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Ethiopia launches crackdown on journalists and activists

May. 23, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian security officials are conducting a massive operation across the country that has led to the arrests of more than 4,500 people in one region alone. The crackdown on journalists, activists and others, dubbed a “law enforcement operation,” came into effect after...

Ethiopian peacekeepers from Tigray seek asylum in Sudan

Apr. 29, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some Tigrayan troops have refused to return home after serving as peacekeepers in the disputed Abyei region on the border between Sudan and South Sudan because they fear for their safety, according to the Ethiopian military. The Ethiopian military in a...

UN rejects Ethiopian attempt to deny funds for Tigray probe

Mar. 31, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s powerful budget committee rejected an attempt by Ethiopia on Thursday to deny funding for an investigation of human rights violations in the war between Ethiopian government forces and fighters from the country’s northern Tigray region. A brief...

Ethiopia urged to uphold press freedom and release reporter

Mar. 28, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Ethiopia is being urged to uphold its international commitments to the freedoms of expression and the press by releasing journalists it has imprisoned. Two lawmakers in the U.S. Congress — Reps. Adam Schiff of California and Mary Gay Scanlon of...

Ethiopia declares humanitarian truce in war-ravaged Tigray

Mar. 24, 2022 19:50 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopia's government on Thursday announced what it called an “indefinite humanitarian truce” in its war-ravaged Tigray region, saying the action was necessary to allow unimpeded relief supplies into the area. "The government calls upon the donor...

Ethiopian court extends 3-month detention of AP journalist

Mar. 18, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — An Ethiopian court has extended the three-month detention without charges of journalist Amir Aman Kiyaro to give police 11 more days to interview witnesses, saying after that the state must formally charge him or release him. Kiyaro, a freelance...

In Ethiopia, a video of civilians burned alive sparks anger

Mar. 12, 2022 15:37 PM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian authorities say they will prosecute individuals seen in a gruesome video in which armed men appear to burn at least three people alive. The video, shared widely on social media since Friday, has sparked anger among many in this country facing...

AP calls for release of Ethiopian journalist in detention

Mar. 11, 2022 07:09 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amir Aman Kiyaro, a freelance journalist accredited to The Associated Press, marked 100 days in detention without charge in Ethiopia this week, prompting the news organization and press freedom advocates to reiterate their calls to free him immediately. “Kiyaro...