EU says no forced relocation in Ethiopia's settlement programs
Addis Ababa, July 2 (WIC) - The European Union (EU) says it can find no evidence of forced relocation or other human rights violations in the implementation of resettlement programs in Ethiopia, despite any allegation by human rights organizations.
The EU’s findings were detailed in its recently issued Human Rights and Democracy in the World: a report on EU action in 2011. The report quotes the conclusions of a fact-finding mission carried out last year by donors, including the EU, to assess the 'villagization' programme being implemented by the Ethiopian government to improve access to basic services for rural populations.
The report also noted that the EU had launched a dialogue with the government of Ethiopia on this and other matters.
It also pointed out that Ethiopia had begun to draw up a national human rights action plan, due to be finalized this year, and which will incorporate recommendations from the Universal Periodic Review and from UN Treaty Bodies.
The report welcomed the government's commitments and dedication to capacity building in public administration and to good governance, as reflected in its Growth and Transformation Plan.
The report said: "This seems to indicate the government's commitment to achieving an effective civil service and strengthening good governance in democratic and political terms, as the backbone of the national development strategy."
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