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Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia Launches New Report on Human Rights in Ethiopia

30 January 2018


The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) is pleased to announce the launch of its new report, “Ailing Civic Space in an Authoritarian State: The State of Human Rights Defenders and Cost of Dissent in Ethiopia.” This report aims to provide an overview of the situation of human rights in Ethiopia and to examine the increasingly restricted space in which human rights defenders (HRDs) operate, with particular attention to trends that have developed since the adoption of a series of repressive laws in 2009. While the Ethiopian government has made considerable strides in economic development, space for human rights dialogue has gradually disintegrated and many HRDs now face detention, torture, and harassment, while growing numbers now choose life in exile rather than remaining in the country.
After the highly controversial 2005 national elections, the Ethiopian Parliament enacted legislation that dramatically narrowed space for civil society, notably the Charities and Societies Proclamation, Mass Media Proclamation, and the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. These three laws have been heavily criticised for their restrictive provisions, which limit the work of journalists, HRDs, and civil society organisations through broad language and severe punishments.

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Over the past two years, Ethiopia has been rocked by growing protest movements in different parts of the country, notably in the two most populous regions of Oromia and Amhara, and to a lesser extent the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). Security officials responded to these mass protests with excessive force, which resulted in the killing of over a thousand people and the arrests of tens of thousands of demonstrators since 2014. These actions triggered timid condemnations from Ethiopia’s key partners and outcry from international human rights bodies. The widespread and deadly demonstrations led the government to declare a State of Emergency in October 2016 that lasted 10 months.

This report aims to document the deterioration of civic space in Ethiopia and the restrictions on HRDs, activists, bloggers, and other media professionals, which can be seen as roots of the current political crisis. This includes actions undertaken to limit the actions of non-governmental organisations, journalists, lawyers, and other professional and non-professional activities that aims to further the cause of human rights. By documenting the deteriorating human rights situation in Ethiopia, it is the intention of AHRE to provide human rights institutions, civil society, and concerned bodies with adequate source material to direct their efforts in addressing the overall conditions of HRDs and work towards rebuilding and strengthening civic space in Ethiopia. The report also features key recommendations to the government of Ethiopia, European Union, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, United Nations, donors, and allies.

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Full report in PDF:AilingCivicSpace_large


Yared Hailemariam – Executive Director
Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE)

Phone +32 486 336367
Email: executive@ahrethio.org


1 Comment

  1. Dear Yared,
    Thank you for your taking on this challenge.
    Most of us spend our energies on petty items while Tplf continues to loot the nation and sow discord. You need to bring together Ethiopians of diverse backgrounds and analytical skills to address issues of the day.
    Here is what I mean. We all know maid service to Arab countries and child adoption have been a booming cottage industry run by Tplf and Tplf-favored individuals. There are over 2million young women working in Arab countries for a little over $200 per month. That is a fourth of the base wages. A little over 7,000 children have been adopted for a sum of nearly $300 millions. Where do you think have those monies ended up?
    “Ethiopia lifts ban on domestic workers moving overseas” reads today’s news. (see News24.com) Do you see how Tplf phrased it? The same Tplf that made a business out of indentured servitude of Ethiopians is trying to tell us it is now out to protect the rights of Ethiopians. Just two weeks ago a statement by Tplf read “Ethiopia bans foreign adoptions”(see bbc.com/news). Do you now see what is happening? This is a disinformation campaign that groups like yourself need to match. We simply can’t continue to speak without understanding what is going on and without prioritizing issues. Thanks.

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