Arrest of opposition leader Merera Gudina follows months of anti-government protests
December 5, 2016 (JUBA)- The South Sudanese government said it has requested the Sudanese government to shut down offices of armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO).
- South Sudan’s former FVP Riek Machar, speaking to visitors at his residence in Khartoum, on 1 September 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)
November 16, 2016
by Teshome Debalke
No one in his or her right mind and at this late hours denies; the Tigray People Liberation Front is strangling to death the rights and livelihood of the people of Ethiopia by controlling everything Ethiopians hear, see, write, read and eat and the land they live under and depended on for their survive. Continue reading
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
November 16, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia’s tourism revenue has shown a decline after months long violent protests, Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Wednesday.
According to the ministry’s report, revenue obtained from tourism has fallen by over 7.4 million USD during the first quarter of the current Ethiopian budget year.
The turn down the ministry said was due to decline in tourists visiting the country in fear of safety after violent protests in many parts of the country.
The state of emergency declared last month was also mentioned as a cause for the turn down in tourists flow to the country.
The ministry said the revenue collected in the first quarter of the year was some $ 872 million, which was below the target set for the quarter.
Thousands of tourists have reportedly cancelled planned trips to the horn of Africa’s nation following the violent protests and state emergency.
In the last decade number of tourist visiting Ethiopia has steadily increased.
Ministry Public and International Relations Director, Gezahegne Abate told journalists that the ministry has began dispatching up-to-date information about the current situation of the country to allow tourists get the right information.
Ethiopia is among the top 10 countries recommended to be visited in 2017 by Lonely Planet, the world’s prominent travel publisher.
Since last year the east African nation has faced an unprecedented wave of violent protests that claimed the lives of over 500 people.
But the country’s most recent protests were sparked after a religious festival in Oromia region turned into violet anti-government protests claiming lives of 55 in stampede.
After the protests spread to many parts of the country, Ethiopia imposed a six-month state of emergency to contain the deadly the anti-government demonstrations which were most held the Oromia and Amhara regions.
The protests first erupted over demands for land rights however later turned in to calling for increased political and economic rights.
Last week, Ethiopia has lifted a ban on diplomats travelling more than 40km from the capital Addis Ababa without permission.
Officials say the travel ban against diplomats was imposed for the safety of diplomats.
The travel restrictions were lifted as the situation nationwide appears to be more stable.
Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Inquiry Board last week announced that authorities have arrested 11,607 people under the state decree.
October 22, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – The United States government has issued travel warnings to Ethiopia after waves of violent anti-government protests claimed lives of hundreds of people in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Amhara regions. Continue reading
October 26, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan president has called on the interim heads of the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to ensure everyone participates in his administrations, stressing that the young nation was not necessarily a one party state.
- South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters)
October 20, 2016 It was in 1978 the Provisional Military Administration known as the Derg declared what it called “red terror” in Ethiopia. What followed was hard to comprehend; it was a grotesque demonstration of inhumanity against fellow human beings. Streets were littered with bodies of young men and women with placards displayed on them reading “red terror.” For the survivors and their families, this period is a particularly painful one, which they wish didn’t happen. Whatever the context, the use of the term “red,” especially coming from the government policy makers, has a chilling psychological and emotional effect on the people of Ethiopia. It brings back that dark period and pokes the terrible memories of those who endured so much under the official campaign of “red terror” (1978-1979). The declaration of a “state of emergency” by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is a sad repeat of the “red terror” from which citizens are still trying to recover. Continue reading
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The Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 1,600 people under the state of emergency, a government minister has told the BBC.
A statement, quoted by state-affiliated FBC website, lists arrests in the Oromia and Amhara regions, which have recently seen massive demonstrations.
This is in addition to Monday’s arrests of 1,000 people near the capital.
A six-month state of emergency has been declared in the face of a wave of unprecedented anti-government protests.
Under the emergency measures, people can be detained without an arrest warrant for the duration of the state of emergency.
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FBC reports that a total of 1,683 people have been arrested in at least five places, including in Shashamene, 250km (155 miles) south of the capital, Addis Ababa, where 450 people have been detained.
It describes most of those arrested as “suspects in the recent violence” and adds that a large number of looted weapons had also been handed over.
Some business people have been detained for closing their shops, as have three teachers for “abandoning school”.
There is no mention where the people are being held.
Rights groups say that at least 500 people have died during the anti-government protests over the last 11 months as a result of clashes with security forces.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said last week that could be an accurate estimate, but blamed “anti-peace forces” for the trouble.
Activists have targeted commercial property, including some foreign-owned businesses.
These include warehouses and factories in the town of Sebeta, near Addis Ababa, which were set alight during recent protests, the authorities say.
On Monday, the mayor of the town told FBC that 1,000 people had been arrested in connection with those attacks. He later told the AP news agency that some of those had been released.
- 670: West Arsi zone, Oromia
- 450: Shashamane, Oromia
- 302: West Guji zone, Oromia
- 110 “key actors and co-ordinators of the violence”: Kelem Wolega zone, Oromia
- 93: Gondar zone, Amhara
- 13 businesspersons for closing their shops, 13 for calling for a strike and three teachers for “abandoning school”: Gondar zone
- 29 businesspersons for closing their shops: Bahir Dar, Amhara
The recent wave of demonstrations began in Oromia last November with people there protesting against a plan to expand Addis Ababa into their region.
That plan has since been dropped, but the protests have continued.
There have also been demonstrations in the country’s Amhara region.
The state of emergency was declared on 9 October a week after at least 55 people died in a stampede during an Oromo religious festival which turned into a protest.
Activists blamed the security forces for causing the panic, but the government said protesters in the crowd were responsible.
Human rights groups have in the past criticised Ethiopia for suppressing dissent.
In last year’s general election, every seat was won by either a member of the governing EPRDF coalition or one of the party’s allies.
The government has recently proposed reforms to the electoral system so that opposition politicians have a better chance of being elected.
October 20, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan government under President Salva Kiir has reiterated objection to any political initiative aiming at striking a new peace deal with a group allied to the former First Vice President, Riek Machar, claiming the current deal is “not dead.”
- First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) and President Salva Kiir (R) listen to the national anthem following a ceremony during which Machar was sworn in on April 26, 2016. (Phot AFP/Samir Bol)
October 20, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan president, Salva Kiir has threatened to personally lead and direct military operations in Equatoria region, particularly in Yei county, vowing to relocate to the area if armed groups continue causing insecurity.
- South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (AFP)