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Maat Calls upon Ethiopia at the UNHRC to Undertake Further Human Rights Reforms

Maat Calls upon Ethiopia at the UNHRC to Undertake Further Human Rights Reforms

Islam Fawki: The human rights situation in Ethiopia remains intertwined

 During the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights made, today, an intervention under item 6 of the Universal Periodic Review, calling upon the Government of the State of Ethiopia to undertake further human rights reforms.

Islam Fawki, Policy Analysis Unit Manager at Maat, stressed that the human rights situation in Ethiopia remains intertwined despite the recent development, including the accession of a new political leadership to power, and the subsequent decisions that would calm the situation. The political and human rights scene has changed, including the abolition of the state of emergency and the parliament’s approval of a government project to remove the internal armed opposition movements from the terrorist list, which have led to the release of hundreds of opponents as part of a national reconciliation process.  The conflict with Eritrea that has claimed the lives of about 80,000 people was ended, the border between the two countries reopened, and a tripartite agreement between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia was signed.

 Fawki added that despite the rapid development towards improving the human rights situation, there are a number of challenges, including the escalation of intercommunal violence in the State that caused the displacement and asylum of about 1.8 million Ethiopians, as well as the continuing dispute between the central government and some Armed fronts which would threaten the ongoing reforms.

Finally, Fawki called upon the Government of Ethiopia to cooperate with UN mechanisms and other international organizations in order to overcome the constraints and challenges of improving the human rights situation.

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