ADDIS ABABA–The Office of the United Nations Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCR) is to open an office in Addis Ababa to cover the East Africa and Southern Africa sub-regions, says High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
He made the announcement here Wednesday after holding discussions with Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu on human right activities and regional issues. He told journalists that the new office will help the UNHCR supervise its activities in 17 countries in the two sub-regions.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the UNHCR and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the opening of the office, he said, noting that Ethiopia had continued to take positive moves during the transition period when the country saw the retirement of its former prime minister and appointment of a new prime minister.
We reviewed this development and beyond to say that we also signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Ethiopia which will allow us to deepen our work with the government on human rights matters,” he said.
He added that he and his delegation are satisfied with the discussions with the Foreign Minister.
Workneh said the discussions focused on political developments, human rights and changes which Ethiopia had registered in terms of human rights.
We have discussed on a number of issues, especially, we discussed the release of prisoners and the ongoing dialogues with rival parities. The High Commissioner appreciated the steps that Ethiopia is taking now,” he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK