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How Ethiopia Exploits AU Role to Suppress International Criticism

How Ethiopia uses its role as AU host to keep journalists, researchers and activists in check.
Media and civil society at the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa face a stark choice: avoid criticizing Ethiopia, or risk being denied access to the continental body. How Ethiopian government uses its role as AU host to keep journalists, researchers and activists in check.

By Daily Maverick,

The African Union headquarters, 24-storeys of clean lines and soaring glass, is Addis Ababa’s tallest building. It looks all wrong in the context of its dusty, low-rise surroundings (although increasingly less so, as the city develops furiously around it). It’s almost like it was accidentally transplanted from Shanghai or Beijing, which, in a way, it was – China paid for and built it. But there’s no question that it belongs. The building is Africa’s diplomatic centre, and Addis is the continent’s diplomatic capital. There’s nowhere else it could be. Continue reading How Ethiopia Exploits AU Role to Suppress International Criticism