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Human Rights in Polarized Ethiopia: the need for collaboration

Presentation at the SHENGO DC Forum on Human Rights

November 30, 2014

Aklog Birara (DR)

Part one of three

Remark

This series is intended for the benefit of those who did not attend the forum. Why are human rights essential?

If we respect ourselves as people and want the world community to respect us and support our causes, we must face up to the demanding responsibility of owning and leading the struggle for human dignity, rights, the rule of law and representative governance ourselves. No one will do it for us. In terms of justice, rights, fair distribution of incomes and access to opportunities, sustainable and equitable development and the like the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) controlled and led government of Ethiopia has failed. This is one part of the story. The other is what the rest of us are doing to redress the situation. Blaming others, including the repressive regime is easy. Offering a compelling alternative is hard.....Readmore

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Shengo Writes to World Bank President

Dr. Jim Yong Kim

President of the World Bank Group 1818 H Street, NW

Washington, DC 20433

October 10, 2014 Dear Dr. Kim,

I am writing this letter in my capacity as Chairman of the Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (SHENGO), a coalition of more than a dozen civil society organizations, political parties and prominent individuals in the Ethiopian Diaspora. SHENGO is established in response to a glaring gap in civic, social and political space and organization emanating from single ethnic-elite based dictatorship in Ethiopia. Our goals are to mobilize Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia in raising global awareness concerning gross human rights violations, the decimation of civil society, free press, the rule of law and peaceful political reform in Ethiopia. You will agree with us that it is the institutionalization of these principles that will lead to genuine democratization. It is our belief that sustainable and equitable growth that the World Bank pursues as a central policy and as an essential principle to enhance prosperity won’t take place without freedom, broad-based participation and due diligence on the part of the donor community, especially the World Bank. It is here where we are deeply concerned about the Bank’s role.

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Statement on the International Day of Democracy

September 15, 2014

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly issued a resolution encouraging governments around the world to “strengthen national programs devoted for the promotion and consolidation of democracy”, and also resolved that 15 September of each year should be observed as “the International Day of Democracy”. As affirmed by the UN, hence, democracy is a universally accepted governing principle which guarantees people to exercise their political, economic, social and cultural rights as well as their full participation in all aspects of the system.

Sadly, the EPRDF/TPLF regime, ruling one of the founding members of the UN, Ethiopia, has since its rise to power been acting to the contrary. Rather than strengthening programs that promote democracy, it has instead been undermining the very concept of democracy by enacting repressive laws such as: the so-called Anti-Terrorism Act and the Charities and Association Act.

Instead of engaging young people on democracy, the regime has and continues to be intimidating, imprisoning and exiling them in drones. The imprisonment of the young bloggers of Zone Nine, the intimidation and forced exile of many journalists are just few of such examples. The continued arrest and torture of opposition leaders such as Andualem Aragie, Habtamu Ayalew, Yeshiwas Assefa, Daniel Shibeshi, Abraha Desta , Bekele Gerba many others only add to the list of the enumerable many.

On the occasion of this International Day of Democracy, we call upon the Ethiopian opposition to recommit their resolve to democracy, strength their unity and continue their struggle for the birth of an all-inclusive, democratic and a just system in Ethiopia. We call upon the youth of Ethiopia to continue their struggle for the full respect of human and democratic rights of all Ethiopians.

SHENGO re-affirms its commitment to continue its struggle to bring an end to any form of repression and replace it with a just and democratic system within a united Ethiopia.

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Shengo applauds the Honourable Paul Dewar, Canadian Member of Parliament, for speaking up against repression in Ethiopia

In a letter sent to the Honorable John Baird, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Honourable Paul Dewar, Member of Parliament and the Foreign Affairs Critic of the official Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) , has expressed his serious concern about the repression in Ethiopia by the ruling EPRDF and called upon Canada to take “a meaningful action to advocate  for  the protection of Human Rights and Democracy in Ethiopia”.........Read More

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A teleconference on Sunday August 24.......... Read the details

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