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ADB says illegal arrest, physical assault inflicted on staff is a very serious diplomatic incident

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Akinwumi Adesina – ADB president (Photo : from the Web )

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – The African Development Bank issued a statement on Friday November 16 2023 regarding the illegal arrest and harassment perpetrated on its staff members based in Addis Ababa Office. Here follows the full statement :

“On 31 October 2023, two staff members of the African Development Bank Group based in Addis Ababa were unlawfully arrested, physically assaulted, and detained for many hours by elements of the security forces without any official explanation.

We are pleased that 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.

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.

Furthermore, 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.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. It is the victim of the assaults to seek legal redress and bring perpetuators to justice. It is shameful the African Development Bank to say that it wishes to assure all its partners that its operations in Ethiopia have not been affected by this incident . This means the assaulted employee was not a functioning member of AFDB and other members of staff are not traumatised by this horrific assaults . With this attitude, the African Development Bank’s management have no meaningful commitment to the safety, security and rights of their staff.

    Furthermore, it should have been the host (Ethiopian government )to make a statement and assure the 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 Host Country Agreement with AFDB.

  2. Why are so many African groups in Addis Ababa?
    Why do Black people feel entitled to Ethiopia?
    Why are they obsessed with Egypt?
    Why is Pan-Africa rooted in self-hatred?

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