The Association for Justice and Accountability in Ethiopia (AJAE) is a human rights-cantered association incorporated in the State of Delaware under section 501 (c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
AJAE’s mission is to contribute towards the ending of the cycle of human rights violations and impunity that has beleaguered Ethiopia for many years, and to establish a historical record of those violations. AJAE hopes to attain these by undertaking, among others, the following activities:
· Promoting human rights consciousness and awareness of international human rights norms and standards among Ethiopians;
· Gathering information and evidence on gross human rights violations in Ethiopia;
· Mobilizing resources and providing resources —legal, psychological, and other support—– to victims of human rights violations and their families in Ethiopia ;
· Advocating for the cause of victims of human rights abuses, including their rights to seek truth, justice and redress before appropriate national and international forums;
· Organize and coordinate the initiation of legal proceedings or lodging of complaints before courts of law, tribunals, quasi-judicial or administrative bodies in Ethiopia or abroad and participate in such actions directly or indirectly, as appropriate
The Association evolved out of informal discussions among concerned Ethiopians on the human rights situation in Ethiopia, on the ways of promoting accountability and on helping victims of human rights abuses. Participants of ‘Ethiopians for Justice’, as the network was called at first, explored various options, including possibilities for initiating legal action abroad in respect of gross human rights violations committed in Ethiopia. They also contributed to exposing the truth about the post 2005 atrocities in Ethiopia. They established contacts with other individuals and organizations who are active in the field, and managed to provide limited but crucial assistance to few human rights defenders and victims.
Given its ambitious objectives, and the magnitude of the problems Ethiopians face, the activities of the AJAE have been very modest. The committed members of the Ethiopians for Justice provided significant assistance in coordinating these initial efforts, with the cooperation of other like-minded groups and individuals along the way. Since then, it has established a formal organizational structure, attracted wider membership and prepared the constitutive document that served as a blueprint for its incorporation.
AJAE believes that participating in its activities will empower Ethiopians in forging a sense of solidarity around human rights and the rule of law -values that transcend politics, race, ethnicity and religion. We therefore request your kind support, involvement and cooperation.
AJAE welcomes all who share its objectives and vision, and are willing to work with it. We welcome any support from such individuals and local and international institutions operating in Ethiopia and abroad. Further information on the association, its statutes and membership criteria are available in documents under these headings.
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