missed that opportunity. Suppressing grievances through brutal force is more likely to provoke instability than to ensure Ethiopia’s long-term stability.

The government should release those arbitrarily detained or subject to politically motivated charges, including opposition politicians like Dr. Merera Gudina, Oromo Federalist Congress chairman. Many protesters, including those who were held in Ethiopia’s “rehabilitation camps” during the state of emergency, have told me that without such efforts and meaningful reform, it is just a matter of time before they start protesting again.

49 thoughts on “A Matter of Time Before Another Protest Flares up in Ethiopia: HRW

  1. Ethiopia: Dozens Arrested After City Bomb Blast

    Bahir Dar city police say dozens of people are being held after a bomb exploded there yesterday, according to Addis Standard. No casualties were reported.

    The city’s police chief, Commander Walelegn Dagnew, blamed both the explosion, and the subsequent closing of businesses, on “anti-peace elements”.

    Other sources say business and transport facilities are staging a stay-away today, and had done the same yesterday, to commemorate 2016’s Amhara and Oromia protests which saw several people killed.

      1. may weyane? they are able to do, remember in some moment they try to do a sort of false flag in AU head quarter, they been so naive being unmasked

  2. What a joke!!! everything they do is fake and a joke. Now they are telling the world the state of emergency has lifted but the truth the post command stays with its full staff and authority. The reason for the announcement is to fool the westerners and the donors. Of course, since the state of emergency Ethiopia’s income of hard currency dried up dead from truism, so in a way they are telling to the visitors come and spend your money it is safe. One interesting thing is clear though TPLF is badly divided. one group is attacking the other over corruption charges. I think this could be the end of the thugs. once they to crack among each other, good bye power and back to mekele.

  3. Number of people requiring relief food shot to 8.5 million

    ESAT News (August 8, 2017) – Aid agencies and the Ethiopian regime say at least 8.5 million people will require relief food assistance in the second half of 2017, up from 5.6 million in January.

    The new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the revised net requirements to address identified food and non-food needs for the remainder of the year is US$487.7 million.

    “At least 8.5 million people will require relief food assistance in the second half of 2017; some 3.6 million moderately malnourished children and pregnant and lactating mothers will require supplementary feeding; some 10.5 million people will require support for regular access to safe drinking water and some 2.2 million households will require livestock support,” according to the mid-year review document released by the government on Monday.

    Humanitarian partners also estimate that 375,000 children will become severely acutely malnourished until the end of 2017.

    The United States last week announced an additional $137 million funding for the 2017 humanitarian requirement in Ethiopia.

      1. After a few weeks, we will see the number double to 15 million or so starving Ethiopians, which is probably the right figure. We’re dealing here with is a combination of TPLF lies, NGO inhumane tactics and UN accounting gimmicks.

  4. ESAT: በኤርትራ የሚገኘውና የህወሀትን መንግስት በሃይል ለማስወገድ የሚንቀሳቀሰው የአማራ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ሃይል ንቅናቄ( አዴሃን) ዓለም ዓቀፍ ኮሚቴ መስርቷል።

    1. “እርግጥ ሱቅ በመዘጋቱ መፍትሔ እንደማይገኝ ሁሉም ሰው አምኖበታል። ግን መንግሥትን ሕዝቡ የጠላ መሆኑን ይወቀው በሚል ብቻ ነው።” የወልዲያ ነጋዴ

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  5. Here is one person, who is commenting something for every article then he replays his own comment by changing his nick name (alias)!! He has many nick name so far those are his nick names, Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / Guest/dan/ Hero from Amhara . He is a TPLF agent with IQ 60!!! He is in TN website 24/7 more than the admin does. I ‘m very surprised, he didn’t comment today for this article yet. He did comment for all of article except for this one. I guess he couldn’t find anything from the google yet. Sentiko I’m waiting!!!

    1. I hope TN considers banning this low IQ dirt-bag. He is always diverting every discussion in to a different topic. Those low IQ discussions are the reason why some TN members no more contribute comments, if they have not even left the site completely. Totally sad to see TN populated with ugumesh idiots.

      1. I second you even if the low life zombies entertain us too much with their idiocy is not worth the filthy Ballances, Atakliti tigray, the disturbed Abels et at, these half cracked are here to diverge and dilute a sober discourse among deKi Ere.

      2. Dear people, putting on different cosmetics, changing colors like a chameleon, having two tangues like a snake, running there and here like wild animal in a cage etc. etc. is the typical character of Woyanites. Recently, they are losing trait and they don’t know what to do to say, they are standing on the ticking bomb which if explode will hurl them into the sinkhole.

        It is a proof, that Eritreans are patient, tolerant, and more democratic people than the aggressive, killers, looters and liars Woyanites, when you have patiently allowed such clueless person to regurgitate lies on your website.

        1. Bro
          Yes you are right the MLLT zombies are loosing patience and becoming more aggressive. The customary among those nasty groupies is denial lie and envy the prime traits. Look this moronic ” ballance” he writes crap speaks crap and I think he breathes crap too. Ayte double digit.

          He is grandiose lair, he is hiding and we are waiting for he will come up with the Video about the ” defected ” Eritrean pilots, we know exists only in the mind of the MLLT juntas.

      3. Look a your own comments, go also under the Beles article and see how you jumped from fruit to woyani. Notice how 75% of your content is about Ethiopia. And yet, you insult the only site giving you the platform to spew your hatred on Ethiopians. This site gives voice to the Jawar/Tamagne people, anti Ethiopia to the fullest but God forbids if we defend, educate the confused supporters on the reality in ground or allow facts to get into the diaspora born again Eritreans, the real problem has always been your wicked leader not TPLF. It’s sad when TPLF is used to justify every evil work of Wedi Afom. Why can’t evangelicals worship in Asmera, it’s TPLF. Why can’t you sit down and talk to Djibouti, it’s us. Why no budge or constitutional rights, its woyane. For how long can that kind of scheme go unchecked? Not that I’m a defender of TN but now you also have a problem with the site? Spoiled ungrateful desperate shabo. Grow the hell up. Ethiopians will always defend our turfs, North or South, East or West.

        1. I don’t where they said the have a problem with the site and Eritrean don’t hate Ethiopians inspite of the occupation, war. We don’t like the TPLF and its agents for obvious reasons.

          As a website we like TN and we and TN is not not anti Ethiopians otherwise this article woudl not have been posted here. TN, correct me if I am wrong. It is best to give comments like B.adal showing the ID clearly.

          1. Until the TPLF dominated minority regime in Ethiopia vacates from all sovereign Eritrean territories, TN will remain against TPLF [… and not necessarily against Ethiopia at large, including our Tigrayan cousins. Not at all.].

          2. Absolutely!! Any means necessary to bring down MLLT. Most Eritreans including myself, we have shelved our differences until TPLF is gone and dead for good and our land is returned..

        2. Jawar speaks behalf of oromo, Tamagne speaks for amhara, and you speak for filthy weyane. What the hell is your problem with that?
          Convince us if there is no link between beles and you.
          A few blames:
          Who betrayed Eritreans?
          Filthy weyane
          Who dug out our beloved martyrs grave yard?
          Filthy weyane
          Who kicked out Eritreans?
          Filthy weyane
          Who occupied our land?
          Filthy weyane
          Who makes lie everyday about Eritrea?
          Filthy weyane
          And so on and on and on……

          1. Mengis
            To just add one or two points they have desecrated the grave of our martyrs, raped Eritrean women both children an the elderly. That is unforgivable the case is closed for generations. They have crossed the red line with purpose long time ago.

        3. You can even say 200% of the comments? Why do you sound surprised by that shameless Weyane? Do you deliberately play stupid or you have genuinely forgotten you actions? Have you forgotten you are occupying our land? Have you forgotten you are trying to change regime in Eritrea? Have you forgotten you are evil to the core? you really are unique breed!!

        4. Ayte “Ballance”, Sentiko, Hero from Amhara, etc. etc.
          When I login to TN site, I do so with the intention to learn from my fellow Eritreans. I used to learn a lot until you and your kind poisoned this wonderful site with IQ63 comments. Woyane taught Eritreans hate by deporting over 80,000 Eritreans and Ethiopians of Eritrean origin. Now people like yourself who are puppets of Woyane are teaching us to hate Woyane even more.
          I do not hate Ethiopians at all, in fact besides my many Ethiopians friends, my first and second roommates in college were both Ethiopians. We had opposite opinions in regards to Eritrean independence, however our discussions were never at the 63 level of your kind. I have spent plenty of time helping young freshman Ethiopians who were new to the school. By the way, this kind of behavior is very common among Eritreans, as we are able to differentiate between Ethiopian soldiers who were forced to kill Eritreans with the average Ethiopian civilians who have no say in what Mengistu or Meles did against Eritreans. Woyane have taught East Africans not to trust you even with our poor donkeys.

          1. You have an IQ higher than Africans especially Ethiopians right and i suggest you know every ending has its own beginning. Then, tell me why your government try to in force there will by force when it comes to Bademe and when our government pleads and begging you for almost a year trying to resolve the issue peacefully through direct contact and 3rd parties. And what was your government and joker Isayas responded with something like “the sun will not rise again if we vacate Bademe!!” and some other bolstering knowing wrongly Ethiopians will not fight him collectively.
            በሰፈሩት ቁና መሰፈር አይቀርም now you get the result and all the stuff you talk about get it Mr. Higher IQ.

          2. Hi
            You must have been i an oblivion the last two decades or else you have difficulty to cope with events. The case of Badme is legally closed no ifs and buts. The verdict is given long time ago but your criminal cousins with the help of their master refused to abide by the rule. We don´t have hurry to spill even a drop of blood of our children to retake what is legitimately ours, but don´t forget Eritrea will deal with it whenever it suits it since the verdict is served we do have the international law on our side if you believe in it. You better sell the little crap to your cousins who run multiple tigrians hate sites.

          3. Yes, the verdict is given no one dening that but do you really think we give Badme back to the government that recklessly start a war and forced us to waste our bright youngsters and little capital resource we had back then.
            We must give your government some lesson don’t you think?????
            Sorry but, Until you get responsible and mature government we will take care Badme for you.

          4. We Eritreans are certain that once the real Ethiopians (oromo or amhara) come to power, peace will prevail and our land would be unoccupied

          5. Ayte Ugumish
            You are not invited to give back or not we will deal with it, in the mean time Yideaka and try to beg for your dying cousins in the land of beggars .

          6. Hahhahahhaha Ayte koshekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!Hello Miss Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance Balance/My thinking የገንዘብ ድህነትን በማግኘት ይላቀቁታል፤ የአስተሳሰብን ድህነት ግን በምን ይገላገሉታል? ችግር ነው፡፡

            go feed those kids first

            https://youtu.be/9IKqAtJiZUY

          7. Are you kidding me?? Are you expecting any answer from sentiko ?? Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / He is a TPLF Agent with IQ 60!!! He is pathological liar. He lives in a fantasy world where everything said felt false or exaggerated.

          8. Ethio,
            I hate to admit it to you in public … Yes I have a much higher IQ than you and all your Ugumesh cousins combined.

            The only time we can communicate is when you Beg and we say YirdeAkum.

          9. This response I expect from people that measured their IQ by themselves and boosting it up to the world without shame. That is really sad.????

          10. Who do you want to measure it? …. Your masters?
            Do you know what your score will be when your masters (the white man) measures your IQ?
            …. Sadly 63 !!!, ….. That’s how the whole IQ63 issue started. (LOL)

            Regarding shame …
            Shame is only when you beg for expired food stamp.
            Did you have something to eat tonight? Glad Koshe is 24 hours open.

          11. Bro
            This is a new ( recycled from those filthy sentikos, Atakilit Abel etc ) ugumish in town be ware he is growing by double digit like his criminal cohorts.
            Their accumulated IQ can´t exceed the average of ugumish in this very theorem then, the sum will be as high as the average that is 63.

          12. Hello alem , Ethio/sentiko is the same guy one person !!! i know him personally too but i let him expires his feeling but one person with different(alias) nick name sentiko=(Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / Guest/dan/ Hero from Amhara ). Let him dream his day dream !!

          13. ” you have an IQ higher than Africans ”
            Aren’t you a pathological lier? You must belong to the filthy weyane group

          14. Ayte kosheeeeeeeee!!!Hello Miss Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance Balance/My thinking / you back again? It is not about PIA it is about Eritrea!!!! Don’t forget when you open your mouth I can see your small brain!!! What is your and TPLF agenda? Yours and TPLF agenda to divide Eritrean people, ?Is that your politics agenda? Hahhahhahhaha we passed that 1900’s ( we know what it mean divide and conquer Ayte koshashaw maybe for TPLF is new agenda. For Eritreans is very old trick!!

        5. You clearly try to make this site against ethiopia

          No you are wrong we dont blame ethiopians at all we blame and dislike

          The chefraa woyane for their occupation

          The rest or the majority of ethiopia are just normal peoples that were decieved /fooled to believe the TPLF in 1998

          & why do you say
          we Ethiopians will defend our turf north east west south??

          First of all you TPLF care about your chefraa leadership & maybe about tinish tigray.

          2nd dont call yourself ethiopians we all know that the 6% of tigrayans bever care about ethiopia they only care about tigray this isnt a surprise.

          3rd “Defend our turf”
          From what?
          Eritrea invasion??

          If we wanted or want to invade ethiopia we could & we will unlike you ethios/Agames we dont boast and promise of doing something in 3 days but then sign a peace deal

          We fulfill our promises
          Like in 1991 when we entered your beloved addis

          But We eritreans never think of invading anyone we just protect ourselves
          But you are the invaders and are still occupying

          So stop your so called ethiopians defend our trufs bullshitt we know when it comes to war your army is the most unintelligent ,weakest,coward, demoralized, unorganized army in the horn of africa
          so plz stop boasting

        6. ለዚህም ነው የምቀኝነትና መሰል የክፋት መድብሎች ዋሻ ሆነህ የቀረክው፡፡ “

        7. Why 15 million real Ethiopian starving???Hello Miss Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / dan / A Hero from Amhara (TPLF Agent !!! ) I don’t know what kind of nick name you’ll get tomorrow .Anyways!!! Why are you here???????????/ The funny thing you responding on your comment .Do you really think you going to hoax Eritreans, stupid dam!!! This is for you! “የብዙዎቹ ምናልባትም የሁሉም በሽታዎቻችን መሠረቱ ድህነትና ማጣት ናቸው፡፡ የገንዘብ ድህነትን በማግኘት ይላቀቁታል፤ የአስተሳሰብን ድህነት ግን በምን ይገላገሉታል? ችግር ነው፡፡ First of all don’t google to much get fact ok!!! Before answer this question go and feed those kids dam ( dan)……………………. 11% development grow 15 millions people starving that is call it GDP????
          Don’t for get !!! I’m After you !!!

          https://youtu.be/9IKqAtJiZUY

        8. Ayte kosheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee koshashaw !!!Why 15 million real Ethiopian starving???Hello Miss Sentiko/sheger addis/ Ethio/Balance/My thinking / dan / A Hero from Amhara (TPLF Agent !!! ) I don’t know what kind of nick name you’ll get tomorrow .Anyways!!! Why are you here???????????/ The funny thing you responding on your comment .Do you really think you going to hoax Eritreans, stupid dam!!! This is for you! “የብዙዎቹ ምናልባትም የሁሉም በሽታዎቻችን መሠረቱ ድህነትና ማጣት ናቸው፡፡ የገንዘብ ድህነትን በማግኘት ይላቀቁታል፤ የአስተሳሰብን ድህነት ግን በምን ይገላገሉታል? ችግር ነው፡፡ First of all don’t google to much get fact ok!!! Before answer this question go and feed those kids dam ( dan)……………………. 11% development grow and 15 million people starving that is call it TPLF ?Ethiopia GDP????
          Don’t for get !!! I’m After you !!!

          https://youtu.be/9IKqAtJiZUY

  6. We don’t expect anything good comes out from HRW as they always negatively campaigning and demonizing any proud Black nation and sadly when it comes to developing countries there HR assessment mostly comes from exaggerated and falsified testimonies of selfish, traitors of some Diasporas.
    So, Don’t bother HRW b/c we know u more than u know your self.

    1. Drop that race card, too late to come up with such lame excuse.there is just too much crimes need unearth; let alone what is been documented .Again it has never been white man’s business.never, yes if anything it took “the white man ” too long to dump this stupidest elite ever. to have not forseen this coming is pure lie, you dragged every one into this mess, you drag no one but yourselves from now onwards,

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