Western diplomats visit Ethiopian jails holding election protestors

[JURIST] Diplomats from various Western nations have been permitted to examine conditions at Ethiopia's largest jail for the hundreds of protestors arrested after the disputed May 15 election [JURIST report] erupted into demonstrations and violence [JURIST report]. Officials from Ireland, Switzerland and the US visited the facilities Wednesday and a statement from the Irish Embassy said conditions at the jail were similar to those in other jails but questioned the justification in holding some prisoners being detained, especially women and children. Final results for the disputed election, only the second multi-party election in Ethiopia's history, are due July 8. Reuters has more.



 

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