Ambassador Tiruneh Zena, commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) disclosed that EHRC is short-listed for accreditation with the UN.
It expects decision on November 2012. "It is very important to be accredited because that will enable us to take positions in the UN forum not just as a member of the Ethiopian delegation but as EHRC," Ambassador Tiruneh said. "As a member, we will have full rights and take a floor and speak about human right situations in Ethiopia."
EHRC, whose activities were confined to Addis Ababa when it started five years ago, has now opened up branches in Hawassa, Bahr Dar, Mekelle, Jimma, Gambella and Jijiga. The commission, in collaboration with universities and NGOs, has also set up 112 legal aid centers that provide legal assistance to people who are economically disadvantaged.