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Statement by the Spokesperson on Ethiopia's announcement of a state of emergency

Bruxelles, 10/10/2016 - 13:17, UNIQUE ID: 161010_11
Statements by the Spokesperson

Statement by the Spokesperson on Ethiopia's announcement of a state of emergency

The government of Ethiopia announced over the weekend a state of emergency for six months.

Fundamental human rights must be respected at all times as announced by Prime Minister Hailemariam. The suspension of political and democratic rights should be avoided.

Today's parliamentary session offers the opportunity to open the way for an inclusive dialogue in response to the grievances of the population. This should lead to a comprehensive reform package.

Violence, whichever side it comes from, has no place in this endeavour.  Now it is time for all forces, inside and outside Ethiopia, to restore calm and join in ensuring that Ethiopia can pursue the path of democracy and development.