Ethiopia: One step forward two steps back in fighting torture
Joint Alternative Report submitted under article 19 of the Convention against Torture and Other
Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
76th session of by the Committee Against Torture.
Review of the second and third periodic report of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Foreword and methodology
This report has been produced jointly by the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE), the
Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations (CEHRO), the Ethiopian Human Rights Council
(EHRCO), the Ethiopia Human Rights Defenders Center (EHRDC), the Center for Justice (CJ)and the
World Organization against Torture (OMCT).
It is the result of a preparatory workshop carried out on February 23 rd and 24th , 2023 in Addis Abeba bringing together a dozen Ethiopian civil society organizations. Participating organizations develop activities in the regions of the country and are committed to the protection of human rights, the fight against torture, the fight against violence against women, the protection of children and the protection of people with disabilities. This work took place in the presence and contribution of a representative of the Ethiopian Commission Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
During this workshop, participants assessed the second periodic report and the reply to the list of issues submitted by the Ethiopian government and noted its progress and shortcomings. Their work focused on the analysis of the legislative and institutional framework for the fight against torture and on the current reality of its implementation. The report is therefore based on their experiences, documentation and recommendations. The NGOs responsible for writing this report have verified the information contained therein.
Finally, the report also includes interviews carried out in the field by the OMCT and two network members AHRE and EHRCO with victims of torture, witnesses, heads of NGOs, political parties and the media.
Interviews were also conducted with representatives of the government, the National Commission for
Human Rights. Additional information complementing the report was done through documentary research, the exploitation of reports and press articles.
This report One step forward two steps back in fighting torture is a contribution of civil society organisations to provide the CAT with factual elements to assess the implementation of the Convention in the context of the upcoming review of Ethiopia.
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