1 January 2019 – The proclamation of the Ethiopian civil society organizations (CSOs) has been revised and sent to the Council of Ministers, according to the federal procurator general of Ethiopia.
The federal prosecutor general, Berhanu Tsegaye, said that a new bill has been submitted to the House for approval and will enter into force once it has been approved.
He did not reveal any details about the new law, but he said the bill took account of constitutional and international treaties aimed at the right to organization, he said.
The Attorney General has also revealed that Ehiopia is adjusting anti-terrorism legislation and will soon submit it to the relevant authorities for approval.
The successive Ethiopian governments have legalized laws that have restricted freedom after one another in the name of security, which has led to extremely weak civil society organizations and media in Ethiopia.
The proclamation of the Ethiopian charities and associations, which had an effect on the information in 2009, was widely criticized by the world as one that imposed excessive restrictions on the work of human rights organizations.
After the law had reached the information effect, many organizations were closed or their activities were severely restricted.
In agreement with Amnesty International, "the law has had a devastating impact on human rights work, both in terms of the practical obstacles it creates for human rights defenders, and in the worsening of the climate of fear in which they work." The proclamation endangers compliance and protection of the rights of every person in Ethiopia. "
These and other laws aimed at civil society and independent media have had a devastating effect on the growth of these bodies and the protection of civil liberties.
The new government in Ethiopia, led by a reform-minded Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, hopes to change that.