TPLF officials grilled at UPR over Ethiopia’s human rights record: Learn from Amy’s tweets how things went for them in Geneva

6 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council devoted the morning to examining the human rights behavior and performances of the Ethiopian regime, under a procedure commonly known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Amy Bergquist (Credit: The Advocate)

Amy Bergquist (Credit: The Advocate)

Before I proceed to commenting on that, I must preface this piece with an expression of gratitude to Amy Bergquist, International Human Rights Attorney, now with The Advocates for Human Rights. The whole time the UPR was taking place in Geneva, Amy glued herself to her television in the US to bring to the world the progress through her tweets, especially when nations commented on the Ethiopian human rights situation – which has made this article possible.

Amy formerly clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable John R. Tunheim, District Judge of the District of Minnesota. Amy also worked as an Associate at the law firm of Faegre & Benson, LLP in Minneapolis.

As far as the UPR is concerned, it has become standard practice for the United Nations since 2006 to evaluate the commitments of member states to human rights and fundamental freedoms, with the numerous international instruments as the yardstick – starting from the United Nations Charter to the many international human rights and humanitarian instruments member states have voluntarily signed and ratified through the years.

For Ethiopia, this is the second UPR, with the first having taken place in December 2009. At the time, the Human Rights Council issued the TPLF regime 143 recommendations with a view to helping it improve the human rights situation in the country. Of that, the regime accepted 99 of them, arrogantly rejecting 32 and isolating 12 others for future considerations – in the final analysis none of them immplemented (press here for the details).

The international community has been unhappy with the regime’s resistance, especially its failure to give those recommendations effect, after massacring over 200 Addis Abeba residents protesting the stolen 2005 election and 50-70, 000 imprisoned. This has been documented and pointed out by many in their repeated complaints to both the regime and the United Nations.

In the mean time not only that the situation of human rights in Ethiopia has terribly deteriorated. But also a huge number of people have senselessly lost their lives because of state violence; with every passing day many innocent people continuing to be thrown to prisons never to see lawyer or contacts with family members denied.

Today, cruel inhuman and degrading treatments and various forms of torture in Ethiopia are common practice.
 

The 19th session of UPR

The May 6, 2014 UPR session has come for the TPLF regime at both historic moment that would demand reforms, and also a very difficult time. Aware of the situation – some of them possibly disappointed or angered – UN member states were prepared in advance. I saw from Amy Bergquist’s tweet that 119 of them had their names inscribed as speakers on Ethiopia’s UPR agenda item.

And so did a huge number of member states spoke expressing their serious concerns about Ethiopia’s human rights situation. However, with little time permitted for speakers, all of them made buried their adjectives and detailed observations in their recommendations.

Quite striking is the fact that these speakers rather ignored the opening statement by TPLF delegation and their subsequent responses, which as usual happened to be a pack of lies, likening Ethiopia the human rights heaven on Earth.

This has not stopped UN members states – including close allies of the regime – from making far reaching and recommendations with implications that would drag at the General Assembly itself later, if at all the views of this majority is not respected. The international community is interested in getting Ethiopia’s serious human rights deficiencies remedied.

While China often speaks of its policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, its recommendation to the TPLF regime has addressed the need to safeguarding the rights of women and girls as well as poverty alleviation.

The tragedy is the TPLF has sent representatives, who would like to swear to the world that Ethiopia has never known any censorship or suppressed freedoms, nor the anti-terrorism law has subverted constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights of citizens (Shimelis Kemal).

The leader of the TPLF delegation seemed to beg for understanding from United Nations member states, claiming Ethiopia has made major strides on human rights during the last four and a half years. He added that criticisms that Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law stifle free expression is unfounded, promising that the “May 2015 elections will be free fair democratic” (Berhane Gebre-Christos).

What does Ethiopia’s principal bankroller say about all this? Surprise! surprise! In its brief statement during the UPR, the United States delegation made the following critical observation:

    We are deeply concerned that the Charities and Societies Proclamation has severely restricted many local organizations’ ability to conduct important democracy, governance, and human rights work. Easing restrictions will move Ethiopia toward an environment of inclusiveness and political plurality in advance of the 2015 national elections.

Moreover, aware that this is one recommendation the regime vehemently rejected in the first round, the US delegation officially recommended for the Addis Abeba regime to:

    “1.   Conduct a full review of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, amending the law as necessary to ensure that it strengthens the rule of law and is applied apolitically and in full compliance with Ethiopia’s international human rights obligations;

    2.   Repeal the Charities and Societies Proclamation in order to promote the development of an independent civil society able to operate freely;

    3.   Permit the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association to travel to Ethiopia to advise the government.”

Recall that it was only days ago during his visit in Ethiopia that Secretary of State John Kerry sternly warned from Addis Abeba :

    “I make clear to Ethiopian officials that they need to create greater opportunities for citizens. To be able to engage with their fellow citizens and with their government by opening up more space for civil society. And we shouldn’t use the anti-terrorism proclamations as mechanisms to be able to curb the free exchange of ideas.”

Now again, Ethiopian officials are failing to seize the moment and heal Ethiopia by taking the necessary reform measures. There is fundamental need to make Ethiopia’s media free, journalists independent, the country’s economic outputs to fairly belong to all citizens, abandonment of rule by political cadres, guns and subversive decrees, whose main goal is to oppress the people, steal their properties, especially the illegal acquisition of rural and urban lands. Ethiopia can become a normal country, when each and every citizen is free to live anywhere in the country; when nobody is arrested or abducted by security forces from the streets, homes or offices, without legitimate court approval.

I understand from Amy’s tweets that the final report and the recommendations to the Council would only be ready by May 8. Nevertheless, from experiences at the United Nations, where regional groupings play important roles in either advancing or undermining planned actions, I would say, the UPR has moved with the seriousness the issue of human rights deserves.
 

Why is there is now more seriousness, even compared to the January UPR session?

When 119 nations advise the Ethiopian regime to remedy the situation, each threw its recommendation to help the country onto democratic path. However, it is horrifying to hear those TPLF officials know nothing better than pulling themselves to once again offer their white lie to the world.

By so doing, they have discredited themselves perhaps because of their nervousness implying that the country’s governance is proper, what it should be, when in reality Ethiopia has for a long time been a country where laws mean nothing and only the will of those with guns and prisons has been systematically destroying it.

As usual, in Geneva, the video and transcripts, would confirm that they swore torture is not practiced in Ethiopia; nor courts fail to carry out their duties to citizens in dispensing justice or the media is gaged (Leul Kahsay, Shimelis Kemal).

It is the rich nations, mostly sympathetic to the regime because of its services in the international struggle against terrorism, and also on hand developing nations from Africa, Asia and Latin America offering their recommendations to ameliorate the Ethiopian terrible situation in the country.

There is no doubt that for the TPLF that is running Ethiopia, the(UPR) has come at a historical moment, even when the country’s human rights records are terrible, with the state heavily reliant on use of violence, instead of the rule of law.

As it happens, around the time when the US Secretary of State John Kerry was visiting the country at the end of April and early May 2014, TPLF leaders authorized the use of lethal force against unarmed and peaceful university students in different parts of the country. The students were peacefully protesting against the new Addis Abeba masterplan, which has not been subjected to public debate. The feeling in the country, among Oromo students, is that the plan is subterfuge for land grab and as possible mechanism to impoverish the Oromos, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.

By April end and early May, the number of dead students at Ambo University has risen from 30 to 78 by Monday. The figures from other universities are not known, but are expected to be very high. Embassies in Ethiopia and international organizations that collect situation reports must be aware that the killings of students and imprisonment of their parents are continuing. News report on ESAT yesterday announced ten-year old boy killed and thrown in the forest. Dead bodies are being recovered from forests in Ambo’s environ.

Could this have deftly pushed the scale against the TPLF regime on an international forum?

I was privileged to follow what happened this morning during the United Nations review of Ethiopia’s human rights, thanks to Amy Bergquist’s tweets. I thought I should assemble them and run them down here to have readers benefit from its clear and precise reporting of the proceedings.

*This article is edited to correct the wrong information in the original that Amy Bergquist was tweeting from Geneva. Previous posts were also added as related articles.
 

AmyAmy Bergquist @alb68

Wow! 119 countries-from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe-have signed up to comment on #Ethiopia’s #HumanRights record tomorrow at the #UN.
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I’ll livetweet the #UN #HumanRights Council webcast 9-12:30 Geneva time Tues using hashtags #Ethiopia #UPR19 (& #OromoProtests as relevant)
2:17 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Oromo #diaspora mobilizes to shine spotlight on student protests in #Ethiopia post 1/ 4-part series http://theadvocatespost.org/2014/05/05/oromo-diaspora-mobilizes-to-shine-spotlight-on-student-protests-in-ethiopia/ … #OromoProtests
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Gebre-Christos says #Ethiopia has made major strides on #HumanRights over last 4.5 years. #UPR19
10:15 AM – 6 May 2014
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Gebre-Christos asserts criticisms that #Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law are unfounded, law doesn’t stifle free expression. #UPR19
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Gebre-Christos claims #Ethiopia’s May 2015 elections will be free fair democratic & credible. #UPR19
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#Algeria recommends #Ethiopia continue efforts to prevent violence vs children #UPR19
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#Angola recommends #Ethiopia continue efforts to fight human trafficking esp women & children #UPR19
10:36 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Argentina urges #Ethiopia to ratify convention on enforced disappearances #UPR19
10:36 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Argentina recommends #Ethiopia extends protections against discrim to all vuln groups, including #LGBT ppl #UPR19
10:37 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Armenia is concerned about recent casualty reports in #Oromia #Ethiopia #UPR19 #OromoProtests
10:38 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Armenia calls on #Ethiopia to promote dialogue & tolerance among ethnic groups. #UPR19 #OromoProtests
10:39 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Australia recommends #Ethiopia fully recognize political freedoms for all ethnic groups. #UPR19
10:39 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Austria calls on #Ethiopia to revise anti-terrorism proclamation & mass media proclamation #UPR19
10:40 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Austria urges #Ethiopia to address forcible resettlement. #UPR19 #OromoProtests
10:41 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Bangladesh recommends #Ethiopia get technical assistance for human rights efforts #UPR19
10:42 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Belgium urges #Ethiopia to revise CSP & ATP for appropriate framework for NGO activity #UPR19
10:44 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Botswana: #Ethiopia should ensure full independence & impartiality of judiciary, ratify ICC Rome Statute #UPR19
10:48 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Bhutan: #Ethiopia should further improve conditions of prisons, engage w civil society groups to promote & protect human rights #UPR19
10:49 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Brazil urges #Ethiopia to ratify OP-CRC-AC & CP #UPR19
10:52 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Burundi: #Ethiopia should expand inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogues. #UPR19
10:54 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Canada urges #Ethiopia protect & protect religious freedom, enhance inter-religious dialogue #UPR19
10:56 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Canada urges #Ethiopia to fully protect political opposition, independent media, & free debate. #UPR19
10:56 AM – 6 May 2014
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#CAR: #Ethiopia should continue to eliminate all discrimination, including vs women & ppl with disabilities #UPR19
10:57 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Chile urges #Ethiopia to allow visits for UN mandate holders & special procedures, ensure better access for women #UPR19
10:59 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Chile urges #Ethiopia to ensure freedom of opinion & expression. #UPR19 #OromoProtests
11:00 AM – 6 May 2014
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#China: #Ethiopia should intensify poverty alleviation, promote gender equality & safeguard rights of women & girls #UPR19
11:01 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Congo: #Ethiopia should ratify OP-CRC-AC,-CP. #UPR19
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#CostaRica urges #Ethiopia 2 abolish death penalty, take urgent measures to investigate torture&extrajudicial killings #UPR19 #OromoProtests
11:04 AM – 6 May 2014
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#CotedIvoire: #Ethiopia should continue policy vs extreme poverty & focus on health & education sectors #UPR19
11:05 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Cuba: #Ethiopia should continue promoting coop with registered CSOs, strengthen grass roots civil society #UPR19
11:05 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Cuba: #Ethiopia should strengthen efforts to combat human trafficking. #UPR19
11:06 AM – 6 May 2014
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#CzechRepublic urges #Ethiopia to immediately release all detained journalists including Nega & Alemu #UPR19
11:07 AM – 6 May 2014
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#CzechRepublic: #Ethiopia should amend CSP to allow free NGO activities, grant all politi parties = access to media. #UPR19
11:08 AM – 6 May 2014
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#NorthKorea: #Ethiopia should continue efforts for promoting human rights throughout region, ensure rural health care access #UPR19
11:10 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Denmark urges #Ethiopia to ensure active participation of civil society, remove impediments hindering mass media #UPR19
11:10 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Djibouti: #Ethiopia should continue to combat terrorism in subregion, continue work againt FGM #UPR19
11:12 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Ethiopia Foreign Minister Gebre-Christos gives floor to Justice Minister to respond. #UPR19
11:12 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Ethiopia Justice Minister Leul Kahsay: Federal Constitution provides for independent judiciary, is pillar to legal system. #UPR19
11:17 AM – 6 May 2014
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Justice Minister Kahsay says not 1 judge has been fired based on political pressure in #Ethiopia. #UPR19
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#Ecuador urges #Ethiopia to ratify convention on rights of migrants, improve access of women to employment & health #UPR19
11:20 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Egypt: #Ethiopia should continue efforts to encourage equality between men&women, build capacity 4 care for children w disabilities #UPR19
11:21 AM – 6 May 2014
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#EquatorialGuinea: #Ethiopia should further efforts to increase participation of women in politics #UPR19
11:23 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Estoniai strongly condemns restrictions on freedom of expression, censorship, harassment of polit opposition in #Ethiopia to #UPR19
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#Finland urges #Ethiopia to ensure clear, independent & effective complaints mechs are in place for mistreatment #UPR19
11:25 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Finland urges #Ethiopia to ensure freedom & safety of human rights defenders. #UPR19
11:25 AM – 6 May 2014
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#France: #Ethiopia shld ratify Rome Statute, abolish death penalty, provide appeals to anti-terror law, decriminalize homosexuality #UPR19
11:26 AM – 6 May 2014
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#France: #Ethiopia should ensure law on media is consistent with #ICCPR. #UPR19
11:26 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Gabon: #Ethiopia should build technical & financial capacities, strengthen NHRI #UPR19
11:28 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Germany: #Ethiopia should promote & protect hrts of vulnerable groups, ensure legit political dissent is not criminalized. #UPR19
11:28 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Germany urges #Ethiopia to respect right of all persons to due process of law. #UPR19
11:28 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Ghana: #Ethiopia should decriminalize defamation. #UPR19
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#HolySee: #Ethiopia should continue improving outreach to all ethnic communities to participate in political process #UPR19 #OromoProtests
11:32 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Honduras: #Ethiopia should criminalize marital rape & FGM, punish trafficking of women & children #UPR19
11:33 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Hungary urges #Ethiopia to create conducive envt for civil society, lift funding restrictions on NGOs #UPR19
11:34 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Indonesia urges #Ethiopia to ensure human rights in education curriculum #UPR19
11:36 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Ireland: #Ethiopia should allow CSOs to complement govt programs in combating VAW, amend CSP to remove restrictions on frdm of assn #UPR19
11:37 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Ireland: #Ethiopia should ensure restrictions on freedom of expression comply with #ICCPR Article 19. #UPR19
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#Italy urges #Ethiopia to carry out actions vs. terrorism in full respect to freedom of expression & of press. #UPR19
11:38 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Italy encourages #Ethiopia to provide more resources vs VAW & FGM. #UPR19
11:39 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Japan expresses worry about restrictions on free expression in #Ethiopia #UPR19
11:39 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Japan urges #Ethiopia to address FGM, VAW & early marriage. #UPR19
11:39 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Kenya: #Ethiopia should strengthen institutional capacity of Eth Human Rights Commission & Ombudsman office #UPR19
11:41 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Kyrgyzstan: #Ethiopia should criminalize all forms of torture, strengthen human rights institutions #UPR19
11:44 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Latvia urges #Ethiopia to accede to Rome Statute/ICC, continue efforts to protect rights of women & children #UPR19
11:46 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Lesotho: #Ethiopia should continue efforts twrd gender equality, fighting GBV, implement laws in accordance w human rights princips #UPR19
11:48 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Libya: #Ethiopia should continue efforts to transform country into middle-income country #UPR19
11:49 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Liechtenstein: #Ethiopia should increase efforts to enforce crim code vs DV, enhance rehab for victims of DV, accede to Rome Statute #UPR19
11:50 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Madagascar: #Ethiopia should ratify Rome Statute/ICC, various OPs & conventions #UPR19
11:52 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Malaysia: #Ethiopia shld improve health servs in rural areas, provide quality education for children, raise awareness re women’s rts #UPR19
11:53 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Maldives urges #Ethiopia to strengthen quality & access to education, esp in rural areas, address envtl degradation #UPR19
11:54 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Mauritius: #Ethiopia should continue efforts to address VAW, strengthen role of national human rights commission #UPR19
11:59 AM – 6 May 2014
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#Mexico urges #Ethiopia to do away w all barriers to development of NGOs, especially foreign funding #UPR19
12:00 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Mexico encourages #Ethiopia to undertake technological developments with #Ethiopia|n diaspora. #UPR19
12:00 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Montenegro urges #Ethiopia to strengthen cooperation with UN Human rights mechanisms, incl standing invite to spec procedures #UPR19
12:02 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Morocco: #Ethiopia should step up efforts to ensure all sectors of society benefit from economic growth #UPR19
12:03 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Ethiopia Minister of Women, Children & Youth Affairs Frenesh Mekuria presents efforts on women’s & children’s rights, VAW. #UPR19
12:07 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Myanmar: #Ethiopia should continue addressing challenges in poverty reduction, pursue natl strategy vs harmful tradl practices & FGM #UPR19
12:17 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Namibia: #Ethiopia should enhance Eth Natl HR Commission esp work w #Oromo & #Ogaden communities #UPR19 #OromoProtests
12:18 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Nepal: #Ethiopia should continue promoting & protecting rights of all segments of the population. #UPR19
12:19 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Netherlands urges #Ethiopia to amend CSP &ATP to lift restrictions on rt to freedom of assn & expression. #UPR19
12:20 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Nicaragua: #Ethiopia should double efforts to fight discrimination esp vs minority groups, children, women #UPR19
12:21 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Niger: #Ethiopia should develop social policies for natl sickness regime (?) #UPR19
12:23 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Nigeria: #Ethiopia should continue to grant all polit parties unfettered access to media #UPR19
12:24 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Norway urges #Ethiopia to establish mechs for meaningful participation of civil society re NHRAP #UPR19
12:25 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Norway recommends #Ethopia amend CSP to allow groups to operate w/o restrictions on $ origins. #UPR19
12:25 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Norway urges #Ethiopia to ensure anti-terrorism efforts comply w human rights standards for free expression, due process #UPR19
12:26 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Paraguay: #Ethopia should double efforts to eradicate all torture & enforced disappearances. #UPR19
12:27 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Paraguay: #Ethiopia should permit access of independent observers to prisons. #UPR19
12:27 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Philippines: #Ethiopia should ensure adequate funding vs VAW & human trafficking. #UPR19
12:28 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Portugal urges #Ethiopia to abolish death penalty, adopt laws & campaign vs discrim vs ppl with disabs, decrim homosexuality #UPR19
12:30 PM – 6 May 2014
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#SouthKorea: #Ethiopia should ensure increased freedom of expression of journalists & media workers. #UPR19
12:31 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Russia: #Ethiopia should improve penitentiary system, conditions of detainees, train police & military on human rights #UPR19
12:32 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Rwanda urges #Ethiopia to build capacity of law enforcement on basic rights of citizens, combat FGM #UPR19 #OromoProtests
12:33 PM – 6 May 2014
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#SaudiArabia: #Ethiopia should strengthen efforts to ensure safe healthy environment, guarantee econ social & cultural rights #UPR19
12:35 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Senegal: #Ethiopia should strengthen national birth registry, improve women’s access to jobs & public life. #UPR19
12:36 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Serbia encourages #Ethiopia to strengthen ombudsman, provide intl humanitarian law training to police, judges, defense forces #UPR19
12:37 PM – 6 May 2014
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#SierraLeone: #Ethiopia should expand right to work for refugees #UPR19
12:38 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Singapore: #Ethiopia should improve access to quality health care, promote gender equality. #UPR19
12:40 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Ethiopia State Minister of Federal Affairs Mulugeta Wuletaw defends CSP, asserts it was based on extensive public input. #UPR19
12:42 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Slovakia urges #Ethiopia to ensure respect for freedom of association, repealing restrictions on NGO activities, decrim fr of exprn #UPR19
12:52 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Slovenia urges #Ethiopia to repeal media and anti-terror laws restricting freedom of expression in constitution #UPR19
12:53 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Somali: #Ethiopia should further strengthen measures vs terrorism in the sub-region, strengthen role maintaining peace in horn #UPR19
12:55 PM – 6 May 2014
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#SouthAfrica urges #Ethiopia to increase women’s access to jobs & public life, develop strategy for migrants #UPR19
12:56 PM – 6 May 2014
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#SouthSudan: #Ethiopia should open offices of federal ethics & anti-corruption commns in remaining states #UPR19
12:57 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Spain urges #Ethiopia to guarantee no torture takes place in detention, establish independent natl commission vs torture #UPR19
12:59 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Spain urges #Ethiopia to respond to special procedures’ communications from OHCHR #UPR19
12:59 PM – 6 May 2014
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#SriLanka: #Ethiopia should continue plans for access to health, encourage small & med enterprises to create youth jobs #UPR19
1:01 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Palestine: #Ethiopia should expand income-generating activities for women, step up rural health servs & reduce maternal mortality #UPR19
1:02 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Sudan: #Ethiopia should expand implementation of natl human rights action plan, expand primary education in mother tongue. #UPR19
1:03 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Sweden urges #Ethiopia to ensure full rights of association by reviewing CSP funding restrictions for human rights orgs #UPR19
1:04 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Sweden urges #Ethiopia to remove vague provisions in ATP to criminalize freedom of expression & association #UPR19
1:05 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Switzerland urges #Ethiopia to uphold right to fair trial by ensuring all legal procedures be respected. #UPRP19
1:06 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Switzerland urges #Ethiopia to put an end to harassment of journalists & release those jailed. #UPR19
1:06 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Thailand: #Ethiopia should consider adopting universal health care coverage, esp in rural areas. #UPR19
1:07 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Togo: #Ethiopia should ratify OP-CAT re torture #UPR19
1:08 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Tunisia: #Ethiopia should continue fight vs violence against women & children, ensure favorable climate for HRDs & journalists #UPR19
1:09 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Tunisia: #Ethiopia should fight discrim in area of education, allow visits to all places of deprivation of liberty. #UPR19 #OromoProtests
1:10 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Uganda: #Ethiopia should ratify Kampala Convention on refugees & IDPs. #UPR19
1:11 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Tanzania: #Ethiopia should continue efforts to attain gender parity at all levels of education system #UPR19
1:13 PM – 6 May 2014
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#USA urges #Ethiopia to conduct full review of ATP strengthening rule of law, ensure enforced apolitically, repeal CSP #UPR19
1:15 PM – 6 May 2014

#Bolivia: #Ethiopia should continue efforts re human right to water & sanitation; eradicate racism, discrim & intolerance #UPR19
1:17 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Vietnam: #Ethiopia should reinforce progress on food security, increase school attendance for girls, literacy for women & girls. #UPR19
1:18 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Zambia: #Ethiopia shld introduce minimum wage legislation to ensure decent standard of living, ensure women’s = rts for land leases #UPR19
1:21 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Zimbabwe: #Ethiopia shld intensify implementation of its pro-poor policies & programs, strengthen access to criminal justice system #UPR19
1:23 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Afghanistan: #Ethiopia should strengthen participation of women in political affairs, enhance democratic institutions & EHRC #UPR19
1:24 PM – 6 May 2014

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#UK is concerned about abuses by #Ethiopia special forces in relocation programs #UPR19
1:25 PM – 6 May 2014
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#UK urges #Ethiopia to ensure 2015 elections are more representative, have freedom of debate. #UPR19
1:26 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Ethiopia State Minister of Govt Communication Affairs Shimelis Kemal attempts to take on criticisms re media freedoms. #UPR19
1:29 PM – 6 May 2014
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#Ethiopia Communications Minister Shimelis Kemal invokes terrorism to try to justify restrictions on freedom of expression. #UPR19
1:33 PM – 6 May 2014
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Cmmcns Minister Kemal: “anti-terror law has never been used to stifle dissent, just used in extraordinary circumstances” #Ethiopia #UPR19
1:34 PM – 6 May 2014
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Shimelis Kemal: #Ethiopia’s national defense force has prestigious record, shouldn’t be accused of human rights violations. #UPR19
1:35 PM – 6 May 2014
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Shimelis Kemal: #Ethiopia’s national defense force fully complies with human rights. Allegations against it are unfounded. #UPR19
1:36 PM – 6 May 2014
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Shimelis Kemal: #Ethiopia has all mechanisms for free & fair elections. Reps from nearly all political parties help settle disputes. #UPR19
1:37 PM – 6 May 2014
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Gebre-Christos: #Ethiopia is firmly committed to promotion & protection of human rights, including right to development. #UPR19
1:39 PM – 6 May 2014
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Gebre-Christos: Human rights & participatory democracy are critical to #Ethiopia’s development. #UPR19
1:39 PM – 6 May 2014
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Written report of all comments & recommendations from #UPR19 of #Ethiopia will be circulated on Thursday, May 8.
1:42 PM – 6 May 2014
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Government of #Ethiopia will have several months to decide whether to accept or reject each recommendation, then 4 yrs to implement. #UPR19
1:43 PM – 6 May 2014
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One Response to “TPLF officials grilled at UPR over Ethiopia’s human rights record: Learn from Amy’s tweets how things went for them in Geneva”

  1. amylbergquist May 7, 2014 at 01:27 #

    Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughtful attention to the issues, Keffyalew. Just to clarify, I wasn’t in Geneva for today’s review. The Advocates for Human Rights has a lean budget, and we can only rarely afford to travel to the UN, so instead this morning I was at home watching the live webcast. We’ve just posted our own summary of the review as part of our blog series on the #OromoProtests: http://theadvocatespost.org/2014/05/06/ethiopian-government-faces-grilling-at-un/. Best wishes, and thank you for being such a passionate diaspora advocate for human rights!

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