Ethiopia

87 million people
370 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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The bill to make homosexuality an “offense” not subject to amnesty is more evidence of the deplorable repression sweeping across Africa, eroding the human rights of LGBTI persons

Issues: 
Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, LGBTI Rights, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
written by
Africa Program Staff

Freedom House’s latest Freedom in the World report paints a bleak picture of democracy and human rights in Africa overall, with 88 percent of the population living in countries designated either Not Free or Partly Free. Nevertheless, there were a number of small victories on the continent during 2013, even in countries where the prevailing trend remains negative.

Ethiopia’s renewed push for admission to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) should be closely scrutinized due to the limited role Ethiopia has granted to civil society and a hostile legal environment that minimizes meaningful debate, Freedom House and Civicus World Alliance for Citizen Participation said.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
written by
Robert Herman
Vice President for Regional Programs

The recent pressure on civil society and independent media in Kenya is not only a significant threat to democracy in a geopolitically important country, but also the predictable outcome of the international community’s failure to punish earlier, comparable state-driven repression in Ethiopia, another African nation that is viewed in Western capitals as a strategic partner.

 

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