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Human Right for All

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Date: Friday, 26 August 2022


Subject: Human Right for All

 This article about to read is from 2012. What’s happening in Tigray today the result of mistreatment of the past. 

 The Public and The International Community to Support The Cause of Human Rights For All.
 Since Prime Minister Meles came to power 16 years ago, his security forces have killed, tortured
and harassed thousands of people who have criticized the government.
 
Meles Zenawi, Seyoum Mesfin, and Tigray in general are soiled by innocent Ethiopian blood,
it would be foolish to expect the Tigray will do the right thingmeaning strive for a united and
peaceful Ethiopia.
 
Students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, gather around one of the victims who died in protests
Wednesday. It is the agony of our Imprisoned, Latest Information on Kinijit Arrested Leaders
people and the portrayal of the current sad  situation in the country. Helping the rest of
 
the world understand what’s happening in Addis today. These photos are some of the evidence
regarding human rights violations in Ethiopia today.
 
The police were running at the crowd, firing shots. I got shot in my leg,. the 22-year-old day
laborer who identified himself by one name, Getu, said. .I was just trying to get home to avoid
the trouble..
 
I kept running with the others while the soldiers chased us, shooting towards the running mass.
We would run a bit then stop and turn round. The police assume that you have a gun if you keep
running and so to avoid being shot you have to run a little, walk a little, checking over your
shoulder.
 
The BBC’s Mohammed Adow in Addis Ababa said lashes between police and protestors erupted
early on wednesday morning and spread across the city, reaching the doorstep of the British and
French embassies.
 
Most of the clashes occurred in the commercial district of Mercato, where Many people were
shopping in reparation for the Eid festivities. They are killing, no one is crying. They are killing more,
not one drop more Our own government, is killing us You have nothing to say to us or about us.
 
We are not hooligans, thieves or terrorists
We are the future of this country of ours
A country tired of its savvy and ruthless
leader Meles Zenawi power Banchi D, Baltimore, United States
 
A man, shot in clashes between stonethrowing opposition supporters and riot police in Ethiopia’s
capital is rushed to an Addis Ababa hospital on Tuesday  As the wounded were taken to the
hospital, a woman shouted: "Murder state". Eight people died in Tuesday’s violence and at leas
t 23 on Wednesday.
 
we are really in deep, deep danger. We need help now, before we are bathing in blood. .
 
Doctors said most of the dead had been shot in the chest and those wounded were shot in the
legs and arms. I am not sure what will happen tomorrow but I hope that the international
community comes to our aid.
 
"The donor countries can twist Meles’s arm and make him compromise - release the prisoners,
allow the newspapers to reopen," he said about Zenawi. "That’s if they care about democracy
as much as they say."Another bloodbath is taking place in Ethiopia,. Ana Gomes, the European
 
Union.s chief election observer in the May polling, said in a recent letter urging colleagues on the
European Parliament to end their chummy approach toward Mr. Meles.
 
An excuse for cracking down on all government critics Shooting at unarmed students is a
shameful misuse of government power Source from Human Rights News Ethiopia: Government Attacks
Universities, Civil Society
 
By Saman Zia-Zarifi
 
Since Prime Minister Meles came to power 14 years ago, his security forces have killed, imprisoned,
tortured and harassed thousands of people who have criticized the governments. Shooting at unarmed
students is a shameful misuse of government power, the Ethiopian government has to investigate
and prosecute the authorities responsible for firing on the students. The government’s heavy-handed
tactics have enflamed what began as a peaceful local student protest into a violent national crisis, the
attacks on academic freedom have now degenerated into a wholesale assault on civil society in
Ethiopia." said Saman Zia-Zarifi, Academic Freedom director for Human Rights Watch.
Senior research fellow in the Department of International Law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam,
the Netherlands.
 
Ethiopian security forces have used excessive force in dealing with student protests and are using
the protests as an excuse for cracking down on all government critics, Human Rights Watch
charged today. Attacks by security forces on Addis Ababa University, in Ethiopia’s capital, have
led to forty-one deaths, hundreds of injuries, and the detention of over two thousand students
and scores of government critics since April 17. Voice of the people. The bodies of two young
men in the Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killed during clashes between youths
and police. aheavens’ photostream.
 
Birtukan is our leader and we cannot allow thugs to touch her, leave alone to arrest her,.
were among the slogans being chanted by angry residents of Addis Ababa The people of
Ethiopia are making it loud and clear that their struggle for justice, which is on the verge
of success, will not be deterred by any means. The uprising that began by the students of
Addis Ababa this week is spreading full-fledgedly across. And if anything, this attests
to the underlying fact. While assuming it has contained and weakened the civil disobedience
of June, the regime was exposed to the much stronger revolt of last month. And before the
November violence cools down, the regime is being perturbed by the third wave of uprising
and public unrest that exploded this week.
 
The crisis in Ethiopia, which is getting worse every day The crisis in Ethiopia is getting worse
every day.
 
The people of Ethiopia are making it loud and clear that their struggle for justice, which is
on the verge of success, will not be deterred by any means. The uprising that began by
the students of Addis Ababa this week is spreading full-fledgedly across. And if anything,
this attests to the underlying fact. While assuming it has contained and weakened the civil
disobedience of June, the regime was exposed to the much stronger revolt of last month.
And before the November violence cools down, the regime is being perturbed by the
third wave of uprising and public unrest that exploded this week. The Voice of the people
Addis under fire!
 
Violent rioting is rocking a great number of districts of the ethiopian capital Addis Abeba.
The heaviest fighting is around the areas known as Ferensai Legasion, Bella, Megenagna
and Mekanisa, as protesters erected roadblocks with stones and burning tires. Police
activity is at its highest as live bullets are being shot at the rioters. The death toll is already
expected to be very high.
 
Today’s violence follows yesterday’s arrests of top CUD officials and the clampdown on the private press.
 
What the hell are they doing??? How blind are they not to see how much everybody hates them and
gettin sick of them?? Its gonna get worse!The securities and Federals..we never knew we had devil
brothers. How could you be soo devil to kill your own brothers and sisters?? 23  killed and 183 wounded!!!
 
Meles Kutchu has to go. This is the time all Ethiopian people knows who you are and what you stand for.
If I were you Meles, I will give up. Cause People are knows the true you that you can’t lead us with your
poissen idias. Long live Ethiopia (In the 1980s, the TPLF had a reputation as hard-line communists who
saw Enver Hoxha’s Albania as a model state.)
 
Comment from: Yemereb Lij
 
Woyane’s downfall is coming faster than everyone thinks, including Meles. Every single life
lost is an additional evidence revealing the core of the brutal-Albanian guided power by force.
Now that US media has picked up the news and we continue writing to respective senators,
US will be cornered to denounce Meles. Let’s keep up voicing our concern in unison!!!
 
 
Comment from: Ashenafi
 
Meles Leave Ethiopia Killing women and children, 13 years old?
 
What a desperate move... you know it your time is finished. butchering, soaking on blood
will bring you to be judged for your enless crimes on innocents, you can’t get away with this....
 
Why is the police killing the people that it is supposed to protect? Shame on the Ethiopian
Police for killing its brothers, sisters, little children, and mothers. Shame on you! It is just
mind boggling to me why the leaders think that massacring the people they say they are
serving will stop any opposition. The use of power to silence the people never solves a problem.
 
The so called Democratic government of Ethiopia has set a fire that it cannot extinguish.
Mika’el, Los Angeles, California The independent Ethiopia Human Rights Council said
Clashes between police and protesters erupted in gunfire and grenade explosions on
Wednesday, with police killing at least 33 people during a second day of renewed
demonstrations against Ethiopia’s disputed elections, a rights group said. Hundreds
of heavily armed riot police were deployed across the capital as heavy machine-gun
and rifle and loud explosions rocked Addis Ababa.
 
News Paper Washington Post 12/25/05
 
Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed when security forces fired into crowds.
 
In the following weeks, police jailed at least 15,000 protesters and 130 senior opposition figures,
including professors, judges and the city’s elected mayor, Berhanu Nega. Most were charged
with treason, but some are being prosecuted for calling for genocide against Meles’s ethnic group,
the Tigrayans.
 
23 Bomer Nega, 84, the father of jailed mayor Berhanu Nega "The opposition doesn’t even have a
spokesperson. They are all in jail," said Nega. "There’s no democracy here. They allow leaders to
be elected, but then put them behind bars. I think this country is being led back into the corner."
 
The Ethiopian people has been tremendous suffering. As random killings, beatings, lootings and
mass arrests continue, the country is gripped in fear. The joy of a 90 percent voter turnout last
May is turning into a nightmare.
 
So far, 89 people have been shot at point blank range for participating in peaceful
street demonstrations and close to 70,000 have been arrested as possible foes and put
in remote prisons, where the death toll is mounting. According to the British newspaper
The Observer, a number of people have died while in custody of government forces.
 
24 Abdu, originally from Africa, is a Houston-based writer on foreign policy. Meles Zenawi
handpicked by Tony Blair Onslaught : By David Blair Police came for Teshome Legesse, a
CUD city councillor, as he was having lunch with his family on Nov 1. When they beat him
with rifle butts, his wife, Etenesh Yimmam, 46, became hysterical. They beat her with sticks,
then one of the police shot her twice.
 
The man who killed Mrs Etenesh received a shouted order from another officer: "Just do it."
At that moment, he fired again, apparently aiming at the woman’s son, bent over her body.
He missed and wounded one of the family’s neighbours. Then two officers fired in the air,
dispersing the crowd, and the police left in a pick-up,taking the dead woman’s husband.
 
25 Arrests were taking place across Addis Ababa. The city’s jail overflowed and prisoners
were held in its compound. As that became crammed, detainees were held in the National
Exhibition Centre. Even that overflowed, so government offices were used as temporary prisons.
 

Detainees were beaten, stripped of their shoes then driven to an old military camp at Dedesa,
250 miles west of Addis Ababa.  There they survive in disused barracks on daily rations of
four slices of bread.
 
Western diplomats have reports of  executions at Dedesa and of a body being  hung on the
camp’s gates. The best  estimate for the total detained is 40,000.  A leader handpicked by
Tony Blair to  champion Africa has smashed his
 
opponents with the biggest crackdown in  the continent’s recent history, jailing  40,000 people
including boys of 15.   Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime  minister and a member of Britain’s
Commission for Africa, has launched a systematic onslaught against every  possible adversary.
 
By David Blair in Addis Ababa
 
Daily Telegraph.co.uk
 
 
Meles Zenawi was born in 1956 in the  town of Adwa in the Tigray Region. 11
 The regime of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi haslaunched what the Daily Telegeraph correspondent
 describes as "a systematic onslaught against the majority of the Ethiopian people," save his Tigrean
 minority tribe in the north (11), after the Ethiopian people overwhelmingly rejected his regime in the last
 election. But in 1992 when Ethiopia was divided in 7 ethnic regions and Tigray expanded its territory with
 60% by trimming fertile land from Beemer and  Wollo. The building and expansion of Tigray in
 different directions, often to the extent of expanding to other people’s territories is bound to lead to
 conflict, wherever it emerges. 
1. Addis Ababa* 2. Afar 3. Amhara 4. .Benishangul-Gumaz 5. Dire Dawa* 6. Gambela 7. Harari
8. Oromia  9. Somali  10. Southern Nations, Nationalities, and  Peoples Region  11. Tigray
 
 Meles Zenawi was born on 08 May, 1955  in Adwa, in the Tigray Province of  28  Northern Ethiopia.
He attended the Queen of Sheba Junior Secondary School before going on to complete his tertiary schooling
at the General Wingate School in Addis Ababa; after graduation he attended Addis Ababa University, studying
medicine between 1972-1974. In 1974 he left school  to join the Tigrai People.s Liberation Front (TPLF) during
the chaos that ensued in Ethiopia that led to Haile Selassie.s overthrow by coup d.état by the Derg, which was the
group of the army who orchestrated the coup.  He would go on to be elected to the Leadership Committee and the
Executive Committee of the TPLF in 1979 and 1983 respectively, and by 1989 he was chairman of both the TPLF
and the EPRDF (Ethiopian Peoples. Revolutionary Democratic Front). It should be noted that after since the
overthrow of Haile Selassie a guerrilla war had raged against the Derg and their leader Mengistu Haile Mariam
until his overthrown in May 1991, when EPRDF would close in on Addis Ababa, forcing him to flee the country.
After Mengistu.s overthrow, Zenawi would assume the role as transitional President of Ethiopia on 28 May 1991
until 22 August 1995, when he would go on to become Prime Minister of the  country, despite opposition boycotts
of the election. He would be re-elected to the Prime Minister office in 2000 and in 2005. During his tenure in office
, he has been active as a mediator in several regional conflicts in the region, including in Burundi, Somalia and Sudan.
 A long time friend of the Clinton Administration, he has also been recognized by the Bush Administration as an
important war on Terror in the region, receiving massive US aid for both food and other financial assistance programmes.
He would go on to complete his MA in Business Administration at the Open University (UK) in 1995, followed by an
MSc in Economics from the Erasmus  University (Netherlands) in 2004. He is married with three children, and his
hobbies include reading, swimming and tennis. His presidency is lauded by his followers as him being one of the most
progressive  in Ethiopian history, and he has been successful in throwing off the cruel  shackles of Mengistu.s extremely
oppressive Marxist regime, and he is noted to be an very well-read intellectual. That said, his opposition has many charges
against him.  Human Rights Abuses Once thought of as the great hope for democracy in Africa and lauded by Tony
Blair for his exemplary good governance,  recent evidence suggests that a human  rights crisis is now brewing in Ethiopia.

After parliamentary elections in May 2005, which has come under scrutiny after  Zenawi.s party won a majority with 296 of
547 Parliamentary seats, despite the fact  that the Kinjit, which is a unified opposition to Zenawi has ranks of approximately
1.5 million members, and  dominates some densely populated areas.  This immediately raised questions of  whether the election
was rigged. Moreover parliamentary rules have been recently changed to only allow a party with more than 51% of parliamentary
seats the right to raise issues for discussion.
 
This has created instability in the country which has caused an eruption of violent demonstrations against Zenawi in June,
2005 which led to violent measures to quell the riots, leaving scores dead as  government forces fired live rounds into
the crowds. Following this, he has continued to crack down on brutally on  opposition, with reports of numerous
politically motivated murders carried out by the country.s security forces. Zenawi maintains that the current situation has
been orchestrated against him by opposition to effect his overthrow and that this has been planned since before
parliamentary elections.    Recently reports of detention camps in Ethiopia are coming to light, particularly the Dedesa
camp, where there are reports of merciless beating and torture of political prisoners by Ethiopian security forces, and
as many as 45,000 detainees are being held in the camp right now. Opposition leader Hailu Shawel alleges that between
40,000 and 50,000 youths have been detained by the Zenawi government, although other sources suggest that this number
is closer to 10,000.
 
This is causing much concern among British and other European politicians, with foreign aid and projects now being withheld
or delayed. Many think that Tony Blair is beginning to regret appointing Zenawi to the African Commission earlier  this year.
 
There are also reports that journalists in the country have been arrested in numbers and charged with treason, and some say
that Ethiopia now ranks among the world. leading jailers of journalists since government crackdowns in November  2005,
with many private newspapers now forbidden from publishing, and a wanted list for more journalists.
 
War with Eritrea After the successful secession of Eritrea from Ethiopia under Mengistu.s regime, several territories
granted to Eritrea in the peace settlements, notably Badame, the gradual separation of Eritrea under Afewerki from
Ethiopia would result in increasing border tensions. This  culminated in all-out war between the two
 
countries in 1998 until a peace settlement
 
was reached in 2000, but not before
 
dealing a major blow to both alreadyimpoverished
 
countries. In fact as a result
 
of the peace treaty
 
reached in
 
December 2000,
 
Badame was
 
granted to Eritrea,
 
while other disputed
 
territories were
 
divided between the
 
two countries.
 
Zenawi.s public statements that he and his
 
country agree to the peace settlements.
 
 
 
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There are seven words that describe
 
Meles Zenawi. He can be defined as a
 
merciless, cruel, pitiless, barbarous Harsh,
 
uncompassionate and ruthless
 
Meles Zenawi came in power by
 
overthrow - Colonel Mengistu Haile
 
Mariam. The only way he will lose his
 
power, it looks like the same way he came
 
in power not by election or democratic.
 
This is not an option anymore for him but
 
a day will come where Ethiopian will have
 
better leader than Meles Zenawi.
 
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In the 1980s, the TPLF had a reputation as
 
hard-line communists who saw Enver
 
Hoxha’s Albania as a model state.
 
Now Ethiopian are tired of its savvy
 
leader Meles Zenawi.
 
Recent events have revieled his inner soul.
 
Anti-government protestors were shot
 
dead by riot police and now we fear for
 
our country’s future.
 
Friday, 4 November, 2005, UK
 
Why is the police killing the people that it
 
is supposed to protect? Shame on the
 
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Ethiopian Police for killing its brothers,
 
sisters, little children, and mothers. Shame
 
on you! It is just mind boggling to me why
 
the leaders think that massacring the
 
people they say they are serving will stop
 
any opposition. The use of power to
 
silence the people never solves a problem.
 
The so called Democratic government of
 
Ethiopia has set a fire that it cannot
 
extinguish. Mika’el, L.A. California
 
US Policymaker
 
If the U.S. policymakers continues to bet
 
on Meles, it shouldn.t forget that the lives
 
of millions of Africans were lost in the
 
Congo, Liberia and Sudan because of
 
similar misjudgments. It would not be the
 
first time Africans died because U.S.
 
policymakers failed to recognize the
 
dangers of backing a ruthless, doomed
 
regime.
 
Michael Clough Africa advocacy director
 
for Human Rights Watch.
 
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According to Sen. Patrick Leahy, DVermont,
 
paramilitary units continue to
 
use random searches, beatings, mass
 
arrests and lethal force against peaceful
 
protesters. In Ethiopia, a crime against
 
humanity is unfolding while the world
 
either vacillates or lacks the will to stop it.
 
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell:
 
Mr. President, I rise to speak on the
 
disturbing reports of political chaos in
 
Ethiopia. With allegations of vote
 
tampering and emerging pictures of
 
large-scale human rights abuses
 
taking place in Ethiopia, that the
 
Administration must impress upon
 
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and
 
other global neighbors, that severe
 
consequences follow actions which
 
undermine democratic ideals.
 
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Senator Patrick Leahy
 
The Bush Administration should make
 
clear to Prime Minister Meles that if his
 
government does not abide by the basic
 
principles of democracy, due process and
 
respect for human rights, including an end
 
to the use of random searches, beatings,
 
mass arrests and lethal force against
 
peaceful protesters, and if political
 
detainees are not released, that we will join
 
with the European Union and suspend our
 
aid to his government, including our
 
support for financing from the World Bank
 
and the African Development Bank other
 
than for basic human needs. There should
 
be severe consequences for such a flagrant
 
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subversion of the will of the Ethiopian
 
people
 
However, the protests that have erupted in
 
the wake of the May 15 elections present
 
Mr Meles with one of the most serious
 
challenges of his premiership. And he will
 
now have to deal with strong opposition
 
parties for the first time.
 
The vote tabulation and reporting process
 
for the May 15 election was abused and
 
corrupted by the EPRDF. Any new
 
government that assumes power based on
 
the fraud-tainted results will lack
 
democratic legitimacy.
 
Meles failed victim to a self-imagined
 
scenario that the democratic resurgence
 
will overthrow him. Having built such a
 
false scenario, he took command over all
 
forces, declared a state of emergency and
 
paved the way for a mis-direction of the
 
democratic process altogether. He violated
 
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both the constitution and the rule of law
 
and exposed fully the superficiality and
 
shallowness of his conversion to
 
democracy in the first place.
 
Meles Zenawi is a weak leader of
 
Ethiopia. He does not care about Ethiopia
 
or East Africa. He will do everything to
 
stay in power. Even if he has to kill close
 
family member or close friends if they
 
criticizing him or question him his action.
 
He is there to stay forever. He believes
 
that he is immortal and very intelligence
 
when it comes to fool other people & he is
 
cunning when it comes to do evil.
 
He will tell you first what you want to hear
 
until he comes up with a plan B how to
 
get rid off you. He already has plans B for
 
everyone if they criticize him his action.
 
His philosophy is to take action right away
 
before it goes out of hand.
 
Only fools will believe him what he says
 
because action speaks faster than his
 
words. His action are true reflection of
 
state of mind.
 
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I don.t know how some people believe that
 
Meles Zenawi will lose in election. . No
 
way Jose . He came in power by
 
overthrowing Megistu HaileMariam. The
 
only way he will be removed from his
 
power will be if someone overthrow him.
 
Until that day comes don.t be fool, you
 
can vote him out of election or anything
 
else. He already proved the Ethiopian
 
people that it is not going to be easy just
 
democratically by election. So, there is one
 
option left which is to overthrowing him
 
but to overthrow him one need courage.
 
The question is that do Ethiopian have the
 
guts ? If we are sick and tired of him what
 
are we waiting for ? Action speak faster
 
than words. How many more Ethiopian
 
have to die before we say enough is
 
enough. Those who already died, do not
 
deseve to die?
 
They have the right to criticize the
 
government and they have the right
 
demonstrate or go to strike. As the Bob
 
Marle would say . stand up get up stand
 
up for your right. who else would stand
 
up for our right ? So, why Meles Zenawi
 
gave order to kill all the civilian ? To
 
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scare the Ethiopian people ? and he is
 
saying we have no right demonstrate and if
 
we demonstrate, he is will give order to
 
kill us ? In this case we will never have
 
right as long he is in power. We have
 
learned that he will never hezitate to kill
 
civilian and politician let alone to prison.
 
How many Ethiopian are in prison today ?
 
What are we doing ? How can we get rid
 
off this ruthless leader ? Where are
 
Ethiopian intellectual? Why are we quite ?
 
Why are some Ethiopian still supporting
 
Meles ?
 
Today Ethiopian are disappearing from
 
their homes. There a lot of people in prison
 
and they are being tortured, killed and
 
getting sick
 
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You can say today that there is no justice
 
in Ethiopia.
 
The photos on this book are some of the
 
evidence regarding human rights
 
violations today in Ethiopia. Engineer
 
Hailu Shawel is in grave health condition
 
Latest information on Kinijit arrested Leaders.
 
. The prison administration has denied us
 
access to our lawyers to discuss the gravity
 
of the charges," Hailu Shawel
 
Those who voice their right get prisoned
 
without due process special those who
 
hold government office so Meles Zenawi
 
can stay in power longer by getting rid off
 
those critize or compliane about how he
 
run the the government.
 
Engineer Hailu Shawel
 
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Birtukan Mideksa
 
Dr. Berhanu Nega
 
Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social
 
Research, in New York City.
 
Dr. Negede Gobeze,
 
Dr. Negede obtained his Ph D in Law from a French
 
university with a thesis on Constitutional Law
 
Prof. Mesfin WoldeMariam,
 
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Millionaire Solomon Tekalign, former
 
president of the Addis Ababa Chamber of
 
Commerce,
 
Berhane Mewa,
 
Artist Tamagn Beyene
 
Tamagn Beyene was awarded "Man of the
 
Year" Award in North America in
 
recognition of his outstanding
 
contributions to the struggle for democracy
 
in Ethiopia.
 
Tegbar USA - Tel: 202 369 9543 *
 
Fax: 202 449 5640 * E-mail:
 
tegbar@gmail.com * www.tegbar.org
 
 
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December 27, 2005
 
Mr. Kofi A. Annan
 
Secretary General
 
United Nations
 
New York, NY 10017
 
USA
 
The Honorable Secretary General,
 
I would first like to note two calls made to
 
the UN on behalf of Ethiopians who are
 
suffering under an excess of a government
 
that has lost any semblance of democratic
 
credentials.
 
First, on December 15, 2005, the European
 
Union Parliament Members (MEPs)
 
unanimously condemned the violence, the
 
use of disproportionate means of
 
repression by the armed forces of the
 
Ethiopian Government and the mass
 
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arrests underway in Ethiopia. The MEPs
 
unanimously called for .an independent
 
international commission of inquiry,
 
optimally under UN responsibility, to
 
investigate the human rights abuses and to
 
identify and bring to justice those
 
responsible..
 
As Your Excellency is aware, the
 
European Union closely monitored the
 
period leading to the May 2005 election,
 
observed the election and watched firsthand
 
the aftermath of the election.
 
Therefore, the MEPs are well positioned to
 
understand the extent of atrocities being
 
committed in Ethiopia and provide an
 
independent assessment and the possible
 
remedy to correct the wrongs.
 
Second, on December 21, 2005, Reporters
 
Without Borders (RWB), called on the UN
 
to send a legal observation mission to
 
Ethiopia to assess the validity of the
 
charges made, monitor the due process of
 
the law at the coming mass trial and report
 
back to the UN Security Council. With its
 
network of reporters on the ground, RWB
 
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is credibly placed to realize the veracity of
 
the
 
situation.
 
It has now entered into historian records
 
that immediately following the election,
 
Mr. Zenawi suspended peaceful
 
demonstrations and brought the police, the
 
security and the armed forces under his
 
personal control, once he recognized the
 
vote counting was not going in his favor.
 
He then unleashed his special forces on its
 
own people and has committed horrifying
 
atrocities since May 2005, which has
 
continued till this date and does not show
 
any sign of abating.
 
We are worried that while the international
 
media rightly focuses on the shooting and
 
killings of innocent demonstrators in June
 
and November 2005, reports on the
 
impressments of thousands of suspected
 
supporters of the opposition parties, and
 
write about the fabricated treason charges
 
brought on the leaders of the main
 
opposition party (CUDP), a silent but
 
systematic annihilation of the supports of
 
the opposition is underway. There is
 
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information filtering out of Ethiopia on the
 
presence of mass graves. At least five
 
known concentration camps are in
 
operations out of the sight of the
 
diplomatic community and international
 
media.
 
 
We believe, the UN has learned from a
 
bitter experience in the past that when
 
governments fail to uphold the rights of
 
their citizens and squash the rule of law,
 
this august body that is led by you could
 
not afford to be a bystander. To echo your
 
words, .the principle of non-intervention
 
in internal affairs cannot be used to protect
 
those who commit genocide, large-scale
 
ethnic
 
cleansing, or other comparable atrocities..
 
We want to impress upon you that the
 
stakes that are involved in this case are
 
much larger than what happened in
 
Zimbabwe, for which you sent your
 
special envoy. The consequences of
 
inaction would be horrifying even to
 
contemplate and from the information
 
filtering out of Ethiopia, we are convinced
 
that unless the international community is
 
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willing to proactively intervene by sending
 
an independent investigation team, the
 
situation might spin out of control thereby
 
transforming the already fragile East
 
African region in to a zone of complete
 
instability.
 
Dear Secretary General,
 
The urgency of your action in support of
 
the decision by MEPs can not be
 
sufficiently stressed and is practically
 
impossible to exaggerate. It also can not be
 
left for another day. Therefore, we urge
 
and plead to you to bring the power of
 
your good office to implement the
 
proposal made bythe MEPs.
 
Regards,
 
Meskerem Girma
 
Chairperson
 
Attachments:
 
1) Decision by European Members of
 
Parliament
 
2) Selected samples of international news
 
reports
 
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12/30/05
 
All Free Press Products Banned !!
 
Almost all Free Presses products have
 
been banned as government owned
 
printing companies declined to print even
 
non-political newspapers on Friday. The
 
Friday issues of all political and sport
 
Newspapers were not printed and seen on
 
the street today
 
The banning of all private press products
 
came amid the threat by donor nations to
 
withheld Aid in response to government
 
crackdown on opposition leaders, activists
 
and journalists. The existence of the Free
 
Press in Ethiopia was the major
 
precondition for the government to qualify
 
for assistance.
 
Sources also confirmed that flyers are
 
being distributed widely in major cities
 
that say; .Keep the peaceful struggle for
 
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human rights and freedom.. .The
 
government seems desperate and trying to
 
block any news sources. All radio
 
transmissions including the VOA Amharic
 
service are jammed,. the source added.
 
Following the students protest and mass
 
uprising in the last two weeks, the fragile
 
Meles Zenawi regime has closed several
 
schools and universities. Tanks, armored
 
vehicles and heavily armed cars full of
 
.Agazi. snipers are still round on the
 
schools and main roads of Addis Ababa to
 
dissuade people from potential protests.
 
The Official website of Kinijit
 
http://www.kinijit.org
 
Government Terror Continues
 
12/29/2005
 
Media Coverage
 
(EthioMedia)
 
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Whether one calls it militarism or fascism,
 
something wrong to any civil society has
 
reigned in Ethiopia.
 
Fifteen years in power, defeated at the
 
polls, Meles Zenawi wants to rule the
 
country forever by sowing the seeds of
 
fear and terror.
 
Student protests at Wondyrad and Tikdem
 
schools in the northern suburbs of Addis
 
Ababa ended in severe beatings and
 
injuries. Despite serious injuries, the
 
students were hauled off to detention
 
centers in the company of gunfire.
 
At Tikidem, school teachers were beaten
 
mercilessly. Agazi forces who stormed the
 
school broke into the office of the school
 
principal who was beaten and clubbed
 
severely. He was showing his photo ID to
 
prove he was the school director but that
 
did not spare him from the karate kicks
 
and cruel beatings of Agazi, the special
 
force Meles
 
founded
 
secretly with
 
the planned
 
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anticipation to crush any civil
 
disobedience to his rule.
 
Similalry, Kokebe Tsibah students in
 
Addis were Thursday beaten by members
 
of Agazi, federal police and security
 
forces. The students were ordered to bring
 
parents to school for an earlier protest.
 
When none of them brought parents, the
 
soldiers began to chase the students,
 
turning the school into a chaotic scene of
 
disturbances, noise and wailing. Mothers
 
were crying for help as their kids were
 
being clubbed by the men-in-uniform loyal
 
to the ruthless tyrant - Meles Zenawi.
 
Scores of students were taken to detention
 
centers. High school students are very
 
young, 14 years of age on average
 
Protesters outside the Oslo Concert House
 
didn’t think Ethiopia’s president deserved
 
the prize.
 
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Meles Zenawi how long are you going to
 
deny people.s right ?
 
I am not sure how long you are going to
 
rule Ethiopia this way. So far either out
 
of fear or selfish reasons you are
 
governing Ethiopia undemocratically.
 
When I say you, it include the whole
 
Tigray people. I am not sure, whether it is
 
due to lack of education or ignorance.
 
Keep in mind that, unless an education is
 
highly specialized, it is the primary
 
reason for the rise of this civil unrest.
 
You have to ask yourself what am I doing
 
wrong ? Why are people not happy ? The
 
Ethiopian, Eritrean, the world seems not
 
happy with you. Why do you think that is
 
? because you seem to forget one
 
important lesson learned in the past, how
 
you came to power because you were not
 
happy . You(Tigray) were not only
 
unhappy of course, Oromo, Amhara and
 
Eritrean. So, with the help of everyone,
 
we overthrow Mengustu Hailemariam and
 
you came in power.
 
When Eritrean are unhappy, even God is
 
not happy.
 
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Today Ethiopian are suffering
 
everywhere.
 
They were being accused of fabricated charges 1/5/2005
 
The physical, psychological, moral and
 
human cost of the after-math of the
 
election in Ethiopia is both unforgivable
 
and unforgettable. There was absolutely no
 
reason why the country had to be in the
 
situation it has been forced to be right
 
now. There is no justification for
 
repression. No justification for state of
 
emergency. No justification for curfew. No
 
justification to charge those who speak out
 
for Ethiopia as committing .treason..
 
There is no justification to allow the
 
people to vote in the first place, and then
 
deny them from knowing the true result.
 
Why invite the people to participate in
 
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what the regime billed as a democratic
 
election only to de-fraud the very election
 
itself? If all along the regime has no
 
intention to play by the democratic rule of
 
the game, why play it and even more
 
clumsily pretend to implement a
 
democratic election when it has neither the
 
intention nor the will to honour and respect
 
the true verdict of the people.
 
It is the regime that asked the people to
 
vote! And when the people voted
 
expressing their choices, the regime
 
pounced and unleashed large-scale
 
repression and massacres in June and
 
November changing what started as a
 
highly promising beginning into a
 
nightmare of blood, tears and sorrow for
 
the people. Now the repression is moving
 
into high gear and the country has been
 
gripped by fear and intimidation. The
 
whole atmosphere has been poisoned.
 
Young people have been targeted. The
 
security forces have been unleashed
 
ferociously
 
. I am accused of Fabricated
 
charges 1/4//2006
 
The entire leadership of the
 
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CUD is now in jail
 
from three year to death sentence
 
The Ethiopian
 
people want better leader and better
 
justice. They are suffering because Meles
 
Zenawi will not give them.
 
As long there is no peace & democracy in
 
Ethiopia there will be always famine.
 
CNN World News Wednesday, January 18, 2006
 
Ethiopian mother Ayan, left,
 
holds Asma Monday; her
 
daughter holds Nemo, who
 
doctors say will die within a
 
week from malnutrition.
 
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Africa’s Big Man :
 
Meles Zenawi Trying To Stay In Power For Life
 
The government of Prime Minister Meles
 
Zenawi is using legal means to suppress
 
dissent, but it is increasingly behaving like
 
an outlaw regime. It is scandalous that
 
Ethiopian authorities have persisted in
 
using outdated and illegitimate charges to
 
send these journalists to jail, " said Ann
 
Cooper, executive director of the
 
Committee to Protect Journalists.
 
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The continued victimization and the hurt
 
of Tigrai under the evil schemes of
 
Weyane goes back to 1976. Ever since
 
"Tigrai Manifesto" was made public in
 
1976, the Weyane made Tigrai to dream
 
about the "Greater Republic of Tigrai"-
 
which was just "Hilmi Abai Tigrai", an
 
unattainable dream. Since 1976, every
 
conceivable evil schemes and actions of
 
Weyane were done by promising the moon
 
and the starts to the people of Tigrai.
 
Tigrai was demanded to sacrifice more and
 
to give more and she was promised her
 
sacrifices will be crowned by "Greater
 
Republic of Tigrai"-a free Tigrai from the
 
domination and subjugation of what the
 
Weyane call "chauvinists".
 
Although this dream was politically,
 
legally, and economically unattainable
 
dream, it was Tigrai that was used as
 
"Fengiregach" (as Addis calls it) or as
 
canon fodder to achieve a mission that was
 
dead on arrival in the first place. Tigrai has
 
never been told that this "Greater Republic
 
of Tigrai" madness is legally, politically,
 
and economically unattainable political
 
adventure of a handful Weyane clique.
 
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Greater Republic of Tigrai" in front of the
 
innocent Tigrawot worked for more than
 
30 years and still the Weyane are doing
 
just that. In short, Tigrai was asked and
 
demanded to provide her children and her
 
resources to be sacrificed to promote the
 
political adventure (ENDERA) of a few
 
half-baked and unrefined hoodlums.
 
After 17 years of untold hardship,
 
sacrifices, and bloodshed, the first phase of
 
the "victimization" of Tigrai was
 
concluded in May 1991. By 1993, once the
 
handful Weyane entered Finn Finne
 
(Addis Ababa) to enjoy the good life at
 
Menelik Palace.
 
Still blinded by greed, inferiority complex,
 
and the good life at Menelik Palace;
 
To promise some thing is one thing but to
 
be able to deliver is quite another. When
 
the Weyane came up with "Abai Tigrai"
 
promise, we wondered if they had the
 
chance learn or have they ever taught the
 
people of Tigrai about Biafra, a Nigerian
 
province that tried to secede from Nigeria
 
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in the 70s? There was a lesson to learn
 
from this breakaway Nigerian province
 
that was left stranded in the middle of
 
nowhere. If the Weyane were farsighted,
 
educated, or intelligent; Biafra should have
 
been a case in point to learn from. Tigrai
 
should have learned a lesson from Biafra
 
before they called upon their people to pay
 
the price beyond the numbers for mission,
 
which is dead on arrival in the first place.
 
The Biafran lesson was there and it was
 
(is) not an old lesson either. After eight (8)
 
years of bloody war, unable to garish a
 
single recognition as sovereign state from
 
any country, except from the then
 
apartheid regime of South Africa, Biafra
 
was crushed and now it is still a Nigerian
 
province.
 
Somaliland case that declared its
 
independence from Somalia and yet there
 
is not a single country in the world
 
recognizing her as sovereign state and
 
even if Tigrai declared one day as a
 
sovereign state no one will recognize it.
 
"Abai Tigrai" will not be different from
 
that of Biafra or Somaliland
 
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Meles Zenawi, Seyoum Mesfin, and
 
Weyane in general are soiled by innocent
 
Ethiopian blood, it would be foolish to
 
expect the Weyane will do the right thingmeaning
 
strive for a united and peaceful
 
Ethiopia.
 
Jounalists and Artist got arrested
 
The prime minister does not like cartoons
 
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Those that have Short life span insects
 
Dozens of journalists have
 
been sued for defamation
 
and, twice in 1996,
 
journalists were jailed
 
because their papers had
 
published unflattering cartoons of the head
 
of government. Three journalists spent
 
four years behind bars in the capital before
 
being released for "lack of evidence".
 
It will
 
come as
 
no
 
surprise
 
that for
 
over five
 
years
 
Ethiopia
 
has been
 
Africa’s
 
biggest
 
jail for journalists.
 
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Meles Zenawi
 
Restriction on the Press
 
Many independent jounalists, editors and
 
publishers continue to endure harassment
 
and intimidation, and criminal penalties
 
for a range of speech related penalties
 
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remain on the books. In June 2005, the
 
Ministry of Information revoked the
 
licenses of five Ethiopian journalists
 
working for the Voice of America and
 
Radio Deutsche-Welle because it
 
disapproved of their coverage of the
 
elections and the post-election
 
controversy.
 
What is on the Minds of Ethiopians .
 
The Disputed Border or The Disputed Election?
 
There is an Amara proverb: One cannot
 
awaken he who is determined to be asleep.
 
The person who coined that proverb must
 
have had a premonition of the fate of his
 
countrymen in the first decade of the 21st
 
century. For this has been a difficult and
 
lonely time to be Ethiopian.
 
Our best hope for a free and democratic
 
Ethiopia was rudely dashed by one who
 
had repeatedly and consistently refused to
 
entertain any notion that Ethiopia is
 
anything but his private dominion. Our
 
women are killed while trying to protect
 
our children from beating and deportation
 
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to concentration camps. Snipers and
 
machine gunners trained to engage
 
organized enemy forces are set on our men
 
and boys who peacefully march to express
 
their grievances. Hundreds of thousands of
 
men, women and children are held in open
 
air concentration camps infested with all
 
sorts of tropical maladies from malaria to
 
poisonous snakes. The less fortunate
 
among our leaders are summarily
 
executed, with the more fortunate ones
 
only rounded up, charged with treason or
 
other similarly contrived charges and held
 
in prison for years without trial, without
 
definite dates for release. Members of the
 
private media and leaders of civic society
 
organizations who express dissenting
 
opinions face similar fates. The state
 
controlled media is reduced to serving as
 
the private propaganda outlet of the
 
hostage takers, inundating the captive
 
population with a never ending barrage of
 
carefully orchestrated program of
 
misinformation, intimidation and character
 
assassination. What little private press
 
survived a 14 year reign of harassment and
 
intimidation, was brought to an end when
 
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publishers, editors, reporters and
 
newspaper vendors met the fate of our
 
elected officials during the final campaign
 
to rid the landscape of anyone and
 
anything that smells like a threat.
 
It is in the face of this unprecedented and
 
complete lockdown of the big prison that
 
is Ethiopia that Ethiopians looked for help
 
from the unified global community of
 
which they believed to be a member in
 
good standing. The people were confident
 
that the world would stand with them.
 
After all they had just performed
 
marvelously in the democratic game
 
played under the rules established by the
 
new world order. Ethiopians believed that
 
central to the new order is the notion of
 
government of the people, by the people,
 
and for the people - a government which
 
the people set up and which the people can
 
change peacefully, through the ballot, if
 
they so choose. Having exhibited the kind
 
of discipline, resiliency and single
 
mindedness in the pursuit of the
 
democratic alternative reminiscent of the
 
performance of their Olympic heroes, the
 
Ethiopian people believed that they are
 
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fully justified in demanding that the
 
arbiters of the new world order step in and
 
ensure that their victory is not appropriated
 
by the slight of hand of their suppressors.
 
Words cannot describe the disappointment
 
and dismay of the Ethiopian people. Those
 
who so repeatedly and publicly pledged to
 
stand with anyone anywhere in the world
 
who fights for freedom, those who lead the
 
very country which leads ’the free world’
 
and those who "vetted" and "certified" the
 
commander of the Ethiopian gulag to be "a
 
new kind of African leader", "a
 
renaissance man", and a man who can be
 
trusted to be a strong ally, now anxiously
 
look the other way when they face the
 
anger and wrath of Ethiopians worldwide.
 
In the early days, they even had the
 
audacity to condemn the victim for
 
inciting the killer into violence. Though
 
they have given up on that that particular
 
line, they are still unwilling to meet their
 
obligations to Ethiopia and to the new
 
global order.
 
Today, when Ethiopians in London, in
 
Washington, in Ottawa, in Brussels, in
 
Paris and elsewhere confront the world’s
 
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power brokers, they try to change the
 
subject to something, anything. Their new
 
found and preferred diversionary tactic is
 
to point to the dark clouds of war hanging
 
over Ethiopia. At every forum where
 
Ethiopia merits a mention, they speak of
 
the gravity of the crisis on the Eritrean
 
border. They report on the count of the
 
army divisions deployed by one or the
 
other side. They discuss the length and
 
depth of the trenches dug and of the
 
deployment of tanks and field guns. They
 
rehash the body count from the last bloody
 
episode. Each of these is meant to scare
 
the Ethiopian people into believing that
 
they face something which is of greater
 
danger to their immediate security than
 
their domestic problem. It is also intended
 
to show that they have not really forgotten
 
Ethiopia and the plight of Ethiopians. This
 
is meant to alert us that they are just
 
working on something even more urgent
 
which must be addressed right away, lest
 
Armageddon be visited upon us.
 
Perhaps the end of the days is around the
 
corner. How else can I explain agreeing
 
with Isayas Afworki of all people-not once
 
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but twice? Of course, the border crisis was
 
manufactured to divert attention from what
 
is going on across Ethiopia, from Addis,
 
Ambo and Awassa to Zege, Zuway and
 
Zarema. Only one other time, when he
 
called the AU the club of dictators, had I
 
ever agreed with Mr. Afworki. Never mind
 
that calling these two issues correctly
 
would not exempt Mr. Afworki from a
 
straight jacket; as one who likes to give the
 
devil his due, I must admit he called each
 
of these correctly.
 
Why don’t they ask us what matters to the
 
average Joe in Abeshaland? If they did, we
 
would tell them that Eritrea is Meles’
 
problem. Our number one problem today
 
is Meles. If another war starts, it would
 
cost us the lives of our children, but in the
 
end it would not change anything. In the
 
last war, more than 70,000 of our young
 
men lost their lives and limb. And just
 
what did we get out of it? Absolutely
 
nothing!!. That war was not fought for us.
 
It was like one of those children’s
 
arguments over whose prick is longer. It
 
was fought to protect the egos of the two
 
contestants, and contestants we were not.
 
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If we could select our fights, we would
 
fight to be free from tyranny. We would
 
fight to protect the dignity of the Ethiopian
 
man who must cower in fear in front of his
 
wife and his children not to displease the
 
commissar lest he might be beaten up or
 
taken away. If we could choose our fight,
 
we would fight to protect our women from
 
the indignity of rape and beatings by the
 
cadres of our master and their friend.
 
The border conflict is a contrived story
 
talked about to serve as a diversion from
 
our real issues. When Mr. Yamamato
 
travels to Addis and to Asmara to discuss
 
the border issue, when the disgraceful
 
Koffi Annan sends his special envoy to
 
persuade Meles to stand down, the
 
Ethiopian people know you are not doing
 
it for us. If we could talk to them, if they
 
had asked us, here is what we would tell
 
these two gentlemen. If you really want to
 
help, please, tell the hostage takers to
 
release the political prisoners and to allow
 
the winners of the last election to form a
 
government. We will tell you to take some
 
of the loot you are scheduled to send to
 
Ethiopia and spend it on chartered flights
 
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to destination they prefer to
 
go...Zimbabwe included. There would be
 
no hard feelings.
 
When Javier Solana treks from the snow
 
and cold of Brussels to Addis and Asmara,
 
they would ask him why he and the rest of
 
the European Commission would spend
 
European taxpayers’ money on a large
 
election monitoring team if they didn’t
 
intend to act on their findings. They would
 
ask him why, if the Commission cares
 
about the other 77 million Ethiopians, it
 
would continue to hold the bloody hands
 
of the one tyrant. Finally, the Ethiopian
 
people would advise him that if he cannot
 
understand or appreciate their pain, he
 
should expend his energy where it might
 
be more fruitfully deployed.
 
As to the AU... The AU is an
 
embarrassment to all Africans. It sits
 
quietly right there in Addis, not a full
 
block removed from where some of the
 
killings took place. It allows its own
 
compound to serve as a holding pen for
 
those rounded up. The AU leader Konare
 
rides to Berlin and to Abuja with the
 
Butcher of Addis in a chartered jet paid for
 
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by the Ethiopian people while innocent
 
Ethiopians were still being killed in his
 
back yard. This goes on before the ink
 
dries on the new peer review provisions of
 
the AU charter. What a disgrace!! The
 
only comfort I draw about the AU is in the
 
knowledge that if we could hold a
 
referendum, the people of Africa would
 
vote overwhelmingly against it. The AU is
 
neither created nor governed by the people
 
of Africa.
 
Britain cuts off aid to Ethiopian government
 
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Britain
 
cut all of its aid to Ethiopia’s government
 
on Wednesday and plans to redirect the 73
 
million euro ($88 million U.S.) to
 
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humanitarian agencies working in the
 
Horn of Africa nation.
 
Britain cuts off aid to Ethiopian
 
government due to violations and
 
human abuse
 
Money redirected to aid agencies after
 
protesters killed, jailed
 
Media, opposition, aid workers jailed
 
Hillary Benn,
 
"Since the May elections, people have
 
been shot down on the streets, people have
 
been arrested and many are currently on
 
trial," he told Reuters.
 
Britain’s international
 
development secretary, said his
 
government was "seriously
 
concerned" by the unrest sparked
 
by disputed elections last year
 
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that returned the ruling party to power and
 
led to 88 protesters being killed by security
 
forces. Benn met with Ethiopia’s Prime
 
Minister Meles Zenawi
 
On Friday January 19, 2006, an
 
international human rights group said
 
Ethiopian authorities are intimidating,
 
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arresting and using excessive force in rural
 
areas to quell dissent over the election
 
results. Some 129 opposition leaders,
 
journalists and aid workers are facing trial
 
on charges of treason, genocide and other
 
crimes which carry the death penalty.
 
Political and civil unrest has shaken the
 
country since the May general elections
 
and police have arrested hundreds of
 
opposition supporters and journalists on
 
charges of treason, sparking international
 
concern over Meles’ commitment to
 
human rights.
 
Benn said concerns had also been raised
 
over "ongoing clashes involving students
 
and security forces in schools and colleges
 
across the country." He also called for an
 
independent investigation into alleged
 
human rights violations in Oromiya.
 
Other Western donors have said they are
 
considering redirecting $375 million U.S.
 
in budget support for the government to
 
other areas because of the political crisis in
 
the country.
 
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Ethiopia:
 
World Report 2006
 
Human Rights Watch
 
Released on January 18th, 2006
 
We investigate and expose human rights
 
violations and hold abusers accountable
 
We enlist the public and the international
 
community to support the cause of human
 
rights for all.
 
By Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press
 
Writer January 20, 2006
 
The police
 
used live
 
ammunition
 
to quell the
 
demonstrations,
 
shooting one man in the pelvis and leaving
 
three others seriously wounded, the injured
 
man, Pedros Gizaw, told The Associated
 
Press on Thursday 19th, 2006
 
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) --
 
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Protesters threw stones and police
 
responded with gunfire Friday in
 
Ethiopia’s capital as annual religious
 
processions were turned into political
 
protests for a second day and at least 10
 
people suffered gunshot wounds.
 
Demonstrations were
 
reported in several
 
neighborhoods across
 
Addis Ababa, and riot
 
police were driving
 
through the city.
 
Wubishet Solomon said he had
 
no idea why he was shot in the neck
 
Some of the police trucks appeared to be
 
carrying people wounded from the clashes,
 
though their destination was not
 
immediately clear.
 
Doctors at the main Menelik Hospital said
 
they were treating at least 10 people with
 
gunshot wounds, two of whom were in
 
surgery. Other hospitals
 
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Wubishet Solomon said he had no idea why he was shot in the neck
 
also reported receiving wounded people,
 
but no details were immediately available.
 
20 January 2006 - At least one person has
 
been killed and
 
22 wounded
 
after violence
 
broke out at an
 
Ethiopian
 
Christian
 
festival.

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