Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ethiopian Opposition Faces Difficulty in Entering Upcoming Elections

Marthe van der Wolf
Ethiopian opposition parties say they are facing roadblocks in their efforts to register for the May elections. The parties say the National Election Board is complicating procedures for no good reason, and raising doubt that the elections will be free or fair.
The Unity for Democracy and Justice party has the only opposition member in Ethiopia's 547-seat parliament. But it is unclear if the party will be allowed to participate in the May elections, as the National Election Board has rejected UDJ logos.
Wondimu Golla of the National Election Board said it was not about the logos, but about procedural rules.
“According to their bylaws it says, the president of the party shall be nominated or elected by the general assembly. But they nominate by some few persons, the high officials there. So we oppose this. They have to strictly follow the bylaws, their own bylaws,” said Golla.
The National Election Board has given UDJ two weeks to organize a general assembly, and if its conduct is approved the party will be allowed to participate in the May elections. But the UDJ has decided to not hold another general assembly.
UDJ vice chairman Girma Seifu -- the only member of parliament not affiliated with Ethiopia's ruling party -- said the election board's actions were not justified.
“They do not have any legal ground or moral ground or administrative guideline to do these things. Because this is just an interference just to put a block on our active participation in the election,” said Seifu.
Voter registration in Ethiopia began last week and up to 60 parties may run for seats in the upcoming elections.
The Blue Party, formed in 2012, will be contesting elections for the first time. Blue Party chairman Yilkal Getnet said he was pessimistic about the elections as the party has repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to work with the election board on certain issues.
"They are reluctant, and they did not give us any positive report or signs to improve these things. We did not get any signs that improve the political climate. Now for the coming elections to be free and fair we need to discuss about the political climate, to have a free media, to have international observers to observe the election, and including the budget sharing systems, and so on,” said Getnet.
During the 2005 elections opposition parties won about a third of the seats, but accusations of vote rigging led to mass demonstrations in which at least 200 protesters died and thousands were arrested.
The ruling Ethiopia’s Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front has been in power since the overthrow of the military junta in 1991.
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ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሀይለማርያም ደሳለኝ አንድ ከፍተኛ ቧለስልጣን አባረሩ።

ኢሳት  ፎርቹን ሳምንታዊ ጋዜጣ  ዋቢ አድርጎ እንደዘገበው  ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሀይለማርያም ደሳለኝ አንድ ከፍተኛ ቧለስልጣን አባረሩ። እንደ እኔ ኢሳት  የዝህን ዜና ርእስ  በዝህ መልኩ ማውጣቱ ለአቶ ሀይለማርያም ደሳለኝ አዲስ ሹመት የመስጠት ያህል ነው የወሰድኩት ::  እኝ  ግለሰብ አድርጉ የተባሉተን ያደርጉ እንደሆን እንጅ በራሳችው ማባረር ብችሉማ ኖሮ  ምንኛ በታደሉ ነበር   ለማንኛውም የኢሳትን  ዘገባ እንደሚከተሉት ያንበቡት ::
  ኢሳት :-  ጥር ፭(አምስት) ቀን ፳፻፯ ዓ/ም ኢሳት ዜና :-ፎርቹን ሳምንታዊ ጋዜጣ እንደዘገበው፤ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ -የአእምሯዊ ንብረት ጽህፈት ቤትን በጀነራል ዳይሬክተርነት እረየመሩ ያሉትን አቶ ብርሀኑ ያዴሎን   ካለፈው ታህሳስ 27 ቀን ጀምሮ ከስልጣን አንስተዋቸዋል።
ከጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ጽህፈት ቤት የተጻፈ ደብዳቤ  ከዚያው እለት ጀምሮ በአስቸኳይ አቶ ብርሀኑ ያዴሎ ከስልጣናቸው መነሳታቸውንና በምትካቸው በቢሮው የፓተንት ዳይሬክተር የሆኑት  አቶ ግርማ በጅጋ መተካታቸውን ይገልጻል።
አቶ ብርሀኑ ያዴሎ የደኢህዴግ አባል ሲሆኑ፤ በምትካቸው የተሾሙት አቶ ግርማ በጂጋ ደግሞ የኦህዴድ አባል ናቸው።
አንጋፋ የኢህአዴግ አባል የሆኑትና በአቶ መለስ ጊዜ ወቅት የጠቅላይ ሚኒስቴር ጽህፈት ቤት ሀላፊ፣ ቀጥሎም  የካቢኔ ጉዳዮች ሚኒስትር የነበሩት አቶ ብርሀኑ ያዴሎ፤ በ2002ቱምርጫ በቦን ተፎካጃሪያቸው ከነበሩት ከዶክተር አሸብርረ ወልደጊዮርጊስ ጋር ከፍተኛ እስጥ እገባ ውስጥ ገብተው እንደነበር ይታወቃል። የጸረ  ሽብር ህጉንና መንግስታዊ ያልሆኑ ድርጅቶችን ለማገድ የወጣውን አዋጅ ካረቀቁት የመንግስት ባለስልጣናት መካከል አንዱ አቶ ብርሀኑ ያዴሎ ናቸው።
ምንጭ :ጠቅላይ-ሚኒስትር-ሀይለማርያም-ደሳለኝ-አ/ 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mentally disabled Ethiopian housemaid faces beheading in Saudi Arabia

December 26, 2013

The Horn Times Newsletter December 26, 2013
by Getahune Bekele-South Africa
In the first place, the charge was motivated by conjugation of hate and barbarity common in Saudi Arabia. Unable to disavow the accusation labeled against her without a lawyer or even an interpreter, with her hair disheveled and her face hoary with terror, eyes darting from one corner to the other, the Ethiopian woman stood before three heavily bearded Islamic judges silent and motion less.
She does not remember her own name and no one knows for how long she has been subjected to severe abuse by her Saudi employers. No passport or travel document was found in her possessions. The Horn Times is still trying to establish her real name and family address back home in Ethiopia.
Despite the great discrepancy between the police and her employer’s version of the incident, the 26-year-old mentally disabled woman was sentenced to death on Tuesday 24 December 2013, in the capital Riyadh for allegedly killing her abusive employer’s six-year-old girl, Lamis, by slitting her throat.
The court’s bizarre verdict based on conjecture and confession obtained under coercion by the notorious Saudi police, once again exposed the stone-age nature of the country’s legal system, which remains at odds with the international norm or practice.
According to the charge sheet, the battered Ethiopian housemaid slit the throat of Lamis, 6, with a kitchen knife   in July 2013 at Hota Bani Tamim, just South of Riyadh. An hour later, police found her trying to hide in the back yard of her employer’s house. Police alleged that the woman resisted arrest and put up a fight but was overpowered and taken into custody.
Delivering the verdict, the presiding judge told the mentally unwell Ethiopian woman who were muttering cryptic words to appeal against the death sentence within 30 days if she wishes to. Under such mental state, it was not clear if the condemned woman was cognizant of her rights.
From sleep and food deprivation, wealthy Saudis are known for dehumanizing foreign domestic workers by isolating them from friends and family, making them to work extra hours, and viewing them as cheap labor or mere commodities. Rape and forced confinement for weeks or months with no payment are still common.
To millions of housemaids from the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indonesia; the name Saudi Arabia is a connotation of demonic cruelty and 7th century Arabian barbarism.
According to records, Saudi Arabia has a yearly average of 100 executions and publicly beheaded 27 housemaids in 2010 alone and most of those put to death were vehemently denying any wrongdoing till to the last minute.
Amnesty international says some of those who committed crimes such as murder either were defending themselves or mentally challenged because of prolonged abuse and unspeakable suffering at the hands of their employers.
International law prohibits the application of the death penalty against children under the age of eighteen at the time of the crime being committed, and the implementation of the death penalty on persons suffering from mental retardation or extremely limited mental competence.­
However, in January 2013, the Saudi Arabian regime executed an eighteen year-old Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek arrogantly brushing off international condemnation. Several mentally retarded maids were also mercilessly beheaded as the international community continues to tolerate the barbaric oil sheikdom’s nefarious stubbornness.