Local EU statement on the situation in Ethiopia

The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement
with the EU Heads of Mission in Ethiopia :

"The EU Delegation is deeply concerned about developments in the case of the
ten bloggers and journalists charged under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation on
18 July, as well as recent arrests of opposition members. It calls on the
Ethiopian authorities to ensure that proceedings are carried out according to
the Ethiopian Constitution and respecting international and regional human
rights standards, in particular granting access to legal counsel and family, as
well as the right to apply for bail when applicable, and that the trial is
transparent and free from political interference.

The EU Delegation recalls the European External Action Service statement of 6
May 2014 which underlined the importance of enhancing the political space,
particularly in view of the elections next year. It calls on the Ethiopian
Government to ensure that the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation is not used to curb
freedom of expression or association.

The EU Delegation welcomed the additional commitments made by the
government of Ethiopia to address areas of human rights concern in the recent
Universal Periodic Review process in Geneva and called for early and continuing
action to ensure implementation of all of the government’s human rights
commitments.
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Dernière modification : 30/07/2014

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