Ambassador Michael Raynor Addresses Jimma University Students

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Addresses Jimma University Students Jimma University, Jimma November 1, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Hi everyone, It’s great to see you all here; thanks very much for coming. My Embassy colleagues and I have a schedule full of great events during our trip to Jimma, including a visit to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at Inclusive Fashion Show

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at Inclusive Fashion Show Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa October 05, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good evening! Thank you all so much for being here tonight for the second annual Inclusive Fashion Show. I’m very proud and happy that the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia is once again supporting this ...
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U.S Embassy Organizes 2nd Inclusive Fashion Show to Promote Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

The U.S. Embassy organized the second Inclusive Fashion Show to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities.  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael A. Raynor said, “Inclusivity is about giving every member of your community the chance to reach his or her fullest potential. Inclusivity also ensures that each of us is able to contribute fully to our ...
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United States Provides Back-to-School Materials for Displaced Children

The U.S. Government has provided new school materials for 147,000 displaced children in Oromia, Somali, and SNNP regional states. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this effort is aimed at protecting vulnerable children’s rights to education following internal conflicts that have displaced approximately 2 million people in Ethiopia. USAID and the Ministry ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Raynor at 8th Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights, Democracy, and Governance

Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor Human Rights and Democracy Dialogue: Ethiopia and the United States          Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia July 19, 2018 9:00 a.m.   (As prepared for delivery)  Good morning to everyone here today – whether from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Department of State in Washington, or the U.S. ...
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U.S. Embassy Conducts Workshop on Countering Gender Based Violence

The U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa conducted a three-day workshop on Countering Gender Based Violence (GBV) from May 14-16 to foster cooperation and coordination among Ethiopian and international stakeholders. The workshop included instruction on identifying GBV offenders, best practices in conducting forensic interviews of offenders, training for medical professionals in conducting evaluations of GBV survivors to ...
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Release of the 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia

The 2017 Human Rights Report for Ethiopia reflects serious challenges to the Ethiopian people’s ability to exercise their basic rights last year. We believe there is reason for optimism that the 2018 Human Rights Report will tell a different story, one of progress. Notwithstanding the ongoing state of emergency, about which we have already expressed ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Declared State of Emergency

We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression. We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incidents of violence and loss of life, but firmly believe that the answer is greater freedom, not less. The challenges ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement Following Deaths at Chelenko and Universities

We are troubled and saddened by reports of violence that has resulted in deaths and injuries in the town of Chelenko and at several universities over the past two days. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. It is important that the Ethiopian government ensure the safety of all Ethiopian ...
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Statement by the U.S. Embassy

The United States sees peaceful demonstrations as a legitimate means of expression and political participation.  We note with appreciation a number of recent events during which demonstrators expressed themselves peacefully, and during which security forces exercised restraint in allowing them to do so. We are saddened by reports that several recent protests ended in violence and deaths.  All ...
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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the Joined Up Justice Forum

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Joined Up Justice Forum May 20, 2017 Tenestaleygn, endemn aderachu,  attam (or akkam) bultanni. Your Excellency President of the Federal Supreme Court Dagne Melaku, Your Excellency Attorney General Getachew Ambaye, Pastor Daniel, Distinguished officials and members of the Joined Up Justice Forum Ladies ...
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U.S. and Ethiopia Hold 7th Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Bilateral Working Group

Joint Press Release On December 15, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Tom Malinowski, and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu joined co-chairs State Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemeneand the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Ethiopia, Peter Vrooman, for the 7th Bilateral Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Working Group.  The ...
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Joint Op-Ed to Mark Human Rights Day

Addis Ababa, December 09, 2016:- Standing up for human rights – by the Ambassadors of the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden and Czech Republic and Chargé d’Affaires of Germany and the United States of America to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Our nations are up to 15,000km apart – from the top ...
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OP-ED on the current situation in Ethiopia

The Obama administration’s top official promoting democracy and human rights,Tom Malinowski, saysthe Ethiopian government’s tactics in response to protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions of the country are “self-defeating”.  Writing ahead of the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Nairobi for talks on East African issues, including security, Malinowski says Addis ...
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