Ethiopian minister defends access refusal for UN human rights team

Ethiopian minister defends access refusal for UN human rights team

Negeri Lencho of Ethiopia, the country’s information minister, has defended the extended state of emergency in the East African nation and its refusal to allow United Nations officials access to investigate allegations of human rights abuses. Lencho’s comments came during an interview with al Jazeera broadcast Tuesday. “It is the…

Ethiopia: Oromo leader Merera Gudina’s terrorism case adjourned

Ethiopia: Oromo leader Merera Gudina’s terrorism case adjourned

Ethiopian courts have adjourned until June 2 the case of leading opposition leader Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), who has denied charges of terrorism lodged against him. A hearing scheduled for Thursday followed last week’s 11-page response, presented by Merera and his legal team, arguing that…

Malawi partners with UNICEF to launch humanitarian drone program

Malawi’s government announced Thursday that it will partner with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to begin using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, for health care and other humanitarian needs. “Malawi has over the past years faced serious droughts and flooding,” said Jappie Mhango, the Minister for Transportation…

Ethiopia: UN team urges inquiry as Merkel heads to Addis Ababa

A group of United Nations human rights experts called Monday for Ethiopia to allow an international inquiry into the country’s detentions and violence against peaceful demonstrators. The U.N. appeal – for the second time this year – urged Ethiopian authorities, who placed the nation under a state of emergency over…