Ethiopia human rights boss raises profile amid ‘crisis’

The last time Ethiopia held competitive elections, in 2005, lawyer Daniel Bekele was arrested during protests denouncing fraud and ended up serving more than two years in prison. This time around, as the country prepares for landmark polls next year, Bekele is in a very different position: as head of the national human rights body tasked with ensuring Ethiopia curbs the same authoritarian tactics that once landed him behind bars. With that goal in mind, Bekele’s Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is taking on a bigger public profile, denouncing recent abuses including the use of lethal force by soldiers and police

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Ethiopia human rights boss raises profile amid ‘crisis’