UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia in May


The United Nations has announced that the UN human rights chief will visit Ethiopia next month, upon the invitation of the country’s government.

Ethiopia is still under a state of emergency that was declared in October after hundreds were reportedly killed during widespread anti-government protests, as the protesters were demanding political freedom.

Ethiopia has however rejected UN and other outside offers to investigate the killings and rights abuses during the deadly protests.

A UN statement on Friday said says Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will visit the East African nation on May 2-4.

The rights chief is expected to meet Ethiopia’s prime minister and other officials as well as civil society groups.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn this month rejected U.N. and European Union requests to investigate the protests in which the government says at least 669 people died.

During his visit to Addis Ababa, Zeid will also meet with officials from the African Union which is based there.