Human Rights situation in Ethiopia: EU refutes the report of HRW

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Human Rights Watch has persistently reporting about the Human Rights situation in Ethiopia in connection to the country’s key political and economic changes.


In its 2010 report, it reported that development aid was not effectively used in Ethiopia and warned donor countries and other development partners to suspend their development and humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia.


Following the 105-page report entitled as "Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia", international organizations and representatives of developed countries planned to assess the credibility of the issue raised by Human Rights Watch.


They have assessed whether development aid is used properly. Despite what was posed by Human Rights Watch, the international organizations and Ethiopia’s development partners announced that they couldn’t find any evidence concerning what HRW has reported in connection to Ethiopia’s use of aid. The development partners assured the development aid they provide to Ethiopia is under effective use in the proposed projects.


They also expressed their observation of the changes in the country, which is in contrast to the report by Human Rights Watch. They witnessed the hope for the rebirth and renaissance of the country.


According to various reports released after their investigation, the development efforts and their fruits could witness that there is light at the end of the tunnel.


If we go through the various reports of Human Rights Watch from the very beginning, it has been reporting nix about the real changes in Ethiopia. It never watches the good things taking place in the country for the betterment of the people; for the respect of their political and human rights.


Neither has it made an effort to visit the country, observe all the situations in the country, talked to the people at the grassroots level. It has never been to Gambella; it has never been to Wolkite and lower Omo Valley. It compiled its reports from Washington DC with biased unrealistic information from some interested groups who don’t want changes in the country.


All of its reports had proved false not only by the government of Ethiopia but also by different independent teams, international community and development partners. Its 2010 report is a typical example. The report about the ineffective use of aid disproved by the international community and donor countries. Despite this fact, HRW has continued blackmailing the image of the country with fabrications.


Its recent report focuses on forced relocation of people and other human rights violations.  The European Union says despite any allegations of HRW, it found no evidence for forced relocation or other human rights violations in the implementation of resettlement programs in Ethiopia.


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.


Had HRW worried for the rights of the people, it could have attempted to gather accurate first hand information from the people about whom it’s reporting and realize the feeling of the Ethiopian people and the changes in the country. However, the organization has its own hidden agendas and that is why it has continued reporting fabrications against the reality on the ground. In other words, its major aim has no concern with Human Rights but it wants to accomplish its hidden political agendas.