The killing of almost100 street protestors in Ethiopia and a new round of political trials have raised fears for a British political activist on death row there, international human rights charity Reprieve has said.
The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says he used a visit to Ethiopia yesterday (1 June 2016) to secure ‘legal access’ for a British man who was kidnapped and rendered to the country in 2014, and who is now held under sentence of death.
Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) has said it will monitor the case of a British father held in Ethiopia, among other cases, amid concerns that the government has lessened its commitment to ending human rights abuses abroad.
The UK government is providing funding to help train Ethiopian security forces, despite evidence of their involvement in the kidnap and rendition of a British man who is now held under sentence of death.
David Cameron has intervened twice to secure UK access to a Briton who was kidnapped by Ethiopian forces in 2014, it has emerged, amid Foreign Office concerns that there has been “no substantive progress” on the case.
The government must use the African Union summit which runs from 21-26 Juanuary in Addis Ababa to urge the release of a British man kidnapped to Ethiopia nearly two years ago, says the human rights organisation Reprieve.