Human Rights and Governance in Ethiopia

  • Monday, Nov 3, 2008
  • Assistant Secretary of State David Kramer recently returned from Addis Ababa where he met with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss U.S. concerns about human rights in Ethiopia. Mr. Kramer provided opening remarks on U.S. policy towards Ethiopia and answered questions. Mr. Kramer’s remarks were followed by a panel discussion on the current humanitarian and political conditions in Ethiopia, with a particular emphasis on human rights. Mr. Mulugeta Badwaza described the likely impact of pending legislation known as the “CSO Bill,” which threatens non-governmental organizations that receive foreign contributions in support of human rights, civic education, and peace building activities. Mr. Lackey discussed Human Rights Watch’s recent report, entitled “Collective Punishment: War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity in the Ogaden area of Ethiopia’s Somali Region,” focusing on the violence which began in June 2007. Mr. Lyons provided an assessment of U.S. policy towards Ethiopia, the country’s regional relations, and re-emerging authoritarian trends.
     
    Opening remarks by
     
    David Kramer
    Assistant Secretary of State
    Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

    followed by a panel with

    Yoseph Mulugeta Badwaza
    Secretary General
    Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO)

    Chris Albin-Lackey
    Special Initiatives Researcher – Africa Division
    Human Rights Watch

    Terrence Lyons
    Associate Professor of Conflict
    Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
    George Mason University

    moderated by

    Jennifer Cooke
    Director
    CSIS Africa Program