The Third Cycle of Ethiopia’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was held at the ongoing 33rd Session of the UPR Working Group in the UN Human Rights Council, in which participants commended Ethiopia's actions taken towards the promotion and protection of human rights.
The Ethiopian delegation led by Dr. Gedion Themothios, Deputy Attorney General presented at the Session actions that Ethiopia has taken to improve the human rights situations to fulfill its human rights obligations.
One hundred and thirty-two countries took the floor in the review and made statements and recommendations on the activities done and achievements attained by the Government in the promotion and protection of human rights in Ethiopia. This is the highest record of speakers inscribed in the 33rd Session of the #UPR.
At the review Session, participants commended Ethiopia’s success in the promotion and protection of human rights and applauded the measures taken to widen the civil, political and democratic space in Ethiopia over the past year. Many welcomed the progressive policy reforms introduced to improve the political, economic and social situation in the country.
Participants also commended Ethiopia for implementing many of the recommendations from the previous cycle and encouraged the Government to continue the positive trajectory of the reform process and strengthen its legislative framework and the justice system to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country.
Gedion, in his concluding remarks, thanked all the participants for their constructive engagement and recommendations and assured them of Ethiopia’s commitment to continue to actively participate in the UPR process in the future.