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Highway to the Sea Re-Opened After Protesters End Blockade

Road-Blockade-Ethiopia-DjiboutiJanuary 18, 2019 ( - Protesters in the northeastern Afar region of Ethiopia ended a blockade to the nation’s primary route to the sea, which started on Sunday. The protestors were demonstrating against the increasing ethnic strife, said organizers and the police on Tuesday.

The protestors commenced a five-day blockade of the country’s main highway to its neighbor Djibouti on Sunday according to Mahi Bule, a member of the organizing committee.

Ethiopia has experienced ethnic motivated conflict since last year, which led to deaths and the displacement of more 3 million people.


Ethiopia Detains 835 Armed OLF Militants

Command-post-EthiopiaJanuary 16, 2019 ( - Ethiopia detained 835 armed militants of OLF who were conducting various illegal activities and disrupting peace in Oromia, accodring to the statement released by the Ethiopian national defense forces.

Operations were conducted by the Command Post established to prevent conflict at Benishangul Gumuz and western Oromia regional states, according to a report by FBC.

According to the statement, most public, private and business activities have resumed, including services stopped due to security concerns.

The command post praised the public for providing assistance, leads and tips in detaining sus

President Sahle-Work Zewde Commends Ireland

Sahle-Work-commends-IrelandJanuary 10, 2019 ( - While meeting Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, Ethiopia’s first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde has paid tribute to Ireland for setting a good example in appointing women to high offices.

She commended Ireland during a meeting with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar on the first day of his visit to Ethiopia. Despite the two nations having diplomatic ties for more than 25 years, this is the first official visit by a Taoiseach to the country.

Addressing the Irish media after the meeting, the president congratulated Ireland for leading the world on female presidents.

Ethiopia Establishes Reconciliation Commission

Ethiopia-Reconciliation-CommissionDecember 25, 2018 ( - The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives (HPR) today approved bill to establish a Reconciliation Commission, according to Ehiopian News Agency.

After thorough discussions, the bill was endorsed all members but one vote against and another abstention, it was learnt.

According to government briefings, the Commission is tasked to work to maintain peace, justice, democracy, national unity, consensus and reconciliation among the Ethiopian peoples.

It is expected to investigate and identify disputes betwee groups, as well ashuman rights violations by taking into co

Ethiopian Security Forces Arrest 15 Individuals Suspected of Assassinations in Oromia

Oromia-EthiopiaDecember 24, 2018 ( - Ethiopian Security forces have arrested 15 individuals suspected of assassinations in Oromia regional state, according to FBC report.

According to the report, the suspects have been assassinating civilians, government officials and members of the security forces.

The individuals in question operated under a group named ‘Abaa Torbee’, and are linked to outlaw, armed forces operating in the western part of Oromia, according to the Oromia state communications bureau.

The group was arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) security officers in Addis Ababa, where they cam

State Funeral Held for Former Ethiopian President Girma Woldegiorgis

Girma-Woldegiorgis-laid-to-restDecember 19, 2018 - Former Ethiopian President Girma Woldegirorgis was laid to rest today at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.

President Girma Woldegioargis served as ceremonial head of state of Ethiopia from 2001 to 2013.

He died last Friday night at the age of 94. He was born in the capital Addis Ababa on December 28, 1924.

The state funeral in the capital was attended by hundreds of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Sahle-work Zewde, and other officials.

A 21-gun salute was fired in his honor during the state funeral.

Ethiopia declared December 19

Mekelle City Holds Massive Rally Protesting Ethnic-Based Campaign

Mekelle-city-holds-rallyDecember 9, 2018 - Residents of Mekelle city, the capital of Tigray region in nothern Ethiopia, held huge rally, protesting what they called ethnic profiling that targets mainly Tigrayansin the ongoing crackdown on corruption and abuse of power.

Two weeks ago, on November 25, huge rallies were held in various towns in Tigray, including in Adwa, Axum, Korem, Abiy Adi, Setit Humera, Alamata, Addisu and Moheni towns.

The demonstrators demanded justice for all. The were carrying flags of Ethiopia, Tigray and the TPLF (Tigrayan Poeple's Liberation Front), as well as pictures of former leader Meles Zenawi.

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ODP, OLF Issue Strong Warning Against Attacks from Benishangul-Gumuz

Clashes-in-Benishangul-EthiopiaDecember 1, 2018 - The leaders of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) issued strong warnings to what they called anti-reform elements in Benishangul-Gumuz region of western Ethiopia.

The central committee of the ODO, in a meeting held on November 29, 2018, issued a strong statement regarding the recent clashes and conflicts across Oromia.

The ODP statement said: “Forces whose interests were compromised because of the current changes and reforms are tirelessly working to destabilize Oromia Region.” “Their wishes of making Oromia a battle ground will soon be buried,&r

Three Students Dead in Renewed Violence at Assosa University

Assosa-University-EthiopiaNovember 23, 2018 - Three students are reportedly dead in Assosa University in Benishangul-Gumuz region in Western Ethiopia in what appears to be ethnic motivated clashes.

Hirut Woldemariam, the Minister of Science and Higher Education, told local journalists that a clash between two students turned into a bigger, deadly clash in which three students died.

The violence was controlled initially but was later renewed, according to Dr. Hirut Woldemariam.

Thirty-four others were wounded, according the Minister, as reported by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.

Dr. Hirut said her Ministry of Education will work t

Ethiopian Police Seizes 50 Kalashnikov Rifles in Debre Berhan

Smuggled-weapons-EthiopiaNovember 20, 2018 - Ethiopian Police seized 50 Kalashnikov rifles, a grenade launcher and several ammunitions in Debre Birhan town, reports FBC.

Debre Birhan town is about 100 km north of the capital Addis Ababa.

The smuggled weapons entered Ethiopia via the Gambella regional state, according to the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).

The weapons were found hidden inside a heavy truck, according to the report.

It is to be recalled that, earlier this month, Ethiopian police intercepted smuggled weapons that came from the Sudan.

At the time, police disclosed they seized thousands of

Kinfe Dagnew Denied Public Defender; Deputy Intel Chief Arrested

Kinfe-Dagnew-in-courtNovember 15, 2018 - Major General Kinfe Dagnew, former head of Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), was in federal high court 10th criminal bench today. He is said to have requested for court appointed attorney to represent him. The court, however, rejected his request to get a public defense lawyer.

Major General Kinfe Dagnew told the court yesterday that he can’t afford to pay for a defense lawyer. He said his income is 4,000 birr per month and can't afford a lawyer.

However, police told the court today that they have evidence showing General Kinfe Dagnew deposited and withdrew 100,000 Birr from his ba

Illicit Firearm Inflow into Ethiopia Increasing - Police

By Staff Reporter

Illicit-arms-flow-increasingNovember 12, 2018 - Ethiopia has become destination for illicit firearms in the last few months mainly due to trafficked from neighboring Sudan, says Ethiopian Police.

The inflow of firearms has increased after high demanded was created in Ethiopia where ethnic clashes are occurring in various parts of the country.

Organized Crime Investigation Director Commander Ketema Debalkie over the weekend said that police has sized thousands of new Turkish made firearms largely pistols, machine guns, Kalashnikovs and bullets while flowing into western and northern Ethiopia primarily fro

More Than 40 Former METEC Officials Detained in Ethiopia

METEC-officials-arrestedNovember 10, 2018 - More than 40 former officials of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) and members of intelligence community have been detained, according to the Reporter.

METEC management and members of intelligence forces were detained yesterday, November 9, 2018, the report discloses.

The Ethiopian government government has so far not disclosed whether anyone is detained from METEC, much less who these former METEC officials were.

They were taken into custody while they were meeting in the Gerji area in Addis Ababa, in the former Imperial Hotel which the Corporation bought and renamed the Am

Ethiopian Police Discovers Mass Grave of 200 People

Oromia-Somali-BorderNovember 9, 2018 - Ethiopian police disclosed that a mass grave has been found with remains of some 200 people in the border between Oromia and Somali regions, according to FBC report.

According to the report, police were carrying out a court-ordered investigation for evidence of alleged abuses by forces loyal to the former president of the Somali region, Abdi Mohammed, who is now in detention.

Abdi Mohammed, also known as Abdi Illey, was President of Somali regional state of Ethiopia from 2005 until August 6, 2018.

The current Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa

Thousands of Demonstrators Demand Justice for People of Wolkaite, Alamata Areas

By Staff Reporter

Amhara-demonstrationsOctober 29, 2018 -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators on Sunday took the streets of Bahir Dar, Gondor, Dessie and Debre Birhan cities and surrounding areas of the Amhara regional state of Ethiopia.

The demonstrators called on the federal government to interfere over the identity questions of the people living in Welqait, Raya and Alamata zones.

Welqait, Raya and Alamata towns have been administered by the Tigray regional state after the ruling EPRDF introduced a federal system and established language based regional boundary some 27 years ago.

“Our brothers and sisters in Wolqait and Alama

Demonstrators Demand Justice for Attacks in Benishangul Gumuz State

By Staff Reporter

Nekemte-Oromia-EthiopiaOctober 27, 2018 - Thousands of demonstrators on Saturday took to the streets of Nekemet city in Oromia regional state in Ethipia. The Demonstrators Demand Justice for Attacks in Benishangul Gumuz State, asking the government take legal measures against those forces who allegedly killed at least 50 people in Benishangul Gumuz regional state in western Ethiopia.

Last month, more than 100,000 ethnic Oromos and Amharas, mainly from Kamashi zone of Benishangul Gumuz state, fled planned attacks from their neighborhoods and sheltered in bordering east and west Welega zones of Oromia regional state.

US, UK Embassies Launch Media Support Program in Ethiopia

USUK-mdeia-support-EthiopiaOctober 23, 2018 - The embassies of the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America launched Media Support Program in Ethiopia today, according to FBC report.

The program was launched in support of the ongoing reform in Ethiopia. The program is meant to facilitate government communication with independent media in Ethiopia.

The “Supporting Communication between Government and Journalists” program is part of ongoing efforts to support the Ethiopia’s political reform process, according to a statement issued by the US embassy.

Among other things, the project will focus on skill developmen

Ethiopian Police to File Charges Against 83 Individuals for Recent Violence in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

83-charged-violence-addis-ababaOctober 17, 2018 - The Federal Police Commission is to file charges against 83 youth who were allegedly involved in violence which claimed at least 28 people in the capital, Addis Ababa, in the middle of September this year.

The Federal Police detained a total of 1, 204 suspected youth in Addis Ababa following clashes between supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and residents of Addis Ababa over whose flags should be raised along the streets of the capital.

Zeyinu said the over 1100 suspects will be released next Thursday if the necessary logistics are fulfilled, if not they w

Ethiopian Soldiers Apologize for Marching on PM Office

Ethiopian-soldiers-apologizeOctober 12, 2018 - Members of the Ethiopian Defence forces who marched into Prime Minister's office demanding better benefits have apologized to the people and government of Ethiopia, according to FBC report.

In a discussion held today with Motuma Mekassa, Minister of Ethiopian Defense Force, and General Seare Mekonnen, Chief of Staff of the Defense Force, the soldiers admitted that it was wrong to do it this way to express their grievances.

The army members went to the Prime Minister’s Office with guns but were disarmed at the gates.

Motuma said investigation will be held to identify the leaderships

Ethiopian Court Gives Prosecutors Ten Days in Abdi Illey Case

By Staff Reporter

Abdi-Illey-in-courtOctober 8, 2018 - The Federal High Court in Ethiopia gave prosecutors an additional 10 days ultimatum on Monday to conclude the investigations against the former President of the Ethiopian Somali regional state, Abdi Mohammed Omer, a.k.a Abdi Illey, and three other former senior officials of the state.

Police accuses the state’s former president and his former ministers of criminal charges for allegedly organizing the local youth to cause death and displacement of many people in the territory.

The defendants were accused of committing human rights violations as well as instigating ethnic and religion-bas


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