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Ethiopia: Ogaden Whistle-blower Receives 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award

Mr. Hussein, a political refugee in Sweden, living under death threats saved the lives of the 2-Swedish Journalists that put their lives at risk by entering the Ogaden region, to report the Ethiopian army brutality in the Somali Region of Ogaden & the foreign oil companies’ impact on the civilians.

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South Sudanese Refugees Flooding into Ethiopia

Rainy season approaching & fighting for political power between Salva Kiir & Riek Machar have compounded dire situation for South Sudanese people. UNSG Ban Ki-moon urges immediate help for South Sudan, Central African Republic, & Syria where a million people could be at risk of hunger & malnutrition.

UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Crackdown on Journalists in Ethiopia

Press freedom & free media are vital to sustainable development. In efforts to combat terrorism, the Ethiopian Government must comply at all times with its human rights obligations under international law.

 

The Violence in the Ogaden Rages On

Wake-up call to another African Genocide.The West casts a blind eye to genocide perpetrated by Ethiopian Government. The Ogaden, reportedly rich in oil & natural gas, may explain West’s acceptance of wide-ranging human rights abuses being committed in the Ogaden. Does blind eye make us all complicit?

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The British Government is the second largest aid contributor to Ethiopia after the United States.  Following the news of the Ogaden diaspora who comprise many of the human rights Facebook groups I’m a member of, I’d like to share January 12, 20113’s report in the “Sudan Tribune” http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article45162 which is reprinted in full. For additional background of the area and its people, please see my previous article “Why Ogaden Isn’t in the News – Is the Wool Being Pulled Over Our Eyes?”  http://www.filmannex.com/posts/blog_show_post/why-ogaden-isnt-in-the-news-is-the-wool-being-pulled-over-our-eyes-by-susan-sacirbey/33764

 

UK URGED TO REFRAIN FROM FUNDING ETHIOPIA’S  “SPECIAL POLICE”

January 12, 2013 (LONDON) – An exiled independent advocacy group, Resolve Ogaden Coalition (ROC), on Saturday urged the British government to refrain from sending money to train Ethiopian paramilitaries that are widely accused of human rights abuses in the ethnic Somali region.

Britain is preparing to fund up to £15 million in foreign aid to train the government-backed paramilitary group locally known as “Liyu police” as part of a five-year “peace-building” programme.

There have repeatedly been allegations of human rights abuses against the Liyu police.

International human rights groups have documented many extrajudicial killings, rape and torture by the Ethiopian militia group. The Ethiopian military has dismissed those allegations saying smear campaign against nation.

“Resolve Ogaden Coalition strongly urges the British government to immediately halt all financial, military and political support for the Liyuu Police and the Ethiopian regime” it said in statement it sent to Sudan Tribune.

ROC called on the British government to put pressure on the Ethiopian government to stop alleged gross human rights violations committed by the special police against the Ogaden people.

The group appealed to the British Government to pressure both the Ethiopian government and the Ogaden rebels to resume their stalled peace talks to end the long-standing conflict in the region.

Global bodies including Amnesty International have voiced concerns on how Britain’s foreign aid is spent.

However, Britain’s Department for International Development said that the peace and development programme will be managed by non-governmental and United Nations organizations “with the goal of improving the security, and accountability of the force.”

The department added that no funding will go through the government of Ethiopia to avoid financial abuse.

The UK is the largest aid contributor to Ethiopia after the United States.

In 2007, the Ethiopian military launched a counter-insurgency campaign against ONLF after the rebel group attacked a Chinese oil field and killed 65 Ethiopians and 9 Chinese workers.

Ethiopia’s counter-insurgency campaign is led by 14,000-strong special police.

The ONLF is a separatist militant group fighting a low-scale war for the independence of the Ogaden region that neighbors war-torn Somalia.

Addis Ababa has designated the group as a terrorist entity along with rebel group of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Gibot 7 movement.

In 2010, a major section of the ONLF signed a peace accord with Ethiopia.

 

 

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From Susan & Ambassador Mo Sacirbey: The UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) pays tribute today to US Senator George McGovern who died yesterday at the age of 90. He was a champion in the fight against hunger around the world & was instrumental in the foundation of the World Food Programme. Please watch the video forwarded by IHRO. It’s message resonates a cry for help & call to action for today’s food crisis in the Horn Of Africa.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbCFOR92-PI&feature=share

From Susan & Ambassador Mo Sacirbey: The UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) pays tribute today to US Senator George McGovern who died yesterday at the age of 90. He was a champion in the fight against hunger around the world & was instrumental in the foundation of the World Food Programme. Please watch the video forwarded by IHRO. It’s message resonates a cry for help & call to action for today’s food crisis in the Horn Of Africa.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbCFOR92-PI&feature=share