Eskinder Nega Wins 2015 PEN Canada One Humanity Award

By PEN Canada. The Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega will receive PEN Canada’s One Humanity Award on the opening night of the 36th International Festival of Authors (IFOA 36). The award, valued at $5,000, is presented at PEN’s annual gala to a writer whose work transcends the boundaries of national divides and inspires connections across cultures. Mr. Nega, an independent journalist, was arrested in September 2011 under

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Ethiopian Zone 9 bloggers cleared of terrorism charges

BBC. Four Ethiopian bloggers who were detained in April 2014 have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a court in the capital Addis Ababa. The decision means that terror charges have been dropped against all nine of the so-called Zone 9 bloggers, after five were cleared and released in July. Their case inspired a sustained online campaign for their release by activists in Ethiopia

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Ethiopian woman stabbed on bus makes first trip home… in coffin :Community mourns death of Sebele Mekonen

VM Sathish: Emirates 24 News Ethiopian consulate and community in the UAE held a special prayer service in Dubai for the young Ethiopian woman stabbed to death on a bus. Sebele Mekonen, who arrived in Dubai five years ago, had not gone home since, and now, her first trip back home is in a coffin. The body has since been repatriated. The Ethiopian Consul

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Ethiopia: World Bank Translator, Activists Face Trial

(Nairobi) Human Rights Watch– Ethiopian authorities should immediately drop all charges and release a former World Bank translator and two other local activists charged under Ethiopia’s repressive counterterrorism law after trying to attend a workshop on food security in Nairobi, six international development and human rights groups said today. Pastor Omot Agwa was charged by Ethiopian authorities under the anti-terrorism law after being detained for

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