Revealed: Aid to Ethiopia increases despite serious human rights abuses

by Angus Stickler and Caelainn Barr

Britain and the international community stand accused of turning a blind eye to widespread human rights abuses in Ethiopia, by providing  billions of dollars of aid despite evidence that it is used as a tool of political oppression.

An undercover investigation by the Bureau and BBC Newsnight reveals that as areas of Ethiopia fall victim to drought and famine, whole communities are being denied basic food, seed and fertilizer for failing to support Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

The investigation has also gathered evidence of ongoing ethnic cleansing, mass detentions, the widespread use of torture and extra-judicial killings by Ethiopian government forces.

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