Ethiopian government has decided that higher education institutions should be protected by the feder

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The Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the universities announced the death of two students in Gondar and Welding universities over the last two days.

The announcement of a 6-month state of emergency is not the way to quell anti-government protests in the Oromia region of Ethiopia according to international rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW). This view was contained in the Dispatches series by HRW’s senior researcher for the Horn of Africa, Felix Horne. He expressed fear at the possible deployment of military under the state of emergency – a situation likely to escalate the protests. ‘‘Now, under the state of emergency – declared on state television – the army will be deployed country-wide. Intensifying the military’s role in responding to the protests is sure to fuel the escalating anger in Oromia. displayAdvert("mpu_3") The government’s announcement indicates that it does not intend to reverse course, away from the use of force and towards engagement with communities about their grievances. ‘‘The government’s announcement indicates that it does not intend to reverse course, away from the use of force and towards engagement with communities about their grievances,’‘ he said. According to HRW, the state of emergency points to the resolve of the government to ‘‘use force to suppress free expression and peaceful assembly.’‘ The group declared that the country has had a bloody year
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