Ethiopia’s prime minister has announced that political prisoners will be released and a prison camp notorious for torture closed, acknowledging for the first time that the country holds such prisoners. “Political prisoners that are facing prosecutions and are already under arrest will either have their cases annulled or be pardoned,” Desalegn said at a press conference. Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands jailed, Ethiopia’s human rights commission said in April. Desalegn said the move to release political prisoners was intended to “foster national reconciliation”, an about-turn from the government’s previous position that the rebellion was inspired by terrorism. “It’s become almost a symbol of repression inside the country and of the plight of political prisoners for speaking up,” he said, adding that he had not expected the prime minister’s announcement.
Source: Ethiopian News January 03, 2018 12:11 UTC