Ethiopia state of emergency affecting work of US embassy

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban

The United States embassy in Addis Ababa has disclosed that the October 9 state of emergency currently in force in Ethiopia severely affects their ability to assist US citizens.

One of the restrictions under the curfew is that diplomats for their own safety were to avoid travelling 40 kilometers outside the capital.

‘’…the decree restricts U.S. and other foreign diplomats from traveling 40 kilometers outside of Addis Ababa, which severely affects the ability of the Consular Section to assist U.S. Citizens,’‘ the embassy said.

The embassy in a release titled ‘Security Message for US Citizens: State of Emergency’ reminded citizens that the decree implementing the state of emergency had been published on the official government website, hence the need to observe all rules to avoid arrest.

Whiles tasking citizens to know and abide by the rules, they also warned that ‘‘citizens could be arrested for activities they would otherwise consider routine.

‘‘U.S. citizens should be aware that the decree also requires landlords to report tenants’ identities to police, with a copy of their passport if the renter is a foreign national,’‘ they added.

They published the full text of the decree in English – in what they said was an unofficial translation because the original text is in Amharic.

Opposition groups and othet western diplomats in the country have decried the the government’s decision to impose the state of emergency. The move has been described as a measure to continue with increased repression of opponents.

The government however blames the violence on “anti-peace forces” and “foreign enemies,” specifically Egypt and Djibouti, even though Egyptian president Al Sisi denied any involvement in the protests.

Ethiopia has since November last year suffered a series of protests in two main regions – Amhara and Oromia. The attendant security clampdown has led to the arrests of over 2000 people and death of hundreds of protesters.

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2 Responses to Ethiopia state of emergency affecting work of US embassy

  1. Molla Maru

    October 21, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    who really cares about some diplomats could’nt able to drive more than 40 kilometer? we are saying people of ethiopia especially in Amhara and oromo provinces are torched, beaten and killed. now American politician or Obama adminstration just noticed it there is undemocratic regime in ethiopia? because their deplomats has no access to drive around? you know what my bad, obma gave his testimonial witness that ethiopa regime is elected democratically. bullsheet!! i hope Hillary will stand with ethiopian people not with the dictators who have a blood on their hand. just hoping she will do the right thing.

  2. Tewabech Gedafie

    October 31, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    From the beginning, the Ethiopian ruling party sought to divide and destroy the country. They tirelessly work hard to the take the country back to pre 19th-century era. Previous leaders worked so hard to unite the country, introduced technology to the people and educate the youth. The first telephone was introduced to Ethiopia within 25 years of the invention of the telephone. Then, understandably, some Ethiopian thought it was the work of the devil and crossing their hands and praying for the country. Some even tried to sprinkle holy water on it. Today, in the 21st century, it is the government who thinks social media and the satellite television are bringing evil to the country. In the past, education had high value. Today, except in the Tigray region where the ruling party is from, the quality of education is so low. They make sure the youth gets an education just enough to work in sweatshops owned by foreigners. It is a disgrace that America is supporting a terrorist government, ironically in the name an ally against terrorism.