Elements of the Ethiopian State security forces have unlawfully arrested, detained and physically assaulted two members of staff of the African Development Bank (AfBD) Group based in Addis Ababa.
The two staff members of AfDB were released from detention on the swift instruction of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, upon hearing of the incident.
He further ordered the immediate release of the affected staff and promised to order an immediate investigation into the incident.
The African Development Bank has since lodged a formal complaint with the Ethiopian authorities concerning the diplomatic breach, which occurred on October 31, this year, according to its release.
The government has formally acknowledged the complaint, recognised the gravity of the incident, and reassured AfDB that all those involved in breaking the law would be thoroughly investigated and brought to justice, ensuring transparency and full accountability.
Furthermore, the government has also reassured the AfDB that its staff in Ethiopia and those travelling to the country on mission would 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.