While Ethiopia has proven to be a willing ally in the war on terror and partner in developing successful models to strengthen food security and community resilience, many aspects of its human rights record continue to raise concerns. In recent years there has been a disturbing trend towards repressive interpretations of laws, which have led to significant human rights abuses targeting civil society groups, freedom of the press, and indigenous peoples. A growing number of journalists and political opposition actors have been arrested under anti-terrorism statutes. The inability of civil society groups to function has prevented meaningful engagement on a number of important human rights issues, including land and water rights and the rights of indigenous peoples.
Sue Valentine, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator, will be presenting CPJ’s research on Ethiopia at the briefing.