U.S. Senators Speak Loud and Clear: Human Rights Violations in Ethiopia Must Stop!

By Alemayehu G, Mariam

Last July, Barack Obama visited Ethiopia and declared the ruling Thugtatoship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) regime a “democratic government.”

The T-TPLF claimed with a straight face that it had won the 2015 “election” by 100 percent or all 547 seats in “parliament”.

The New York Times called it a “sham”.

Human Rights Watch called Obama’s statement “shocking”.

I called it a low down dirty shame.

Cardin-6On April 20, 2016, Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murry (D-WA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) sponsored a Resolution condemning the crimes against humanity being committed by the T-TPLF in Ethiopia today. Continue reading

South Sudan has finally issued landing permit for Machar’s aircrafts

April 23, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government has finally issued a clearance for landing of two aircrafts to transport the first vice-president designate and “accompanying delegation” to arrive on Monday, 25 April 2016.

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Machar speaks on a mobile phone after an interview with Reuters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi July 8, 2015

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South Sudan’s ethnic Shilluk rebel factions sign unity deal

April 22, 2016 (JUBA) – Armed groups South Sudan’s ethnic Shilluk with different political ideologies and allegiance are gathering in Fashoda to agree on a unified political and military position based on how to present their grievances and to galvanize support to advance and achieve the cause of their rebellion.

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Former rebel leader Johnson Olony speaks to the press upon arrival at Juba international airport on 13 June 2013 (ST)

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Machar to be accompanied to Juba by hundreds of officials

April 18, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – South Sudan’s first vice president designate, Riek Machar, will be accompanied to the national capital, Juba, by hundreds of officials and staff members of the armed opposition faction of the SPLM-IO, his media official has said.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar, center, greets unidentified participants after lengthy peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, Aug. 17, 2015 (Photo AP/Mulugeta Ayene)

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South Sudan president says will run for 2018 elections

April 17, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, said there is a possibility he will run for another term in office after 2018, saying the decision will however be decided by the people and not “others with intention to install puppet government to exploit resources.”

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir waits for the arrival of his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, in Juba on May 23, 2013. (Photo Reuters)

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Djibouti’s strategic position draws world’s armies | AFP

AFP)  A French warship ploughs through the sparkling waters between Africa and Arabia on a joint training drill with the US that highlights Djibouti’s growing strategic role for the world’s militaries.

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On the sun-blasted rocky shores of the tiny Horn of Africa nation, some 500 French troops march alongside 50 US Marines near the town of Arta, wearing full kit in the baking heat. Continue reading