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Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of his official visit to Ethiopia

27 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Addis Standard

“In the Oromia region last Monday, I met with the regional authorities and the traditional leaders, the Aba Gadas. While Government representatives accompanied me and my team during all the meetings, I was struck by the frank and robust expression of grievances by the Aba Gadas.”

  — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zaid Ra’ad Al Hussein
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Prisoners of conscience languish in Ethiopia’s prisons

3 Apr

By Birtukan Mideksa*

Birtukan Mideksa Although Ethiopia has its first new prime minister in 17 years – so far, the government has failed to right a long history of wrongs. With prisoners of conscience still languishing in its prisons, Ethiopia must receive the clear message – especially from allies like the United States – that continued human rights violations will not be tolerated.

My journey to become a political prisoner in Ethiopia began as a federal judge fighting to uphold the rule of law. Despite institutional challenges and even death threats, I hoped to use constitutional principles to ensure respect for basic rights.
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Ethiopia makes help difficult for world donors advocating civil society, human rights

1 Mar

By By William Davison, Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor / February 28, 2013

A well-known German foundation decamps from Ethiopia. Other long-time donors find new official agency and law restrictive and confusing.

Of the many outreach programs run here by Germany’s Heinrich Böll Foundation, one caused special alarm for an official new Ethiopian agency that is starting to block and restrict the promotion of civil society ideas.
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Ethiopian Charity Law Destroys Human-Rights Groups, Amnesty Says

13 Mar

By William Davison, Bloomberg

Ethiopia’s ban on charities from working on human-rights issues if they receive more than 10 percent of their funds from abroad has had a devastating impact on advocacy groups in the country, Amnesty International said.
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