Ethiopia’s Oromo hold peaceful memorial at Irreecha festival

Ethiopia’s Oromo hold peaceful memorial at Irreecha festival

In Ethiopia, this year’s Irreecha festival brought peaceful but powerful protest as the Oromo people marked the anniversary of last year’s massacre at Bishoftu. More than 1.5 million people were expected to attend the annual thanksgiving celebration. Despite the rainy skies, they came; once there, the crowds chanted anti-government slogans…

Ethiopia extends state of emergency in place since Irreecha

Ethiopia will maintain its state of emergency for an additional four months, following a parliamentary vote Thursday that approved the extension. The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said the measure passed unanimously after Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa made his case for additional time before lawmakers still concerned about unrest in…

Ethiopia releases 2,000 prisoners, promises political dialogue

Ethiopian officials have released 2,000 people detained during recent weeks of violent protests amid the nation’s current state of emergency. Minister of Defense Siraj Fegessa, speaking at a press briefing on Sunday, declined to say how many people in total had been picked up during mass arrests that followed the…

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…