The Ethiopian Law and Justice Society: “The Ethiopian anti-terrorism proclamation is widely discussed and its shortcomings known. What it needs is outright repeal.”

Here is a PDF copy of letters exchanged between Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency and Unity for Democracy and Justice Party regarding an invitation to discuss the anti-terrorism proclamation. The invitation is not from the House of Peoples’ Representatives (federal parliament) or the Council of Ministers, institutions that can repeal or amend the proclamation. As usual, the occasion will serve as a brazen propaganda ploy. A government representative will justify the government’s uncompromising position to retain the proclamation,  blame the opposition for possible link with organizations that want to overthrow the government and threatens them with possible criminal charges. The opposition expresses its opinion on the proclamation and ventilates frustration for lack of interest to repeal or amend it. The discussion will  finally end without any consequences. It’s a repeat of what has happened in the past.

The anti-terrorism proclamation is one of the four legislations the government uses to stifle dissent. The others are : the Mass Media and Freedom of Information Proclamation, Charities and societies proclamation and the recent National Intelligence and Security Services proclamation.

Opposition parties should target repeal of the four proclamations since they are all used for the same purpose. If dissenters are not liable in one they will be in the other.

Here is the latest on the same issue from Addis Admas: “በፀረሽብር አዋጁ ላይ የፓርቲዎች ክርክር መራዘሙን ተቃዋሚዎች አልተቀበሉትም and “የፀረ ሽብር አዋጁ ካልተቀየረ ማንንም አይምርም

The video clip entitled “Journalism under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law” is posted by Al Jazeera in Mar 9, 2013. The following is a brief note on the video. “Our feature takes us to Ethiopia where the US ‘war on terror’ has provided cover for laws that are being used to silence dissident journalists. Reeyot Alemu is one of those journalists – she has been sentenced to five years in jail. Foreign reporters have also been charged under anti-terrorism laws for daring to communicate with opposition groups. The Listening Post’s Nic Muirhead takes a closer look.”

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