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Ethiopia’s "religious abuse" may cause regional destabilization


November 10, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - A US religious freedom group has called on Ethiopian authorities to stop what it said was an emerging religious freedom violations against Muslim minorities in the Horn of Africa.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that if Ethiopia continues to tighten its control against the Muslims, the ongoing mass protests in the east African nation could turn more violent and might lead to a larger destabilization in the already volatile region.

Ethiopia, which is seen as an important regional security ally of the US, has recently been a scene of Muslim protests who accuse government of interference in their religious affairs.

“Given Ethiopia’s strategic importance in the Horn of Africa, it is vital that the Ethiopian government ends its religious freedom abuses and allow Muslims to practice peacefully their faith as they see fit”, the Commission’s Chairwoman Katrina Lantos Swett said.

"Otherwise the government’s current policies and practices will lead to greater destabilization of an already volatile region", she stressed, further calling on the US government to address the issue with the Ethiopia government.

According to USCIRF, escalating violations against religious communities in the name of countering extremism would lead to more extremism, greater instability, and possibly violence.

In recent months Ethiopian Muslims have further intensified their opposition against government’s religious policies by staging protests every week following Friday prayers.

Protesters accuse the government of promoting an alien branch of Islam, the Al Ahbash sect, through Ethiopia’s highest Muslim body, the Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs.

Ethiopia which fears a hard-line Islamist influence within the predominantly Christian nation, have repeatedly dismissed allegations over press freedom violations and accuse the protesters of attempts to incite Islamic militancy inspired by extremism.

Ethiopian Muslims are estimated to represent around 35 percent of the country’s 81 million population.


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  • 11 November 2012 06:44, by Tutbol

    Look at this trash, she is white & so she thinks she can lecture anyone of freedom of anyone beliefs. What is really wrong with the white people? When it comes to African affairs, a white trashes would volunteer their expertise even if it is not requested by the Africans. Why don’t they just lay down a little & ponder hard. & they will realise that their meddling in Africans affairs is not needed

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    • 11 November 2012 06:59, by Tutbol

      Where in the world, but only in the West where religious groups would speak of strategic importance of a particular region!! Your naked diplomacy Ms. Katrina Lanzor won’t buy you a cup of coffee in this region Ms. Get an education of an honest diplomacy, no one will buy that crap of your expertise. Go figure!

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      • 11 November 2012 07:19, by Xeno

        Another American douse bag trying to please those muslim assholes. Their should be no new place for faggots called muslims.

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        • 11 November 2012 11:38, by solider

          wow, muslims are assholes??? MALCOLM X ,MOHAMED ALI KLAY , MIC TYSON ,MOHAMED ALIJA, AKON , BARAK HUSSAIN OBAMA’S GRANDMATHER AND ALL HIS UNCLES ,,,,,,etc. all those high profile black personalities are assholes?? do u have a problem with black community?

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          • 11 November 2012 12:57, by Xeno

            stop being an idiot. By religious affiliation, yes they are assholes, why? becoz this violent religion should not be given any place in any country not used to it. DO YOU KNOW WHY MLK is an revered historical icon over MALCOLM X?....DO the research fool over you violent malcolm X shit.

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    • 11 November 2012 09:23, by Ruach

      Tutbol.You are against the Whites in any of your comments! Don’t misuse Nuer ’s name to put much hates on Whites.We Nuer don’t hate whiet

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      • 11 November 2012 10:05, by Tutbol

        Spewing my displeasure about whites behaviour doesn’t means i hate whites, i am not just comfy with their politics towards our people because the whites take advantage of lowly informed like yourself who just take all whites like their uncles, to bully us. If i hate whites bro.then why do i write in their language. English is a white’s language remember? I benefit a lot from whites a lot..

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        • 11 November 2012 10:19, by Tutbol

          bro. it is not about hatred, rather it is about telling the facts. Remember bro. we are being used by the whites as an experimental country on earth, both with our on going problems with the North & our state of Jonglei are being fire-fanned by the UN & its devilic agencies for choas. But poorly educated of your types just thinks the UN and its creepy agencies are there to for our people.

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          • 11 November 2012 11:08, by Tutbol

            My parents are Bor and Nuer of Atar but what is important is being S Sudanese from Jonglei state and S Sudan at large.

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    • 12 November 2012 00:52, by australian

      Tutbol: this time I agree with you. What does this stupid, busybodying Western woman know about Ethiopia and its Muslim problem? She says Muslims should be allowed to practise their religion "as they see fit." Ethiopian Muslims are big trouble. The Ethiopian government should suppress Islam "as it sees fit", and this woman should shut up about "human rights". She is a fool.

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  • 11 November 2012 07:34, by 4Justice

    How the Vatican created Islam

    The astonishing story from an ex-Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera, which was told to him by Cardinal Bea while he was at the Vatican.Click here

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  • 11 November 2012 21:22, by Wolleyewu

    What a joke! How can TPLF a terrorist minority regime in Ethiopia/East africa be an important security allay for US rather it should be the people of Ethiopia. A brutal regime praised by retarded Condeliza Rice got humilated in the face of far sighted white people who craves for genuine peace and stablity. Let us remove this evil regime so that genuine peace would previal in Ethiopia and beyond.

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  • 11 November 2012 21:39, by Wolleyewu

    Finally the hard and bitter struggle of Muslims paid off despite sacrifices of innocent citezens from Gerba(my local village )& Arsi.these days they’ve got international recognition. These people were branded by TPLF as bunkrupted bussiness men who failed to pay taxes to the government.This is the beggining of the end for TPLF.Very immenently popular uprising would be inevitable.Woyane must go!

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  • 12 November 2012 03:27, by 4Justice

    The Obama Administration’s War on Persecuted Christians

    According to Pete Winn of CNS:

    The U.S. State Department removed the sections covering religious freedom from the Country Reports on Human Rights that it released on May 24, three months past the statutory deadline Congress set for the release of these reports. The new human rights reports—purged of the sections that discuss the status of religious freedom in each of the countries covered—are also the human rights reports that include the period that covered the Arab Spring and its aftermath. Thus, the reports do not provide in-depth coverage of what has happened to Christians and other religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East that saw the rise of revolutionary movements in 2011 in which Islamist forces played an instrumental role. For the first time ever, the State Department simply eliminated the section of religious freedom in its reports covering 2011...


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    • 12 November 2012 06:04, by australian

      Obama only cares about Muslims.

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  • 12 November 2012 10:11, by Asmera

    Hi "USCIRF"
    How much million dollars is paid to you to announce this non sense report? As Egypt was funding different organizations including world bank and IMF staff to prevent loan and financial contrbutions to Ethiopian investment on Nile river, all Arabs are also fund for Islamaization

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