The European Commission has issued a strong statement against Ethiopia following the arrest of opposition leader Merara Gudina. Prof. Gudina appeared at the European Parliament with Prof. Berhanu Nega (L) and Rio Olympics marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa (R) to brief the state of human rights situation in Ethiopia.
, Monica Donimirska
The European Commission issued a stinging rebuke to one of its lead partners on the African continent today, telling the Ethiopian government to “start addressing the legitimate grievances of the Ethiopian people”.
The warning came after the arrest of an Ethiopian opposition leader following his return from Europe where he had spoken out against a state of emergency imposed last month to quell anti-government protests which have seen hundreds killed.
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Ethiopia confronts its worst ethnic violence in years and its security forces respond by killing more than 200 protesters so far. How many Oromo protesters should get killed before for the world (read: the United State) gets into action?
Fear is so pervasive in Ethiopia’s largest region Oromia, where the government is accused of killing scores in a crackdown, that people don’t even like to give their names.
Oromia, which surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, is dotted with machine-gun mounted vehicles and Ethiopian soldiers who locals say have disrupted daily life with incessant checks, harassment and intimidation.
“If you go out in the evening, the police will arrest you, check your papers and your phones. If you have music or photos linked to the protests, you’re in serious trouble,” a young man in his twenties said in Ginchi, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Addis Ababa.
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Eritrea continuously called for the UN to launch an independent investigation on Human Trafficking against Eritreans so as to bring to justice to those culpable parties. EU MEPs need to endorse that call to bring such crimes on Eritreans to an end.
The European Parliament today passed a resolution calling for coordinated regional action to tackle human trafficking in Sinai.
Parliament states its “deep concern” regarding the reported cases of human trafficking in Sinai and “condemns the terrible abuses to which the victims are subjected”.
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