Ethiopia: Referendum as a lasting political solution in Oromia and beyond

(Source: Awash Post, By Soretti Kadir) – What will it take to address the mounting political, social, and economic questions that continue to hamper Ethiopia’s transition to democracy? In a 24 March speech in parliament, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed acknowledged that his security forces have been fighting rebels in parts of the Oromia state. […]

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Ethiopia’s ethnofederalism: fact and fiction

(Source:  First published on Ethiopia Insight, By Mistir Sew, 9 April 2021) –    While aspects of Ethiopia’s ethnofederalism may be detrimental, removing it altogether could end up causing more problems.  For at least a year, Ethiopian elites have been divided on whether Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is committed to keeping, changing, or ending ethnofederalism. […]

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End the war on Africans: The truth about Eritrea and Ethiopia’s brutal regimes

(Source: San Francisco Bay View, by Dina Tesfay) – What took place in San Francisco on March 26, 2021, when hundreds of Eritrean and Ethiopian pro-regime supporters took to the streets, should be condemned for what it was – a reactionary, fascist mobilization no different than white supremacists storming the streets with chants to “make […]

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Ethiopian Peace Ministry hires Holland & Knight

(Source: Politico, By CAITLIN OPRYSKO and With Daniel Lippman) –  FARA FRIDAY: The Ethiopian government has hired more help in Washington as the Biden administration continues to issue warnings and reports of atrocities against the Tigrayan people continue to trickle out. Holland & Knight’s Michael Cavanaugh, Rich Gold, Michael Galano and Ronald Oleynik will assist Ethiopia’s Ministry […]

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Why the Ethiopian Human Right Commission should not be involved in the joint investigation of the war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Tigray?

(By The Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS)) – Evidences and Analysis on the Biased Reporting, and Lack of [Independence, Integrity, Impartiality, Credibility, Objectivity, Factual Consistency and Professional Competence] of EHRC Executive summary This report documents and analyses the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) partisan position on the war in Tigray. Through its […]

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Mounting claims of atrocities and human sufferings in Tigray

(Source: Dr Abdul Bari) – Massacre, sufferings and desecration of religious places The armed conflict in Tigray, home to six million people in northern Ethiopia, began in the nights of 3-4 November 2020 and was between the Tigray Regional Government led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) supported by the police, militia fighters […]

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Sudan says Ethiopia refused proposal to reach agreement on GERD within eight weeks during Kinshasa talks

(Source: Ahram Online) – Khartoum and Cairo did not refuse to include South Africa in the negotiations team as Addis Ababa declared, the Sudanese foreign ministry says The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Ethiopia refused a proposal to reach an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) within eight weeks during Kinshasa […]

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300 killed in March outbreak of Ethiopia ethnic violence, says official

(Source: Mail Online, By Afp) –  Clashes involving Ethiopia’s two largest ethnic groups killed more than 300 people over several days last month, a federal official told AFP Friday, the latest sign of instability ahead of elections expected in June. The violence began March 19 and unfolded in two zones of the Amhara region, said […]

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Horrifying accounts of violence in Amhara region; Federal Ombudsman slams regional govt. performance

(Source: Addisstandard)  By Bileh Jelan @BilehJelan Addis Abeba, April 9, 2021 – Accounts of the magnitude and scale of the violence that wreaked havoc in Oromo Special Zone and North Shewa Zone in the Amhara regional state are surfacing, depicting an image of a violence that inflicted heavy casualties. One such account is presented by […]

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Tigray aid response is too little, too late, poll respondents say

(Source: The New Humanitarian, By Ben Parker, GENEVA) – ‘A restrictive government, combined with insecurity and active fighting, can completely hamstring the aid response for months.’     People in northern Ethiopia get less humanitarian relief compared to those facing the impact of conflicts in northern Nigeria, Afghanistan, or Central African Republic, an independent poll […]

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Famine in Tigray: ‘I have never documented anything as relentless & systematic as what we’re seeing’

(Source: The Africa report, By Patrick Smith, Friday, 9 April 2021 16:52) – If the fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray does not stabilise soon, its people will face starvation and more devastation than the famine that nearly destroyed them in the 1980s, says a report just published by the World Peace Foundation. The report, entitled: ‘How […]

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Europe follows Biden in attempting to resolve the crisis in the Horn

(Source: Eritrea Hub, By Martin Plaut) It is no longer plausible to argue that the Horn of Africa is being ignored by the West. While it received little attention from President Trump, this is no longer the case. President Biden sent one of his closest allies, Senator Chris Coons to Addis Ababa. As the Christian Science […]

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Ethiopia’s perilous propaganda war

(Source: Foreign Affairs, By Nic Cheeseman and Yohannes Woldemariam) – Efforts to control information are only hardening the country’s divisions Late last month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed finally admitted the worst-kept secret in Africa: that soldiers from neighboring Eritrea are fighting alongside Ethiopia’s military in the Tigray region of the country. For the last […]

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Ethiopia’s ‘Ministry of Peace’ hires lobbying firm as fighting rages in Tigray

(Source: Foreign Lobby, By Julian Pecquet) –    Ethiopia’s recently formed Ministry of Peace has hired its first lobbying firm amid escalating US criticism of the country’s handling of the conflict in the northern Tigray region. Peace Minister Muferiat Kamil signed a six-month, $45,000-a-month contract with global law firm Holland & Knight on March 12, […]

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Sexual violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region perpetrated by Ethiopian Armay, Eritrean troops and Amhara militia

(Source: Insecurity Insight) – On 4 November 2020 the Ethiopian army began a military offensive against the Tigray region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Four months later the ongoing conflict has killed thousands of civilians, displaced over two million, forced thousands of refugees to flee to Sudan, and caused widespread destruction. At […]

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Ethiopia: massacre in Tigray fuels genocide fears

(Source: The Week, by Joe Evans) – Almost 200 civilians killed by Ethiopia and Eritrean military forces in latest human rights abuse in region A deadly attack on Tigrayan people in northern Ethiopia  has triggered warnings that violence against the ethnic group threatens to escalate into genocide. Why Ethiopia may be heading for civil war The […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 123 – 09 April 2021

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

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Amnesty International finds evidence of possible atrocities in Tigray, Ethiopia

(Source: PBS, By Nick Schifrin) –   Transcript Audio The Ethiopian government is allowing journalists into Tigray in part because of international pressure, following reports of atrocities committed by the government and its allies. Nick schifrin reports on the anatomy of an event that Amnesty International calls a possible crime against humanity. Read the Full […]

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Egypt threatens Ethiopia with war over Nile Dam

(Source: Fars News Agency (FNA), Tehran)- Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi threatened neighboring Ethiopia with potential war over a contested dam that the latter country has been building on the Nile River, affecting a major Egyptian water source. “I am telling our brothers in Ethiopia, let’s not reach the point where you touch a drop […]

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Ethiopia: Amidst hostilities in Tigray, humanitarian situation remains ‘dire’

(Source: UN News) – The humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, remains “dire”, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.   “While there has been substantial improvement in humanitarian access, active hostilities have been reported in the north-western, central, eastern, south-eastern and southern zones”, Stéphane Dujarric told correspondents at a regular press briefing.   Following months of […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 122 – 08 April 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 peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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Ethiopia: war in Tigray threatens to end Abiy’s dream of unity

(Source: Financial Times) – The PM’s supporters say he can win re-election and get the country back on track. Others fear too much damage has already been done. At a makeshift shelter in a school in Mekelle, capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, Gezae Wolderaphael, an aquiline-featured young sesame farmer, shows what he says are rifle butt and […]

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EU’s Ethiopia envoy warns of looming Tigray refugee crisis and radicalisation

(Source: The National) – Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has vast experience in conflict resolution in Africa Pekka Haavisto has been mandated by the EU High Representative Josep Borrell to embark on a second mission to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Victor Besa / The National  The “turbulence and crisis” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region risks leaving a vacuum for […]

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Tigrayan refugees speak of rape, murder and ethnic cleansing

(Source: Republic World and AP) – Tigrayan refugees spoke of murder, rape and administrative efforts to suppress their ethnic group by their government and its Eritrean allies during the recent conflict in the Tigray region of their country. Tigrayan refugees spoke of murder, rape and administrative efforts to suppress their ethnic group by their government […]

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Abiy Ahmed’s missteps may unravel the Horn of Africa

(Source: Awash Post, By TAHA ABDI) –  The reckless internationalization of a domestic political dispute in Ethiopia is causing a region-wide conflagration in the troubled Horn of Africa with enormous consequences for international peace and security.   After months of embarrassing equivocation and bold-faced denials, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last week gave in to western […]

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How Far Will the Ethiopian-Eritrean Alliance Go?

(Source: Foreign Policy, By Lynsey Chutel) – Former foes have found a common enemy in the TPLF. Will it lead beyond battlefield cooperation?     This week’s highlights: The newfound friendship between Ethiopia and Eritrea is rooted in a common enemy, a former leader acquitted of human rights crimes could return to the Ivory Coast, […]

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Sudan demands expulsion of Ethiopians from Abyei UN peacekeeping forces

(Source: Arab News, Dubai) – The Abyei region – on the border between South Sudan and the Sudan – was accorded “special administrative status” by the 2004 Protocol on the Resolution of the Abyei Conflict that ended the Second Sudanese Civil War. (File/AFP)   Sudan will be reviewing its relations and cooperation agreements with Ethiopia. […]

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Over 100 killed in clashes in Ethiopia’s Afar, Somali regions

(Source: Al Jazeera) – Border clashes between the Afar and Somali regions predate the six-month-old conflict in the Tigray. Border clashes between Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people, a regional official said, in the latest outbreak of violence ahead of national elections in June. About 100 civilians, many of them […]

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Egypt-Sudan alliance shifting in row with Ethiopia over Nile dam

(Source: The arab weekly, Cairo) –   Khartoum may choose to edge closer to the Ethiopian position so as to mitigate the damage caused by the crisis.     Local and regional uncertainties prevail about the next steps that Egypt will take if negotiations fail with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam. Cairo had described these […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 121 – 07 April 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 peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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Straving Tigray: hunger and acute malnutrition causing deaths of 50 to 100 people a day

(Source:World Peace Foundation, Foreword by Helen Clark, April 6, 2021) –  How armed conflict and mass atrocities have destroyed an Ethiopian region’s economy and food system and are threatening famine. A report by World Peace Foundation accuses “the coalition of Ethiopian Federal forces, Amhara regional forces, and Eritrean troops are committing starvation crimes on large scale,” […]

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‘Their bodies were torn into pieces’: Ethiopian and Eritrean troops accused of massacre in Tigray

(Source:The Telegraph) –  In an exclusive investigation, witnesses tell of 182 civilians killed in cold blood as reports of human rights abuses in the region escalate ByLucy Kassa, 7 April 2021, 7:00am In early February, the crash of shells and bullets in the remote Jawmaro mountains in northern Ethiopia seemed to have stopped.  Civilians in […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 120 – 06 April 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 peace building, refugee protection and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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