Implementation of International Human Rights Commitments and the Impact on Ongoing Legal Reforms in Ethiopia


This edited volume on Implementation of International Human Rights Commitments and Implications on Ongoing Legal Reforms in Ethiopia addresses key themes of contemporary interest focused on identifying the gaps between Ethiopia’s human rights commitments and the practical problems associated with the realisation of human rights goals. Political and legal challenges affecting implementation at the domestic levels continue in Ethiopian – the nature and complexity of which have been thoroughly expounded in this volume. This edition uncovers the key challenges involving civil and political rights, socio-economic rights and cultural and institutional dimensions of the implementation of human rights in Ethiopia – while the country is absorbed in legal and political reforms.

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Wolfgang Benedek, PhD (1988), University of Graz, is Professor Emeritus of International Law at University of Graz. He has published widely in the areas of human rights, development and security, acting as main editor of the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2009-2018 (Intersentia).

Tadesse Kassa Woldetsadik, PhD (2011), University of Oslo, is Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University. He has co-edited volumes, published books and several journal articles on international and human rights laws, including Ethiopian-African Perspectives on Human Rights and Good Governance, (eds. 2014, N-WV Pub., Graz-Austria).

Tesfaye Abate Abebe, PhD (2018), University of South Africa, is Assistant Professor at the Ethiopian Civil Service University. He has published journal articles on various issues of human rights, including the right to development, environment and food.
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Part 1: Civil and Political Rights

 Incitement to Ethnic Hatred in Ethiopia and Freedom of Expression
  Asmelash Yohannes Teklu
 Extending Voting Rights to the Ethiopian Diaspora: Towards Institutionalising Diaspora Political Participation in Ethiopia
  Teguadda Alebachew
 The Right to Cross-Examination and Witness Protection in Ethiopia: A Comparative Study
  Tadesse Melaku

Part 2: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

 The Need to Accommodate the Basic Rights of Ethno-National Minorities in the Oromia Regional State of Federal Ethiopia
  Sisay Mengistie Addisu
 Assessing the Right to Property, Eviction and Compensation in Ethiopia vis-à-vis International Human Rights Law
  Zerihun Yimer Geleta
 Cultural Legitimisation of Human Rights: The Case of the Guraghe Ethno-Cultural Community in Ethiopia
  Sisay Kinfe

Part 3: Vulnerable Groups

 Legal Empowerment of Women through Property Rights in Ethiopia
  Tesfaye Abate Abebe
 Ensuring the Compatibility of the Ethiopian Law on Legal Capacity with Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  Mehreteab G. Ghebregergs
 The Right to Mental Health: A Critical Look at the State of Human Rights of the Mentally Ill in Ethiopia
  Wondwossen Wakene Frew
 Exploring Tax Incentive Mechanisms to Strengthen the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Private Workforce in Ethiopia
  Gebrehiwot Hadush and Biniam Mekonen

Part 4: Institutional and Remedial Issues

 From ‘Rights in Law’ to ‘Rights in Action’: Towards an Effective Remedy for Human Rights Violations through Constitutional Complaint Procedures in Ethiopia
  Yemane Kassa Hailu
 Enforcement of Constitutional Bills of Rights in the Regional States of Ethiopia
  Mekonnen Fisseha and Gebrehiwot Hadush
 Assessing the Ethiopian House of Federation in the Light of the Exhaustion of the Local Remedies Rule under the African Charter
  Mulu Beyene Kidanemariam

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