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Ethiopia; Norway: Grant Agreement Signed

(Nov. 20, 2012) On November 1, 2012, <?Norway and Ethiopia signed an agreement on the Access to Justice Project. Signed by Odd-Ingle Kvalheim, Norway's Ambassador to Ethiopia, and Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia's Finance and Economic Development Minister, the agreement provides 23 million birr (about US$1.25 million) in aid for the Project. (Ethiopia and Norway Sign an […]

Ethiopia: Federal Court Imposes Harsh Sentences on Journalists, Opposition Members

(July 17, 2012) On July 13, 2012, the Ethiopian Federal Court handed down severe sentences, ranging from eight years to life imprisonment, against 20 journalists and opposition figures. (Aaron Maasho, Update 3-Ethiopia Jails Blogger, Reporters, Opposition Figures, REUTERS (July 13, 2012)). Among the convicted were an award-winning journalist, Eskinder Nega, who was sentenced to an […]

Ethiopia: Journalists and Politician Sentenced on Terrorism Charges

(Feb. 1, 2012) On January 26, 2012, a court in Ethiopia sentenced five people to terms in prison varying from 14 years to, in one case, life, on charges of terrorism. They were convicted of taking part in a terrorist organization and planning an act of terrorism. According to the prosecution, the punishments were “according […]

Ethiopia: Government Institutions in Dispute over Right of Foreigners to Practice Law in Ethiopia

(Apr. 26, 2011) It was reported on April 23, 2011, that two Ethiopian government institutions are in disagreement over whether foreign attorneys of Ethiopian origin should be allowed to practice law in Ethiopia. (Eden Sahle, Should Diaspora Members Be Allowed to Practice Law?,11: 573 ADDIS FORTUNE (Apr. 24, 2011).) The Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the […]

Ethiopia: Terrorism Law Drafted

(June 4, 2009) It was reported on June 2, 2009, that the Council of Ministers of Ethiopia had submitted to the House of People's Representatives for approval a draft law on terrorism that seeks to expand the powers of law enforcement authorities. (Yonas Abiye, Country Moves to Strengthen Anti-Terrorism Law Media Warner Not to Serve […]

Ethiopia: Law to Compensate Laid-Off Civil Servants

(June 3, 2009) It was reported on May 27, 2009, that the Ethiopian House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow for compensating government employees who lose their jobs due to restructuring intended to make government institutions more lean and efficient. A person who loses his or her job as a consequence of such […]

Ethiopia: New Law to Impose Mandatory Health Insurance

(Feb. 12, 2009) It was reported on February 2, 2009, that health officials of Ethiopia's Federal Government have proposed a new bill that seeks to make health insurance mandatory for anyone with a job. If passed into law, this bill will be the first to compel employers, both in the public and private sector, to […]

Ethiopia: New Law on Nongovernmental Organizations Passed

(Jan. 13, 2009) On January 6, 2009, the Ethiopian Parliament passed into law the Proclamation for Registration and Regulation of Charities and Societies, which seeks to regulate activities of non-governmental organizations. The Proclamation establishes an oversight agency and detailed rules to regulate the establishment, fundraising, and membership of trusts and endowments, civil society organizations, and […]

Ethiopia: Human Rights

(Feb. 2, 2008) Mohammed Farah Hassan, an American citizen, has been held in Jijiga, the capital of Somali State in Ethiopia, for over a year. Although the security chief of the region has claimed that Hassan has been sentenced by an Ethiopian court, he did not specify the charges or the sentence and has refused […]

Ethiopia: Activists Sentenced for Inciting Violence

(Jan. 2, 2008) Two Ethiopian anti-poverty activists were recently convicted and sentenced to two–and-a-half years in prison for inciting violence in connection with the civil unrest that claimed about 190 lives in the aftermath of the Ethiopia's 2005 elections. Because the defendants have been in prison for more than two years during their trial, their […]