Logo

Ethiopia Dismisses Human Rights Watch Report – Voice of America

April 9, 2010

In a report this week, the private Human Rights Watch accused the government of denying food and other aid to opponents to suppress political dissent.

Government Communications Minister Bereket Simon told VOA Human Human Rights Watch is a frustrated, self-appointed kingmaker institution in the United States that has failed to bring about regime change in Ethiopia through elections.

“This is a report by some highly frustrated and self-appointed kingmaker institution in the U.S. Just because what they dreamt of in Ethiopia didn’t take place, they are doing whatever they can to tarnish the image of the country,” he said.

 

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

The report, released Tuesday, said local Ethiopian government officials denied opposition supporters access to seed, fertilizer, agricultural land, credit, food aid, and other resources.

Human Rights Watch said the report was based on interviews with more than 200 people in 53 villages between June and December 2009.

But, Simon said the report is based on hearsay because Human Rights Watch has no offices in Ethiopia.

“In the first place, Human Rights Watch doesn’t have presence in Ethiopia. Usually, they do such work from remote, and the fact that they don’t have a base in Ethiopia tells you that they have accumulated heresies,” Simon said.

He denied the Ethiopian government has refused opposition supporters access to seed, fertilizer, agricultural land, and loans.

“This is a government which has created the biggest micro-finance institution in Africa; this is a government which has created so many local banks that are taking care of the financial demand for investment; this is a government which is working hard to improve agricultural production,” he said.

Read Full Article

Share

2 comments on “Ethiopia Dismisses Human Rights Watch Report – Voice of America

  1. I think Bereket Simon trying to dismisses the allegation of Human Rights Watch simply by saying the institution has no offices in Ethiopia.This is nonsense!!

  2. I didn’t find any logic of Ethiopian officials saying of Human right group have the aim of being king-makers in ethiopian politics.In my opinion the officials must work to get good record in their human right record.

Comments are closed