In September 2016, The Finnish University, Tampere Technical university announced a proposal to award a honorary doctorate degree to its former student the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn. Since then many Ethiopians were complaining to the university about this proposed award. The proposed award is unfair and an insult for Ethiopians and the whole Africa, said many people.
This week the Finnish media, Yle, announced that the university has removed the proposed honorary degree to the Ethiopian Prime Minister. The media mentioned that the university’s reason to remove the award is because the Prime Minister will not attend the award ceremony. Although the media said so, they have added their own explanation.
The media quoted the California State University Professor Alemayehu Gebremariam and journalist Muluken Tesfaw (he is currently based in Finland), thousands of Amharas and Oromos has been killed, more than 30 thousand people are arrested due to the ongoing State of Emergency declared on last October. While this is reality in the country that Hailemariam Dessalegn is leading, giving a honorary degree to him is an insult for Africans, and it shows that the Finnish government is supporting for the African dictator who violate the Human rights, said media.
Source: Yle and Muluken Tesfaw’s Facebook page post