Grave Restrictions on Fundamental Human Rights

In a letter to the Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, Civil Rights Defenders together with eight undersigned civil society organisations expressed their serious concerns about the Ethiopian Government’s grave restrictions on fundamental human rights.

This has been exemplified by the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia region. As the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) prepares to release its landmark recommendations for the proper management of assemblies, the undersigned urges the above to address the rapidly deteriorating environment for independent dissent and violations of the right to freedom of assembly in Ethiopia at the upcoming 31st UN HRC Session.

For a full transcript of the letter please click on the following link Letter to Permanent Representatives.


  • Article 19
  • Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE)
  • CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
  • Civil Rights Defenders
  • Defend Defenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Right Defenders Project)
  • Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP)
  • Front Line Defenders
  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)