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Ethiopia:Ethiopian isaq community Report;What they do not want you to hear

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                                                                                                                                                      2 April 2013 Recently a UK Isaq Diaspora group travelled to Ethiopia to appeal against the social economic and political discrimination the Ethiopian Isaq community experiencing in the Somali regional state since the current regional government came to power.  The Diasporas group visited the whole eight districts the Isaq community inhabit and saw in […]


Ethiopian: Annihilation of the Ogaden People – OpEd

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February 8, 2013 Besieged, abused, ignored   In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces. Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of donor countries, seemingly content to turn a blind eye to war crimes and […]


ETHIOPIA: A wave of atrocities against villages in Ogaden

Refugee women and children in Somaliland who fled their homes in Ethiopia as a result of a "Liyu police" operation, April 2012.

ADDIS ABABA – “No proper evidence has reached the world until now” The task force that arrested and wounded the Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson in Ethiopia are now accused of widespread abuses in the Ogaden province. Swedish Television’s Africa correspondent Johan Ripås has become privy to further documentation, smuggled out of Ethiopia. […]


Ethiopia in talks over restive region

JIGJIGA — Addis Ababa holding talks with rebel group for restoring peace in conflict-ridden Ogaden region. Over the past 15 years, the Ogaden area in Ethiopia has been ravaged by conflict that’s killed thousands of people. The region borders Djibouti, Kenya, and Somalia and many of its residents are ethnic Somali Muslims. In 2007, Ethiopian […]


ETHIOPIA: Daawaley residents regain freedom


Sultan Hirsi Qani thanks President Omar JIGJIGA — Abdi Mohamed Omar (“Abdi Iley”), the president of Somali Regional State of Ethiopia this week released 43 men as part of negotiations with members of the Isaaq tribe. The freed men were part of a 50 detainees picked up by Ethiopian government-backed paramilitary force during tribal clashes […]


ETHIOPIA: Ogaden paramilitary forces execute ten Isaaq

Refugee women and children in Somaliland who fled their homes in Ethiopia as a result of a "Liyu police" operation, April 2012.

Photo: Refugee women and children in Somaliland who fled their homes in Ethiopia as a result of a “Liyu police” operation, April 2012 (Ben Rawlence/Human Rights Watch). Investigate Paramilitary Abuses, Permit Access to Closed-Off Somali Region NAIROBI — An Ethiopian government-backed paramilitary force summarily executed 10 men during a March 2012 operation in Ethiopia’s eastern […]


SOMALILAND: Man arrested for claiming prophethood

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HARGEISA — A local court in the capital Hargeisa on Saturday sentenced an ethnic Somali man to two years imprisonment and $300 fine for claiming to be a prophet. [ad#Google Adsense 250x250] Judge Abdulrashid Mohamed Hersi said Ethiopian national Sharif Ahmed Ali was found guilty of claiming prophethood. The judicial official added he claimed to […]


Somaliland and Ethiopian forces clash with ONLF rebels

BORAMA (Somalilandpress) — According to local eyewitnesses a heavy war erupted between the Ethiopian troops and ONLF rebels near the Somaliland border on Tuesday and has displaced many in near by towns and villages. An eyewitness told Somalilandpress that the clashes began midday in the Mar-mar mountains in Awdal region close to the Ethiopian border […]


ETHIOPIA: Somali’s 2.7m Voters Bring Nat’l Count to 32m

Addis Ababa, 21 April 2010 (Somalilandpress) – The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) disclosed an additional 2,755,453 registered voters from the Somali Regional State, universities and the military on April 16, 2010, bringing the total to nearly 32 million. Somali Regional State has produced 2,524,184 voters, out of which 1,380,512 are male and 1,143,672 […]


ETHIOPIA: British geologist shot dead

ADDIS ABABA (Somalilandpress) — A British geologist working for an oil company who was shot dead in Ethiopia, has been named by the Foreign Office as Jason Read. The 39-year-old, who was from the Portsmouth area, was killed during an ambush on Monday near Danot in the conflict-stricken Ogaden region. He worked for IMC Geophysics […]


Ethiopia rejects warning of hunger after drought

ADDIS ABABA (Somalilandpress) — An Ethiopian minister has denied reports that millions of people need urgent food aid after failed rains. Disaster Prevention Minister Mikitu Kassa told the BBC that the government was helping those hit by the drought. He was speaking after the US-funded Famine Early Warning System warned of increased hunger in parts […]


Abusive Behavior in Puntland – Congressman Donald Payne

United States Congress (Washington, DC) Somalia: Abusive Behavior in Puntland Congressman Donald Payne Press Release WASHINGTON, 21 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) — In late October, the Puntland government arrested five men of Ogadeni origin. These men came to Puntland using Somali travel documents provided by Somali authorities in Yemen. Puntland and Ethiopian security personnel, invited by […]


Ethiopia: ONLF Military Communique

JIGJIGA, 15 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) — Armed forces of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) launched a broad multiple front military operation against military positions of the Ethiopian occupation army liberating seven towns in Ogaden on Tuesday,10 November, 2009. The operation involved thousands of O.N.L.F troops and resulted in two days of heavy fighting. A […]