Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced the release of a large number of political prisoners on January 3, 2018. Ethiopia gradually opening to democracyThe news announced by the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn shows that the Ethiopian government is willing to embrace a slightly more liberal political agenda. Humans right watch sees Desalegn’s statement as “an important step toward ending long-standing political repression and human rights abuse in the country”. Ed Royce, US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, praised Ethiopia’s move for “finally acknowledging that it holds political prisoners.”The news stated by Desalegn contradicts previous claims where he alleged that “There are no political opposition that are languishing in prison”. Show trials and manipulation of lawEthiopian officials previously manipulated the law to suit their political agendas and concretely eliminate opposition.
Source: Ethiopian News February 13, 2018 08:03 UTC