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US Urges End to Civilian Kidnappings in Ethiopia

US Urges End to Civilian Kidnappings in Ethiopia

The United States Ambassador to Ethiopia has called for an immediate halt to the kidnapping of students and other civilians in the Amhara and Oromia regions. Last week, several students traveling from Debark University, located in Amhara region were abducted. The attack, reportedly carried out by militants near Gebre Guracha in the North Showa Zone of the Oromia Region, occurred close to Addis Ababa. While neither the federal government nor the Oromia regional government has issued an official statement, the families of the kidnapped students informed various media outlets that their children were taken by armed men. The US Embassy…
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Ethiopia Commences Election in Four Regions

Ethiopia Commences Election in Four Regions

Elections are being held today in four regional states, namely Somali, Benishangul Gumuz, Central Ethiopia, and Afar, as part of the 6th round of the general election that postponed due to security issues in 2021. The Ethiopian National Election Board (NEBE) announced that voting started at 6:00 AM in this round of the national by-election and re-election. According to NEBE, 12 political parties are participating in today's voting process. The board also specified that by-elections are being conducted in the Benishangul Gumuz, Afar, Somali, and Central Ethiopia regions. In the Afar region, the elections are being conducted in 4 zones,…
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Ethiopia to Withdraw Its Troops from Somalia

Ethiopia to Withdraw Its Troops from Somalia

Ethiopian peacekeeping forces stationed in Somalia are expected to leave the country by December 2024. Ethiopia is one of the countries that have contributed peacekeeping troops to Somalia under the umbrella of the African Union to combat the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. Other contributing countries include Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi. Somalia has announced that it expects all Ethiopian soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in its country to be completely withdrawn by December 2024. Hussein Sheikh Ali, National Security Adviser to the President of Somalia, told VOA that after the end of the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) mission…
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Renowned Ethiopian Politician Yeshiwas Assefa Arrested

Renowned Ethiopian Politician Yeshiwas Assefa Arrested

Former Ethiopia Citizens for Social Justice party chairperson, Yeshiwas Assefa, was arrested by the police at 7:00 PM on May 31, 2024, from his residence in the Kazanchis area of Addis Ababa. According to Asham TV, he was arrested by Addis Ababa police. Meanwhile, Nathanael Mekonnen, one of the coordinators of the November peaceful demonstration, was released from prison today. Yeshiwas Assefa was the coordinator of the November peaceful demonstration. Three days before the demonstration, several coordinators, including Abraham Haimanot, Gidena Medehin, Nathanael Mekonen, and other politicians and lawyers, were arrested. However, Mr. Yeshiwas was not among those arrested at…
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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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Ethiopia Rejects US Comments on Militants Negotiation in Amhara and Oromia

Ethiopia Rejects US Comments on Militants Negotiation in Amhara and Oromia

The US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ervin J. Massinga, recently visited the US compound in the Mercato area of Addis Ababa. During his visit, Ambassador Massinga highlighted the historical significance of the American compound, recalling that it served as a refuge for many Ethiopians 87 years ago. He also urged Ethiopians to learn from their past, stressing the importance of respecting and protecting human rights and dignity, even during times of war and conflict. He advocated for resolving conflicts in different parts of the country through dialogue to protect innocent people from harm. Ambassador Massinga specifically addressed the current conflicts in…
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NEBE Extends Voter Registration Deadline for June election

NEBE Extends Voter Registration Deadline for June election

The National Election Board of Ethiopia has extended the voter registration period as it prepares for the upcoming by-elections in various regions. Scheduled for June 16, 2024, these by-elections will take place in Benishangul, Gumuz, and Afar regions, alongside Jigjiga 2, Meskan, and Mareko constituencies. Initially slated from April 29 to May 13, 2024, the voter registration process encountered delays due to overlapping public and religious holidays. Consequently, some polling stations failed to open on time, prompting requests from political parties to extend the registration deadline. Responding to these concerns, the board extended the voter registration period until May 20,…
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Deadly Drone Attack Unveils Ongoing Conflict in Amhara

Deadly Drone Attack Unveils Ongoing Conflict in Amhara

In the enduring conflict between government security forces and Fano militants in the Amhara region, a recent drone attack has left civilians reeling in fear and devastation. Witnesses recount the harrowing events of May 12, 2024, when an explosion ripped through Gulo Primary School in the Kewet District of the North Showa Zone, claiming the lives of three farmers and leaving a female teacher critically injured. The aftermath of the attack paints a grim picture of recurring violence in the region, with innocent citizens caught in the crossfire between warring factions. Residents speak of government security forces allegedly targeting civilians…
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