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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL978, tabled on 9 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about the case of Mr Ali Adorus.

Answered on

21 July 2014

The Government takes all allegations of mistreatment or torture extremely seriously. We have raised Mr Adorus’ allegations of mistreatment during his detention in Ethiopia on numerous occasions, including at Ministerial level. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mr Simmonds), spoke with Foreign Minister Tedros about the case on 11 July. We have reminded the Ethiopian government of its obligations under the Convention against Torture, to which it is a signatory, to follow up on allegations through an independent, impartial and transparent investigation. We will continue to do so and provide all appropriate consular support to Mr Adorus, raising any welfare issues with the Ethiopian authorities to ensure that he is properly looked after.