In this report, DefendDefenders examines the challenges faced by Ethiopian human rights defenders (HRDs) amid the ongoing reform process and makes concrete recommendations for rebuilding a robust and inclusive civil society ahead of elections planned for 2020. Despite some positive developments, serious gaps remain, and rights-based organisations in the country currently lack the capacity to keep pace with these developments. This report outlines several avenues donors and international organisations can use to help effectively rebuild civil society in Ethiopia, such as capacity-building activities, and areas of focus like psychosocial support.
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Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD) is an organization that follows a rights-centered approach to help the democratization process in Ethiopia. CARD focuses on youth’s civic engagement, and promoting conflict-sensitive dialogue through informed freedom of expression, as well as combating disinformation, hate and dangerous speech. CARD is also dedicated grassroots empowerments of the…
The Icelandic Human Rights Centre is an independent organization that works to advance human rights through the promotion of research and education on and raising awareness of human rights issues in Iceland. The Centre also serves as a watch dog for the status and implementation of Human Rights in Iceland.