Etenesh Abera for Addisstandard   In a statement by spokesperson released this afternoon regarding the current situation in Ethiopia, the European Union (EU) said it was “essential that independent investigations on all acts of violence are conducted.” The statement from the EU came in  the wake of increasing numbers of violence, including ethnic-based in nature, seen … Continue reading Ethiopia: INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE RECENT VIOLENCE IN ETHIOPIA ESSENTIAL: EU

EU renewed calls for the release Dr. Merera Gudina. 

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have renewed calls for the release of Ethiopia’s leading opposition figure, Dr. Merera Gudina. The latest call was made in a parliamentary resolution dated Thursday 18 May, 2017. Key among their demands, the MEPs called for the immediate release and dropping of all charges against Gudina – leader of the Oromo … Continue reading EU renewed calls for the release Dr. Merera Gudina. 

EU Lists Ethiopia Over Money Laundering

The ​European Commission blacklisted Ethiopia for being very risky in money laundering and terrorism financing, urging banks situated in Europe to apply enhanced due diligence on financial flows from the country.  Aiming to ensure proper functioning of the European market, the Commission, in its latest regulation released on October 27, 2017, added the country to … Continue reading EU Lists Ethiopia Over Money Laundering

EU Special Rep. for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis Visits Ethiopia to Launch Strategic Engagement on Human Rights and Governance

On civil and political rights, the EUSR encouraged concrete changes to laws and practices to ensure more outlets for citizens to express their views and concerns freely and peacefully, including through independent media, political parties and civil society, in order to promote the country’s sustainable security and stability and social resilience. Stavros Lambrinidis expressed EU concerns over the large number of persons being detained or prosecuted since the protests and continuing under the SoE and called for the respect of due process of law in all cases. He noted that the 2015 general elections had resulted in a House of Representatives without any voices of the political opposition, and encouraged a genuine and inclusive political process to find a constructive way forward and to ensure greater representation of different political parties and views ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections. The release of opposition leaders and others, and the further easing of restrictions and prompt lifting of the State of Emergency, would send an important signal to that direction.