Human Rights in Ethiopia

The History Department, Political Science, Philosophy and Geography Department are co-sponsoring a University Hour event on Wednesday, November 16th at 3pm in the Student Theater.  The speaker is Dr. Semahagn Abebe, a scholar in residence at UConn’s Human Rights Institute. Eastern is a member of the Scholars-at-Risk international organization that supports scholars around the world who have been exiled or persecuted by their home governments by providing residential opportunities at various universities and financial support for their residences.

Dr.Abebe will discuss the Ethiopian government’s stifling of freedom of expression and academic freedom in the country. The lecture provides background analysis on the Ethiopian political structure, human rights violations, challenges of academic freedom and the role of the international community to reverse political repression in Ethiopia.