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Ethiopian Human Rights Commissioner Wins German Africa Award 2021


Addis Ababa September 15/2021 (ENA) The Ethiopian Human Rights Commissioner Daniel Bekele has received the German Africa Award 2021,the German Africa Basis introduced at this time.

The  present Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Fee (EHRC) and former Ethiopian human rights activist is honored for his lifelong battle for human rights.

The German Africa Award of the German Africa Basis has been awarded yearly for over 25 years to excellent personalities from the African continent and is the best award of its variety in Germany, it was discovered.

On the event of the announcement of the award of the German Africa Award,  German Africa Basis President Uschi Eid stated “I’m happy that the impartial jury has chosen an impressive human rights activist. Dr. Daniel Bekele deserves this prize for his lifelong advocacy of human rights. I sincerely hope that the award will encourage Daniel and his colleagues within the Ethiopian Human Rights Fee to face up for human rights in Ethiopia in a fearless and neutral method.”

The Ethiopian human rights defender is scheduled to obtain the prize in November 2021. An impartial 24-member jury of consultants from politics, political foundations and the media chosen Daniel Bekele from greater than 30 nominees.

In line with the press launch of the German basis, Daniel Bekele’s dedication to human rights started on the age of 23 when he began working as a lawyer in Addis Ababa, represented NGOs and rapidly grew to become a a lot sought-after professional on democracy and human rights.

He promoted human rights and civil society in Ethiopia, together with girls’s rights by working carefully with Ethiopian Ladies Legal professionals Affiliation and several other CSOs. In 2004, Daniel grew to become “Head of Coverage Analysis and Advocacy” at ActionAid in Ethiopia.

As a consultant of civil society, Daniel took a number one function in monitoring Ethiopia’s 2005 parliamentary elections. After criticizing the questionable conduct of the elections and its violent aftermath, nonetheless, he was attacked and injured by armed authorities safety operatives in October 2005.

In November 2005, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to jail on trumped up costs of making an attempt to “overthrow the federal government and the structure.” He remained in jail as an internationally acknowledged non-violent political prisoner till March 2008.

Daniel’s dedication to advocate for the political rights of the deprived populations particularly has not been diminished by his imprisonment. Between 2011 and 2019, he held senior management positions at Human Rights Watch and Amnesty Worldwide to advertise human rights on the African continent and was accountable for a whole lot of publications on a variety of human rights and good governance points in Africa.

Daniel is satisfied that socio-economic improvement ought to go hand in hand with respect for human rights and democratic improvement; and is due to this fact not afraid to additionally criticize the donor nations of the North for his or her unprincipled cooperation with authoritarian regimes in addition to their failure on the humanitarian obligations to help the event of poor nations.

Within the wake of Ethiopia’s democratic opening beneath Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Federal Parliament appointed Daniel Bekele to guide the Ethiopian Human Rights Fee (EHRC) in July 2019 which he nonetheless holds.

Since then, Daniel considerably reworked the fee and efficiently advocated for higher independence and enlargement of the powers of the fee.


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