UN chief voices concern over Ethiopia

2016-10-18 07:05
Ban Ki-moon. (AFP)

Ban Ki-moon. (AFP)

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New York - The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is following developments in Ethiopia with concern after a series of measures under a state of emergency targeted the media and diplomats, his spokesperson said.

The government declared a six-month state of emergency on October 8 in response to an unprecedented wave of opposition protests.

Ban is "following the developments in Ethiopia with concern, including the declaration of a state of emergency," said the UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

"We are aware of the latest reports about new measures being imposed and are looking at the available information."

The UN chief urged Ethiopian authorities to uphold human rights and called for calm and restraint.

The country's Oromo and Amhara communities - which together make up 60% of the population  have been protesting for nearly a year against marginalisation.

Ethiopia's government is largely made up of minority Tigrayans.

Ban called for an "inclusive dialogue to resolve all grievances."

Read more on:    un  |  ethiopia  |  east africa

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