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News: Journalist Temesgen Desalegn admitted to hospital, others kept in “inhuman condition”

  Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, March 30/2018 – Journalist Temesgen Desalegn, who has been rearrested last sunday along with ten other here in the capital Addis Abeba, is admitted to Zewditu hospital due to sever back pain he developed during his jail time in recent past, according to family members. “Temesgen did not have the […]

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News: Many detained by the army as crackdown intensifies in various cities across Ethiopia, among them recently released politicians and journalists

  Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba,  March 26/2018 – In what appears to be a fresh round of crackdown by the army under the auspices of the command post implementing Ethiopia’s state of emergency, more than 30 people have been detained in various cities and towns during the weekend only. Arrests of civilians were made here in […]

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News: Ethiopia security detain communication and PR head of Oromia justice bureau, move signals growing crackdown against the region

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba March 15/2018 – It has been confirmed that members of the command post overseeing the current state of emergency have this morning detained Taye Dendea, an outspoken senior member of the Oromia regional state’s justice bureau. Taye is the head of the bureau’s communication and PR department. Taye Dendea is […]

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News: Swedish foreign ministry calls Ethiopian Ambassador over protracted court case of jailed cardiologist Dr. Fikru Maru

  Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, March 14/2018 – The Swedish Foreign ministry has on Tuesday March 13 called Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the country, Prof. Merga Bekana, for talks regarding the protracted court case of jailed Ethiopian born Swedish heart surgeon Dr. Fikru Maru, according to Radio Sweden .  Dr. Fikru Maru, who was jailed for […]

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News: Federal court postponed key verdict in the case involving Qilinto prison fire suspects

Some of the defendants,  including Masresha Sete (right) and Dr. Fikru Maru (upper center) as was compiled by Ethio trial Tracker Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, March 12/2018 – Judges at the federal high court 19th criminal bench have this morning postponed a key verdict in the case involving 38 defendants charged after having been accused […]

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News: Barely a week after legislating controversial emergency decree, defense minister says public push back looking like “color revolution”

  Burayu, 23 km west of Addis Abeba, was deserted for the third day today   Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, March 07/2018 – Presenting the first report since the national parliament legislated the controversial state of emergency, Siraj Fegessa, the defense minister and chairman of the command post established to oversee the implementation of the emergency […]

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News: Opposition party OFC rejects state of emergency, says it will sue the federal government

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba March 06/2018 – Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), the largest opposition party in Ethiopia led by the recently released Dr. Merera Gudina, says it rejects Ethiopia’s reinstated state of emergency on the basis that it is “unconstitutional” and that it has no legal merit that necessitated its declaration. In a statement […]

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News: House speaker Abadula Gemeda apologizes for erring vote counting on state of emergency as decision sparks fresh protests

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, March 04/2018 – In a televised interview with the state run EBC, Abadula Gemeda, speaker of the house of people’s representative (Ethiopian parliament) has apologized for erring the vote counting on the parliament’s approval of the controversial state of emergency. The speaker’s apology came after Addis Standard published a video […]

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Video: Did Ethiopian Parliament Rig the State of Emergency vote?

      Addis Abeba, March 03/2018 – According to Art. 93 (2) of the Ethiopian constitution the emergency decree should be “approved by a two-thirds majority vote of members of the House of Peoples’ Representatives.” This clause was invoked by the Speaker of the House, Abadula Gemeda, while presenting the final result of the […]

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News: PM Haimeariam’s resignation opens period of uncertainty, State of Emergency undermines smooth transition : EU

  Addis Abeba, February 19/2018 –  The office of Federica Mogherini, head of the European Union external action service, released a statement expressing the block’s concern that “the resignation by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn opens a period of uncertainty in Ethiopia.” On Thursday February 15, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said he was resigning from […]

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