Woyanne raps HRW over call to reject aid bill – ADDIS ABABA (AFP)

October 14th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia on Tuesday condemned Human Rights Watch’s call on the country’s lawmakers to reject a draft law that would give government more control in the affairs of foreign aid groups. (more…)

Ethiopia on Tuesday condemned Human Rights Watch’s call on the country’s lawmakers to reject a draft law that would give government more control in the affairs of foreign aid groups.

The New York-based rights group on Monday said the Charities and Societies Proclamation to be debated by parliament this month would “criminalise human rights activity and seriously undermine civil society groups.”

Ethiopia’s information ministry said the group’s call “contravenes directly the sovereign power and rights of the Ethiopian people and government.

“Ethiopia’s internal affairs are within the sovereign power and rights of the Ethiopian people and government,” it said in a statement.

It added that HRW call was to “patronise the opinion of the international community” after it called on donor governments to warn Addis Ababa that the law would jeopardise funding.

The legislation would give the government greater control over foreign NGOs and ban them from work related to ethnicity, gender and children’s rights, HRW said.

It would also carry severe criminal penalties for violations, including three to five years of imprisonment for minor administrative violations, the group added.

  1. atuba dolla
    | #1

    At 1:30 A.M on Saturday morning, two eight years-old girls whose resident have been in the street of Addis, where they were sifting through piles of gargages to find something edible when they heard disturbing loude foot-steps pounding on the asphalt towards them;they were unlucky and were immediately wrapped aroung by huge hands of unknown intruders from the federal office and were taken to unknown destineation. Sad!!! Sad!!!

    Where are these two little girls?

    Ethiopians, say no more to the suffering of children under the punishing hands of the crurrent brutal regime.

    Members of the crimefamilies, not only they are drenched in the blood of Ethiopians, they are also benifiting from the pimping out of innocent litte grils to the custmers whose voracious sex apetite for the little Ethiopians disturbed the basic science of supply and demand and caused tremondeous pressure on the supply side to meet the quota set by the two business traders in Ethiopia and the middle east.

    The WoayanaeTplf invaders, as soon as they came into Ethiopia through a violence means, they quickly began to demolish households and destoryed the lives of the families leading to the disintegration of families,fathers and mothers became jobless and children of all ages became hungry in the streets and became homelss in the streets of Addis and other cities in the country. Is it fair?

    One of the noble works of the NGO and other humanitiers has been to save the lives of the homeless children who have been deleberately abandoned by the members of the crimefamilies.

    The sovereign power of millions of Ethiopians became irrelevant as soon as the tplfwoyane invaders came into Ethiopia and had taken everything and anything benith and above the land and took the politica, social, and economic power into their possession leaving millions of Ethiopians with zero sovereign power.

    Obviously, first class has been preserved for the few tplfeprdfwoyanae elites, the rest of the millions are simply second class citizens in their country;of course, this shows that theer is nothing in common between Ethiopians and elete members of the invading forces of tplfwoyanae criminal organization.

  2. aha!
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    I thought the regime will blink its eyse fowing the report by human rights to curb its behavior, in this case the new law regarding civil Associations and NGO, I believe. The response in this article is quite contrary. It is like biting the donors hands. I do not see how that report interferes with the soverneity of Ethiopia, while it speaks for the soverneighty of the Ethiopians.

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