JT – The Ethiopian peace activist and the founder of the oldest human rights organization in Ethiopia, Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam told the BBC that he has given up on the Western governments’ support for democracy in Ethiopia.

After the Ethiopian government banned his EHRCO organization, Prof. Mesfin co-founded the opposition party CUD, which won the 2005 national election votes in many regions of the country. However, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi later jailed Prof Mesfin and many other officials for speaking out about vote rigging by the ruling party.

Prof. Mesfin was nominated for the European Union (EU) human rights international award in 2006. During a BBC report on human rights abuses in Ethiopia, Prof Mesfin said the Meles government has now set up his own fake human rights organization after terminating independent human rights organizations in the country.

“I have given up on the WEST. I do not believe the WEST is interested in democracy, the rule of law and human rights,” said Prof. Mesfin.

Like his predecessors, US President Barrack Obama has remained silent about the massive human rights abuses, food aid diversions and killings throughout present day Ethiopia.

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