Written by Ewan Wright, CNN Mexico City, Mexico
Almost 3 million Ethiopians are in desperate need of humanitarian aid and Canada should hold an official press conference this week, says the Canadian Human Rights Commission
The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations could make the decision Wednesday. Canada’s demand is, first, to call Ethiopia’s government and opposition to account for human rights violations in Ethiopia. The second is that the Ethiopian government encourage U.N. officials to increase its assistance to the most vulnerable populations.
Canada’s government has signaled it’s not too pleased with Ethiopia’s human rights record. Just a day before the announcement, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Ethiopia’s government needs to make more commitments to improve human rights.
“The government of Ethiopia has been inconsistent in the extent to which it has signaled its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights,” Freeland said in a press release. “Government officials should actively challenge laws that discriminate against women, for example.”
Ethiopia is a major aid donor and is also a member of the International Organization for Migration.
Karen Ross, the co-chair of Canada’s Human Rights Commission, said they want Canada to speak out against violence in Ethiopia’s Ethiopia region and in other parts of the country.