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Heinrich Boll Foundation

The Heinrich Boll Foundation is a German non-governmental organisation (NGO), which pulled out of Ethiopia in protest against the country’s controversial 2009 civil society and charity law (CSO), which has put growing restrictions on its activities.

The foundation is named after the German Nobel Prize winner for Literature.

In a statement in November 2012 the foundation said 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.


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