Monthly Archives: January 2006

Ethiopian Review reporter held without charge in Ethiopia

(CPJ) New York, January 30, 2006—Ethiopian security forces have detained a correspondent for the U.S.-based Web site Ethiopian Review, its publisher Elias Kifle said today. Journalist Frezer Negash has been held without charge in Addis Ababa since Friday, Kifle told the Committee to Protect Journalists. “We are disturbed that Frezer Negash has joined at least […]

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State Department to Ethiopian Opposition: We won’t make changes

By Scott Morgan There was a glimmer of hope for the Ethiopian Opposition last week. The British have asked for the Government of Ethiopia to allow for an independent investigation into Human Rights Abuses. Now the ultimate player in world politics was calling. A delegation had arrived from the United States. The two main opposition […]

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Dr Berhanu Nega's wife turned away from Qaliti

Dr Nardos Minase, the wife of Addis Ababa mayor-elect, Dr Berhanu Nega, was prevented from visiting her husband yesterday at the Qaliti prison where he is detained. Dr Nardos was told that she needs Kebele ID, even though she explained to the prison authorities that as a non-citizen she is allowed to have only a […]

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Kinijit Oakland briefs members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus

Representatives of Kinijit’s Oakland Chapter meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and U.S Congressman Michael Honda at Laney College in Oakland, California, on Friday. Representatives Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Barbara Lee of California, Al Green of Texas, and Michael Honda were attending a Western Regional Forum 2006 organized by Congressional Black Caucus, Education […]

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State Department to Ethiopian Opposition: We won't make changes

By Scott Morgan There was a glimmer of hope for the Ethiopian Opposition last week. The British have asked for the Government of Ethiopia to allow for an independent investigation into Human Rights Abuses. Now the ultimate player in world politics was calling. A delegation had arrived from the United States. The two main opposition […]

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State Department to Ethiopian Opposition: We won’t make changes

By Scott Morgan There was a glimmer of hope for the Ethiopian Opposition last week. The British have asked for the Government of Ethiopia to allow for an independent investigation into Human Rights Abuses. Now the ultimate player in world politics was calling. A delegation had arrived from the United States. The two main opposition […]

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Student protests continued through out Ethiopia

Student protests continued through out Ethiopia today. In Addis Ababa, Menelik II school was forced to postpone exam because of protests. There were protests in Ayer Tena and other schools. Most schools in Dessie, Ambo and Nekempt are closed. Ethiopian Review spoke with students in Gonder, Gojjam, Dessie, and Jimma today. They said that the […]

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Canadian Labour Congress condemns abuses against teachers, journalists and trade unionists

In a letter to Meles Zenawi, the Canadian Labour Congress condemns press freedom violations and the repeated attacks on the integrity and human rights of the Ethiopian Teachers Association leaders and rank and file members: _______________ January 27, 2006 Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia c/o Ethiopian Embassy to Canada 151 Slater […]

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Some Western donors try to circumvent EU's cut off of aid to the Meles regime

Some Western donors plan to channel the withheld $375 million direct budget support to Ethiopia’s Woreda administrations, according to sources at the Ministry of Finance. The plan, which is supported by UK’s Department for International Development and the World Bank, is opposed by the European Commission (EC). Yesterday, representatives of EC, the Canadian International Development […]

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Some Western donors try to circumvent EU’s cut off of aid to the Meles regime

Some Western donors plan to channel the withheld $375 million direct budget support to Ethiopia’s Woreda administrations, according to sources at the Ministry of Finance. The plan, which is supported by UK’s Department for International Development and the World Bank, is opposed by the European Commission (EC). Yesterday, representatives of EC, the Canadian International Development […]

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Federal police arrest Tikur Anbessa students

Several students at the Tikur Anbessa school in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa have been rounded up today and taken to jail. Ethiopian Review spoke with the family of one of the detained students tonight (local time). They said their son is still in jail. This is his second time to be arrested in the past […]

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Hailu Shawel denied medical treatment

Leader of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (Kinijit), Ato Hailu Shawel, has been denied medical treatment for the past 20 days, according to a family member who spoke with Ethiopian Review. Ato Hailu’s communication with the other Kinijit leaders has also been restricted. Meanwhile, journalists who are held in Qaliti prison with Ato […]

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Minisha Girma, elected legislature from Arsi, kidnapped by security forces

Transportation and Communications Minister Junedin Sado’s opponent during the May 15 elections, Wzt Minisha Girma, has been kidnapped by security forces. Minisha had defeated Junedin in the Oromiya regional elections, but he accused her of cheating and asked the Election Board to conduct reelection. The Board then declared him a winner after a fake revote. […]

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Nationalwide boycott of school exams underway in Ethiopia

The nationwide boycott of elementary and high school exams that is underway is succeeding in transforming the student-led struggle from an ad hoc to a well-coordinated nationwide movement with a well-defined message. Even though not all the schools in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa are participating in the boycott for various reasons -– mainly logistics -– […]

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African Union denounced the Meles regime's human rights abuses

EITB24 In Ethiopia it called for the release of political prisoners and said it “deplored the death of civilians during confrontations with security forces”. An African human rights commission has criticised the continent’s worst rights offenders, including Sudan and Zimbabwe, in a report analysts say marks a “coming of age” for the organisation. The African […]

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African Union denounced the Meles regime’s human rights abuses

EITB24 In Ethiopia it called for the release of political prisoners and said it “deplored the death of civilians during confrontations with security forces”. An African human rights commission has criticised the continent’s worst rights offenders, including Sudan and Zimbabwe, in a report analysts say marks a “coming of age” for the organisation. The African […]

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Bomb exploded in front of Addis Ababa University

A bomb exploded in front of Addis Ababa University’s Sidist Kilo campus this morning around 11 AM local time. Roads in the area are closed. There is no report of casualty or major property damage. The university students and residents in the area are pointing fingers at the Meles regime saying that it’s not a […]

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Nationwide call for boycott of exams succeeding

The nationwide call for boycott of exams and classes is more successful than expected by the organizers. ER is able to confirm that all schools in Dessie have heeded the call and walked out of class today even though the exam was scheduled for next week in Wollo. In Addis Ababa, all students at three […]

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CPJ condemns expulsion of leading foreign journalist

New York, January 23, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged at the Ethiopian government’s weekend expulsion of The Associated Press correspondent in the country. Anthony Mitchell, who reported news on Friday of renewed clashes between police and protesters in the capital, Addis Ababa, left on Sunday after government officials gave him 24 hours to […]

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Unrest widespread in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Review has received a confirmed report from an eyewitness that Ayer Tena High School students have walked out of their classes. They were shouting “leba!” and demanding immediate release of their friends and opposition leaders. There is no heavy police presence at Ayer Tena High School now as the Federal Police are focusing more […]

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AP correspondent Anthony Mitchell is expelled from Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 21 (Xinhuanet) — Ethiopia’s Ministry of Information announced Saturday it was decided that the Associated Press correspondent in Ethiopia leave the country in 24 hours for “tarnishing the image of the nation, repeatedly contravening journalism ethics.” In an official statement, the Press License and Control Department with the ministry said it was […]

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Ethiopian candle light vigil continues in London

It was good news to hear Secretary of State, Hilary Ben, announcing from Addis Ababa, the withdrawal of direct budget support to the regime of Melese Zenawi. While appreciating this first step taken by the British Government, the campaign organized by Support Organizations of Kinijit, UEDF and the Consortium of Civic Organizations in the UK […]

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Meles Zenawi, senior U.S. diplomat hold talks

Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi has held talks with visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer on the upcoming African Union summit in Khartoum and Ethiopia-Eritrea border situations, officials said Saturday. Meles and Frazer on Friday discussed the future relations between the United States and the AU, and the AU summit to […]

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Addis Ababa calm but tense

Addis Ababa is calm but tense today. There is no confirmation of how many people the security forces murdered yesterday. But eyewitnesses told Ethiopian Review that many people were shot dead by the Federal Police during the religious processions which were turned into protests against Meles and Aba Paulos. Hundreds of young people have been […]

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Congress must act on HR 4423 to restore U.S. Credibility

By Scott Morgan Once again a US ally in a troubled region has an image problem regarding Human Rights. And the United States does not know how to best handle the situation. The problem spot is the horn of Africa. The country and ally in question is Ethiopia. Last year the country had parliamentary elections. […]

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The Ethiopian Monastery of Debre Sultan and the Black Christian Presence in the Holy Land

The monastery of Debre Sultan (Deir es-Sultan), which is situated on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem has been long in dispute between the Coptic Church and the Ethiopian Church and it symbolizes the last stronghold anywhere near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher both for Ethiopians and Africans alike. […]

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US to Sacrifice Democracy in Ethiopia?

By T. Mesfin Jendayi Frazer, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, is on a crucial mission to Ethiopia. Her mission may be a turning point and a very bad news for those fighting for democracy in Ethiopia. Here is why: According to a January 15, 2005 Reuters dispatch, quoting Princeton Lyman, former US […]

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