US official examines human rights situation in Ethiopia

October 21st, 2008 | by addis portal |

A human rights official from the US on Monday began talks with Ethiopia authorities in Addis on the human rights situation in the country, APA learnt here.

Assistant Secretary of the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs, David Kramer helds talks with Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi and during which they discussed the country’s press laws.

They two men also discussed the controversial NGOs law which is soon to be endorsed by parliamentarians among others.

Last week, the US-based Human Rights Watch urged Ethiopian legislators to reject the new NGOs law, arguing that it will paralyze their human rights activities in the country.

But the Ethiopian MPs refused the call which they described as a “baseless allegation”.

Furthermore, Ethiopia also endorsed a new press law despite concern by local and international press organizations.

It is against this back ground that the US official is visiting the country.

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