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Ethiopia's anti-terror law suppresses press freedom

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a continental body of African free expression organizations, condemned the 27-year sentence imposed by Ethiopia on veteran Somali journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey.

Ethiopian prosecutors accused Mudey of having information about Al-Shabab operations in Ethiopia and charged him with participating in terror activities.

Mudey, who was persecuted under Ethiopia's anti-terror law, was arrested in Addis Ababa in November 2013.

The repressive anti-terrorism law, adopted in 2009, is a threat that continues to hang over journalists, forcing them to censor themselves.

Opposition says the government has been criminalizing Ethiopians who express their opinions about government policies ever since. They also say Addis Ababa must clarify its broad definition of terrorism.

However, the government says the opposition is seeking to glorify convicted terrorists and is “downplaying the danger” Ethiopia is facing as a result of terrorism.

According to the New York-based independent Committee to Protect Journalists, over ten journalists have been charged under the anti-terrorism law. The committee says Ethiopia has the highest number of exiled journalists in the world.

Human rights groups accuse Ethiopia’s government of using the country’s anti-terrorism legislation to end peaceful dissent. The Ethiopian constitution, however, guarantees the right to freedom of expression.

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Ethiopians in Norway discussed the current political situation in Ethiopia and the role of the Diaspora

This meeting was organized by the Democratic Change in Ethiopia Support Organization in Norway (DCESON) and took place on the 12th of April 2014 in Oslo from 15.00-21:00 p.m.

It was attended by around 200 Ethiopians who live in Oslo and the other parts of Norway. The guest speaker at the meeting was ato Bizuneh Tsige who is the member of the leadership of Ginbo7 movement for justice, democracy and freedom. The guest speaker held a broad speech.

The public meeting was opened by holding a minute of silence to remember the victims of the TPLF

Ethiopia: Updated Submission for the Universal Periodic Review

Ethiopia’s human rights situation since 2009 has been marked by a harsh intolerance for any criticism of government actions and a sharp decline in freedoms of expression and association. Critics of government policy continue to be subjected to harassment, arbitrary detention, and politically motivated prosecutions. Two repressive laws passed in 2009—the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSO law) and the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation

Woyane places Semayawi chairman Ato Yilkal under house arrest


Technically he is under house arrest and the Woyane is showing early signs of growing fears.

Ato Yilkal Getnet is not coming to America to see Ato Elias any time soon. Woyane has no right to bar anyone from travelling or living their life. This is basic human right abuse.

I congratulate Woyane on the good things they do but I also condemn them on their barbaric actions

Ethiopia: Telecom Surveillance Chills Rights

(Berlin) – The Ethiopian government is using foreign technology to bolster its widespread telecom surveillance of opposition activists and journalists both in Ethiopia and abroad.

The 100-page report“‘They Know Everything We Do’: Telecom and Internet Surveillance in Ethiopia,” details the technologies the Ethiopian government has acquired from several countries and uses to facilitate surveillance of perceived political opponents inside the country and among the diaspora. The government’s surveillance practices violate the rights to freedom of expression, association, and access to information. The government’s monopoly over all mobile and Internet services through its sole, state-owned telecom operator, Ethio Telecom, facilitates abuse of surveillance powers.

“The Ethiopian government is using control of its telecom system as a tool to silence dissenting voices,” said 

Concern mounts over humanitarian crisis in Lower Omo, Ethiopia

The Gibe III dam is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.
The Gibe III dam is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.
Politicians in Europe and America are adding their voices to the international concern about the Gibe III dam and
 associated irrigated plantations. The projects will have a catastrophic impact on one of the most culturally and
 biologically diverse places on earth.

The Lower Omo river valley in Ethiopia and Kenya’s Lake Turkana are home to 500,000 tribal people and renowned
 UNESCO World Heritage sites on both sides of the border.

Extractive Industries: Transparency Group Rewards Repression

(Oslo) – A prominent international natural resource transparency group has damaged its credibility by approving membership for Ethiopia. On March 19, 2014, the governing board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes openness over oil, gas, and mining revenues, admitted Ethiopia as a candidate country despite harsh government repression that has crushed Ethiopia’s once vibrant independent organizations and its independent media.

EITI rules call for candidate countries to make a commitment to meaningful participation of independent groups

Ethiopia: Transparency Group Should Reject Membership

(New York) – A major global initiative to encourage governments to better manage natural resource revenues should reject Ethiopia’s bid for membership due to its harsh restrictions on civil society, Human Rights Watch said today.
The governing board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is expected to make a decision about Ethiopia’s candidacy at its next meeting, on March 18 and 19, 2014, in Oslo. EITI wasfounded in 2003 to strengthen governance by increasing transparency over revenues from the oil, gas, and mining industries. Itsmembers include countries, companies, and civil society representatives.
“The Ethiopian government has crushed activist groups and muzzled the media,” said Lisa Misol, seniorbusiness and human rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Ethiopia’s harsh repression of independent voices is utterly incompatible with this global effort to increase public oversight over government.”