Monday, November 10, 2014

Woman missing since October found in Wylie pond

The body of a Wylie woman who vanished on her way to work last month was found Sunday in a pond along her commute route.
Almaz Gebremedhin’s body was found inside her van, Wylie police said. A private search team led authorities to her body.
Gebremedhin, 42, was last seen headed to work just before 5:30 a.m. Oct. 2. The Wylie woman worked about 3 miles from her home.
Her body and van were found Sunday afternoon in the Muddy Creek Farms pond in the 2500 block of McMillen Road, about half a mile from Garnet Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Care, where she worked as an aide.
Gebremedhin, a native of Ethiopia, was married and had two children, a 10-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter.
“It’s a shock,” said Mac Mekonnen, executive director of the Mutual Assistance Association For Ethiopian Community. “This is really going to be a shock to the Ethiopian community.”
The association had established a fund to hire a private investigator and offer a reward for information about her disappearance.
Police said the private detective used a search-and-recovery team from Illinois that began searching for Gebremedhin on Sunday morning.
Dennis Watters of Team Watters Sonar Search & Recovery Inc. said the nonprofit group started by traveling any possible routes Gebremedhin would have taken on her way to work, stopping at any bodies of water to survey with a homemade 32-inch drone boat equipped with side-imaging sonar.
One fenced-in pond on McMillen Road caught Watters’ eye because of a damaged fence post.
“I was suspicious of the damage,” Watters said.
The team got permission from the landowner at Muddy Creek Farms to search.
In less than two minutes, they had found a large object at the bottom of the pond. Watters said the pond was about 8 feet deep and an acre wide. A follow-up sweep revealed a van within seconds.
“Unfortunately for the family, it was [Gebremedhin’s],” Watters said.
At that point, Watters and the search team called Wylie officials.
“We’re professionals. We knew immediately that it was a potential crime scene,” Watters said. “We knew we didn’t have authority to touch the vehicle.”
A Collin County sheriff’s dive team then discovered the van with Gebremedhin’s body inside. Police are investigating how the van ended up in the pond.
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Monday, November 3, 2014


Vote for DC Mayoral Candidate Muriel Bowser

The crowd cheered loudly, when Liqe Tiguahn Fikre said to the DC Mayoral Candidate, "thank you for also coming with the traditional beautiful netela, (traditional Ethiopian, Hand-woven, Cotton.)”

On her last Sunday Campaign, the front runner Democratic Mayoral candidate, Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), stopped by at Debre Mihret Kidus Michael, an Ethio­pian Orthodox Church (St. Michael) in Washington D.C., Yesterday, Nov 2, 2014.

Speaking to Zethipia Newspaper and a congregation gathered at the church, Bowser explained her seven years’ experience and partnerships with the Ethiopian community.

“As council member I learned so much about the issues that affecting the Ethiopian Community.”
She also said, “I promise you this: You’ll have a seat at the table, a hard worker and somebody who’s going to respect your views and make sure you have a voice in the District of Columbia.”
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Saturday, October 25, 2014


Friday, October 17, 2014

UN experts urge Ethiopia to stop using anti-

terrorism legislation to curb human rights


GENEVA (18 September 2014) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country, amid reports that people continue to be detained arbitrarily.

The experts' call comes on the eve of the consideration by Ethiopia of a series of recommendations made earlier this year by members of the Human Rights Council in a process known as the Universal Periodic Review which applies equally to all 193 UN Members States. These recommendations are aimed at improving the protection and promotion of human rights in the country, including in the context of counter-terrorism measures.

“Two years after we first raised the alarm, we are still receiving numerous reports on how the anti-terrorism law is being used to target journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders and opposition politicians in Ethiopia,” the experts said. “Torture and inhuman treatment in detention are gross violations of fundamental human rights.”

“Confronting terrorism is important, but it has to be done in adherence to international human rights to be effective,” the independent experts stressed. “Anti-terrorism provisions need to be clearly defined in Ethiopian criminal law, and they must not be abused.”

The experts have repeatedly highlighted issues such as unfair trials, with defendants often having no access to a lawyer. “The right to a fair trial, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to freedom of association continue to be violated by the application of the anti-terrorism law,” they warned.

“We call upon the Government of Ethiopia to free all persons detained arbitrarily under the pretext of countering terrorism,” the experts said. “Let journalists, human rights defenders, political opponents and religious leaders carry out their legitimate work without fear of intimidation and incarceration.”

The human rights experts reiterated their call on the Ethiopian authorities to respect individuals’ fundamental rights and to apply anti-terrorism legislation cautiously and in accordance with Ethiopia’s international human rights obligations.

“We also urge the Government of Ethiopia to respond positively to the outstanding request to visit by the Special Rapporteurs on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and on the situation of human rights defenders,” they concluded.

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(*) The experts: Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson; Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai; Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye; Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst; Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Gabriela Knaul; Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez.

Special Procedures is the largest body of independent experts in the United Nations Human Rights system. Special Procedures is the general name of the independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms of the Human Rights Council that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Currently, there are 38 thematic mandates and 14 mandates related to countries and territories, with 73 mandate holders.

Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity

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ይህን ቅርስ በአደራ ጠብቀውና ተከላክለው ያቆዩት ብ/ር ጄነራል ፍሬሰንበት አምዴ ነበሩ። በቅርቡ ከዚህ ዓለም በሞት ተለይተዋል። ላለፉት 30 ዓመታት ቤተመንግሥትን በዋናነት ሲያስተዳድሩ ከነበሩት ጄነራል ፍሬሰንበት ህይወት ጋር አብሮ የሚጻፍ ብዙ ታሪክ አለ። ለምሳሌ እነዚህ ይገኙበታል (ለማንበብ ፎቶ ግራፉን ይጫኑ)