Public Consultations to Revise Anti-Terrorism, Charities and Civic Society Proclamations

Addis Ababa Successive public consultations aimed at gathering essential inputs in revising the Anti-terrorism, Charities and Societies proclamations will be held in regional capitals and the two city administrations starting from the coming Friday.

In a press conference he gave today, Public Relations and Communication Affairs Director of Federal Attorney General, Taye Dendea said the consultations will shore up in formulating, revising or amending the existing gaps of both proclamations.

Accordingly, public consultations on the Anti-terrorism proclamation will be held starting from September 18-25, 2018 in Mekelle, Bahir Dar, Adama, Dire Dawa, Hawassa and Addis Ababa cities.

The discussions, envisaging to critically analyzing the gaps, will be organized in collaboration with universities of the stated cities to obtain possible solutions.

Research Team Coordinator on Anti-terrorism Proclamation, Dr. Gedion Timothewos said the recently established Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council based on research has recently adopted three years roadmap.

Stating that workshops and panel discussions were held to enrich the proclamation in content and implementation as well, he pointed out that the researches have shown the need to thoroughly look at proclamation and reach a consensus on what is to be done.

Moreover, platforms will be created to incorporate the views and ideas of political party leaders, journalists, prosecutors and lawyers, he pointed out. .

Coordinator of the Charities and Societies Proclamation Revising Team, Debebe Woldegebriel said based on the research conducted about 40 major gaps of the Charities and Societies Proclamation has been identified.

Limited freedom to work, legal issues of getting financial aid, the naming of the proclamation itself and many others are among the challenges that CSO are facing due to the proclamation, Debebe elaborated.

The 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation will be tabled for public discussion across the nation starting from August 31- September 15, 2018.

He urged the media to organize debates and forums with the working group on the issues so as to raise the awareness and participation of the general public.

Anti-Terrorism and Charities and Societies Proclamations consisting of 38 and 112 Articles respectively, were endorsed by the House of Peoples' Representatives in 2009.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency