Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalgen, insists that the country is able to launch investigations into deadly protests that have gone on in recent months and that as a sovereign country they should be allowed so to do.\r\nHis view is backed by the the Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Girma Birru. Both men are quoted by the US-based Foreign Policy (FP) news portal as stating that the country did not need outsiders to probe the Oromia and Amhara protests.\r\n\u201cThere is no need for somebody from outside to come and investigate this issue. It\u2019s not because there is something to be hidden but it\u2019s because we have a sovereignty that needs to be kept,\u201d Hailemariam is quoted to have said.\r\nThere is no need for somebody from outside to come and investigate this issue. It\u2019s not because there is something to be hidden but it\u2019s because we have a sovereignty that needs to be kept.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEthiopian PM Blames Olympic Protest on U.S.-Based Dissenters\r\nWhen Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa held his arms in an \u201cX\u201d as he crossed the finish line for a silver medal last month at the\u2026\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe country located in the horn of Africa region has been under international pressure to accommodate independent observers to look into the nationwide protests that have been clamped down upon by the security agencies.\r\n\u201cEthiopia is a sovereign country and Ethiopia has the capability to investigate its own case. When the Ethiopian government is assumed to have failed to do these things, it\u2019s an insult,\u201d the ambassador told\u00a0FP\u00a0 in Washington last week.\r\nWhiles accepting that protesters have legitimate grievances regarding land reform, he denied claims of political partiality by the government, citing the legislative presence of Oromia in both chambers of parliament \u2014 reportedly the largest of any region.\r\nHuman Rights Watch and other rights groups, the World Council of Churches and several governments across the world have called on the government and protesters to exercise restraint and to use dialogue as a means of ironing out differences.\r\nThe United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner in his recent report reiterated calls for the government to allow an independent assessment of the situation in order to confirm or dismiss reports in the media.