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21 Dec 2011 description

"The Government is seriously concerned about today's judgment against the two Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson in Addis Abeba.

"Our starting point is and remains that they have been in the country on a journalistic mission. They should be freed as soon as possible and be able to rejoin their families in Sweden. "We are examining the judgement and the situation also in consultation with the journalists and their families.

"But we are already making high-level contact with the Ethiopian government in this matter."

28 Jul 2011 description

Today, Thursday, staff from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency are travelling to Ethiopia to participate in the UN mission in the refugee camps in Dollo Ado, in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa. The Agency will contribute by building a housing and office camp for about 30 UN employees. The estimated cost of SEK 5.5 million will be paid by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

17 Jul 2005 description

Sweden is sending additional election observers to Ethiopia.

20 Jun 2005 description

The Government has followed developments in Ethiopia following the general election on 15 May with deep concern. There is a risk that the violence, the deaths and the large number of arrests that have been made in connection with demonstrations, particularly in the capital, Addis Abeba, will undermine the progress that conducting the elections nonetheless achieved.

Sweden has expressed its concern to the Ethiopian government about the actions of the authorities and calls on the government at this critical stage to ensure that respect for human rights is maintained.

09 Jun 2005 description

Ethiopia is one of the very poorest countries in the world. In practice this means that many of the inhabitants lack everything that constitutes the basic necessities of a modern society: water, food, medicine, dentists, electricity, telephones, education.Sweden has been providing support to Ethiopia since the 1950s.

31 Mar 2005 description

The Government decided today to contribute seven election observers ahead of the general elections in Ethiopia, to be held on 15 May.

The Swedish observers will be part of the joint EU election observation group that will follow the country's federal and regional parliamentary elections.

"It is of the utmost importance that the elections in Ethiopia are conducted democratically. By sending election observers, Sweden can help ensure a smooth election process and that the elections are free and fair.

18 Mar 2002 description

Unofficial translation

Minister for Development Cooperation Jan O.