Ethiopia’s support for the Council's action on country-specific situations continued to weaken in 2014.

Voting Record in 2016

Voting Record in 2015

2014 Analysis

Ethiopia acted as coordinator of the African Group at the Human Rights Council in 2014. Unfortunately, its support for Council action on country situations deteriorated in the past year. Ethiopia is one of a few countries in the African Group, with South Africa and Namibia, that have systematically abstained on all country-specific resolutions brought to a vote at the Council under Items 2, 4 and 10. Ethiopia also endorsed a March 2014 joint declaration put forward by Saudi Arabia that backed the government crackdown in Egypt, despite the massive rights violations it entailed.

At the same time, Ethiopia voted in favor of all resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories (OPT). The contrast between its votes on the resolutions on the OPT and its votes on all other situations raises serious questions about double standards and selectivity in its approach to the Council.

In addition to joining all resolutions co-sponsored by the African Group as the group’s coordinator, Ethiopia co-sponsored the Yemen resolution. It also intervened on several country-specific debates addressing situations in Africa under Item 10 in its capacity as coordinator of the African Group. Throughout 2014, Ethiopia only supported the convening of one special session: the session on the situation in the Central African Republic.

Instead of abstaining on all country resolutions except those on the situation in the OPT, Ethiopia should commit to fully implementing the Council’s mandate to address and prevent situations of violations, and base its positions on each resolution on an objective assessment of how the Council can best protect human rights.

Voting record in 2014

Support for key joint statements in 2014

 2013 Analysis

Ethiopia voted in favor of one resolution on human rights in Syria in March 2013, but then abstained on all subsequent resolutions that were adopted on the Syrian human rights crisis. It also abstained on all other country resolutions that were put to the vote: Sri Lanka, Iran and Belarus.

Ethiopia voted in favor of all but two of the resolutions on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. Ethiopia abstained on the resolution on the follow-up of the UN fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict and did not vote on the resolution on follow-up to fact-finding mission on Israeli settlements.

Ethiopia did not support any of the joint statements made at the Council on the human rights situation on Bahrain or on the referral of the Syrian situation to the ICC.

Ethiopia co-sponsored 12 country-specific resolutions, all under agenda item 10. Ethiopia participated very little in the country-specific debates of the Council, limiting its interventions to the debates on Somalia and Eritrea. 

Voting record in 2013

Support for key joint statements in 2013