W E L C O M E ♦ እንኳን ደህና መጡ !
Ethiopiawinnet upholds the firm conviction that no democratic system can be viable in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa in the absence of a citizenry that is poverty-free, and fully aware of the rights and responsibilities of free citizenship to ensure the accountability of power-holders.
History teaches us that it is active and constructive civic engagement in public affairs, not just political parties or business society, which provides the necessary seedbed for the emergence of capable and accountable political leaders, business leaders, civil and military bureaucracies, and professional associations.
Our Call: Please be civic minded and support the common cause of an expanded civic, political, and economic space in Ethiopia and elsewhere. Democracy, the inclusively enduring and liberty-based variety, must be built from the bottom up—one free-minded and fair-minded Ethiopian citizen at a time.
“የኢትዮጵያ ወጣቶች፡- እንኮራባችኋለን!!”
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We wish to introduce ourselves here, alert you about new developments, invite you to explore our website, and encourage you to join your favorite CSO.
We are a non-partisan, international, and rights-based civic organization committed to two goals: to promote respect for the internationally recognized rights of all Ethiopians, and to uphold the pedigreed and indivisible unity of the Ethiopian people.
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የሕዝብ አንድነት ለሃገር ሉዓላዊነት ምሰሶው ነው፥
የዜጎች ሉዓላዊነት ደግሞ ለዲሞክራሲያዊ ስርዓት መሰረቱ ነው::
ህዝብ በደሙ ያፈራቸውን መብቶች ማንም ሊቀማው አይችልም፥
የህዝባችንን የተቀናጀ የነዓነት ትግል በአድናቆት እንደግፋለን!!
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- We invite you to read the Citizens Charter (የዜጎች ቃልኪዳን) for details.
- PLEASE VISIT US REGULARLY.
- Scroll down to “What is New.”
Open Letter to the People of Ethiopia and International Stakeholders, September 2, 2016
We in Ethiopiawinnet, a rights-based global civic organization committed to a united and democratic Ethiopia, would once again like to bring to your attention the extremely grave crisis currently unfolding in the Gonder and Gojam regions of some 20 million people. In the Amhara Regional State in northwestern Ethiopia, the situation is fast turning from one of state-led crime against humanity to one of genocide. Following nearly a year of defiant protests in several parts of the Oromia Regional State in southwestern and southeastern Ethiopia as well as in the capital city of Addis Ababa itself, and public protests against government interference in the religious affairs of Ethiopian Muslims earlier, the civil disobedience campaign against a tyrannical minority regime has moved north presently engulfing some two-thirds of the 100 million people of Ethiopia…
To the Ethiopian People:
- With admiration and respect, we support your gallant and peaceful struggle for a united country under the rule of law and an accountable government.
- We wish to note the exemplary way protestors in Gonder and Gojam expressed their empathy with those in Oromia, Gambella, and elsewhere in the country thereby turning defeating the divide-and-rule strategy of the tribalist regime and its odious apartheid policy.
- We urge you to intensify your exemplary and historic struggle for freedom by employing a multitude of tactics (such as boycotting regime-owned businesses) which would minimize the risk to human life while upholding the core values of Ethiopiawinnet.
- We encourage you, the youth of Ethiopia, toward the immediate promise a transitional government which will soon be formed in a manner that is inclusive of all stakeholders to finally burry totalitarianism–of the Left or the Right.
To the TPLF Regime:
- We would like to remind you that the government you captured by force will be taken away from you soon. Your will to continue to forcibly impose yourself on a proud people is visibly wilting as millions overcome their fear of a mirage—your tiresomely choreographed propaganda of invincibility.
- Having taken to heart that you are unequivocally rejected by every sector of society, you will do well to minimize the damage to the country, not to mention to learn from the Derg and ensure your future as ordinary citizens, by standing aside as a transitional government is formed. Humvees and mercenary sharpshooters aiming at unarmed citizens will not save you from the wrath of an enraged citizenry, and must instead prepare to submit to the merciful judgment of a Peace, Truth, and Reconciliation process under an inclusive transitional government of national unity or under politically-neutral technocrats. [press here to read in full]
ETHIOPIAWINNET’S VIRGINIA DECLARATION, August 7, 2016
TPLF’s Atfto-Metfat Faces the Day of Reckoning
After issuing so many press releases urging respect for the internationally-recognized human rights of political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, Muslim protestors, Amara victims of ethnic cleansing, Ethiopian immigrants in the Middle East, and the border giveaway, we are impelled to issue yet another one. But this time, the stakes are much higher. It is no less than the impending demise of the totalitarian TPLF/EPRDF regime—arguably the only rabidly anti-Ethiopian regime to hold state power in our long historical memory. A sober assessment and a bold declaration is, therefore, in order.
The facts have been crystal clear for some time now. Ethnic-based faux federalism has by design proved politically polarizing. It has recklessly endangered the social fabric of a resilient and special country which, until very recently, has gone further than most African countries toward establishing a meritocratic civil service and a professional military. Ethnocentrism in its retrograde forms has instead facilitated minority rule under a Tigrean supremacist dictatorship. Its myopic divide-and-rule nature has also facilitated capture by the TPLF and its satellites of the upper echelons of the civil, military and security services, the modern economy, the state enterprises, valuable urban and rural real estate, and much of the urban-based private sector.
The deeply insecure, narrowly-based, and widely despised regime has been answering the demand for “voice” by citizens, petitioned peacefully through the legally-sanctioned process, with unmitigated and unprovoked violence. As many international and national human rights organizations have meticulously documented, any attempt to exercise the basic freedoms of speech, assembly, petition, voting, religion, and the like has been answered by a dictatorship claiming 100 percent of the parliamentary seats accompanied with unprovoked killings, targeted evictions, and mass incarceration—the most recent examples come from Addis Ababa, Ogaden, Gambella, Bahir-Dar, Konso, Oromia, and Gondar. Read more . . .
The Battle Adwa Day 2016
(የአድዋ ድል መታሰቢያ ቀን)
March 1, 1896 — March 1, 2016
120th ANNIVERSARY OF A WORLD-CLASS
VICTORY BY MENELIK’S ETHIOPIA
OVER ITALIAN COLONIALISM
Quotable quotes from Raymond Jonas, The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011):
“Adwa reminds us that the only freedom we truly possess is the freedom we are able to defend. Only on the scale of Ethiopia itself could resistance have succeeded.
The Adwa campaign spanned five months and 580 miles. It was rivaled among nineteenth century military campaigns only by Napoleon’s Russian campaign, which took three months and logged 490 miles. Unlike Napoleon’s Russian campaign, the Adwa campaign ended in victory. This is greatness.
Finally, Adwa was a victory not only for Ethiopia but also for Africa and for people everywhere who stood athwart the presumed path of history.”
International Human Rights Day 2015
(አለም-አቀፍ የሰብዓዊ መብቶች ቀን)
December 10, 2015 (read our press release here…)
Ethiopiawinnet–“pan-Ethiopian identity, nay a pan-African identity (Ethiopianism),” is, of course, rather age-old. What is newsworthy is the birth in the fall of 2012 of a united, international and rights-based civic organization that seeks to advance a vision of Ethiopiawinnet which melds the collective identity of those who cherish their heritage in greater Ethiopia with modern democratic values of equality, justice, and freedom for all. …read more
By Ethiopiawinnet, we mean . . .
- The primacy (but not exclusivity) of the citizenship-based national identity over locality, ethnicity, religion, class or any other parochial identity.
- What makes Ethiopia exceptional among traditional societies are the strong bond and abiding belief that the destiny of its diverse citizens is shared, and that its future is bright only when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. …read more
Professor Adugnaw Worku on Ethiopiawinnet Patriotism (click here) &
- «ኢትዮጵያ አገሬ » remix (listen).
- “ዘረኝነት ጉድ ፈላበት” አቶ በትሩ ገ/እግዚአብሔር . . . read more
◊ What is New ◊
Second Ethiopiawinnet Civic Education Symposium:
“Re-imagining the Modern Ethiopian State: Civic Nationalism,
Centralization, and Self-Governing Regional Polities”
“ኢትዮጵያ ባዲስ እይታ፦ ዜጋዊ ብሔረተኝነት፡
ማእከላዊነትና ራስገዝ የክፍለሃገር አስተዳደር ስርዓት”
SHERATON TYSONS HOTEL
8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182 (USA)
Saturday, August 6, 2016
8:15 – 8:45 Registration of presenters and invited guests
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome: Ato Betru Gebregziabher, Chair, Ethiopiawinnet
Opening Remarks: Professor Alemante G. Selassie, Convener
9:30 -11:00 Panel 1. Ethiopiawinnet as a Transcendental Identity (ሁሉን-አቀፍ ማንነት)
Dr. Haile Larebo, “እውነቱ ቢታወቅ፣ የኢትዮጵያዊነት ፋይዳው፤ አርነትና እኩልነት ወይንም ባርነትና ልዩነት”
Dr. Shumet Sishagne, “ኢትዮጵያዊነት ለምን?”
Dr. Tesfaye Demmelash, “ሙሉ ኢትዮጵያዊነት ዛሬ – የአነሳስ፣ የአስተሳሰብና የስልት ርብራብ”
11: 15 – 12:15 Panel 2. Ethiopian Federalism: Presidential versus Parliamentary
Dr. Walle Engedayehu, “An Exploratory Study on the Restructuring of the System of Government in Ethiopia, and the Search for an Electoral System Best Suited for Democratic Governance.”
1:30 – 3:00 Panel 3. Revisiting Ethiopia’s Regional Administrative Systems
Dr. Assefa Mehretu, “Ethnopolitical “Killils” and their Adverse Impact on Collective Identity and Spatial Integration in Ethiopia”
Dr. Mulatu Wubneh, “Ethnic Identity Politics and the Restructuring of Administrative Units in Ethiopia”
3:15-5:00 Wrap Up: Lessons for a Post-EPRDF Transition
Chair: Dr. Berhanu Abegaz, “What Have We Learned from the Two Symposia, and What Remains to be Explored?”
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First Ethiopiawinnet Civic Education Symposium:
“Ethiopia’s Transition to an Inclusive Economic and Political Order”
“ሁሉን-ዜጎች አሳታፊ የኢኮኖሚና የፖለቲካ ስርዓት ሽግግር በኢትዮጵያ”
Opening remarks are now available on Youtube:
1. Go to the “Symposium” page, and click on the speaker in the list; or
2. Go to Youtube.com and search by name (Ato Betru Gebregziabher, Dr. Berhanu Abegaz, Lt. Ayal-Sew Dessye, Dr. Aklog Birara, Dr. Msmaku Asrat, Dr. Berhanu Mengistu, Ato Betru, and Ato Ephrem Madebo).
- … Symposium Program Brochure.final version.
- Publications: Selected papers have been published in a special issue of the International Journal of Ethiopian Studies (November 30, 2015).
- Please visit tsehaipublishers.com to obtain your copy for just $25. Below are the Contents of the special issue: (click on the underlined/bolded to see the cover page).
- Imagining Inclusionary Institutions in Ethiopia by Alemante Gebreselassie and Berhanu Abegaz
- The Case for a New Constitution for Ethiopia by Alemante Gebreselassie
- A Pathway from Exclusionary to Inclusionary State and Market Institutions for Ethiopia by Berhanu Abegaz
- Ethiopia’s Post-EPRDF Transition: Challenges in Identifying and Defining the Major Stakeholders by Erku Yimer
- ለውጥ በኢትዮጵያ፤ ድኅረ-ሕወሓት/ኢሕአዴግ – ምን ዓይነት ሽግግር፣ እንዴት? በአያልሰው ደሴ
- ህገ መንግስት – የዴሞክራሲያዊ ሽግግር ሂደት መቋጠሪያ በነገደ ጎበዜ
- Separation of Law and Morality: The Art of Constitution Making by Tecola W. Hagos
- Citizens Charter for a Democratic Ethiopia ………………………163
- የዜጎች ቃል-ኪዳን ለዴሞክራሲያዊት ኢትዮጵያ ………………………… 175
- Donald Levine, Ph.D. (1921 – 2015)
- Said Sheikh Samatar, Ph.D. (1943 – 2015)
- Mesfin Araya, Ph.D. (1943 – 2015)
- ሙሉጌታ ሉሌ (1933 – 2008)
- Blog 11. “በኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ቤተ ክርስቲያን የጽሑፍ ቅርስ ላይ ከአለኝ ትዝብት ” ዶ/ር ጌታቸው ኃይሌ (February 2016).
- Blog 10. “The Fascist Invasion of Ethiopia and the Pope” by Rev. Dr. Mikre-Sellassie G/Ammanuel (December 2015).
♦ ሕዝባዊ መግለጫዎች ♦ PRESS RELEASES
- The 2015-16 Ethiopian Famine: Yet Another Avoidable Tragedy is Underway! (November 16, 2015). Get the full text here …
- በአፍሪካና በመካከለኛዉ ምስራቅ በወገኖቻችን ላይ በደረሰው የግፍ ግድያ ተናደናል፣ አዝነናል፣ ተቆጥተናልም! (April 24, 2015). እዚህ ይረገጡ …
- The Plight of Ethiopians in Africa and in the Middle East (April 24, 2015). read more…
Our take on all this:
Action does speak deafeningly louder than words (April 2015). read more…
- Letter to President Obama (October 2014). read more ...
- Response from the White House (March 2015). read more...
- Wendy Sherman’s Wisdom on Ethiopia being a Democracy (April 2015). read more …
- Washington Post Editorial on Obama’s Misguided Ethiopia Policy (May 1, 2015). read more…
- Joint Letter by Human Rights Organizations on Ms. Sherman’s Statement of Expression of U.S. Policy toward Ethiopia (April 17, 2015). read more…
Ato Seyoum Kiffle
October 19, 2015: We are saddened to learn the passing of a much-beloved compatriot and longstanding member of various civic organizations advancing the cause of a free Ethiopia. Ato Seyoum was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 5, 1954. After earning a B.S. in Pharmacy from Ohio State University, he enjoyed a 27-year career in his chosen profession.
Ato Seyoum was an invaluable member of the Ethiopian Students Union in North America (ESUNA), the Ethiopian National Congress (ENC), and Ethiopiawinnet: Council for the Defense of Citizen Rights (E-CDCR). He is widely described as dedicated, affable, and patriotic. We shall miss him greatly.
On behalf of Ethiopiawinnet, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
Professor Donald N. Levine
April 6, 2015: We are saddened to learn the passing of a distinguished sociologist at the University of Chicago, renowned Ethiopianist, and a fervent advocate of nonviolence, on April 4, 2015. Donald Levine, the scholar affectionately nicknamed Memhir Liben, was also a proud member of Ethiopiawinnet: Council for the Defense of Citizen Rights (E-CDCR)—an international and independent rights-based civic organization.
Members of E-CDCR will remember Don Levine for his seminal publications, most notably Wax & Gold and Greater Ethiopia, which highlighted our deeply-rooted unity in diversity. He taught us to be historically informed about Ethiopia, to accentuate our commonality without disregarding our cultural diversity, and to cultivate a habit of approaching our political differences peaceably and respectfully. At the personal level, he loved things Ethiopian and made friends of all Ethiopians with utmost humility—down to hosting us at his home and engaging us in online discussions on Ethiopia’s past and future.
On behalf of our members and all the Ethiopians who will forever admire him, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to his family. Ethiopiawinnet proudly dedicated of our first civic education symposium on “Ethiopia’s Transition to an Inclusive Economic and Political Order” which took place on May 30-31, 2015, in Silver Spring, MD (USA).
◊ Free Rare Books:
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2012 Panel on Ethiopia civic values
- Blog 1. Guidelines for Bloggers
- Blog 2. Issues for Bloggers
- Blog 3. China and Africa
- Blog 4. Rule of Law and Governance
- Blog 5. Federalism and the Constitution
- Blog 6. Ethiopianism
- Blog 7. Party Politics
- Blog 8. Peace and Reconciliation
- Blog 9. Thoughts on Economic Reform
- Blog 10.The Fascist Invasion and the Pope
- Blog 11. The Rich Legacies of Writing of the EOC