A REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT: Ethiopia’s crackdown on ethnic Tigrayans snares thousands

(Source: Rueters) – Across Ethiopia, Tigrayans are being fired and jailed since fighting erupted in their home region. The tensions are complicating efforts to end one of the world’s bitterest civil conflicts and threatening the unity of the country. By GIULIA PARAVICINI, DAWIT ENDESHAW and KATHARINE HOURELD Filed May 7, 2021, 11 a.m. GMT Police […]

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Eritrea’s letter to UN is ‘open admission of aggression’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray war

(Source: The Africa Report) –  In an attempt to shift blame, the Eritrean government has openly implicated itself as being in violation of international laws. On 16 April, Sophia Tesfamariam, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN, sent a letter to the Security Council (UNSC). She explained Eritrea’s involvement in Ethiopia’s war in […]

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Where is South Sudan’s share in the Nile’s waters?

(Source: Sudan Post) –  “The Ethiopian government should be open to negotiation and international arbitration in order to find a common ground and achieve win-win outcome and iron out the ongoing tensions with Egypt and Sudan.” Water is life and it is one of the precious and life-saving commodities in the world. Every living human […]

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US envoy heads to Ethiopia as Tigray crisis marks six months: Is Jeffrey Feltman carrying sanctions on his diplomatic trip to Ethiopian and Eritrea?

(Source: The National) – Before his trip, Jeffrey Feltman said that a bigger crisis in Tigray could make the Syrian war ‘look like child’s play’. “The US has been mulling imposing sanctions on Ethiopia and Eritrea if a ceasefire is not enacted in Tigray and Asmara’s forces do not withdraw.” Washington sent on Tuesday its […]

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Ethiopian telecoms sell-off flops in wake of economic and security concerns

(Source: FT, By David Pilling in London and Andres Schipani in Djibouti) –  Investors worried about opacity, restrictions and political instability Ethiopia’s sale of two telecoms licences, billed by the government as the “deal of the century”, has flopped, dealing a blow to the push to market capitalism championed by Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister. […]

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G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting: Communiqué

(Source. Gov.uk: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, London, 5 May 2021) –  Contents I. Preamble II. Foreign and security policy III. Open societies IV. Sustainable recovery V. Conclusion Print this page   I. Preamble 1. We, the Foreign and Development Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7), and the High Representative of the European Union, […]

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Rights Commission rings alarm at large number arbitrary detention of prisoners across Oromia; reveals cases of police extortion

(Source: Addis Standard, Addis Abeba) –  Download the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) full report here.  The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) expressed serious concern over the treatment of detainees in detention centres across Oromia region. During the period from November 20, 2020 to January 12, 2021, the Commission deployed monitoring teams at 21 selected […]

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Tigray war and logistical issues plague Ethiopia’s elections

(Source: African News) – Ethiopia’s elections are just a month away and posters of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party are already up. But there are obstacles to credible polls, with the war in the northern Tigray region and ethnic violence there are major logistical hurdles. Ahmed came to power three years ago and promised […]

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Sudan does not want to be at mercy of Ethiopia: Hamdok

(Source: Sudan Tribune, Khartoum) – Sudan is seeking a legally binding agreement over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) because the downstream country does not want to be at the mercy of Ethiopia, said Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Speaking to CNN in a videoconference interview on Wednesday, Hamdok said […]

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Ethiopia replaces head of interim gov’t in war-wracked Tigray

Mulu Nega, who was appointed in November as fighting raged in northern region, is replaced by Abraham Belay, federal government says. Ethiopia’s federal government has replaced the head of the interim administration of Tigray, a region racked by more than six months of catastrophic conflict. Mulu Nega had held the position since November, shortly after […]

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Tigray crisis: Many people in rural areas are cut off from aid

(Source: Medecins Sans Frontieres, Geneva, 04 May 2021) – When a small Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile team reached the Ethiopian village of Adiftaw for the first time in mid-March, they found the health post had been looted and partially destroyed. Medical files, broken equipment, and torn medicine packaging were strewn across the […]

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G7, EU call presence of foreign forces in Tigray “deeply disturbing and destabilizing”; MSF warns of “alarming malnutrition”

  (Source: Addis Standard, Addis Ababa) “there was malnutrition rate of 26.6% and more than 6% of children had severe acute malnutrition.” MSF. Photo: MSF The Foreign and Development Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) and the High Representative of the European Union called “the presence of foreign forces in Tigray is deeply disturbing […]

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Ethiopia: Tigray Region Humanitarian Update

Highlights (2 days ago) Humanitarian partners continue the scale-up effort to reach all people in need in Tigray; but the response is not commensurate to the needs. Nearly six months into the conflict, most rural areas remain cut from communications and electricity, impacting access to health services and water supply among others. Three Food operators […]

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Ethiopian PM accuses Egypt, Sudan of backing unrest in western region

(Source: Al Monitor, By Khalid Hassan, Cairo) –  The Ethiopian Prime Minister called out his neighbors for fueling the recent round of violence in Ethiopia’s western Benishangul-Gumuz region where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is located. Violence has been ongoing in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is located, […]

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Troubles pile up ahead of Ethiopia’s first polls under Abiy

(Source: Mail Online, By Afp) – Ethiopia is set to hold elections in a month, but with war in the north, ethnic violence elsewhere and major logistical hurdles, the path to credible polls is littered with obstacles. When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power three years ago, he promised to break from Ethiopia’s authoritarian […]

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Ethiopia ‘at a crossroads’ amid spiraling ethnic conflict

(Source: AP, By RODNEY MUHUMUZA) –   GONDAR, Ethiopia (AP) — Aba Yosief Desta preferred not to discuss the ethnicities of victims in the widening conflicts threatening Ethiopia’s unity. A wooden cross in hand, the Orthodox monk in yellow robes insisted that victims of massacres “have the same face.” Speaking to The Associated Press from […]

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Irob ethnic group fears extinction as Tigray war enters 6th month

(Source: Aljazeera) – The Irob, who mostly live in Ethiopia’s northeastern corner bordering Eritrea, face an existential crisis in addition to humanitarian suffering caused by ongoing conflict, activists say. Teklay Hailay* has been so worried since November 4 that he has had trouble sleeping. That is when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared in a […]

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OLF Chairman’s residence attacked at night; Party PR says chairman whereabouts unknown and Rights Commission unaware of the attack

(Source: Addis Standard) –  By Siyanne Mekonnen @Siyaanne Addis Abeba, May 4, 2021 – Reports of an attack on the residence of the chairman of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Dawud Ibsa have been coming out since last night. Addis Standard received footage of the incident where huge bangs on the gate could be heard. This […]

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Ethiopia: Tepid international response to Tigray conflict fuels horrific violations over past six months

(Source: Amnesty) –  African and other world leaders must urgently speak out and do more to stem the ferocious tide of human rights and international humanitarian law violations in the armed conflict that has now raged for six months in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Amnesty International said today. Since the fighting broke out on 4 November […]

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The Debate: Which way for Ethiopia? Abiy cracks down on regional revolts ahead of elections

(Source: France24, 03 May 2021) – Can the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia keep it together? Change has become increasingly bloody it seems since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi, a Tigrean whose home region is now in open revolt against the central government. There, conventional fighting is morphing into guerrilla warfare with reprisals […]

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Ethiopia: Statement by the High Representative Josep Borrell on the cancellation of the Election Observation Mission

(Source: EU, Brussels, 03/05/2021 – 23:04, UNIQUE ID: 210503_18) –    Statements by the HR/VP Despite all efforts by the European Union, it was not possible to reach an agreement with Ethiopian authorities on key parameters for the deployment of an EU Electoral Observation Mission in view of the parliamentary elections on 5 June 2021. As conditions are not fulfilled, the deployment […]

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Ethiopia’s reality of a war deeper than Tigray

(Source: African Liberty, By René Lefort) – Last year, Tigray’s leaders underestimated their weaknesses. The region’s security forces were swept away in the conventional conflict and largely unprepared to shift to guerrilla warfare after Mekelle was captured on 28 November. Even the grassroots party-state apparatus has vanished. In a 27 March phone discussion with Alex […]

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Sudan implies it could take control of Ethiopia dam

(Source: The New Arab) Khartoum has suggested that it could withdraw from a 1902 agreement transferring territory where the Great Renaissance Dam was built from Sudan to Ethiopia.   Sudan has implied it could in the future take control of a controversial Nile dam built by Ethiopia as the two countries continue to trade threats […]

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The truth behind the Red Terror campaign in Ethiopia

(Source: Grunge, By Luke T. Harrington) – In 1974, one of the longest-running empires in the world finally came to an end. The Ethiopian Empire had existed from 980 BCE and officially traced its lineage back to the biblical King Solomon. Those who took control called themselves the Derg (Ethiopian for “council”), and represented a […]

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Tigray: TPLF says Eritreans are calling for a demilitarised border zone along the Ethiopian frontier

(Source: Eritrea Hub and TPLF) – Admonishes “certain Eritreans” who kept silent until Tigray gets completely destroyed and “when the people of Tigray started to rise up, are knocking the doors of governments and international organizations and have started asking for the establishment of ‘buffered demilitarized zone’.”   Claims that those to whom these Eritreans […]

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Ethiopia: violence, instability, and the need for law and order

(Source: Dissident Voice, by Graham Peebles) – An unresolved war in the north of the country; ethnic based violence some are describing as genocide in the West; random explosions of aggression in various regions: Ethiopia is trembling. With around 117 million people, Ethiopia has the second largest population in Africa, made up of 80 or […]

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Ending Tigray conflict will test UK’s claim to be ‘force for good’

(Source: The Guardian, by Kaamil Ahmed) – Key parliamentary committee says government has duty to end violence and rights abuses in Ethiopia The British government’s claims that its new development strategy would make it a “force for good” will be tested by whether it helps to end the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, […]

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Six months into Ethiopia’s ‘dirty’ Tigray conflict, there’s still no end in sight

(Source: SBS News) – Six months into the fighting and amid continued reports of poverty, massacres and sexual assault, here’s a look at the conflict in northern Ethiopia.   In this article… How did we get here? How bad is the fighting? Who is involved? How is the world responding? What is the humanitarian situation? […]

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Ethiopia’s war in Tigray is ‘but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to conflicts ravaging the country’

(Source: The Africa Report) – A protester wearing a protective mask stands in front of a banner during the demonstration. Vuk Valcic / SOPA Images/ The much-hyped democratic transition is not only dead, but buried deep. It would need a miracle to exhume it in the near future. This article was first published in Ethiopia […]

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Ethiopia designates TPLF, OLF-Shene as terror groups

(Source: Aljazeera) – The Ethiopian government launched a huge security operation against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front last year. A sign in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia that depicts members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front wanted by the Ethiopian police [File: Eduardo Soteras/AFP] 1 May 2021 Ethiopia has added two armed groups to its “terror list”, […]

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Isaias and his foreign cohorts’ involvement in the war of aggression against Tigray!

(By Belay Ambelay, 01 May 2021) – The world has travelled far since World War II. Until the dictators and warmongers of different races, colours and hue publicly felt that the world needs to know how powerful and invincible they are by proclaiming gleefully the atrocities they committed. They hoped the world would be terrified […]

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Opposition parties ask UN to ensure Eritrean forces leave Tigray

(Source: The East African, By TESFA-ALEM TEKLE) –  They say that allowing Eritrean troops to stay longer in Tigray is synonymous to permitting them to continue committing war crimes in the region. IN SUMMARY The political parties parties say the war has already claimed “hundreds of thousands of lives”, left millions of civilians displaced and over six […]

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Ethiopia: ‘Unpredictable security’ in Tigray, hindering aid delivery

(Source: UN News) –   29 April 2021 Humanitarian Aid A “complex and unpredictable security situation” in Tigray continues to impede the delivery of life-saving assistance to Ethiopia’s northern region, the Deputy UN Spokesperson told journalists on Thursday.    Nearly six months since the conflict between Ethiopian Government security forces and regional forces of the Tigray […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: Six months on and no end in sight

(Source: Mail Online, By AFP) – It has been six months since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray for a military campaign he vowed would be swift and targeted. But violence rumbles on, and reports continue to emerge of massacres, rape and widespread hunger. – How did we get here? – Abiy, […]

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