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In-Depth Analysis: Qoshe Garbage Dump Collapse: a trail of Corruption, Criminal Negligence and Countless Victims

Originally published by Mahlet Fasil on Addis Standard Addis Abeba, March 17, 2017 – For the second time in less than six months, the Ethiopian ruling party EPRDF-dominated parliament has declared a three-day nationwide mourning. This time it is for the victims of a devastating collapse of a mountain of solid waste located 13 km southwest [...]

Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism and the Gondar protests

An analysis on what the rising ethnic nationalism among the historically powerful Amhara means for the country’s future. Amba Giorgis, Ethiopia - Etenesh* sits alone on a worn cow skin in her mud-walled home in Amba Giorgis, a small Ethiopian market town in the northerly Amhara region. Her husband, a merchant, was arrested early in November, [...]

Ethiopia 2016 in Review: The Year of Perseverance!

Originally published at Al Mariam’s Blog Author’s Note: In July 2016, I completed my tenth year of uninterrupted Monday Commentaries (and sometimes up to 4 commentaries) a week. Some have amiably characterized my commentaries as “Monday Sermons”. My first commentary  (in the form a speech), “Awakening Giant”, appeared on July 4, 2006, the 230th anniversary of the [...]

“Ethiopian Government have a policy of killing all opponents “, Herman Cohen

The political leaders of the Ethiopian Government have a policy of killing all opponents who take to the streets to demonstrate against them. Other opponents who do not demonstrate but make public statements instead, are sent to jail for long periods. I fail to understand why the Ethiopian regime feels it necessary to exercise such [...]

Petition Condemning the Vicious and Malicious Attack Against EMP Ana Maria Gomes by Surrogates of the Brutal Regime in Ethiopia.

Task Force for Human Rights and Justice in Ethiopia – Europe Ethiopia is currently ruled by a brutal minority regime led by the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) an organization still registered as a terrorist organisation in the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) with appalling records on human rights and democracy. Following a litany of gross [...]

Ethiopia’s internet crackdown hurts everyone

By James Jeffrey, IRIN Ethiopia has never been an easy place to operate. But a six-month state of emergency, combined with internet and travel restrictions imposed in response to a wave of anti-government protests, means it just got a whole lot harder. The government has targeted the mobile data connections that the majority of Ethiopians [...]

Internet shutdown could cost Ethiopia’s economy millions of dollars

Note from the Editor: It is to be recalled that Ethiopia was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet. Since May 2006, the then top five most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation with the apparent objective is to prevent [...]

Ethiopia – Not Free, Not Connected, Not Developped

  Freedom house released its flagship reports on Freedom of the World and Freedom on the Net 2016. The first report on the Freedom of the World shows that the world was battered by crises that fueled xenophobic sentiment in democratic countries, undermined the economies of states dependent on the sale of natural resources, and [...]

Ethiopia: Asking Ethiopians to Trade Liberty for Security Is a False Choice

OPINION It has been a month of complete shutdown of mobile Internet, data and social media access in Ethiopia. While in the past it has been common practice by the government to block certain websites deemed as enemy of the state, this month’s blanket shutdown of Internet services affecting every cell subscriber is unprecedented. The [...]

Open Letter to Government of Ethiopia

November 4, 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs P.O. Box 393 Addis Ababa Ethiopia Re: Human Rights Watch Reporting on Ethiopia Dear Minister, Human Rights Watch notes the October 22, 2016 blog post of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, then minister of foreign affairs, on the Ministry’s website about our recent presentation to the European Parliament’s subcommittee on [...]


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Ethiopia is the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the then top five most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.




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