Merera Gudina 2015 Merera is running in the upcoming May 24, 2015 national election as an opposition candidate. Merera, executive of the resistance Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), was discharged alongside in excess of 100 others from the Kilinto government jail on the edges. posted by Zerihun - December 2, 2016. Ethiopia has released a handful of prisoners – but nothing else has changed 08 Feb Two weeks after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn pledged to release jailed politicians, Ethiopia on Wednesday pardoned 115 federal inmates, including top opposition leader, Merera Gudina. World, Africa, Europe Ethiopia slams EU call to free opposition politicians Merera Gudina detained last November for allegedly meeting in Europe with leaders of Ethiopian group dubbed 'terrorist'. Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress from the Oromiya region which was the center of protests against land grabs, was arrested in November after returning from meeting members of the European Parliament in Brussels. Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina. Gumiin Sabaa Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo (GS-ABO) walgahii isaa dhaabbataa Mudde 16 – 25, 2016 gaggeeffateen haala Dhaabaa fi QBO, akkasumas, haala Ummata keenyaa, haala diinaa (mootummaa TPLF/EPRDF), haala Godina Gaanfa Afriikaa fi kan Idil-Addunyaa irratti marii fi xiinxala bal’aa gaggeessee murtiilee jajjaboo QBO daran jabeessanii fuula dura tarkaanfachiisan dabarseera. According to his lawyer, Wondimu Ibsa, the peaceful professor is handcuffed and being held 24 hours a day in a dark room with no window. Merera Gudina on ESAT ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian authorities have dropped charges against a senior opposition leader and hundreds of others who had been jailed for involvement in unrest. What is baffling is why the government had to wait for over a year to bring him to book?. Merera Gudina was among the speakers giving remarks at an event organized by the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in Paris on February 21. —Merera Gudina Jefi, July 10, 2014 Dr. 30 2015 to Nov. He was arrested when he was returning from a visit to the European Union where he addressed the European Parliament on the state of emergency and the deteriorating human rights condition in Ethiopia. Addis Abeba, Oct. Merera Gudina. Merera Gudina talks to BBC radio about Oromo Protests by Gadaa. In December 2016, Desalegn ordered the imprisonment of a major opposition leader, Dr. "It was not an election, it was an organised armed robbery," Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, who ran under MEDREK's ticket, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday evening. Ethiopia’s Amhara and Oromia regions have seen violent anti- government protests since November, 2015, when people took to the streets demanding political freedom and the release of political prisoners. In the long durée, if we consider the Abyssinian polity prior to the formation of the modern Ethiopian state, conflicts during transitions. Ethiopia To free opposition Leaders Including Merera Gudina January 16, 2018 12:48 pm Published by ETW. Ethiopian Opposition Urges Barack Obama to Keep Up Pressure on Their Government exposed Ethiopia and its government," said Merera Gudina, the vice-president of the opposition Medrek party. For example, Merera Gudina [leader of the Oromo People's Congress] since November 2015 according to a report released by Ethiopia's Human Rights Commission earlier in April. This article deals with House of Federation, the second chamber of the federal parliament, which, in both its composition and competence, hardly shares the. Dr Merera Gudina. 49 cents per movie. “Despite his awareness of these provisions, Dr. Ethiopia: Oromo opposition leader arrested. They feared that this would deprive them of their land. The Oromo Federalist Congress’s (OFC/Medrek) trailblazing campaign tour for the upcoming General Election (to be held on May 24, 2015) has continued in Oromia; over the week, the campaign train has passed through small and big towns in Arsii and Harargee Zones. ) is a professor and politician in Ethiopia. Three months after Ethiopian security forces arrested opposition leader Dr. Share on Facebook Follow on Facebook Add to Google+ Connect on Linked in Subscribe by Email Print This Post. Share on Facebook. Merera Gudina and Hon. The academician has been at the forefront of calls for marginalization against Oromos to stop. Six of Merera’s colleagues, including Deputy Chairman Bekele Gerba and Assistant General Secretary Dejene Xafa, are on terrorism trial accused of inciting the Oromo protests. Ethiopia’s top prosecutor said Monday that charges against 528 prisoners detained in connection with anti-government protests would be dropped, and the inmates would be released on Wednesday. [email protected] The EP President, Martin Schulz, in a letter to President Mulatu Teshome said they were disturbed about the arrest of the Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress ( OFC ). This is Gudina addressing a large crowd of supporters. Posted on March 23, 2015 by Teshome Woldeamanuel | Reply. In 2015, the group took to the streets over a proposed expansion of the capital city which they feared would deprive them of their land. Merera Gudina, was arrested on October 30, 2016 upon his return from a trip to Brussels where he spoke to members of the European Parliament about the human rights situation in Ethiopia. The leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress was released on Wednesday morning and allowed to go home, where he was welcomed by thousands of people. Merera Gudina Facing Potential Charges of Terrorism. Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail on Wednesday after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported. Authorities released Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) chairperson Merera Gudina on January 17, following a decision by the attorney general to discontinue the multiple criminal charges against him. "I was not in favour of his coming, but (the visit) exposed Ethiopia and its government," said Merera Gudina, the vice-president of the opposition Medrek party, hailing the media and NGO interest generated by Obama's remarks. So the people of Ethiopia have been voting, the ruling party counting. An internal memo from a private bank which was circulating on social media since yesterday allegedly shows the Bank’s request to all its departments to provide the police all the banking details of Dr. Professor Merera Gudina didn’t vote in the election because he said he was busy to get a voting card. Starting with an iconic photo of Dr. Merera Gudina Prof. The organization is opposed to the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front. Merera Gudina leads the Oromo People's Congress By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - An Ethiopian opposition leader from a region hit by deadly anti-government protests has been arrested after returning from meeting members of the European Parliament in Brussels, a political ally said on Thursday. Merera Gudina, a leading opposition member in Ethiopia has hit the ground running. Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Discusses with Bekele Gerba, Dr Merera Gudina and Other memebrs We cannot load the video because your browser does not support JavaScript. Merera told AFP, saying that Hailemariam's departure was a matter of internal party politics. Opposition leader Merera Gudina of the Oromo People's Congress said those discussions were never held. Both had a fruitful discussion about current political developments in Ethiopia. Merera Gudina, a professor and prominent opposition leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress was arrested after his return from Brussels where he provided testimony on the current political crisis to some members of the European Parliament and described human rights violations being committed in Ethiopia. " Protests in Ethiopia broke out in November 2015 against a proposed plan to extend the territory of Addis. 34 Following the decision of the NEBE on 29 January 2015, some UDJ members joined the Blue Party. He was arrested a year ago under the country's state of emergency after he. Addis Abeba: The federal high court Arada branch has today granted the police additional 28 days to remand and investigate prominent opposition leader, Dr. Dr Merera Gudina. News: Ethiopia prosecutors bring multiple criminal charges against opposition leader Dr. Ethiopian ruling party EPRDF wins election in Ethiopia. The defense team told the court that Dr. The authorities cracked down heavily on the demonstrations, imposed a state of emergency and stifled dissent. Dr Merera Gudina, Deputy Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Dialogue in Ethiopia - MEDREK, talks about Ethiopian general election 2015. Abiy, 42, is the first person from the country's largest ethnic group the Oromo to be chosen as prime minister by the ruling Ethiopian People's. In October 2015, Abiy became the Ethiopian Minister of Science and Technology (MoST), a post which he left after only 12 months. According to his lawyer, Wondimu Ibsa, the peaceful professor is handcuffed and being held 24 hours a day in a dark room with no window. Merera Gudina upon his return to Ethiopia, following his participation in a hearing at the European parliament about the crisis in his home country, prosecutors on Thursday charged the prominent 60-year-old politician with rendering support to terrorism and attempting to “disrupt constitutional order. Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been released from prison after more than a year in detention. Three months after Ethiopian security forces arrested opposition leader Dr. Merera Gudina’s hearing finally took place on July 7, 2017 after months of delays. The event, organized by the independent research and debate institution dedicated to international affairs, brought together a number of prominent French Ethiopia watchers, including René Lefort who addressed on a variety of topics. Online activist used Facebook to incite ethnic violence that led to 67 civilian deaths in Ethiopia. Amsterdam, Washington DC, Minnesota. Merera Gudina, was arrested on October 30, 2016 upon his return from a trip to Brussels where he spoke to members of the European Parliament about the human rights situation in Ethiopia. —Merera Gudina Jefi, July 10, 2014 Dr. The arrest is for “transgressing the country’s state of emergency law”. Since November 2015, security forces have arrested and detained tens of thousands of people, The detention of key opposition leaders, such as Dr. 'OFC/MEDREK'S Election Symbol ("Five Fingers with the Open Palm"/"High Five") Goes Viral. In 2015, they began months of anti-government. One of those freed Wednesday was Merera Gudina, a senior leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress party. (Addis Standard) — Appearing in court for the first time after the court’s summer recess, Dr. Merera, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) was released from prison last week after spending more than a year a prison. The government promised to hold inclusive consultations on the master plan after the 2014 protests. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Merera Gudina says ballot boxes were stolen in organized robbery (By Aaron Maasho) ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - African Union observers said on Tuesday that Ethiopia's parliamentary election held on Sunday was credible except for a few irregularities, but the opposition dismissed the vote as marred by violations including. — The EU parliament has officially written to the Ethiopian government seeking clarification on the arrest of an opposition leader, Dr. ”Elise Dufief is the research and monitoring manager at transparency group Publish What. He has been in prison since December 2016 and was facing charges, including association with. 2,154 likes · 21 talking about this. Authorities released Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) chairperson Merera Gudina on January 17, following a decision by the attorney general to discontinue the multiple criminal charges against him. Merera Gudina, Equality & transparency as essence of change, Leadership's propaganda ploy, Political parties and leadership's lack of clarity, Pretension of reformers, TPLF aloofness & intrigues, Tracking former abusers of power. Starting with an iconic photo of Dr. Federal prosecutor opened the charge file on 23 Feb 2017 in the name of Dr Merera. Ethiopia slams EU call to free opposition politicians. Beqele Gerba's trial was repeatedly adjourned. Merera Gudina," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "I'm very cautiously optimistic," said Merera Gudina, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, who was freed from prison in January after spending more than a year behind bars. By CHRIS STEIN (AFP/File) Ethiopia's opposition reacted cautiously on Friday a day after the surprise resignation of the prime minister, warning it did not herald real change since the ruling party remains. Merera Gudina and Bekele Gerba, as well as the. Some days before the government already released Merera Gudina, the Oromo opposition leader and some other persons. Ethiopian prime minister departure brings no change, opposition says whose campaign of anti-government protests that began in December 2015 are seen as a key reason why Hailemariam resigned. Merera Gudina on a horseback in Xuquur Incinii (a few days before the May 24, 2015, election): Video - Xuquur Incinii (Diree Badhaas) and Holataa - Last Week of Election Campaign:. Merera Gudina dibebaskan January 19, 2018 ADDIS ABABA, 18 Jan – Pemimpin pembangkang Etiopia, Merera Gudina dibebaskan dari penjara semalam selepas kerajaan menarik balik tuduhan keatasnya dan juga sebahagian daripada pengampunan kepada banduan, menurut laporan tempatan. Merera Gudina, who is a leader of one of the largest opposition parties in the country, Oromo Federalist Congress, OFC, was detained more than a year ago on arrival at the airport after attending meetings in Brussels with the European Parliament and its leaders, where he testified about the human rights and political situations in Ethiopia. Department of State about the Arrest of Dr. The first charge simply makes Dr Merera the mastermind of all the protests that took place since November 2015. Ethiopia to free Merera Gudina and hundreds of other political prisoners. The titles were ‘Ethiopia: State Formation and the Popular Struggles for Change’ by Dr. Then we tried to organize open public meetings, again they refused, they blocked us," said Gudina. Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress party is strongly whining about EPRDF winning the Ethiopian election. "So the change of an individual is really the homework for the EPRDF, not the people of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail on Wednesday after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported. Merera Gudina, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congresso, said the government tried to use the event to show Oromiya was calm, but ‘people still protested’. Merera Gudina upon his return home from Europe. ) is a professor and politician in Ethiopia. Merera’s release comes as a welcome relief for a country gripped by three years of escalating protests and growing ethnic discord. Ethiopia Could Descend Into Chaos: OFC chairman Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina says despite the political reform initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration, the country’s democratic process remain very fragile and there is an urget need for the…. The reports indicated that Gudina, an associate professor of political science at Addis Ababa University, was fired for his political views and due to the growing popularity he gained among university students in the build-up of the upcoming general elections. Merera Gudina dating back to one year from Nov. Top Oromo politician Merera Gudina was arrested on Nov. Run-up to the election. Merera Gudina and Bekele Gerba, as well as the. Merera Gudina, a prominent opposition leader, was arrested on his return from a visit to Europe where he had criticized the state of emergency law. Merera’s plea of innocence was late by eleven months since the charges were brought against him. Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina. He quoted Josef Stalin who used to say the people of Soviet: "You vote, we count. From October 2016 on, Abiy served as Deputy President of Oromia Region as part of the team of Oromia Region's president Lemma Megersa while staying a member of the Ethiopian Federal House of Peoples' Representatives. Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), a legally registered opposition party, leader Dr. In the long durée, if we consider the Abyssinian polity prior to the formation of the modern Ethiopian state, conflicts during transitions. Just some weeks ago tensions in the country rose again, when it came to ethnic clashes with several deaths. This historic document was arrived at after a series of consultations at the highest levels of government and State on the Egyptian side; and signed on March 23, 2015 by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia, former Field Marshall turned President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt and President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir of Sudan. The government’s plan to borrow 398. Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison Merera Gudina led the Oromo Federalist Congress party and was arrested a year ago under the country's state of emergency after he returned. ADDIS ABABA. Merera Gudina is a veteran of the opposition Image caption: Mr Kanu, who leads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been held in detention without trial since October 2015. Merera Gudina says ballot boxes were stolen in organized robbery By Aaron Maasho, Reuters May 26, 2015. Merera’s plea of innocence was late by eleven months since the charges were brought against him. Merara Gudina is taking legal action against the Ethiopian regime at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights! Represented by the Centre for the Advancement of Human Rights and Democracy in Ethiopia (CAHDE), he is challenging the unlawful killings of more than 1000 people during the 2015-16 protests in the Oromia, Amhara, and SNNP regions, and the state of emergency. The defense team told the court that Dr. Merera Gudina Jefi (Ethiopia) "Ethiopia's Democratic Transition: Opposition Politics. Merera Gudina dating back to one year from Nov. Ethiopia releases opposition leader Merera Gudina. In his first reported comments after his release, Merera urged the government. BURAYU, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government’s recent pledge to free detained politicians and. Ethiopia’s top prosecutor said Monday that charges against 528 prisoners detained in connection with anti-government protests would be dropped, and the inmates would be released on Wednesday. Merera Gudina dibebaskan January 19, 2018 ADDIS ABABA, 18 Jan – Pemimpin pembangkang Etiopia, Merera Gudina dibebaskan dari penjara semalam selepas kerajaan menarik balik tuduhan keatasnya dan juga sebahagian daripada pengampunan kepada banduan, menurut laporan tempatan. “The University didn’t pay my salary since June while other employees were paid,” said Gudina December 28, 2014, ADDIS ABABA (Sudan Tribune) – An Ethiopian opposition leader on Sunday dismissed reports alleging he has been fired from his job at the government-run Addis Ababa University. Merera has been brought to court twice but only to prolong his incarceration in both cases. In his first reported comments after his release, Merera urged the government. በዛሬ ዕለት በአፍሪካ ኢኮኖሚክ ኮሚሽን (eca) አዳራሽ በጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ጽ/ቤት አስተባባሪነት ቀደም ብሎ በፓርቲዎች መካከል በተደረሰው ስምምነት መሠረት በወቅታዊ አገራዊ አጀንዳዎች ላይ ውይይትክፍል አንድየውይይቱም ርዕሶችም፡-1. Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress party is strongly whining about EPRDF winning the Ethiopian election. Barely two weeks after criminal charges against him were dropped and he was released from prison, Dr. Merera Gudina was arrested on October 30, 2016 upon his return from a trip to Brussels where he spoke to members of the European parliament about the human rights situation in Ethiopia. The preliminary election. Despite this similarity, the two the eferred to by different names in the literature: while is referred to as "ethnic", the Indian federationis considered as an exarnple of a successful multinatio'al federation (Singh 2008; Burgess 2006). Arrest of Dr. Free Merera Gudina and all political prisoners (Press Release) Top opposition leader, Dr. The leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress was released on Wednesday morning and allowed to go home, where he was welcomed by thousands of people. The move on Wednesday came two weeks after Prime Minister. The detention of Merera, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), had become a cause celebre for members of the Oromo ethnic group. For example, Merera Gudina [leader of the Oromo People's Congress] since November 2015 according to a report released by Ethiopia's Human Rights Commission earlier in April. The Ethiopian opposition parties didn’t want a fair and free election in Ethiopia, they just want power by any means possible. On November 30, 2016, Ethiopian authorities detained Dr. This video is unavailable. OromianEconomist. Three months after Ethiopian security forces arrested opposition leader Dr. Tags: 50th day in office, Dr. ”Elise Dufief is the research and monitoring manager at transparency group Publish What. "It was not an election, it was an organised armed robbery," Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, who ran under MEDREK's ticket, told Al Jazeera on. Since November 2015, security forces have arrested and detained tens of thousands of people, The detention of key opposition leaders, such as Dr. Currently, Dr. In addition, the main opposition political figure Dr. The preliminary election. their role is to dilute the vote for the opposition," Merera Gudina, associate professor of political. Zenawi wants to turn the page on 2005 For several months Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been actively working to protect his position in the 23 May general election to turn the page on the insult in 2005 when the opposition won the poll in the capital (ION [. Merera Gudina. [email protected] Editor's Note - Merera Gudina, one of the top opposition figures who lost in the election, said on Tuesday ballot boxes were stolen in an organized robbery by the ruling party whose stay in power for the next five years was a foregone conclusion. Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison Merera Gudina led the Oromo Federalist Congress party and was arrested a year ago under the country's state of emergency after he returned. Merera Gudina was put behind bars last December upon his return from Brussels where he and Prof. The organization is opposed to the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front. Ethiopia’s Oromo leader, 2 others, finally charged with terrorism (AfricaNews) — Dr Merera Gudina, leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has finally been charged with terrorism by Ethiopian prosecutors. Gregory Warner is the host of NPR's Rough Translation, an international podcast that explores the universal experience of trying to navigate a different culture—or set of rules—and figuring out where you stand, often resulting in a collision of cultures. February 2015 and convicted in December under the 2009 anti-terrorism law alongside 18 other defendants. Merera, the first high-profile dissident to be freed since Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced Ethiopia would release an unspecified number of. Remove; In this conversation. Merera Gudina (2017/2682(RSP)) The European Parliament, – having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in Ethiopia, – having regard to the most recent Universal Periodic Review on Ethiopia carried out prior to the UN Human Rights Council 2015,. The move on Wednesday came two weeks after Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam had announced that jailed "politicians" would have their cases annulled or pardoned "in order to improve the national consensus and widen the democratic space". Merera Gudina Jefi (Ethiopia) "Ethiopia's Democratic Transition: Opposition Politics. መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ንልዕሊ 528 እሱራት ፖለቲካ ፈቲሑ። እቶም እሱራት ዝተፈትሑ ድሕሪ ናይ ክልተ መዓልቲ መደብ ተሃድሶ ምዃኑ’ውን እቲ ዜና ሓቢሩ። እዚ ከም’ዚ’ሉ ከሎ፣ ጥዕና ሎሚ. The Ethiopian opposition parties didn’t want a fair and free election in Ethiopia, they just want power by any means possible. This is a keynote address by Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, at the 2016 Oromo Studies Association (OSA) annual conference. Merera was released from jail in January, when the government began pardoning and dropping charges against hundreds of prisoners including many high-profile dissidents. Ethiopia Election Campaign- Merera Gudina 3 አጋሩ "ኢሕአዴግ በአባሎቻችንና በደጋፊዎቻችን ላይ የበቀል ርምጃ እየወሰደብን ነው" መድረክ. Ethiopia to free Oromo leader Merera Gudina and over 500 prisoners Ethiopian authorities have dropped charges against a senior opposition leader and hundreds of others who had been jailed for involvement in unrest that gripped the country in 2015 and 2016, the country’s attorney general said on Monday. Many of those freed were accused of involvement in ethnic clashes during waves of fatal anti-government demonstrations that first erupted in 2015. By Admin on July 22, 2013 Aliyi Sabit, Merera Gudina Aliyi Sabit, Human Rights, Music/Films/Poetry, News, Politics. Merera also talked about the non-competitive elections held from 1995 - 2015, which he described were neither free nor fair. ) is a professor and politician in Ethiopia. com holness hails mandela as pantheon of social justice if you have question please contact the webmaster proclamation of 15 dec. The former opposition MP (2005-10), Merera Gudina, now at the head of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and a member. Prof Merera Gudina explains how Dr. “It’s clear that I’m being punished for my political views,” Merera later told the Ethiopian Reporter. Top Oromo politician Merera Gudina was arrested on Nov. Ethnicity, Democratisation and Decentralisation in Ethiopia 5 any intellectual venture to understand ethnicity is the paradox that surrounds identity politics. Starting with an iconic photo of Dr. This article deals with House of Federation, the second chamber of the federal parliament, which, in both its composition and competence, hardly shares the. Merera Gudina, who is a leader of one of the largest opposition parties in the country, Oromo Federalist Congress, OFC, was detained more than a year ago on arrival at the airport after attending meetings in Brussels with the European Parliament and its leaders, where he testified about the human rights and political situations in Ethiopia. Merera Gudina of the Opposition OFC Facing Potential Charges of Terrorism December 30, 2016 1:48 am Published by ETW. Watch Queue Queue. Guys!!! Dr Merera Gudina was disqualified on the last election because of his behaviour and undisciplined character and the Finfinee University opposed him to extend his contract term to teach in that university. Jailed Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been freed after more than a year in detention. Editor’s Note – Merera Gudina, one of the top opposition figures who lost in the election, said on Tuesday ballot boxes were stolen in an organized robbery by the ruling party whose stay in power for the next five years was a foregone conclusion. Merera, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) was released from prison last week after spending more than a year a prison. Photo credit: The Peninsula. Merera Gudina was jailed in 2015 after speaking to the European Parliament in Brussels about human rights abuses against the Oromo people. Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO) by Felix Horne Three months after Ethiopian security forces arrested opposition leader Dr. The move on Wednesday came two weeks after Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam had announced that jailed "politicians" would have their cases annulled or pardoned "in order to improve the national consensus and widen the democratic space". Gudina and delayed his access to a list of prosecution witnesses until a constitutional court approves the request. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters) ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — A top opposition politician from Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic group who criticized the country’s state of emergency at the European Parliament has been arrested, the government announced Thursday. "I'm very cautiously optimistic," said Merera Gudina, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, who was freed from prison in January after spending more than a year behind bars. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail on Wednesday after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported. Merera Gudina's lawyer, Wondimu. By AT editor - 4 May 2017 at 9:10 pm Ethiopian courts have adjourned until June 2 the case of leading opposition leader Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), who has denied charges of terrorism lodged against him. According to his lawyer, Wondimu Ibsa, the peaceful professor is handcuffed and being held 24 hours a day in a dark room with no window. in December 2015, and Merera Gudina, arrested in No- lotter on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with BILLS VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:04 May 18, 2017 Jkt 069200 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6300 E:\BILLS\SR168. with European capacities and the EEAS should launch a new political process towards full implementation of a 2015 peace agreement, urge. The arrest is for “transgressing the country’s state of emergency law”. On April 20, 2015, Oromos in Ambo defied TPLF’s ban of Oromo’s freedom of assembly and filled a stadium, where Dr. Opposition leader Merera Gudina was arrested. He has been described as Ethiopia's "leading opposition politician". Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail on Wednesday after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported. The European Parliament expresses concern about arrests of opposition leaders in Zambia and Ethiopia and calls for an end to the war in South Sudan, in three. ) is a professor and politician in Ethiopia. Merera Gudina was jailed in 2015 after speaking to the European Parliament in Brussels about human rights abuses against the Oromo people. Ethiopia frees opposition leader Merera Gudina. "It was not an election, it was an organised armed robbery," Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, who ran under MEDREK's ticket, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday evening. Development and democracy debate ahead of Ethiopia vote. Selam Gebrehiwot, a 19-year-old philosophy student, said the government is pressuring voters by tying registration to government services. It was the first time anyone has seen the leader of Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) in 15 days. Their role is to dilute the vote for the opposition," Merera Gudina, associate professor of. He is the leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and an opposition coalition Medrek. Zenawi wants to turn the page on 2005 For several months Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been actively working to protect his position in the 23 May general election to turn the page on the insult in 2005 when the opposition won the poll in the capital (ION [. ESAT News (December 1, 2016) A member of the European Union Parliament and Amnesty International today denounced the arrest on Wednesday of Dr Merara Gudina, an opposition p. Arrest of opposition leader Merera Gudina follows months of anti-government protests By John Aglionby | FT A senior figure in Ethiopia’s opposition, angered by the arrest of his party leader Merera Gudina for allegedly “making contact with terrorist groups”, said he was willing to commit a crime under the country’s strict state of emergency laws by criticising the ruling party. Mohammed is charged alongside Dr. The academician has been at the forefront of calls for marginalization against Oromos to stop. The defense team told the court that Dr. Merera Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), upon his arrival at Bole International Airport. In 2015, the Oromo people embarked on a protest calling for an end to decades of systemic exclusion and subordination of the Oromians. Abiy, 42, is the first person from the country's largest ethnic group the Oromo to be chosen as prime minister by the ruling Ethiopian People's. Politician. Ethiopia releases opposition leader Merera Gudina. In October 2015, Abiy became the Ethiopian Minister of Science and Technology (MoST), a post which he left after only 12 months. After years of widespread protests against government policies, and brutal security force repression, the human rights landscape transformed in 2018 after Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in April. Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina. Ethiopia frees opposition leader Merera Gudina. Three months after Ethiopian security forces arrested opposition leader Dr. The party’s general secretary Bekele Nega has been under virtual house arrest since December 2015. In 2015, the Oromos took to the streets over a proposed expansion of the capital city, Addis Ababa. leader, Merera Gudina. Merera Gudina leads the Oromo People's Congress from Ethiopia's Oromiya region, which has been the centre of protests against land grabs and what opponents say is a government clampdown on. Addis Abeba Dec. He is the pioneer of the Oromo People's Congress (OPC), an ideological group speaking to the Oromo individuals. Merera was released from jail in January, when the government began pardoning and dropping charges against hundreds of prisoners including many high-profile dissidents. 30 2015 to Nov. Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, was arrested in late 2015 shortly after a trip to Brussels where he addressed. It was the first time anyone has seen the leader of Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) in 15 days. Mr Merera criticised the state of emergency in an address to the…. Beyene Petros' Ethiopian Social Democratic Party…. Ethiopia pardons 2,345 jailed for roles in 2015/2016 unrest. Amongst those let out this week was opposition. The preliminary election. Two weeks after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn pledged to release jailed politicians, Ethiopia on Wednesday pardoned 115 federal inmates, including top opposition leader, Merera Gudina. The article below was published by Daily Maverik: Sport is a major unifier among all nations and the plight of Eritrean athletes should be enough to force the international community, particularly states that now host many Eritreans, to exert pressure on President Isaias Afwerki to implement reforms. 1/2016 - Security forces implementing Ethiopia's six-month State of Emergency have last night detained prominent opposition party leader Dr. The titles were ‘Ethiopia: State Formation and the Popular Struggles for Change’ by Dr. In 2015, they began months of anti-government demonstrations that spread across Ethiopia, leaving. Share on Facebook. Merera Gudina (Ph. ADVERTISEMENT Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail on after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner. Three months after Ethiopian security forces arrested opposition leader Dr. Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been released from prison after more than a year in detention. He was arrested immediately after returning from Brussels, where he addressed the European Union on human rights violations in Ethiopia. Merera told AFP, saying that Hailemariam's departure was a matter of internal party politics. Dr Merera Gudina. What is baffling is why the government had to wait for over a year to bring him to book?. Prominent leaders of opposition political parties such as Merera Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and Beqele Gerba, Deputy Chairman of the OFC, were tried on charges under the ATP for their alleged role in organizing the November 2015 Oromia protest. Merera gudina. But these are not the fundamental issues that protesters raised during the hundreds of rallies between November 2015 and October 2016. Originally posted on Nov. EU parliament to investigate detention of HH 18 May 2017 22:17 The European Parliament has passed a motion to investigate human rights abuses by the Zambian government on UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. Merera Gudina's Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and in the Southern State led by Dr. #Ethiopia: EthioTube ከስፍራው - "ያ ትውልድ ወሲባዊ ብስጭት ውስጥ የነበረ እንደነበረ መረሳት የለበትም" - አንዳርጋቸው ጽጌ ስለ ያ ትውልድ - Duration: 2 minutes, 59 seconds. "I was not in favour of his coming, but (the visit) exposed Ethiopia and its government," said Merera Gudina, the vice-president of the opposition Medrek party, hailing the media and NGO interest generated by Obama's remarks. Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail on Wednesday after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported. In 2015, they began months of anti-government demonstrations that spread across Ethiopia, leaving hundreds dead and prompting parliament to declare a nationwide state of emergency. In 2017 the attorney general brought multiple criminal charges against Merera and four others, including Ginbot 7 leader Berhanu Nega and diaspora. ANNEX: COMMENTARY ON THE ETHIOPIAN STATE OF EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Six months after the end of the State of Emergency Proclamation (2016) that had been in force for 10 months, the Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia declared another state of emergency on 16 February 2018. Remove; In this conversation. Merera Gudina on a horseback in Xuquur Incinii (a few days before the May 24, 2015, election): Video - Xuquur Incinii (Diree Badhaas) and Holataa - Last Week of Election Campaign:. He is the leader of the Oromo People's Congress, a political party representing the Oromo people. He is also an internationally respected scholar and published author. Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison Merera Gudina led the Oromo Federalist Congress party and was arrested a year ago under the country’s state of emergency after he returned. Merera also talked about the non-competitive elections held from 1995 – 2015, which he described were neither free nor fair. Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina. Merera Gudina – Scholars at Risk Network Merera Gudina. The Oromo Federalist Congress’s (OFC/Medrek) trailblazing campaign tour for the upcoming General Election (to be held on May 24, 2015) has continued in Oromia; over the week, the campaign train has passed through small and big towns in Arsii and Harargee Zones. Ethiopia Frees Leading Opposition Leader Lekan Paul Jan 18, 2018 9:05 am Jan 18, 2018 0 People in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state flooded the streets as they welcomed the release from detention of Merera Gudina, a leading opposition voice in the country. In 2015, they began months of anti-government. Politician. An internal memo from a private bank which was circulating on social media since yesterday allegedly shows the Bank's request to all its departments to provide the police all the banking details of Dr. Jailed Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been freed after more than a year in detention. Thanks for the feedback! Added 4 years ago by Abishe 4 years ago by Abishe. The government promised to hold inclusive consultations on the master plan after the 2014 protests. co/RX03EDnXNH". Dec 01, 2016 · Merera Gudina spoke out earlier this month in Brussels against the campaign of arrests in Ethiopia. * "The university didn't pay my salary since June while other employees were paid," Professor Merera Gudina An Ethiopian opposition leader on Sunday dismissed reports alleging he has been fired from his job at the government-run Addis Ababa University. Editor’s Note – Merera Gudina, one of the top opposition figures who lost in the election, said on Tuesday ballot boxes were stolen in an organized robbery by the ruling party whose stay in power for the next five years was a foregone conclusion. Pay once and access all. Recently two opposition members who have been working at Ethiopian Airlines and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia were reportedly fired from their jobs. Merera was taken into custody in 2016 shortly after returning from Europe where he spoke out at the European Parliament in Brussels about the state of emergency. Big turnout to welcome Merera Merera was. Although the protests were sparked by a government plan to expand the territorial and administrative limits of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, into neighbouring Oromo towns and villages, there seems to more. The government’s plan to borrow 398. refusing to be ruled in the old way,” said Gudina. Ethiopia freed a senior opposition leader, Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, on Wednesday, advancing efforts to calm political turmoil following violence and mass. The chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Merera Gudina, was released on Wednesday morning. Merera Gudina, a leading opposition member in Ethiopia has hit the ground running. Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), a legally registered opposition party, leader Dr. Ethiopia to free opposition leader, hundreds of others The release of Merera, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, has been a key demand of protesters from the country's largest. This historic document was arrived at after a series of consultations at the highest levels of government and State on the Egyptian side; and signed on March 23, 2015 by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia, former Field Marshall turned President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt and President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir of Sudan. But their new registration as candidates for the Blue Party was rejected by the NEBE. Ethiopia lifted last week the state of emergency imposed since October 2016, but the decision has raised questions about what happens to those detained during mass arrests on politically motivated charges during that time. Merera Gudina and Bekele Gerba, as well as the. The Oromo Federalist Congress - International Support Group (OFC-ISG), which was established two years ago, has been working hard and diligently to organize and mobilize Oromos and friends of Oromos in diaspora to unite and stand for their right and the right of their people back at home in order to bring a lasting end to the brutal oppression. I have been following his recent campaigns in small towns throughout the State of Oromia. Merera Gudina and Dagnachew Assefa. In 2017 the attorney general brought multiple criminal charges against Merera and four others, including Ginbot 7 leader Berhanu Nega and diaspora.