In a surprise move, Ethiopia's leader on Wednesday announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he called an effort to "widen the democratic space for all." "And the notorious prison cell that was traditionally called Maekelawi will be closed down and turned into a museum." It was not immediately clear how many political prisoners were being held across the country, a close U.S. security ally. 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. Its 547-seat parliament does not have a single opposition politician in it, and opposition groups accuse the government of constant harassment and intimidation.
Source: Ethiopian News January 03, 2018 13:39 UTC