Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement on the human rights situation in Ethiopia:

“Ethiopia has finally acknowledged that it holds political prisoners. Now, the government should quickly follow through on its commitments to release them and close a prison camp notorious for torture. If Ethiopia is to remain a strong U.S. partner and a source of stability in a dangerous region, the government must respect the rights of the Ethiopian people.”

Note: The Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution in July condemning excessive use of force by Ethiopian security services that has resulted in the deaths of protesters, and the wrongful detainment of journalists, students, activists and political leaders.