The Ethiopian government will drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in a bid to ‘widen the democratic space for all.’The announcement made by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn comes after days of consultations within the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition. Political prisoners that are facing prosecutions and are already under arrest will be released. And the notorious prison cell that was traditionally called Maekelawi will be closed down and turned into a museum“Political prisoners that are facing prosecutions and are already under arrest will be released,” Hailemariam said. Rights groups and opposition groups in Ethiopia had been calling for the release of political prisoners, saying they were arrested on trumped-up charges and were being punished for their points of view. An independent task force has also been set up to investigate human rights abuses and the handling of prisoners.
Source: Ethiopian News January 03, 2018 12:33 UTC