Alemayehu G. Mariam: Western Diplomatic Omerta in Ethiopia

https://i2.wp.com/www.deanofcomedy.com/Images/library/Huffington%20Post,%20logo1.jpgLast week, in a piece reporting on the eerie silence of Western diplomats in Addis Abeba on Birtukan Midekssa, the first woman political party leader in Ethiopian history and Ethiopia’s # 1 political prisoner, Xan Rice, a reporter for the Guardian wrote: That foreign embassies, including Britain’s, which have been refused permission to visit Mideksa, have barely made a public complaint about the case appears to back opposition complaints that when it comes to Ethiopia, donors favour stability over democratic reforms or human rights… ‘The [Ethiopian] government says the more we make noise the more difficult it will be to get her [Mideksa] out,’ said one Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘Are we going to risk our entire aid budget for one person? No.'”

Alemayehu G. Mariam: Western Diplomatic Omerta in Ethiopia

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