Pervasive Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia Must be Addressed and Investigated

13 International Civil Society Organisations call for immediate investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia.

Civil Rights Defenders together with 12 international civil society organisations in a letter addressed to the Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council brings to their attention the persistent and grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia and the pressing need to support the establishment of an independent, impartial and international investigation into atrocities committed by security forces to suppress peaceful protests and independent dissent. 

As the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) prepares to convene for its 35th session from 6 – 23 June 2017, the undersigned civil society organisations urge your delegations to prioritise and address through joint statements the ongoing human rights crisis in Ethiopia.

For a full copy of the letter please click on the following link to view Letter To Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council.


  • Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia
  • CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
  • Civil Rights Defenders
  • DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
  • Ethiopia Human Rights Project
  • Freedom House
  • Front Line Defenders
  • Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • International Service for Human Rights
  • Reporters Without Borders
  • World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)