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Ballot or Bullet
Election is an exclusive opportunity of making a decision by providing significant events for citizen to involve in public affairs. It is a predictable and accepted mechanism for maintaining governmental accountability and determining leadership succession. Election is a bridge for managing political competition and it is the interaction between governments and the governed. It can also validate existing regimes, leaders and policies. Fair election contribution increasingly required not only for international legitimacy but also for domestic stability.
It is the system by which representative democracy has operated and having a choices among different competitive political parties and candidates but peaceful political change, however without these element’s it is nothing but a staged election drama and these is what’s exactly happening in Ethiopia politics right now, a politics which have been driven miserably by EPRDF/TPLF the last 22 years. Election has been manipulated in many different ways by the ruling party, literally there is no possibility to have Free and Fair Election, the lack of freedom of press and objectivity due to state control, lack of access to media while Freedom of speech has been curtailed by the government in favoring of state propaganda . Arrest or assassinate candidates, suppress or even criminalize campaigning, close campaign headquarters, harass or beat campaign workers, or intimidate voters with violence, misleading voters about how to vote, violation of the secret ballot,ballot stuffing, destruction of legitimately cast ballots, voter suppression , voter registration fraud, failure to validate voter residency, fraudulent tabulation of results, and use of physical force or verbal intimation at polling places and intimidation or physical violence .
Although the International community recognized the importance of an opportunity to established genuine democracy in the Africa second populous country, a nation of more than 80 million people with technical assistance and substantial funding and generously and appropriately support the election process, the ruling party deliberately and systematically abort and ruined the process of election and declare victory by being a sole runner and winner of the election.
Apparently, the ruling party in Ethiopia uses fake and stagy elections drama to deceive the international community and donors as if there are real democratic processes in the country, yet there is no genuine democracy or a sign of it in a country were ruled by the totalitarian regime recklessly claim a total victory but one out of 547(99.6%)parliament seats in 2010 election, the perfect indication of their ultimate motive and determination to continue ruling over and destroying Ethiopia indefinitely.
Professor AlemayehuG. Mariam said about the 2010 general election in his article The Madness of Ethiopia’s “2010 Elections” «.....In the run-up to the 2010 “election” what we witness is a one-man, one-party dictatorship in which the ruling “EPDRF” party is astronomically “more equal” than all of the other opposition parties combined. The leaders of that party serve as prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner in all matters relating to elections. If fair and free elections are to take place, the ruling party and its leaders must accept in principle and in practice that the opposition political parties are their equals in the eyes of the law; and that their complete dominance of the society does not entitle them to harass, mistreat, abuse and persecute the opposition in the electoral process. There is a huge equity gap between the ruling party and its leaders and the opposition. The rulers enjoy extraordinary legal and political privileges, advantages, benefits and entitlements because they literally own the political system. Their party members and leaders dominate the bureaucracies, the courts, the police forces and the local administrative structures. Most importantly, they own the election commission. It is a necessary precondition for a fair and free election that there be mechanisms in place to ensure all parties and stakeholders have equal opportunities to compete fairly for votes. Equitable principles require that the opposition receive and disseminate information freely, have access to state media on the same terms and conditions as the ruling party, be able to educate and canvass voters, hold meetings, conduct campaigns freely and vigorously engage fellow citizens to exercise their right to vote in an informed manner………………The ruling party’s contempt and disrespect for the opposition has its roots in the party leaders’ views that they came to power through the barrel of the gun, and that no one will take that power away from them through the ballot box. That is their fundamental existential problem…….”
Now once again, the regime staged local election drama a week ago across the country, outrageously almost the only contenders in the election was the ruling party and its candidate’s , considering all governmental institutions have been controlled by the regime members and sympathizers, the lack of freedom of the press and objectivity due to state control or access to media and the curtail over Freedom of speech by the government in favorer of the sate propaganda, the arrest or assassination candidates, suppress ,and the exclusive privilege the ruling party entertain in all aspects, FREE and FAIR ELECTION is an implausible to say the least, so the party widely expected to improve its record from 99.6% to 100% this time around and it will be an absolute bluffing and insult against democracy and election !!!
Usynlige livet med synlige frykt og trusler tilbake i hjemmet
It was completely unbelievable what happened last week I couldn’t imagine it if it wasn’t happened , both Ethiopians and Iranian’s had been forced to removed from their tents. It was nearly 5 month since the end of the hunger strike at Oslo cathedral church and it was more than 2 month since Ethiopians started to live in the tent beside the church which was completely safe in terms of fire hazard and the fire department had given fire extinguisher and alarm which was installed in the tent in case of emergency but there was nothing in the tent nothing which can cause fire and there was no a single report the last two months. The other reasons I rather call it pretext was given for the removal for the tents wasn’t true simply more over the tent which had been stood again the same day nearly 50 meters away from the church had been dismantled also for the second time.
The tent which stood beside the Oslo Cathedral church were the symbol of the suffer and the horrible life style were Ethiopians forced to live here in Norway and the reflects of the level of threats what we expect if we went back to home. We Ethiopians tried to explain and documented to the Norwegian authorities about our situation in several demonstrations, meetings and conferences at the same time we were explained the dangerous situation and the level of human right violation and the autocracy in Ethiopia and the fate we certainly expect if we went back.
Police attack on innocents civilians in Ethiopia
At the end of the day the solution given for Ethiopians including Iranian problem was removing them from their tents which was one of the last thing someone chosen
to live… a tent…. a street…..Even that is impossible or forbidden for Ethiopians and Iranians
But what amused me more is the church was said that we Ethiopians can stay as long as we want and we could have their protection and this was what has been said in February “…..If we had chosen to throw out the Ethiopians of the cathedral, we had thrown ourselves at the same time. Then we would not only lost the church, but the whole religious foundation…..” said the pastor and interim pastor Caroline Hauglid-Formo in his sermon during the morning service in Oslo Cathedral on Sunday, writes said.
.. ".....Hadde vi valgt å kaste ut etiopierne av domkirken, hadde vi kastet ut oss selv samtidig. Da ville vi ikke bare mistet kirken, men hele trosgrunnlaget, sa kapellan og vikarprest Caroline Hauglid-Formo i sin preken under Høymessen i Oslo domkirke søndag...." skriver NTB.http
http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article4028291.ece But now suddenly Ethiopians has been thrown away, did anything new happened between now and then to change their mind or it is simply that was then and this is now ???….. The tent and the symbol had been removed or destroyed did this could be the solution? did the people who had been harassed tortured and repressed by the dictatorial and ruthless regime in Ethiopia and the very same people who could face an imminent threats of being detained or killed if they went back would deserve such kind of treatments?
human right violation and police autocracy in Ethiopia We were expecting some kind of solution for the problem which consider all angles in terms of the moral and ethical standards of the Norwegian society so far the problem didn’t get proper attention. The situation for Ethiopians continued as horrible as it was, people still living a life full of fear, insecurity and uncertainty with deep physiological and mental stress for long long…… period of time….. please refer the article written under the title of The dilemma of the Ethiopian asylum seekers community http://www.nyemeninger.no/alle_meninger/cat1003/subcat1016/thread152346/#post_152346….. Attention and solution is needed for the problem, removing the tents will not solve the problem. The same people who has been thrown away could continued to live a difficult and invisible life but with visible fear of retaliation back in Ethiopia or in Iran a shadow of dictatorial regimes which reaches in the hearts of Norway.!!!!!
The dilemma of the Ethiopian asylum seekers community
The dilemma of the Ethiopian asylum seekers community
It is nearly 4 months since the Oslo Cathedral hunger strike ended. Since then, the situation of Ethiopian asylum seekers shows no sign of improvement; rather, it has
Worsened We were forced to leave the temporary camp we had been living in for nearly three months. Now we have lived in the street for almost a month in a tent beside the Oslo
The discussions which we held with the Norwegian authorities right after the hunger strike were unsuccessful. These discussions were not helpful or in any way promising in regard to solving the root problem, at least in the near future. The only offer given by the UDI was shelter in the form of a camp, but that was not an option most Ethiopian asylum seekers could accept, since it is not a lasting solution at all.
The biggest dilemma here is: How long can an asylum seeker live in a camp without a solution? 17 years? 27 years? Or to the very end of his/her life? And if that is the case, then it must necessarily raise questions about moral integrity, human dignity and human rights.
There are so many Ethiopians who have lived in a camp for so many years without any rights, literally in some cases until 17 years. Ethiopian asylum seekers have escaped from a brutal and merciless regime that has persecuted and harassed them because of their political view, identity or sympathy with opposition parties
Ethiopians under dictatorial regime .
Even though they are physically safe here in Norway, the Ethiopians who have been living in camps for a number of years have been forced to continue their lives passively, without doing
anything, without any clue as to what could happen next with and with heavy depression and much desperation for an indefinite period of time. Despite the fact that their past in Ethiopia was full of
pain, harassment and fear which need medical attention and psychological help, they now find themselves living a life of another kind of fear, insecurity, uncertainty and stress – a dark life without
a light even at the end of the tunnel.
There are also many Ethiopians asylum seekers who were working in Norway for so many years; they were a working force, tax-paying individuals with family and friends. In general, they were well integrated into the Norwegian society. Now they are prohibited from living the normal life they lived for years. When they are asked to leave their lives and move into a camp it is simply an act of displacement. It would be difficult for anybody to accept such a proposal and go to a camp, all the more when the camps have the reputation and the atmosphere described above.
Ethiopians have fled from a country that is ruled by a highly repressive and dictatorial regime that kills, tortures and harasses citizens arbitrarily. Ethiopian asylum seekers were the victims and the witnesses of such vicious acts.
Ethiopians under dictatorial regime This is why we need and deserve protection. When 60 individuals including women and children joined a hunger strike, it demonstrates the gravity of the situation. When many of them later see themselves as forced to live in the street, while the rest went to Sweden under desperate circumstances, it shows how grave the situation remains.
A tent beside the Oslo cathedral church
No one wants to live in such conditions unless you have serious problems. This is now not only an asylum issue, but a political, social and health problem too. What we are facing is a humanitarian
catastrophe. A clear solution is desperately needed.
Therefore, we would like to ask once again all governmental bodies to consider our situation and to solve the problem in accordance with the moral and ethical standards of the Norwegian society.