Ethiopia: UN team urges inquiry as Merkel heads to Addis Ababa

Ethiopia: UN team urges inquiry as Merkel heads to Addis Ababa

A group of United Nations human rights experts called Monday for Ethiopia to allow an international inquiry into the country’s detentions and violence against peaceful demonstrators. The U.N. appeal – for the second time this year – urged Ethiopian authorities, who placed the nation under a state of emergency over…

Tunisia, the EU-Turkey migrant deal and Merkel’s Africa travels

Tunisia, the EU-Turkey migrant deal and Merkel’s Africa travels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins a trip to Africa Sunday, visiting the nations of Mali and Niger to discuss their security and counterterrorism strategies before heading to Ethiopia. She’ll arrive in Addis Ababa amid the nation’s escalating unrest and the international attention to its alleged human rights violations, issues that…

Djibouti-Ethiopia rail runs set for October start

Test runs of the new railway linking Addis Ababa and Djibouti may come as early as next week, now that the $345 million project, funded primarily by China, is near completion. Officials with Ethiopian Railway Corporation say trial service will run for three to six months on the line, beginning…

Ethiopia co-hosts at Obama Leader’s Summit on Refugees

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted his Leaders’ Summit on Refugees Tuesday, following a U.N. General Assembly on Monday that resulted in adoption of the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants. Obama’s proposal to increase to 110,000 the number of refugees welcomed to the U.S. next year, from countries across…

Ethiopia suffering worst drought in 50 years

In the midst of the worst drought in 50 years, Ethiopia’s population finds just some relief in the rain reaching parts of the country, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. In February this year the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) wrote that over ten million people are in need of food…

Ethiopia: Oromo crackdown continues

Protests continue in the Oromo region of Ethiopia as accusations of systematic discrimination are thrown at the government. The protests that began in November last year started when students resisted the government’s proposed plan to expand the capital’s administrative control into the Oromia region. The region spans across the country…

Ethiopia: hunger levels rising

Save the Children has warned that Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in half a century. This comes only days before the 26th African Union Summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Due to the El Nino induced drought conditions which began in June last year the country is suffering; 10.2…

#FreeBekele: protests continue in Ethiopia

The crisis in Ethiopia is continuing to escalate after two months of protests which have lead to deaths and accusations of torture committed by the government. “Security forces have killed at least 140 protesters and injured many more, according to activists, in what may be the biggest crisis to hit…

Ethiopia should “allow journalists to do their jobs”

Two journalists have been arrested by the government in Ethiopia as deadly demonstrations continue in the Oromia region. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent nonprofit organization promoting press freedoms, on Sunday released a statement calling “on authorities in Ethiopia to release the editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia online newspaper,…

Peaceful demonstrations spiralling into violence in Ethiopia

Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated yesterday that Ethiopian security forces have killed at least 75 protesters and wounded many more in the protests which started in November. Reportedly, security officers have also been killed however the number remains undisclosed. The protests began when students resisted the government’s proposed plan to…