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Eskinder calls for sanctions on Ethiopia

In an article published on The Guardian, imprisoned journalist Eskinder Nega urged the European Union to apply economic sanctions on Ethiopia.

Nega who is nearing the anniversary of his arrest on September 14th noted he believes the sanctions would serve as a catalyst for change in the country. Nega also made comparison between Ethiopia and China scolding the West for supporting Chinese interests.

Nega wrote,

As a prisoner of conscience committed to peaceful transition to democracy, I urge Europe to apply economic sanctions against Ethiopia. What short-term pain may result will be compensated by long-term gain. A pledge to re-engage energetically with a democratic Ethiopia would act as a catalyst for reform.

Sanctions need to be targeted – and the continuity of basic humanitarian aid without precondition is a moral necessity. But the EU should also impose travel bans on Ethiopian officials implicated in human rights violations.

We live in an age of global expectations. Our hopes have converged in many ways, none more so than in our democratic aspirations. The moral imperative is for Europe to align with the reform movement in Ethiopia. It is time to stand up for democracy.



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Mohammed A

Mohammed Ademo is a freelance journalist based in Washington, DC. He's the founder and editor of, an independent news website about Ethiopia.

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