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WHO's Tedros wins German backing for second term
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBERLIN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - German Health Minister Jens Spahn backed a second term for World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and called on other countries to support the former Ethiopian health minister ahead of a deadline this week. "We invite partner countries to join us nominating DG (Director General) Tedros," Spahn told Reuters. Those criticisms were echoed in a Wall Street Journal editorial on Tuesday arguing against a second term. While Tedros has not publicly acknowledged his plans to run again for a second five-year term, saying he was focusing on fighting the pandemic, four sources said he is the only known candidate.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Fabrice Coffrini, Jens Spahn, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros, Spahn, Trump, Andreas Rinke, Emma Thomasson, Keith Weir, Kirsti Knolle, Alison Williams Organizations: Health Organization, WHO, Geneva Association of United Nations, German, World Health Organization, Ethiopian, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Geneva Switzerland, Germany, Ethiopia, Tigray, China
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerWASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday paved the way for further sanctions to be imposed on parties to the conflict in northern Ethiopia, where thousands have been killed and millions are in need of humanitarian assistance. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls Tigray. Fighting spread in July from Tigray into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north. But the administration of President Joe Biden held back from imposing sanctions alongside the executive order in hopes that it provides incentive to move away from the military approach, another senior U.S. administration official said.
Persons: Stringer WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Daphne Psaledakis, Alistair Bell Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara, Washington, U.S . Treasury Department, United Nations General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, United States, Washington, U.S, Amhara, Afar, Eritrea
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, gestures during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon September 17, 2021. However, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lacks the support of his native Ethiopia due to friction over the Tigray conflict, the sources told Reuters. An Ethiopian former health minister from the Tigray region, Tedros became the WHO's first African director-general in 2017. The formal appointment is scheduled for May 2022 at the World Health Assembly. One of the sources following the election said several countries outside Africa would be willing to nominate Tedros, if needed.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom, Mohamed Azakir, Tedros, Trump, Billene Seyoum, Dina Mufti, Africa's, Kamau, Okello Oryem, Donald Trump, Biden, Emma Farge, Francesco Guarascio, Giulia Paravicini, Duncan Miriri, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Josephine Mason, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Health Organization, WHO, REUTERS, Health, Reuters, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry, World Health Assembly, African, U.S, Thomson Locations: Beirut, Lebanon, GENEVA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, China, Tedros, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, African, Kenya, Kampala, Africa, West, Geneva, Brussels, Addis Abbaba, Nairobi
NAIROBI, Kenya — President Biden signed an executive order on Friday threatening sweeping new sanctions that aim to stop the escalating war in northern Ethiopia and allow urgently needed humanitarian aid to flow into the region. The administration has not yet applied the sanctions, hoping to shift the course of the war without directly punishing officials from Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country and an important strategic ally. With both sides pushing hard for a military victory, critics said the latest measures may be too little, or too late. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate now exposed to possible sanctions, reacted with indignation and defiance. Just 10 percent of required humanitarian aid reached the Tigray region in the past month as a result of Ethiopian government obstruction, according to two American officials who provided a background briefing to reporters.
Persons: Biden, Africa’s, Abiy Ahmed, Biden’s Organizations: Kenya — Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Ethiopia, U.S, Tigray
(CNN) President Joe Biden signed a new executive order Friday authorizing broad sanctions against those involved in perpetrating the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia as reports of atrocities continue to emerge from the Tigray region. Biden approved the executive order after the administration has "telegraphed for months that the parties need to change course," a second senior administration official said. Eritrean forces must withdraw from Ethiopia," Biden said. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle welcomed the new executive order. Robert Menendez - the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - and Chris Coons - who was dispatched by the Biden administration toward the beginning of the crisis to meet with Abiy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Samantha Power, Democratic Sens, Robert Menendez, Chris Coons, Sen, Jim Risch, Michael McCaul, McCaul, Robert Godec, you've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara Regional Government, African Union, Agency for International Development, USAID, United Nations General Assembly, Lawmakers, Democratic, Senate Foreign Relations, Abiy, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Biden, Biden Administration, State Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray, United States, Ethiopian, Africa, Eritrea, New York
REUTERS/Baz RatnerSummary Thousands of Eritrean refugees caught in north Ethiopian warRefugees distrusted and abused by both sides' fighters'Clear war crimes' committed, says rights groupNAIROBI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees live in Tigray, a mountainous and poor province of about 5 million people. Tigrayan forces marched fleeing refugees back to Hitsats, shooting some stragglers, refugees reported to HRW. In the northernmost camp, Shimelba, Eritrean forces killed at least one refugee, raped at least four others and killed local residents, HRW said. Tigrayan forces took over those camps in June and refugees have reported killings and looting.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Tigrayans, Laetitia Bader, Horn, Getachew Reda, PEOPLE, HRW, Tigrayan, Ziban, Adi Harush, Mai Aini, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: REUTERS, Refugees, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, International, UNHCR, United Nations, HRW, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, of Africa, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hitsats, Hitsats camp’s, Zelasle, Shimelba, Mai
From Libya to Nigeria, Ethiopia to Mali, Moscow has been building key strategic military alliances and an increasingly favorable public profile across Africa in recent years. Via the U.N., Russia has also provided aid in the form food and medical assistance alongside its growing commercial, economic and military support across the continent. Russia's bilateral push In the past two months alone, Russia has signed military cooperation agreements with Nigeria and Ethiopia, Africa's two most populous nations. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates that Africa accounted for 18% of Russian arms exports between 2016 and 2020. This will focus on counterterrorism, special forces operations and humanitarian support, along with safeguarding U.S. commercial interests in the face of growing Chinese and Russian presence.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Wondimu, Muhammadu, DIMITAR DILKOFF, Abiy Ahmed, Donat Sorokin, GERD, Louw Nel, Nel, John Bolton, Biden, Antony Blinken, Muhammadu Buhari, LEAH MILLIS, Robert Besseling, Comfort, NKC's Nel, Emmanuel Macron, Idriss Deby, GEORGES GOBET Organizations: Anadolu Agency, Getty Images, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Central African, Kremlin, Wagner, UN, Reuters, Hunter, Aviation, Salon, Zhukovsky, Africa, Sirius, of Science, Art, Getty, Tigray Defence Force, Addis Ababa, CNBC, U.S, Africa Command, State Department, Cape Verdean Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Turkish, Tigray, Getty Images Russia, Africa, Libya, Nigeria, Mali, Moscow, Russia, Sochi, Stockholm, Central African Republic, Russian, MOSCOW, AFP, Getty Images SOCHI, RUSSIA, Afar, Amhara, Addis, U.S, Washington, Horn of Africa, Gulf, Guinea, Washington , DC, West, Cape, France, Sahel France, Burkina Faso, Niger, Paris, Chad, PAU, Sahel, French, Pau
Reports of continued human rights abuses and atrocities by parties to the conflict are deeply disturbing, including the reported attack on civilians in a village in the Amhara region this week, Price said. Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in a village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls the Tigray region. Fighting spread in July from the Tigray region into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north. The United Nations said on Friday that it had completed its joint investigation with Ethiopia's state-appointed human rights commission of abuses in the Tigray conflict, with a final report due Nov 1.
Persons: Baz Ratner, TPLF, Ned Price, Price, Getachew, Yemane Gebremeskel, Daphne Psaledakis, Susan Heavey, Giulia Paravicini, Elias Biryabarema, Chris Reese, Nick Zieminski, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . State Department, Ethiopian, Department, Reuters, Amhara, Eritrea's, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, United States, Tigray, Amhara, Ethiopia's Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Afar, Addis Ababa, Kampala
ADDIS ABABA, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Thursday that rebellious forces from the Tigray region had been defeated in the adjacent Afar region and had withdrawn, but the Tigrayan forces said they had merely shifted troops to neighbouring Amhara for an offensive there. Foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Dina Mutfi cited "military information" when referring to what he called the defeat, at a news conference in Addis Ababa. Tigrayan spokesperson Getachew Reda spoke to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location. Spokespeople for the Ethiopian military and the Prime Minister's office were not immediately reachable for comment. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom; Additional reporting and writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Kevin LiffeyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dina Mutfi, Getachew Reda, Maggie Fick, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, Addis, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Amhara, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan
KHARTOUM, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Sudan summoned Ethiopia's ambassador to Khartoum to inform him that 29 corpses found on the banks of a river abutting Ethiopia were those of Ethiopian citizens from the Tigray ethnic group, Sudan's foreign ministry said. The corpses were identified by Ethiopians residing in the Wad al Hulaywah area of eastern Sudan, it said. At a different point the river also separates Sudan from Ethiopia. Tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia have been running high because of a spillover of the conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region and Ethiopia's construction of a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile. read moreTens of thousands of refugees have fled into eastern Sudan and there have been military skirmishes in an area of contested farmland along the border between Sudan and Ethiopia.
Persons: Ethiopia's, Dina Mufti, Khalid Abdelaziz, Giulia Paravicini, Mahmoud Mourad, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: KHARTOUM, Sudan, Khartoum, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopia's
ADDIS ABABA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in one village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There are people who are missing," Sewnet, the local administrator, told Reuters by phone. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. Fighting spread in July from the Tigray region into the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar, also in the country's north.
Persons: Sewnet Wubalem, Chalachew Dagnew, Maggie Fick, Jon Boyle Organizations: Reuters, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Ethiopia's Amhara, Dabat, Gondar, Amhara, Afar
REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Rebellious forces from the Tigray region killed 120 civilians over two days in a village in Ethiopia's Amhara region, local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. It is the first such report of Tigrayan forces killing a large number of civilians since they seized territory in Amhara. Video interviews provided to Reuters by the Gondar city government indicated that villagers fought the Tigrayan forces. During the war, regional forces and militiamen from the Amhara region have sought to settle a decades-old land dispute between the Amhara and Tigray regions. Though the Tigrayan forces have seized back most of the Tigray region, they have not taken back the heavily militarized and contested area of western Tigray.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Sewnet Wubalem, Chalachew Dagnew, Getachew Reda, Maggie Fick, Jon Boyle, Timothy Heritage, Gareth Jones Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopian, Twitter, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Amhara, Dabat, Gondar, Amhara, Afar, The U.S
In 2018, Kidanemariam was serving as Ethiopia's consul general in Los Angeles and said he helped organize Abiy's visit. He expected Abiy, who preached a political philosophy of inclusion, to chide the crowd, but he said nothing. Later, over lunch, when Kidanemariam asked why, he said Abiy told him: "There was nothing to correct." Abiy receives the Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in December 2019. "I am of the strongest opinion that the Nobel Prize Committee is responsible for what is happening in Ethiopia, at least partially.
Persons: , Abiy Ahmed, Africa's, Kidanemariam, Abiy, he'd, heckles, Abiy's, Billene Seyoum, Hailemariam, backsliding, Ahmed Soliman, William Davidson, Rashid Abdi, Abdi, Isaias Afwerki, Mehari, Isaias, Goitom Gebreluel Organizations: CNN, University of Southern, Ethiopian, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abiy's, Addis Standard, Addis, Prosperity Party, Chatham House, International Crisis, United, West, European University Institute Locations: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Washington , DC, Oslo, Norway, Abiy, West, Ethiopia, Oromia, of Africa, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa, Tigrayan, Wukro, Kenya, Horn of Africa, Amhara, Taddele Maru, South
U.N. footage from northern Ethiopia shows humanitarian crisis
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Baz RatnerNAIROBI, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Footage of war-hit northern Ethiopia published by the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday reflected the severe humanitarian crisis there, after the United Nations warned that a de facto blockade on aid is bringing millions to the brink of famine. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. The footage showed a distribution of emergency food aid by the WFP on August 23 in Asgede district in northwestern Tigray. The supplies delivered that day were among the last remaining stocks in Tigray region, where no food or other humanitarian aid entered between August 20 and September 5. The United Nations estimates 100 trucks of aid need to be entering Tigray each day to meet the needs of the population.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Billene Seyoum, Sacks, Satyen Tait, Maggie Fick, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, United Nations, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Asgede district, WFP's Ethiopia
A conflict between the Ethiopian military and rebels in the Tigray region has been raging for 10 months. A report from The Telegraph said that Tigrayans are being systematically killed in an ethnic purge. The paper said Tigrayan men, women and children were being tortured and killed in makeshift "concentration camps." Amhara forces have since been going "door-to-door" to round up anyone who is ethnic Tigrayan, The Telegraph said, based on information from a dozen eyewitnesses. Reports have emerged of a man-made famine in the region, putting the lives of thousands of Tigrayans at risk.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, TPLF Organizations: Ethiopian, The Telegraph, Service, Telegraph, Google, United Nations Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Africa, Humera, Addis Ababa
KHARTOUM, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Sudanese authorities have seized a cargo of 72 boxes of weapons that arrived by air from Ethiopia and that they suspect were destined for use in "crimes against the state", Sudan's state news agency, SUNA, reported on Sunday. The weapons had arrived in Ethiopia from Moscow in May 2019, the committee found. The boxes included weapons and night-vision goggles and arrived on a commercial flight on Saturday night, SUNA reported, without giving further details. The committee pointed "to suspicions that these weapons were intended to be used in crimes against the state, impeding the democratic transition and preventing the transition to the civil state", SUNA reported. Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Peter CooneyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Omar al, Bashir, SUNA, Dina Mufti, Khalid Abdelaziz, Aidan Lewis, Peter Cooney Organizations: Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Thomson Locations: KHARTOUM, Ethiopia, Moscow, Sudan, Ethiopia's, Tigray
Wad El Hilou, Sudan (CNN) The ghostly outlines of limbs emerge through the mist along the Setit River in eastern Sudan. A body is draped in plastic sheeting after being recovered from the river bank by Wad El Hilou, Sudan. Wad El Hilou is a natural pinch-point in the river's path -- and so, when the bodies arrived, they floated towards the banks. Ethnic profilingTigrayans still inside Humera told CNN that they live in constant fear of being detained or killed. A body recovered from the Setit River bank by Wad El Hilou, Sudan, is carried on plastic sheeting.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed's, Tigrayan, Tigrayans, We're, Gebretensae Gebrekristos, Gerri, Natay, Enda Yitbarek, Temesgen, Yonas, Humera, Alem, it's, Sudan who've Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Michael's, Mercury Locations: Sudan, Ethiopia, Humera, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Mekelle, Eritrea, St, Mary's, Amhara, People
Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021. REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A de facto blockade on aid to the Tigray region in Ethiopia's north is bringing millions of people to the brink of famine, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Thursday, warning of "looming catastrophe". War broke out in November between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. At a news conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister's spokesperson Billene Seyoum once again dismissed allegations that the Ethiopian government is blocking aid. Reporting by Nairobi newsroom Writing by Giulia Paravicini Editing by Maggie Fick and Frances KerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, OCHA, Billene Seyoum, Billene, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Frances Kerry Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, Semera, Mekelle, Nairobi
“Sometimes, like in a good marriage, we have to say what we are feeling at that moment,” he said. Those remarks drew an angry response from the T.P.L.F., highlighting the great difficulty in maintaining good relations with both sides in the Ethiopian conflict. spokesman, Getachew Reda, lashed out at the American characterization of his fighters as opportunists, and blamed any looting in Amhara on local forces. “While we cannot vouch for every unacceptable behavior of off-grid fighters in such matters, we have evidence that such looting is mainly orchestrated by local individuals & groups,” Mr. Reda wrote. The Ethiopian government says it needs help for 500,000 people in the Amhara and Afar regions, where fighting spread in July after Tigrayan fighters recaptured most of Tigray from government forces.
Persons: Power’s, , Jones, , Getachew Reda, Mr, Reda Organizations: Ethiopian, Twitter Locations: Ethiopia, United States, Amhara, Tigray, Afar
Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region in recent weeks looted warehouses belonging to the U.S. government's humanitarian agency in the Amhara region, USAID's Ethiopia director said on Tuesday. War broke out in the mountainous region last November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. read moreThe Tigrayan forces and the federal government have repeatedly traded accusations of hampering the flow of aid. Reporting by Nairobi newsroom Writing by Duncan Miriri Editing by Maggie Fick and Grant McCoolOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Sean Jones, Abiy, Duncan Miriri, Maggie Fick, Grant McCool Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, Ethiopian, EBC, USAID, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Afar, Nairobi
U.S. says war in Ethiopia's north could affect trade benefits
  + stars: | 2021-08-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - The ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's north could affect the country's trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the U.S. Trade Representative's Office said. The AGOA trade programme provides sub-Saharan African nations duty-free access to the United States on the condition they meet certain eligibility requirements, such as eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment and making progress towards political pluralism. U.S. Trade Representative Katharine Tai met virtually with Ethiopia's Chief Trade Negotiator Mamo Mihretu on Wednesday, USTR said in a statement. "(Tai) raised the ongoing violations of internationally recognised human rights amid the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia, which could affect Ethiopia's future African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) eligibility if unaddressed," the statement read. The U.N. has said that war crimes may have been committed by all parties to the conflict.
Persons: Stringer, . Trade Representative Katharine Tai, Mamo Mihretu, USTR, Mamo, Dina Mufti, Abiy Ahmed, AGOA, Ayenat, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, U.S . Trade Representative's, . Trade Representative, Washington, Democratic, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, U.S, United States, Addis Ababa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopian, Nairobi, Dawit
Ethiopia rights commission says 150 killed in attack in Oromiya
  + stars: | 2021-08-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Aug 26 (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least 150 people last week in western Ethiopia, the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on Thursday, in what it described as an attack by an armed group on civilians. The OLA sent a statement Thursday denying that it had killed civilians in the incidents described by the commission. The OLA says it is fighting for the rights of the Oromo people, who are the Horn of Africa country's largest ethnic group. There have frequently been deadly clashes between Oromo and Amhara people in parts of Ethiopia this year. read moreReporting by Ayenat Mersie and Dawit Endeshaw; Editing by Giles Elgood and Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ayenat Mersie, Giles Elgood, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Ethiopian Human Rights, Oromo Liberation Army, OLA, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Kiremu, Oromo, Oromiya, Africa, Amhara, Tigray, Addis Ababa
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference before a meeting with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, July 2, 2021. Ethiopia has been embroiled in a conflict that flared nine months ago in Tigray and which has spread to other areas. The government has also struggled to contain other outbreaks of ethnic and political violence over land and resources. read more"Inflammatory rhetoric and ethnic profiling are tearing apart the social fabric of the country," Guterres told the 15-member Security Council. These developments are eroding the unity, the sovereignty, and the territorial integrity of the Ethiopian state," said Richard Mills, deputy U.S.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Pedro Sanchez, Susana Vera UNITED, Guterres, Richard Mills, Michelle Nichols, Leslie Adler, Grant McCool Organizations: Spain's, REUTERS, Susana Vera UNITED NATIONS, Ethiopian Human Rights, Security, Ethiopian, Eritrean Defense Forces, U.S, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Moncloa, Madrid, Spain, Ethiopia, Tigray, United States, Afar, Amhara, Ethiopian
Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. Forces from Ethiopia's rebellious Tigray recaptured much of the territory in June, in a major setback for Ethiopia's government. Spokespeople for Eritrea's information ministry, Ethiopia's prime minister and Ethiopia's military did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Eritrean troops entered Tigray to fight alongside federal forces in a conflict marked by abuses including rape, according to investigations by Reuters, the U.N. and international human rights organizations. read moreThe Ethiopian government said in April that Eritrean troops had begun withdrawing.
Persons: Baz Ratner, State Anthony Blinken, meanwhile, Adi Goshu, Abiy Ahmed, Giulia Paravicini, George Obulutsa, Maggie Fick, Joe Bavier, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, State, Treasury Department, Eritrean, Reuters, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, United States, Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Adi, Eritrea's, Asmara, Turkey, London, Nairobi
Ethiopia to build local rival to Facebook, other platforms
  + stars: | 2021-08-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
3D-printed Facebook and Twitter logos are seen in this picture illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 26, 2016. Supporters of both sides have waged a parallel war of words on social media. The government wants its local platform to "replace" Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and Zoom, the director general of the Information Network Security Agency (INSA), Shumete Gizaw,said. International human rights groups have criticized the Ethiopian government for unexplained shutdowns to social media services including Facebook and WhatsApp in the past year. He said Ethiopia had the local expertise to develop the platforms and would not hire outsiders to help.
Persons: Dado, Shumete Gizaw, Shumete, Kezia, Al, Dawit, Maggie Fick, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, Facebook, Twitter, Information Network Security Agency, Reuters, Tencent Holdings, HK, Thomson Locations: Zenica, Bosnia, Herzegovina, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, Africa, China
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