HRW: Obama should flag rights abuses on Ethiopia visitBy Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent
(DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – The rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Friday that US President Barack Obama should use his Ethiopia visit to highlight publicly and privately the Ethiopian government’s poor human rights record, which it says includes cracking down on peaceful dissent using repressive laws. The statement came after the White House announced the President’s late July planned visit to the country.
“Ethiopia is too often presented as an African success story instead of the human rights disaster that is the reality,” said Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “If Obama wants to make the case for investing in Ethiopia, he should be clear that means investing in the human rights of its people, not the repression of its government.”
United States President Barack Obama will hold meetings at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa and with the Ethiopian government during a visit to Africa, planned for late July 2015. Obama’s trip to Addis Ababa, the first-ever visit by a standing US president to Ethiopia, will follow a previously announced trip to Kenya.
“He should press Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to bring about real human rights reform,” the statement added
The Ethiopian government is often accused of using arbitrary arrests and prosecutions to silence journalists, bloggers, protesters and political opponents.