High Commissioner Zeid will be in Ethiopia 22-25 April 2018, at the invitation of the Ethiopian government; will meet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

GENEVA (OHCHR)―UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Sunday began his second official visit to Ethiopia, at the invitation of the Government. During his visit, he will also take part in a high-level dialogue between the African Union and the UN Human Rights Office.

High Commissioner Zeid last visited Ethiopia in May 2017, when he met the then Prime Minister and other high-ranking Ethiopian officials and civil society members to discuss the human rights situation in the country and the work of the UN Human Rights East Africa Regional Office. The Government of Ethiopia earlier this year invited Zeid to conduct a follow-up visit to the country.

During his four-day visit, Zeid is due to meet with the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as well as other high-level officials, the Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives and the Chairperson of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, representatives of civil society and Government critics who have recently been released from prison.

On Tuesday, April 24th, Zeid will deliver opening remarks and participate in the African Union-United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights, to be held from in the morning at the AUC Small Conference Hall 2 in Addis Ababa. AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and Zeid will conduct a joint press briefing at in the afternoon at the end of the dialogue.

On the same day in the late afternoon, the High Commissioner will deliver a lecture at Addis Ababa University.

Source: OHCHR
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