UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia after deadly protests

  • By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Apr 28, 2017

Jordan’s Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights pauses during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva October 16, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND – Tags: POLITICS ROYALS) – RTR4AE5E

The United Nations says the U.N. human rights chief will visit Ethiopia next month at the invitation of the government, which has rejected U.N. and other outside offers to investigate months of deadly protests.

Ethiopia remains under a state of emergency declared in October after hundreds were killed amid anti-government protests demanding wider political freedoms.

A U.N. statement Friday says Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will visit the East African nation on May 2-4 and meet the prime minister and other officials along with 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.

Zeid also will meet with officials from the African Union continental body, which is based in Ethiopia’s capital.

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