Written by Sudan Tribune
December 20, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – An exiled Muslim organisation, Badar Ethiopia, has called on Ethiopian authorities to immediately release jailed Muslim journalists who published a local magazine on the affairs of country’s MuslimAccording to some Ethiopian opposition websites, the three journalists Ahmed Din Jebel, Akmel Negash, and Ishaq Eshetu were arrested on 16 December.
The monthly Ye Moslimoch Gudai publication is considered as the foremost voice of Muslim society in the dominantly Christian Ethiopia.The magazine is known for publishing critical analysis of the conditions of Muslims in Ethiopia.
There is no any confirmation from government officials over the alleged arrests or why if made but the US based organization, Badar said the arrests is politically motivated. Read more →
Written by VOA /East Africa
Ethiopian young girls waiting to travel to Yemen in Bossaso, the commercial city of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland and the launching pad of the people trying to cross the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. (File Photo)Photo: AP
The International Organization for Migration says it is concerned and fearful about the fate of thousands of Ethiopian migrants stranded in deplorable conditions for many months in northern Yemen. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from IOM headquarters in Geneva the organization says it has run out of funds to repatriate the migrants.
For more than one year, the International Organization for Migration has been providing critical humanitarian assistance to thousands of Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen who want to return home.
The agency so far, has managed to repatriate more than 6,000 migrants. Thousands more are waiting to return, but the International Organization for Migration says, except for a lucky few, it cannot help them because it has run out of money. Read more →
Written by Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – An Ethiopian court found two Swedish journalists guilty on Wednesday of helping and promoting the outlawed Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group, and entering the Horn of Africa nation illegally.Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested in July after they entered Ethiopia’s Ogaden province from Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region with a team of ONLF fighters.Sentencing is due next week and the prosecution asked for a combined sentence of 18 years 6 months for both charges.Sileshi Ketsela, one of the defence lawyers, said they would now discuss with their clients about whether to appeal.Addis Ababa has blacklisted the ONLF as a terrorist group, and its recently-adopted anti-terrorism legislation outlaws promotion of the insurgents’ activities. Read more →