Ethiopia must improve its human rights record to be a credible candidate for election to the Human Rights Council
Written statement to the 21st Session of the UN Human Rights Council (10 – 28 September 2012)
Restrictions on freedom of expression and association in Ethiopia have severely limited Ethiopians’ ability to scrutinize the human rights situation in the country and to report or comment on government policy and practice, including its compliance with its international human rights obligations.
These restrictions have created a context in which silence and impunity are the norm in response to human rights violations. In this context, human rights violations including torture, arbitrary detention and forced evictions are widespread but seriously under-reported, accountability for perpetrators of violations is rare and victims of violations are deprived of assistance.
The resolution establishing the Council stipulates that its members must uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights. As a candidate for membership of the Human Rights Council, Ethiopia must take immediate steps to address serious human rights concerns in the country.
Amnesty International urges Ethiopia to submit concrete, credible and measurable pledges to address concerns expressed in this statement and to improve its contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights at the national and international levels.
Restrictions on freedom of association Amnesty International has repeatedly expressed serious concern about the content and impact of the 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation