"The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being." - Lech Walesa

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Woyane got it all wrong; it has no way out but the unconditional surrender for democratic rule

Hailemariam Desalegne, the Prime Minster appointed to replace MelseSeptember 24, 2013

The Ethiopian regime seems to misunderstand what the people of Ethiopia are demanding. The sooner the regime gets it and surrender peacefully for democratic rule the better it would be. Playing hide-and-seek game isn’t going to do it.  Spewing empty ethnic and religious propaganda isn’t going to save it. Hiding behind corrupt investments and empty growth propaganda isn’t a substitute for freedom. Tormenting the population and jailing the innocent with empty bravado isn’t going to help it form its inevitable demise. Woyane and its stooges must appreciate the tolerance of our people and accept the illegitimacy of the ruling regime and live with it. Noting will change that reality. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Ethiopian Regime Repression

Ethiopia repression
By Graham Peebles
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 23, 2013 

They speak of democracy but act violently to suppress dissenting voices and control the people through the inculcation of fear. They ignore human rights and trample on the people. They are tyrannical wolves in democratic sheep’s clothing, causing suffering and misery to thousands of people throughout Ethiopia.

The right to protest

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government repeatedly scoffs at international law and consistently acts in violation of its own federal constitution – a liberal document written by the regime to please and deceive its foreign supporters. It has enacted laws of repression: the widely condemned Charities and Societies Law and the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation – the main tool of political control –

Monday, 23 September 2013

Ethiopia: Beyond the Hubris of Evil

Reeyot began a hunger strike to protest an order by regime officials

When I wrote a commentary on the plight of the imprisoned 32-year old Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu last April, I titled it “The Audacity of Evil in Ethiopia.” At the time, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had sent a letter to the “Minister of Justice” of the ruling regime in Ethiopia pleading medical care for Reeyot and urging them to spare her from a threatened solitary confinement. In that commentary, I explained why I was compelled to “stray from my professional fields of law and politics” to moral philosophy.

In this commentary, I am again compelled to indulge in philosophical musings on the hubris of evil. I am prompted once again by a statement of the Committee to Protect Journalists issued last week protesting the decision by the ruling regime to impose severe visitor restrictions on Reeyot.  CPJ “called upon the Ethiopian authorities to lift these latest restrictions and allow Reeyot Alemu to receive all visitors… She is a journalist, not a criminal, and should not be behind bars.”