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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola from April 29 to May 5 to promote democracy and human rights, the State Department said on Friday.
Kerry will meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom in Addis Ababa to discuss peace efforts in the region and strengthen ties with Ethiopia, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“In Kinshasa, Secretary Kerry will meet with President Joseph Kabila and will discuss how the DRC government’s progress in neutralizing some of the dozens of dangerous armed groups that victimize the Congolese people can be consolidated and how to best advance the DRC’s democratization and long-term stability, including through a timely and transparent electoral process,” she said.
Kerry will meet Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos in Luanda to commend him on his engagement in the peace process in Africa’s Great Lakes region, Psaki added.
The tyrannical regime in Addis has launched fresh rounds of arrests that included key figures of the opposition Blue Party, dozens of Blue Party members as well as seven bloggers known for their independent way of writing. The arrests were made ahead of a planned protest rally on Sunday in Addis.
It is to be recalled that John Kerry had in his previous speech mentioned prominent Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega as evidence that human rights violations in Ethiopia are rampant and of serious concern to the US government. Eskinder is serving 18 years in prison for being a blogger, yes, a blogger.
“A year to go before the ‘general elections,’ the regime is tightening the noose around freedom of speech, opinion and thought,” Blue Party North America support group said in a statement, calling on fellow Ethiopians and their friends in Washington DC metro and surrounding areas to join the protest rally and express outrage at the TPLF-led government’s ongoing human rights violations.