30 Organizations urge action to end violence and famine in Tigray, Ethiopia

(Source:Refugees International) –  JOINT OPEN LETTER TO UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVES OF SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBER STATES  30 ORGANIZATIONS URGE ACTION TO END VIOLENCE AND FAMINE IN TIGRAY, ETHIOPIA September 21, 2021   Your Excellencies: We, the undersigned organizations, write to urge you to demand publicly that the parties to the conflict in northern […]

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EIEP: Lust for power trumped reformist zeal in Ethiopia’s election

 (Source: Ethiopia Insight, 21 September, 2021) – The Ethiopia Insight Election Project showed that in spite of claims of a free and fair election, politics as usual continued in much of the country. Ethiopia Insight dispatched reporters across the country to cover election campaigns beginning in February this year. They shined light on electoral issues […]

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Ethiopia and Eritrea use Orthodox mystical beliefs to create fear and justify genocide

(Source: Ethiopian Euro Surgery Blog, by Professor Tony Magaña) – Religious leaders, Esaias, and Abiy Ahmed together created a cruel plan for genocide incorporating common Ethiopian Orthodox Church folklore and belief of the Tigray people. The human atrocities committed by Eritreans and Ethiopians on the people of Tigray were part of a deeper psychological warfare […]

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Sudan state media report ‘failed’ coup attempt

(Source: Aljazeera) –  An attempted coup in Sudan “failed” early on Tuesday, state media reported, calling on people to repulse it. Sudanese protesters gather outside the main entrance to the southern port in Port Sudan  [File: Ibrahim Ishaq/AFP] Sudanese authorities reported a coup attempt on Tuesday by a group of soldiers but said the attempt […]

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‘I just cry’: Dying of hunger in Ethiopia’s blockaded Tigray

(Source: AP, By CARA ANNA, NAIROBI, Kenya) –     In parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, people now eat only green leaves for days. At a health center last week, a mother and her newborn weighing just 1.7 pounds died from hunger. In every district of the more than 20 where one aid group works, […]

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USA imposes arms embargo on Ethiopia and Eritrea in relation to the crisis in Tigray

(Source: The Globe News Net) – US Department of State Political-Military Affairs, Directorate of Defence Trade controls(DDTC) announced today that it is codifying a new policy on Ethiopia and Eritrea which included “policy of denial for exports of defense articles and defense services” on Ethiopia and Eritrea. USA Department of State Political and Military Affairs […]

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US blasts ‘dangerous’ rhetoric by ally of Ethiopia PM

(Source: Mail Online, By Afp) –    The United States on Monday condemned a recent speech by a prominent ally of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed which compared Tigrayan rebels to the devil and said they should be “the last of their kind”. “Hateful rhetoric like this is dangerous and unacceptable,” a State Department spokesperson […]

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Ethiopia: the ‘hate speech’ underlying Prime Minister Abiy’s ideology

(Source: Martinplaut.com, by Martin Plaut, 20 Septemebr 2021) – Some aspects of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s vision for his country are well known: as others have pointed out, he is a populist, who has little time for carefully worked out ideologies. Alex de Waal, comparing Abiy’s book Medemer with the approach followed by the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation […]

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US authorizes sanctions in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict – OpEd

(Source: Eurasia Reveiw, By Laetitia Bader*, Director, Horn of Africa for HRW) –   United States President Joe Biden signed an executive order that allows the US government to impose sanctions against those responsible for a range of serious human rights abuses in northern Ethiopia. The order establishes a sanctions regime that allows the US government to […]

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Request to Rescind the German Africa Award 2021 to be handed to Commissioner Daniel Bekele

H.E. Dr. Uschi Eid President of the German Africa Foundation Berlin, Germany Excellency 1. The Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS), a non-partisan and autonomous global network representing more than 3200 Tigrayan scholars and professionals all over the world, is dismayed by the news that the German Africa Foundation has decided to present […]

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Evidences and Analysis on the Biased Reporting and Lack of [Independence, Integrity, Impartiality, Credibility, Objectivity, Factual Consistency, and Professional Competence] of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and its Chief Commissioner

First Edition: 6th of April 2021 Second Edition: 19th of September 2021 Executive Summary This report documents and examines the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) role in the war in Tigray. Through its investigation of public sources (e.g., videos, reports, etc.), this document showcases that the EHRC lacks the impartiality and independence needed to lead […]

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Ethiopia: Fact-checking misleading images about hunger in Amhara

(Source: BBC Reality Check, By Peter Mwai) –  GETTY IMAGES: Thousands of civilians displaced by fighting in Amhara are relying on humanitarian aid The spread of conflict from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region into neighbouring Amhara has displaced many thousands of people, leaving many desperately short of food. Social media images have been widely shared showing malnourished […]

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Involving a government appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission in the investigations in Tigray destined to be a giant miscarriage of justice

(Source: The Globe News Net , By Dr. G. A. Z) –  On March 17, devastating news came out showing that the United Nations human rights chief. Mrs. Michelle Bachelet agreed to a sinister equest from the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) “to work together”. Tigrayans from all walks of life strongly rejected the […]

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FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Actions in Response to Ongoing Crisis in Northern Ethiopia

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021   STATEMENTS AND RELEASES “My Administration will continue to press for a negotiated ceasefire, an end to abuses of innocent civilians, and humanitarian access to those in need.”  – President Biden Today, President Biden is taking further steps to respond to the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia.  This conflict has sparked one […]

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Biden signs executive order authorizing new Ethiopia sanctions amid reports of atrocities

(Source: CNN, By Jennifer Hansler, Betsy Klein and Nima Elbagir, Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT) September 17, 2021) –  (CNN) President Joe Biden signed a new executive order Friday authorizing broad sanctions against those involved in perpetrating the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia as reports of atrocities continue to emerge from the Tigray region. The administration […]

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The world watches as Abiy loses it – and risks losing Ethiopia, too.

(Source: Responsible Statecraft, By Alex de Waal) –  He’s been called delusional, pledging to rid his country of the Tigrayan ‘cancer.’ So far, Biden is holding back on any intercession. Out of the headlines, the civil war in Ethiopia rages on. Thousands are dying in bloody battles between Tigrayan resistance fighters and the ill-trained recruits […]

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Tigray: Atlas of the humanitarian situation

September 2021 Project: War and humanitarian crisis in Tigray and Ethiopia Authors: Sofie Annys Ghent University Tim VandenBempt   Emnet Negash Ghent University Lars De Sloover Ghent University Robin Ghekiere Ghent University Kiara Haegeman Ghent University Daan Temmerman   Jan Nyssen Ghent University Preprints and early-stage research may not have been peer reviewed yet.   […]

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Starving Tigray

(Source:World Peace Foundation) –  How Armed Conflict and Mass Atrocities Have Destroyed an Ethiopian Region’s Economy and Food System and Are Threatening Famine Foreword by Helen Clark Access the full report Executive Summary The people of Tigray, Ethiopia, are suffering a humanitarian crisis that is entirely man-made. This special report from the World Peace Foundation […]

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Ethiopian Governement misleading accusation against U.N. in Tigray

(Source: Polygraph, By Nisan Ahmado, September 14, 202) –  Ethiopian Foreign Ministry “Some TPLF soldiers infiltrating from the Sudanese side have already been captured carrying UNHCR ID cards.” Source: Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, September 06, 2021   On September 6, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s northeastern Tigray region, where […]

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Ethiopia: Abiy’s Prosperity Party used repressive tactics during polls

(Source: Ethiopia Insight) –    Progressive legal reforms aside, the incumbent employed familiar tactics to influence the media and obstruct its opponents. On 23 May, a mid-level opposition politician from the Benishangul-Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM) found himself at Bole International Airport. After three months of exile in Addis Abeba, he was returning to his […]

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Protest against abuses in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

(Source: Africanews with AP   Around 300 protesters gathered in Geneva in front of the United Nations headquarters on Monday to call for an independent investigation into alleged human rights violations in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict. The protest came as the UN human rights chief said a highly awaited joint investigation was unable to deploy to […]

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Opposition to the Decision of Human Rights Council to Receive the Report on the Joint Investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

H.E. Ambassador Nazhat S Khan President of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council Geneva Excellencies, 1. The Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS), a non-partisan and autonomous global knowledge network representing over 3200 Tigrayan scholars and professionals all over the world, strongly denounces the plan of the UN Office of the High […]

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Statement by Chief Commissioner, Daniel Bekele – 48th session of the Human Rights Council

September 13, 2021EHRC Quote “The joint investigation by EHRC & UN Human Rights Office into alleged violations committed by all parties to the conflict in Tigray has concluded its field work & the team is currently analysing the full range of information collected.”   Excellency President of the Human Rights Council  Distinguished members of the […]

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UN: Probe in Ethiopia’s Tigray didn’t reach Axum massacre

(Source: The Independent, By AP) –  The United Nations human rights chief says a highly awaited joint investigation into abuses in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict was unable to deploy to the site of one of its deadliest attacks, the alleged massacre of several hundred people in the holy city of Axum Via AP news wire   […]

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Tigray Digest N° 32: Schools, farming and humanitarian situation in Tigray

(By Professor Jan Nyssen, 
Physical Geography
 Department of Geography, 
Ghent University,
 Belgium
) – This newsletter comes with a little bit of positive news: primary and secondary schools will reopen soon in Tigray (section 1). From our side, we published a new edition of the Tigray Atlas (section 2) and analysed the status of cropping in […]

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Leaked report accuses Canada of covering for mining companies in war-torn Ethiopia

(Source: Breach Media) –  Canada has refused to condemn war crimes in Tigray, where its “feminist” assistance has created opportunities for Canadian mining companies by Fitsum Areguy Investigations |Aug 13 2021   A Canadian government program claiming to introduce feminist principles to Ethiopia’s mining sector has created opportunities for several Canadian mining companies in the […]

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The Role of Ethiopian Airlines in the War on the Tigray Region of Ethiopia

International Air Transport Agency (IATA) Montreal, Canada International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Montreal, Canada Re: The Role of Ethiopian Airlines in the War on the Tigray Region of Ethiopia Your Excellencies, We, the Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS), are writing to alert international civil aviation regulators, banking and insurance companies that do […]

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Science or Fiction! – a response to Professor Mesay Kebede and Atse Menelik Admirers

(By Yared Huluf) –  There is no a thin Or a thick water.  There is only one – water. Water remains water,  Unless faced with exerted pressure  By an external force of power;  It has no means to thwart,  In defence of its stature. There is either water  Or there is no water  And there […]

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(ምንጭ: ኢትዮ ሪደርስ) –  ብርሃን፡ይኹን ዐጤ፡ምኒልክና፡ኢትዮጵያ። ተጻፈ ከነጋድራስ፡ገብረሕይወት፡ባይከዳኝ። ፲፱፻፲፪፡ዓ.ም ዐጤ፡ምኒልክና፡ኢትዮጵያ። ነጋድራስ፡ገብረሕይወት፡ባይከዳኝ። ይድረስ፡ካቶ፡ጳውሎስ፡መናመኖ፣. ወዳጄ፡ሆይ፦  እንሆ፡ከእግዚአብሔር፡በታች፥ባንተ፡ደግነት፥ከሞት፡ዳንኹኝ። በብርቱ፡ታምሜ፥ተስፋ፡ቈርጬ፥በምጥዋ፡በኦስፔዳለ፡ወድቄ፥በገንዘብኽ፡አገዝኸኝ። ለቸሩ፡ደጃዝማች፡ገብረሥላሴ፡በመንገርኽ ም፡የበለጠ፡የደግነት፡ሥራ፡አደረግኽልኝ። እንሆም፡ላገራችን፡ ጥቅም፡ይኾናል፡ስል፥ይህንን፡ትንሽ፡ቃል፡ለመጻፍ፡በቃኹ። የተመሰገነልኝም፡እንደኾነ፡ምስጋናው፡ላንተ፡ነው። ለኔ፡ዕድሜ፡ እንዳስጨመርኽልኝ፡አምላክ፡ረዥም፡ዕድሜ፡ይስጥኽ። ደግነትኽን፡እስከሞቱ፡ድረስ፡ከማይረሳ።    ገብረሕይወት፡ባይከዳኝ።   ፩ ታሪክን፡መማር፡ለኹሉ፡ሰው፡ይበጃል፣ለቤተመንግ ሥት፡መኰንን፡ግን፡የግድ፡ያስፈልጋል-የዱሮ፡ሰዎች ስሕተትንና፡በጐነትን፡አይቶ፡ለመንግሥቱና፡ላገሩ፡የ ሚበጀውን፡ነገር፡ያውቅ፡ዘንድ።የታሪክ፡ትምርት፡ግ ን፡የሚጠቅም፡የውነተኛ፡ታሪክ፡ትምርት፡ሲኾን፡ነው። እውነተኛንም፡ታሪክ፡ለመጻፍ፡ቀላል፡ነገር፡አይዶለም፤ የሚከተሉት፡ሦስት፡የእግዚአብሔር፡ስጦታዎች፡ያስፈል ጋሉና። መዠመሪያ፦ተመልካች፡ልቦና-የተደረገውን ለማስተዋል፤ኹለተኛ፦የማያዳላ፡አእምሮ-በተደረገው ለመፍረድ፤ሦስተኛ፦የጠራ፡የቋንቋ፡አገባብ-የተመ ለከቱትንና፡የፈረዱትን፡ለማስታወቅ። ያገራችን፡የታሪክ ጻፎች፡ግን፡በነዚኽ፡ነገሮች፡ላይ፡ኀጢአት፡ይሠራሉ። በትልቁ፡ነገር፡ፈንታ፡ትንሹን፡ይመለከታሉ፤ለእውነት መፍረድንም፡ትተው፡በአድልዎ፡ልባቸውን፡ያጠባሉ፤ አጻጻፋቸውም፡ድብልቅልቅ፡እየኾነ፡ላንባቢው፡አይገባ ም።ይህም፡ነገር፡በቤተመንግሥትና፡በየገዳሙ፡ከሚገ ኙት፡ታሪከ-ነገሥታት፡ጥቂት፡ብራኖች፡ብናነብ፡ወዲ ያው፡ይገለጽልናል፤የታሪካችንም፡ጻፎች፡ኹለት፡ዐይነ ት፡ሰዎች፡እንደኾኑ፡እንረዳለን። አንዱ፡ዐይነት፦የቤ ተመንግሥት፡ሊቃውንት፡ይባላሉ፥ማለት፣እንጀራን፡ ሲፈልጉ፡ከቤተመንግሥት፡ተጠግተው፡ንጉሡ፡ያዘዛቸ ውን፡የራሱን፡ውዳሴ፡ታሪክ፡ብለው፡ጽፈው፡ለኋላው ትውልድ፡የሚያስቆዩ፡አቈላማጮች። ኹለተኛው፡ዐይነ ት፦ግን፡መነኮሳት፡ናቸው-እነሱም፡የሚጽፉት፡ታሪክ […]

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Update On Joint UN And Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Investigation On Tigray

(Source: Scoop) –   Friday, 10 September 2021, 7:00 pm Press Release: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights GENEVA/ADDIS ABABA (10 September 2021) – The joint investigation by the UN Human Rights Office and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into alleged violations of human rights, humanitarian and refugee law committed by all parties to […]

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