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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
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  • Refugees

Refugees and locals will transcend fear and division in powerful live global social experiment

Follow the I Welcome live event on Facebook. In the face of divisive rhetoric and anti-refugee hostility, refugees and local people on four different continents will come together for a unique social experiment, affirming our shared humanity, to be streamed live on Amnesty International’s global Facebook page today. Based on a social theory that four minutes of eye contact can create a close bond between two strangers, refugees from countries including Ethiopia, Honduras and Myanmar will stare into the eyes of people from Australia, Kenya, the United Kingdom and Mexico in a live social experiment broadcast live from four cities – Sydney, Nairobi, London and Mexico City – at 19.

Date:
18 November 2016
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Salil Shetty speech to IAVE World Volunteer Conference

Making Change: The Challenge and the Potential Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty addresses the 24th IAVE World Volunteer Conference in Mexico City on 10 November 2016 FULL TEXT: At the outset, I want to thank IAVE and our local hosts Cemefi and Amevol. The world is spinning out of its axis The world is spinning out of its axis, or so it feels, and this is even before we heard the outcome of the US elections.

Date:
10 November 2016
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  • Ethiopia
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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
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  • Italy
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Ill-treated for a fingerprint: Asladain's story

Asladain, 19, from Ethiopia, interviewed August 2016 I left Ethiopia because of the political situation. I’m Oromo and in 1991 there was conflict between Tigrinya and Oromo. My grandfather and my father fought for the Oromo. Later, my father was arrested and my brother shot dead at university by the government. In Ethiopia if you are Oromo you can’t do anything. They arrest you and they can kill you. At the time I wasn’t involved in politics.

Date:
3 November 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
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Squabbling over children in Calais sends an appalling message to the rest of the world

Over recent days, the relationship between the French and UK governments has been strained by renewed disagreement over who should take responsibility for children at Calais. The two governments have once more effectively abandoned these children in conditions which obviously put their safety and welfare at risk. This in contrast to the arrival in the UK of significant numbers of children over recent weeks, including many being reunited with family here – an outcome required by the Dublin III Regulations to which both countries are legally bound.

Date:
2 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
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  • Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Oral statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa at the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Civic space in Africa is under attack. Recent years have seen the rise of the proposal to enact legislation whose purpose or effect is to restrict the space for civil society or create barriers to HRDs effectively doing their work. Ethiopia, Uganda, amongst other countries, have successfully enacted such laws. In countries, such as Angola and Egypt, HRDs have been subjected to unfounded criminal prosecutions, arbitrary detention, and judicial harassment.

Date:
29 October 2016
Ref:
AFR 01/5065/2016
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  • Africa
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Oral statement on the situation of refugees in Africa at the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Conflict and crisis has displaced millions of people in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa had a total of 4. 4 million refugees as at the end of 2015. Five countries (CAR, DRC, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan) accounted for 80% of the refugees on the continent. Five of the 10 countries hosting the largest number of refugees in the world are in Sub-Saharan Africa. These are: Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Some of these countries, such as Kenya and Ethiopia, have hosted thousands of refugees for decades.

Date:
29 October 2016
Ref:
AFR 01/5067/2016
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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
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  • Ethiopia
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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
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Ethiopia: Renewed protests underline need to investigate after dozens killed in stampede

Fresh protests in Ethiopia since dozens of protesters were killed in a stampede at a religious festival on 2 October underline the need for the Ethiopian government to ensure a full investigation into how the protest was handled, said Amnesty International today. Protests have broken out in the capital Addis Ababa, as well as in the Oromia and Amhara regions, since the deadly stampede at a large-scale traditional ceremony in the town of Bishoftu on Sunday.

Date:
5 October 2016
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  • Africa
  • Refugees

Tackling the global refugee crisis: Sharing, not shirking responsibility

On 19 September 2016 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly collectively, and spectacularly, failed the 21 million refugees of this world. The “High-level Summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants” was to address the global refugee crisis, a crisis in which, daily, millions fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, South Sudan, Myanmar and Iraq suffer intolerable misery and human rights violations.

Date:
4 October 2016
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World leaders have ‘shirked, not shared’ responsibility on refugee crisis

The abject failure of a United Nations summit to tackle the deepening global refugee crisis is a missed opportunity that will affect millions of the world’s most vulnerable people unless leaders find alternative solutions to help them reach safety, Amnesty International said ahead of two high-profile refugee summits next week. UN member states are set to adopt an ineffective refugee deal on 19 September.

Date:
13 September 2016