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Sunday July 20, 2014

Anti-Terror Proclamation

By JESSICA EATON Ethiopia's Anti-Terror Proclamation, signed into law in 2009, proclaims the "right of the people to live in peace, freedom and security." But in practice the overly broad legislation has been used by the government to terrorize political dissenters. Last week six Zone Nine Ethiopian bloggers and three independent journalists became the latest victims of the Anti-Terror Proclamation. A judge at the Federal High Court accused the men and women of collaborating with Ginbot Seven, a terrorist group, and receiving training in explosives from abroad. "I don't think becoming a blogger makes anyone immune if somebody involves into this terrorist network that destabilizes my country," the judge said. Endalkachew Michael, a Zone Nine blogger living in exile, lamented the tragic irony: "The government has also accused us of associating with two ideologically hostile opposition groups which are outlawed. The paradox is that we have been very critical of these outlawed political parties." The name Zone Nine was inspired by Zone Eight, the section of the Addis Ababa prison where journalists are traditionally held. The bloggers say Zone Nine represents the invisible prison that surrounds all Ethiopian citizens. The Zone Nine motto posted on the website is simple: "We blog because we care." With an election approaching, what the Ethiopian government cares about is protecting its power, not its people. Unfortunately, Ethiopia is part of a broader trend on the African continent. And so long as investigative journalism and healthy political criticism are derided as treasonous, authoritarian states like Ethiopia will fail to develop into mature democracies.

First Hijrah's Statement Denouncing today's Unprovoked brutal actions of the Ethiopian security forces against the peaceful worshipers .

July 18, 2014
Once again, Ethiopian Muslims came under unprovoked attack by Ethiopian security forces while peacefully conducting Friday congregational prayer at the grand Anwar mosque. Thousands were seen loaded on tracks and takes to prisons and jails around Addis Ababa. The Federal police officers were seen lobbing tear gases inside the mosque compound yet they sealed the exits preventing those inside the mosque affected by the tear gas from leaving. Families are searching for their loved ones who are in state of fast for their whereabouts.
The First Hijrah Foundation, an organization of Ethiopian Muslims in Washington, DC Metro Area, strongly denounces the continued barbaric actions the Ethiopian government takes against the peaceful Muslims of Ethiopia.
We urge all peace loving people of the world to support the peaceful movement of Ethiopian Muslims for justice and freedom of religion and denounce the Ethiopian Government’s undemocratic and repressive policies.
Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.
The First Hijrah Foundation

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