Monthly Archives: March 2013

Personal reflections on the traits of a new generation of Ethiopians

By Tesfa Mekuria

Alemu Tafesse recently published a highly profound article – The Ethiopian Muslim Civil Rights Movement: Implications for Democracy in Ethiopia. In it, he argued that the 14-month old Muslim civil rights movement has had remarkable implications for the democratic transformation of that country. He specifically argued that by forcing the government to completely throw away its democratic garb; by introducing into modern Ethiopia an alternative path to democracy, and by actually becoming an alternative location of democracy, the Muslims’ activism has so far left great impacts on the contours of the current and future democratic possibilities of Ethiopia. While I generally agree with the points he raised, I also believe that they need to be discussed and debated by all Ethiopians at large.

Ethiopian government: Stop interfering in religious matters

Eng. Abdelwuhab Bushra, Mekelle

The Ethiopian constitution states that “The state shall not interfere in religious matters and religion shall not interfere in state affairs” (Article 11 sub-article 3). But the state never stops interfering in religious matters. With respect to the constitution, the regime always abuses it. For example, the state trains a group of people called Ahbash in Beirut, Lebanon, as a new Islamic religion and introduced them by force to the Ethiopian Muslims. The Ahbash group was trained by Israel and UK governments as well as funded by both.

An Act of Extreme Cruelity

The above video clip shows the utmost cruelty and barbaric act Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia are subjected to. It is beyond comprehension. Our compassion and solidarity goes with the victims and those who are made to live in terror.

It is said that Saudi Medias launched a campaign against what they call “a destabilizing effort of Ethiopians”. We don’t have the full information on which this campaign is based and what substantial evidence exists to justify the alert. Nothing however justifies the cruelty directed to Ethiopians. The act is extremely abominable specially if seen from the principles of Islam. The act is a vivid example how those involved in torturing defenseless Ethiopians betrayed Islam and how much they become strange to its fundamental principles: fairness, justice and compassion.