On June 8, 2018, AIUSA, Amnesty International Bronx chapter and a coalition of US-based Africa diaspora groups, have organized a conference in New York City focused on the human rights situation inside Ethiopia and its implications for the region. The conference The Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia and the Implications for Accountable Government in East Africa will be held from 12-4 PM at the New York Ethical Society, 2 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023.
The conference will focus on the closing political space, human rights defenders in the region and building links among different diaspora groups. We will be joined by some of the leading voices in this space including recently released Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega. At an event to mark the Ethiopian New Year in 2011, Eskinder spoke about press freedom in the country. Shortly after, on the 14 September, Eskinder was arrested – for the eighth time – because of his activities as a journalist. Eskinder’s was featured as a case for Write for Rights in 2013 and Amnesty activists all around the world took action to secure his release.
Other honourable speakers include Bekele Gerba, Deputy Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress from Ethiopia; Irungu Houghton, Amnesty International Kenya’s Executive Director; Soliyana Shimeles, a member of Ethiopia’s Zone 9 bloggers and other civil society leaders.
Join us and regional activists as we begin to articulate an agenda for the future.