U.S. Wrong to Endorse Ethiopia’s Elections, says Freedom House

17 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In response to today’s comments by Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, in which she referred to Ethiopia as a democracy and the country’s upcoming elections free, fair, and credible, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Under Secretary Sherman’s comments today were woefully ignorant and counter-productive,” said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice president of Freedom House. “Ethiopia remains one of the most undemocratic countries in Africa. By calling these elections credible, Sherman has tacitly endorsed the Ethiopian government’s complete disregard for the democratic rights of its citizens. This will only bolster the government’s confidence to continue its crackdown on dissenting voices.”


Since coming into power in the early 1990s, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has dominated politics through a combination of political cooptation and harassment. The country experienced a degree of democratization through the early 2000’s, culminating in the most competitive elections in the county’s history in 2005. Since these elections, the EPRDF has restricted political pluralism and used draconian legislation to crack down on the political opposition, civil society organizations, and independent media. In the 2010, EPRDF and its allies won 546 out of 547 parliamentary seats.

Ethiopia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2014.

One Response to “U.S. Wrong to Endorse Ethiopia’s Elections, says Freedom House”

  1. Satenaw April 17, 2015 at 23:59 #

    Following her endorsement of bunch of butchers who aims to extinct one ethnic group, I can conclude that Wendy Sherman, knows nothing about East Africa in general and anything about the dictatorial regime in Ethiopia in particular.

    TPLF is now killing citizens in every corners of the country and arresting hundreds of thousands of peaceful residents just for asking their rights. While she was speaking people in and out side of the country are dying. This Government has done nothing to the people but few TPLF members.

    So I will not accept this is the policy of USA but her own judgment intended to sabotage the struggle of Peaceful Ethiopians working to form Democratic Ethiopia.


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