The Washington Post: Ethiopia’s regime has killed hundreds. Why is the West still giving it aid?

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By Editorial Board

OVER THE weekend, Ethiopia reminded the world of how it treats those who dare demonstrate against the government. At least 90 protesters were shot and killed by Ethiopian security forces in the regions of Oromia and Amhara. As demonstrations unusually reached into the capital of Addis Ababa, the regime censored social media posts and blocked Internet access.

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This fresh outburst of repression follows months of unrest in the Oromia region over government plans to expand the Addis Ababa capital territory into the lands of the Oromo, the country’s largest ethnic group. According to Human Rights Watch, Ethiopian security officers have killed more than 400 people in clashes over the Oromia land dispute since protests broke out in November. Tens of thousands more have been detained. The clashes represent the worst ethnic violence that Ethiopia has seen in years. That the unrest is spreading to regions beyond Oromia underscores the depth of anger against the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front party.

The weekend’s bloodshed should prompt the West to reconsider its aid to the regime. Ethiopia has been hailed as a model of economic development and touts its progress on global anti-poverty indicators as proof that its “developmental democratic” style is working. But the repeated use of force to silence dissent threatens development by sowing seeds of future unrest.

The United States has long relied on Ethiopia as a partner in the fight against al-Shabab’s terrorism in Somalia and sends the country tens of millions of dollars in development assistance, tiptoeing around Ethiopia’s human rights abuses and resistance to democratic reforms. On Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa remarked that it was “deeply concerned” and expressed its “deep condolences to those who suffered as a result” but stopped short of explicitly urging the Ethiopian government to refrain from using excessive force against its citizens. The Obama administration should encourage a credible investigation into the killings and publicly make clear that Ethiopia’s continued crackdowns are unacceptable.

Europe is on the verge of helping to provide Ethiopia with even more aid. Ethiopia is one of the key countries to which the European Union is offering “cash for cooperation,” meaning aid and trade incentives in exchange for helping to keep refugees and migrants from reaching Europe. Now Ethiopia is providing a litmus test of the stated E.U. commitment to human rights. If Ethiopia continues its pattern of abusing its citizens and stifling dissent, and if it fails to credibly investigate the recent killings, the European Union should make clear to the regime that it risks being dropped from the migrant agreements.

Ethio­pian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in response to criticism of the regime’s human rights record that “building democratic culture will take some time. But we are on the right track. It’s improving.” That’s hard to square with the continued killing and jailing of protesters.

 

Source: (The Washington Post)

4 Comments

  1. The government should introduce power sharing measures that remove corruption and refocus public interest on peace, prosperity, and good governance.
    Ethiopian development model has created a solid economic foundation for such backward country that would not have been possible otherwise.
    It is time for Ethiopian government to share power with non-violent political parties that espous peace and equality of all nations and nationalities of Ethiopia. The ball is in the hands of the Ethiopian government and the countries that support Ethiopia. The USA, Canada, UK,Germany, EU should assist the government in making such transition. Ethiopia should not be left to breakdown into chaos and civil war.

    Corruption should be rooted out and sigle-party system should be changed.
    Ethiopian government structure has become a vehicle of corruption. Ordinary hardworking Ethiopians have been daily facing problems of unimaginable hardship and injustice due to corruption. The answer is very simple. Government should officially allow new alternative non-violent political parties to form and public openly participate in new elections. Non-violent trusted home-grown new Ethiopian politicians should be sharing public administration and be given positions in the country justice system. This is the advice to the Single -party development-driven government of Ethiopia.
    The government should introduce power sharing measures that remove corruption and refocus public interest on peace, prosperity, and good governance. In a single-party system, where there is no true accountability to the people of Ethiopia, corruption kills the country and the result would be unimaginable horror and destruction.

  2. The world biggest broadcasters fake Ethiopian internal affair tries to neglect to show to the world cause it is us backed government who torch and kill innocent Ethiopians who claim his right but it goes over control of the racist regime.
    I wish to hear from you Ethiopian current affair in the near future,

    shame on you,none professionals,

  3. በጣም ያሳዝናል በደም የተጨማለቀ መንግሥት ከእንግዲህ እንዲገዛ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ አይፈቀድም ትግሉ በመላው ኢትዮጵያ ተጠናክሮ ይቀጥላል ወደኋላ አንመለስም ለውጥ ነው የምንፈልገው
    የኢትዮጵይ ለዘላለም ትኑር ።

  4. GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!
    My beloved Ethiopian Brothers and sisters. First I pray for all Ethiopian people. Ask GOD to give us strength and rest in peace for over 40 Million innocent Ethiopian people genocide for the last 25 years by TPLF EVIL ENTITY REGIME IN ETHIOPIA!
    I also want to pray for USA people and its own Government to give them strength and support Ethiopian people struggle and stand with us to overthrow this TPLF EVIL ENTITY REGIM out of Ethiopia. Brought them justice for Genocides over 40 millions innocent Ethiopians for the last 25 years!
    1991 USA government helped us to be free from Mengistu Evil Communist Regime. In the process USA government brought TPLF EVIL ENTITY to rule Ethiopian people in Ethiopia without knowing. The real TPLF Identity and Evil agenda would be “ONE OF THE WORLD SIRIAL MASS MURDERERS IN THE 21 CENTURY IN ETHIOPIA AGAINST OVER 40 MILLION INNOCENT ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE!
    TPLF ruling party are not Ethiopian Nationalities, but EVIL EMPIRE, BANDA,NAZI TERRORIST NIGGERS WORST THAN ISIS !THEY ARE IN ETHIOPIAN TO ROB, TERRORISE AND MURDERE MILLIONS OF INNOCENT ETHIOPIANS!
    Since 1991 TPLF regime slaughtered over 40 Million Ethiopian different Ethnicity. Including Children, elderly and pregnant women. Except TPLF/Tigray Ethnicity!
    Since 1991 TPLF/Tigray Ethnicity population increased from 3.2 Million to 7.5 Million
    “OVER 4 MILLION TPLF/TIGRAY ETHNICITY POPULATIONS INCREASED”!
    TPLF NAZI ruling party for the last 25 years used different methods of Ethnic cleansing against different innocent Ethiopian Ethnicity group. Massacres over 40 millions Ethiopians except TPLF/Tigray ethnicity.
    AS A RESULT!
    Amharas Ethnicity population decrease from 35 Million……………Currently less than 15 million Left
    OVER 20 MILLIONS AMHARAS ETHNICITY SLAUGHTERD
    Oromo Ethnicity from 40 Million…………………………………………… Currently less than 27 Million Left
    OVER 13 MILLION OROMO ETHNICITY SLAUGHTERD
    Gambela Ethnicity from 400,200 …………………………… Currently less than 200,000 left
    OVER 200,000 GAMBELAS ETHNICITY SLAUGHTERED
    Afar Ethnicity Population from 2.5 million………………… Currently less than 900,000 left
    OVER 1.5 MILLION AFAR ETHNICITY SLAUGHTERED
    Somali Ethiopian Ethnicity from 8.5 Million…….. Currently less than 5 million left
    OVER 3.5 MILLION SOMALI ETHIOPIAN ETHNICITY SLAUGHTERED
    Gurage Population from 8.5 million……………………………………………… Currently less than 5 million left
    OVER 3 MILLION GURAGE ETHN ICITY SLAGHTERED
    WELAYTA POPULATION FROM 2.5 MILLION…………………………………… Currently less than 1 million left
    OVER 1.5 MILLION WELAYTA ETHNICITY SLAUGHTERED
    MILLIONS OF OTHER ETHIOPIAN ETHNICITY GROUP DISPLACED AND MASSACRE IN EVERY DIRECTION!
    – See more at: http://ecadforum.com/2016/08/14/esat-news-updates-fighting-broke-out-in-northern-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-452981

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