Ethiopia: Comments on Draft Charities and Societies Proclamation

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Index Number: AFR 25/005/2008
Date Published: 10 June 2008
Categories: Ethiopia

This brief Comment looks at some of the most repressive provisions of the Draft Charities and Societies Proclamation in light of the obligations and commitments of Ethiopia under international and regional human rights treaties to which the country is a state party. Amnesty International urges the Government of Ethiopia not to pass the Draft Proclamation into law, as to do so would violate the internationally recognized human rights of Ethiopian citizens and undermine the work of human rights defenders, and independent civil society organizations.