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Human Rights Watch Declares War with Mitchell over Ethiopia Aid Misuse Claims

The powerful NGO says the international development secretary has been “disingenuous” and “misleading”

Andrew Mitchell, UK's International Development Secretary

By Samira Shackle,

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, of being “disingenuous” and “misleading” about the misuse of aid in Ethiopia.

Last month, an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Newsnight revealed that the Ethiopian government was using long-term development aid for political purposes. It found that communities considered loyal to the opposition had been denied food aid, seed and fertiliser.

Appearing on Newsnight last Wednesday, Mitchell stated that no British development support goes through the government of Ethiopia. He also said that officials had conducted an on-the-ground investigation and found no evidence of the systemic misuse of food aid. Continue reading Human Rights Watch Declares War with Mitchell over Ethiopia Aid Misuse Claims