Country Profile: Ethiopia

Since late 2015, security forces have killed over 1,000 people and detained tens of thousands during widespread protests against government policies. A state of emergency began in February 2018, the second in two years, permitting draconian restrictions on rights of freedom of expression, association, and assembly. Authorities regularly make arbitrary arrests to silence journalists, activists, scholars, professors, students, and perceived opposition party members, and torture remains a serious problem in detention. Despite these atrocities, however, the Ethiopian government has not conducted meaningful investigations into any of these abuses. Meanwhile, repressive laws restrict the activities of nongovernmental organizations, and the ruling coalition won all 547 parliamentary seats in the 2015 election.

(Last updated: April 28, 2020)


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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

P.O. Box 393
Addis Ababa
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

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