Home | News    Friday 16 November 2012

German NGO quits Ethiopia in protest against "restrictions on civil rights and freedom of speech"

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

November 15, 2012 (PARIS) - A German non-governmental organisation (NGO) said Thursday it is pulling out of Ethiopia in protest against Ethiopia’s controversial 2009 civil society and charity law (CSO), which has put growing restrictions on its activities.

The Heinrich Boll Foundation, named after the German Nobel Prize winner for Literature, said in a statement that the "closure of the office in Ethiopia is a sign of protest by the foundation against the ongoing restrictions on civil rights and freedom of speech."

The German NGO, which aims to promote democracy, gender equality and sustainable development, alleged that it has become impossible for the organization to carryout its work under the existing circumstances in Ethiopia.

The foundation’s country director, Patrick Berg, said the organization made a failed appeal to the Ethiopian government through the offices of German Development minister, Dirk Niebel.

"We realized that we cannot pursue our mission and we can no longer support our local partners of several years," he told German Radio DW.

Last month Ethiopia’s Charities and Societies Agency (CSoA), said that it has revoked the licenses of 10 Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

The agency has also warned over 400 organizations that it says are operating against rules and regulations of the country and is currently investigating 17 organizations.

Human rights and civil society groups condemn Ethiopia’s "NGO law" saying it curtails the activities of domestic and foreign non-governmental organizations and human rights groups operating in the country.

According to the NGOs, the law, restricts the freedoms of press, expression and assembly.

Despite the unpopular law, the Charities and Societies Agency says it is registering hundreds of new associations and charities.

Currently there are nearly 3,000 international civil society grounps, NGOs and charities operating in Ethiopia.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 16 November 2012 15:05, by Wolleyewu

    Where are you woyane DOGS?Come on!keep shouting nonsense as usual.You’r expertes in contaminating or smearing names of innocent human-beings if found opponents to the aparthide regime in Eth.With your expertis please tell us if this Germany official has an extra marital affair with Anna Gomeze.That is your stupid politics,smearing,balckmailing and harrassing decent peoples.I hate Woyane..

    repondre message

    • 16 November 2012 17:16, by panafricaner

      Are you really Wolloye?
      You know! Wolloyes are proud Ethiopians not ass kissers of z westerns.
      Why you r crying in behalf of your masters (z westers) I think you are affraid of lossing of some "FREFARI" FROM YOUR MASTERS.
      Any way if you are really Ethiopian,P/s stand on the side of the Heroic & proud oldest independent beloved ETHIOPIA than being the BANDA of the new stylish colonialism of z west

      repondre message

      • 16 November 2012 23:10, by australian

        Colonialism of the West? Watch out, because Ethiopia will soon be an Islamic state with an increasingly "Arab" culture. I hope you enjoy your "heroic and proud" country then...it will be Allah’s "ass" you all have to kiss, not Westerners’!

        repondre message

      • 17 November 2012 20:21, by Tutbol

        I hope they go back to Germany for good. These Criminals think they can to come to trade their evil deeds to our peoples at whim. It is time our peoples let them know their right place, for they are nothing but the greatest devils of old evils.

        repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Appointment of Dr. Riek as FVP is welcome but...? 2016-02-13 13:18:16 By James Okuk “Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies.” – President J.F. Kennedy. On Thursday February 11, (...)

Formation of “TGoNU” without Constitutional Amendment: Is it a right of necessity? 2016-02-09 20:30:29 By Mabor Maker Dhelbeny In its 55th Extra-ordinary Meeting, held on 30th – 31st January, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the IGAD Council of Ministers in the communiqué on South Sudan: (1) (...)

Terrorism Tops African Summit Agenda: Lip service or strategic move? 2016-02-07 04:56:59 By Trayo A. Ali In Africa, terrorism is not only strategic threat to continent political security and destabilization, but more importantly it also constitutes fundamental challenge and eminent (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Civil society group decries delay of S. Sudan transitional gov’t 2016-01-29 18:08:53 South Sudan Civil Society Alliance Date: 29.1.2016 For the immediate Release Press Release Following the passing of deadline of the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity in the (...)

Africa: Strengthen steps to end child marriage 2015-12-14 08:04:41 December 10, 2015 African governments should coordinate action to improve laws, education, health care, and public awareness to end the scourge of child marriage, Human Rights Watch said today (...)

Professor Akolda, it is too early for you to go 2015-12-06 06:36:15 I learnt from social media of the untimely departure of Professor Akolda Maan Tier on the 30th Nov 2015, whom I knew and admired, as one of the great, committed sons of both Sudans, who dedicated (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.