The US State Department 2008 human rights survey detailed cases of opposition members being killed and said citizens’ political rights were restricted through bureaucratic obstacles, intimidation and arrests by the government and ruling party, Reuters reports.
“The State Department report is based on hearsay and lies,” Bereket Simon, the Ethiopian government’s head of information told reporters. “We fully reject it.”
Bereket said the report was based on claims from opposition parties and charities and that the Ethiopian government had not been consulted before its publication.
“We talked to Ethiopian government officials and we stand by our report,” US Ambassador to
The Horn of Africa’s biggest military power sent troops into neighbouring
“This doesn’t reflect any bad relationship between us and the
Opposition parties routinely accuse the government of harassment and say candidates were intimidated during local elections in April of last year. The government denies that.
Ethiopia will hold national elections in July 2010.