Oct. 18 (ESAT News)–Ethiopians in Norway have condemned continuing human rights violations and demanded the Ethiopian government to desist from violating citizens’ rights with impunity.
Binyam Kasa, one of the organizers and chair of the Ethiopian Refugees Association in Norway, told ESAT that Norway should rethink its unconditional assistance to the Ethiopian government regardless of its appalling human rights record. He also said that Norway’s plan to return Ethiopian asylum seekers to Ethiopia has failed so far due to a various problems the controversial scheme has faced.
Some of the protesters said that none of them are desirous of returning to Ethiopia, where human rights is routinely violated by the TPLF-led ethnic junta.
Norway’s cozy relationship with the dictatorial regime in Ethiopia has been condemned by a number of Norwegian and international rights groups including Human Rights Watch. Last year Norway had provoked uproar when it unveiled its plan to forcefully return 400 asylum seekers to Ethiopia.