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Jamal Oumar Hojele

HRD, Member
Assosa Environmental Protection Association

Jamal Oumar Hojele works for the Assosa Environmental Protection Association for the protection of the environment and the rights of those who live in the Benishangul-Gumuz region.


In Ethiopia, human rights defenders (HRDs) work in extremely difficult conditions marked by threats, acts of intimidation, restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly, judicial harassment, and arbitrary arrests. Repressive legislation passed in recent years has been successful in silencing civil society. Severe restrictions on external funding continue to undermine the work and effectiveness of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Several human rights defenders and journalists were forced to flee the country and those who remained practised self-censorship for fear of attack or harassment.