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Letter to PM Haile Mariam Desalegn

1Dear PM Haile Mariam Desalegn,

We are with the utmost urgency to address our concerns about some appalling conditions undertaken against Gambella people’s interest. Our organization is so kind to present these issues to your attention and the government you are serving to take some measures for well-being of Gambella people.

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Immediate Press Release: URGENT – Ethiopian troops into South Sudan – East Africa –

May 12, 2016


Immediate Press Release


URGENT – Ethiopian troops into South Sudan – East Africa


Gambella, Ethiopia (May 12, 2016) Ethiopian troops entered South Sudan on May 2, 2016. We cannot say for sure it is an invasion, but the military buildup is large enough to characterize it as the invasion. An eyewitness estimated over thirty (30) thousand Ethiopian soldiers crossed borders to South Sudan. They are well equipped with Tanks, heavy weaponry, Armored Personnel Carriers, helicopters, fuel tankers, and food supplies. The troops entered through three main areas – Pochalla, Raad, and Akobo – on the Ethiopian-South Sudanese borders. Currently they are operating in three locations in Pochalla area, Pochalla town, Omila and Otalo villages and about 30 Tanks are stationed in Pochalla. Continue reading

Gambella Rights Observatory

February 16, 2016

Gambella Rights Observatory

For immediate Press Release

Gambella, Ethiopia-East Africa: We are writing to you, the international community including the world press body with a sense of the utmost urgency regarding ethnic cleansing by Dr. Riek Machar’ armed forces against Ethiopian people in the Gambella Region specifically by his Nuer tribe. Today, Feb 15, 2016 hundreds of thousands Riek’s White Army have crossed the Sobat river heading to the Anyuak villages such as Akobo on South Sudan side and Jur County on the Ethiopian side. Their mission is destroy and kill as many Anyuak civilians as they can come across just similar to what they did to Greater Pibor  Murle people in 2010 and 2012.      Continue reading

Concerned Citizens Present Petition Denouncing Arrest and Detention of Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders


Concerned Citizens Present Petition Denouncing Arrest and Detention of Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders

WASHINGTON DC, December 17, 2015 – A petition denouncing the unjust imprisonment of three Ethiopian human rights defenders and calling on the Ethiopian government to drop all charges against them immediately, is being presented this week to the Ethiopian government as well as its financial backers—governments of the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, and the World Bank, which provide a significant amount of international aid to Ethiopia. The petition is signed by 1,229 people from 70 countries. Continue reading

International Organizations Launch Petition in Support of Jailed Ethiopian Activists as Court Date Approaches

Pastor Omot Agwa was charged by Ethiopian authorities under the anti-terrorism law after being detained for nearly six months.

Pastor Omot Agwa

READING, UK, 21 October 2015 – Five international organizations—Anywaa Survival Organization   (ASO), GRAIN, Inclusive Development International, Bread for All, and Oakland Institute—have launched a petition asking supporters to denounce the Ethiopian government and its financial backers for the arrest of three Ethiopian food, land, and indigenous rights activists. The three activists, who face terrorism charges for attempting to attend a workshop on food security, face a court hearing in Addis Ababa on October 22.  Continue reading

Conflict in Pochalla – Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA), South Sudan

July 23, 2015 (USA) – We are writing to the United States Department of State with a sense of the utmost urgency regrading a naturalized United States citizen Akwai Agada Akwai Cham, who returned to South Sudan in the county of Pochalla North, under greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) and was crowned a king in one of Anyuak people’s village of Adongo/Otalo. His wife and children reside in Mankato, Minnesota, U.S. Continue reading

Ethiopia: Voters being forced to cast ballots ahead of election day

SMNE Press Release
May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – The Ethiopian National Election is on May 24, 2015, less than two weeks away, but the authoritarian regime, under the control of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) for the last 23 years, appears to be panicking. The political mood of the Ethiopian people is feistier than ever as they see the election to be a totally controlled process, hardly worthy of their participation. Yet, even despite the scrupulous closing down of all political space, the EPRDF is obviously still scared and has come up with a new plan to further protect themselves from the vote of the people, even while pretending otherwise. Continue reading

U.S. State Department issues Ethiopia Travel Alert

U.S. State Department issues Ethiopia Travel Alert

 Source; State Department

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Ethiopia of the upcoming elections scheduled for May 24, 2015. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on June 30, 2015.

The State Department recommends U.S. citizens maintain a high level of security awareness during the electoral period and avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as instances of unrest can occur. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Although there have been no specific incidents of violence targeting U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and stay current with media coverage of local events. Election results are scheduled to be announced June 22, 2015.

During previous elections, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) required all diplomats and international organization staff living in Addis Ababa to receive an official pass from the MFA if they planned to travel outside of Addis Ababa during the election season. While not in effect this election, the U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens to be aware of election sensitivities. We especially recommend avoiding public polling stations on the day of the election, including schools and other public buildings. In Addis Ababa alone there will be nearly 1,600 polling stations – roughly one polling station for every kilometer.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ethiopia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to enroll directly.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Ethiopia. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is located at Entoto Street, P.O. Box 1014. The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached by telephone: +251-111-306000 or e-mail at, and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call +251-111-306911 or 011-130-6000 and ask to speak with the duty officer.


Gambella Democratic Movement (GDM) Press Release

NewsThe central committee of the Gambella Democratic Movement (GDM) has been conducting self-evaluations beginning the first week of the New Year (2014). The central     committee carefully looked into rules and regulations of the party’s standard operations procedures (SOP). Upon the revision of the rules, the party’s chairman, Okello Akway Ochalla has been found in violation of the rules and regulations of the GDM. Chairman Okello AKway Ochalla has Continue reading