Ethiopia: Council Calls On Upholding Tolerance, Mutual Respect

By Zelalem Girma

The Council demands that the government should take urgent and proper measures to stop the destructive violence, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Human Rights Council (HRCO) called upon the government, the opposition forces, citizens, religious institutions, and non-governmental organizations to contribute their part in promoting tolerance, mutual respect, and love among nationalities, ethnic groups, and religions.

Briefing foreign correspondents and local journalists here yesterday, Council Director Betsat Terefe said that in the recent violence erupted in some parts of the country several Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic churches were burnt down in various woredas. Thus, condemning such inhuman acts, the Council demands that the government should take urgent and proper measures to stop the destructive violence, and bring the perpetrators to justice, he added.

Council Chairperson Bizuayehu Wondimu said that Article 15 of the Federal Constitution: ‘Every person has the right to life’ is violated by extra-judicial killings. He also said that the Council called upon the government to respect Article 30/1 of the Constitution that stipulates “Everyone has the right to assemble and to demonstrate together with others peaceably, and unarmed, and to petition,” and to respond without violence to the peaceful demands of its citizens.

SOURCE: ALL AFRICA