The African Development Bank Group, has reacted to what it describes as unlawfully arrest, physical assault and detaining of two of its staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by elements of the security forces.
The African Development Bank Group, has reacted to what it describes as unlawfully arrest, physical assault and detaining of two of its staff for many hours in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by elements of the security forces in the country, without any official explanation.
According to a statement by our Technical partner, APO Group, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia immediately acted when he learnt of the incident, ordered the immediate release of the affected staff and promised to order an immediate investigation into the incident.
The statement by APO Group, noted: “This is a very serious diplomatic incident, and the African Development Bank has since lodged a formal complaint with the Ethiopian authorities. For their part, the government has formally acknowledged our complaint, recognised the gravity of the incident, and reassured us that all those involved in breaking the law will be thoroughly investigated and brought to justice, ensuring transparency and full accountability.
“The government has also reassured the African Development Bank that its staff in Ethiopia and those travelling to the country on mission will continue to enjoy full respect of their rights, privileges and diplomatic immunities under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as well as the African Development Bank’s Host Country Agreement with the Government of Ethiopia.
“The African Development Bank values its excellent relations with the government of Ethiopia and is currently engaged with the authorities, through diplomatic channels, concerning the incident.
“The African Development Bank’s management would like to reiterate its commitment to the safety, security, rights and privileges of all its staff in all countries where the Bank operates.
“The African Development Bank wishes to assure all its partners that its operations in Ethiopia have not been affected by this incident.”