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Ethiopian regime has a 25-years-long bloody legacy

By Degeufe Hailu
“Nations cannot realise the full promise of independence until they fully protect the rights of their people,” Barrack Obama, president of the United States, said on tour to Kenya and Ethiopia last year. This is ironic, because on that trip he failed to criticise human rights abuses by the Ethiopian government, which he hailed as “democratically elected”.

Ethiopians are very familiar with the government’s attempts to oppress any opposition. The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) government took power in 1991. All opponents are persecuted as terrorist collaborators.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says only Syria had a higher number of journalists forced into exile between 2010 and 2015 than Ethiopia.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says only Syria had a higher number of journalists forced into exile between 2010 and 2015 than Ethiopia.

Today, Ethiopia stands as a nation in contempt of human rights. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Ethiopia has the second highest number of journalists forced into exile between 2010 and 2015 after Syria.
Evidence of the denial of freedom of expression includes the arrest and incarceration of Zone 9 bloggers in 2014. Their name is a reference to the eight divisions of the infamous Kaliti Prison — suggesting that Ethiopia as whole is effectively the jail’s ninth division. The arrest of the bloggers for publication of news and opinion pieces that were critical of the government and its repressive entourage exposed the country’s non-existent due process.
Last June, Andargachew Tsige, the secretary-general of Ginbot 7, a group banned for allegedly advocating the armed overthrow of the Ethiopian government, was deported to Ethiopia from Yemen while in transit to Eritrea. This transfer violated international law prohibiting sending someone to a country where they are likely to face torture.
Tsige has been detained without access to family members, legal counsel or consular representation, which he is entitled to as a British citizen. His detention location, to date, is unknown.
Terrorising those who publically criticise the government’s endeavours, however, is not limited to media outlets. In April 2015, peaceful protests in Oromia over the government’s planned expansion of the Addis Ababa municipal boundary were met with excessive force, including shootings. Many protesters perished, while others continue to be detained without charge.
Protest against displacement from land and family is not new to Ethiopia.
Under the “villagisation program” 1.5 million rural people have been relocated under the guise of improving their access to basic services. One example of this forced displacement is in the Gambella region, for which relocation was accompanied by insufficient compensation and consultations, and violence including beatings and arbitrary arrests. This was just in the first-year of the “villagisation program”.
In subsequent years, 200,000 indigenous persons from 240,000 hectares of land in the lower Omo Valley were displaced without compensation or consultation, due to the government’s development of sugar plantations. The clearance of land, sold to foreign interests, year-in year-out has lined the pockets of the government, without regard for the region, or the Ethiopian people in general.
Inherent in this inculcating of terror, is the need to maintain the status quo. This is evident in the landslide victory in June 2015 of the ruling party and its insipid allies. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, a rebrand of the TPLF, overwhelmingly ejected the only opposition parliamentarian from office.
“This result was completely expected, there is no multi-party system in Ethiopia. It’s just fake,” said Taye Negussie, a sociology professor at Addis Ababa University.
President Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia was to whitewash a continent.
US collaboration with the TPLF, a party that has expelled all opposition and is dedicated to a reign of pure terror, has a long history — Obama and three of his predecessors have visited.
The people in the Horn of Africa can live in harmony and in peace, and flourish through the development of a stable region, without the need for foreign interference.
The mission to oust the oppressive regime in Ethiopia, is aimed to stop a culture of fear and suspicion, especially if we want to enter into a serious problem-solving dialogue.
We need to be united participants of the political process and not the subjects of a repressive and terrorising government, to address our problems genuinely and solve them definitively.
Source: greenleft

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4 Comments

  1. Obama is controlled by UK and USA policy makers regarding Africa.
    don’t believe what he says about Africa or USA committment to Africa.
    both UK and USA interest will be affected with a stronger and united Ethiopia,sudan,somalia,etc hence any dictator or rebel army is supported both materially and financially as long as it is working to the eventual fall of a nation.
    In Ethiopia’s case both UK and USA are aware of TPLF’s agenda and what is happening to the Ethiopian institutions and the army.they are happy
    TPLF is doing their dirty work of stripping the country’s identity and
    its people independence.Ethiopia is expected to be a failed state with full support of TPLF consent.

  2. The N-Neftegna cry be it in the form of Degefu Hailu or Al. Mariam or Mesfin Woldemariam is the same old song. They represent the cruelest rulers and oppressors on earth and yet they cry now for democracy and human rights. It is like the hyena trying to cheat like an innocent animal. But the Ethiopian people have already recognized the hyena in whatever form it comes. Our advice for the hyena now is if possible to adjust its behavior to the new situation otherwise to continue its scavenging life elsewhere…

  3. The problem with many writers is that they do not recognize the incumbent regime as an Ethiopian government. Suppressing adversaries was not started with the EPRDF government. The history of the country is full of governments that are like efficient killing machine. A case in point being emperor Theodros and the Dergue government. For me anybody who blindly denounces the government is acting on the basis of ethnicity. This does no good to anybody. If you think the government can fall down through relentless cry on the internet, then you are committing the biggest mistake of your life. Because it was not built overnight but through long and arduous process of the heroic struggle of the men and women members of the ruling party….

  4. There r good and bad things in Ethiopia .
    -support , help and push the government to correct the bad ones
    -encourage , assist the government to
    Strengthen the good ones .

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