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Daniel Bekele Wins Schuman EU Awards

Daniel Bekele Wins Schuman EU Awards

Daniel Bekele has become the first Ethiopian recipient of the Schuman EU Awards, an honor recognizing individuals for their contributions to democracy, the rule of law, human rights, tolerance, and equality. Established in Myanmar in 2017 to celebrate the European Union’s 60th anniversary, the Schuman Awards aim to inspire and communicate through innovative diplomacy. At the award ceremony, Ambassador Roland Kobia emphasized the EU's commitment to human rights, acknowledging both its achievements and ongoing efforts to improve and promote these values globally. He stated that human rights are central to the EU's unity and highlighted the EU's desire to integrate…
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YOUTH CHALLENGE FUND

YOUTH CHALLENGE FUND

An overview of application and selection processes I. General Background Youth innovation is one of the key contributors to the growth and development of a country. The creative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit of young individuals contribute to the growth of a country in various ways. This not only creates job opportunities for young innovators themselves but also for other citizens, addressing unemployment challenges. However, access to finance, proper training, and coaching during the concept development and execution has led to low impacts so far. On the other hand, universities are the right place to provide the right support mainly through…
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Ethiopian Cargo and Liege Airport Celebrate 17-Year Partnership

Ethiopian Cargo and Liege Airport Celebrate 17-Year Partnership

Ethiopian uplifted around 160,000 tons of cargo from Liege, Belgium Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services and Liege Airport, the Ethiopian cargo hub in Europe, have celebrated 17 years of successful partnership. The two organizations reaffirmed their commitment to boost freighter operations and strengthen the strategic alliance that has played a significant role in connecting Europe to Africa and beyond. Over the past 17 years, Ethiopian Cargo has played a significant role in positioning Liege Airport as a leading cargo hub in Europe. In 2023, Ethiopian uplifted approximately 160,000 tons of cargo from Liege, facilitating efficient and reliable transportation of goods…
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Ethiopia Earns Over $390 Million from Flower Exports

Ethiopia Earns Over $390 Million from Flower Exports

Ethiopia earned more than $390 million from the flower export trade in the past ten months. The Ministry of Agriculture announced that the horticulture investment sector, particularly flower exports, significantly contributes to Ethiopia's foreign exchange earnings. Dereje Abebe, Chief Executive Officer of Agricultural Investment and Product Marketing at the Ministry of Agriculture, reported that Ethiopia earned $392 million by supplying 79,819 tons of flower products to international markets over the past ten months. He highlighted that most of Ethiopia's flower production is exported to European and Asian countries, with the Netherlands being the largest recipient. Although the sector's performance over…
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Ethiopia Security Fails to Control Illicit Gold Trade

Ethiopia Security Fails to Control Illicit Gold Trade

Ethiopia had ambitious plans to generate $363 million from gold mining over the past nine months. However, only 67 percent of this target has been met. The Ministry of Mines identifies illegal gold trading as the primary obstacle, despite efforts by the Defense Command Post and the National Intelligence and Security Service to curb it. Illegal trading, smuggling, and security issues have significantly hindered the industry. Only three tons of gold have reached the National Bank in the past nine months, which is just 50 percent of the planned amount. In March, the National Bank received a mere 350 kg…
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Civil Society Requests Government to Lift State of Emergency in Amhara

Civil Society Requests Government to Lift State of Emergency in Amhara

The Center for the Development of Rights and Democracy (CARD) has expressed concern over the deteriorating civil environment in Ethiopia. The civil society organization has urged the government to lift the state of emergency in the Amhara region. The conflict in Amhara erupted after the federal government decided to "reorganize" the regional special forces a year ago. This decision led to clashes between government security forces and Fano militants. As a result, a six-month state of emergency was declared in August 2023, which has been extended for another four months and is set to expire in a week. CARD reported…
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Drone Attacks Kill 10 Civilians in Amhara and Oromia Regions

Drone Attacks Kill 10 Civilians in Amhara and Oromia Regions

According to a report issued by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), 10 people were killed and more than 10 injured in two drone attacks carried out by the government in December 2023 and May 2024. The EHRC announced that human rights violations in the Amhara, Oromia, Afar, Somali, Sidama, South Ethiopia, and Central Ethiopia regions, as well as in Addis Ababa, are at a critical level. The human rights report highlighted severe violations, including extrajudicial killings, civilian deaths, physical injuries, property destruction, looting, arbitrary mass and prolonged detentions, accelerated lack of justice, forced disappearances, and internal displacement. The commission…
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Ethiopian Ambassador to US Resigns

Ethiopian Ambassador to US Resigns

Ethiopia's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Lencho Bati, is set to replace Ambassador Seleshi Bekele in Washington. The resignation letter submitted by Ethiopia's Ambassador to the US, Seleshi Bekele, has been accepted by Ethiopia federal government. Former Water Resources Minister Seleshi Bekele, currently serving as Ethiopia's ambassador to the US, has had his resignation request from his government position accepted, according to sources. The Reporter newspaper noted that Seleshi Bekele, who was not only appointed as Ethiopia's ambassador to the US but also planned to resign from the government structure to become a private employee, has had his resignation confirmed. Ambassador…
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Kuwait Signs Agreement to Hire Ethiopian Domestic Workers

Kuwait Signs Agreement to Hire Ethiopian Domestic Workers

Ethiopia and Kuwait have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Addis Ababa to collaborate on foreign employment initiatives. The agreement was signed by Ethiopia's Minister of Jobs and Skills, Muferihat Kamil, and the Ambassador of Kuwait to Ethiopia, Naif Hannes Al Otaibi. The signing ceremony was attended by the Minister of State for Work and Skills Solomon Soka, Daniel Teresa, Ethiopian Ambassador to Kuwait Saeed Muhammad, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Ethiopia Naif Hannes Al Otaibi, and other senior officials from both countries. The MoU aims to create a cooperative environment where the rights and interests of Ethiopians employed in Kuwait…
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Govt Pressures to Halt Human Rights Council Violations Probe

Govt Pressures to Halt Human Rights Council Violations Probe

Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders Center has called for an end to the harassment & arrest of artists The Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRC) stated that it is facing increasing violence and pressure from the government. In its announcement, the EHRC declared that the government's actions have reached a dangerous level, citing numerous incidents of surveillance, threats, and intimidation by government security personnel. The EHRC reported that security forces have been physically assaulting, insulting, harassing, and threatening their employees who are investigating human rights violations. Despite being legally registered for the past 32 years, the organization noted that security forces in…
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