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Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge international investigation into ongoing human rights violations

A group of civil society organizations are calling for an independent and impartial international investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia, including the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters and a recent spate of arrests of civil society members documenting this crackdown. DefendDefenders (East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project), the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE), Amnesty International, the Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP), Front Line Defenders, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), are concerned about the levels of persecution and detention of civil society members in the country.

Date:
30 August 2016
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  • Ethiopia
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Ethiopia: Dozens killed as police use excessive force against peaceful protesters

At least 97 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia region and in parts of Amhara over the weekend, according to credible sources who spoke to Amnesty International. Thousands of protesters turned out in Oromia and Amhara calling for political reform, justice and the rule of law. The worst bloodshed - which may amount to extrajudicial killings - took place in the northern city of Bahir Dar where at least 30 people were killed in one day.

Date:
8 August 2016
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  • Libya
  • Refugees

Refugees and migrants fleeing sexual violence, abuse and exploitation in Libya

Horrifying accounts of sexual violence, killings, torture and religious persecution collected by Amnesty International reveal the shocking range of abuses along the smuggling routes to and through Libya. The organization spoke to at least 90 refugees and migrants at reception centres in Puglia and Sicily, who had made the journey across the Mediterranean from Libya to southern Italy in the past few months, and who were abused by people smugglers, traffickers, organized criminal gangs and armed groups.

Date:
1 July 2016
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  • Eritrea
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Eritrea: Immediately and unconditionally release prisoners of conscience

The Eritrean foreign minister’s confirmation that all politicians and journalists arbitrarily arrested in 2001 are alive is welcome news but they must now be immediately and unconditionally released, said Amnesty International. In a Radio France Internationale (RFI) interview broadcast on 20 June, Foreign Minister Osman Saleh referred to the detainees as political prisoners and said “all of them are alive” and will be tried “when the government decides”.

Date:
21 June 2016
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  • Libya
  • Refugees

EU risks fuelling horrific abuse of refugees and migrants in Libya

The EU’s plans to cooperate more closely with Libya on migration risk fuelling the rampant ill-treatment and indefinite detention in horrifying conditions of thousands of refugees and migrants, said Amnesty International. Last month the EU announced plans to extend its anti-smuggling naval mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia, for another year and to train, build up the capacity of and share information with the Libyan coastguard following a request by the new Libyan government.

Date:
14 June 2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Demonstrations

Ethiopia: Detainees beaten and forced to appear before court inadequately dressed

Authorities in Ethiopia should immediately stop the ill treatment of political opposition members and human rights defenders who were beaten in detention and then forced to appear before the court inadequately dressed, Amnesty International said today. The 22 defendants, including political opposition leaders Gurmesa Ayano and Beqele Gerba, Deputy Chief of the Oromo Federalist Congress, were brought today before the court inadequately dressed.

Date:
3 June 2016
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  • Africa
  • Unlawful Detention

Ethiopia: End use of counter-terrorism law to persecute dissenters and opposition members

The Ethiopian Government must end its escalating crackdown on human rights defenders, independent media, peaceful protesters as well as members and leaders of the political opposition through the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP) says a group of civil society organisations (CSOs). “The government’s repression of independent voices has significantly worsened as the Oromo protest movement has grown,” said Yared Hailemariam, Director of the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE).

Date:
2 June 2016
  • Research
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia: 25 Years of Human Rights Violations

When the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took control of the capital, Addis Ababa on 28 May 1991, Amnesty International hailed the day as a “…break with the past” and an opportunity to put human rights protection at the top of the agenda for the future. However, as Ethiopians celebrate 25 years of EPRDF rule, they have suffered persistent and pervasive violations, in particular, of civil and political rights that has become a hallmark of the EPRDF government.

Date:
2 June 2016
Ref:
AFR 25/4178/2016
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Ethiopia: Release opposition politician held for Facebook posts

The Ethiopian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a prominent opposition politician facing a possible death sentence on trumped-up terrorism charges over comments he posted on Facebook, said Amnesty International. Yonatan Tesfaye, the spokesman of the opposition Semayawi (Blue) party, was arbitrarily arrested in December 2015 and held in lengthy pre-trial detention for comments he posted on Facebook.

Date:
6 May 2016
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  • Censorship and Free Speech

Salil Shetty Address to Stanford University on "Companies, consumers and the state: Defining private industry´s obligation to protect privacy"

Video courtesy of the Handa Centre and Stanford University   Thank you to Jessie and the Handa Centre, and Professor Granick and the Centre for Internet and Society at the Law School for having me here today. I welcome the opportunity to address this important subject right in the middle of the world’s digital nerve centre - Silicon Valley. At the outset, it is important to put the attack on the right to privacy online in context.

Date:
4 April 2016
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  • Africa
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge the international community to address killing of Oromo protesters

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (DefendDefenders) and Amnesty International urge Ethiopia’s development and international partners to addressthe killing of at least 140 protesters in the Oromia region since December 2015. On 12 November 2015, peaceful protests started in the Oromia Region, southwest of the capital, Addis Ababa, in response to measures taken to transfer the ownership of a community school and portions of a local forest to private investors.

Date:
14 January 2016
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  • Ethiopia
  • Discrimination

Ethiopia: Anti-terror rhetoric will escalate brutal crackdown against Oromo protesters

Protesters have been labelled ‘terrorists’ by Ethiopian authorities in an attempt to violently suppress protests against potential land seizures, which have already resulted in 40 deaths, said Amnesty International. A statement issued by state intelligence services today claims that the Oromia protesters were planning to “destabilize the country” and that some of them have a “direct link with a group that has been collaborating with other proven terrorist parties”.

Date:
16 December 2015
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  • Africa
  • Detention

Op-ed: The world must not forget the jailed journalists of Ethiopia

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, who was convicted on trumped up terrorism charges, will have spent more than four years in jail. Eskinder is just one of many Ethiopian journalists currently languishing behind bars, merely for doing their job. But unlike other journalists incarcerated on spurious terrorism charges such as the Al-Jazeera journalists freed from Egyptian prison earlier this year, the plight of jailed journalists in Ethiopia attracts little attention from the international community and the media.

Date:
10 December 2015