Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), expressed appreciation for the US government’s support of Ethiopia’s “nationally owned and led transitional justice initiative”. Specifically, Bekele praised the initiative as sending a positive message to the people of Ethiopia.
US Secretary of State Visits Ethiopia to Discuss Peace Agreement
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Addis Ababa to discuss the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF), focusing on the transitional justice process outlined in the Pretoria Peace Agreement. Moreover, Blinken’s visit aimed to advance the transitional justice process.
EHRC Considers Transitional Justice Policy Essential for Lasting Peace
EHRC considers the transitional justice policy consultations essential towards lasting peace and cessation of hostilities. The US government supports national human rights institutions and civil society organizations, recognizing the critical role of local human rights organizations and advocates in Ethiopia’s transitional justice process. In addition, the consultations aim to engage stakeholders in formulating a policy document that guides Ethiopia’s transitional justice process.
International Support for Ethiopia’s Transitional Justice Process
International support for Ethiopia’s transitional justice process is crucial for its success and sustainability. Notably, the US government’s support is significant as Ethiopia strives to heal the divisions caused by the conflict between the Ethiopian government and the TPLF. Thus, the involvement of international partners in the transitional justice process is essential to ensuring its success and sustainability
Meeting Discusses Human Rights Concerns
During Blinken’s meeting, human rights concerns were discussed, including the excessive use of force and detention of human rights defenders, political party members, and media personnel. Additionally, the meeting discussed issues related to conflicts and attacks on civilians, displacement, community consultations, humanitarian access, and accountability of justice for conflict victims, including victims of sexual and gender-based violence.