HRW: Repression Rising Ahead of May Elections

HRW*** News Conference Invitation ***

Human Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to the launch of a new report, “‘One Hundred Ways of Putting Pressure’: Violations of Freedom of Expression and Association in Ethiopia,” to be held in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

In May 2010, Ethiopia will hold its first national election since the controversial polls in 2005. Using firsthand testimony and documentation collected over the past decade, “One Hundred Ways of Putting Pressure” examines the shrinking space for opposition parties, independent civil society, and the media, and assesses the potential impact of human rights abuses on the electoral process in 2010. In the report, Human Rights Watch calls on the Ethiopian government to take urgent steps to improve the electoral environment by immediately releasing political prisoners; supporting independent efforts to investigate and publicly report on abuses, including by international electoral observers; and ceasing attacks and intimidation on political opposition, independent civil society, and the media.

What: Human Rights Watch report release
“‘One Hundred Ways of Putting Pressure’: Violations of Freedom of Expression and Association in Ethiopia”
Who: Georgette Gagnon, Africa director, Human Rights Watch
When: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Fiesta Restaurant, 3rd Floor, Chester House
                        Koinange Street, Nairobi, Kenya


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Note to journalists: Copies of the report will be available at the news conference

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