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Obama’s Administration Aiding Repression In Ethiopia

Obama’s Administration Aiding Repression In Ethiopia

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The authorities in Addis have never been tolerant of an open media environment, but the political climate has deteriorated dramatically.…

UN investigates Briton on death row in Ethiopia

UN investigates Briton on death row in Ethiopia

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The detention of a British citizen held on death row in Ethiopia for almost a year is being investigated by the United Nations official responsible for preventing torture.…

Ethiopian Election: “The political space has been closed” Yilekal Getinet

Ethiopian Election: “The political space has been closed” Yilekal Getinet

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"The political space has been closed," said Yilekal Getinet, leader of Semayawi, the "Blue Party" in Ethiopia's Amharic language and one of the main opposition parties.…

Washington Versus Democracy and Freedom in Africa

Washington Versus Democracy and Freedom in Africa

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Beyond the rhetorical flourishes of freedom, justice, and liberty, Washington’s record in fostering democracy and advancing the ideals of freedom in Africa remains widely incoherent, at its best, and on the wrong side of history, at its worst. …

Ethiopians go to the polls amid accusations of political repression

Ethiopians go to the polls amid accusations of political repression

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"I will not go to vote. Nothing will change anyway, no matter who I vote for," said Berhanu, a taxi driver.…

Ethiopia: Elections Signal Need for U.S. Policy Change

Ethiopia: Elections Signal Need for U.S. Policy Change

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In advance of Ethiopia’s elections scheduled for May 24, Freedom House issued the following statement and policy recommendations…

Upcoming Ethiopian polls carry lessons from past for journalists now

Upcoming Ethiopian polls carry lessons from past for journalists now

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The disputed 2005 elections, marred by the deaths of 193 people at the hands of state security forces, and the arrests of tens of thousands of citizens cast a dark shadow over Ethiopia.…

Activist’s Suicide Shows Opposition Plight Before Ethiopia Vote

Activist’s Suicide Shows Opposition Plight Before Ethiopia Vote

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A month before Ethiopia’s elections, opposition activist Getahun Abraham walked into a compound of government offices in the southern town of Gimbichu, doused his body in gasoline and set himself alight. It took more than 10 minutes for bystanders to extinguish the flames.…

Ethiopia: Enough with Whispering about Media Freedom

Ethiopia: Enough with Whispering about Media Freedom

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During our private discussion, my first question to President Obama concerned the grounds on which the U.S. government believed that the election in Ethiopia will be fair, free, credible, open, and inclusive.…

Ethiopia: Restrictions on freedom of expression will hinder free and fair elections

Ethiopia: Restrictions on freedom of expression will hinder free and fair elections

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On 24 May 2015, Ethiopia will hold its fifth national elections and the first since the demise of the late long-serving Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Campaigns officially end on 21 May 2015 and the final result will be announced to the public on 22 June 2015.…

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