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The Ethiopian government should cease using its anti-terrorism law against journalists and peaceful political activists, two major human rights groups say.
The World Council of Churches' Executive Committee, meeting in Addis Ababa, have seen directly the impact of the regional humanitarian crisis.
The leader of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church, Makane Yesus. has welcomed the leadership role of the WCC within the wider ecumenical community.
The General Secretary of the WCC has had separate meetings with the partriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and with the country's president.
An eyewitness humanitarian worker has refuted allegations that aid agency funds were misused in Tigray during the 1984-5 Ethiopian famine.
UK-based international development agency Christian Aid has criticised claims about aid for the 1984 Ethiopian famine being diverted by rebels to buy weapons.
Ethiopian soldiers occupying Somalia have been accused of raping Somali woman, according to reports circulating among church and development NGOs in the region. Observers are waiting for details to be confirmed.