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Commission to Celebrate International Human Rights Day

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission will celebrate the 8th international human rights day in Assossa, the Capital of Beneshangul Gumuz Regional State on10th December, 2014.

Two major events will take place during the day. One will be a marching program which will be conducted with the inauguration of a bill board bearing the inscription: “Human Rights and Development: Every Single Day!” This will be followed by a panel discussion on Human Rights and Development to be attended by representatives from governmental, local civil society, academic community and international organizations.

The day will be observed under the theme, “ Human Rights and Development: Every Single Day!” in order to  emphasize the idea that  the need for the protection, respect and exercise of all human right is a basis for further victory on the all-out development front the country has been pursuing.



EHRC signs MoU with Arba Minch University to further expand FLAS

                                                                           April 9, 2012

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Arba Minch University 0n 5th of April, 2012 here at the Commission’s Head office in Addis Ababa to further expand free legal aid services. The MoU was signed by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Chief Commissioner, Ambassador Teruneh Zenna and President of the Arba Minch University, Dr. Yosef Biru.


                     Ambassador Teruneh (L) and Dr. Yosef signing the MoU

According to the agreement, the university is to be provided, among others; with financial and technical support by the Commission so as to enable the former to establish free legal aid centers in its environs and deliver free legal aid services to vulnerable groups including women, people with disabilities, and the poor.

On the occasion, the President of Arba Minch University; Dr. Yosef Biru; noting the limited financial capacity of his University, said that the Law school of the Arba Minch University is enthusiastic to work toward ensuring the communities’ rights of access to justice which constitute the basic human rights component. He added, the agreement will enable the University to address its financial problems and work relentlessly to provide free legal aid services in the area.


                                       On the occasion

Ambassador Teruneh, on his part said, his Commission is desirous of further expanding and building up free legal aid centers to all parts of the country and this one agreement with Arba Minch University will make contribution to cutting back numerous harmful traditional practices which compared to other parts is rampant and responsible for gross human rights violation in the area.  

This agreement is said to bring the number of free legal aid centers being established in collaboration with 17 Universities and various CSOS in various regions of the country since the mid of 2010 to 117.  



Human Rights for All!

International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2012

The International Human Rights Day is celebrated accross the World on Decemeber 10. This year, the Human Rights Day is celebrated in Ethiopia under the theme "Human Rights for All". The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has organized a half day Panel Discussion on the Human Rights day. The Panel Discussion will comprise of a plenary session where all relevant partners from governmental organizations, national institutions, the civil society, international community and academic institutions come together. A brief presentation will be made on the Commission's "Human Rights Protection Monitoring in Ethiopian Prison Report" for discussion. The overall objective of the discussion is to launch the aforesaid primary report. The panel discussion will be held on December 10, 2012 at 2:30PM at the compound of West Gojam Prinsons Administration, Bahir Dar.