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  • Ethiopia's state of emergency eased but likely to be extended

    Part of the state of emergency that Ethiopia declared in October 2016 is now lifted. Arbitrary arrests without court orders and conducting searches without court papers no more apply.

     The latest order has also lifted bans and restrictions put on radio, television and theatre mediums. Neither security forces can enter and search private premises without orders from courts and they are denied the ability to detain suspects incommunicado, the Minister said. However, he stopped short of disclosing if and whether the state of emergency be lifted within the six-month deadline the government set upon passing the decree, attributing it to lingering security concerns and “isolated attempts” for violent protests. The Minister disclosed that surveys carried out by the government show that “majority of the people” polled favour the possible extension of the state of emergency.

    In a presser, Defense minister Siraj Fegessa listed the parts of the law that are lifted:
    ፨ Police can no longer conduct searches without warrants,
    ፨ Police is no more allowed to hold detainees incommunicado,
    ፨ No more curfews restricting access to industrial sites
    ፨ No more monitoring of inciting media contents,
    The easement however shows the possibility of an extension to the State of Emergency.

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  • Ethiopian man imprisoned for 10 years and deported to Ethiopia for Cutting his daughter's genital

    A man who in 2006 became the first person in the United States to be convicted of female genital cutting was deported on Monday to his home country, Ethiopia, after serving 10 years in prison, federal authorities said.

    The man, Khalid Adem, 41, used scissors to remove the clitoris of his 2-year-old daughter in his family’s Atlanta-area apartment in 2001, prosecutors in Gwinnett County, Ga., said. He was convicted of aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

    The case led to a state law prohibiting the practice, which was already prohibited by a federal law and is a common social ritual in parts of the world but is broadly condemned.
    “A young girl’s life has been forever scarred by this horrible crime,” Sean W. Gallagher, a field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement on Tuesday.
    “The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large.”

    The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 200 million girls and women have been cut in 30 countries, mostly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The procedure, which involves the removal of parts of the genitalia, is typically performed on girls before they turn 15 and leads to a wide range of lifelong health consequences, including chronic infection, childbirth complications, psychological trauma and pain during urination, menstruation and intercourse.

    The practice is far from unheard-of in the United States. Though it is illegal under federal law, about half a million women have undergone the procedure or are likely to be subjected to it, according to a 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Cutting has presented new challenges for doctors as the number of African immigrants in the United States has grown. In 2013, lawmakers extended the federal ban to include “vacation cutting,” in which American-born girls are sent to other countries to have the cutting performed.
    I.C.E. has arrested at least 380 people and has deported 785 known or suspected human rights violators since 2003, the agency said.

    In 2016, Unicef said the rate of cuttings had declined over three decades, with adolescents about one-third less likely to be cut than 30 years ago.

    Picture Source: Khalid Adem in 2006. - Jason Braverman/Gwinnett Daily Post, via Associated Press

    Source: New York Times

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  • Ethiopia declares three days of national mourning for the 72 victims of garbage dump landslide

    Ethiopian House of Peoples' Representative has declared three days national mourning for the victims of garbage dump landslide in the outskirts of Addis Ababa. The three days national mourning will be observed as of Wednesday, 15th March 2017. Accordingly, Ethiopian flags in all regional states and two city administrations and in all Ethiopian Embassies and on Ethiopian owned ships will be flown half-mast for the respect of the victims.

    In a related news, the death toll after garbage dump landslide has reached 72 so far. According to Addis Ababa City Administration Communication Affairs Office, 320 inhabitants of the area have been evacuated to safer areas and the search for missing residents continues. 

     Ethiopia has made funeral of the victims yesterday. 

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