Ethiopian lawyer Ameha Mekonnen has been awarded this year’s French-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law for his brave and upright standing up for Human Rights and civil liberties during very difficult times in Ethiopia.
Every 10th of December – International Human Rights Day – the French-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law is dedicated to 15 human rights defenders all over the world.
The German and French Ambassadors handed over this award during a ceremony at the German Residence in the presence of family and friends – among them bloggers and activists whom he had defended and who expressed deep gratitude.
Ameha Mekonnen said he considered the price also as a recognition for all those who had lost their lives fighting for freedom and democracy in Ethiopia. Mr. Mekonnen is the chairperson of the Ethiopian Human Rights Counsel and founder of the NGO’s ‘Lawyers for Human Rights’ and ‘Network of Digital Rights in Ethiopia’.
Beautiful coincidence that Prime Minister Dr. Abiy received the Nobel Peace Prize the same day – making it a day of celebration of human rights and peace for Ethiopia.