Ethiopia launches Human Rights Action Plan II

PM Hailemariam Desalegn at the Human Rights Action Plan II Launch 26 April 2017Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

The Ethiopian Government launched the second National Human Rights Action Plan (HRAP) that aims to advance the respect and fulfillment of fundamental human and democratic rights recognized in the Constitution through scaling up best practices in the implementation of the first HRAP.

Speaking at the launch of the plan, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the plan would help sustainably improve the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights and build the fledgling democracy in the country.

“The government has prepared the plan not to impress donors,” the Premiere said. “The plan is prepared because democracy and human rights are central to the survival of the country.”

“This is a critical time when we should be able to demonstrate tangible progress in terms of ensuring the respect of human rights and democracy in the country,” he added.

Commending the plan for encompassing political and civil rights as well as social, economic and cultural rights, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, said, “The spirit and intent of the plan is in line with international human rights instruments.”
“The explicit identification of vulnerable population to be given special focus is in the spirit of Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 of leaving no one behind.”

Underlying human rights as the bedrock of development, Ms Eziakonwa-Onochie, said “The litmus test for development of any country is the extent to which it protects the rights of its people.”

“I believe that this plan creates space for the participation of people in the decisions that affect them. When civil society and the people at large can express their concerns, we are better able to grasp which elements of the plan are working for the people and which are not.”