Dynamics of Conflict and Promises of Renaissance: Does freedom really matter for Ethiopians?
An International Conference organized by the Aljazeera Study Center, Doha, Qatar
Part V (b)
Aklog Birara, PhD
At Doha, I was reminded of the importance of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any society to live meaningful life and fulfil potential. The virtues of both principles were hammered by several experts, some as a consequence of their own “bitter” personal experiences under dictatorial regimes, others who reaped benefits, and still others aspiring to achieve justice. There was no single individual who found virtues in dictatorial governance whether Arab, African, Asian, European or other. The consensus was that human rights and human freedom are vital in realizing human potential, worth and development. They are indivisible and have no boundaries.