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


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.


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  • 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..

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    • 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

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      • 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’!

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      • 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.

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