Human-Rights Progress Unlikely in Ethiopia By Rod McCullom

By Rod McCullom —

Political opponents are arrested. Journalists have been imprisoned. “Tens of thousands of people” have been “forcibly evicted” for development projects.

Welcome to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Africa’s second largest nation boasts some 80 million people… and human rights have taken a back seat during the 21-year rule of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

The 57-year-old Meles died Monday August 20 in Brussels after months of speculation that he was ill. In their trademark secrecy, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front initially did not reveal how or where he died.  The European Union later released the details that Meles had been treated for an undisclosed illness in Belgium. Read full story...

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