UN Delegation Held Talks with the Commission
A delegation from the UN Electoral Assistance discussed with officials of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on the upcoming Ethiopian general elections. The meeting was held on 2nd June inside the women and children affairs commissioner’s office.
Brihane W/Kiros ; Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Commission, told the delegation how closely the commission has been working with governmental and non-governmental organization in a bid to create human rights a culture in the country.
He also told the delegation how the commission was working grassroots’ levels; by organizing human rights forums from all the way down to the lowest administrative organs and as a result, how the commission has increasingly become all the more accessible to the public.
Wizero Asmaru berihun, Commissioner for women’s and Children Affairs, on her part informed the delegation on the establishment of the Commission and mandates in terms of promoting and protecting human rights. She also informed the delegation on the hitherto activities of the Commission including its activities undertaken in awareness creation, investigations into human rights violations, monitoring and research works.
Following the briefings, in response to the delegation’s interest to know how the 2010 General Elections had been conducted and the prospects of the up-coming 2015 General Elections; Ato Abrham, legal advisor of the commission, recalling that the commission was a member of the monitoring team during the 2010 elections and had carefully monitored the elections in three phases: pre-election, during election and post-election he told the delegation that in the eyes of the Commission the elections had been conducted in fair and free manner.
He further explained that the commission has forwarded a recommendation to the government focusing on the need to enhance the capacity of political parties. He went on saying that the political were also recommended to increase the participation of women in the elections. He further explained that the participation of the women should be part of the law, not the willingness of political parties.
Ato Abrham has also informed the delegation regarding problems surfaced during the elections including the 9% invalid votes as result of lack of awareness on the part of the voters.
In the discussion; the delegation was also informed that based on the lesson the commission learned in the previous elections; the commission is working and will continue to work with all concerned governmental and non-environmental organization so that the 2015 elections will have become much more free and fair.
Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Receives Literatures in Donation
28 April 2014
Network of African National Human Rights Institutions and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law have donated books to the commission. The books are written on different thematic areas of Human rights and were delivered at the head office of the commission on 3rd April 2014.
In its cover letter, the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions states that this aid is one of the capacity building strategies for the network members. It went on stating that the literatures will be used resourcefully to expand knowledge of staff in the commission on the various human rights thematic areas in line with its strategic priority one: ‘Strengthening of NHRIs”
Ambassador Tiruneh Zena, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, on his part acknowledges that the books are very important that they will be an addition to the library and useful to the staff members to build and update their knowledge. According to the chief commissioner, this aid is an ongoing process and is not limited to the donation of books only; the network always assists the commission in many ways in its effort to build its capacity.