The following is a press release from the Human Rights Watch on the unveiling of the 105-page report, “Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia,” which reveals how the TPLF-led Ethiopian regime uses foreign aid and donor-supported resources to consolidate its grip on political power. The research was conducted in the States of Amhara, Oromia and the South (SNNPR).
Ethiopia: Donor Aid Supports Repression
Contributors Should Review Development Programs, Monitor Use of Funds
October 19, 2010
(London) – The Ethiopian government is using development aid to suppress political dissent by conditioning access to essential government programs on support for the ruling party, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch urged foreign donors to ensure that their aid is used in an accountable and transparent manner and does not support political repression.
The 105-page report, “Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia,” documents the ways in which the Ethiopian government uses donor-supported resources and aid as a tool to consolidate the power of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
“The Ethiopian government is routinely using access to aid as a weapon to control people and crush dissent,” said Rona Peligal, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “If you don’t play the ruling party’s game, you get shut out. Yet foreign donors are rewarding this behavior with ever-larger sums of development aid.”
– Read the Full Report: Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia – By Human Rights Watch
"It is time for a change in approach and policy," said the Globe and Mail in its October 19th, 2010 Editorial, "In Ethiopia, Aid for the Ruling Party" after the Human Rights Watch's report – Read Globe's Editorial »»»
Canadian and western allies see aid co-opted in 'repressive' Ethiopia: report (Winnipeg Free Press)