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Title:The right to defence counsel in criminal proceedings in Ethiopia
Author:Manahle, Gizachew A.
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:administration of justice
criminal procedure
rights of the accused
legal aid
Abstract:This article seeks to assess the availability of the right to an effective defence counsel under the Ethiopian legal system, identify the legal and practical problems in respect to this right, and consider whether Ethiopia has lived up to regional and international human rights standards and commitments. It also examines the way this right is understood by human rights monitoring organs. The effort on part of the government of Ethiopia to establish public defenders offices (PDO's) demonstrates its desire to ensure the actual provision of legal aid. However, the Federal PDO is not independent and lacks adequate resources. No strong PDO's have been established at the level of regional states, whereas they should be established as independent entities directly by federal and states legislative organs. PDO's should be recognized as equal partners with the public prosecution offices. It is also vital for the government to realize the possible contributions of other stakeholders such as the lawyers' bar associations, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]