On June 12, members of Australia’s Ethiopian community protested against the visit of an Ethiopian regional government delegation to Australia. Shortly thereafter, protesters originally from Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State received information that their relatives back in Ethiopia had been arrested due to their involvement in the protest. Ethiopian Somali protesters were particularly angry at the visit of Abdi Mohamoud Omar, commonly known as Abdi Iley, the president of Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State (SRS) who has been implicated in serious human rights abuses. Worryingly, his visa application did not raise any serious concerns from Australian government officials. The Australian government should ensure that relatives of Ethiopian Australians arrested in Ethiopia following a June protest in Melbourne are released immediately.