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Monday, September 29, 2014

Almost 40,000 Migrants Lost their Lives Crossing Borders/Seas Since 2000: IOM

Mediterranean Sea alone did cost over 22,000 migrants' lives since 2000 sounds like almost 4 thousand faceless and nameless fellow human-beings had lost their lives unnecessarily every year since 2000 while trying to escape - persecution, killing, or poverty. They were somebody's sisters brothers daughters or sons and now they are just statistics. Unfortunately, thanks to the the rise of anti-migrant right wing parties all over the industrialized world, the death toll of migrants seems to rise even more in the coming years. Every country which tightens its borders and does everything to prevent immigrants from entering its "sovereign land", is a complicit to this human tragedy unfolding everyday from Australia, to the US; from South Africa to Italy; from Saudi-Arabia to Libya.  
Geneva - IOM today (29/9/2014) released “Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost During Migration,” the world’s most comprehensive tally to date of migrant fatalities across land and sea.
With a count surpassing 40,000 victims since 2000, IOM calls on all the world’s governments to address what it describes as “an epidemic of crime and victimization.”
“Our message is blunt: migrants are dying who need not,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, “It is time to do more than count the number of victims. It is time to

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Number of Syrian Kurds fleeing to Turkey nears 140,000: UNHCR

GENEVA. September 23 (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said more than 138,000 refugees, mainly ethnic Kurds fleeing militant threats to towns and villages in northern Syria, have crossed into southern Turkey since Friday.
The latest arrivals passed through the two remaining open border points at Yumurtalik and the crossing east of Murstipinar/Akmanak.
UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said the Turkish authorities had told the refugee agency that they are now managing the entry of refugees through two border points (previously nine) in three phases: security checks in order to maintain the civilian character of asylum; health checks, including measles and polio vaccination for very young children; and registration.
Mobile registration centres, large trucks donated by UNHCR and complete with computers, biometric and photographic equipment, are operating in the border crossing of Yumurtalik and in the yard of a primary school of Namik Kemal, Suruc.
Registration is also being carried out by government officials at a boarding school in Onbirnisan, in Suruc district hosting an estimated 50,000 refugees, as well as the Suruc town center less than 15 kilometers from the Syrian border.
Once registered, refugees receive an ID card, which provides access to free health care services in Turkish clinics, as well as other aid provided by local municipalities, non-governmental organizations and other aid agencies. The card is a critical document that also shows refugees have the temporary protection of the Turkish government.
"UNHCR field staff are visiting the border areas and areas hosting refugees on a daily basis, assessing urgent needs and coordinating the response among other humanitarian actors," Fleming said.
"Our field staff report the majority of new arrivals are women, children and the elderly, who arrive exhausted having walked several kilometers to safety on a dusty, rough road, with their luggage. Some of the elderly and disabled are carried to safety by relatives, their wheel chairs hopelessly unsuited to the rough terrain," she added.
On arrival, the refugees are given water before being transported to a registration point. The Turkish Red Crescent has set up a medical observation tent for injured refugees and more than 290 Syrians were taken to the Suruc hospital by ambulances over the weekend.
The refugee agency has already provided tens of thousands of relief items blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and plastic sheets to help in the response, coordinated by the government of Turkey. More aid is on the way.
UNHCR's Fleming said the first in a series of airlifts bringing aid for up to 200,000 people is expected to arrive in Turkey, from Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday afternoon. Another three flights from Amman and Copenhagen are expected to follow later in the week.
Many refugees are sheltering with relatives and friends, while others are staying in schools, wedding halls, mosques or other buildings. The Turkish government has set up two transit centres for 10,000 people each at Suleymansah Park in Mursitpinar and Onbirnisan, in Suruc, with support from UNHCR. The government also continues its work on two new camps already under way Derik Camp in Mardin and Islahiye camp also with UNHCR support.
Source: UNHCR

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Confessions of the Ex-‘Revo’: Befekadu Hailu

They are still indignant, confident and with unwavering devotion for human rights and the rule of law; the usual suspects, the one and the only ones- Zone9bloggers from the notorious Ethiopian prison still pen, criticize and inspire thousands regardless of the hardship they have to go through on a daily basis. I still couldn't believe this piece was written by someone who is being incarcerated for the crimes he didn't commit. Befqadu and his colleagues are critiquing the brutal and vengeful regime knowing that their shackles on their skinny arms and legs will be fastened harsh for such writings. I think, we are the ones who are in jail; THEY- the unbeatable young, fearless and innocent Ethiopians are sacrificing their lives to free us, AMEN!      
There was a time in my life when I used to think a lot about revolution in Ethiopia. In fact, in 2011 during the so called ‘Arab Spring’ I wrote a rejoinder article when Ethiopian democracy activists (especially those who are based in diaspora) planned a ‘Day of Rage’ using

የቀድሞው “የአብዮት አድናቂ” ኑዛዜ በፍቃዱ ዘ ኃይሉ

ወይ ጥንካሬ፡ ወይ ብስለት፡ ወይ የዓላማ ጽናት እንጂ ሌላ ምንም ሊባል አይችልም፡ይህንን የበፍቄን በሳል እና ትንተና የተሞላበት ደብዳቤ ለሚያነብ ሰው፡ በርግጥ፡ አንድ፡ ባልሰራው ወንጀል ቁምስቅሉን ከሚያይ እስረኛ የተጻፈ ነው ብሎ ለማመን እጅግ ይከብዳል። ዛሬም ይጽፋሉ፡ ይተቻሉ ያላንዳች ፍራ፡ ምንም እንኳን እንዲህ ዓይነቱ አልበገር ባይነት ተመርኩዞ በቀለኛውና ጨካኙ መንግስት የነገው ህይወታቸውን እንደሚያጨልመው እና በነዛ ቀጫጭን እጆቻቸው ላይ ያጠለቀውን ካቴና የበለጠ እንደሚያጠብቀው ቢረዱም። የታሰርነው፡ እኛ እንጂ እነሱማ ነጻ ናቸው።  
ርዕሱን  አላስታውሰውም ‘ንጂ እ..አ በ2011 Arab Uprising በመባል የሚታወሰውን አብዮትተከትሎ፣ ኢትዮጵያውያን ፌስቡከኞችም (በተለይ ዲያስፖራ የሚገኙ) ግንቦት 20 ላይ (ልክ በኢሕአዴግ የ20ኛ አገዛዝ ዕድሜ)   “Anger day” በሚል በፌስቡክ አብዮትመጥራታቸውን ተቃውሜ አንዲት ጽሑፍ ጽፌ ነበር፡፡ በዓመቱ ደግሞ ‹‹ አብዮት ወረት ነው›› በሚል ርዕስ በፌስቡክ አብዮት ለማስነሳት ፍላጎት ያላቸው በርካቶች እንዳሉ ገልጬ ነገር ግን ይጎድላቸዋል የሚባሉትንነገሮች ዘርዝሬ ጽፌ ነበር፡፡ በነዚህ ሁለት ጽሑፎች ላይ፣ ላዩን አብዮትን የተቃወምኩ ቢመስልም እውነታው ግን ጽሑፎቹ በተጻፉበትወቅት ሕዝቡም፣ ተቃዋሚ ልሂቃኑም፣ ሁኔታዎቹም ለአብዮት ዝግጁ አይደሉም የሚል ዝንባሌ ማሳየቱ ነበር፡፡
ከሌላ ዓመት በኋላደግሞ ‹‹ስለለውጥ›› በሚል ርዕስ ተከታታይ ጽሑፎችን በ‹‹ዞን 9›› ላይ በግል ተነሳሽነት ማስፈር ጀምሬ ነበር፡፡ ጽሑፉን የጀመርኩት ‹‹ኢሕአዴግ ሥልጣኑን በምርጫ ይለቃል?›› በሚል ጥያቄ ነበር፡፡ ‹‹አይለቅም›› የምልባቸውን ምክንያቶች ካስቀመጥኩ በኋላ የለውጥ አማራጭ የምላቸውን (አብዮት፣ሰላማዊ አለመታዘዝ /civil disobedience/ የመሳሰሉትን) በየዘርፉ እየቀነጫጨብኩ ለማሳየት ነበር ዓላማዬ ከዚያም ‹‹የለውጥ ፍርሃት››፣ ‹‹የሥርዓት ለውጥ እና ሃይማኖት››፣ ‹‹የ1966ቱ የኢትዮጵያ አብዮት እና የማኅበራት ሚና›› የሚሉ ርዕሶችን በማንሳት በሐሳቦቹ ላይ በሐቀኝነት ለመከራከር ጥረት አድርጌያለሁ (ከዚህ በላይ አልገፋሁበትም እንጂ)፡፡ በበኩሌ ስለአብዮት በደንብ ያነበብኩትም፣ ያሰብኩትም፣ የጻፍኩትም፣ የተረዳሁትም ያኔ ነበር፡፡ ያኔ በአብዮት ላይ የነበረኝ እምነት ተሸርሽሮ ግማሽ ደርሶ ነበር፡፡ ተንጠፍጥፎ ያለቀው ግን

Monday, September 15, 2014

Over 2,500 people have drowned or gone missing trying to reach Europe: UNHCR

Half of those arriving in Europe by boat are refugees from Syria and Eritrea.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the naval rescue headquarters in Malta yesterday, on a weekend in which new boat sinkings were being reported off Egypt and Libya claiming more innocent lives. Ms. Jolie and Mr. Guterres met three survivors of one of the tragedies, who had been rescued by a commercial vessel and brought to Malta by the Maltese authorities.
In the Maltese capital Valletta, Ms. Jolie also visited Syrian refugee families who survived a similar devastating boat tragedy last October. They included a couple from Damascus whose three small children perished during the crossing, and a doctor from Aleppo whose wife and three year-old daughter drowned. Half of those arriving in Europe by boat are

Human Traffickers deliberately sunk Migrants boat in Mediterranean sea, killing 500

A picture released by the Italian navys shows migrants being rescued off the coast of Sicily
Migrants being rescued off the Coast of Sicily
About 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after the boat carrying them from Egypt to Malta was apparently deliberately sunk by people-traffickers, an intergovernmental group has said. The news – based on the accounts of two Palestinian survivors – emerged on the same day up to 200 more people were feared dead when another boat heading to Europe capsized off Libya. The Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said there was no independent verification for what happened, mainly because only nine people are believed to have survived. The IOM's account comes from the two Palestinians, who were rescued by another boat and taken to Sicily. If the men's account is correct, by the IOM's tally about 2,900 migrants

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Young Iranian asylum seeker died in Australia for medical neglect

Hamid KehazaeiHere we go again with another young man's life which was unnecessarily lost due to Australia's cruel policy against refugees and asylum seekers. When he left his country, he was looking for freedom and peace somewhere far away, little he knew he would end up in a notorious detention center which did cost his precious life. Right or left, Australian politicians spent/spending sleepless nights to bar refugees from entering their 'country' which their ancestors looted from Aborigines. Rest in Peace young man! A victim of racist policy.
Twenty four years old Iranian asylum seeker Hamid has been declared brain dead in a Brisbane hospital following his family's decision to switch off his life support. He had been declared ‘brain dead’ after contracting septicaemia from an infection contracted while in offshore detention on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, a refugee advocacy group says. Hamid Kehazaei's family decided to donate his organs

Calais : de l’exaspération des habitants au désespoir des migrants

Le nombre de sans-papiers à Calais, dont la très grande majorité souhaite se rendre en Angleterre, a explosé depuis le début de l'année 2014. Une situation qui pousse à bout les habitants et les migrants. France 24 est allé à leur rencontre.
 Elle avait haussé le ton ce weekend, exaspérée par la passivité britannique face au drame migratoire de Calais. Natacha Bouchart, la maire UMP de la ville du nord de la France, a finalement obtenu une réponse. Elle, qui avait demandé l’aide des Britanniques pour endiguer le flux de migrants illégaux a réussi à faire sortir  son voisin du mutisme. Face à la menace de l’édile français de bloquer le port de la ville, le ministre de l’Immigration anglais a proposé, dimanche 7 septembre, d’offrir à Calais les hautes clôtures d’acier qui avaient sécurisé la venue des chefs d’État lors du sommet de l’Otan à Newport. Soit 21 km de grillage de près de trois mètres de hauteur.
Que la proposition de Londres doive être prise au sérieux ou non, la menace lancée par

'Israel 'coercing Eritreans and Sudanese to leave' Human Rights Watch

A child from the African migrant community holds a placard ahead of a protest against Israel's detention policy toward migrants, in Tel Aviv (15 January 2014)The Irony is, this country which was founded at the beginning of 20th century by a few Israeli refugees who fled Europe to escape arbitrary detention, killing and inhumane treatment. Fast forward 2014, their descendants are repeating what happened to their parents, grandparents and great grand parents against fellow helpless and defenseless African refugees whose only crime is having a bit of more melanin on their skin. It just breaks my heart what these fellow human-beings have to go through in the Negev desert with no hope neither future. They have to chose the lesser two evils: being detained indefinitely in the "free country" or go back and face persecution, rape, and of course to be a modern day slave in the military camps in the case of Eritreans. Being a refugee is not a choice; these people have left their families, friends, careers and their home country behind, as if this is not enough, they are being treated like criminals is an open racism at its best.   

Saturday, September 6, 2014

አንድም የተሰደደ ጋዜጠኛ የለም: ሚኒስትር ዴኤታ ሽመልስ ከማል

ህምም የዛሬን አያድርገው እና አቶ ሽመልስ ከማል ቀደምት ከሚባሉት የግል ጋዜጣ ባለቤቶች እና ጋዜጠኞች ነበሩ። ከስራቸው ጋር 
መንግስት አንድም የተሰደደ ጋዜጠኛ የለም አለበተያያዘም ለእስር  ተዳርገው እንደነበር የመመረቂያ ጽሁፌን ለማዘጋጀት ከዛሬ ዓስር ዓመት (አቤት ጊዜው እንዴት ይሮጣልጃል) ኢትዮጵያ  ሄጄ እሳቸው እና ባልደረቦቻቸው እንዲጸድቅ ደፋ ቀና ሲሉለት  የነበረውው የፕሬስ ረቂቅ ህግ በተመለከተ ባደረግኩላቸው ጥናታዊ ቃለመጥይቅ ላይ ገልጸውልኝ ነበር። እነሆ ዛሬ ምኒስትር ሆነው የቀድሞ የሙያ አጋሮቻቸው የነበሩትን ንጽሃን ኢትዮጵያን በህግ ጠለላ ሆነው ግማሹን ለእስር ገሚሱን ደግሞ ለስደት ማጋለጣቸው ሳያንስ እንዲህ ዓይነት ዓይንአውጣ ውሸት በአደባባይ መናገር ግለሰቡ ታማኝነታቸው ሳይማር ያሰተማራቸውን እና ለተመረቁበት የህግ ትምህርት ስነምግባር ሳይሆን ለማን እና ለእነማን እንደሆነ በየጊዜ እያስመሰከሩ ይገኛሉ። ቦ ጊዜ ለሁሉ አይደለም የተባለው፡ ለማንኛውም ለሳምንታዊው አዲስአድማስ ጋዜጣ የሰጡት ቅጥፈት የተሞላበት ቃለምልልስ ይሄን ይመስላል።  
ክስ ያልተመሰረተባቸው ጋዜጦችና መፅሄቶች የሚያትምልን አጣን አሉ
ማተሚያ ቤቶች አናትምም ማለታው ሊያስመሰግናቸው ይገባል” አቶ ሽመልስ ከማል
ፍትህ ሚኒስቴር በ6 የግል ሚዲያ ተቋማትና ባለቤቶቻቸው ላይ ክስ መመስረቱን ተከትሎ 16 የሚደርሱ

Saturday, August 30, 2014

ክሶቼ የቅጣት ጣሪያቸው እስከ ሞት ድረስ ነው። በእስር ላይ የሚገኘው የህግ መምህሩ እና ጦማሪው ዘላለም ክብረት

ብርቅዬው የኢትዮጵያ ልጅ ዘላለም ክብረት እግር ተወርች እየማቀቀ ከሚገኝበት እስርቤት ስለእስሩ፡ስለአሳሪዎቹ እና በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያሉት የህግ አስፈጻሚዎች፡ ተርጓሚዎች (ለመሆኑ ግን ህግ የሚባለው ነገርስ አለ) እና  ሌሎች ባለጊዜዎች የህጎች ሁሉ የበላይ ህግ ነው የሚባለውን ህገመንግስት በመጣስ በእሱ እና በሌሎች በሺህ የሚቆጠሩ ኢትዮጵያውን ወገኖች ላይ የሚፈጽሙትን ለህሊና የሚዘገንን ድርጊት ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ በከተበው ሃያል ብእሩ እነሆ  ብሎናል። ከዘላለም ደብዳቤ ምን ያህል የመንፈስ ጥንካሬ እና ለሰው ልጆች መብት መከበር ያለውን  ተጋድሎ እና  እስርቤት እንኳን ሆኖ  ገዢዎቻችን  የጤፍ ቅንጣት ያህል እንደማይፈራቸው ለመገንዘብ  ይቻላል። ሌላው በጣም  ዘላለምን ልዩ  የሚያደርገው እንደዚያ ባለ አሰቸጋሪ ሁኔታ ላይ ሆኖ የደረሱበትንና እየደረሱበት ያሉትን ኢሰብዓዊ በደሎች እያዋዛ በመጻፍ ለተደራሲ ማቅረብ መቻሉ ነው።   የዘላለም የህግ እና  የሰብዓዊ መብቶች እውቀት በስልጣን ላይ ያለው መንግስት በዜጎቹ ላይ እየፈጸመ ያለውን ቅጥ ያጣ የሰብዓዊ መብት ረገጣ ርቃኑን አውጥቶታል። በዚህም የተነሳ ይህ በቀለኛ  መንግስት ዘላለምን ለወራት እንዲያም ሲል ለዓመታት እንደ እነ እስክንድር ነጋ፡ ርዕዮት ዓለሙ፡ በቀለ ገርባ እና ሌሎችም እንዲማቅቅ  እንደሚፈርድበት ሳይታለም የተፈታ ነው።

Friday, August 22, 2014

በሁለት ሳምንታት ጊዜ ውስጥ ብቻ አስር የግል ጋዜጠኞች አገር ጥለው ተሰደዱ ፡ ዶይቸ ቨሌ

የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ያስረናል ወይም ሌላ ጠንካራ እርምጃ ይወስድብናል ብለው የሚሰጉ የግል ጋዜጠኞች ሃገሪቱን ጥለው Lomi magazine, Enque magazine, Fact magazine, Jano magazine, Lomi magazine, and Afro-Times newspaperመሰደዳቸውን እንደ ቀጠሉ ነው።ከሳምንት በፊት ለግል መገናኛ ዘዴዎች ይሰሩ የነበሩ ሶስት ጋዜጠኞች ከሃገር ተሰደዋል።በያዝንው ሳምንት ደግሞ ሌሎች ሰባት ጋዜጠኞች ወደ ውጭ ሃገር ተሰደዋል። የጋዜጠኞች መብት ተሟጋቾች እንደሚሉት መንግስት ለትችት ትዕግስት አለመኖሩ፤የአገሪቱ የፍትህ ስርዓት ከፖለቲካ ጋር መደባለቁና ሚዲያን የማያበረታቱ አዋጆችንና ፖሊሲዎችን መኖራቸው ዋንኞቹ ምክንያቶች ናቸው። ለፉት ጥቂት ወራቶች እንኳ ከግሉ ሚዲያ ብዙ ጋዜጠኞች ሲታሰሩ ወይም ሲሰደዱ ሌሎች የህትመት ውጤቶቻቸውን እንዲዘጉ ተገደዋል። ላለፉት 119 ቀናት በላይ በእስር ላይ የሚገኙት ጦማሪዎችና ጋዜጠኞች የተከሰሱበት ምክንያት እንኳ ፤ተሟጋቾቹ እንደሚሉት፤ከታሰሩበት ቀን ጀምሮ ለ8ኛ ጊዜ እስከ ተቀጠሩበት ድረስ ያለው የፍርድ ሂደት ለብዙ ሚዲያዎች፤የህግ ተንታኞችና ጉዳዩን ለሚከታተሉ አካላት አነጋጋሪ ሆኖ ዘልቋል።የኢትዮጵያ ፍትህ ሚኒስቴር በቅርብ ጊዜ ሎሚ፤እንቁ፤ጃኖ፤ፋክት መጽሄቶችና አፍሮ ታይምስ ጋዜጣ ህገ-መንግስታዊ ስርዓቱን በሃይል ለመናድ የሃሰት ወሬ ነዝተዋል በሚል ከሷቸዋል።ይህንንም ተከትሎ ከሁለቱ መጽሄቶች ውጭ ቁጥራቸው 10 የሚሆኑ የተቀሩት መጽሄቶችና ጋዜጣ ዋና አዘጋጆች አገር ጥለው ተሰደዋል።
የሎሚ መጽሄትና የአፍሮ ታይምስ ጋዜጣ ጠበቃ አቶ ተማም አባ ቡልጉ የክስ ሂደቱን ሲያስረዱ የተከሰሱበት ጭብጥ ህገ-መንግስታዊ ስርዓቱን ለመናድ ነው የሚል ነው። ይህም ከጸረ-ሽብር ህጉ ጋር የተያያዘ የወንጀለኛ መቅጫ ህግ ጋር የተያያዘ ነው።
እነዚህ የሚዲያ ውጤቶች የክስ ወረቀት የደረሳቸው ህትመታቸው ከተዘጋ ወይም እንዳይታተም ከተደረገ ሁለት ሳምንታት በኋላ ሲሆን ህትመቶቹ ላይ የወጡ ጽሁፎችን እንደ ክስ ነጥብ አድርጎ አቃቢ ህግ አንስቷል።እንደ አቶ ተማም አገላለጽ የተጠቀሱት ነጥቦች እውነት የሚያስከስስ አለመሆኑን ተናግረው ለምሳሌ ሎሚ መጽሄት በሰኔ 6/2006 ይዞ በወጣው "በአለም በጨቋኝነቱ አቻ የማይገኝለት የሚዲያ ምህዳር በኢትዮጵያ በሚል ጽሁፍ ነበር።
አቶ ተማም ከ1997 በኋላ የወጡት ህገ ወጥ ህጎች ለምሳሌ የጸረ-ሽብር ህጉ አላስፈላጊ መሆኑን ጠቅሰው እንደምክንያትም የወንጀለኛ መቅጫ ህግ ያሉትን ወንጀሎች ለመቅጣት በቂ መሆኑን ይናገራሉ።
የጋዜጠኞች መብት ተከራካሪው በምህፃሩ ሲፒጄ የምስራቅ አፍሪቃ ዳይሬክተር ሚስተር ቶም ሮድስ በኢትዮጵያ ሁኔታው ከጊዜ ወደ ጊዜ እየተባባሰ መምጣቱንና በእስር ቤት የሚገኙ ጋዜጠኞችም ቁጥር መጨመሩን ይናገራሉ።
ሲፒጄ ትናንት ባወጣው መግለጫ በርካታ ኢትዮጵያውያን ጋዜጠኞች ከመንግስት የሚደርስባቸውን ጫና በመሸሽ ከሃገር ለመሰደድ እየተገደዱ ነው።እዚያው ሃገር ውስጥ ለመቆየት የሞከሩት ደግሞ ለእስራት ይደረጋሉ።ጋዜጠኞቹ ለሚመሰረትባቸው ክስም ሆነ ለሚሰነዘርባቸው ጫና ይህ ነው የሚባል ተጨባጭ ምክንያት የለም እንደ ድርጅቱ መግለጫ።ቶም ሮድስ እንደሚሉት ከ2001 ጀምሮ በነበሩት አምስት አመታት ውስጥ ብቻ ከ 40 በላይ ጋዜጠኞች አገር ጥለው ተሰደዋል።
መርጋ ዮናስ
ነጋሽ መሐመድ
ምንጭ፡ ዶይቸ ቨሌ

መንግስቴ የ 15 እና የ14 ዓመት ልጆችን በአሸባሪነት ጠርጥሮ እንደሚያስርም ለመረዳት ችያለሁ፡፡ ዘላለም ክብረት

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ተፃፈ ከስድስተኛ ተከሳሽ
በዘላለም ክብረት

ወዳጄ ልቤ ከቶ እንደምንድን ነሽ? እውን እኔና አንቺ በአለም ስንኖር ሌላ የመገናኛ ዘዴ አጥተን ወደ snail mail እንመላለሳለን ብለሽ አስበሽ ታውቂያለሽ? ለማንኛውም እንዲህ ሆነ፡፡ ጥጋበኛ ሰው ያስቀናኝ ጀምሮልሻል፣ ጥጋበኛ እንዲህ የሚለው ትዝ አለኝ፡፡

‹‹ ….ደብዳቤ ቢጽፉት እንደ ቃል አይሆንም፣
እንገናኝ እና ልንገርሽ ሁሉንም….››

የደላው! ቢያሻው በደብዳቤ፣ ሲፈልግ በአካል እያማረጠ እኮ ነው፡፡ ለእኔ አሁን ባለሁበት ሁኔታ ሁለቱም ቅንጦት ነው (ወይ ደብዳቤው አይደርስሽም ወይም አንቺን ማየቴ ሊገደብ ይችላል)፡፡ ቆይ ትንሽ የጎን ወሬ ላዋራሽና ምክንያቱን እነግርሻለሁ፡፡ ‹‹አንቺ›› ተብለሽ በዚህ ደብዳቤ ስለተጠቀስሽው ‹‹አንቺ››ና ይሄን ደብዳቤ ለሚያነቡ ወዳጆች የዕምነት ክህደት ቃሌን በትንሹ ላስፍር፡፡

እመቤት ሲልቪያ ፓንክረስት የኢትዮጵያ ፍቅረኛ (Ethiopian by choice) ዱቼ ሞሶሎኒ ኢትዮጵያን በወረረ ጊዜ፤ ወራሪው ሃይል በመላው ኢትዮጵያ ‹‹ የኢትዮጵያን ስም እያነሱ መፃፍ ክልክል ነው›› የሚል ያልተፃፈ አዋጅ አውጆ እንደነበር ይነግሩናል፡፡ በዚህም ምክንያት ፀሀፍቱና አዝማሪያኑ ስውር መጠሪያ መጠቀም ስላስፈለጋቸው እስከ ዛሬ ድረስ ተወዳጁ ሕዝባዊ ዘፈን አንቺ ልጅ አንቺ ልጅ እንደ ስውር የፍቅር ዘፈን ተበርክቷል፡፡ በዘፈኑ ‹‹አንቺ ልጅ ›› የተባለችውም ኢትዮጵያ ናት፡፡ እኔስ በዚህ ዘመን ‹ይድረስ ለባለ ታሪኩ›፣ ‹ይድረስ ለባለ ንብረቱ›… እንደሱ የሀዘን ደብዳቤ ርእስ ‹ይድረስ ለኢትዮጵያ › በማለት ፋንታ ‹ይድረስ ለአንቺ› ለማለት ስውር መጠሪያ ተጠቅሜያለሁ? ፤ በፍፁም! ጌቶች እንደሚሉት ሕገ መንግስቱ የመናገር ነፃነቴን ሙሉ ለሙሉ አስከብሮልኛልናi
ቧልቱ ይቆየንና በዚህ ደብዳቤ ርዕስ ዙሪያ ያለማንም አስገዳጅነት የእምነት ክህደት ቃሌን ላስፍር አንቺ የተባለችው ኢትዮጵያ አይደለችም፡፡ ‹አንቺ› የኔዋ ሀቢቢ ግን ባለሽበት ይድረስሽ፡፡ ውዴ እንግዲህ በዚህ ደብዳቤ ያለፈውን

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ethiopian Court Denies Bail to 3 Journalists & 6 #FreeZone9Bloggers: RSF

Reporters Sans Fronetiers (RSF), one of the International Freedom of Expression watchdogs disclosed this today following yesterday's orchestrated trial held in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Since the prosecutor couldn't corroborate the fabricated charges against these innocent citizens who did nothing but exercised birthrights, it repeats the two decades tradition by denying bail and adjourning the trial for the 8th times. Here's the details of RSF's reportage about the "hearing".   
Three journalists and six bloggers who have been held for the past five months were denied bail by a federal court in Addis Ababa yesterday after the prosecution argued that article 3 of the 2009 anti-terrorism law, under which they are detained, precludes release on bail.
The defence said article 3’s bail prohibition does not apply because none of them has been individually charged with a specific crime under the anti-terrorism law. The defence also argued that article 3 violates the constitutional guarantee of the right to release on bail.
The three journalists are

Monday, August 11, 2014

"We gave our Confession after being Brutally Treated" Leaked Letter by jailed Zone9 Blogger

Befeqadu Hailu, Zone9 Blogger
First of all I'd like to thank Mahilet Solomon, for her tremendous job in translating this leaked letter by one of the members of Zone 9 bloggers aka Befeqadu Hailu, just a day after it was published. It shows not only her translation skill but also her unparalleled devotion to the freedom of expression, and above all her care for thousands of fellow Ethiopians who are being incarcerated for the crimes they didn't commit. Befqadu also should be commended for penning this very troubling and obvious account under such brutal circumstances where he, other members of Zone 9 bloggers, journalists, opposition party leaders and their followers have to go through everyday and night in present day Ethiopia. What Befqadu wrote is not something new, however it helps to open our eyes about the alarming situation with regard to the human-rights abuses in Ethiopia especially against those under police custody. The Ethiopian government denied and is still denying all these allegations, even though firsthand experiences by the likes of Befqadu and research documents by other human-rights watchdogs reveal these broad-light gross abuses against innocent and unarmed Ethiopians who did nothing but exercised their constitutional and birthrights. I hope, one day all the culprits of these heinous crimes will be brought to justice and eventually innocent victims of this brutal system will be freed. Here's the full excerpt of the English version of Befqadu's leaked letter from one of Ethiopia's notorious prisons called Kilinto.       

"Dear Hyena no need for excuses just eat me” - Ethiopian Proverb By BefeQadu Hailu

Translated by Mahilet Solomon
"So what do you think is your crime?" I was asked by one of my interrogators while I was telling him about what I did as a blogger, an advocate and an activist. Later on, after I was allowed to meet with my "collaborators" according to my prisoners and asked each other, we found out we were all asked this same question “what do you think is your crime”? This describes the overall outcome of our interrogation. Since they couldn’t figure out what our supposed crime was or what law we were suspected of violating, we were asked

Sunday, August 10, 2014

‹‹አያ ጅቦ ሳታመኻኝ ብላኝ›› በጦማሪው በፍቃዱ ሃይሉ ተጽፎ ከቂሊንጦ እስርቤት ሾልኮ የወጣ ጽሁፍይህ በቅርቡ በተለያዩ ድረገጾች እና የማህበራዊ መገናኛ ብዙሃን ይፋ የሆነው የዞን ዘጠኝ ጦማር አባል የሆነው እና ከሌሎች አምስት ባልደረቦቹ እና ሶስት ጋዜጠኞች ጋር በህውሃት የጸጥታ ሰራተኞች  ታግቶ ላለፉት ሶስት ወራት ያለምንም ክስ እና ወንጀል በቂሊንጦ ምርመራ ክፍል ላይ ባለሰራው ወንጀል ፍዳውን የሚያየው የጦማሪ በፍቃዱ ሃይሉ አጭር ጽሁፍ፡ አገራችን ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያለውን ኢፍትሃዊ ስርዓት እና አምባገነንት በመጠኑም ቢሆን ያሳያል። እዚህ ላይ መታወቅ ያለበት ግን፡ ሌሎች በሺህ የሚቆጠሩ ወገኖቻችን ተመሳሳይ ወይም ከዚህ የከፋ ወንጀል እየተፈጸመባቸው ሲሆን እነዚህን በደሎች እንደበፍቃዱ ለህዝብ የሚያደርሱባቸው መንገዶችም ሆነ ችሎታውም እንደሌላችው መገንዘብ ይገባል። ህውሃት፡ ይህን መሰሉን ኢሰብዓዊ ድርጊት ሲፈጽም የመጀመሪያው አይደለም የመጨረሻውም አይሆንም። የበፈቃዱ  ሃይሉ፡የአቤል ዋበላ ፡የአስማማው ሃይለጊዮርጊስ ፡የናትናኤል ፈለቀ፡የዘላለም ክብረት፡የኤዶም ካሳዬ፡የማህሌት ፋንታሁን፡የተስፋለም ወልደየስ፡የእስክንድር ነጋ ፡የርዕዮት ዓለሙ፡የውብሸት ታዬ፡የአንዷለም አራጌ፡ የበቀለ ገርባ እና የሌሎች በሺሆች የሚቆጠሩ ንጹሃን ኢትዮጵያውያን ወንጀል፡ ለአገራቸው መቆርቆራቸው እና በስልጣን ላይ ያለውን መንግስት ህጸጾች ለማጋለጥ መድፈራቸው ብቻ ነው። 
‹‹ታዲያ ጥፋቴ ምንድን ነው ትላለህ?!››፣ ብሎኛል አንዱ መርማሪዬ ስለዞን ዘጠኝ እና እኔም እራሴ እንደጦማሪም እንደአራማጅ ተራማጅም ሠራሁ የምላቸውን ነገሮች ዝርዝር ነግሬው ሳበቃ፡፡ በኋላ ላይ በእስር ቤት ቋንቋ ከ‹‹አባሪዎቼ›› ጋር መገናኘት ከተፈቀደልን በኋላ ስንጠያየቅ ለካስ ሁላችንም ይቺኑ ጥያቄ ተጠይቀናል፡፡ ይኼ ነው እንግዲህ የምርመራችንን ሒደት የሚገልፀው ጥያቄ፡፡ ‹‹ተጠርጥረን›› የተያዝንበትን ጉዳይ የሚያረጋግጥ ሥራ ሠርተን ባለመገኘታችን

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ethiopia: 5 Popular Govt critic Magazines & a Newspaper facing criminal charges

Lomi magazine, Enque magazine, Fact magazine, Jano magazine, Lomi magazine, and Afro-Times newspaperThe Ethiopian Ministry of  Justice, in its vaguely worded statement released on a government owned TV channel on August 4, 2014 disclosed that it is filing criminal charges against top-selling and very popular privately owned government critic print media and their respective publishers for repeated acts of incitement and dissemination of false rumors intended to cause a violent overthrow of the constitutional order and to undermine the public trust on the government”. Meanwhile, the defendants revealed that they heard about their charges from the media like any ordinary citizens as opposed to receive a formal written charge which is supposed to be a normal procedure. The list of the accused privately owned press and their publishers are the following:
* Addis Guday Weekly Magazine,  by Rose publishing P.L.C.;
Lomi Weekly Magazine, by Dadimos Publishing P.L.C;
* Enque Bi-weekly  Magazine by Alemayehu Publishing P.L.C;
* Fact Weekly Magazine by Yofa Publishing P.L.C; 
* Jano Bi-weekly  Magazine by Asnake Publishing P.L.C;
The sixth one is a newly launched weekly newspaper called Afro-Times, which is affiliated to Lomi Magazine.
The statement claimed that the decision to lodge criminal charges was taken after several attempts to convince the magazines to change their practices. It also claimed that the public has been "demanding" for legal measures through various channels. Oh really? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Not surprisingly, Ethiopia's Premier assured the US at the US-Africa summit yesterday ( August 5, 2014) that his government is working hard to fight "terrorism"; err since when unarmed bloggers, journalists, leaders of civil societies and opposition parties have become terrorists? 

Source: ERTA (Ethiopian Radio & Television Agency)

ፍትህ ምኒስቴር አምስት የግል መጽሄቶችን እና አንድ ጋዜጣን ህገመንግስቱን በሃይል ለመናድ ሞክረዋል በማለት ከሰሰ

Lomi magazine, Enque magazine, Fact magazine, Jano magazine, Lomi magazine, and Afro-Times newspaperምንስቴሩ ከትላንት በስትያ መንግስት በሚቆጣጠረው የቴሌቪዥን ማሰረጫ ባወጣው የተድበሰበሰ መግለጫ፡ እነዚህን የግል መጽሄቶችን፡ ጋዜጣውን እና አሳታሚዎቻቸውን «ሕገመንግሥታዊ ሥርዓቱን በአመጽ ለመናድ…» በሚል ክስ የመሰረተባቸው ሲሆን ጋዜጠኞቹ እስካሁን የክስ መጥሪያ እንዳልደረሳቸውና መከሰሳቸውን እንደማንኛውም ሰው የሰሙት በቴሌቪዥን መሆኑን እየተናገሩ ነው፡፡ አቃቤ ህግ «ሕገመንግሥታዊ ሥርዓቱን በአመጽ ለመናድ፡ ህዝብን ለዓመጽ ለማነሳሳት እና በመንግስት ላይ እምነት እንዲያጣ ያደርጋሉ» ብሎ የከሰሳቸው የግል መጽሄቶች እና ጋዜጣው የሚከተሉት ናቸው። 
1ኛ ሳምንታዊው አዲስ ጉዳይ መጽሄት፡ እና ሮዝ የግል አሳታሚ ድርጅት 
2ኛ ሳምንታዊው ሎሚ መጽሄት፡ እና ዳዲሞስ የግል አሳታሚ ድርጅት 
3ኛ በሳምንት ሁለት ጊዜ የሚታተመው እንቁ እና አለማየሁ የግል አሳታሚ ድርጅት 
4ኛ ሳምንታዊ ፋክት መጽሄት እና ዮፋ የግል አሳታሚ ድርጅት 
5ኛ በሳምንት ሁለት ጊዜ የሚታተመው ጃኖ መጽሄት እና አስናቀ የግል አሳታሚ ድርጅት ሲሆኑ 
ስደስተኛው እና በቅርብ ጊዜ መታተም የጀመረው አፍሮ ታይምስ የተባለው ሳምንታዊ ጋዜጣ የሎሚ መጽሄት አጋር እንደሆነ ለመረዳት ተችሏል። 
ይህ በእንዲህ እንዳለ፡ጠቅላይ ምኒስትራችን አሜሪካን አገር በተካሄደው የአፍሮ አሜሪካ መሪዎች ስብሰባ ላይ መንግስታቸው ከምንግዜውም በበለጠ ሽብርተኝነትን ለመዋጋት ቁርጠኝነቱን ለፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ እና ለተሰብሳቢዎች ገልጸዋል። ሽብርተኞቹ የተባሉት እንግዲህ፡ በማእከላዊ፡በቃሊቲ፡በቂሊንጦ፡በዝዋይ እና በሌሎች እስርቤቶች ባልሰሩት ወንጀሎች ተይዘው ክስ ሳይመሰርትባቸው ወይም በሃሰት ተወንጅለው የሚሰቃዩት የዞን ዘጠኝ ጦማሪዎች፡ጋዜጠኞች፡የሲቪል ተቋማት መሪዎች፡የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ መሪዎች እና ተከታዮቻቸው፡ እና ሌሎች በሺህ የሚቆጠሩ መሳሪያ ያልጨበጡ ኢትዮጵያውያን የጸረሽብረተኛ ህጉ ሰለባዎች ናቸው።

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Monday, July 14, 2014

ከ ስድስቱ የዞን ዘጠኝ ጦማርያን እና ሶስቱ ጋዜጠኞች ጠበቃ ጋር የተደረገ ቃለ ምልልስ

Defendants’ lawyer Ato Amaha briefing the  crowd ‹‹ከቅዳሜ አራት ሰዓት ጀምሮ ደምበኞቼ በህገ ወጥ መንገድ መታሰራቸው መታወቅ አለበት ››
‹‹የአካል ነጻነታቸው እንዲከበርም ክስ እንመሰርታለን››
የአራዳ የመጀመሪያ ደረጃ ፍርድ ቤት ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ከሚል ማስጠንቀቂያ ጋር ለፖሊስ የሰጠው የ28 ቀን ቀጠሮ ቅዳሜ የሚያበቃበት በመሆኑ የዞን ዘጠኞችና የጋዜጠኞቹን ጉዳይ ሲከታተሉ የቆዩ ቤተሰቦች፣ ወዳጆችና ጋዜጠኞች ቀደም ብለው ፍርድ ቤቱ ቅጥር ግቢ ደርሰዋል፡፡ምን ይወሰን ይሆን? በሁሉም ልብ የሚመላለስ ጥያቄም ነበር፡፡ከዘጠኙ ታሳሪዎች መካከል ስምንቱን በፍርድ ቤት ሲወክሉ የቆዩት ጠበቃ አምሀም ከወትሮው በተለየ ሁኔታ ቀደም ብለው ቅጥር ግቢው ተገኝተዋል፡፡
አራት ሰዓት እንደሚጀመር የተገመተው ችሉቱ እስከ አምስት ከሩብ ድረስ በሌሎች ጉዳዩች ተወጥሮ ቆይቷል፡፡ከማዕከላዊ ወንጀል ምርመራ ነፍጥ ባነገቱ ወታደሮች ታጅበው መምጣት የነበረባቸው ኪቦርድ አንጋቾች እስራት ያልበገረውን ተስፋቸውን እየዘሩ ሊመጡ አልቻሉም፡፡ሁኔታው አግራሞት የፈጠረባቸው የተወሰኑ ጋዜጠኞች ወደ መዝገብ ቤት በማምራት መረጃ ጠየቁ፡፡የተሰማው በግቢው ውስጥ የነበሩትን ጠበቃ አምሀ መኮንንን ጨምሮ ያስገረመ፣ ያሳዘነና ያሳፈረ ነበር፡፡ከጠበቃው ጋር ዳዊት ሰለሞን ያደረገው አጠር ያለ ቃለ ምልልስ እንደወረደ እነሆ፡፡
ጥያቄ---ወደ ፍርድ ቤቱ ሲመጡ በአእምሮዎ ያመላልሱት የነበረው ነገር ምንድን ነው?
ጠበቃ አምሀ---ምናልባት ምርመራ ባለመጨረሳችን ተጨማሪ ጊዜ ይሰጠን ይላሉ እያልኩ ነበር፡፡ይህንን ጥያቄ ፍርድ ቤቱ በምን አይነት መንገድ እንደሚመልስ ለማወቅም ፈልጌ ነበር፡፡የሆነው ግን በፍጹም ያልጠበቅነው ነገር ነው፡፡ ወደ መዝገብ ቤት ያመሩ ጋዜጠኞች ‹‹የልጆቹ መርማሪ ነኝ ያለ ሰው ምርመራዬን በመጨረሴ ለአቃቤ ህግ አስተላልፊያለሁ›› በማለቱ መዝገቡ እንደተዘጋ እንደተነገራቸው እንደነገሩኝ እውነት መሆኑን አጣርቻለሁ፡፡
ጥያቄ --- ሁኔታውን እንደሰሙ ምን አደረጉ?
ጠበቃ አምሀ -- እኛ ከቀጠሮው ሰዓት ቀደም ብለን ግቢው ውስጥ ተገኝተን መርማሪው እንዲህ ዓይነት ነገር ሲያቀርብ መስማት ነበረብን፡፡ በፍጹም እንዲህ አይነት መደረግ እንደሌለበት ቅሬታ እንደተሰማንና የተፈጸመው ነገር ህገ ወጥ መሆኑን ለዳኛው ተናግረናል፡፡
ጥያቄ -- ህገ ወጥ የሆነው ምንድን ነው?
ጠበቃ አምሀ --ለፖሊስ ልጆቹን ለተጨማሪ 28 ቀናት እንዲያስር ፈቅዶለት የነበረው ፍርድ ቤቱ ነው፡፡እስካሁን ድረስ ደምበኞቼ የታሰሩት በፍርድ ቤት እውቅና ነው፡፡ከዛሬ አራት ሰዓት ጀምሮ ግን ደምበኞቼ የታሰሩት ያለ ፍርድ ቤት ትዕዛዝ በመሆኑ እስራታቸው ህገ ወጥ ነው፡፡ፖሊስ ልጆቹን ፍርድ ቤት አቅርቦ ምርመራውን መጨረሱን ማስረዳትና ክስ የሚመሰርት ከሆነም ማሳወቅ ይገባው ነበር፡፡የሚመሰርተው ክስ ዋስትና የሚያስከለክልና የማያስከለክል መሆኑን መወሰን የነበረበት ፍርድ ቤቱ ነው፡፡ይህ ሳይደረግ መዝገቡ ተዘግቷል መባሉ ህገ ወጥ ነው፡፡
ጥያቄ -- ከአሁን በኋላ ለደምበኞችዎ ሊያደርጉ የሚችሉት ነገር ምንድን ነው?
ጠበቃ አምሀ -- ሰኞ ወይም ማክሰኞ የደምበኞቼ የአካል ነጻነት እንዲከበር ክስ እመሰርታለሁ፡፡ሰኞን የምንጠብቀው እንደተናገሩት ክስ የሚመሰርቱ ከሆነና የት እንደሚመሰርቱ ለማጣራት ነው፡፡
ጥያቄ --በ‹‹ሃብየስ ኮርፐስ›› ደምበኞችዎ ፍርድ ቤት እንዲቀርቡ ክስ የምትመሰርቱት በየትኛው ፍርድ ቤት ነው?
ጠበቃ አምሀ --ክሱን የምንመሰርተው በከፍተኛው ፍርድ ቤት ነው፡፡
ጥያቄ --ደምበኞችዎን በማዕከላዊ በወዳጅ ዘመዶቻቸው እንዲጎበኙ ተፈቅዶላቸዋል፡፡ነገር ግን እስካሁን ድረስ አቤል ዋበላን ሰዎች ማግኘት እንዳልቻሉ እየተናገሩ ነው ምክንያቱን ለማጣራት ሙከራ አድርጋችኋል?

Cases of Zone9 Bloggers & Journalists referred to the Court in the Absence of both the Defendants & their Lawyer

The first instance court of Arada bench was expected to wrap up the pre-trial ‘hearing’ which took more than 70 days and yet the bloggers were not even brought before the judge. Mr.Amaha Mekonnen, a lawyer defending the bloggers & journalists who are detained on unclear but shaping up to be on terrorism charges expected the first instance court at Arada bench to rest the pre-trial procedure last Saturday. The court had set the 12th July hearing for closing arguments but with an extraordinary move the police referred the case to the Federal High Court without even the presence of neither the defendants nor their defense lawyer himself. The shift overlooked the court and contravenes even the standard procedure of the biased justice system. The lawyer speaks to Dawit Solomon, a journalist based in Addis Ababa about the issue. Here are the translated excerpts from the interview.
DAWIT: What were your thoughts on your way to the court for Saturday’s procedure?
Defendants’ lawyer Ato Amaha briefing the  crowd
Amaha Mekonen Defense Lawyer of Zone 9 bloggers & Journalists
AMAHA: I expected the police might demand for more time to wrap up their interrogation as usual. I also sought to see how the court would reply to this repeated claim of the police. Nevertheless, to the shock of me and all people who were here what unfolded was really baffling. Since the detainees were not brought to the court some journalists went straight to the court’s registrar to ask about the case. Then a person who claimed himself as “the detective” of the case told the journalists since he is done with the interrogation he submitted the case for a prosecutor. He further claimed that the case is closed. This was what I was told by the journalists then I also went in to verify which I found it true. They closed the case without the presence of neither my clients nor me who is representing them.
DAWIT: What action have you taken after you heard?
AMAHA: We have been to court’s compound way earlier than the scheduled time of the hearing. When the detectives/police officers presented their arguments it should be in our presence. I have tried to explain our disappointment to the judge. This is basically a grave breach of law.
DAWIT: So what is the encroachment? Where is the breach of the law?