Ethiopia, 28 July 2022 (TDI): The International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia is visiting Ethiopia from 25-30 July.

 Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia

The UN Human Rights Council created the international commission of human rights on Ethiopia on 17 December 2021 in Entebbe, Uganda.  The President of the Council, Federico Villegas appointed a Chair and two important experts. The commission also consists of three members. These include Kaari Betty Murungi from Kenya, Steven Ratner from the USA, and Radhika Coomaraswamy from Sri Lanka.

The three members of the International Commission of Human Rights Commission
The three members of the International Commission of Human Rights Commission on Ethiopia
The Commission’s  Mandate

The commission is valid for a period of one year. The commission’s mandate is to carry out a thorough and impartial examination into allegations and abuses of international human rights law and international refugee law in Ethiopia.

It should also be able to provide facts and circumstances regarding the alleged violations and abuses. The commission aims also to collect and store evidence and find the perpetrators.

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The Council also mandates the Experts to show instructions on transitional justice including accountability, reconciliation, and healing. The human rights experts are also required to follow a gender perspective and a survivor-centered approach in their work.

The commission is to also involve all important stakeholders, including the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea, regional state governments, and the office of the High Commissioner. Other stakeholders include the interministerial task force, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, African Union, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the intergovernmental Authority on Development, and civil society.

At the fiftieth session 13 June-8 July, the Human Rights Council also expected the Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia to provide an oral briefing to the Council.

Following this, an interactive dialogue took place and the commission presented a written report to the Council.