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Ethiopia: Journalist’s guilty verdict a further slap in the face for justice

Responding to reports that Ethiopia’s Federal High Court has found prominent Ethiopian journalist Getachew Shiferaw guilty of “provocation of revolt,” Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “Today’s groundless ruling is a further slap in the face for justice in Ethiopia and proof of the authorities’ continued willingness - despite its stated commitment to reform - to misuse the criminal justice system to silence dissent.

Date:
24 May 2017
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Internet and Social Media

Ethiopia: Terrorism verdict for Facebook posts is a shameful affront to freedom of expression

In response to news that former Ethiopian opposition spokesman Yonatan Tesfaye has been found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism” in connection with his posts on Facebook, Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “Today’s verdict is a miscarriage of justice. It is yet another example of how the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation is used to target and destroy people who criticize the government.

Date:
16 May 2017
  • Blog
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

A time warp: Face-to-face with emergency restrictions in Ethiopia

My three days in Addis Ababa felt like a step back in time. As part of my day job, I keep abreast of developments in Ethiopia, so I thought I knew the true extent of restrictions people there have to endure every day – especially since the state of emergency was imposed in October last year. But I was unpleasantly surprised on my recent visit there. You really cannot imagine what it is like to live under the state of emergency just by reading about it in a newspaper in Nairobi, Johannesburg or London.

Date:
9 May 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Ethiopia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

A license to torture

Seyoum Teshome is a professor at a university in Ethiopia and writes to fight the spread of fear that has engulfed his country as a result of an increasingly repressive administration. In September 2016, Seyoum was arrested and charged with incitement to violence against the state. In this blog, he describes the treatment of prisoners in one of Ethiopia’s rehabilitation centres, where he was detained further to his arrest.

Date:
28 March 2017
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Ethiopia: Government failures to blame for dozens of deaths at rubbish dump

The death of more than 60 people in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital over the weekend is a clear case of dereliction of duty by the Ethiopian authorities, said Amnesty International today. Dozens are still missing since the landslide at the 36-hectare Repi municipal dumpsite in Addis Ababa on 11 March, and many families have been left homeless after their makeshift houses were buried under tonnes of waste.

Date:
13 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Ethiopia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

The torturous fields of Ethiopia’s rehabilitation centre

Befeqadu Hailu, a member of the Zone-9 blogging group was arrested for criticizing the State of Emergency Declaration, in an interview he gave to the Voice of America. In this note, he shares what he witnessed during his stay at Awash Sebat Military Training Centre, which was turned into a rehabilitation centre for people arrested during the State of Emergency. Wakoma Tafa was planning to get married on Sunday 9 October 2016, when the police arrested him just three days before his wedding day in Alem Gena -a town 25kms west of Addis Ababa.

Date:
22 February 2017
  • Research
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia: Draconian state of emergency measures

Halfway into the six-month state of emergency the Ethiopian government declared on 9 October 2016, this is a commentary on the State of Emergency Declaration and the Directive for the Implementation of the Declaration. The commentary analyses the State of Emergency Declaration against established human rights norms provided for in the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 25/5669/2017
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Internet and Social Media

Ethiopia: Government blocking of websites during protests widespread, systematic and illegal

The Ethiopian government systematically and illegally blocked access to social media and news websites in its efforts to crush dissent and prevent reporting of attacks on protesters by security forces during the wave of protests that started in November 2015 and led up to the state of emergency, a new report released today shows. Research conducted by Amnesty International and the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) between June and October 2016 shows that access to WhatsApp was blocked, as well as at least 16 news outlets.

Date:
14 December 2016
  • Research
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia Offline: Evidence of Social Media Blocking and Internet Censorship in Ethiopia

Waves of protests against the government have taken place across various parts of Ethiopia since November 2015. These protests have consistently been quashed by Ethiopian security forces using excessive, sometimes lethal, force, which led to scores of injuries and deaths. The crackdown on protests was accompanied by increasingly severe restrictions on access to information and communications in large parts of the country by cutting off internet access, slowing down connections and blocking social media websites.

Date:
14 December 2016
Ref:
AFR 25/5312/2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia: Arrest of opposition leader an outrageous assault on freedom of expression

Reacting to news of the arrest of Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Michelle Kagari said: “The arrest of Merera Gudina is an outrageous assault on the right to freedom of expression and should sound alarm bells for anyone with an interest in ending the deadly protests that have rocked Ethiopia over the past year.

Date:
1 December 2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Demonstrations

Ethiopia: After a year of protests, time to address grave human rights concerns

Nearly one year on from the start of a wave of protests that has left at least 800 people dead at the hands of security forces, the Ethiopian government must take concrete steps to address grave human rights concerns in the country, Amnesty International said today. The protests began in the central Oromia region on 12 November 2015, in opposition to the Addis Ababa Masterplan, a government plan to extend the capital Addis Ababa’s administrative control into parts of the Oromia.

Date:
9 November 2016
  • Research
  • Ethiopia
  • Unlawful Killings

Ethiopia: Enable independent investigation into extra-judicial executions in Somali Regional State

Recalling our letter of 14 July 2016 to your office and your lack of response to the same, we are now issuing this open letter regarding extra-judicial executions (EJEs) and other violations of international human rights law allegedly committed by the Regional Special (Liyu) Police in different districts of Somali Regional State. Amnesty International is again asking, this time publicly, that you take all necessary measures to initiate independent investigations into these crimes.

Date:
2 November 2016
Ref:
AFR 25/5089/2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Demonstrations

Ethiopia: Draconian measures will escalate the deepening crisis

Heavy-handed measures by the Ethiopian government will only escalate a deepening crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 800 protesters since protests began in November 2015, said Amnesty International today after the government issued a directive imposing wide-ranging restrictions as part of a state of emergency. The directive authorises arrests without warrants, as well as rehabilitation measures.

Date:
18 October 2016
  • Research
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia: Reform only feasible way out of mounting crisis

There have been almost continuous protests in parts of Ethiopia since November 2015. The protests in Oromia region, were initially triggered by plans to extend the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia, but have since evolved to other demands. Protests in the Amhara region began in August 2016 against arbitrary detention, and calling for self-determination. The Ethiopian security forces have consistently used excessive, including lethal force, to disperse the protests.

Date:
18 October 2016
Ref:
AFR 25/5003/2016