By ESAT News
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Affairs Tom Malinowski will travel to Ethiopia from December 14-17, the office of the spokesperson for the assistant secretary said in a short statement.
“During his visit, he will meet with government officials as part of a continued dialogue on human rights and governance. He will also meet with members of civil society, political party representatives, and local government officials during the visit,” the statement said.
Malinowski’s visit comes against the backdrop of political turmoil in the east African nation that has seen the killing of hundreds of anti-government protesters and the incarceration of tens of thousands of peaceful protesters. It also comes while Dr. Merara Gudina, a leading political figure is in detention after testifying against the regime at the European Parliament. The whereabout of a prominent journalist Temesgen Desalegn serving a three year sentence is not known. Attempt by his family to find him at the federal prison were to no avail as prison officers say the journalist is not under their custody.
A major ally to the brutal regime in Ethiopia, the United States has been giving lip service to the plight of Ethiopians under a tyrannical regime.