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Title:Federalism and legal pluralism in Ethiopia: preliminary observations on their impacts on the protection of human rights
Author:Assefa, GetachewISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:State formation
constitutional reform
legal pluralism
human rights
minority groups
Abstract:Through its 1995 Constitution, Ethiopia created a devolutionary federal State structure that is devised as a means of holding together the polity. The new political system combines federalism, self-determination (up to and including secession) and legal pluralism as solutions to the erstwhile unequal relationships among ethno-national groups in the country. While it has devised these solutions to tackle problems, the new political arrangement displays many loose ends as regards the protection of human rights, be that of individuals or minorities. This article attempts to highlight some of the outstanding human rights problems the new political arrangement fails to deal with. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]