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SALAT MAN' IS SYMBOL OF RESISTANCE FOR MUSLIMS IN ETHIOPIA
BBN Radio Amharic
Friday 27, 2015
(Washington, DC) – The World Bank should fully address serious human rights issues raised by the bank’s internal investigation into a project in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the bank’s vice president for Africa. The bank’s response to the investigation findings attempts to distance the bank from the many problems confirmed by the investigation and should be revised. The World Bank board of directors is to consider the investigation report and management’s response, which includes an Action Plan, on February 26, 2015.
The Inspection Panel, the World Bank’s independent accountability mechanism, found that the bank violated its own policies in Ethiopia. The investigation was prompted by a formal complaint brought by refugees from Ethiopia’s Gambella region concerning the Promoting Basic Services (PBS) projects funded by the World Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the African Development Bank, and several other donors.
“The Inspection Panel’s report shows that the World Bank has largely ignored human rights risks evident in its projects in Ethiopia,” said Jessica Evans, senior international financial institutions researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The bank has the opportunity and responsibility to adjust course on its Ethiopia programming and provide redress to those who were harmed. But management’s Action Plan achieves neither of these goals.”
The report, leaked to the media in January, determinedthat “there is an operational link” between the World Bank projects in Ethiopia and a government relocation program known as “villagization.” It concluded that the bank had violated its policy that is intended to protect indigenous peoples’ rights. It also found that the bank “did not carry out the required full risk analysis, nor were its mitigation measures adequate to manage the concurrent rollout of the villagisation programme.” These findings should prompt the World Bank and other donors to take all necessary measures to prevent and address links between its programs and abusive government initiatives, Human Rights Watch said.
By Temelkatch Part 3
The tactics chosen by the Ethiopian government in the summer of 2011 were self-contradictory. By defining Islamic Fundamentalism as the internal threat, with the encouragement of Israel and the United States, they then pursued a program which increased the social base of the opposition. Even worse from the point of view of the government, they did so in such a way which brought out the values that posed the greatest threat to their continued existence, non-violent protest, and a demand for democratic representation.
In order to understand what happened, an analogy might be useful. Suppose Barak Obama announced that Roman Catholicism in America was being rapidly undermined by a cabal that was intent on turning the United States into a Papist theocracy. Washington also alleged that a large number of priests in the Catholic hierarchy in the U.S. had been won over to this project.
The solution adopted by the government was to bring in a new Catholic priesthood that would restore Latin and the Arian heresy, as well as possessing the power to excommunicate any Catholics who did not follow the new rules.
Parish priests would be thrown out and replaced. Teaching of scripture would be banned. Bishops and Archbishops would be sent packing and replaced by others handpicked by the government, loyal to the new cult. Faculty at Catholic universities would be summarily dismissed and replaced by others willing to follow the new line. Women would be banned from covering their heads with scarves and shawls during the mass.
There would be a complete ban on media reporting of all of this and journalist who did so would be arrested and thrown in Jail.
Priests who resisted would also be jailed, along with those who continued to teach scripture. Women who wore shawls in church would be subject to abuse, including being paraded in the street, sexually abused, and forced to disrobe.