Mager Media News Update – Thursday, July 28, 2022 (Hamle 21, 2014 EC)

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Mager Media News Update – Thursday, July 28, 2022 (Hamle 21, 2014 EC)

Today’s news updates from Mager Media are as follows:

  • Sweden suspends monetary assistance to the Ethiopian government after lobbying efforts from local Amhara community to inform Swedish officials about the genocide against Amharas;
  • The Shewa Amhara Youth Association (AYA) issued a call to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and
  • Journalist and editor of “Feteh” Magazine Temesgen Dessalegn and elderly journalist and historian Tadios Tantu were denied bail.

The Amhara community in Sweden met with policymakers to inform them of the state-sanctioned Amhara genocide and ethnic cleansing

Mager Media has learned that Amharas living in Sweden met with Swedish government officials to inform them of the state-sanctioned Amhara genocide and there is already results underway.

The Swedish government through its foreign minister has expressed while it will continue providing humanitarian relief through international charity organizations and not through the government of Abiy Ahmed and that they would ensure the matter would be brought before the European Union.

The Amhara-Swedish community explained that the decision by the Foreign Ministry followed the Amhara community preparing documentation detailing the case of the Gimbi massacre when Amharas were brutally killed in the Gimbi Woreda of West Wollega Zone (Oromia Region).

The decision of the Swedish government to cease monetary assistance to the Ethiopian government occurred days after meeting representatives and members from the Amhara-Ethiopian organizations in Sweden

Prior to this as well, Amhara organizations in Sweden prepared documentation regarding the Amhara genocide, ethnic-based human rights violations and killings which it submitted to the Swedish Legislative Council.

The Shewa Amhara Youth Association (AYA) issued a call to the United Nations Human Rights Commission 

The Shewa Amhara Youth Association (AYA) issued a call for adequate investigations into ongoing human rights violations and ethnic cleansing to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission in a written letter.

In the letter written by the organization to the UN Commission,over 2,000 Amharas were killed in West Wollega and Qelem Wollega Zones on June 18 and July 4, 2022 (Sene 11 and Sene 27, 2014 EC), respectively, as part of the state-sanctioned Amhara genocide, which requires independent investigations on an international scale.

The UN Human Rights Council deployed a commission to investigate international human rights violations committed as part of the war in Ethiopia, and the commission is currently visiting Ethiopia until this coming Saturday, July 30, 2022 (Hamle 23, 2014 EC).

The UN Commission issued a call for individuals, groups and organizations to submit documentation and evidence of human rights violations until July 31, 2022. All those interested to submit this evidence will have their identities and security protected and may issue questions to the commission via e-mail using the address: ohchr-ichreethiopia@un.org

Amhara organizations in the diaspora already met with the investigations group prior to their trip to Ethiopia during which they had discussions requesting the investigative period be extended and for independent investigations into the state-sanctioned Amhara genocide as previously reported by Mager Media.

The Ethiopian Government on its side detailed to the UN Commission in discussions that it was open to facilitate investigations if certain preconditions were met.

Over the past 4 years, Amhara residents across various parts of Wollega, Oromia Region suffered a great number of horrific mass killings and ethnic cleansing.

Journalists Tadios Tantu and Temesgen Dessalegn were denied bail

The First Anti-Terrorism and Constitutional Affairs Federal High Court denied bail rights to detained journalists Tadios Tantu and Temesgen Dessalegn in the amounts of 15,000 birr and 100,000 birr, respectively, today, on July 28, 2022 (Hamle 21, 2014 EC) despite previously granting bail in these amounts. 

Today, July 28, 2022 (Hamle 21, 2014 EC), the court ruled on bail rights of detained journalists Tadios Tantu and Temesgen Dessalegn. The court denied the journalists bail and ruled for their cases to be followed from prison.

In addition, the prosecution in the case of Balderas for True Democracy (Balderas) Party official Sintayehu Chekol called for additional time for investigations to which the court provided an additional 12 days for an alternative court date of Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (Nehase 3, 2014 EC).

Similarly, National Movement of Amhara (NaMA) party official and representative in Misraq Gojjam, Mr. Kinfmelak Kassa, and 17 Fano leaders and members (including Fano Asmamaw Molla and Fano Genanaw) were brought to court in Injibara.

Prior to this, their criminal investigation was closed and the prosecution was prepared to comment on bail, for which the court provided two court dates. Despite this, in today’s court session, an alternative court date was provided for the third time, for the oncoming Monday, August 1, 2022 (Hamle 25, 2014 EC).

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