Eprdf limits foreign diplomats’ movements

New restrictions are part of a six-month state of emergency declared by the government eight days ago. Ethiopia has also banned access to foreign-based opposition media [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters] Ethiopia has restricted foreign diplomats’ travel, in new provisions of a state of emergency as part of its response to an unprecedented wave of anti-government protests. Inside Story –…

EU chief tasks Ethiopian PM to initiate inclusive political dialogue quickly

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with EUROPEAN UNION EXTERNAL ACTION ETHIOPIA The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica  Mogherini, has tasked the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to respect democratic principles and civil rights in the country. Mogherini, who is also Vice-President of the European Commission said there…

Under the Radar: Foreign investors under attack in Ethiopia

By Jeremy Luedi Mounting violence in Ethiopia has seen over 500 killed, as protests against the government’s economic and human rights policies continues. The tensions at the heart of the crisis are systemic ones, yet what makes the violence particularly worrisome is that foreign investors have become prominent targets. Foreign businesses are being systematically attacked…

What’s fuelling protests in Ethiopia?

A state of emergency has been imposed and the government accuses foreign forces of instigating unrest.  Ethiopia It has been hailed as an oasis of political stability and a model of growth in Africa but for the past year, Ethiopia has been in the news not because of its economic successes, but because of insecurity…

US State Department on Ethiopia’s Declared State of Emergency

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs The United States takes note of the Government of Ethiopia’s October 8 declaration of a State of Emergency in response to recent protests and violence in the Oromia and Amhara regions.  We are troubled by the potential impact of the decision to authorize detention…