Freedom of expression curbed in Ethiopia: UN experts

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Ethiopian authorities have been urged to stop using anti-terrorism laws to suppress freedom of expression.

A number of United Nations independent human rights experts say they are dismayed at what they say is the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression in Ethiopia.

Charles Appel reports.

Last week, three journalists and two opposition politicians were given prison sentences ranging from 14 years to life imprisonment under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism laws.

In December, two Swedish journalists captured by Ethiopian troops in the Ogaden region, were sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Another 24 defendants are scheduled to appear before the court in March for various charges under the anti-terrorism law.

The United Nations independent human rights experts say several of the defendants may face the death sentence if convicted.

They've called on the Ethiopian authorities to apply anti-terrorism legislation in accordance with the country's human rights obligations.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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