September 4th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

SOCEPP Canada condemns the prohibition of the publication and distribution of the news paper, FINOTE NETSANET, by the Ethiopian authorities. Such action is against the basic right of the freedom of expression. The Ethiopian people have the right to expect the full respect of their inalienable rights of free speech.

In the last two decades, international press associations and human rights groups have variously and clearly established that the ruling group in Ethiopia has been among the top five violators of freedom of the press in the entire Africa. The new rulers have to disassociate themselves from such tainted history of abuse of the Meles era and follow a new path of respect for the basic rights of the Ethiopian people. Doing this only serves the best interests of all including the ruling EPRDF.

We demand that the ruling group lift immediately the restriction placed on FINOTE NETSANET as well as many others and refrain from further interference in the freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression without limitations.

We also urge the new rulers to take practical and wide ranging steps to show their renewed commitment, if they commit to do so, towards the full respect of human and democratic rights in Ethiopia. Such practical steps include, but are not limited to:

-The immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience,
-Disclose the whereabouts of the disappeared, and
-Devise a credible and transparent plan of action as to engage the opposition in a genuine national dialogue in order to create a transition that is acceptable to all.


  1. aha!
    | #1

    Human right violations, common to all political parties, factions and all ethnic groups and religious denomiations is a matter subjet to a judicial process either by the ICC and after a truly democratic government is created following the non-violent uprising to individual freedom, liberty and equality to supecede ethnic and secessionist rights.
    It is not what one expects from the TPLF/eprdf regime, embracing ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarianism in which economic and political freedom are at stake for the silent majority of Ethiopians, just by lifting press freedom alone without dismantling ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism built into the constitution and resorting to the old provincial boundries with assorted ethnic groups living in harmoney in a cooperative and competetive manner in a free maket and mixed economic model of a democratic country, and developing the country along ecological zones as the Rift Valley , the northern and central highlands, the South Eastern Higlands and the subtropical savanah zones of the west and the south western Ethiopia with the $800 million dollar grants from the USA alone.

  2. Nebelbal
    | #2

    Still bitching about human rights…The TPLF recruiting cadres are also in full swing…

    We haven’t done that yet!!!!
    In the mean time…

    The TPLF youth recruit cadre Samuel Gebru is in full swing too under an ngo

    Ambassador Battle Discusses People to People Relationships between the U.S. and Africa

    Ambassador Michael Battle with Mr. Samuel M. Gebru, Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Global Initiative (EGI),
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – On August 15, 2012, U.S. Mission to the African Union (USAU) Ambassador Michael Battle met with Mr. Samuel M. Gebru, Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Global Initiative (EGI), for a brief discussion on U.S. policy on Africa and Ethiopia. Mr. Gebru briefed Ambassador Battle on how EGI is working to harness the skills and talents of students and professionals in the Diaspora to support Ethiopia’s transformation. The two discussed ways to strengthen EGI’s activities and eventually introduce projects in other African countries. The Ambassador expressed his appreciation and support for the Initiative’s vision and encouraged Mr. Gebru to continue not only enhancing the people to people relations between Ethiopia and the United States, but to encourage similar exchanges across the African continent.

  3. Jadoo
    | #3

    i prey for your country and its leaders not to fall in to the same trap as the previous ones. Respecting freedom is the right thing to do.

  4. Abel
    | #4

    You guys have lived here in the US to long. What human rights are you talking about. Where do you see human rights, there is no huma rights anywhere in this world.

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