Qerro had charges pressed against it by EHRC. In the previous year meetings had been held in Frankfurt and Berlin concerning the issues of Addis Ababa. The event organizers had reported to the German police that members of the organized group named Qerro had arrived with the intent to harass, harm and threaten the organizers, participants and other important personas through social media and video messages after they had trespassed the security through threats and force. They had disrupted the meeting by hurling degrading insults and defying their rights. The organizers had been able to register the names, addresses and even record videos of the groups they claimed had been disturbing the meeting.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Committee has announced that it had pressed charges against individuals that had been organized in order to physically and psychologically attack the participants of such meetings held throughout Germany at Frankfurt city court. Mr. Seyoum H/Mariam, the chairman of the committee, claimed that these individuals announced through their social media pages and videos of their intentions to disrupt the meetings while also insulting certain religious and ethnic groups.
Mr. Stephen Kuhl, a Human Rights lawyer and an expert on German law, has stated that the suspects had abused their special rights granted to them by the German constitution and thus charges had been pressed against them.
The group named Qerro had been accused by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission in German for breaking the most emphasized law in the German constitution by threatening, insulting and harassing individuals both physically and psychologically. The group, in response, claimed that even though the call for the meeting had been extended for all Ethiopians, the event organizers had intentionally forbidden members of Oromo ethnicity and Muslims from entering the meeting halls. “The incident that happened in the hall had been a misfortune but the group has never attacked anyone in this country or elsewhere and if it is to be falsely accused, we have enough eyewitnesses to prove otherwise” said the Qerro Spokesperson Mr. Abdi Abajebel.
ONLF has started a conference that would last three days with an estimated 700 participants. Mr. Hassan Muali has stated that the main focus of the conference would be to replace long serving politicians with new ones through their own requests. Admiral Mohammad Omar Ousman is one of the politicians being replaced by their own requests and had served the organization for 21 years. Mr. Hassan also explained how the former fighting force has joined the regional police after the changes made in the national political system. The organization has announced that it would participate in the coming Ethiopian national election.
Mr. Gedu Andargachew, Ethiopian foreign affairs minister, along with a delegation has travelled to the US to have talks about the Grand Renaissance Dam. The talks were held in two phases; the first in the White House in the presence of President Donald J. Trump and the second was with the World Bank President David Maples and the US Secretary of Treasury, Stephen Mnuchin. The issues had been thoroughly discussed. The foreign affairs minister has appreciated the efforts of the United States in solving the differences amongst the countries concerning the Grand Renaissance Dam. Ethiopia has stated that its intentions on the dam are towards poverty reduction and by no means wants to hurt the Lower Nile countries.