Anti-Terrorism Law Tabled for Discussion

Addis Ababa The Anti-Terrorism Law that has been criticized for restricting democratic space in Ethiopia has been tabled for discussion as to how to amend it.

Legal professionals, representatives of civic societies and political parties, as well as academicians attended the discussion on the proposal that the Justice and Legal Affairs Advisory Council has presented.

The participants thoroughly discussed issues included in the proposal including definition of the concept of terrorism, implementation of the law, basic principles of criminal law and global standards.

It was indicated that a gap was observed in definition of concepts as well as implementation.

The discussants have argued during the discussion on two points � amending the existing law and totally terminating it.

Participants, who believe on the importance of such law, support the amendment, while other who argue that Ethiopia doesn't need anti-terrorism law insisted for its termination.

Discussants who insisted for the termination of the law argued that it has brought only misery to the people.

However, most of the participants, who support the amendment, insisted on the need to revise the law in accordance with the constitution and in a way that respects the independence of the justice system and institutions as well as citizens' rights.

They also insisted on the need to pay compensation for victims of the law.

The coordinating committees engaged in the study of the law recommended for the revision of the law in order to improve the justice system and strengthen democracy.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Anti-Terrorism Law Tabled for Discussion

Addis Ababa The Anti-Terrorism Law that has been criticized for restricting democratic space in Ethiopia has been tabled for discussion as to how to amend it.

Legal professionals, representatives of civic societies and political parties, as well as academicians attended the discussion on the proposal that the Justice and Legal Affairs Advisory Council has presented.

The participants thoroughly discussed issues included in the proposal including definition of the concept of terrorism, implementation of the law, basic principles of criminal law and global standards.

It was indicated that a gap was observed in definition of concepts as well as implementation.

The discussants have argued during the discussion on two points � amending the existing law and totally terminating it.

Participants, who believe on the importance of such law, support the amendment, while other who argue that Ethiopia doesn't need anti-terrorism law insisted for its termination.

Discussants who insisted for the termination of the law argued that it has brought only misery to the people.

However, most of the participants, who support the amendment, insisted on the need to revise the law in accordance with the constitution and in a way that respects the independence of the justice system and institutions as well as citizens' rights.

They also insisted on the need to pay compensation for victims of the law.

The coordinating committees engaged in the study of the law recommended for the revision of the law in order to improve the justice system and strengthen democracy.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency