The House of Peoples' Representatives approved a proclamation stating that corruption suspects wouldn't be released on bail.

Two prominent human rights activists have been charged with attempting to change the "constitutional order" of Ethiopia by force, the pro-government Walta Information Centre has reported. Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, former head of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO), and Dr Berhanu Nega, head of the non-governmental Ethiopian Economic Association, were also charged with being members of an unlawful clandestine organisation, Walta said.

Ethiopian police have arrested several top officials and businessmen in the country's current crackdown campaign against corruption, said government officials Wednesday. Among the detained are former defense minister Siye Abraha and former head of the office of regional administration Bitew Belay, they said.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the coming to power of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), ARTICLE 19 today publishes a report exploring what progress has been made towards eliminating the
censorship dimensions of famine in Ethiopia over the past decade. Andrew Puddephatt, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, said: "The apparent return of famine to Ethiopia in 1999-2000 suggests that, despite the progress that has been made since 1991 by the ruling EPRDF more

Ethiopian government has welcomed the decision of the UN Security Council to lift the embargo on arms sales to Ethiopia and Eritrea, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said. In a statement on Wednesday the Ethiopian foreign ministry said the decision by the council had reminded both countries "to desist from engaging in an arms race and other military activities, and turn to economic development and reconciliation in a bid to bring about peace and stability in the Horn of Africa".