Democratizing Ethiopia?


Ethiopia is experiencing a sense of optimism over prospects for a democratic opening. Since becoming Prime Minister on April 2, Abiy Ahmed has promised, and in some cases taken steps to implement, political and economic reforms.

The Ethiopian government lifted the State of Emergency, initiated reviews of the Charities and Societies Proclamation and the Anti-Terror Proclamation, opened state enterprises to private sector investment and released thousands of political prisoners, including high-profile opposition leaders and journalists. Prime Minister Abiy (right) held dialogues with Ethiopians countrywide, met with opposition party leaders, welcomed the return of diaspora leaders, called for national reconciliation, and agreed to implement the Algiers Agreement and normalize relations with Eritrea.

The National Endowment for Democracy

invites you to a discussion of current developments in Ethiopia

featuring remarks by:

Scott Busby

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

and a conversation with: 

Yoseph Badwaza 

Senior Program Officer, Freedom House

Sarah Margon, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch

Ameha Mekonnen, Ameha Mekonnen and Associates Law Office; Chairman, Human Rights Council

moderated by

Lauren Ploch Blanchard, Specialist in African Affairs, Congressional Research Service

Wednesday, July 25, 2018. 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. 

1025 F Street N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004


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