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Ethiopian Human Rights Commissioner Daniel Bekele leaves 

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Daniel Bekele (left0 and Tagesse Chafo (right) (Photo : HPRE)

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Toronto – A day after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed bashed Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations for allegedly “serving foreign interest” during his speech in the parliament, Daniel Bekele, Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, is leaving the organization. 

Daniel has reportedly served his five-year term as commissioner. The news is trending on social media. While many complimented him with “kudos” there are those who appear to be supporters of Abiy Ahmed’s administration who tend to call Daniel as ” Amhara Human Rights Commission.” 

Daniel has a strong background in human rights advocacy. Among other roles, he has worked as an African Director for the Human Rights Watch, based in New York, and as an advisor to Amnesty International.

Today, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission shared his words from his foreword to “3rd Ethiopia’s Annual Human Rights Situation Report”  He is quoted as saying, “There is no alternative to peaceful means, dialogue, discussion, and transitional justice processes to end the cycle of recurring conflict in Ethiopia and to achieve a lasting solution to the widespread human rights violations that have occurred in this context.”

He has also, reportedly, urged Ethiopians to “give a chance to the national dialogue and the transitional justice processes,” as cited in the update from the Commission. 

Under his leadership, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission investigated and exposed extensive rights violations including the massacre of unarmed civilians in the Oromo region of Ethiopia.  The commission is also credited for relentless work in connection with rights violations in the context of the War between the TPLF and Abiy Ahmed’s government and the ongoing wars in the Amhara and Oromia regions.

Daniel met on Friday to bid farewell to the speaker of the House of People’s Representatives, Tagesse Chafo,  He was appointed to the position on July 2, 2019 – a year after Abiy Ahmed was appointed as Prime Minister in an internal arrangement within the now defunct Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). 

The Human Rights Organization in Ethiopia recently came under pressure from Abiy Ahmed’s government. Some, like the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, said that they reached a point where they could no longer carry out their duties due to threats from the regime. 

Extrajudicial killings and recurring drone attacks on civilians in the Amhara region of Ethiopia are among the violations recorded by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission under the leadership of Daniel Bekele. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. What a gallant peaceful fighter for human rights!!! Under the leadership of this fearless but principled countryman, the watchful council he was leading have ascertain itself to be fair and independent. I am sure now that tons of organizations outside the country will be competing to snatch him as their new employee.

  2. Criminal’s tribute to people who stand for truth in Abiya’s messed up Ethiopia or should I say Oromuma…Tragedy after tragedy, catastrophe after catastrophe …

  3. Mr. Ittu Aba Farda 

    Please do not make fun of this man. All people know that he was working for Amhara, that he is Amhara’s human rights commissioner, and that he does not represent the rest of the nationalities in Ethiopia.

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