Ethiopia and Thailand celebrate fifty years of diplomatic relations
Commemoration of the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Thailand was celebrated with Ethiopian music and Thai cultural performances at the Ethiopian National Theater on Monday (November 24). There were performances by a cultural troupe from Thailand and cultural music from an Ethiopian orchestra. The show will help to promote mutual understanding between the two countries and peoples.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dewano Kedir, expressed his congratulations for the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Thailand. He appreciated the close partnership the two countries enjoyed and emphasized the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the future. He said Ethiopia and Thailand had the potential to cooperated in sectors like tourism, trade, manufacturing, agriculture and education. The State Minister welcomed the decision of the Thai government to re-open its embassy in Addis Ababa, not least because Addis Ababa was the seat of the African Union and could be considered the diplomatic capital of Africa.
The non-resident Ambassador of Thailand to Ethiopia, Ambassador Peerasak Chantauarin, noted that the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Kingdom of Thailand had shared close and cordial relations in the past due to the unwavering commitment of both governments to strengthen their partnership and exchange information on their respective culture, values and way of life. The Ambassador emphasized the commitments to open embassies in their respective capitals, exchange more visits at government and business level, promote more trade, investment and people-to-people links, and, indeed, join hands in different areas of development.
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Ethiopia to send health care workers to Ebola hit countries within two weeks
Ethiopian Ministry of Health announced the recruitment process of 210 volunteer health workers to be deployed to Ebola hit West African countries has been finalized.
Public Relations Head at the Ministry Ahmed Emano said the volunteers will aid the global effort to contain the Ebola crisis in the hardest hit countries and also share Ethiopia’s experience in community health development strategy.
The 210 volunteers are currently receiving training and will receive further training for two more weeks in the countries where they will be deployed before they are activated to provide care for patients.
Each volunteer will serve for three months and will be engaged in various activities ranging from awareness creation to providing medical treatment.
Emano stated that the volunteers have full medical and life insurances and their jobs here will be waiting for them once they return from their mission.
Extreme precaution will be taken upon their return and the volunteers will be quarantined for 21 days before they can rejoin their families.
Ethiopia hopes to set world record for HIV tests
Ethiopia is attempting to set a world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one day.
The country's health officials said Tuesday they hope to break the record this coming weekend in honor of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. The previous record for number of HIV tests carried out in one day occurred in Argentina in November 2012, when 1,380 people were tested. Ethiopian officials hope to carry out 2,000 tests.
The Ministry of Health said the tests would occur in the country's Gambella region, where 6.5 percent of residents have HIV or AIDS.
Dr. Warren Naamara, who is with UNAIDS, said some 800,000 Ethiopian have been infected with HIV since the outbreak of the disease in the 1980s. A quarter of those infected were children.
South Africa Has Most Prisoners In Africa followed by Ethiopia – Report
South Africa has recorded the highest number of prisoners in Africa, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS).
According to the report, South Africa has recorded a total of 165 395 inmates in April 2014. This was followed by Ethiopia with 93 044 and Morocco with 72 816 prisoners.
The study revealed 2.3% of South Africa’s inmates in April were female, while 0.3% of the prisoners were minors.
There were 27.8% pre-trial detainees and 5.3% foreigners.
South Africa’s official capacity is 119 890 inmates, which means occupancy level is 127.7% over.
The report further found western African countries locked up 46 people per 100 000 population. In southern African countries this figure spiked to 205 people per 100 000 population.
Other significant findings were that almost half of the world’s prisoners are in the United States, China or Russia – countries which barely account for a quarter of the world’s population.
There are more than 10.2 million prisoners around the world.
“It is of grave concern that there are now over 10.2 million men, women and children held in penal institutions throughout the world. What is of graver concern is that the world prison population continues to rise, despite the fact that imprisonment is a highly expensive option for governments, as well as being inappropriate and ineffective for the majority of prisoners who come from minority and marginalised groups, or who are mentally ill or who are alcohol and drug abusers,” said the director of the ICPS, Peter Bennett.
“The International Centre for Prison Studies calls on those governments with high or rising rates of imprisonment to reduce their prison populations and to seek alternatives to custody in the interests of good economy, effectiveness in sentencing and the achievement of internationally agreed standards.”Yahoo News
CIGI-Ipsos global survey: Internet access should be considered human rightBy Elias Meseret
A survey of Internet users in 24 countries has found that 83% believe affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right, according to the “CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust.”
The results of the new survey, commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos, were presented on Monday in Ottawa, Canada.
According to responses, two thirds of Internet users are more concerned today about online privacy than they were compared to one year ago (64%). When given a choice of various governance sources for the Internet, the majority (57%) chose multi-stakeholder model “of technology companies, engineers, non-governmental organizations and institutions that represent the interests and will of ordinary citizens, and governments.”
The survey of 23,326 users was carried out between October 7 and November 12, 2014 in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States.
Among the top areas of concern for Internet users, criminal hacking into personal bank accounts (78%) ranks highest followed by stolen personal information, such as private messages and photos, through hacking (77%), and further followed by private companies monitoring the activities of Internet users and then selling that information for commercial purposes without explicit consent (74%).
“The remarkable findings of this survey of global attitudes dramatically underscore that fears about human security have moved from the physical world to now include the virtual world. There is a gaping trust deficit in the Internet as people around the globe increasingly worry that their online identities and communications will be compromised or stolen by those who operate in the dark recesses of the Internet,” says Fen Hampson, Director of CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program. “Unless trust is restored in the Internet through creative governance innovations its real potential to promote human development and global prosperity will be severely compromised.”
Other concerns focused on governments and institutions with a full majority of Internet users worried about important institutions in their country being cyber attacked by a foreign government or terrorist organization. Two-thirds of Internet users are concerned about governments censoring the Internet and government agencies from other countries secretly monitoring their online activities.
Former S. Sudanese diplomat in Ethiopia denies fraud allegations
A former South Sudanese diplomat who recently defected to the armed opposition group has dismissed allegations of financial fraud.
David Dang Kong, who served as a first secretary at the South Sudanese embassy in Ethiopia, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the accusations were “fabricated” and “politically motivated”.
The accusations came a day after Kong announced his defection the armed opposition faction led by ex-vice president, Riek Machar.
South Sudan’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Mawien Makol, told Sudan Tribune that Kong defected in order to dodge fraud claims.
He claimed the diplomat’s defection was to escape accountability over money he embezzled.
However, in his response to the allegations, Kong insisted he had no access to embassy accounts, referring all financial inquiries to the overall head of mission.
According to Kong, the head of mission was the only person with access to the embassy’s bank account and was responsible for signing all checks or any withdrawals.
“If there is any money missing at all, let Juba investigate the ambassador,” he said.
Kong said he was not surprised by the accusations levelled at him by Juba, saying the government had previously fabricated claims against diplomats or government officials who had opted to join the rebel faction.
He claimed the accusations were being used by Juba as an excuse to cover the “ongoing deliberate harassment and intimidation targeting ethnic Nuer diplomats at South Sudan embassies across the world”.
Kong further accused the government of creating a climate of fear at its embassies in a bid to force Nuer diplomats to abandon their posts.
“The securities of [president] Salva Kiir who are from [the] Bahr el Ghazal region are targeting Nuer diplomats and citizens at South Sudan embassies across the world,” he told Sudan Tribune.
“This has happened at our embassies in New York, China, Kenya, South Africa, Eritrea – and now in Ethiopia,” he added.
Source: Sudan Tribune
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