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Amidst Intensive Public Protests Ethiopia declares State of Emergency

A ministerial cabinet meeting of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) government, chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam, has declared a state of emergency throughout the country effective as of yesterday Oct. 08, 2016. The decision came after a daylong emergency meeting of the cabinet of PM Hailemariam. The first since the coming into power [...]

Q&A: Recent Events and Deaths at the Irreecha Festival in Ethiopia

The following questions and answers are critical to understanding recent events inEthiopia. Responses are written by Felix Horne, senior Ethiopia researcher at Human Rights Watch. The Human Rights Watch analysis of the situation is informed by 15 interviews with people who witnessed and lived through the events of October 2, 2016, as well as hundreds of [...]

Internet shutdowns in Ethiopia cost the country US$9 million last year

October 7, 2016 – by CyberEthiopia New report: Internet shutdowns in Ethiopia cost the country US$9 million last year A  new report, released today, quantifies the economic cost of internet shutdowns around the world over the past year, including those that occurred in Ethiopia. Brookings Vice President Darrell West authored the study, in which he [...]

Are Ethiopian protests a game changer?

Political protests which have swept through Ethiopia are a major threat to the country’s secretive government, writes former BBC Ethiopia correspondent Elizabeth Blunt. For the past five years Ethiopia has been hit by waves of protest, not only by formal opposition groups but also Muslims unhappy at the imposition of government-approved leaders, farmers displaced to [...]

United Nations Press briefing note on Ethiopia

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville Location:  Geneva Date: 7 October 2016 Subject:    Ethiopia (1) Ethiopia There has been increasing unrest in several towns in the Oromia region, south east of Addis Ababa, since last Sunday when many people died after falling into ditches or into the Arsede lake [...]

ኃይሉ ሻወል አረፉ

ከቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዴሞክራሲና ከመላ ኢትዮጵያ አንድነት ድርጅት – መኢአድ መሥራቾችና መሪዎች አንዱ የነበሩት አቶ ኃይሉ ሻወል አረፉ፡፡ ከቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዴሞክራሲና ከመላ ኢትዮጵያ አንድነት ድርጅት – መኢአድ መሥራቾችና መሪዎች አንዱ የነበሩት አቶ ኃይሉ ሻወል አረፉ፡፡ አቶ ኃይሉ ሻወል በሰማንያ ዓመት ዕድሜአቸው ዛሬ ያረፉት በሕክምና ሲረዱ በነበረባት ታይላንድ መሆኑን ለቪኦኤ ቅርበት ያላቸው ምንጮች ገልፀዋል፡፡ አቶ ኃይሉ ሻወልን [...]

EU needs new approach on Ethiopia

By FELIX HORNE OTTAWA, 6. OCT, 16:46 In January, the European Parliament passed a 19-point resolution condemning the Ethiopian government’s brutal crackdown on protests that had left more than a hundred dead. Many Ethiopians rejoiced at the resolution. I read it to some Ethiopian friends, who cried. They had assumed Ethiopia was part of an international [...]

The “Oromo National Charter” and the Future of Ethiopia: A Plea for Clarity.

The “Oromo National Charter” and the Future of Ethiopia:  A Plea for Clarity. Tedla Woldeyohannes, Ph.D.* In response to my most recent article, “Can the Ethiopian Government Save Itself and Ethiopia Too”?[1], a number of readers emailed me to ask me for my views on the future of Ethiopia, how a peaceful transition can be [...]

Ethiopia : “The army blocked all the exits and started shooting at the crowd” France24 Observer eyewitness

When our Observer Assif travelled to the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, to take part in the Ireecha festival held yearly by the Oromo ethnic group, he didn’t expect gunfire and blind panic. However, when Ethiopian security forces opened fire on the celebrating crowds, he found himself swept up in a deadly stampede that resulted in [...]

A New Vision for A New Ethiopia – By Kebour Ghenna

By Kebour Ghenna “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one”. Thomas Paine Last week someone asked me what would I say are the three immediate problems facing Ethiopia today, and how would I want them to [...]

Warka ዋርካ
the Pioneering Ethiopian Discussion
Forum in Amharic

The then-TPLF-dominated regime in Ethiopia was the first in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the 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.

On 22nd June 2018, the new Prime Minister Dr Abye Ahmed's government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites including after 12 years of blockage as attested by the OONI’s thorough verifications of our website’s unblocking .

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