Travel Restrictions on Diplomats Lifted

8 Nov 2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

The Government of Ethiopia announced today (November 8, 2016) that it has lifted the state of emergency directive which requested that diplomats alert the control post if they planned to travel beyond a 40km (25 mile) radius of Addis Ababa.

Siraj Fegessa, Defence Minister and Secretariat of the Command Post, which oversees the implementation of the state of emergency, said the decision to change the advice was ascribed to the relative peace and security currently evident in the country.

The government has also revised the directive which allowed law enforcement bodies to conduct searches without a court warrant. The newly revised decree states that any law enforcement body is obliged to show his/her ID card and state the reason for the investigation while undertaking the search.

The law enforcement organ is also required to let people who are under investigation follow the investigation process, with local police and residents as observers. The law enforcement organ has the responsibility to keep confidential the information it obtained before and after the search, the Defence Minister said.

Ethiopia declared a six-month nationwide state of emergency in early October following the unrest that occurred in some areas.

Mr Fegessa said the situation nationwide is now much more stable. The advice had been imposed for the safety of diplomats and it was being lifted because it is now much calmer.

The state of emergency was declared following a thorough discussion by the Council of Ministers on the loss of lives and property damage which occurred.

Travel for diplomats was not banned as some news agencies have claimed. Diplomats were advised to let the authorities know if they were travelling more than 40km outside Addis. This was for their benefit.

—ENDS—

For further information contact the Press Office 0107 838 3880/3; email: press@ethioembassy.org.uk

Latest News

Browse all
The weekly publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.
20 Apr 2018
A Week in the Horn
PM Abiy appoints 16 cabinet ministers as part of the reform process to address public grievances.
19 Apr 2018
PM Abiy Announces New Cabinet
Founded in 2010, EthioChicken took over an under-performing poultry production centre in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, increasing production more than thirty-fold within a year. It has since expanded into four regions of Ethiopia, with production centres nationwide. We recently caught up with Joseph Shields, General Manager of EthioChicken, for an exclusive interview.
11 Apr 2018
EthioChicken wins FT’s Boldness in Business Award: Exclusive Interview
In recent weeks, an extraordinary set of meetings, involving members of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), have been taking place in Addis Ababa. The meetings, of both the Executive Committee and the Council of the Front, have spent the last few weeks deliberating on the current state of affairs in the country while appraising the progress of…
9 Apr 2018
Election of New Premier Represents Major Milestone for Ethiopia’s Democracy
PRESS RELEASE Spurred by the prevailing exemplary relations between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) and the Government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Ethiopian Embassy in London has been engaged proactively with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) in an effort to explore avenues for cooperation. To this end, the Embassy warmly welcomes and greatly appreciates…
5 Apr 2018
Ambassador Hailemichael opens ‘Maqdala 1868’ display at the V&A
Effective Monday, 9 April 2018, the Consular Section will be open from 9.00am - 3.00pm.
5 Apr 2018
New Consular Opening Times
On 2nd April, Dr Abiy Ahmed was sworn in as Ethiopia's new Prime Minister following outgoing Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn's resignation from the chairmanship of EPRDF. PM Abiy delivered his inaugural speech to a packed House of Peoples Representatives, which included members of the diplomatic corps and invited leaders of the opposition.
3 Apr 2018
Dr Abiy Ahmed Sworn in as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister
Dr Abiy Ahmed has been elected as the new chairperson of Ethiopia's ruling coalition, EPRDF. Demeke Mekonnen will retain his post as Deputy Chairperson of EPRDF.
28 Mar 2018
EPRDF elects Dr Abiy Ahmed as new leader
African Union Member States sign the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, the biggest free trade agreement since the establishment of the World Trade Organisation.
26 Mar 2018
Ethiopia joins African countries in historic intra-Africa trade agreement
Ethiopia will host the 53rd session of the International Sugar Council from 25th - 28th June 2018. Interested parties can see the programme as well as the events and hotel and visa information. 
19 Mar 2018
53rd Session of the International Sugar Council
The weekly publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.
16 Mar 2018
A Week in the Horn