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The migrants — many, like Farrag, fleeing drought or poverty back home — are hoping to cross Yemen and reach neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia. The chaos caused by the civil war has raised migrants' hopes that they can slip through to Saudi Arabia, with no central authority keeping watch. After taking migrants' money as payment to transport them, the traffickers often demand more, sometimes even phoning their families in Ethiopia so they can hear the torment their loved ones are subjected to. It is not even known how many eventually make it to Saudi Arabia, as the kingdom does not release figures. "I am saving money to go to Saudi Arabia," he said.
Manama: Kuwait has rejected criticism of its decision to go ahead with the execution of seven convicts, insisting that all legal avenues had been exhausted. Human Rights Watch said that hanging seven people by Kuwait was part of a worrying regional rise in use of the death penalty. However, Kuwait dismissed the criticism and said that the "carrying out of the death sentences against the seven individuals convicted of murder was according to the provisions of the Kuwaiti Penal Code." "The verdicts were upheld by the Cassation Court, the country's highest court, and became res judicata that could not be challenged. Kuwait on Wednesday executed seven individuals, four men and three women, in the Central Prison.
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Trump Bars Refugees, Citizens from Seven Muslim CountriesJanuary 27, 2017 - US President Trump on Friday closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, ordering that families fleeing the slaughter in Syria be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries, according to NY Times. Declaring the measure part of an extreme vetting plan to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists,” Mr. Trump also established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations: He ordered that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims. “We don’t want them here,” Mr. Trump said of Islamist terrorists during a signing ceremony at the Pentagon. In fact, the United States accepts tens of thousands of Christian refugees. According to the Pew Research Center, almost as many Christian refugees (37,521) were admitted as Muslim refugees (38,901) in the 2016 fiscal year.
Ethiopian, Cuba Agreed to Strengthen TiesJanuary 27, 2017 - The governments of Ethiopia and Cuba have agreed to further boost long-standing bilateral relations. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the visiting Vice President of Cuba Salvador Mesa have discussed on bilateral issues. The two sides have conferred on enhancing the age-long bilateral ties between the two countries, Ethiopian Ambassador to Cuba Dewano Kedir told ENA. Following the discussion, the Cuban Vice President told reporters that his country is desirous to further consolidate the existing ties with Ethiopia. The Vice President affirmed that the two countries will continue to work together on issues of common concern on bilateral and global issues.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres will be part of the 28th African Union (AU) summit currently ongoing in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Guterres who took over from Ban Ki-moon is expected to address the AU on ways of building partnerships between the AU and UN, partnerships with mutual benefits, based on respect and solidarity. Guterres will also meet a number of Heads of State and Governments on the sidelines of the summit. The former UN refugees chief will also hold a town hall meeting with UN staff working in the Ethiopia. Heads of State will also vote on the readmission of Morocco into the AU after years out.
Ethiopia to build three industrial parks in drive to become manufacturing hubEthiopia has placed orders worth 10.5bn birr ($650m) for three industrial parks, each of which will be built by a different Chinese contractor. Two of the parks will be in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, while the third will be in Jimma, about 200km to the south-west. The other park in Addis Ababa is the 337ha Kilinto, which will make pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. Sisay Gemechu, chief executive of the Ethiopian Industrial Parks Development Corporation, told reporters that the work would be partly financed by a $158m loan from the World Bank. Image: Ethiopia is using industrial parks to kick-start its manufacturing sector (Ethiopian Investment Commission)Further reading:
Ethiopian Opposition Leader Merera Gudina Denied Bail AgainJanuary 26, 2017 - Dr Merera Gudina, leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has been denied bail by a court, according to Addis Standard. Gudina is facing terrorism charges by the government which accuses him of meeting anti-government elements during a European tour last year. His lawyers were also unsuccessful in an attempt to apply for release on bail and the termination of potential terrorism-related charges. This is the second month that the prosecutors have secured to conclude their investigations of possible terrorism-related charges against him. Ethiopian security forces arrested the Gudina shortly after his arrival in the capital Addis Ababa on December 1 from Belgium.
Dr Merera Gudina, leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has been denied bail by a court. Gudina is facing terrorism charges by the government which accuses him of meeting anti-government elements during a European tour last year. His lawyers were also unsuccessful in an attempt to apply for release on bail and the termination of potential terrorism-related charges. This is the second month that the prosecutors have secured to conclude their investigations of possible terrorism-related charges against him. Human Rights Watch reports that security forces have killed more than 500 people during protests over the course of 2016.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia’s immediate past Foreign Affairs Minister is getting close to becoming the first African to fill the position of Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Tedros is seen as Africa’s candidate and he has gone round the continent meeting leaders to solicit for their support. I (also) thank the Government of Ethiopia for letting me now focus on my candidacy for Director-General of the World Health Organization. All Member States will choose among the three nominees by voting at the World Health Assembly in May 2017. The current Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, was appointed in 2006 and will complete her second term on 30 June next year.
African Union forces in Somalia (AMISOM) should release the findings of their investigation into alleged unlawful killings of 14 civilians by Ethiopian forces in July 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. The AU and judicial authorities from Ethiopia should work together to ensure those responsible are brought to justice and to prevent such crimes from happening again, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch is not aware of any investigation by Ethiopia into the incident. Human Rights Watch has found significant limitations to AMISOM and troop-contributing country responses to allegations of abuses against civilians. The Wardinle victims and their families are entitled to amends payments, which do not require a showing of fault, Human Rights Watch said.
—Bogaletch Gebre remembers the day when she was cut in her village in southern Ethiopia. A key reason for its success has been its focus on “community conversations,” giving residents a chance to think through the issues. How community conversations workIndeed, KMG has based its work on community conversations. One woman’s positive experienceMihret Ayele, who is in her late 20s, says her parents learned more about FGM through community conversations. Ms. Ayele’s husband also participated in community conversations.
With their colourful beaded necklaces, fruit headdresses and large lip plates, these are the Ethiopian tribeswomen known for their unique style. 'Metallic wrist bands and shells are one the most favourable accessories. The people make accessories out of anything like watch metallic wrist bands and bottle caps.' But despite the tribes living in close proximity, Mr Reda says all three have totally different cultures. The variety of religions and tribes gave this country a unique identity which is extremely hard to find it elsewhere.
Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) has called on the African Union to release findings of their investigation into the alleged killings of 14 civilians by Ethiopian forces in Somalia in July 2016. “The African Union and Ethiopian leadership needs to hold its forces to account by releasing its findings, ensuring that any wrongdoers are brought to justice, and compensating the victims,” HRW’s Africa researcher, Laetitia Bader said. The African Union and Ethiopian leadership needs to hold its forces to account by releasing its findings, ensuring that any wrongdoers are brought to justice, and compensating the victims. “Witnesses told Human Rights Watch they had seen no fighting or Al-Shabab militants in the village that day,” the statement added. Laetitia Bader advised that the killings which have devastated the rural community “should not be swept under the carpet”.