Ethiopia: Future of last remaining human rights monitoring NGO in Ethiopia in the balance

UPDATE – Media Advisory

The Cassation Bench of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia is expected to hear a petition by the Human Rights Council (HRCO) on 27 February 2012 to admit an appeal against the freezing of its bank accounts. The hearing was originally scheduled to take place on 3 February, but was postponed.

Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and Human Rights Watch reiterate their deep concern at the obstacles and restrictions to which HRCO and other human rights organizations are now subjected, and call upon the Supreme Court to protect the rights of all human rights organizations in Ethiopia to conduct their legitimate and essential work, including through unrestricted access to their funds.

The organisations further urge the Government of Ethiopia to create an enabling environment for civil society in accordance with its constitutional provisions and obligations under international law, and to uphold the rights to freedom of association, freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly.

More information related to this story go to the link: https://defenddefenders.org/2012/02/ethiopia-future-of-last-remaining-human-rights-monitoring-ngo-in-ethiopia-in-the-balance/

For more information, please contact:
Hassan Shire, Executive Director, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project on
[email protected] or +256 772 753 753

Rachel Nicholson, Advocacy Officer, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project on [email protected] or +256 778 921 274

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Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:

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