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Encouraging Signs They Are Set to Take More Leading Role

Click to expand Image An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in…
An Icelandic flag hangs outside a shop in Reykjavik, October 27, 2016.

Government Should Commit to Freedom of Expression, Media Reforms

Today, the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, starts a week-long visit to Ethiopia. This marks the first visit by a UN special rapporteur to the country since 2006, as previous governments had refused to…
Newspaper readers at Arat Kilo, a square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Victims of Torture Deserve Meaningful Justice

Ethiopia’s state broadcaster EBC aired a documentary this week, detailing numerous horrendous acts of torture carried out by security services in recent years. Many Ethiopians were shocked and outraged.

Criminalizing Speech Won’t Solve Problem

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Internet café in Lalibela, Amhara Region, Ethiopia.

Enshrine Laws that Protect Free Expression, Association

For a decade, Ethiopia’s government has relied on repressive laws to silence dissenting voices and throw journalists and activists behind bars. The laws helped make Ethiopia into one of the most inhospitable places in the world for people speaking out…

Government Should Address Killings in Somali and Oromia Regions

Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has electrified his country with a range of reforms since he took office in April, including the release of hundreds of political prisoners. But recent incidents of ethnically and religiously-charged killings in…