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Will Pompeo raise human rights abuses with Ethiopia Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed who’s unleashing police on opposition? Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo would have a busy schedule in Ethiopia on Tuesday, meeting with Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew in Addis Ababa at 9.40 a.m. and with President Sahle-Work Zewde just 35 minutes later at 10.15 a.m. before meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed 45 minutes after at 11 a.m., according to his official schedule released by the State Department in Washington D.C.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, delivers to the media U.S. 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at the U.S Department of State in Washington DC on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Photo: EMMANUEL IKODOR, TODAY NEWS AFRICA
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Secreatary Pompeo will then attend a working lunch with Abiy Ahmed at 11.30 a.m. before meeting with the Inter-Religious Council at 12.55 a.m.

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From there, Secretary Pompeo will meet with staff and families of U.S. Embassy Ethiopia and U.S. Mission to the African Union at 2 p.m. and rush to meet with the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at 2.50 p.m. and hold a joint press availability with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew in Addis Ababa at 4.20 p.m.

Mr. Pompeo’s official trip to Ethiopia comes after his traveled to Germany, Senegal and Angola. From Ethiopia he is expected to visit Saudia Arabia and Oman. By the time he is done, it would be February 22, 2020, almost 10 days after leaving Washington D.C. on 13 February 2020.

But despite his busy schedule, will Mr. Pompeo raise one of the most serious issues in Ethiopia, the human rights abuses by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

On Monday, Amnesty International condemned the police assault on opposition members just a day earlier.

Amnesty said on Saturday, police in Ethiopia launched an attack on opposition party supporters in the Oromia Region, killing one person and arresting and injuring scores more.

Just hours after the date for Ethiopia’s parliamentary elections was announced, the Oromia Liyu police raided the inauguration of an Oromia Liberation Front (OLF) office in Welenchiti, firing live bullets and tear gas, killing one OLF supporter who was a clothes vendor.

Later that day, police arrested around 30 guests at a hotel launch party in Burayu and drove them to a sports stadium where they were beaten and humiliated for hours.

“These brazen attacks show just how dangerous it is becoming to assemble and express political stances in Ethiopia,” said Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East and Southern Africa, Seif Magango.

“Raids on opposition gatherings must not be allowed to become a feature of the pre-election period. The authorities must immediately launch an independent and effective investigation into these attacks and hold suspects to account in fair trials.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

2 COMMENTS

  1. Abiy Ahmed became one of the aggressive and dictatorship,because of he interrupted network connection even telephone all over wollega zone and Fuji.

  2. Why didn’t Amnesty rage when the US Federal Agents recently pounced on members of what they said to be violent white suprimacist, Neo-Nazi group, planned to derail trains, kill some people and poison water suplies??? Was what the US Federal Agents did violation of human rights. Abiy Ahmed has come long way tolerating these radical ethnic groups to express their views in a peaceful way. They didn’t comply and they started to kill civillians. It’s a shame for Amnesty to use this news for its own business interest!

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