Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Anti-Gay Sentiment Flares in Ethiopia as Addis Ababa Preps for AIDS Conference

The leaders of Ethiopia's main religious denominations faced journalists briefly in an Addis Ababa conference room Tuesday. Abune Paulos, the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was there, along with representatives of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, the Roman Catholic Church, and Protestant denominations. But before anything could be said, Ethiopia's Health Minister Tewodros Adhanom arrived and asked for a word with the religious leaders in private. Read more ...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ethiopia: Editor of independent Newspaper left the country over fear of imprisonment

Kebede said he received a tip about a week ago from confidential sources alleged government plans to re-imprison him. Kebede also said that the paper was unlikely to continue publishing. Both federal prosecutor Birhanu Wendimagegn and Ministry of Justice spokesman Desalegn Teresa denied allegations that they were planning to arrest dawit Kebede. It is noticed that sometimes In June Authorities Imprisoned Awramba Times Deputy Editor Woubshet Taye on terrorism charges. Read more…

Monday, November 21, 2011

A glimpse of light after sorrow nightmare

Aberash Hailay, on Monday November 14, returned after an intensive treatment in Bangkok and thanked the Ethiopian Women Lawyer’s Association (EWLA), Sheik Mohammed Al-Amoudi who covered her treatment costs, her Airline colleagues, to members of the media and the Ethiopian public for their support, in a press conference held at the Sheraton Addis.Aberash said “I don’t care if Fisseha is jailed for one year or 30 years because what has happened has already happened, but there should be a punishment for those would be attackers of her female sisters that would deter them from committing such crimes.” Aberash is blinded by the crime allegedly committed by Fisseha Tadesse her ex-husband two months back. Source ( Capital Ethiopia)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ethopian troops cross south & central border of Somalia

Ethiopian troops are once again crossing the borders of Somalia, in the South and Center of the Country. The news was reported by eye-witnesses. "There are several hundred soldiers from Ethiopia on trucks and on a few armored vehicles", asserted Ibrahim Warsame, an elderly tribal leader answering on the phone from Gurael, in Somalia's central province of Galguduud, a long-dated stronghold of the Jihadist warriors of 'al-Shebaab al-Mujahedin', the bridgehead for 'al-Qaeda' in the Horn of Africa. Source ( AGI)

Saif Al Islam Gadafi captured in South Libya

The legacy of Saif Al Islam has ended.

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been captured in a firefight in the Libyan desert after weeks on the run, senior Libyan military commanders said Saturday. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi was caught by revolutionary fighters after 15 days of pursuit in the area between the southwestern oasis town of Obari and southern town of Sabha, military commanders in Tripoli told CNN. The International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, which wants Saif al-Islam Gadhafi for alleged crimes against humanity, including murder, committed during the uprising, confirmed the arrest. "We are in touch and coordinating with the Libyan ministry of justice to ensure that any solution with regards to the arrest of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi will be in accordance with the law," ICC spokeswoman Florence Olara said.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kuwaiti Held for Allegedly Beating Ethiopian Maid to Death

A Kuwaiti citizen has been allegedly blamed for beating his housemaid to death. The Kuwaiti has been held for the alleged crime. According to sources, the man has confessed to having committed the crime. Sources report that the Kuwaiti has confessed that he “brutally beat up” his housemaid for seven days, as she refused to continue working for him. According to sources, the accused had hired the Ethiopian housemaid to work on probationary basis in his house. The victim was hired from a recruitment firm located in Hawally. Sources state that, during the training period, as the victim experienced difficulties in providing satisfactory work for her sponsor, he decided to return her to the domestic labor office.
According to sources, when the sponsor and the victim were on their way to the recruitment firm office, they started augmenting on an issue, as a result of which, he lost control and suddenly punched her in the face several times. On reaching the office, the victim alighted down the vehicle and fell unconscious. Some of the housemaids staying at the office confirmed that the victim was brutally beaten up by her sponsor, as a result of which she bled to her death.
During preliminary interrogation, supervised by high-ranking officials, the accused denied the charges, saying that the victim succumbed to her illness. However, he confessed to the crime when he was referred for further interrogation to the Public Prosecution.
However, another source reports that the suspect had hired the victim from Maids Employment Office on the Ibn Khaldoun Street. According to a preliminary forensic report, the victim succumbed to "severe beatings that led to serious physical injuries and severe internal bleeding." The report also noted that the victim showed “signs of dehydration.” Reports of abuse of housemaids in Kuwait have been frequently surfacing in the news. Foreign maids are reported to have been suffering from physical and mental abuse in the oil-rich Kuwait, where they are rapes and brutally beaten, which has resulted in suicide attempts in many cases. Some maids even complain of being pushed to work harder and for longer hours and sleep less. They allege their rights are not protected in the country. Even a 2010 US Department of State report singled out Kuwait for not doing much to prevent human trafficking. According to the report, migrants are subjected to “forced labor by their sponsors and labor agents.” The report states that migrants suffer from physical and sexual abuse, nonpayment of wages, and restrictions on movement. Source (

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Slovak ambassador to Ethiopia recalled for consultations

Slovakia has recalled its ambassador to Ethiopia, Milan Dubček, Foreign Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda announced at a news conference on Thursday, November 10. He said that the Foreign Ministry had been waiting for three days for an official response from Ethiopia after it sent a diplomatic note demanding not only an explanation but also an apology for Ambassador Dubček's detention between November 5 and 7, the SITA newswire reported. The Slovak diplomat was detained (and subsequently released) by the Ethiopian authorities in Addis Ababa at the weekend, the TASR newswire wrote. Dzurinda said that Dubček will remain in Slovakia until Ethiopia acts in line with diplomatic practice and international standards, i.e. until the Ethiopian authorities make an apology and provide guarantees that no such moves will be repeated with respect not only to Slovakia, but also to any other EU-member country. Dzurinda added that he had spoken to Dubček since he was released on Monday evening and that the ambassador had told him that he was unaware of having committed any crime. Dzurinda said that as far as he knows Dubček hasn't been charged with any offence. The Foreign Ministry said the ambassador's detention has raised concerns among fellow EU-member states, and that a session of diplomats from EU countries had taken place in Addis Ababa following the incident. Source ( SITA)

Ethiopia charges six journalists with terrorism

In an interview with Agence France-Presse, government spokesman Shimelis Kemal accused the journalists of "abetting, aiding, and supporting a terrorist group." Kemal accused Ethiopia's neighbor, Eritrea, of involvement in a vague plot against the country. "They have received from the Eritrean government weapons and explosives for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities in Ethiopia," Kemal said. "Ethiopia's terrorism charges against journalists critical of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government are becoming vague and ludicrous," said CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes. "The authorities have failed to provide any hard evidence and should drop these charges immediately." Read more…

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ethiopian child mortality malnutrition rates drop; says, state minister; UNICEF attributed

Reducing malnutrition, which is an underlying factor in at least half of all under-five deaths, has had a profound impact on the survival rates of children," Kestebrhan Admassu ( the Ethiopian state minister of health ) told a gathering of representatives of United Nations agencies. The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) attributed the reductions to increased access to health posts in remote and drought-stricken areas, and a growing number of health workers. The number of health posts has surged to more than 9,000 in 2011 from a handful in 2004 with priority shifted towards food-insecure areas, UNICEF said, Read more…..

Thursday, November 10, 2011

South Sudan security detains two journalists over criticism of marriage

South Sudan National Security Services (NSS) agents in the temporary capital of Juba arrested Peter Ngor, editor of the private daily Destiny, and ordered the indefinite suspension of his newspaper for running an October 26 opinion article by columnist Dengdit Ayok, news reports said. The article, titled "Let Me Say So," criticized the president for allowing his daughter to marry an Ethiopian national and accused him of "staining his patriotism," news reports said. "It's alarming to see the world's newest nation already arresting journalists under vaguely worded accusations," said CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes. "We call on the authorities to release the journalists and lift the ban on the newspaper Read more…

Monday, November 7, 2011

Frehiwot Dado wins New York marathon women’s title

Ethiopian Frehiwot Dado captured the 42nd New York Marathon women's title on Sunday, winning in two hours, 23 minutes and 15 seconds to edge compatriot Buzunesh Deba by four seconds. Dado, a 27-year-old making her New York debut, won her third consecutive Rome Marathon title last March in 2:24:13 but eclipsed that time as her personal best with her closing run in ideal conditions. Deba, who lives and trains in the parks and streets of the "Big Apple", settled for second with reigning London Marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya in third for the second year in a row in 2:23:39. Keitany led from the start until the final mile, when Dado took the lead for good after working with Deba to chase down the Kenyan for most of the 26.2-mile journey. "I'm very happy because there was a runner leading in front of us and I didn't think we would catch her, but I was very happy when we were able to catch her," Dado said through a translator. "Once we saw her, we said to each other, 'Let's catch her,' and working together we were able to catch her." "I'm so happy," Deba said. "People were cheering me and I had so much confidence." Keitany, who set the world half-marathon record of 1:05:50 earlier this year, was on an early pace to challenge the women's world record of Britain's Paula Radcliffe, 2:17:42 from 2005 in London, and the course record of 2:22.31 set by Kenya's Margaret Okayo in 2003. Source (AFP)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ethiopia: Man said his sex partner stole him winning lottery ticket from his pants pocket

He, ( Alemayheu Yitayew) said the suspect, 25-year-old Kyla Lee Smith, knocked on his door Sunday evening. He invited her in and the two had sex. Yitayew said Smith left around 5:30 a.m., and at 7:30 a.m. he realized the winning lottery ticket was missing from his pants pocket. According to the police report, Yitayew went to the lottery commission on Monday, October 24, to report the ticket stolen. Read more…

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Judje Shemsu ruled out Swedish journalists involved in a terror attack

An Ethiopian court acquitted two Swedish journalists of terrorism charges on Thursday but said allegations they had assisted the secessionist ONLF rebel group still stood, and kept them in detention. Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested in July after they entered Ogaden province from Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region with a team of fighters from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). "Though the prosecutors have provided witnesses and evidence to support their accusation, the court does not believe it is substantial enough to prove that the journalists were involved in carrying out a terror attack," Judge Shemsu Sirgaga ruled. Shemsu, however, ordered the pair to defend themselves against allegations they had helped the ONLF and had entered the country illegally without a permit. Source (Reuters)