Amnesty International is pleased to provide this commentary on the draft Charities and Societies Proclamation submitted by Ethiopia’s Legal Advisory Council to the Federal Attorney General. The draft proclamation marks a major improvement on existing legislation and will offer greater respect for the rights to freedom of association and expression. Some provisions would, however, continue to significantly impede the enjoyment of these rights. This commentary proposes recommendations to encourage and urge the Ethiopian government to further strengthen the draft legislation in line with its expressed commitment to revise restrictive laws and bring any such laws in conformity with international human rights standards.
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