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Ethiopian delegation meets UN human rights Chief

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Addis Ababa, May 16, 2019 (FBC) – An Ethiopian delegation led by Dr. Gedion Timotheos, Deputy Attorney General met with Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

The delegation briefed the High Commissioner on the various reforms that have been undertaken in the last one year in Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation emphasized that improving the human rights situation in the country is a priority for the Government and these comprehensive reforms aim not only at addressing the challenges surrounding the promotion and protection of human rights but also ensuring their compatibility with international human rights instruments.

The delegation also briefed the High Commissioner on the ongoing reforms in Ethiopia and recounted measures taken by the Government since Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed has assumed power.

They emphasized those critical measures including the widening of political and democratic space, the release of political prisoners, journalists and bloggers, the return of all oppositions who were in exile, the revision of civil society and other laws and the normalization of relations with Eritrea.

Ms. Bachelet, on her part, thanked the delegation for the briefing and said she is encouraged by these reforms.

She also thanked the Government for allowing access to special procedures who requested to visit Ethiopia and expressed the readiness of her office to continue to support the efforts of the Government in the promotion and protection of human rights in Ethiopia.