HRW-Dispatches: Using Courts to Crush Dissent in Ethiopia

For the past six months, thousands of people have taken to the streets in Ethiopia’s largest region, Oromia, to protest alleged abuses by their government. The protests, unprecedented in recent years, have seen Ethiopia’s security forces use lethal force against largely peaceful protesters, killing hundreds and arresting tens of thousands more.

Protesters in Oromia region, Ethiopia.

Protesters in Oromia region, Ethiopia, December 2015.

The government is inexorably closing off ways for Ethiopians to peacefully express their grievances, not just with bullets but also through the courts. In recent weeks, the Ethiopian authorities have lodged new, politically motivated charges against prominent opposition politicians and others, accusing them of crimes under Ethiopia’s draconian counterterrorism law.

Just last week, Yonatan Tesfaye Regassa, the head of public relations for the opposition Semayawi Party (the Blue Party), was charged with “planning, preparation, conspiracy, incitement and attempt” of a terrorist act. The authorities citied Yonatan’s Facebook posts about the protests as evidence; he faces 15 years to life in prison, if convicted.

In April, Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Oromia’s largest registered political party, and 21 others, including many senior OFC members, were charged under the counterterrorism law, four months after their arrest onDecember 23, 2015. Bekele is accused of having links with the banned Oromo Liberation Front, a charge frequently used by the government to target ethnic Oromo dissidents and others. Deeply committed to nonviolence, Bekele has consistently urged the OFC to participate in elections despite the ruling party’s iron grip on the polls. Bekele and the others have described horrible conditions during their detention, including at the notorious Maekalawi prison, where torture and other ill-treatment are routine.

The authorities also charged 20 university students under the criminal code for protesting in front of the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa in March, 2016. The “evidence” against them included a video of their protest and a list of demands, which included the immediate release of opposition leaders and others arrested for peaceful protests, and the establishment of an independent body to investigate and prosecute those who killed and injured peaceful protesters. They face three years in prison if convicted.

The Ethiopian government is sending a clear message when it charges peaceful protesters and opposition politicians like Bekele Gerba with terrorism. The message is that no dissent is tolerated, whether through social media, the electoral system, or peaceful assembly.


Politically motivated charges under charge file of Asamenew: ESAT news

Politically captured legal system of TPLF in Ethiopia is persecuting activists Eyerusalem Tesfawe, Berhanue Tekleyared, Fikre Mariam Asmamaw  using the vaguely defined ATP law of TPLF. They are accused of “taking the way to join”  Patriotic Ginbot7 Movement for for Unity and democracy ( The European Union and the US repeatedly expressed concern over vague use ATP law in Ethiopia under the repressive TPLF led regime to silence any dissent.


ሚያዚያ ፳፮(ሃያ ስድስት) ቀን ፳፻፰ ዓ/ም ኢሳት ዜና :- በብርሃኑ ተክለያሬድ መዝገብ ስር የሚገኙት ብርሃኑ ተክለያሬድ፣ ፍቅረ ማርያም አስማማውና እየሩሳሌም ተስፋው ፣ ሚያዚያ 26፣ 2008 ዓም ከፍተኛው ፍርድ ቤት የቀረቡ ቢሆንም፣ ምስክሮቻቸውን አቅርበው ማሰማት ሳይችሉ ቀርተዋል። በበቂ ሁኔታ ሊከላከሉልን ይችላሉ ያሉዋቸው ምስክሮች ቃሊቲ እስር ቤት ሊያስወጣቸው ፈቃደኛ ባለመሆኑ መሆኑን እስረኞቹ ገልጸዋል። አቶ ብርሃኑ ፤ እራሳቸውን ችለው እየተከራከሩ መሆናቸውን ገልጸው፣ እንዲቀርቡላቸው የሚፈልጉዋቸውን ምስክሮች የቃሊቲ ማረሚያ ቤት ሊያቀርብ አለመቻሉን አክለዋል። እነ አቶ ብርሃኑ በመከላከያ ምስክርነት ከጠሩዋቸው ሰዎች መካከል በእስር ላይ የሚገኙት አቶ አንዳርጋቸው ጽጌ ፣ ጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋ ፣ ጋዜጠኛ ተመስገን ደሳለኝ ፣ እንደሁም ጠበቃ ተማም አባቡልጉ፣ ኢንጂነር ይልቃል ጌትነት ፣ ፕሮፌሰር መስፍን ወልደማርያምና ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና የሚገኙበት ሲሆን፣ ከኢህአዴግ ከፍተኛ ባለስልጣናት መካከል ደግሞ አቶ በረከት ስምኦን፣ ዓባይ ፀሐዬ፣ ስብሀት ነጋ ፣ አዲሱ ለገሰ፣ ተፈራ ዋልዋ፣ ጄነራል ሳሞራ የኑስን ፣ ዶ/ር ደብረ ጺዮን ይገኙበታል። የቃሊቲ እስር ቤት የመከላከያ ምስክሮቹን ማቅረብ ያልቻለው በአጃቢ እጥረት ነው የሚል መልስ ሲሰጥ፣ በሚቀጥለው ቀጠሮ ይዞ እንደሚቀርብ አስታውቋል። ፍርድ ቤቱ ለመንግስት ከፍተኛ ሀላፊዎች መጥሪያ በፖስታ ቤት እንዲላክላቸው እና ከግንቦት 30 እስከ ሰኔ.8/2008 ዓ.ም ምስክሮችን የማስማት ሂደት እንዲከናወን ውሳኔ አስተላልፏል። በአቶ ዘላለም ወርቃገኘሁ መዝገብ የተከሰሱት የህሊና እስረኞች ቀደም ብለው አቶ አንዳርጋቸው ጽጌን በመከላከያ ምስክርነት እንዲቀርቡላቸው ጠይቀው የነበረ ቢሆንም፣ እስር ቤቱ ሊያቀርባቸው ፈቃደኛ ሳይሆን በመቅረቱ ሳይቀርቡ የፍርድ ቤቱም ትእዛዝ በአየር ላይ ቀርቷል። የቀድሞው የህወሃት ታጋይና የአረና ትግራይ አባሉ አቶ አስገደ ገብረስላሴም እንዲሁ የመንግስት ከፍተኛ ባለስልጣኖችን በመከላከያ ምስክርነት ጠርተዋቸው የነበረ ቢሆንም፣ በሰበብ አስባብ ሳይቀርቡላቸው ቀርቷል። እነ አቶ ብርሃኑ የጠሩዋቸው ከፍተኛ የመንግስት ሹሞች ይገኛሉ ተብሎ አይጠበቅም። በተለይም ደብዳቤው በፖስታ እንዲደርሳቸው መባሉ ተጠያቂነት እንዳይኖር የሚያደርግ በመሆኑ፣ ባለስልጣኖቹ አልደረሰንም ለማለትና እስር ቤቱም ሲጠየቅ ሃላፊነቴን ተወጥቻለሁ በማለት ድራማውን ለማሳመር ይጠቅማል ሲሉ አስተያየት ሰጪዎች ይናገራሉ። በተመሳሳይ የእስር ዜና በቂሊንጦ በእስር ላይ የሚገኙት ወርቁ ተረፈ ፣ ሰጠኝ ቢልልኝና አብርሃም ሞገሰ ፍርድ ቤት ቀርበው የነበረ ሲሆን፣ አቶ ወርቁ “ አማራ በመሆናችን ብቻ ሽብረተኞች እንባላለን፣ በድብደባ፣ ህክምና በመከልከልና በተለያዩ የማሰቃያ ዘዴዎች እየተቸገርን ነው። ችግራችን የሚሰማልን አጥተናል፣ ለማን አቤት እንበል” ሲሉ ፍርድ ቤት አቤቱታቸውን በማቋረጥ ለግንቦት14 ተለዋጭ ቀጠሮ ሰጥቷል።

More than 200 dead and Over Hundred children abducted from Gambella to South Sudan

More than 200 dead and Over Hundred children abducted from Gambella Region of Ethiopia in to South Sudan Newyork times reports. And many analysts state the TPLF regime creates instability using various ways to appear as the only stabilizing force in the region and cling on power.

GAMBELA, Ethiopia — After angry mobs began targeting his community, Simon Thion, 29, felt caught in the middle.

Mr. Simon, an Ethiopian who is part of the Nuer ethnic group, went to a hospital in the western town of Gambela recently to visit his nephew, who was injured when members of the Murle ethnic group crossed into Ethiopiafrom South Sudan to steal cows and kill hundreds of Nuer villagers.

“በሃገራችን ሴቶች ለምን ወደ አመራርነት አልመጡም?”

Reeyot Alemu’s speech at CREW’s 5th Annual International Women’s Conference. Reeyot Alemue among others mentioned the cynical entrenched culture that marginalizes, abuses and exploits and multiple victimizes women on daily basis. The culture in Ethiopia is male dominated abusive system.

Reeyot mentioned the fact that the current repressive regime is using the name of women for exploiting it to its politically repressive system and engaged in  abusing, and exploiting and victimizing women.  She mentions also how women legal association is systematically paralyzed using NGO repressive laws.

Reeyot also mentioned the arts, writers, singers and film makers provide women with weak characters that is presented back to the public further contributing the abuse of women……..

Reeyot calls up on all women make their contribution and effort in changing both the abusive exploitative and victimizing culture towards women and the repressive political system in Ethiopia.

Global1women the leading advocacy for women in Ethiopia sets the agenda of women to be at the for front and the role of women in democratizing Ethiopia in the country that has long been abusive to women.



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#Oppressive&criminal #EPRDF   brutally cracking #dissentwomenvoices

#Womenleaders and #EthioFeminism in Ethiopia really matters in a country that not only under criminal EPRDF repression but also for so long that brutalizes, physically, sexually and mentally exploits and inhumanly harms women with cynical abusive male mindset in the country with deep systematic oppression particularly on women across Ethiopia.
” …Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

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