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We, all are Zone 9

1 May

The arrest of six bloggers and three journalists by Ethiopia’s government in 2014 April ending, has led to widespread outcry even among those generally supportive of the ruling party’s policies.
Friends and readers portray the Zone 9 bloggers as young and principled activists pressuring Ethiopia’s government to respect the country’s 1995 constitution.
Possible assumption to the arrest:
1. Working with foreign advocacy groups who tried to create “unrest” using social media. The UK-registered organization, Article 19 recently attempted to offer Ethiopian journalists and bloggers training in online journalism security.
2. Some analysts have suggested that the crackdown on journalists is happening because the government is worried about the potential for unrest due to rising prices.
3. Elections without Meles are due next year.
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Zone nine compiled e-book hereunder attached for Amharic PDF readers:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/empgpo9275o3ufk/Zone9%20-%20Compiled%20Book%20of%20Year%20One.pdf

Or

Zone9 – Compiled Book of Year One

የተስፋዬ ገብረአብ፤የቡርቃ ዝምታ ፤ Yeburka Zemita pdf

10 Mar

የተስፋዬ ገብረአብ

የቡርቃ ዝምታ ፤ Yeburka Zemita pdf file.

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Yeburka Zemeta

የፕሮፌሰር ጌታቸው ሃይሌ፤ አባ ባህሪይ

10 Mar

የፕሮፌሰር ጌታቸው ሃይሌ፤

አባ ባህሪይ

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Yeabba_Bahriy_Dirsetoch.main

The United States is “deeply concerned” about the 24 convicted people

30 Jun

The United States says it is “deeply concerned” about the Ethiopian government’s conviction of 24 people, including several journalists and opposition members, on terrorism related charges.

Journalist Eskinder Nega and opposition member Andualem Arage were among those found guilty Wednesday of charges including the encouragement of terrorism and high treason.

The men, 16 of whom were convicted in absentia, could face life in prison under Ethiopia’s harsh anti-terror legislation. But prosecutors on Wednesday suggested jail terms of five years to life when they are sentenced next month.

State Department Victoria Nuland says such convictions raise “serious questions” about the intent of Ethiopia’s anti-terror laws, which critics say are used to stifle dissent.

Rights group Amnesty International also condemned the conviction, saying the men were found guilty on “trumped up” charges.” The group says freedom of expression is being “systematically destroyed by a government targeting any dissenting voice.”

The defendants were accused of having ties to an outlawed political party called Ginbot Seven, which the government has labelled a terrorist group. Some were also accused of trying to incite unrest by writing about the anti-government protests that swept North Africa last year.

Ethiopia’s government denies using anti-terror laws passed in 2009 to clamp down on opposition figures and journalists, saying their arrests have nothing to do with their reporting or political affiliations.

Rights groups say more than 150 opposition politicians and supporters have been detained since last year on terrorism-related charges.
VOA

ከዚህም ፤ ከዚያ፤

12 Mar

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ምንድነው፤ ከዚህም ከዚያ አትሉኝም??? አንዱን ሳነሳ አንዱን ስጥል፤፤ ስለ ማሞ ውድነህ ፤ ብዬ የጀመርኩት ነገር አገራዊ ይዘት ቢይዝብኝ ፤ ሰፋ አድርጌ ፤ ከዚህም ከዚያ አደረኩት፤፤
ማሞን ሳስብ በህሊናዬ ቀድሞ የሚመጣው የኤርትራ ጉዳይ ነው፤፤ የኤርትራ ጉዳይ፤ ሲታሰብ ደግሞ፤ ፊት ለፊት ድቅን የሚሉት ጥቂት መፃህፍት ናቸው፤፤ ስለ ኤርትራ ጉዳይ በቀዳሚነት የማሞ ውድነህ መፅሃፍን የሚቀድም መፅሀፍ ያለ አይመስለኝም ፤ ሌሎቹ ደግሞ፤ የበአሉ ግርማ፤ ኦሮማይ እና ፤ የ ዘውዴ ረታ፤የኤርትራ ጉዳይ፤ መፅህፍት ጥቂቶቹ ናቸው፤፤ የዘውዴ ረታ አባት ፤የንግስት ዘውዲቱ ባለሟልና ፀሀፊ የነበሩ በመሆናቸው ጭምር የግብአት /RESOUCE/ ችግር አይታይባቸውም ፡፡
የማሞ ውድነህን፤ የኤርትራ ጉዳይ፤ መፅሀፍ ለየት የሚያደርገው፤ ለረጅም ዓመታት ፤ በ1960ዎቹ በኤርትራ (የቀድሞ የኢትዮጲያ ክፍለ-ሃገር) የመንግስት ፕሬስ ክፍል ሃላፊ ሆነው በሰሩባቸው አመታት፤ በኤርትራ ጉዳይ ላይ በቀጥታ የሚመለከታቸውን ከፍተኛ ሰዎች (ጃንሆይን ጭምር)፤ ከበዓሉ ግርማ፤ኦሮማይ ይልቅ ፤አብሮ ሰርቶና በግንባር አግኝቶ መወያየት መቻላቸው ይመስለኛል፤፤ ለንፅፅር ያህል ከወሰድነው፤ በዓሉ ግርማ፤ እንደ ቀይ ኮከብ ዘመቻ፤ የቡድን አባል ሆኖ ያዘጋጀው ኦሮማይ፤ የፍቅር ትእይንት (፤አባቴ ይሙት ደደብ ነህ፤) ፤ ከመግባቱ በቀር፤ ከዘመቻው የስራ ሪፖርት ላይ መቀዳቱን፤ ለምን በዓሉን ገደላችሁት ሲባሉ ደርጎች የሚሰጡት ማስተባበያ እንደሆነ ቀጥሏል ፤፤ ይመስለኛል; ኮረኔል መንግስቱም፤ በትግላችን ውስጥ፤ የቀይ ኮከብ ዘመቻን ያላካተቱት፤ አንድም ቀድሞ የተቀዳ ስራ መሆኑን በመገንዘብ ላለመድገም ወይንም በቅፅ 2 አዘናግተውን ሊመለሱበት ፈልገውም ይሆናል፤፤ እንዲያው ለጨዋታችን አነሳነው እንጂ እሳቸውማ(ኮረኔል) ምን ያልደገሙት(ያልቀዱት) ነገር አለና፤፤ የአክሱማውያን ስልጣኔ፤ ፤ የኢማም መሃመድ ግራኝ ወረራ እና፤ ከዛጉዌ ስርወ መንግስት በኋላ የመጡ ስርወ መንግስታት የጠበቃቸው ስራና ፈተና፤ወዘተ፤ ወዘተ…. መንግስቱ ከ 17 ዓመት በኋላ እረፍት ሲያገኙ ያነበቧቸው ይሆኑ እንዴ…ሲል አንዱ፤ በሆነ ጋዜጣ ላይ አስተያየቱን ፅፎ አይቻለሁ፤፤
ካነሳነው አይቀር፤ ኮረኔል፤ እራሳቸውን፤ እንደጃንሆይ ደጋግመው፤ እኛ ሲሉ አስተውዬ፤ አይ፤ ብቻቸውን አለመሆናቸውን ለማስገንዘብ ፈልገው ነው የሚል ግምት ይዜ ነበር፤፤ አይ….አይ …አይደለም፤፤ ብቻቸውን ፤ንግግር ሲያደርጉ በሚያሳይ ፎቶ ግርጌ ስር፤ ስለ ሶማሊያ ጦርነት መግለጫ ስንሰጥ ፤የሚሉ ሃረጎች ሳይ ፤ በፈዛዛ የሚታለፍ ጉዳይ አለመሆኑ ገብቶኛል፤፤ ሌላው ደግሞ፤ ፕሮፌሰር መስፍንን በተደጋጋሚ ፤ ዶክተር መስፍን ወልደማሪያም ይላሉ፤፤ እርግጥ ነው ፤ ፕሮፌሰር መስፍን፤ የፃፉት አይደለም፤ እግረመንገዳቸውን ያወሩት ለ PHD መመረቂያ Thesis ሊሆናቸው ይችላል፤፤ ማንስ ደፍሮ ሊያስተምራቸው?? መምህሩ(ምናባዊው መምህር) በንዴት፤ ጭቅጭቅ ነው? ትምህርት? ብሎ ጥሎዋቸው እንደሚሄድ ግን ይታየኛል፤፤
ወደ ማሞ ስንመለስ፤
ማሞን በቀረበው ጊዜ ደግሞ፤ ከአክሱም አስመላሽ ኮሚቴ ጋርም አስታውሳቸዋለሁ፤፤ ስለ አክሱም ሀውልት ደግሞ ማንሳታችን ካልቀረ፤ ኢህአዲግ የሰራው የትግል ፍሬ እየመሰለን ብዙዎቻችን፤ ድጋፍም ባንሰጥ፤ ዝምታ ላይ ማተኮራችንን አስተውያለሁ፤፤ በጣልያን ሀገር ይገኝ የነበረውን የአክሱም ሃውልት ፤ ወደ ሃገሩ መመለሱ ታሪካዊ ፋይዳው ላቅ ያለ እንደሆነ እኔም የገባኝ፤ ጆን ስፔንሰር፤ ወደ ሃገሩ አለመመለሱን፤ የኢትዮጲያዊያን ድክመት እንደሆነ ፤በጥርስ የገባች አገር / Ethiopia at Bay / መፅሃፋቸው ላይ አፅንኦት ሰጥተው መፃፋቸውን በማንበቤ ይመስለኛል፤፤ አቶ መለስ በተደገጋጋሚ ፈረንጅ አያዋጣችሁምም……. ቢሉም አንዳንዶቻችን ግን ከፈረንጅ ካልሰማን አናምንምና፤፤
ማሞ ያልረገጡት መሬት፤ ያላዩት ዳገት ፤ ያልወረዱበት ቁልቁለት የለም ማለት ይቻላል፤፤በስለላ መፅኃፍት ላይ ማተኮራቸውም፤ ምክንያታዊ እንደሆነ ማሞ ሲያስረዱ፤ /ሀገሬ ከውጭ ጥቃት እራሷን ለመከላከል፤ ሌሎች አለማት የደረሱበትን የስለላ ታሪኮች፤ እኔም የገባኝን ያህል እንድታውቅ በመፈለጌ ነው/ ይላሉ ፤፤የስለላ ገሃዳዊ ትእይንቶችንም በራሳቸው ላይ እንዳዩም ሲያሳዩን፤፤ ለምሳሌም፤ የሻቢያው፤ ኢሳያስ አፈወርቂ ታዋቂ ሽፍታ ከመሆኑ በፊት ፤ ከጀብሃ፤ እና ከመንግስት ጋር እየተመላለሰ Double Agent /የሁለቱ አለም ሰላይ/ በመሆን ሲያገለግል እንደነበር በአንድ ወቅት ከማሞ አንብቤያለሁ፤፤ በተያያዘ ዘገባም ፤ ጀብሃ፤ ማሞ የሚወዱትን ጥሬ ስጋ ቤት አጥንቶ የግድያ ሙከራም ቃጥቶባቸውም እንደነበረና፤ በእሳቸው ዳፋ ሌላው መግባቱን እንዲሁ ፤፤
ማሞ ፤ ሰው አይነኩም፤ ከነኳቸውም ወይም እንደሚነኳቸው ከጠረጠሩም አይለቁም፤፤ በአንድ ወቅት ፤ የትምህርት ሚኒስትራችን ፤ አጤ ኃይለስላሴ፤ ሲሆኑ ፤ ምክትላቸው እንዲሆኑ ደግሞ የፈቀዱላቸው፤ ክቡር ከበደ ሚካኤል ነበሩ አሉ፤፤ ከበደ ሚካኤል በወቅቱ አገሪቱ ከገባችበት የእውቀት አዘቅት ለማውጣት ከሚታትሩ ምሁራን መካከል አንዱ ነበሩም አሉ፤፤ ማሞ እና ከበደ ሚካኤልም አይመቻቹም ይባላልም ነበረ፤፤ ማሞ ከተመቻቸው በግልጥ ፤ በጋዜጣ ላይ ከበደ ሚካኤል፤ ከሰው ከመቅዳት ውጪ ምን አዲስ ነገር አላቸውስ ብለው ይሞግቱም ነበር፤፤ ከበደ ሚካኤል አፍልቀው መፃፍ እንደማይሆንላቸውም በመግለፅ፤፤ ማሞም በኋላው ላይ እንደ ከበደ ሚካኤል ወደ ትርጉም ስረው ላይ ጠቅለው ገቡበት እንጂ፤፤

ሰው ወደ ላይ ወጣ
መልሶም ወረደ
ቁልቁለት ሳይገታው
የሰው ልጅ ወረደ – ወረደ ነጐደ
አቀበት የወጣው
ጉልበቱ ደከመ – ሕይወቱ በረደ፡፡- ማሞ ውድነህ

ነብስ ይማር፤
Jonas Jontambek

ለዲሞክራሲ እና ለመልካም አስተዳደር ገፅታ ግንባታ፤ ምርጫ ቦርድ በመድረክ የባንክ ሂሳብ ውስጥ 3,598 ብር አስቀመጠ፤፤

12 Mar

ኢሕአዴግ የሀገሪቱን ሀብት በብቸኝነት ጠቅልሎ መያዙ አልበቃ ብሎታል – መድረክ
የተመድ የልማት ፕሮግራም የሰጠውን ገንዘብ ኢሕአዴግ ወዳጅ እየገዛበት ነው – አቶ ገብሩ አሥራት


ኢሕአዴግ እንደ ገዢ ፓርቲ፣ እንደ መንግሥትና እንደ ነጋዴ፤ የሀገሪቱን ሀብት በብቸኝነት ጠቅልሎ መያዙ አልበቃ ብሎት፣ በዴሞክራይታዜሽን ስም ከለጋሽ ሀገሮች ወይም ከመንግሥት ካዝና በፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ድጋፍ ስም የሚመጣውን ገንዘብ ጠቅልሎ መውሰዱ ሳያንሰው ለአጋሮቹና ለታማኝ ተቃዋሚዎቹ በመስጠት፣ ወዳጅ እንዲገዛበት መፈቀዱ፣ ኢሕአዴግንም ሆነ ቦርዱን በኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ እና በታሪክ ፊት የሚያስጠይቅ ድርጊት መሆኑን መድረክ ገለፀ፡፡ በጉዳዩ ዙሪያ ያነጋገርናቸው የኢትዮጵያ ፌደራላዊ ዴሞክራሲያዊ አንድነት መድረክ (መድረክ) የስራ አስፈጻሚ አቶ ገብሩ አስራት፤ ቦርዱ ለአምስቱ ፓርቲዎች ስላከፋፈለው ገንዘብ ለአዲስ አድማስ እንደገለፁት፤ የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ ለ2004 ዓ.ም፣ ለፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የዕለት ተግባር ማከናወኛ፣ 10 ሚሊዮን ብር ማስፈቀዱንና 7.5ሚ ብር ለኢህአዴግ እንደተሰጠ ተናግረዋል፡፡ “የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የጋራ ምክር ቤት” በሚል ለተቋቋሙት አምስት ፓርቲዎች “ከኢሕአዴግ ድርሻ የተቆነጠረ ነው” ተብሎ፣ 1 ሚሊዮን ብር እንደተከፋፈለ ተናግረዋል፡፡
ቦርዱ ለዚህ የሰጠው ምክንያት ደግሞ ገንዘቡን ፓርቲዎቹ ለ2002 ዓ.ም ምርጫ ባቀረቧቸው ዕጩዎች ብዛት መሰረት ሲያከፋፍል፣ ከኢሕአዴግ ቀጥሎ ከፍተኛ ዕጩዎችን ለ2002 ዓ.ም ምርጫ አቅርቦ ውጤቱን ለተቀማው የስድስት ፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ድርጅት ስብስብ ለሆነው መድረክ ግን ምንም ገንዘብ አለመስጠቱን ተናግረዋል፡፡
የአትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ በመድረክ የባንክ ሂሳብ ቁጥር ስላስገባው 3598 ብር እና ለፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የዕለት ተግባር ማከናወኛ ከመንግሥት ካስፈቀደው 10 ሚሊዮን ብር ላይ በአንድ መቀመጫ አስልቶ ስላስገባለት ገንዘብ በሚመለከት ለኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ በጻፈው ደብዳቤ፤ “አምና ለተመሳሳይ ተግባሮች ማከናወኛ ተብሎ ያለ ፍላጐታችን በባንክ ሂሳብ ቁጥራችን ገቢ ያደረጋችሁትን 3698.41 ብር፣ ክፍፍሉ ኢፍትሃዊና አድሎአዊ ሆኖ በማግኘታችን በመልሶ መለኪያ ተጨማሪ ወጪ አውጥተን ለቦርዱ ተመላሽ ማድረጋችን እየታወቀ፣ ለ2004 ዓ.ም በጀት ዓመትም ያችው ብር 3598.41 ያለ ፍላጐታችን በባንክ ሂሳባችን ገቢ መደረጉና ይህንንም ገንዘብ ገቢ ከተደረገልን የድጋፍ ገንዘብ፣ ከሦስት እጥፍ በላይ ወጪ አውጥተን፣ የውጭ ኦዲተር ቀጥረን፣ በኦዲተር የተረጋገጠ የፋይናንስ ሂሳብ ሪፖርት እንድናቀርብ መጠየቃችን ተገቢ አይደለም” በማለት ተቃውሞውን አሰምቷል፡፡
ፓርቲው ያለፍላጐቱ በባንክ የሂሳብ ቁጥሩ የገባውን ገንዘብ አምና እንዳደረገው ሁሉ ለቦርዱ ተመላሽ ማድረጉን በደብዳቤ ጠቅሶ፤ ለወደፊትም ቢሆን የድጋፍ ገንዘቡ ክፍፍል አፈፃፀም ከአድሎአዊነት እስካልፀዳ ድረስ፣ ቦርዱ በመድረኩ የባንክ ሂሳብ ቁጥር ገቢ ማድረጉን እንዲያቆም በደብዳቤ ጠይቀውታል፡፡ ከዚህ በኋላ ግን ቦርዱ ያለ መድረክ ፍላጐት፣ በባንክ ሂሳብ ቁጥር፣ ገንዘቡን ገቢ ቢያደርግ፤ መድረክ ገንዘቡን ለመመለስ ወይም ደግሞ ገቢ ከተደረገው ገንዘብ እጥፍ በላይ ወጪ አውጥቶ እና ኦዲተር ሾሞ፣ የፋይናንስ አጠቃቀምን ሪፖርት ለማቅረብ የማይገደድ መሆኑን ለቦርዱ በደብዳቤ አስታውቋል፡
1 ሚሊዮን ብሩ ተከፋፍሎ የተሰጣቸው የጋራ ምክር ቤት አባላቱ የኢትዮጵያ ራዕይ ፓርቲ (ኢራፓ)፣ የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ንቅናቄ (መኢብን)፣ የኢትዮጵያ ፍትህና ዲሞክራሲያዊ ኃይሎች ግንባር (ኢፍዴኃግ)፣ የኢትዮጵያ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ፓርቲ (ኤዴፓ) እና የኢትዮጵያ ሰላምና ዴሞክራሲያዊ ፓርቲ (ኢሰዴፓ) አምና በወጣው መስፈርት መሠረት ለሁሉም ፓርቲዎች እኩል የሚከፋፈል 20 በመቶ፣ በ2002 ዓ.ም ምርጫ ወቅት ባቀረቡት ዕጩ ብዛት 60 በመቶና በዚሁ ምርጫ ወቅት ባቀረቡት የሴት ዕጩ 20 በመቶ ድርሻ እንዲከፋፈል በመደረጉ፣ ፓርቲዎች ተቃውመው እንደነበር ይታወሳል፡፡ ስለ ጉዳዩ አስተያየታቸውን የሰጡት አቶ ገብሩ፤ “ገንዘብ መስጠቱ የሚያመጣው ለውጥ የለም፡፡ ኢሕአዴግ ለእነዚህ ፓርቲዎች ገንዘብ እየሸለማቸው እና ወዳጅ እየገዛበት ነው፡፡ ይህ ደግሞ ሙስና ነው፡፡” ብለዋል፡፡
Addis Admas.

Yemen’s Saleh is in Ethiopia, foreign ministry says

25 Feb

Ethiopia’s foreign ministry spokesman says the outgoing president of Yemen is in the east African country.

Dina Mufti said Friday that Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in Ethiopia Thursday night. Mufti said he “doubts” Saleh will fly on to Yemen.

Yemen on Tuesday voted to replace Saleh with Vice President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi, who is expected to be sworn in Saturday. He takes over after months of uncertainty over whether Saleh would step down in the face of popular protests that plunged Yemen into crisis.

Before arriving in Ethiopia, Saleh spent more than three weeks in the U.S. for medical treatment from wounds sustained in a June assassination attempt. The 69-year-old Saleh, Yemen’s ruler for 33 years, has pledged to attend his successor’s inauguration.
Associated Press

10 Million Birr Financial Support Given to Political Parties

22 Feb

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said it has made financial assistance to political parties, which have seats in federal and regional parliaments.

Public Relations and Coordination Head with NEBE, Yeshi Fekade told ENA over the weekend that the Board has provided a 10 million Birr financial support to the political parties in 2004 EC for doing their day-to-day activities.

Yeshi said the board provided the money to the political parties from government budget in accordance with the amended proclamation on the registration of political parties.

The money was provided to 10 political parties, she said, adding, the amount of money which each party gets depends on the number of seats each party has in the parliaments.

The money was deposited in the bank accounts of the respective parties.

The financial support is aimed at helping the political parties to develop the awareness of the public in politics and introduce the aims of their respective political parties to the public thereby enhance the active participation of the public in political activities.

EPRDF, the Somali People Democratic Party, the Benishangul-Gumuz People Democratic Party, the Afar National Democratic Party and the Gambella Peoples Unity Democratic Movement are included among the parties which received the finacial assistance.

According to ENA, the Harari National League, the Argoba People Democratic Organization, Forum for Demiocratic Dialogue in Ethiopia-Medrek, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy and the All Ethiopian Unity Organization are also included.

According to Yeshi, 10 million Birr financial support was also provided to political parties in 2003 EC.

Walta

Andualem was beaten Up.

18 Feb

Yesterday, around noon time, I received information that Andualem was beaten up by an inmate in his prison cell by an inmate day before yesterday and that someone should come to the prison and see him. I phoned his brother and his lawyers to ask them if they could
visit him in the afternoon. They could not go to the prison in the afternoon because the visit hours were only in the mornings.

They could see him today and came to UDJ office to report what they found out. First of all about Andualem’s condition. Andualem, who is usually emotionally and spiritually strong, was down. He was depressed and was weeping when he met his brother and his lawyers. He complained of headache. A small bruise can be seen on his face on the right side below his eye. He expressed that he has fear that “they” want to kill him. No medical care has been given to Andualem so far.

Background: Andulem is in a prison cell for 14 people in the so called maximum security zone (Zone 3) with people such as Ato Bekele Gerba of OFDM and Olbana Lelisa of OPC and Dr. Tilahun Fantahun. The cell does not have windows.

About a month ago a prisoner named Ibas Asfaw was added to Andualem’s cell. Ibas has been in prison for 16 years and was once sentenced to death because of murder. His sentence was latter changed to life imprisonment. It is said that he has transmittable illness. Ibas is
provocative, insulting and quarrelsome. He takes away food from his cell inmates by force and gives it away to others. He is frequent visitor to the office of prison administration and is said that he is in friendly relations with the authorities there.

Ibas started insulting Andualem since the 13th of February. He took away papers Andualem was using to writ his defense case for the court in two weeks. No one knows where he took the papers. On the 14th, Ibas comes to the cell at around 13 hours with another prisoner
from outside the cell and closes the door and asks Bekele and Dr. Tilahun, who were resting, telling them to get out of the room because they have something secret to talk with Andualem. The two refused to get out. Ibas then went directly to Andualem and kicked him on the left side of his head. Andualem fall down. Ibas boxed Andualem three times while he lay unconscious on the cement floor. Bekele was trying to push away Ibas while Dr. Tilahun called the guards. The guards took Ibas away.

It is rumored that he was taken to the prison administration office and received more than Bir 2,300 and taken to another cell in zone 1. It is said that he receives money since 2005 because he was injured during the shooting in prison when many prisoners are said to have
been killed.

To the questions of the lawyers the prison authorities said that they can allocate prisoners in any cell they want, that this is administrative matter, they will deal with Ibas administratively, they can get Andualem’s papers from Ibas and Andualem can forward appeal and accusation to the prison administration if he wants to. The prison administration did not take the matter seriously.

Conclusion: We suspect that the placing of Ibas in Andualem’s cell is deliberate and that it was an indirect way of torturing Andualem, humiliate him and have him morally, psychologically and physically broken down, as has been done to Burtukan Mideksa.

The Executive Committee of UDJ will discuss on the matter tomorrow and will decide what action it would take. In the mean time I appeal to all friends to forward this information to all defenders of the Human Rights to condemn what happened to Andualem and demand that he gets medical attention as soon as possible.

Dr. Negaso Gidada, Chairman of Unity for Democracy and Justice Party

Photo of a naked Ethiopian woman caused a storm

15 Feb

A picture of a nude Ethiopian woman caused a storm after it was posted to Facebook by an Israeli photojournalist and documentarian.
Disgusted viewers posted remarks slamming the photographer, Ziv Koren, accusing him of taking advantage of the woman – a new immigrant – who pictured bathing in a mikve at a Jewish agency camp. Internet surfers questioned whether the photographer asked the woman for permission to take and publish the photo, and said the authenticity of any consent would be questionable, given her vulnerable status at the time it was taken.
“That woman probably doesn’t know Hebrew, and whoever translated surely didn’t explain that it was artistic photography and that she should feel free to refuse,” wrote one Internet surfer, adding that “it must be understood what’s going on with the Falashmura [immigrants], they are passed on the message in simplistic words or hints, that if they refuse to participate in the religious ceremonies they won’t be accepted to make aliyah to Israel.”
The photo was taken in 2006 as part of a documentary project on Falashmura immigrants. Some of the photos from Koren’s collection appeared in an exhibition put on by the Jewish Agency.
In response to the uproar on Facebook, Koren – who claimed to receive threats and demands to remove the photo – took the picture off the Internet on Tuesday morning. He said he took the photo down not as a result of pressure, but out of concern for the safety of the photographed woman.
“All the furious reactions and threats don’t frighten me,” Koren told Haaretz. “I took the photo down after I understood that it could harm the woman. Let’s put everything into proportion, we live in a democratic country, where you can morally assess these things more than once. This whole thing kind of went out of control. I’m a documentarian whose whole life revolves around things that are on the edge.”
Koren added that he is willing to do everything for his journalistic integrity, and that since his subject matter is risqué and can appear provocative to some but not to others, he is not willing to apologize for it.
The Jewish Agency harshly condemned the “invasion of privacy” that resulted from the photo being taken and posted online. “Respect for human beings is more important than any piece of art or documentation,” said the agency, explaining that Koren went to Ethiopia in 2006 to document the immigration of a family to Israel. While he holds the exclusive rights to his pictures, some were donated to the Jewish Agency for an exhibition of some 40 photos that assisted in fundraising for the absorption of Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, the organization added.
“Needless to say, none of the pictures from the mikveh were developed nor displayed at the exhibition,” said the Jewish Agency, adding that it is important to note the organization only became responsible for the management of the camp, including the mikveh, in 2011. “At the time the photos were taken, the Jewish Agency was not responsible for the operations of the complex,” it said.
Rabbi Waldman, who is responsible for the field of Judaism at the complex, said he would not have allowed a photographer into the mikveh whilst there is a man or woman inside.

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