Ethiopia asserts its commitment to protect human rights


Addis Ababa- The Federal Republic of Ethiopia has emphasized its commitment to protecting human rights, despite facing criticism in recent years. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, has been leading the efforts in Addis Ababa. In response to a UN report warning of potential atrocity crimes in Ethiopia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement asserting that the government has been actively working towards accountability, reconciliation, healing, and truth-telling through a credible and nationally-driven transitional justice mechanism. The ministry also mentioned that the Transitional Justice Policy is in its final stages and will be endorsed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the near future. This statement follows concerns raised by UN experts, who highlighted the need for human rights reforms in Ethiopia amid ongoing challenges such as the Tigray war and conflicts in the Amhara and Oromia regions. The report also expressed ongoing concerns about human rights conditions in the country, even after the peace agreement between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been dedicated to promoting reconciliation efforts in the Tigray region, although ethnic clashes have been a destabilizing factor in the country for the past two years.