The Maekelawi prison had a history of torture and repression until it was officially closed on 7 April 2018. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s decision to open it to the public, was praised by human rights organisations as the next step towards political liberalisation. The timing, however, is suspect, given the recent sectarian violence and the failed coup d’état in mid-June 2019. Continue reading Challenges to Ethiopia’s Regional Ambitions
A figure of speech? Ethiopia rescinded the Prime Minister’s initial “all political prisoners” statement by “some politician prisoners” – no “political prisoners” in Ethiopia (lol)
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Ethiopia’s government has denied that all political prisoners will be freed, saying that only some imprisoned politicians will be pardoned. An aide to the prime minister said a mistranslation led to him being quoted as saying that all political prisoners would be freed to promote dialogue. Continue reading Ethiopia Denies ‘All Political Prisoners’ to Be Freed, PM ‘Misquoted’
The U.S. government on Friday commended activists, citizens and journalists for their courage in advocating for universal human rights and expressed concern over the heightened crackdown on civil liberties, rebuking several countries for shrinking the space for journalists and activists.
In its 36th annual report of human rights practices around the world, the State Department criticized the increased suppression of freedoms of expression, assembly, association and religion. The report said governments continued to repress or attack the means by which individuals organize and “demand better performance from their rulers” by instituting new impending laws throughout 2012. Continue reading State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights