Ethiopia rights record alarms European MPs
The European Parliament (EP) delegation that visited Ethiopia this week has expressed disappointment over the country's poor human rights conditions. The delegation, in a statement, further expressed its dissatisfaction at the inability to further assess potential cooperation in improving conditions in prisons and detention as discussed with the Human Rights Commissioner and the minister of Federal Affairs. “While welcoming the open discussions with the different interlocutors, Members of European Parliamentarians deplored the unexpected refusal of the prison visit without prior notification, after arrival at Kaliti prison,” said the statement in part.
The European lawmakers stressed that civil society organisations should be allowed to function freely, without interference, harassment and undue restrictions. The Ethiopian authorities, the delegation said, should acknowledge the important role of civil society actors and of trade unions in reaching their ambitious development objectives.
"The restrictive NGO framework should be urgently revised,” emphasised the chair of the EP delegation, Ms Barbara Lochbihler.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Africa Review Kenya