Ethiopia: UN Experts Urge Ethiopia to Stop Using Anti-Terrorism Legislation to Curb Human Rights

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Ethiopia urged not to use anti-terrorism law to curb freedom of expression and association (file photo).

(ADDIS ABABA) A group of United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country, amid reports that people continue to be detained arbitrarily.

The experts’ call comes on the eve of the consideration by Ethiopia of a series of recommendations made earlier this year by members of the Human Rights Council in a Continue reading

IGAD chief mediator insists rebels signed ceasefire matrix

Seyoum Mesfin (L), chairperson of IGAD meditors, and Taban Deng Gai, SPLM In Opposition chief negotiator, attend the resumption of South Sudan talks in Addis Ababa on 11 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Seyoum Mesfin (L), chairperson of IGAD mediators, and Taban Deng Gai, SPLM In Opposition chief negotiator, attend the resumption of South Sudan talks in Addis Ababa on 11 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

ADDIS ABABA – The chief mediator mediating the peace talks between the two warring parties in South Sudan under the auspices of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has insisted that SPLM In Opposition led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, did in fact sign the matrix on ceasefire agreement despite dismissal by the rebels.
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Kenya bars travellers from Ebola-hit nations

newsBorders closed to travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in effort to contain deadly epidemic. Kenya is closing its borders to travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, the government has announced.

Kenya Airways also announced that it would suspend its flights to Freetown and Monrovia when the government travel ban on passengers comes into effect on Wednesday.
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Rights Group Protests the Invitation of S. Sudan President to the United States, Calls for Demonstration

US President Barack Obama (right) with South Sudan’s President Salva kiir (left). Photo: Getty Images/Pool

US President Barack Obama (right) with South Sudan’s President Salva kiir (left). Photo: Getty Images/Pool

Washington, DC, (SSNA) — South Sudanese rights agency, the Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD), has announced its objection against the invitation of South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayayrdiit, by the United States President Barack Obama to attend the 2014 US-Africa Leaders Submit scheduled to take place on August 6.

The conference comes after more than seven months of fighting in South Sudan.

The Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora is deeply troubled by the invitation of the leader of the war-torn nation, according to the group’s press statement obtained by the South Sudan News Agency. Continue reading

S. Sudan accuses Ethiopia of “arming” rebels

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers at Jonglei’s Bor airport after they re-captured the town from rebel forces in January 2014 (AFP)

Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers at Jonglei’s Bor airport in after they re-captured the town from rebel forces in January 2014 (AFP)

The army chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, said there were some “unusual” movements within South Sudan’s borders, but declined to name countries allegedly involved in dealing with the rebels.

“We have not reach that level of pointing figures but where they get ammunition and new guns?” Awan said.

“I believe that something unusual is happening,” added the army chief who maintained that government forces fully controlled Nasir, a strategic Upper Nile state town claimed by both sides on Sunday. Continue reading

Malaysian plane reportedly shot down in Ukraine near Russian border

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Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in Grabovo, Ukraine, in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. Maxim Zmeyev / Reuters

A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border, Interfax cited an aviation industry source as saying on Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed on its Twitter feed that it had lost contact with Flight MH17 that was traveling from Amsterdam, adding that “the last known position was over Ukrainian airspace.”

Malaysia Airlines also said in a statement that it received notification from Ukrainian air traffic control that it lost contact with the plane, a Boeing 777, about 31 miles from the Russia-Ukraine border. Continue reading

Yemen Extradites Ethiopian Opposition Official to Addis Ababa

1An exiled Ethiopian opposition leader with British citizenship, who was sentenced to death in absentia, has been extradited to Addis Ababa, according to his group.

Andargachew Tsige, secretary-general of Ginbot 7 (labelled a terrorist organisation by the Ethiopian government), was arrested while in transit through Yemen last month.

Britain has expressed “deep concern” about his fate.

“Andargachew has been given for slaughter,” Ginbot 7 said in a statement on Friday, warning Yemen that it had made a “historic mistake”. Tsige is Ethiopian-born with British citizenship. Continue reading

Save Anywaa Boys

By Okoth Owity Opap

Hundreds of Anyuaks’ boys who miss one testicle during birth are thrown into rivers. This cultural belief leads to drowning hundreds of Anyuaks’ boys for centuries. Odok Obang Lero is an Anyuak student who went to medical school in Australia. Lero majored in Medical Laboratory Science, and he graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2012. He said he is a medical scientist who diagnoses diseases in a laboratory. Continue reading

Tewodros Bahru: Ethiopia’s prosecutor from hell is in America

June 17, 2014

Under the brutal rule of the TPLF, courts are key instruments of repression. This is not an allegation. It is rather a well-documented and substantiated fact widely known across the world. One of the worst crimes the TPLF has committed in the last two decades is using fake laws, Kangaroo courts, unjustly ruthless “prosecutors” and “judges” to silence and torment anyone opposed to its criminal tyranny. Continue reading