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Monday, November 24, 2014

A large industry zone is going to be constructed in the capital of Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples State, Hawassa City.
The industrial zone is going to be set up as a contribution to make Ethiopia, within the coming ten years, a leading light manufacturing country from the entire African continent.
Ethiopia is working to make urban areas centers of industries and to this effect it has active projects in Dire Dawa, Kombolcha, Addis Ababa and Hawassa.
Lemi Industrialized Zone, found in the nation’s capital city, is almost complete and space is being allocated for foreign investors.
According to the State Minister of Industry, Mebrhatu Meles, preliminary study to set up an industrial zone in Hawassa has been finalized.
Establishing an industrial zone in Hawassa is expected to facilitate the export of value added agricultural products in the locality. In addition to this it is said the industrial zone will enhance Hawassa’s service and tourism sector.
AFRICA has to make stronger commitments to human rights issues if the continent is to make economic and democratic advances and benefit from its positive spin-offs, says the President of the African Court for Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR), Justice Augustino Ramadhani.
In his opening remarks at the national sensitisation seminar on the promotion of the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, AfCHPR President added that the success of Africa's Agenda 2063 would depend largely on the importance given to the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human and peoples' rights on the continent.
"History teaches us that respect for human rights, the promotion of human development and the consolidation of peace, coupled with good political and economic governance are conditions sine qua non for any meaningful development," he told over 100 delegates drawn from various governments, Ambassadors, non-government organizations, lawyers, students, media and human rights organisations and activists, among others, according to AfCHPR press release availed to the Independent East African News Agency.
He called for continental support for the Arusha-based AfCHPR, the only judicial arm of the African Union (AU).
"The effectiveness of the Court requires the support of all stakeholders, in particular, member states of the AU," Justice Ramadhani empahsised.
He noted that since the Protocol establishing the Court was adopted in 1998, only 28 of the 54 AU member states have ratified it, adding that out of these, only seven countries have made declarations allowing individuals and NGOs to bring cases directly to the Court.
These are: Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda and hosts Tanzania. Director General, International Legal Affairs Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reta Alemu Nega stated that Africa has now stood up to its responsibilities in the promotion and protection of human rights.
"Steps have been taken over the last five decades to introduce legislative and institutional frameworks in relation to human rights. One of the achievements in this regard is the adoption of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights and the creation of the African Commission to follow up on the implementation," he said.
The increasing awareness of the African people on the African Human Rights System, he stressed, was a significant step in strengthening the protection mechanism put in place.
President of the Lawyers Association of Ethiopia, Mr Wendimagegnehu Gabre- Sellasie stressed that in order for the Court to achieve its objectives, it has to work hand in hand with member states, state parties to the Charter and the Protocol, professional associations, among other stakeholders.
He also noted that the success of the Court as a human rights protection mechanism would require a wider ratification of the Protocol, as well as acceptance of the competence of the Court, by making the Declaration.
Later on, Justice Gerald Niyungeko from Burundi, member and former President of the Court, made a detailed presentation on the Court and responded to myriad of questions in the one-day session which was chaired by the Vice- President of the Court, Lady Justice Elsie Thompson from Nigeria.
A delegation of the Court also paid courtesy calls on senior government officials of Ethiopia, including the Minister for Justice, the House of Representatives, Federal Supreme Court and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to brief on the work of the Court and encourage the country to ratify the Protocol.
Source: allAfrica.com