Somali Migrant in Critical Condition After Setting Herself Ablaze in Protest in Australian Detention Center

A 21-year-old Somali migrant to Australia, identified as Hadon Yasin, is recovering from burns after she set herself on fire on Tuesday in an apparent protest against the living conditions in a migrant detention center in the island of Nauru. Read more ›

US Voices Concern After Ethiopia Charges 22 Opposition Members with Terrorism

The United States (US) has expressed concern over Ethiopia’s indictment of prominent opposition figure Bekele Gerba and 21 others on terrorism charges under its much criticized Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). The defendants, which includes students, civil servants and members of the Read more ›

Ethiopia Fires National Football Team Coach Yohannes Sahle and Entire Technical Staff

The head coach of Ethiopia’s national football team Yohannes Sahle and his entire technical staff have been sacked. Shale’s dismissal has not been officially confirmed by the Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF). However, there are reports that EFF President Junedin Basha Read more ›

Ethiopia’s Zone 9 Bloggers Nominated for 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Ethiopia’s Zone 9 bloggers were on Wednesday nominated for the 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The Ethiopian blogging group shared the nominations with activists from China and Syrian. Chinese activist Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur intellectual, is currently Read more ›

Ethiopia: 14 Dead, UN and Humanitarian Aid Organization Attacked in Bloody Ethnic Clash

Ethnic violence has claimed 14 lives in Gambella, western Ethiopia this weekend after the car of a non-governmental organization (NGO) struck and killed two Nuer children. According to AP, the death of the children, who are from a South Sudanese Read more ›

Ethiopia: Murle Attack Death Toll Rises from 104 to 208, 102 Children Abducted

The death toll from Friday’s attack on members of the Nuer ethnic group in Ethiopia’s Gambella province has been increased from 140 to 208. The attackers, who are reportedly members of the Murle tribe from South Sudan, allegedly also abducted Read more ›

IAAF, WADA Give Ethiopia Ultimatum to Test 200 Athletes for Doping or Face Suspension

Ethiopia has been given an ultimatum to conduct mass doping tests on about 200 athletes by November or be banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). “We will move fast. It is Read more ›

Italian Financial Firm to Fund Construction of 2,000 MW Dam in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has announced the construction of a 2,000 MW capacity dam, which would be funded by an Italian credit firm. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced the deal for the dam named Koysha this week. The announcement came after successful Read more ›

Suspended Turkish-Ethiopian Athlete Sues IAAF for Technical Mistakes in Doping Tests

A suspended Turkish-Ethiopian athlete has sued the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for technical lapses during the analysis of her urine samples. Elvan Abeylegesse reportedly filed a suit against the IAAF at the Monaco administrative court on Wednesday. The Read more ›

Ethiopia Accused of Extra-Judicial Killings and Widespread Human Rights Abuses During Oromia Protests

An Ethiopian rights group on Monday accused the government of mass human rights abuses during the recently ended protests in the Oromia region. A report by the Human Rights Council (HRC) alleges that Ethiopian security forces carried out over 100 Read more ›

Ethiopia Ordered to Pay $150,000 Compensation to Girl Abducted and Raped 15 Years Ago

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has ordered the Ethiopian government to pay $150,000 in compensation to a woman, who was raped 15 years ago. According to international human rights group Equality Now, Woineshet Zebene Negash was just Read more ›

Ethiopia’s 2015 Tokyo Marathon Winner Endeshaw Negesse Fails Doping Test

Ethiopia’s Endeshaw Negesse has reportedly failed a doping test. The 2015 Tokyo Marathon winner is one of nine Ethiopian athletes under investigation for doping after testing positive for banned substances. Negesse, 27, reportedly tested positive for performance enhancement drug meldonium Read more ›

9 Ethiopian Athletes Under Investigation for Doping After Failing Tests

Ethiopia’s Anti-Doping Agency has announced that nine athletes are being investigated for doping after they tested positive for banned substances. Solomon Meaza, the general secretary of Ethiopia’s anti-doping agency, said five of the nine runners under investigation are high-profile athletes. Read more ›

Kenya Denies Imminent Airborne Terror Attacks After Leaked Intelligence Memo Warning Goes Viral

Kenya’s Aviation Authority (KAA) on Monday dismissed claims of imminent terror attacks targeting major airports in the country after a leaked intelligence memo, warning airport managers of impending airborne al-Shabab suicide bombings, went viral. The intelligence memo was released by Read more ›

Ethiopian Prime Minister Accuses Eritrea of Supporting Armed Groups Seeking Secession of Oromia

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Wednesday accused Eritrea of supporting armed groups seeking the secession of Oromia, the largest region in the country. According to the BBC, Hailemariam blamed the destabilization of Oromia on “destructive forces” that have launched Read more ›

Human Trafficking Rings Affiliated With Eritrean Diplomats Control Mass Migration Into Europe: IGAD Report

A new report commissioned by the governments of Ethiopia and Sudan has revealed that sophisticated international criminal syndicates involved in human trafficking and smuggling have been controlling the mass migrations of people to Europe from the Horn of African via Read more ›

Ethiopia Debunks Human Rights Watch Report of Continued Violence in Oromia

Ethiopia on Monday debunked a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report that student protests against a government plan to extend the capital Addis Ababa into Oromia, the largest region in the country, has continued. Communications Minister Getachew Reda dismissed claims that Read more ›

Leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan Sign Cooperation Agreement During Meeting on Renaissance Dam

The Presidents of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed to join forces on Saturday after a meeting regarding updates on the construction of the Ethiopia Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD). Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met President Read more ›

Ethiopian Opposition Activists Released From Prison Months After Being Acquitted of Terrorism Charges

Two leading Ethiopian opposition figures charged with terrorism were on Tuesday released from prison following their acquittal last year. Abraham Solomon and Habtamu Ayalew, both accused of being members of the outlawed opposition group Ginbot 7, had been detained in Read more ›

Kenya Police Investigate Athlete Doping Claims Amid Reports of International Ban

Police in Kenya on Sunday began investigating claims of doping and bribery among athletes after reports of an international ban that could see the East African country miss the Brazil Summer Games. Kenya, reputed for its high performing athletes, is Read more ›