Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO) to mark 15th anniversary

October 10th, 2006 Print Print Email Email

October 10, 2006 marks the 15th anniversary of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO).

A conference will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on October 13th and 14th 2006 to mark this anniverasry. This conference will examine EHRCO’s achievements to date and future challenges and review the worrisome developments in Ethiopia since May 2005 in the human rights field and explore ways and means for improvement. It will also review the responses of the international community to the human rights and political crisis that prevailed in the country since the immediate aftermath of the May 2005 general elections.

Key note speakers and panelists include: the Honorable Mrs. Ana Maria Gomes, Member of the European Parliament from Brussels; a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; a member of EHRCO’s Executive Committee; Dr. Meqdes Mesfin, a human rights activist and daughter of Professor Mesfin Wolde-Mariam, the founder and former chairman of EHRCO who is currently in jail; Mr. Andre Dumont, President of the Netherlands Teachers Association, representatives of Amnesty International and the World Organization Against Torture.

The conference seeks to bring together Ethiopian as well as non-Ethiopian human rights activist, academics, policy makers to share their experiences and insights. The conference is expected to contribute towards a better understanding of how human right activist and relevant policy makers could organize their resources to ensure human rights protection and affecting positive outcome to the political impasse and conflict in Ethiopia.

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