Ethiopian News

  • Ethiopia govt must avoid repeat of deadly chaos at Irreecha festival: HRW

    International rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has tasked the Ethiopian government and security forces to create an enabling environment for the conduct of a top cultural festival, the Irreecha.

    The call comes days to the event and will mark a year since violence blamed on highhanded security response to protests killed participants and patrons of the annual festival. “The security forces’ disastrous and disproportionate use of force should not be repeated this year,” said Felix Horne, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.

    “With longstanding grievances still unanswered, this year’s Irreecha could be fraught with tensions. The government and the security forces should take all steps necessary before and during the festival to protect human life and de-escalate tensions,” he stressed.

    The people of Ethiopia’s Oromia region will on October 1, 2017 be joined by wellwishers to celebrate the annual Irreecha festival. This year’s edition will be the first after the deadly incidents that marred the festival in 2016.

    HRW released a 33-page report that faulted the government and security forces for the unfortunate events that happened at Bishoftu – the town that host the festival. It is located some 40km southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa.

    Deadly protests that followed the protests led to the imposition of a state of emergency about a week later, on October 9. The six-month measure was reviewed upon its initial expiration in April this year. It was lifted in August this year, bringing the total duration to 10 months.

    Addis Ababa has flatly rejected calls for an independent probe into the incident stressing that it had internal mechanisms to do that. Rights groups have dismissed efforts by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) as lacking credibility.

    The HRW report titled ‘Fuel on the Fire,’ reiterated the position that the government’s undue interference in a purely cultural event was to blame for the deadly disruption in 2016. “Last year’s tragedy was triggered by the government’s botched effort to control the event,” Horne said.

    “This year, the government should consider whether a much lighter security force presence would best serve to minimize the potential for violence, and in any case, ensure that security force personnel minimize and seek to avoid any use of force,” he added.

    The Oromia region is one of Ethiopia’s most restive regions – despite being one of the largest and most populated. It was at the heart of deadly anti-government protests that rocked the country leading to security crackdown and largely a contributory factor to the state of emergency.

    Africanews’ correspondent in Ethiopia, Antoine Galindo in August 2016 averred in an interview on ‘The Morning Call’ program that it was more a protest about political exclusion in the country.

    According to him and most political watchers, even with their ties to a relatively smaller population, the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) had established a hegemony at the helm of the political establishment.

    Getachew Metaferia, professor of political science at Morgan State University in Maryland, US, told Voice of America that growing inequality and a lack of freedom of expression had combined with perceived attempts to favour Tigray in the position or regional boundaries to spark the protests.

    More recently, the Oromia region has been engaged in clashes with the Somali region – the government puts the deadly confrontations down to border disputes but activists insist it is a deliberate ploy by the establishment to give the Oromia region a bad name.

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  • Olympic athlete Mumin Gala in a Hospital after a car Accident in Addis Ababa

    Mumin Booqora Gala is a Djiboutian runner who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 5000m event and placed thirteenth.

    Mumin Gala who celebrated his 31st birthday on September 6th announced that he will be racing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 22nd when suddenly involved in a car accident in Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa. The Cause of the Accident is still unknown and Gala is currently receiving Treatment at the Korean Hospital in the Capital, According to our Sources from the Djibouti Embassy in Addis Ababa.

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  • USAID Assistance Expands Community HIV Care and Treatment Services

    Addis Ababa, September 19, 2017 – The U.S. Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), today announced the launch of the five-year, $40 million Community HIV Care and Treatment project. Through the project, USAID aims to contribute to the 90-90-90 global goals, which are 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of diagnosed people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 90 percent of people in treatment with fully suppressed viral load by 2020 in Ethiopia.

    The Community HIV Care and Treatment project is funded through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and aims to improve the lives of People Living with HIV/AIDS through its people-centered approach, increase health system efficiencies and create access to treatment for everyone irrespective of their social and economic status.

    This activity will provide targeted HIV testing services to priority populations (groups with a high risk of acquiring HIV) in 200 woredas with integrated referral linkages, strengthen community-based HIV/AIDS case management with individualized action plans and establish a robust partnership and coordination mechanism among facility and community stakeholders. In addition, the project will pilot innovative approaches to HIV service delivery. The project will improve the delivery of ART services by:

    · Improving adherence to treatment by tracking and reengaging those people living with HIV that have been lost from antiretroviral treatment, including through the use of technology solutions, such as SMS reminders.

    . Building the capacity of local organizations, including associations of people living with HIV, religious institutions, Health Extension Workers/Health Development Army, and improving systems to provide high impact HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services at the community level to ensure the long-term sustainability of activities.

    · Increasing data availability to improve decision making for community health services

    “We’re convinced that creating access to HIV testing for the most vulnerable people at the community level, and then ensuring the referral of identified HIV positive cases for initiation of ARV treatment at health facilities, will offer opportunities for people who are missed through other approaches. A one-size-fits-all model of HIV services simply cannot work for the more than 720,000 people living in Ethiopia today with HIV.

    Differentiated care is a responsive, client-centered approach that simplifies and adapts HIV services across the cascade to better serve individual needs and reduce unnecessary burdens on the health system,” said Mission Director, Leslie Reed.

    USAID will work closely with the Ministry of Health, the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, and regional health bureaus and local organizations to implement the Community HIV Care and Treatment project.

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  • Statement by the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa on Reports of Ethnic Violence on the Oromia-Somali Border

    Addis Ababa, September 19, 2017:- We are disturbed by the troubling reports of ethnic violence and the large-scale displacement of people living along the border between the Oromia and Somali regions, particularly in Hararge, although the details of what is occurring remain unclear.

    We urge the Ethiopian government to conduct a transparent investigation into all allegations of violence and to hold those responsible accountable. At the same time, on the local level, communities must be encouraged and given space to seek peaceful resolutions to the underlying conflicts.

    We believe Ethiopia’s future as a strong, prosperous, and democratic nation depends on open and inclusive political dialogue for all Ethiopians, greater government transparency, and strengthening the institutions of democracy and justice. These recent events underscore the need to make more rapid and concrete progress on reform in these areas. 

    በአዲስአበባ የአሜሪካ ኤምባሲ በኦሮሚያ-ሶማሌ ድንበር የተከሰተውን የጎሳ ግጭት አስመልክቶ ዛሬ ባወጣው መግለጫ የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ግጭቱን ግልጽ በሆነ አካሄድ እንዲያጣራ እና አጥፊዎችን ተጠያቂ እንዲያደርግ ጠየቀ፡፡

    መግለጫው እንደሚለው በኦሮሚያ እና ሶማሌ አዋሳኝ አካባቢዎች በተለይም በሐረርጌ የጎሳ ግጭትን እና የበርካታ ሰዎችን መፈናቀል አስመልክቶ በሚወጡ አሳሳቢ ዘገባዎች ተረብሸናል፤ ምንም እንኳ ዘገባዎቹ ስለሁኔታው ዝርዝርመረጃ ስለማቅረባቸው ግልጽ ባይሆንም፡፡

    በመሆኑም የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ግጭቱን ግልጽ በሆነ አካሄድ እንዲያጣራ እና አጥፊዎችን ተጠያቂ እንዲያደርግእንጠይቃለን፡፡ በተመሳሳይ ሁኔታ፤ ግጭቱ በተከሰተባቸው አካባቢዎች የሚኖሩ የኅብረተሰብ ክፍሎች ለችግሩ ሰላማዊመፍትሔ እንዲሹ መበረታታት ይኖርባቸዋል፡፡

    ኢትዮጵያ ጠንካራ፤ የበለጸገች እና ዴሞክራሲያዊት ሀገር መሆን የምትችለው፤ ግልጽና ሁሉን አቀፍ የፖለቲካ ውይይት፤ ግልጽየመንግሥት አሰራር፤ እንዲሁም የዴሞክራሲ እና የፍትህ ተቋማትን ማጠናከር ስትችል እንደሆነ እናምናለን፡፡ የሰሞኑ ሁነቶችበተጠቀሱ ዘርፎች ይበልጥ ፈጣን እና ተጨባጭ ለውጥ አስፈላጊ እንደሆነ አመላካች ናቸው፡

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  • Sudan’s Al-Bashir gives Sudan’s highest military award to Samora Yenus of ENDF

    General Samora Muhammad Yunis is the Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces, has been awarded Sudan’s highest standard Military Victory Medal by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for ” his role of securing the Horn of Africa region.”

    The Ethiopian State media have also reported that Samora will be receiving honorary doctorate from a Sudanese University in the coming days.

    የኢፌዴሪ መከላከያ ሠራዊት ለቀጠናው ሰላምና መረጋጋት ትልቅ ሚና እንዲጫወት ከፍተኛ አስተዋፅኦ ላበረከቱት የጦር ኃይሎች ኤታማዦር ሹም ጄኔራል ሳሞራ የኑስ ከሱዳን ፕሬዝዳንት ኡመር ሀሰን አልበሽር የሱዳን ከፍተኛ ወታደራዊ ኒሻን ተበረከተላቸው፡፡

    ሽልማቱ የኢፌዴሪ መከላከያ ሠራዊት በሀገር ውስጥ እንዲሁም በቀጠናው ላበረከተው አስተዋፅኦ የተሰጠ መሆኑን የጦር ኃይሎች ኤታማዦር ሹም ጄኔራል ሳሞራ የኑስ ገልፀዋል፡፡

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  • Ethiopia’s Awasa top city for FDI jobs in MEA


    Awasa created 6546 FDI jobs in the first half of 2017, the most in the Middle East and Africa

    Awasa in Ethiopia created 6546 jobs in H1, 2017, the most in the region.

    Dubai came second, adding 4600, while Jerusalem created 3498 in the first half.

    Lagos created 3141, while staying in Nigeria, Aba witnessed 3018 new FDI jobs.

    The chart was produced using fDi Markets, which gives real-time crossborder greenfield investment data on all sectors and locations.

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