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October 4, 2018

HAWASSA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s government is failing to protect its citizens amid escalating ethnic violence that has displaced nearly a million people in the last six months, the head of a national human rights body that reports to parliament said on Thursday.

Among other conflicts along ethnic lines, fighting in the south between the Oromo and Gedeo groups has escalated since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed - the first le...

August 5, 2018

New leader wields great power, commands massive support and has achieved a huge amount in a short space of time. But evidence suggests that biggest challenges lie ahead.

Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been working to change to his country's political system ( AP )

Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been embracing change, quite literally. Last month, in what has become almost a trademark move, the beaming...

August 5, 2018

GENEVA — The UN refugee agency is ramping up life-saving aid to nearly one million people displaced by violence in southwestern Ethiopia and is urging accelerated reconciliation efforts to defuse tensions in the region.

As its name implies, the UN refugee agency's mandate is to assist and protect refugees. But, at the request of the Ethiopian government, it is extending its humanitarian support to include the nearly one million...

August 5, 2018

Violence has broken out in an eastern city in Ethiopia after federal troops took over key positions including the local parliament.

Soldiers were deployed in Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali region, after an apparent rift between local authorities and the national government.

Protesters set fire to a church and looted shops and targeted non-Somalis.

The government recently accused regional officials of carrying out human rights...

It seemed impossible just a few months ago: reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea after decades of attrition. But peace is here at long last. How did this turnaround, which some are calling historic, come about?


As of July 9, it's official: the war is over between long-time enemies Eritrea and Ethiopia. A document to the effect was signed by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister...

The government of Ethiopia has started formal talks around ongoing political reforms with an exiled opposition group, the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF).

A May 13 statement by the ODF confirmed that a high-level government delegation had met with its members and held fruitful discussions from May 11 – 12, 2018.

“Pursuant to its longstanding public position, the ODF reiterated its commitment to deepening and broadening the reforms...

April 3, 2018

Ethiopia has been under a state of emergency for much of the past two years. The first state of emergency was imposed in October 2016 following a year of protests and was lifted at the end of 2017. The second one came on February 17, this year after the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

According to HRW, in 2015 alone thousands were killed and tens of thousands of protesters were detained in Oromi...

On Sunday March 25, Ethiopia’s opposition Blue Party held a luncheon for recently released political prisoners. The attendees list featured leaders of multiple political parties, activists, journalists and bloggers — nearly all of whom had run-ins with the law over the past few years. After the luncheon, the former prison mates gathered at the home of journalist Temesgen Desalegn for tea and to socialize with other colleagues....

This my second update on events in Afrin and beyond.

After I wrote my first update (below) on Friday, March 16, it became apparent that the hoped-for last minute intervention by our government and/or the UN was not going to happen. The world stood by and did nothing as our worst fears unfolded. Afrin city was surrounded, and most of the surrounding territory was overrun by Turkish Jihadi ground troops killing, looting, and driv...

February 15, 2018

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved to learn that Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye, two Ethiopian journalists who had spent seven years in prison, were freed yesterday as part of the planned release of around 750 political prisoners that the prime minister promised on 3 January

Convicted in 2012 on charges of support for terrorism and acts of terrorism, Eskinder and Woubshet were sentenced to 18 and 14 years in prison re...

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