German Chancellor Angela Merkel will bring up human rights on her trip to Ethiopia today, the AP news agency is reporting.
She is on the third leg of her African tour which has seen her visit Mali and Niger.
AP quotes a German government spokesperson saying that she will “of course clearly address human rights” issues.
Mrs Merkel’s visit comes two days after a six-month state of emergency was declared in the country.
This was in reaction to months of anti-government protests in which rights groups estimate that more than 500 people have died.
Protesters are complaining about political and economic marginalisation. Ethiopia is frequently criticised for its poor human rights record.
The German leader is also set to address migration issues