Congressman Donald Payne condemns rights violations in Ethiopia
-Calls for immediate release of massacre inquiry report
|October 21, 2006: US congressman Donald M. Payne has condemned the continued human rights violations in Ethiopia and also accused the European Commission delegation to Ethiopia of betraying Ms. Yalemzewd Bekele, who was an employee of the delegation, by asking her to leave her office where she stayed for a few days to avoid arrest by security forces.|
In a press release he issued yesterday, the Congressman expressed his deep concern over the detention of human rights campaigners including Yalemzewd Bekele, 29, who was arrested near the Ethio-Kenyan border while fleeing persecution. He accused the European Commission delegation to Ethiopia of betraying Yalemzewd, who was an employee of the delegation, by asking her to leave her office where she stayed for a few days to avoid arrest by security forces. “I strongly condemn this act and call on the European Commission to investigate this decision,”? he said.
Congressman Payne, who claimed to have seen copies of the report and a video deliberation of the inquiry commission set up to probe into the June and November massacre, urged the Meles regime to allow the immediate release of the commission’s report.
Congessman Payne is an African American and represents the 10th district of New Jersey.He is a member of the International Relations Committee and its Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations, where he holds the position of Ranking Member.