EHRC signs MoU with Arba Minch University to further expand FLAS
April 9, 2012
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Arba Minch University 0n 5th of April, 2012 here at the Commission’s Head office in Addis Ababa to further expand free legal aid services. The MoU was signed by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Chief Commissioner, Ambassador Teruneh Zenna and President of the Arba Minch University, Dr. Yosef Biru.
Ambassador Teruneh (L) and Dr. Yosef signing the MoU
According to the agreement, the university is to be provided, among others; with financial and technical support by the Commission so as to enable the former to establish free legal aid centers in its environs and deliver free legal aid services to vulnerable groups including women, people with disabilities, and the poor.
On the occasion, the President of Arba Minch University; Dr. Yosef Biru; noting the limited financial capacity of his University, said that the Law school of the Arba Minch University is enthusiastic to work toward ensuring the communities’ rights of access to justice which constitute the basic human rights component. He added, the agreement will enable the University to address its financial problems and work relentlessly to provide free legal aid services in the area.
On the occasion
Ambassador Teruneh, on his part said, his Commission is desirous of further expanding and building up free legal aid centers to all parts of the country and this one agreement with Arba Minch University will make contribution to cutting back numerous harmful traditional practices which compared to other parts is rampant and responsible for gross human rights violation in the area.
This agreement is said to bring the number of free legal aid centers being established in collaboration with 17 Universities and various CSOS in various regions of the country since the mid of 2010 to 117.