European Union Statement on the Situation in Ethiopia

PR Newswire July 31, 2014 at 10:07 

LONDON, 31 July 2014 / PRN Africa / — A statement by the local European Union (EU) on the situation in Ethiopia

The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Ethiopia “The EU Delegation is deeply concerned about developments in the case of the ten bloggers and journalists charged under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation on 18 July, as well as recent arrests of opposition members. It calls on the Ethiopian authorities to ensure that proceedings are carried out according to the Ethiopian Constitution and respecting international and regional human rights standards, in particular granting access to legal counsel and family, as well as the right to apply for bail when applicable, and that the trial is transparent and free from political interference. The EU Delegation recalls the European External Action Service statement of 6 May 2014 which underlined the importance of enhancing the political space, particularly in view of the elections next year. It calls on the Ethiopian Government to ensure that the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation is not used to curb freedom of expression or association. The EU Delegation welcomed the additional commitments made by the government of Ethiopia to address areas of human rights concern in the recent Universal Periodic Review process in Geneva and called for early and continuing action to ensure implementation of all of the government’s human rights commitments.”
SOURCE UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 

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4 Responses to European Union Statement on the Situation in Ethiopia

  1. eyob Reply

    July 31, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    After 23 years of silence, financial and political support to those in power ethiopians expect more from the eu than the sporadic statement of “deep concern”.

    What do we expect?
    1. By now The EU should recognize the systematic nature of the human rights violations by those in power.
    2.The EU should demand for the unconditional release of all political prisoners.
    3. If this demand falls on a deaf ear then EU should be willing to take appropriate measures against those in power.

  2. T.Goshu Reply

    July 31, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Well, it is one thing to keep making statements as usual which do not differ from mere lip service for the last two decades, but It is quite another thing not to keep a partnership with a ruling party by supplying it with necessary financial and other supports. Believe or not , this Union or any other “donor power” will continue , if not strengthen their friendship/partnership with all their “bad guys “in general and TOLF/EPRDF of which they accompanied its victory to take the throne in Arat Kilo . It has to strongly be underscored that unless we as a people (Ethiopians) come together and shake the balance of power in our country, all those “donor powers” will keep playing business as usual! That is what it is!

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