EU Lists Ethiopia Over Money Laundering

The ​European Commission blacklisted Ethiopia for being very risky in money laundering and terrorism financing, urging banks situated in Europe to apply enhanced due diligence on financial flows from the country.  Aiming to ensure proper functioning of the European market, the Commission, in its latest regulation released on October 27, 2017, added the country to … Continue reading EU Lists Ethiopia Over Money Laundering

EU Special Rep. for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis Visits Ethiopia to Launch Strategic Engagement on Human Rights and Governance

On civil and political rights, the EUSR encouraged concrete changes to laws and practices to ensure more outlets for citizens to express their views and concerns freely and peacefully, including through independent media, political parties and civil society, in order to promote the country’s sustainable security and stability and social resilience. Stavros Lambrinidis expressed EU concerns over the large number of persons being detained or prosecuted since the protests and continuing under the SoE and called for the respect of due process of law in all cases. He noted that the 2015 general elections had resulted in a House of Representatives without any voices of the political opposition, and encouraged a genuine and inclusive political process to find a constructive way forward and to ensure greater representation of different political parties and views ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections. The release of opposition leaders and others, and the further easing of restrictions and prompt lifting of the State of Emergency, would send an important signal to that direction.

Turkey agrees to take back people who don’t qualify for EU asylum

Diplomats claim breakthrough after Turkish PM pledges to readmit those not permitted to enter EU as asylum applicants hit record numbers Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has been in Brussels in negotiations with Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the European commission. European diplomats are claiming a breakthrough in the continent’s migration crisis after reporting that … Continue reading Turkey agrees to take back people who don’t qualify for EU asylum

Government mulling to hire a lobbying firm to fend off the latest legislative pressure form European Parliament.

During its rule of over two decades, the EPRDF government faces occasional condemnation and at times threats from foreign entities such as the Senate and Congress of the United States, and the European Parliament. Although a distant memory now, there once was a time when western embassies based in Addis Abeba issued regular statements in … Continue reading Government mulling to hire a lobbying firm to fend off the latest legislative pressure form European Parliament.

ኢህአዴግ፡ “ይሉሽን በሰማሽ፣ ገበያ ባልወጣሽ!”

ልክ ከሥራ እንደገባሁ የፌስቡክ ገፄን ስከፍት አንድ ርዕሰ ዜና አነበብኩ፡፡ በጣም ደክሞኝ ስለነበር ዝርዝሩን ለማንበብ አቅሙ አልነበረኝም፡፡ ታዲያ እንደተለመደው ‘በኋላ አነበዋለሁ’ በሚል ዜናውን በገፄ ላይ አካፍዬ (Share) ተውኩት። ትንሽ ቆይቼ የፌስቡክ ገፄን ስከፍት ዜናው በነበረበት አለ። እንዲህ ይላል፣ “የኢትዮጲያ መንግስት በቅርቡ ከአውሮፓ ህብረት ፓርላማ እየደረሰበት ያለውን ጫና ለመከላከል “ደጅ-ጠኚ” ተቋም (lobbying firm) ሊቀጥር ነው” ወደ … Continue reading ኢህአዴግ፡ “ይሉሽን በሰማሽ፣ ገበያ ባልወጣሽ!”