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Ethiopia: Washington Update
By Mesfin Mekonen
Reports of large numbers of Amhara people being displaced in Ethiopia-- forced by the Meles regime to leave their land and their homes -- are reaching the U.S. government. The All Ethiopia Unity Party and international non-governmental organizations have documented the forced evictions and displacements. The State Department and key members of Congress have been briefed on the brutal treatment of innocent Ethiopians by their government. State Department officials report that they have privately informed the Meles regime that its activities are unacceptable violations of human rights, but so far there have been no public statements from the State Department, and there certainly has been no action taken. The Obama administration's public silence, and its lack of action, are a disgrace and a disappointment to Americans and people around the world. The best hope for prodding the Obama administration to act is by persuading Congress to hold hearings and enact legislation that puts financial and political pressure on the Meles regime. Some members of Congress are aware of the human rights abuses in Ethiopia, but much more needs to be done to inform and educate Congress. We are working to intensify congressional awareness and hope to have some positive news to report soon.
There has been almost no international attention focused on abuses in Ethiopia because the Meles regime has made it almost impossible for reporters (Ethiopian or foreign) to work in Ethiopia. An April 15 editorial in the New York Times by a member of the Committee to Protect Journalists highlights the abuses of the Meles regime. It reports: "The prisons in Ethiopia, like those in China, are now filled with journalists and dissidents, and critical Web sites are blocked." And it adds that Ethiopia is "mired in a cycle of humanitarian crises and conflicts…journalists are denied independent access to sensitive areas and risk up to 20 years in prison if they report about opposition groups designated by the government as terrorists." The editorial makes a critical point about the effect of preventing journalists from reporting the truth about conditions in Ethiopia: "This silencing in turn frustrates the ability of aid groups to quickly mobilize funds when help is needed. And with civil society, the political opposition and the press severely restricted, there is hardly any domestic scrutiny over how the government uses billions of dollars of international assistance from Western governments." The National Press Club has added its voice to those of the international community of journalists who call on the Meles regime to release reporters who have been unjustly accused of treason (see here).
In addition to the repression of Amhara people and other ethnic group, jailing and intimidation of journalists, the Meles regime is disrespecting the past. Ethiopian-Americans were dismayed to learn that the Meles regime failed to honor the late Emperor Haile Selassie during recent ceremonies marking the dedication of the new African Union conference center in Addis Ababa. Haile Selassie was the founder of the African Union, an inspiration to Africa and the entire world, yet the Meles regime has chosen not to recognize his leadership.
Does it taste good when woyane displace amara now? I do not mean to make fun of the displaced people but you have to understand how we Eritreans, Ogaden Somalis, Beshangul and more felt when we were forced to leave our home and you still support woyane to go to war, you dont know what you preach confused creature
Neft said, “In addition to the repression of Amhara people and other ethnic group, jailing and intimidation of journalists, the Meles regime is disrespecting the past. Ethiopian-Americans were dismayed to learn that the Meles regime failed to honor the late Emperor Haile Selassie during recent ceremonies marking the dedication of the new African Union conference center in Addis Ababa. Haile Selassie was the founder of the African Union, an inspiration to Africa and the entire world, yet the Meles regime has chosen not to recognize his leadership.”
Why Haile Silasie should be respected, he needs extra soul death in his grave yard.
For me it has to be this way, the oppressors Amhara tribe deserves not to be respected, because they are the killers and torturers of all other ethnic group in all over Ethiopia.
Mot Le Amahara neftegnas.
Poor Mesfin, stupid Mesfin, I am sorry for you.
Amharas are not the only to be evicted from South Ethiopia.
Those who are evicted were occupied the land they claim by force.
You missed to write on true evictions,eg. the one in Gambella.
The author is biased.
That is the only way you can do, go and deliver lie as you used to do it all of your life. I swear you will end up laying, because Ethiopian feel shame to lie and to layers to make their friends and give him responsibilities. so, cheap personality…..fes betefesa kutir wode white house rutt, then we will see what you accomplish?
Ethnic AMHARAS are the very fiber and trade of Ethiopian society, as well as contributors of the great Ethiopian history and therefore there would not have been current Ethiopia without the great AMHARA ethnic, as it is the case for any other ethnic groups in our beloved country ETHIOPIA. May GOD bless our country Ethiopia and the rest of the world.
You got it wrong body Washington update should have been about their own affair such us the Cololbian working girl . why change the subject to mis lead us this us this way shame on shamless.
Finally Washington seems to be listening.
Why is this Mesfin guy reports his Washington Update only when the Shaul Group does or says something. Certainly there are other activities in Washington circles going on regarding Ethiopia and Ethiopians.
Displaced the people based on their ethic of origine is a basic law for divide and rule system. It is a kind of manuvering the attenion of the Ethiopian people. Woyane and its followers has the hidden aim on Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people. I think this article is written by the supporters of the Woyane regime, to increase confilect between different ethnics, nationals and nations, this is one of the main aim of the TPLF and EPLF plan when they were in the forst. Both of them planned to trenisfer war from north to the West, South, centrtal part and all over the Ethiopian territory execpt Tigray regen. TPLF and EPLF has goog relation and working hand to hand on disintegrating Ethiopia, Soon or late TPLF united with the EPLF, of course,after they distory Ethiopa and Ethiopianism from the horn of Africa. You the readers of this areticle, you have to compaire all statments in this acticle and then come to conculusion why this areticle is appeared now. Woyane and EPLF are the two side of one coine you cannot divide it. Both of them are the killer of the Ethiopian and Eritrean people. The war that happned between the Eritrean and Ethiopian people was not for the interste of the Ethiopian or Eritrean it was for the interest of the Meles and Issaiyas. Both of them are blood suckers of our people. We need peace and stability,Eritrean and Ethiopian people has no the intention to fight each other. If we overthrew both ruling leaders we will breath peace air in our bloved countries. If you see the enteir of Ethiopia, nations , nationalties, peoples, are divided by geo politices, languages, religions, every were confilect between nations or nationals, some nations fighing aganist the government(woyane ) regime, all this created and finaced by the woyane regime. Woyane knows that, if the ethiopian people united woyan may not rule for lomg time. We have to think to the integirity of Ethiopia today. otherwise we will the looser of the history.
The moronic Tigre goons Dagnachewu koru , obssa and the likes: If the eviction of the Amaras is believed to be a justifiable course of action when measured by your Tribal pea sized brain, I would like to remind you that nearly 120,000 of your Kimalam, Buttutoam, Lemagne Tigrewoch currently lives in Bahirdar city that happens to be the capital of the “Amhra region. Also similar numbers of Tigre parasites lives in gonder, wolo, Shewa and all over Ethiopia. Just because you kimalam Tigrewoch holds the gun that does not mean you can live anywhere you want but not the none-Tigre Ethiopians. If this trend continues your beggar & tramp relatives will be the biggest looser for the obvious reasons. Tigray is known neither for being the bread basket of Ethiopia nor for being the lush part of Ethiopia where milk & honey is a daily diet for its chigaram laypeople. Far from it, rather your chigarm Tigray is well known for its endemic hunger & for producing ugly Bandas in abundance. If truth to be told, there are 100 thousands of Tigres are occupying Addis Ababa as we speak. How about Meles & the rest of his Tigre gangs? The last time I checked, the entire Tigre leeches with their Tribal Agazi militia are colonizing Addis. . If I were you I wouldn’t be dancing & kicking ye-Tigre Kebero while bouncing as high as only a stupid tigre man can jump when drumming ye-Tigre Kebero.
Thank you Mr. Mesfin Mekonen
The US and Europe wwer quite when genocide was committed in Bosnia and Rwanda.
It is sad to see history repeating in front of the whole world again and again.
They rather keep repressors and tyrants than humane rights and democracy.
Ethiopians must take action to save their lives and take power away from Meles because Meles will continue and expand to other non-Tigrayans with his crimes . The West would not care about victims of Meles’s brutality.
The West will start to care when they see the balance of power tilted.
At the same time Ethiopians must press this concerns to their congressmen and women.
Keep protesting on the streets all over the world while exposing the crimes that is happening in Ethiopia while the world keeps silent.
The one denokoro Tigrawi
You can wish all you want to be an Amara but you will end up dying as a banda Tigray. You are not fooling anybody but your denkoro self.
Tigrayans were crying at the door step of white men during Mengistu regime. Now you have become the worst kind of human. The most ignorant, cruel and arrogant kind of creature.
You wish Ethiopia will be all for Tigrayans. This is what is your intention are. Now your evil plan is out of its bottle. Your intention has reached everybody. You are crying out for the end of Tigrayan colonization in 2012.
True,Zinawi has now reached a no-return point.For sure,he will soon be like a disposed diapers.
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