Ethiopia: A legal solution to Tigray’s military conflict

(Source: The Africa Report, 22 July 2021) –  Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in the Ethiopia’s Tigray walk to Hamdeyat Transition Center after arriving on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) The armed conflict that broke out on 3 […]

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UN aid workers allege delays, harassment from Ethiopian officials before Tigray flight

(Source: Nation, By Tesfa-Alem Tekle, Ethiopia Correspondent, 22 July 2021) –  Aid workers say they were stopped by security officials at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Thursday afternoon, ahead of their flight to Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.  The workers allege they were also harassed and subjected to extra checks when they arrived to board […]

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When a Nobel Peace Prize winner wages war, who loses?

(Source: The Christian Science Monitor, By Ryan Lenora Brown, Staff writer, @ryanlenorabrown, JOHANNESBURG, 19 July 2021) –  When Mulugeta Gebregziabher heard in October 2019 that the Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to Abiy Ahmed, the new reformist prime minister of Ethiopia, his reaction was immediate dread. “I thought, this is going to give this guy […]

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The UN has a clear message: what is happening in Ethiopia is unacceptable

(Source: Government of the Netherlands) –  Mass murder, sexual violence and famine – the crossfire in the Ethiopian conflict area of Tigray has triggered a humanitarian crisis. On 13 July 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to put pressure on the warring parties. How could the situation in Ethiopia get so […]

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The Government of Tigray statement concerning Eritrean refugees in Tigray

Statement by the Government of the National State of Tigray concerning the Eritrean refugees in Tigray 21 July 2021 The people of Tigray and the Government of the National State of Tigray have been hosting thousands of Eritrean refugees throughout the years. The Government of the National State of Tigray is gravely concerned by the […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 190 – 21 July 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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July 2021 Employee of the Month: Abiy Ahmed

(Source: World Peace Foundation, by ALEX DEWAAL, 19 July 2021) –  The ‘Employee of the Month award’ is bestowed on the person who has done the most to harm the cause of world peace in the last month. Image: “A Conversation with Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia” by World Economic Forum is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Ethiopia’s Prime […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 189 – 20 July 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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The Tigray war and our collective moral failure

(Source: Addis Expressions, By Rihana Nesrudin, 13 July 2021) –  “A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power… which fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion… condemns itself to death.” Chris Hedges One chilly summer evening, by what I can only recall to be a random […]

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Ethiopia: ICRC starts detention visits to members of the Ethiopian armed forces in the Tigray region.

(Source: ICRC, News release, Geneva, 18 July 2021) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has started visiting members of the Ethiopian armed forces in the Tigray region earlier this week. “Visiting people in places of detention is a core part of our mandate and an established role for the ICRC in the […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar region, Afar says

(Source: Reuters, By Dawit Endeshaw) –   ADDIS ABABA July 19 (Reuters) – Forces from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have mounted attacks in neighbouring Afar region, a spokesman for Afar said on Monday, marking an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area. Tigrayan fighters crossed into Afar on Saturday and Afar forces […]

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Tigrayan group in UK raises serious concerns about CDC investment in Ethiopia telecoms

(Source: Leigh Day, Press Office, Posted on 19 July 2021) – A group of Tigrayan academics has written to the UK Government’s CDC Group PLC (CDC) raising concerns that inadequate steps have been taken to ensure a £65 million telecoms investment is not used to fund serious human rights abuses in Ethiopia’s armed conflict in […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 188 – 19 July 2021

(Source: EEPA) Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and on […]

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PM Abiy Ahmed statement of genocidal programmes: “Tigray is the cancer of Ethiopia”

This is an English translation of a public statement released by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed official Twitter account on 18 July 2021. The enemy we are facing is an enemy which is the cancer of Ethiopia. The junta is probably the only group in history that used its political power to disintegrate its own country. […]

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The Government of National State of Tigray Press Release: On false allegations concerning child soldiers serving in the TDF

July 17, 2021 The Government of Tigray strongly repudiates the spurious allegation that child soldiers are serving and/or being trained in the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF). We assert in the strongest terms possible that the TDF is committed to international protocols prohibiting the recruitment of children for military training and children’s engagement in armed hostilities. […]

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Could the Tigray Defense Force Invade Eritrea?

(Source: The National, By Michael Rubin) –  Should the Tigray Defense Forces enter Eritrea or, more likely, organize and support Eritrean opposition forces, the Eritrean government may find that this conscript army will dissolve and defect. Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s attack on Ethiopia’s Tigray province last November was a monumental mistake. Abiy ordered Ethiopian […]

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The President of Amhara National Regional State secret message to Tamagn Beyene (አቶ አገኘው ተሻገር ለታማኝ በየነ የላኩት ሚስጥራዊ ንግግራቸውን ለህዝብ ተጋለ)

(Source: Dedebit Media) – Listen to the audio conversation below to find out what is going on in Amhara Region. Source: Adagnu Camera  

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Tigray Defense Force (TDF) released 1,000 captured Ethiopian soldiers

(Source: Reuters, Giulia Paravicini AND George Obulutsa) – Tigray Defense Force (TDF) in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have released around 1,000 government soldiers captured during recent fighting, the head of its ruling party said, as both sides prepared for a showdown over contested land in the west of the region. Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the […]

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Is Abiy’s mobilising ethnic militia a sign Ethiopian and Eritrean armies failed to break Tigray?

(Source: Eritrea Hub, By Martin Plaut) – The government of Ethiopia, having launched the war on Tigray in November 2020 with the aid of Eritrea’s army, the Amhara militia and Somali troops, is now spreading its web wider. Ethnic militia from Oromia, Sidama, and the Southern Nations Nationalities have now joined the battle. Amhara special […]

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The Tigray-Amhara Boundary Should be Resolved by Constitutional Means

(Source: World Peace Foundation, Dereje T. Asefa) –  The ethno-federalism arrangement of Ethiopia established in 1991 created new regions in Ethiopia to replace the previous administrative provinces. One of them is the Amhara Regional State, which is composed of parts of former geographical administrative regions of Begemeder (Gonder), Wollo, North Showa, and Gojjam. Its creation […]

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European Union and Ethiopia clash over an air-bridge for aid to Tigray

(Source: Eritrea Hub) – Ethiopia on a collision course with European Union Josep Borell, EU Commission Vice President made this statement in a public briefing on 12 July: “The Tigray region is in a serious humanitarian crisis, with almost 1, 850,000 at risk of famine…The Tigray region is being cut from the rest of the […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Fleeing for fear of new ethnic conflict

(Source: BBC News, By Andrew Harding, Hamdayet, Sudan) – Almost every night, a handful of young men slip across the well-guarded border, swimming across a fast-flowing brown river and trudging into Sudan to escape what they say is a sudden upsurge in ethnic violence in the far western corner of Ethiopia’s Tigray region. This fertile […]

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Ethiopia: End arbitrary detentions of Tigrayans, activists and journalists in Addis Ababa and reveal whereabouts of unaccounted detainees

(Source: Amnesty International, 16 July 2021, 02:00 UTC) – Police in Addis Ababa have arbitrarily arrested and detained dozens of Tigrayans without due process, following the recapture of the Tigray region’s capital, Mekelle, by forces from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that also calls itself Tigray Defence Forces (TDF) on 28 June, Amnesty International […]

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Tigray’s president, Debretsion Gebremichael message to the Ethiopian people

(Source: Dedebit Media, 15 July 2021) – Message of Dr. Debretsion to the people of Ethiopia Honored people of Ethiopia: The Tigray people has been experiencing severe crimes and injustice at the hands of the Ethiopian national defense forces, Eritrean army, Special Forces and militia of the Amhara Region, and other foreign forces. Even worse, […]

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‘We won’t back down’: Ethnic militias rush to Tigray border

(Source: Mail Online, By Afp, Published: 11:26, 15 July 2021 | Updated: 11:26, 15 July 2021) – When war broke out last year in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, Solomon Alabachew acted fast, grabbing his Kalashnikov and rushing to the front with his fellow ethnic Amhara militia fighters. Their swift seizure of western Tigray — a […]

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Urgent Call to the Ethiopian People, Elders and Religious Leaders, Political Parties, Civil Societies and Intellectuals

Eight months into the genocidal war on Tigray, the combined Ethiopian National Defense forces (ENDF), Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF), and the Amhara Region special forces and militia have committed heinous mass atrocities, and egregious crimes in different parts of Tigray in violation of international law. The crimes include ethnic cleansing, systematic sexual violence – including gang-rape […]

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US ban dims Safaricom loans for Ethiopia entry

(Source: Business Daily Africa) –  By BRIAN NGUGI   SUMMARY Safaricom’s plans to expand to Ethiopia have been complicated by a US State financier threatening to recall its loans following escalation of armed conflict in the horn of Africa nation. The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) says that the acts of violence against civilians […]

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Ending the civil war in Ethiopia

(Source: Awash Post, By Hambisa Belina) – Two weeks after triumphant Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) captured Mekelle, the capital of Tigray State, peace remains elusive. Addis Ababa’s proclaimed humanitarian ceasefire had been complicated by mixed messaging and a lack of clear operational guidelines. The government has cut essential public services such as telecommunications, internet, banking, […]

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Hundreds of Tigrayans detained in Ethiopian capital in recent weeks, witnesses say

(Source: Reuters, By Dawit Endeshaw and Maggie Fick) – Summary Hundreds held in detention centres, some of those released say Police say arrests are not linked to ethnic profiling City authorities say businesses closed over alleged TPLF links ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI, July 15 (Reuters) – Ethiopian police have detained hundreds of ethnic Tigrayans in Addis Ababa […]

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Ethiopia conflict heats up as Amhara region vows to attack Tigray

(Source: Reuters, By Dawit Endeshaw) –    ADDIS ABABA, July 14 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s war in the northern region of Tigray looked set to intensify on Wednesday as the prime minister signalled the end of a government ceasefire and the neighbouring Amhara region said it would go on the offensive against Tigrayan forces. The Tigray […]

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