By; Firehiwot Guluma Tezera March, 26, 2013 The continued violation of human rights in Oromia and the Government denials. The Ethiopian government’s human rights record remains poor, marked by an ever-hardening intolerance towards meaningful political dissent. Accordingly Prime Minister Hailemarim desalegn who took office after the sudden death of the late dictator Meles Zenawi has pledged to maintain the controversial policies of his predecessor. He vowed to continue with the legacy of the dead dictator without blending. In his first interview with an international media since taking office, he spoke with Peter Heinlein in New York. In his interview he defended the imprisonment of several opposition politicians and journalists under the newly enacted anti terrorism law.