Andargachew Tsige

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Yemeni and Ethiopian governments on the detention of Andargachew Tsige.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

I remain deeply concerned by the continued detention of British national Andargachew Tsege in Ethiopia and about his welfare. The Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt Hon friend, the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Philip Hammond MP) spoke to the Ethiopian Foreign Minister on 30 June and made a public statement on 25 June. He made clear that Ethiopia’s failure to grant our repeated requests was unacceptable, and informed Dr Tedros that the lack of progress in the case risked undermining the UK’s relationship with Ethiopia. We will continue to press the Ethiopian government for regular consular access, for our concerns regarding Mr Andargachew’s welfare to be addressed and for a clear and transparent legal process through which Mr Andargachew can challenge his detention. Mr Andargachew’s case has also been raised with the former Yemeni Foreign Minister, most recently in January 2015. Our Embassy operations in Yemen were suspended on 11 February 2015.

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