Ethiopian Human Rights Commission gets Daniel Bekele as new commissioner

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Ethiopian Human Rights Commission _ Daniel Bekele
Daniel Bekele

July 2, 2019

The House of Peoples Representative of Ethiopia appointed on Tuesday Daniel Bekele as Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.

Daniel will be replacing Dr. Addisu Gebreegziabhier who served as chief of the commission.

According to a report by Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC), the parliament picked Daniel Bekele from among 88 candidates.  He is selected on grounds of his academic background and work experience and he has taken an oath before the parliament.

He has experience in the private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit sector, and a Ph.D. degree in international law from Oxford University.

His profile at Human Rights Watch shows that he worked as Senior Director for Africa Advocacy, and was working from New York. He has also worked as Executive Director of the Africa Division for about five years between 2011 and 2016.

In Ethiopia, in the private sector, he practiced law partnering with Abebe Worke & Associates and also served as legal department head of United Insurance Co.

In the not for profit sector, he has worked with organizations in (or from ) the west including OXFAM, ARTICLE 19, Freedom House, USAID, The World Bank, and PACT.

Daniel was arrested in Ethiopia following the 2005 national election under Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated Ethiopian government before he worked with Human Rights Watch.

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