Omot Agwa is food security activist and former translator for the World Bank. He is originally from Gambela region, Southwestern part of Ethiopia. He was charged under Ethiopia’s Anti-terrorism Proclamation (ATP) on September 2015 after more than five months of detention at the notorious detention center, Meakelawi. Omot and two of his colleagues were arrested at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa while traveling to attend workshop on food security in Nairobi, Kenya. They are now in Kilinto Prison, out skirt of Addis Ababa Ethiopia. EHRP is following their case and will post important facts and developments on its website.
On December 15, 2015, federal prosecutors charged 21 people of Oromo descent are charged under the ATP. The defendants include students, farmers and businessmen. Since the first major crackdown following the Oromo protests in April 2014, dozens of students were arrested and charged with terrorism. EHRP is following the case of Olana Kebede et al and will post important facts and developments on its website.
Journalists Khalid Muhammed and Darsema Sori were reporters for Bilal radio. They are charged under the ATP on June 2015 after they were arrested in February 2015. The charges include terrorism, inciting violence, attempt to establish Islamic state advocating for members the Muslim Arbitration Committee who had been in prison since 2012.EHRP is following their case and will post important facts and developments on its website.
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new and unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council (HRC) aiming at improving the human rights situation on the ground of all member states. Under this mechanism Ethiopia’s second examination under the UPR happened on May 6, 2014 at UPR’s 19th Session.
EHRP strongly believes government of Ethiopia should accept the recommendations given on
- Devastating impact of Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP) on any form of free association
- Undesirable impact of Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP) on freedom of expression
- Suppressed right to assembly, demonstration and other human rights concerns related to the 2015 election. EHRP will keep Post-UPR advocacy campaigns to lobby for the acceptance of those recommendations and implementation of any accepted recommendations. The EHRP will persist in shedding light on ongoing human rights violations in Ethiopia.
Documents related ;
- UPR Recommendations 2009
- UPR Joint submission by CSO 2013
- UPR 2010 Working Group Final Report
- UPR Out Come Report 2014
Zone 9 bloggers collective, is an informal group of young Ethiopian bloggers working together to create alternative independent narration of the sociopolitical conditions in Ethiopia and thereby foster public discourse that will result the emerging of ideas for the betterment of a nation.
The Ethiopian authorities have arrested nine journalists and bloggers (6 Members of Zone 9 collective) on allegations that they worked for foreign human rights groups and were working to incite violence through social media. Three members of the detainees complained of torture and beating on custody and no action has been taken to investigate the complaint.
EHRP calls for the immediate release of the bloggers and journalists because no formal charges have been filed against them so far. According to international laws accepted by Ethiopian Government and also under Ethiopian constitution all arrested has the right to get access to councilor and family. Since their arrest the right to get legal councilor is denied by the authorities. EHRP also urges the right to access for councilor and family and visit by friends should be respected.
- EU statement on arrest of Zone 9 bloggers
- Joint statement of d/t organizations on the arrest of Zone 9 bloggers
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