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  • Campaigns
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia: Further Information: Detained Oromo protesters must be released

The Ethiopian authorities arbitrarily arrested and detained a number of peaceful protesters including journalists and opposition party leaders in recent brutal crackdown on protesters in the Oromia Region. Those detained remain at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and should immediately and unconditionally be released.

Date:
17 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 25/3437/2016
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • 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
  • News
  • Africa
  • Children

Eritrea: Refugees fleeing indefinite conscription must be given safe haven

The huge number of young people fleeing indefinite national service in Eritrea is adding to the global refugee crisis. These people have the right to international protection, a new report from Amnesty International has found. Just Deserters: Why indefinite national service in Eritrea has created a generation of refugees reveals that, despite claims by officials that conscription would be limited to 18 months, national service continues to be indefinite, often lasting for decades.

Date:
1 December 2015
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Justice Systems

Ethiopia: The acquittal of three bloggers detained for over 500 days no victory for freedom of expression

The acquittal of three bloggers by an Ethiopian court after 539 days in detention must not be dressed up as a victory for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International today. Natnael Feleke, Atnaf Berhane and Abel Wabela, who were tried on terrorism charges, were acquitted by the federal court today in Addis Ababa but have yet to be released. The fourth, Befeqadu Hailu, was also acquitted of terrorism charges but trial hearings on an incitement charge will continue.

Date:
16 October 2015
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Refugees

Global Refugee Crisis – by the numbers

There are 19. 5 million refugees globally 14. 4 million under the mandate of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and 5. 1 million Palestinian refugees under the mandate of UNRWA. Top 10 source countries of refugees (in addition to Palestinian refugees):  Syria Afghanistan Somalia Sudan South Sudan Democratic Republic of Congo Myanmar Central African Republic Iraq Eritrea Top 10 refugee host countries: Turkey (1.

Date:
12 October 2015
  • Campaigns
  • Syria
  • Refugees

Chain Reaction - #refugeeswelcome

We welcome refugees #refugeeswelcome On Sunday 13th September 2015, Amnesty International Italy, Art for Amnesty and the Italian NGO "Insieme Si Può" organised a massive 'human chain' event, linking arms around the three peaks of Lavaredo, a mountain within the Dolomites mountain range in Italy. An estimated 5,000-6,000 people joined in. Participants in the human chain signed a human rights manifesto including support for refugees and migrants.

Date:
16 September 2015
  • Campaigns
  • Censorship and Free Speech

How governments are using spyware to attack free speech

Security expert and hacker Morgan Marquis-Boire spends his days researching the shady underworld of government surveillance. Here he explains how governments are using malicious computer code to spy on journalists and human rights activists across the world. What is spyware and how is it different to malware? Broadly, malware is malicious code that does something harmful or undesirable on a user’s system that runs without their consent.

Date:
20 August 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Discrimination

Kenya and Ethiopia: Obama must speak up on human rights

US President Barack Obama should use his visit to Kenya and Ethiopia, which began today, to call for dramatic improvements in the human rights situation in both countries, said Amnesty International, alongside 13 signatories to a letter sent to the President. “Both countries face real security threats but we are concerned by the way in which each government has responded, often with abusive security measures and increased efforts to stifle civil society and independent media,” the letter states.

Date:
24 July 2015
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Refugees

United States of America: Letter to President Obama re: visit to Kenya and Ethiopia

As you prepare to visit Kenya and Ethiopia later this week, we, the undersigned organizations and individuals, write to share our appreciation for your engagement on some key concerns on the sub-continent, including the crucial role of governance. To this end, last summer’s US-Africa Leaders Summit was an important milestone and your upcoming trip presents an opportunity to reaffirm your administration’s commitment to addressing the core challenges faced by millions of Africans.

Date:
21 July 2015
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 51/2156/2015
  • Campaigns
  • United Kingdom
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Human rights groups cannot do their jobs in a surveillance state

Powerful surveillance systems are strangling freedom of expression and interfering with the legitimate work of activists and non-governmental organizations. Since former NSA analyst and whistleblower Edward Snowden released one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history two years ago, almost a week doesn’t go past without some new information on electronic surveillance making headlines. And yet, the more that is revealed, the more we become aware just how much governments are keeping us in the dark.

Date:
9 July 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Unfair Trials

Ethiopia: Respect court rulings and release opposition members

Woyneshet Molla (left), Ermias Tsegaye, Daniel Tesfaye(right) and Betelehem Akalework( not in the picture) have been rearrested repeatedly on the same charges. Ethiopian authorities must stop harassing two men and two women linked to the opposition Semayawi (Blue) Party, and immediately release them from detention, Amnesty International said as they were expected to face fresh charges in court today in the capital Addis Ababa.

Date:
1 July 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Killings and Disappearances

Ethiopia: Investigate suspicious murders and human rights violations

The suspicious murder of opposition leaders and wide-spread human rights violations against opposition party members over the past few weeks raises questions about Ethiopia’s elections, said Amnesty International as the parliamentary poll results were announced yesterday. The organization has also expressed concerns about the failure of the Africa Union Elections Observer Mission (AUEOM) and the National Elections Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to properly monitor and report on allegations of wide-spread abuses before, during and after the election.

Date:
23 June 2015
  • Campaigns
  • Eritrea
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Born on Eritrea’s battlefields

Ibrahim’s parents were veteran fighters in Eritrea’s long war for independence from Ethiopia. After it ended in 1991, his mother, Aster Fissehatsion, became a high-profile politician, and his father, Mahmoud Ahmed Sherifo, was appointed Vice-President. In September 2001, both were arrested after criticizing the President, and never heard from again. Ibrahim tells us their story. (Image above: A rare photograph of Ibrahim with his mother, Aster Fissehatsion, Eritrea, 28 April 1990.

Date:
22 June 2015