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Professor Mesfin Woldemariam

Prof Mesfin Woldemariam

Professor Mesfin Woldemariam is one of Ethiopia's well-known intellectuals and rights and political activists.  He taught geography at Addis Ababa University from 1959 to 1985 and wrote several books and monographs on various issues.


Professor Mesfin is the founder of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, established in 1991 to encourage and monitor the respect of human rights in Ethiopia. Soon after the current EPRDF government took power in 1991, Professor Mesfin took a bold step to embark on the task of creating Ethiopia's first independent human rights organization with the purpose of educating Ethiopians about their basic human rights and also exposing human rights violations in the country.


This organization has been exposing countless human rights violations in Ethiopia by the current government. Politically motivated systematic killings and abductions that would normally go unreported have been made public in detail by the Ethiopian Human Rights Council. Through its affiliations with other international human rights organizations, it has also been able to bring, with compelling evidence, the violations of basic human rights in Ethiopia to the attention of the international community. Not only has it been exposing violations, it has also been relentlessly calling on the government to abide by the principles of the international declaration of human rights and international principles of free speech, freedom of association and freedom of expression.


It is a well-documented and reported fact that human rights violations in Ethiopia have dramatically increased over the past few years and Professor Mesfin Woldemariam himself was also one of the victims of the government’s crackdown on critics.  Along with senior opposition figures, some of Ethiopia 's most vocal political activists, human rights campaigners and independent journalists, he was thrown into jail facing a charge of treason after the 2005 sham elections. But in July 2007, the charges were dropped and Professor Mesfin was released.


As a result of Professor Mesfin’s pioneering bold efforts to establish Ethiopia’s first independent human rights organization, many Ethiopians have come to be aware of their basic human rights and they have been able to see countless instances of the violations committed by the EPRDF government.  The rest of the world is also under no illusion as to the state of human rights in Ethiopia due to what Professor Mesfin’s Human Rights Council has managed to expose.


# Mezmur 2012-12-30 00:28
In the name of the 'TRUE MAN', Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, how can you put the legend under 'Did you know? about Menilik 1 as he is the son of King Solomon and our royal family members are from juda. With out source to convince it is disgusting to lie in our beloved and real hero of our country? Are you sure that the Ark of the covenant is in Ethiopia? If so, Ethiopia is trying to be proud with the properity of others.

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# yasin ahmed 2013-01-17 04:31
'true man 'profesor mesfin woldemaryam is father to Ethiopian people
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# Asnake 2013-05-22 21:50
prof fine. the reality is real but there is a great terrorist movement to through it in depth . so you are you beyond all of us. go forwardly. finally prof I really wants to be a friend and follower of yours. so please add me on your Facebook. also use I want to get your books but I can't buy due to... so give me.
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# dereje melaku abebe 2016-10-22 22:33
the veterana professor mesfin wouldematriam can be described as an Ethiopian Yoseph
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