Friday, August 1, 2014

Letter Written to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn: Urges immediate release of zone9bloggers and journalists


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Office of the Prime Minister
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia    
Re: Detained journalists and bloggers
Dear Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn,    
We write to you to express our grave concern regarding the terrorism charges laid against seven bloggers associated with the Zone 9 website and three independent journalists in Ethiopia.  
Ethiopia is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which both expressly protect the right to freedom of expression. We therefore urge your government to fulfill its obligations under international law and release all individuals who have been arbitrarily detained in violation of their fundamental rights.   
As you may be aware, six of the bloggers (Zelalem Kibret, Atnaf Berahane, Natnael Feleke, Mahlet Fantahun, Befeqadu Hailu, and Abel Wabela) and the three journalists (Tesfalem Waldyes, Asmamaw Hailegeorgis, and Edom Kassaye) were arrested in late April, shortly after it was announced that the Zone 9 website would resume its activities after suspending operations because of increasing harassment and surveillance.  
All nine detainees were subsequently held for nearly three months before any specific allegations were presented or formal charges filed against them.  
Most concerning, however, are reports that some of the detainees have complained of serious mistreatment by investigators and that defence lawyers and their clients have been excluded from some of the proceedings.    
Recent reports now indicate that the detained bloggers and journalists have been charged under the widely-criticised 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, including provisions that provide for the death penalty. A seventh blogger, Soleyana Gebremicheal, was also charged in absentia.  
In accordance with the requirements of both Ethiopian and international law, we call on you to ensure that all allegations of torture or other forms of ill-treatment are promptly investigated and that no statements obtained through such means are admitted in court.  
Further, we call on you to ensure that the detainees have full access to the assistance of legal counsel and that the proceedings related to this case are open to the public, the media, and members of the diplomatic community.    
Unfortunately, these prosecutions are only the most recent example of a worrying pattern.  
Outspoken Ethiopian journalists Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu, and Woubshet Taye have all received long prison terms under the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, in trials marred by procedural flaws. Similarly, opposition activists including Andualem Arage have received sentences of up to life imprisonment on such grounds.    
While your office has asserted that the prosecution of these individuals is unrelated to their work as journalists, independent inquiries have found that this is not the case.  For example, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention held that the imprisonment of Mr Nega violated Ethiopia’s obligations under international law and requested his immediate release.  
In addition to procedural violations, the Working Group found that the detention of Mr Nega resulted directly from his exercise of free expression and that the overly broad offences established by the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation constituted “an unjustified restriction on expression rights and on fair trial rights.” Despite such a finding, however, Mr Nega remains in prison.    
Other international bodies have similarly criticized your country’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation for being overly broad and a tool through which freedom of expression is limited. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted a resolution in 2012 stating that it was “gravely alarmed by the arrests and prosecutions of journalists and political opposition members, charged with terrorism and other offences, including treason, for exercising their peaceful and legitimate rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association.”  
This message reinforced an earlier statement by five United Nations special procedure mandate holders, including the Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, which expressed their “dismay at the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression in Ethiopia.” During Ethiopia’s Universal Periodic Review earlier this year, similar concerns were raised by a number of countries, including security allies of Ethiopia such as the United States of America.    
Despite these clear findings that the targeting of writers under the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation is inconsistent with Ethiopia’s international obligations, prosecutors have now charged the seven Zone 9 bloggers and three independent journalists under that very law. As a result, they face exceedingly long prison sentences or even death. Such a practice violates international law and threatens to undermine the legitimacy of international security efforts in the region.   
In light of these serious concerns, we urge you to facilitate the immediate release of all journalists and bloggers imprisoned under the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and to revise the Proclamation to comply with regional and international human rights standards.
1. Amnesty International
2. ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa
3. Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (REDHAC), Central Africa
4. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
5. Civil Rights Defenders, Sweden
6. Coalition pour le Développement et la Réhabilitation Sociale (CODR UBUNTU), Burundi
7. Committee to Protect Journalists
8. Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), South Sudan
9. Conscience International (CI), The Gambia
10. East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
11. Egyptian Democratic Association, Egypt
12. Electronic Frontier Foundation
13. Ethiopian Human Rights Project (EHRP)
14. Elma7rosa Network, Egypt  15. English PEN
16. Freedom Now
17. Front Line Defenders, Dublin  18. Human Rights Watch
19. International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)
20. Ligue des Droits de la personne dans la region des Grands Lacs (LDGL), Great Lakes
21. Ligue Iteka, Burundi
22. Maranatha Hope, Nigeria
23. Media Legal Defence Initiative
24. National Civic Forum, Sudan
25. National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, Kenya
26. Niger Delta Women’s movement for Peace and Development, Nigeria
27. Nigeria Network of NGOs, Nigeria
28. Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, Nigeria
29. PEN American Center  30. PEN International
31. Réseau africain des journalistes sur la sécurité humaine et la paix (Rajosep), Togo
32. Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), Uganda
33. South Sudan Human Rights Defenders Network (SSHRDN), South Sudan
34. South Sudan Law Society, South Sudan
35. Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Tanzania
36. Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC), Uganda
37. Union de Jeunes pour la Paix et le Développement, Burundi
38. WAN-IFRA (The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers)
39. West African Human Rights Defenders Network (ROADDH/ WAHRDN), West Africa
40. Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), Zambia
41. Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Zimbabwe

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

ገብሩ ዋሕናን ሓዳስ ቃርሒትን


ገብሩ ቀጢን ነዊሕ እዩ፡፡ነዊሕ ጥራሕ ግን ሙሉእ ብሙሉእ ኣይገልፆን፤ ብጣዕሚ ነዊሕ እውን እንተኾነ እኹል ኣይኮነን፡፡ ታድኣ ክንብሎ? ሰማይ ዳሱ፡፡ እቲ ብጣዕሚ ዝነውሐ ኣካሉ ግን ክሳዱ እዩ፡፡ርእሱ ዝተጨበጠ ኢድ እያ ዝትመስል፡፡ኣብ መንጎ ኣዒንቱ፣አፍንጫኡን ኣፉን ዘሎ ርሕቐት ዳርጋ ዘሎ መሲሉ ስለዘይርኣየካ ገፁ ገበጣ እዩ ዝመስል፡፡ብምዃኑ ድማ ገለ ገሊኦም ሹማ ይብልዎ፤ሓርኢ እኽሊ በሊዕዎ ፀሊም ጠቐር ኮይኑ ዝቐረየ ሹማ ማሽላ፡፡

እቲ ኻሊእ ብጣዕሚ ዝነውሐ ኣካሉ ድማ ኣብ ምሓውሩ ይርከብ፡፡ ኣእዳውን ኣእጋሩን ናይ ሰብ ከይኮነስ ናይ በራሕለ ግመል እዮም ዝመስሉ፡፡ካብ ፅኩ ንላዕሊ ክሳብ ማእገሩ ዘሎ ኣካሉ ግን ልክዕ ከም ገፁ ብጣዕሚ ዝተቐራረበ ስለዝኾነ ኣየናይ ከብዱ ኣየናይከ ደረቱ ምዃኑ ንምፍላይ ኣፀጋሚ እዩ፡፡ብምዃኑ ድማ ኣብ ማእኸሉ ተለቊሙ ዝተንጠልጠለ መፅዓን እዩ ዝመስል፡፡ምናልባት ድማ ሰጎን ይመስል ክንብሎ ንኽእል፤ መንኮራፍዕቲ ዘይብሉ ስለዝኾነ እምበር፡፡

እቲ ብመስአ እምብር ብመሰንተር ክስንተር ዘይኽእልኻንታት ፀጉሩን ትኹሪር ሕብሩን ዝረኣዩ ሰባት ድማ ፅላሎት ሰይጣን ይብልዎ፡፡ምኽንያቶም እንተብራሕርሁ እውን ክጉዓዝ ከሎ ሸምበብ ሸምበብ ዝብል ፅላሎት ኣጋ ምሸት መሲሉ ስለዝረኣየና ይብሉ፡፡እቲ ኻሊእ መኽንያቶም ድማ ገብሩ ዋሕናን ክመፅአካን ክፍለየካን እንከሎ ስለዘይርአን ድምፂ ስለዘየስምዕን እዩ፡፡ኣሎ እናበልኻዮ የለን፤ የለን እናበልኻዮ እውን ምሳኻ ከፍ ኢሉ ትርእዮ፡፡

ስራሑ እንታይ ከምዝኾነ ዝፍለጥ ነገር የለን፡፡ገብሩ ዋሕናን ኣይሓርስ ኣይዓፅድ፣ ኣይፅህይይ ኣይኹስኩስ፡፡ደርጋ መብዛሕቲኦም ደቂ ሰባት ስለዘግለልዎ መዛቲይቲ፣መባልዕትን መሳቲትን የብሉን፡፡ምስ ገብሩ ዋሕናን ክዛተ ዝኽእል ሰብ ከም እዮብ ዓቅላም ክኸውን ኣለዎ፤ ዘረባ እንተጀሚሩ ክሳብ ዝውድእ ሰለዘየቋርፅ፡፡ገለ ትብል እንተድኣ ኣቋሪፅካዮ ኣብ ምንታይ ከምዝነበረ ስልዝርስዖ ከም ብሓዲሽ እዩ ካብ ፈለማ ዝጅምር፡፡ዝመፅአ ይምፃእ ግን ዘረባኡ ከይወደአ ካብ ከፍ ዝበሎ አይትስእን፤ ዋላ ገዲፍካዮ ተኸድካ እውን ንበይኑ ይቕፅል፡፡

ገለገለ ቀያዕቲ ገብሩ ዋሕናን እኽለማይ ጥዒሙ ኣይፈልጥን ይብሉዋቶ፡፡ታይ ድኣ? ዘረባ ይበልዕ፤ ዘረባ ክዓ ይሓርእ፡፡ውዕል መዓልቲ ኣእዛኑ ድሽ ኣምሲሉ ዘረባ እናመልአ ይውዕል እሞ ምሸት ንምሸቱ ንሓለቕቶቱ የሽርቦም፡፡ንሱ ዘረባ እንተጀሚሩ ከይወደአ ከምዘየቋርፅ ስለዝፈልጡ ድማ ቴፕ ሪከርድር ኣሰናዲዎም ገዲፎምሉ ናብዝሐሾም ይኸዱ፤ ዳሕራይ ተመሊሶም ነቲ ቴፕ ኣፃዊቶም ድማ የዳምፅዎ፡፡

ንበዝሒ እምበር ንፅርይትን ሓቅነትን ዘይግደሱ ሓለቕቶቱ ‹‹ውድብና ኣብ ዓለም ብዓይነቱ ፍልዩ ዝኾነ መቕረፀ ድምፂ ዝወነነት ብሕታዊ ውድብ እያ›› እናበሉ ይምከሕሉ፡፡ገብሩ ዋሕናን ዓይንን እዝንን ኮይኑ መን ፍቕሪ ውድብ ከምዘለዎ፣ መን ከ ፅልኣት ከም ዘሕደረን መምረሒታት ውድብ ከም ዝነፅግን መምዩ ተዘየቕረበልና ነይሩ ዛጊድ ሓፋሽ ምሒው ምደርበየና፡፡እናበሉ ንሱ ዘበርከቶ እጃም ይንእዱ፡፡ይኹን እምበር ዝተዛበዑ ሓበሬታታት ስለዝህቦም ዝተዛበዑ ስጉምቲታት ይወስዱ ከምዘለው ኣይፈልጡን እዮም፡፡እቶም ዝፈልጡ እውን ኣይንታዮምን፡፡

ገብሩ ዋሕናን ዋላ እኳ ንውድብ ወሳኒ ይኹን እምበር ንህዝቢ ግን ሕሱም ፀላኢኡ እዩ፡፡ብምዃኑ እውን ኣብቲ ከባቢኡ ኦፊርኻ እቶ ዝብሎ ሰብ የለን፡፡ኣራዮ ዕንፀይትን ጓሶትን እቲ ከባቢ ከም ዝስዕብ እናበሉ ይደርፍሉ፡፡ደርፊ ይኹን ፀርፊ ግን እቲ ህዝቢ ጥራሕ እዩ ዝፈልጦ፡፡
ገብሩ ዋሕናን ኣንታ ሻሕናን
ደመኛኻ ስሓቕን ፃወታን
ኣባያኻ ሕማምን ፀበባን
ንክትነብር ዶ ኣይተንብረናን
ገብሩ ገብሩ ክፉእ መጋብሩ

ከይቀተልካስ ብደው ምቕባሩ፡፡

ሰበይቲ ገብሩ ዋሕናን ሓዳስ ቃርሒት ትብሃል፡፡ኮፍ ኢላን ጠጠው ኢላን ማዕረቁመት ዘለዋ ፍልይቲ ፍጥረት እያ፡፡መብዛሕቲኡ ግዜ ሰብኣይን ሰበይቲን ሓቢሮም ኣይጉዓዙን እዮም፡፡ሓሓሊፎም ሓቢሮም እንትጉዓዙ ግን ንሳ ቅድሚት ቅድሚት ንሱ ከዓ ድድሕሪኣ ይኽተላ፡፡ንምታይ ተተባሂሉ ‹‹መሰል ደቂ ኣንስትዮ ንዘመናት ተረጊፁ ስለዘነበረ ንምክሕሓስ›› ይብል፡፡ይኹን እምበር ብቑመትን ቅርፂ ሰውነትን ሰለ ዘይመሳሰሉ ሓቢሮም ክጉዓዙ ከለው ኩዕሶ ዘንከባልል ዘሎ እምበር ምስ ብዓልቲ ገዛኡ ዝጉዓዝ ዘሎ ኣይመስልን፡፡

ሓዳስ ቃርሒት ደቂ ኣንስትዮ ዝተዛረብኦ ክትቀድሕ ዝተመደበት ኣንእስተይቲ መቕረፀ ድምፂ እያ፡፡ንሳን ብዓል ገዛኣን ማዕረ ባህሪ እዩ ዘለዎም፡፡ኣዘራርባኦም ድዩ፣ምስ ካልኦት ዘለዎም ርክብ ድዩ፣ ዋላ እውን ዝፅዎ ዓይነት እኽለ ማይ ሓደ ዓይነት፡፡ዕላሎም በቢተራን ነፃን ግልፅን እዩ፡፡ሓደ መሸት ንሳ እንተዕሊላ ንሱ ዘረባኣ ክሳብ ትውድእ ከዳምፃ የምሺ፡፡ንሱ ከዕልል ከሎ እውን ከምኡ፡፡ብምዃኑ ድማ ቪሲዲ፣ቴፕ፣ሬድዮ፣ቴለቪዥን ወዘተ ንከይገዝኡ ወሲኖም፡፡ሞባይል እንውን እንተኾነ ፈለማ ፋሽን ስለዝመሰሎም ገዚኦም ነይሮም፡፡ዝጀመርዎ ዘረባ ክሳብ ዝውድኡ ምኢቲ ቅርሺ ስለዘይትጠቕሞም ግን ዳሕራይ ብሞባይል ምዝርራብ ከም ዘየዋፅኦም ብሓንቲ ድምፂ ተስማዕሚዖም፡፡

እቲ ኣብመንጎ ስብኣይን ሰበይትን ዘሎ ምሒር ምምስሳል ዝተዓዘቡ ጓሶት ከምዚ እናበሉ ይደርፉሎም፡፡
ሎ ገብሩ ዋሕናንን ሎ ሓዳስ ቃርሒትን
ሎ ቃንጪ አመሎም ሎ ቁራፅ ሰያጥን

ሎ መዋስብቲ ዶ ሎ ሓውን ሓፍትን

ክልቲኦም ብውድብ ዘለዎም ተቐባልነት ዝልዓለ እዩ፡፡ኣብ ገለ ገለ ስብሰባታትን መደረታትን ከም መቕረፀ ድምፂ ኣብቕድሚ እቲ ሰብሳቢ ሓብሮም ዝቕመጥሉ እዋን ብዙሑ እዩ፡፡ካብ ስብ ሰራሕ ሪከርድር ንላዕሊ ታኣመንቲ ስለዝኾኑ፡፡ይኹን እምበር ክልቲኦም መኻናት ስለዝኾኑ ንሶም እንተተሰዊኦም ምን ክትክኦም ክምዝኽእል ንመራሕቲ ውድብ ኣብ ፀበባ ኣእቲውዎም ይርከብ፡፡ምኽንያቱ ድማ ኣብቲ ናይ ምትክካእ ፖሊሲ ክፍተት ስለዝፈጥር፡፡ብስልጠና መልክዕ ልምዶም ከየካፍሉ ንሳቶም ተዛሪቦም ክሳብ ዝውድኡ መን ክዕገሶም፡፡ከም ዳይነሶር ካብ ገፅ ምድሪ ከይጠፍኡ ዝሰግአት ህውሓት ናብ ወፃኢ ዓዲ ልኢኻ ብምደቓል ንክተራብሖም ወሲና፡፡

ሕክምና ምድቓል ዝርኢ ወዲ ሰብ ብጣዕሚ ክባር ምስ ምዃኑ ከፊላ ክተራብሖም ስለዘይኽኣለት ድማ ቻይና ንክትሕግዛ ምሕፅንታ ኣቕሪባትላ፡፡ቻይና ንውድብ ንዘይምሕፋር ክትብል ኣብ ነዊሕ ግዜ ብዝኽፈል ልቃሕ ተስማዕሚዓ ብዙሓት ገብሩ ዋሕናናትን ሓዳስ ቃራሒትን እናፍረየትላ ትርከብ፡፡ሐዚ ትግራይ ጥራሕ ከይኮነስ መላእ ኢትዮጵያን ጎረባብቲ ሃገራት ኣፍሪካን እውን በዋሕናናትን ቃራሒትን ክሳብ ጉሮሮአን ቕፅፅ ኢለን ይርከባ፡፡

Saturday, July 12, 2014

ሓርያ የ ማርያ የ፡ ሓምለ ሓሙሽተ(ብዓል ሃወርያ)


ንጭጉራፍ መስረሒ  ዝኸውን ልሕፂ ስራው፣ ጭዓ፣ ባህርዛፍ፣ነጫ  ወዘተ ተላሒፁ፣ ኣብ ፅሓይ ደሪቑ ክፀንሕ ይግበር፡፡ድሕሪኡ ድማ ኣብ ማይ ትኣሊኹ ይቅኒ፤ ምእንታን ክትርክስ፡፡ እቲ ብማይ ንክትርክስ ዝተገበረ ልሕፂ ሽመል ተሸሚሉ እንቦ ሸሞንተ ክሳብ 12(ከከም ክእለትኻ) ብዝኸውን ተኣኒቡ ጭጉራፍ ንክስራሕ ይዳሎ፡፡ ብምቕፃል ድማ ሽሕቆ(ዒቃ) ተሻሒቑ ይሽመል እሞ ጥበብ ኣሰራርሓ ጭጉራፍ ብዕሊ ይጅመር፡፡

እቲ ጭጉራፍ ብቲ ዝተሽመለ ሽሕቖ ዝተወሰነ ልሕፂ ብምጥምጣም ይውጠን፡፡ቀፂሉ እቲ  ብሽመል ዝተጠምጠመ ልሕፂ ክቢ ወይ ከዓ ሙልል ዝበለ ቕርፂ ከምዝሕዝ ገይርኻ ይዕፀፍ እሞ እትን ዝተራኸባ ክልተ ጫፋት እውን ዝተወሰኑ ዙራት ኣስጢምኻ ብምጥምጣም ዓይኒ ጭጉራፍ ይስራሕ፡፡ ብድሕሪኡ ድማ እቲ ልሕፂ ኣብ 8 ተኸፋፊሉ እንትሽመል እቲ ጭጉራፍ እንቦ ኣርባዕተ ይኸውን፡፡ኣብ 16 ተኸፋፊሉ እንትሽመል ድማ እንቦ 8 ሸሞንተ ይኸውን፡፡ኣብ 24ን እንተ ተኸፋፊሉ ድማ እንቦ 12 ክልተ ይኸውን፡፡ ኣብ 48ን እንተተኸፋፊሉ እውን እንቦ 24ን ይኸውን( እዚ ብጣዕሚ ሕልኽልኽ ዝበለን ኩሉ ሰብ ዘይደፍሮን መድከሚ ኣሰራርሓ ጭጉራፍ እዩ)፡፡