Etiopien

(English) Seminar on Ethiopia – The State of Human Rights and the Impending Political Crisis

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and Blank Spot Project will jointly organise a breakfast seminar on the human rights situation in Ethiopia. We are delighted to welcome prominent Ethiopian journalist, Tesfalem Waldeyer, who was recently released from the infamous Kilinto prison in Ethiopia. Tesfalem, who was imprisoned with the Zone 9 Bloggers, will discuss the state of human rights and the ongoing political crisis in Ethiopia.

(English) Addressing the Escalating Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with 14 other prominent civil society organisations have issued a joint statement to the Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council to draw their attention to serious human rights violations in Ethiopia. These include violent crackdowns on peaceful protests in the provinces of Oromio and Amhara. All 15 civil society organisations urge the delegations to make serious recommendations to Ethiopia including a thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigation into all deaths resulting from alleged excessive use of force by the security force.

(English) Ethiopia: End use of counter-terrorism law to persecute dissenters and opposition members

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(English) Today, Civil Rights Defenders and eight other civil society organisations issue a joint statement calling on the Ethiopian government to end the use of counter-terrorism law to persecute dissenters and opposition members. We urge the Ethiopian Government to end its escalating crackdown on human rights defenders, independent media, peaceful protestors as well as members and leaders of the political opposition.

(English) Grave Restrictions on Fundamental Human Rights

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(English) In a letter to the Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, Civil Rights Defenders together with eight undersigned civil society organisations expressed their serious concerns about the Ethiopian Government’s grave restrictions on fundamental human rights. This has been exemplified by the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia region.

(English) Ethiopian Authorities Release Two Zone 9 Bloggers and Four Journalists

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders welcomes the release of two Zone 9 Bloggers who were arrested along with four other bloggers and three journalists in April 2014 on incitement and terrorism charges. In what is seen as an unprecedented move by the Ethiopian authorities the three journalists were also released with all charges against the journalists and bloggers dropped. Another journalist who had spent more than four years in prison has also been released.

Journalist i exil får människorättspris

Mesfin Negash Photo Ninke Liebert

Som ett erkännande för hans arbete för yttrandefrihet i Etiopien tilldelas Mesfin Negash, tillsammans med 40 andra journalister och skribenter, 2012-års Hellman/Hammett-pris. Utmärkelsen delas ut av människorättsorganisationen Human Rights Watch till skribenter som utsätts för politisk förföljelse och människorättsövergrepp. Efter att ha blivit hotad av myndigheterna flydde Mesfin Negash Etiopien år 2009 och verkar numera för mänskliga rättigheter i exil från Sverige.

Mesfin Negash

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Som en av Etiopiens mycket få oberoende journalister utsattes Mesfin Negash för trakasserier av den etiopiska regeringen så till den milda grad att han tvingades fly landet. Idag bor han i Sverige men fortsätter att sprida information om mänskliga rättigheter och uppmärksamma det internationella samfundet på situationen i Etiopien: ”Om du skulle göra en balansräkning av förtrycket, skulle du se att Etiopien får samma resultat som Burma ”, säger Mesfin Negash.