Human Rights Watch has called on Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea to address alleged human rights abuses as the two countries continue to normalise relations.
The US-based group said “now that Eritrea and Ethiopia have finally made peace with each other, it’s high time they each worked to protect the basic rights of their citizens”.
“Though Ethiopia’s new prime minister has announced many reforms and has freed political prisoners in recent months, he has yet to commit to investigations into serious human rights abuses such as the torture of detainees or extrajudicial killing of protestors in recent years.”
On Monday, Eritrea reopened its embassy in Ethiopia in further evidence of a rapid thaw between the two countries that a week ago ended two decades of military stalemate.
Ethiopia has also reactivated its bilateral air services agreement with Eritrea that will allow its national airline fly over its neighbour’s airspace and save on fuel costs.