National human rights action plan of Ethiopia

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Getachew Ambaye and Hailemariam Desalegn, PM

The second national human rights action plan of Ethiopia which endeavors to better promote and protect human rights was launched on April 26 in the presence of high government officials.
The action plan that runs until 2019 was approved by the House of the Peoples’ Representatives in December 2016. It includes detailed directions which will contribute to undertake human rights centered development activities and strengthen human rights institutions.
The action plan will help the government to prepare new legal frameworks and revise exiting laws to ensure human rights.
At the event, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said, “The human rights action plan will strengthen our capacity of ensuring the exercise of human rights while enforcing and enriching the development of democratic institutions.”
Hailemariam said that democracy in Ethiopia is growing and on progress, despite the wrong perceptions of some.
“Though it is not to what some of those who are not in favor of our democracy and development say, our democracy has its own constraints since its young and it is on a transition”, he said.
The action plan, benchmarked mainly from the constitution, puts a direction for the government and civic associations to work closely besides clearly stating the division of work amongst the governmental institutions, he added.
Federal Attorney General Getachew Ambaye said that the start up of the implementation of the second action plan would give a meaningful response to the ever growing demands of the people for development and good governance.
The action plan is prepared in line with the laws, policies, strategies and the second Growth and Transformation Plan, he pointed out.