Addis Ababa October 26/2013 Ethiopia on Friday introduced National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) in a bid to increase applicability of human and democratic rights enshrined in the constitution.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his government believes that human and democratic rights are key, like economic and social sectors, for the development of the country.
He said the Action Plan will address issues related to maladministration, which hinders activities towards protection and promotion of these rights.
The government has been carrying out various activities to protect and promote these rights, the Premier said, adding, the introduction of the National Action Plan is among these activities.
He said the document will help the nation to strengthen protection and promotion of human and democratic rights of citizens enshrined in the constitution.
Justice Minister Getachew Ambaye on his part said the Action Plan will bring together all separate efforts being carried out by different government bodies.
He said this in turn will enable the nation to protect and conduct promotion of human and democratic rights activities in a coordinated and efficient manner.
United Nations Development Program Ethiopia Country Director, Eugen Owusu lauded the activities carried out by the Ethiopian government to protect and promote human rights.
The introduction of the document will help the nation to boost activities related to human rights protection, he said.
The Director affirmed that UNDP will support the efforts of the government to promote and protect human and democratic rights.