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News: Security forces open fire at festival goers in Weldiya, Amhara regional state, killing at least five

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 21/2018 – “At least five people were killed” yesterday and several others wounded when security forces opened fire at festival goers in Weldiya, some 510 km north of the capital Addis Ababa, in Amhara regional state, according to Alemayehu Yemiru, a resident of the town; but Alemayehu said he […]

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Opinion: ‘Peace’ of the tormentor and resistance toward freedom

  Alem Mamo, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, January 11/2018 – Fostering peace is much more abstruse than waging war or employing violence to address social woes. The multi-dimensional disposition of peace necessitates a wide-ranging approach that addresses all the underlying and deep-rooted factors interposed to the absence of peace in the first place. ‘Positive […]

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News: Federal high court reverses decision to summon gov. officials as defense witnesses, angering defendants; sentences seven on contempt of court

  Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, January 11/2018 – The Federal High Court 4th criminal bench has today dismissed its own decision to summon high level government officials as defense witnesses in the case involving senior opposition party officials from the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC). In its ruling on August 18th, the court issued a letter […]

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News: Autopsy of Ayele Beyene says he died of ‘natural cause’; contradicts co-defendants who say he died of ‘torture, neglect in prison’

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 05/2018 – The autopsy of Ayele Beyene, 29, who died in the last week of July 2017 while he was imprisoned at Qilinto prison, a maximum prison facility on the southern outskirt of Addis Abeba, has declared the cause of his death as “natural.” Under the “Opinion as to […]

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Breaking: Ethiopia to close down notorious prison, to release all political prisoners

  Addis Abeba, January 03/2018 – At a joint press briefing given by the four chairpersons of EPRDF’s member parties, PM Hailemariam Desalegn, who is the chairperson of SEPDM, said his government will close down the notorious prison ward (and a torture chamber by all accounts) called Mae’kelawi. The Prime Minister said Mae’kelawi will be […]

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News: Two benches at federal high court jail nineteen Ethiopians accused of having links with PG7 to lengthy terms

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 02/2018 –  The federal high court 19th and 4th criminal benches here in the capital Addis Abeba have today sentenced a total of nineteen Ethiopians who were accused of terrorism related offenses to jail terms ranging from three years and ten months to 16 years and six months. All […]

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News: Court rejects request by Dr. Merera Gudina to declare invalid latest audio/video evidence added by prosecutors as evidence

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 29/2017 – The Federal High court 19th criminal bench has today rejected the request by Dr. Merera Gudina’s defense team to declare as invalid the latest addition of audio,video and photo evidence by the prosecutors team against the defendant. On December 25 prosecutors have submitted to the court ten […]

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News: Ethiopian netizen community hold daylong campaign to remember fellow prisoners of conscience

                                                       Sketches made to accompany the daylong online campaign Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, December 28/2017 – Ethiopian netizen community have held a day-long social media campaign yesterday December 27 aimed at remembering fellow prisoners of conscience jailed in several prison facilities in Ethiopia. The campaign followed news that prominent opposition figure Bekele Gerba was […]

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News: OPDO secretariat asks federal court a new appointment date for its senior officials to appear as defense witnesses in high profile case

All the four officials have failed to appear in court   Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 28/2017 – The Secretariat of the OPDO Central Committee has asked the federal high court 4th criminal bench  to get a new appointment date for its high level officials who were summoned to appear in court as defense witnesses […]

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News: Independent investigations into the recent violence in Ethiopia essential: EU

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 20/2017 –  In a statement by spokesperson released this afternoon regarding the current situation in Ethiopia, the European Union (EU) said it was “essential that independent investigations on all acts of violence are conducted.” The statement from the EU came in  the wake of increasing numbers of violence, including […]

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