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Ethiopian police torture political detainees: Human Rights Watch

Ethiopian police torture political detainees: Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Ethiopian police investigators in Addis Ababa's main detention center have tortured political detainees and regularly mistreat people in custody to extract confessions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Friday.

The Ethiopian government, long seen by the West as a bulwark against militant Islam in the Horn of Africa, has denied frequent accusations that it uses state institutions to stifle dissent and silence political opposition.

In a report about conditions inside Addis Ababa's Federal Police Crime Investigation Sector, known as Maekelawi, HRW said many former detainees were slapped, kicked and beaten with sticks and gun butts during investigations.

"Human Rights Watch found that investigators used coercive methods, including beatings and threats of violence, to compel detainees to sign statements and confessions," the group said in a statement, referring to events over the past three years....

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Ethiopia: Prime Minister Meles Zenawi , What’s He Got to Hide?

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Meles Zenawi , What’s He Got to Hide? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ethiopia brutally imprisons journalists who champion free speech and an end to human rights abuses. That repression is only inviting more scrutiny.
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Children abandoned during famine

Children abandoned during famine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As the famine in East Africa worsens, the international charity Save the Children has revealed a four fold increase in the number of children arriving at the Dadaab refugee camp in the last month alone.
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Ethiopia camp shelters Somali refugees | Video | Reuters.com

Ethiopia camp shelters Somali refugees | Video | Reuters.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Aug. 11 - The maternity ward in Ethiopia's Kobe refugee camp delivers at least one baby every day as thousands of Somalis fleeing famine and conflict cross the border. Nick Rowlands reports.
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The forgotten people of Africa's famine cry out for aid - Telegraph

The forgotten people of Africa's famine cry out for aid - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
It is a long walk from Fini village to Dadaab, the Kenyan refugee camp now the
focus of attempts to save millions of people from starving to death in the
Horn of Africa.
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Eskinder Nega: 18 years in prison for defending human rights in Ethiopia

Eskinder Nega: 18 years in prison for defending human rights in Ethiopia | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Eskinder Nega is an Ethiopian journalist and human rights activist.

 

Eskinder has been subjected to outrageous injustices. He was sentenced to 18 years in jail for writing articles calling for freedom of expression and an end to torture in Ethiopia.

Sadly, this is not the first time that Eskinder has been jailed for his activism. Eskinder and his wife, Serkalem, a newspaper publisher, were previously jailed for speaking out against the government in 2005 and released in 2007 after continued campaigning by Amnesty International.

His previous arrest came after the Ethiopian government ordered a violent crackdown on post-election protests in 2005. Security forces reportedly killed nearly two hundred people. Eskinder and Serkalem wrote and published articles criticizing the government's actions. For this, they were both arrested and put in prison.Their son, Nafkot, was born in that prison.

For Eskinder, this was one more brutal act of oppression in a life spent being hounded by his government for defending human rights. Few families have sacrificed more for their people.

In recent years, the Ethiopian government has clamped down alarmingly on its citizens for speaking out. According to Serkalem, “freedom of expression and press freedoms are at their lowest point.” Now the regime has enacted a “terrorism” law that they use to silence anybody critical of them....

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Ethiopian opposition leaders detained after meeting with Amnesty International | Amnesty International

Ethiopian opposition leaders detained after meeting with Amnesty International | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Two Ethiopian opposition leaders have been arrested after meeting an Amnesty International delegation, which was afterwards expelled from the country, the organization said today.

One of the men was accused of terror-related offences, while the charges against the other man are not known.

“We are extremely concerned that the arrests of the two men occurred within days of talking with our delegates. Although the Ethiopian government has denied it, we are worried that their arrests are not a coincidence, but because they spoke to Amnesty International,” .....

Bekele Gerba, an English teacher at Addis Ababa University, was arrested on allegations of belonging to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a charge the government often uses to silence members of the Oromo political opposition. It has not been made public what Olbana Lelisa is accused of, but it is anticipated that the charges will be the same.

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Measles hits Ethiopian refugee camp | Video | Reuters.com

Measles hits Ethiopian refugee camp | Video | Reuters.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Aid workers in Ethiopia launch mass vaccination to curb a measles outbreak amongst Somalis fleeing famine. Nick Rowlands reports.  - 3 deaths from measles"

 

Cholera and malaria are feared to be on the rise as well.  

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Up to six more Somalia regions may face famine/drought: U.N.

Up to six more Somalia regions may face famine/drought: U.N. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) The famine/drought in the Horn of Africa is spreading and may soon engulf as many as six more regions of the lawless nation of Somalia, the U.N.

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This article goes over the famine plaguing regions of Africa. It goes over the necessary resources needed to help the peopl and where it is occurring.

 

This connects to the Unit 5 TEK on famine and starvation by discussing the topic of famine and providing examples of places where famine has dealt damage.