Ethiopia’s Declaration of State of Emergency on Oromia is an equivalent of Derg’s “Red Terror.” : Here is why.

October 28, 2016 | By Leelloo Sabaa
In Ethiopian Empires’ political history, the year 1977-78 is remembered as the year when Mangistu Haile Mariam’s political power was absolutely threatened and his rule was shaken. The opponents to his power became so strong and lethal such that Mangistu was forced to declare “Red Terror” on its real or imagined enemies to its reign in Ethiopia between 1977-78. By this declaration of “Red Terror”(Mangistu’s state of emergency), Mangistu asserted that all “progressives” were given freedom of action in helping to root out enemies of his rule. Peasants, workers, public officials and even students loyal to the Mangistu regime were provided with arms to: assassinate, kill, imprison and loot as they wished. Militia attached to the Kebeles, the neighborhood watch committees were given freedom to train their gun on anyone with whom they have even personal but no ideological disagreement. All people allied to Mangistu went into killing spree and even children were not spared. During these years of “Red Terror”, Amnesty International estimated that up to 500, 000 to 2,000,000 people were butchered and thousands were left on the street for their body to decompose. In May 1977, the Swedish general secretary of  Save the Children Fund estimated too that “1000 children have been killed and their bodies are left in the streets and being eaten by wild hyenas.” Parents of the deceased were asked to collect the bodies of their loved ones by paying money for the bullet wasted killing their children.

Yuunvarsiitii Bulee horaa kessatti fincilli barattootaa bifa haaraan dhoheera

Onkoloolessa 28, 2016 |

Fincilli kun otoo uummanni keenya dhumaa jiruu hamlee ittiin nyaata nyaannu hin qabnu jechuun,  nyata lagachuun kan eegale yemmuu ta’u Humni AGI’AZII dirqamaan nyaachisuuf jecha barattoota kanarratti dhukaasa banen BARATAA ABDII ADULAA KAN JDHAMU BARATAAN INJINARING WAGGAA 2FFAA DHALATAAN Gujii battalumatti lubbuun darbuun gabaafameera.


The Oromo Leadership Convention and the Future of Ethiopia

October 22, 2016 | By Ezekiel Gebissa*

Questions about Oromo loyalty to Ethiopia persist though they are stale, condescending and meaningless.  The sort of questions that Tedla raises have been litigated for nearly three decades. The issue of secession, for instance, was basically settled when federalism was chosen as a solution and secession was enshrined in the Ethiopian Constitution as a right in principle. For those who have remained in the mindset of the ancient regime, however, all Oromo political moves, even a call for a convention, must be scrutinized for some hidden desire for secession.  To be sure, no one Ethiopian group has the moral authority to administer the litmus test of loyalty to Ethiopia. It is unfathomable that Oromos have to answer such questions especially in the wake of what the sacrifices of generation of Oromo to liberate Ethiopia from tyrannical rule.

“We don’ot care if we get killed” – Protests in Ethiopia continue

October 22, 2016 | By David Gilbert | Vice News

The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency in the country as it intensifies a crackdown on widespread anti-government protests born of frustration that’s been fomenting for decades. In the past two weeks alone, authorities have arrested thousands of protesters, overwhelmingly young people by some accounts.

Woyyaaneen labsii yeroo hatattamaa labsite; kufaatiin isii kalaayuu addunyaaf mirkaneessite

October 09, 2016 |

Labsiin yeroo hatattamaa kuni kana booda gatii hanga ammatti kaffale caalaa nu hin kaffalchiisu. Obsaa fi murannoodhaan Agaazii fundura dhaabachuu qofa kan nu barbaachisu.

Mootummaan Woyyaanee labsii yeroo ariifachiisaa ifatti labsite kufaatiin isii kan hin oolle ta’uu addunyaaf ibsite. Labsiin kuni baatii 6 tura jedhama. Labsiin sadarkaa kanaa ganna 25 keessatti yeroo jalqabaatiif Itoophiyaa keessatti kan ta’e. Woyyaaneen labsii kana kan labsite yeroo Haylamaaram Dassaalenyi telviziyoona biyyattii irratti olbayee dubbatetti. Labsii yeroo hatattamaa kanaan Oromiyaan guutummatti too’annaa mootumaa jalaa bayuu ifatti akka fudhataniif kan Woyyaanee dirqisiise qabsoo hadhaayaa Oromoon woggaa tokkoof geggeesse.

UN rights office calls for independent inquiry following numerous deaths at an Ethiopian festival

October 07, 2016 | United Nations (UN) News center

Expressing concern at increasing unrest in several Ethiopian towns following deaths of a number of people in unclear circumstances in the country’s Bishoftu town, the United Nations human rights arm has called on protesters to exercise restraint and on security forces to conduct themselves in line with international human rights laws and standards.
“The protests have apparently been fuelled in part by a lack of trust in the authorities’ account of events, as well as wildly differing information about the death toll and the conduct of security forces,” Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told journalists at a regular press briefing at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG).

EU needs new approach on Ethiopia

October 06, 2016 | Eu | By FELIX HORNE

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.