Ms Ana Gomes to convene Ogaden hearing

PRLog (Press Release) – Nov 26, 2010 – Brussels – Just as the EU Election Observation Mission to Ethiopia concluded in its final report that the process of the 2010 Ethiopian elections “fell short of international commitments for elections” and as fresh reports of insecurity emerge, there is a pressing need to assess where Ethiopia is heading and what this will mean for EU policy and the Horn of Africa.

Ms Ana Gomes MEP will convene a hearing, ‘Ethiopia’s Stalled Democracy: A Spotlight on the Ogaden’ at the European Parliament in Brussels from 16.15–18.15 on 7 December 2010 in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the African Rights Monitor (ARM).

Under discussion will be the political and humanitarian situation of Ethiopia’s ethnic communities, with personal testimony from the Ogaden region illustrating the current situation of human rights and democracy, the impact of the elections and what the result will spell for peace in the coming months.

More information on the event can be found on www.unpo.org/article/11964

Registration Required

Media opportunities will be available at the close of the hearing

For media queries please contact:
Andrew Swan
+32 (0)472 577 518
aswan@unpo.org

For registration please send an email with your full name, date of birth, place of residence, and organisation to: ekrockow@unpo.org

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About UNPO:
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
www.unpo.org

About ARM:
African Rights Monitor (ARM) is non-profit organization that advocates to increase awareness of the gross violations of human rights, democracy, and the rights of the press in conflict and post-conflict African countries. ARM will educate civil society groups in conflict and post-conflict African countries on democracy, human rights, and the rights of the press.
www.africanrightsmonitor.org

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