Mar 07, 2011

Ogaden: Ethiopian Human Rights To Be Discussed in European Parliament

On March 14 the human rights situation and the use of development aid in Ethiopia will be discussed in a hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels. 

Below is a draft agenda from the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Committee on Development:

Subcommittee on Human Rights and Committee on Development

Exchange of views on the human rights situation in Ethiopia and the use of development aid

Monday, 14 March 2011, 15:00

Room: ASP 5 G 2

European Parliament, Brussels


Draft Programme

1. Quoting HRW, "Donor governments have a responsibility to taxpayers at home – as well as to Ethiopians in need - to ensure their aid is not contributing to human rights violations". The aim of today's exchange of views is to discuss the follow up given to the serious allegations made by HRW in its report "Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia" (published on October 2010).

2. Mr Ben Rawlence, researcher, Human Rights Watch, will present the findings of the report

3. Thomas VON-HANDEL, EEAS, and Jean-Marie KORPORAAL, DEVCO, will present the EU's views.

With the participation of Louis Michel, MEP, vice-Chair of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly ACP-EU (tbc) and of the Ambassador of Ethiopia in Brussels, Dr Kassu-Illala (tbc)

The exchange of views can be followed online: (select DROI)

To see the draft programme in full, see the attached document.  



The UNPO has organized a series of conferences on the human rights situation in Ethiopia, for more information please follow the links below:

- Hearing on Human Rights in Ogaden []

- Ethiopia's Stalled Democracy: A Spotlight on the Ogaden []