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Ethiopia human rights boss raises profile amid 'crisis'

Added 10-16-20 04:04:03am EST - “The last time Ethiopia held competitive elections, in 2005, lawyer Daniel Bekele was arrested during protests denouncing fraud and ended up serving more than two years in prison.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Ethiopia human rights boss raises profile amid 'crisis'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The last time Ethiopia held competitive elections, in 2005, lawyer Daniel Bekele was arrested during protests denouncing fraud and ended up serving more than two years in prison.

This time around, as the country prepares for landmark polls next year, Daniel is in a very different position: as head of the national human rights body tasked with ensuring Ethiopia curbs the same authoritarian tactics that once landed him behind bars.

With that goal in mind, Daniel's Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is taking on a bigger public profile, denouncing recent abuses including the use of lethal force by soldiers and police against unarmed demonstrators.

But its statements have drawn rebukes from lawmakers and officials in Ethiopia's restive Oromia region, highlighting challenges facing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's stated goal of empowering institutions.

In an interview with AFP, Daniel, who was appointed last year, said Ethiopia faced a "very deep human rights crisis" that shows little sign of abating.

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