HRW urges Ethiopia and Eritrea to address alleged rights violations

Human Rights Watch has called on Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea to address alleged human rights abuses as the two countries continue to normalise relations. The US-based group said "now that Eritrea and Ethiopia have finally made peace with each other, it’s high time they each worked to protect the basic rights

Ethiopia now wants United Nations to lift sanctions against Eritrea

Ethiopia has called on the United Nations to lift sanctions against Eritrea after the two east African neighbours signed a declaration ending decades of conflict. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made the request during a visit to Addis Ababa by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday, state-affiliated media Fana said. The

Ethiopia to remove three rebel groups from terrorism list

Ethiopia's cabinet has requested the country's federal parliament to remove three leading opposition groups from a government list of terror entities. "Cabinet has submitted a resolution to Parliament for ratification that will rescind the designation of OLF, ONLF & Ginbot 7 as terrorist groups," tweeted Fitsum Arega, the Ethiopian prime minister's

Ethiopia welcomes historic Eritrean delegation with flowers and red carpet

Two months ago, nobody would have ever imagined it but it's happening. On Tuesday, a high-level Eritrean government delegation arrived in Ethiopia for talks on ending decades-old tensions between the two east African neighbours. The Eritrean delegation included foreign affairs minister Osman Saleh and Yemane Gebreab, an advisor to President Isias Afewerki. On

Ethiopia lifts ban on Oromo Media Network

Ethiopia has lifted a ban on a popular Oromo-language television station as part of reforms being carried out by the country's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The US-based Oromo Media Network (OMN) was banned by the Ethiopian government more than a decade ago over alleged "terror" links. According to Ethiopia's Addis Standard

Somalia’s president condemns ‘senseless’ Ethiopia blast

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has condemned a grenade attack at a large rally in Addis Ababa in which at least one person was killed. Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed attended the rally at Meskel square and was evacuated from the venue where he addressed supporters, moments after an explosion

Djibouti calls Addis Ababa blast ‘attempted attack’ on Ethiopian PM

The president of Djibouti has called a grenade explosion in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, an "attempted attack on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed". President Ismail Omar Guelleh said on Twitter that Djibouti "strongly" condemned the blast. He blamed "small groups who want to oppose...bold reforms" in Ethiopia for the blast. "We strongly condemn