Tuesday, July 21, 2020

UN Human Rights Council Forty-fourth Session 15 June–3 July 2020

UN's Statement on Ethiopia

UN experts call on Ethiopia to allow peaceful protests, welcome partial restoration of Internet 

GENEVA (21 July 2020) – UN experts* today welcomed the restoration of broadband and Wi-Fi Internet in Ethiopia and called on the Government to respect the right of people to demonstrate peacefully.
“Access to the Internet is closely related to the right of peaceful assembly,” said Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly and association. “We have time and again asked the government to refrain from imposing Internet disruptions, including at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council in July 2020, and I hereby renew our call on the Government to fully restore mobile Internet and data services.”
On 15 July some service was restored 15 days after the Government shut down the Internet amid civil unrest sparked by the 29 June killing of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular Oromo singer and human rights defender.
“The Internet blackout has made it extremely difficult to verify the number of people killed and injured in the crackdown on protests,” said the experts. “Nor has it been possible to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the violence.”
“It is essential that the authorities hold a thorough and transparent investigation to determine exactly what happened” in a week of unrest in Ethiopia’s Oromia region and in the capital, Addis Ababa, they said. “Those responsible for deaths of civilians must be held to account.”
Protests spread rapidly across the country following the killing of Hundessa. Official reports say 166 people were killed, although unofficial reports put the number much higher. According to police, some 2,000 people were arrested, including opposition leaders. “Even the basic facts are not clear but the scale of arrests is deeply disturbing,” experts said.
Security forces must be reformed and trained to manage assemblies in a democratic society. “This will strengthen Ethiopia’s democratic transition and should prevent the type of killings and injuries we have recently witnessed.
“We also call on Ethiopian authorities to respect the right to peaceful assembly, and to refrain from using force during future protests.”
* The experts: Mr. Clément Nyaletsossi VouleUN Special Rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly and associationMs. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executionsMr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expressionMs. Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as theSpecial Proceduresof the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council's independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
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Sunday, July 19, 2020

AMN: ፃንሒት ምስ ፈፃሚት ስራሕ ድሕነትን ፍትሕን ንትግራዎት ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ(ድ.ፍ.ት.ኢ)

Amnesty International's Statement on Current Problems in Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Account for all people arrested after Hachalu Hundesa’s killing

The authorities in Ethiopia must immediately reveal the whereabouts of dozens of politicians and journalists who were arrested alongside other people following widespread protests and violence on 29 June, Amnesty International said today.
The killing of Hachalu Hundesa, a popular outspoken Oromo singer, sparked protests, some of which degenerated into intercommunal violence, which together with a police crackdown left at least 177 dead and hundreds wounded.
In Addis Ababa and Oromia region, the police arrested at least 5,000 people, many of whom are in incommunicado detention with their whereabouts unknown. Those arrested include leading opposition politicians like Jawar Mohammed from the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), leaders of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Eskinder Nega of Balderas for True Democracy party, and journalists.

ንኢሰያስ ከልክሉልና፡ንሱ ምስ መጸ ሞት በዚሑና'ሎ ከይመጸና ከልኩሉልና" ክብል ተሰሚዑ'ዩ። (Source: AAN MEDIA NETWORK)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Press Briefing Note on Ethiopia

A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Date: 3 July 2020 Subject: Ethiopia
We are deeply concerned at violent events in Ethiopia this week where a prominent singer and activist from Oromia Region, Hachalu Hundessa, was shot and killed in the capital, Addis Ababa on Monday. The killing of Hundessa sparked protests across the country, including in the capital and in Oromia Region. While some of the protests were peaceful, a number were violent from the outset. According to information we have received, roads were reported to be blocked in most parts of the Oromia Region and buildings vandalized and burnt, while there were gunfire and bomb explosions in Addis Ababa.
The authorities responded to the spread of the protests by shutting down the Internet in Oromia Region, as well as in Addis Ababa, making it extremely difficult to verify reports about the number of people killed and injured. According to the Government, around 50 people were killed, while media sources indicated some 80 people had died, including three members of the security forces.
We note with concern that the protests following Hundessa's killing have increasingly taken on an ethnic undertone. We, therefore, call on all, including young people, to stop carrying out ethnically-motivated attacks and to stop inciting to violence, acts that only serve to exacerbate underlying tensions.
We also urge the security forces to exercise restraint when managing protests and to refrain from using unnecessary or disproportionate force. Thirty-five people were reported to have been arrested by security forces on Tuesday evening during a protest over the location of Hundessa's funeral. According to the police, the protesters, who wanted the singer to be buried in Addis Ababa, unsuccessfully tried to prevent his body from being taken to his hometown of Ambo. His funeral went ahead in Ambo on Thursday. The shutting down of Internet services is of particular concern as it disproportionately restricts the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and risks further exacerbating tensions. We urge the authorities to restore Internet access without further delay.
The authorities have announced that suspects in Hachalu Hundessa's murder have been arrested. It is essential that there is a prompt, thorough, independent, impartial, and transparent investigation into his death to ensure those responsible are held accountable. The victims and their families have the right to justice, the truth, and reparations.
We also stand ready to provide support to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission in its investigation of potential human rights violations during these violent events.
For more information and media requests, please contact: Rupert Colville - + 41 22 917 9767 / rcolville@ohchr.org or Liz Throssell - + 41 22 917 9296 / ethrossell@ohchr.org or Marta Hurtado - + 41 22 917 9466 / mhurtado@ohchr.org

Video Report of Petitions Made by Baytona for Release of the Unjustly Imprisoned Tigreans in Ethiopia (TMMA)

“ያለምንም በደል በእስር እየማቀቁ የሚገኙት የትግራይ ተወላጅ የህሊና እስረኞች በአስቸኳይ ይፈቱ፡፡”
“ያለምንም በደል በፖለቲካ አመለካከታቸው ብቻ በእስር እየማቀቁ የሚገኙት የትግራይ ተወላጅ የህሊና እስረኞች በአስቸኳይ ይፈቱ፡፡”

ብሄራዊ ባይቶ ዓባይ ትግራይ (ባይቶና)

Thursday, July 9, 2020

PM Abiy Ahmed's Political Crackdown (Source: WION)

ኣማርኛ ዜና - ብርጋዴር ጀነራል ካሳየ በኦሮምያ ወጣት እና በትግራይ ህዝብ ላይ የነፃ እርምጃ አዋጅ አወጁ። ሀምሌ 02/2012 ዓ.ም

ውድበይን መንግስተይን ተስፋይ ኣባኻ እዩ!!

ውድበይን መንግስተይን ተስፋይ ኣባኻ እዩ!!

ዝኸበርኩም ኣሕዋት ኣሓትን ኣነ ካብቶም ኣብ 1977 ዓ.ም (1985 ኣ. ኣ) ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ኣጋጥሙ ዝነበረ ክብድ ሓደጋ ድርቂ ኣብ ቀልቀል ሞት ካብ ዝነበሩ ልዕሊ 300 ሺሕ ተጋሩ ሓደ እየ :: ብመርሕነት ውድበይ ህዝባዊ ወያነ ሓርነት ትግራይ (ህወሓት) ዝተወደበ ስደት ብእግሪ ጉዕዞ ኣብ ሱዳን ከይዶም ካብ ሓደጋ ሞት ድሕኖም ክሳብ 8ይ ክፍሊ ብዝተምሃሩ ስደተኛታት ክሳብ 2ይ ክፍሊ ተማህረ ድሕሪ ክልተ ዓመት ንትግራይ ዓደይ ተመልሰ :: ውድበይ ኣብቲ ግዜ እቲ ኢትዮጵያ እትባሃል ሃገር ናይ ባዕላ መንግስቲ ኣለዎ ኣብ ዝባሃለሉ ግዜ ካብ ሓደ ዓማፃይ ውድብ ዘይትፅበዮ ህዝባዊነት ዝተላበሰ ወለዶ ናይ ምድሓን ሰርሓ ኩሉ ዝኾርዓሉ ብፍላይሞ ሰለባ ናይቲ ደርቂ ዝነበርና ተጋሩ ዘይርሳዕ ውለታ:: ከማይ ህዝብን መንግስቲን ሱዳን ተጋሩ ኣብ ዝሓለፉ ሰለስተ ዓማውቲ ብመንነቶም ካብ ክልል ኣምሓራ ድርብ በደል ኣብ ዝበፅሖም ግዜ ንተጋሩ ተመዛበልቲ ዘርኣዮ ሓልየትን ሰብኣዊነት ዝተላበሰ ተግባርን ካብ ቅድሚ 35 ዓመት ትግራዋይ ዘርኡ ከይጠፍእ ዝገበርዎ ተግባር ዘላኣለም ኣብ ልቢ ትግራዋይ ብደማቕ ቀለም ተፃሕፉ ዝነብር ታሪኽ እዩ:: ከም ግለይ ሎሚ ውን ውድብን መንግስትን ክልልና ማለትውን ብሄራዊ ክልላዊ መንግስቲ ትግራይ ኣብ የመንን ስዑዲ ዓረብያን ዝሳቐይ ዘለው ጉዳይ ስደተኛታት ትግራይ ብመንግስቲ ፈደራል ክፍታሕ ትፅብት እንተዘይገብር ይምረፅ :: ምኽንያቱ እቲ ኣብ ስልጣን ዘሎ ጠቅላይ ሚንስተር ኣብቲ ቅድሚ ክልተ መዓልቲ ኣብ ፖርላማ ተሓትቱ ዝሃቦ መልሲ ንኻልኦት ስደተኛታት ሰብኣዊነት ተሰምዕዋ ዕቕባ ብምሃብ ብኣብነት ናይ እትግለፅ ሃገር መራሒ ዜጋታቱ ዝፅየፍን ዘላግፅን ፍፁም ሰብኣዊነት ዘይስምዖ ምኻኑ ብግልፂ ኣርእዩ እዩ:: ስለዚ ብሄራዊ ክላዊ መንግስቲ ትግራይ ሕጂ ውን በቲ ናይ ቁርፂ እዋን ወገና ዝኾነ ህዝቢ ሱዳንን እቶም ኣብ ዓለም ዝነጥፉ ዘለው ዓለም ለኻዊያን ሰብኣዊያን ትካላትን ምርድዳእ ብምግባር ናብ ዓዶም ክምለሱ እንተዝግበር:: እንተ እቲ ኣብ ፈደራል ዘሎ ሓይሊ እዞም ስደተኛታት እንተመልስናዮም ንትግራይ ዝሰልጠነ ወታደር ኣዕጥቕኻ ከም ምርካብ ከም ዝሓስቦ ካብ ናይ ሰብ ህይወት ምድሓን ንላዕሊ ጉዳይ ስልጣኑ ከም ዘጨንቖ ካብቲ መደረኡ ምርዳእ ይካኣል:: ውድበይ መንግስተይን ካልኦት ዝምልከተኩም ኣካላትን ጉዳይ ኣሕዋትናን ኣሓትናን ካብዚ ኣፀጋሚ ኩነታት ንምውፃእ ኣብ ዝግበር ፃዕሪ ኩሉ ዝካኣለኒ ንምግባር ድልውነተይ እንተረጋግፅ ካልኦትና ውን ነዞም ናይ ትግራይና ሃፍቲ ተረከብቲ ሕድሪ ዓቕሚ ህዝቢ ትግራይ ዝኾኑ መናእሰያትና ህይወት ናይ ምውሓስ ድጋፍን ፃዕሪን ኩላህና ዝጠልብ እዩሞ ኣብ ጉኒ ነዚ ጉዳይ ምስ ዝሰርሑ ትካላት ብምኻን ሓላፍነትና ክንዋፃእ ፃውዕተይ የቕርብ ::

ኣባይርጋ ኮሮ እየ ወዲ ራያ

Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA)


July 4, 2020 The HRLHA is asking the international community for international intervention out of profound concern about the quickly deteriorating human rights situation in the Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia- which has been worsening since the prominent Oromo singer-songwriter Hachalu Hundessa was assassinated on June 29, 2020. If the…

TMH: ቅልውላው መንግስቲ ኣብይን ፅዑቕ ወፍረ ፀረ ትግራይን /07/08/2020].