Ethiopia Fact Sheet Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Jul 2017

The Ibrahim Index of overall governance ranks Ethiopia 31 out of 54 countries in Africa. It reports a slight imbalance between the four areas contributing to the Index: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. This imbalance continues to grow. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front holds 100 percent of the seats in parliament and has continued its ambitious development agenda, yet many citizens feel that progress has not been equitable. This has triggered public protests and strong crackdowns, which resulted in a significant number of deaths and arrests since late 2015, culminating in the government’s institution of a state of emergency in October 2016. The state of emergency is still in effect restricting a number of activities, including protests and public gatherings. Ethiopia’s 2015 civil society organization sustainability score was the second lowest in sub-Saharan Africa. Challenges in democracy and human rights threaten the realization of the mission’s overall development objectives
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 3:15pm