Ethiopian govt and opposition start talks on amending anti-terrorism law

Ethiopian govt and opposition start talks on amending anti-terrorism lawBy Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s ruling coalition started talks with opposition groups on Wednesday on amending provisions of an anti-terrorism law that critics say has criminalised dissent, state-affiliated media said. Watchdog groups say the 2009 law’s broad definitions have been used indiscriminately against anyone who opposes government policy. The discussions follow the release on Tuesday of opposition leader Andargachew Tsige, who was sentenced to death under the law in 2009 over his role in the opposition group Ginbot 7, which the government has labelled a terrorist organisation.



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