Nobel Peace Prize must spur Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed towards further human rights reform

2 mins read



11 October 2019

Ethiopia: Nobel Peace Prize must spur Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed towards further human rights reform

Spokespersons available to take media interviews

Responding to the announcement that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said:

“This award recognizes the critical work Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has done to initiate human rights reforms in Ethiopia after decades of widespread repression.

“Since assuming office in April 2018, it has reformed the security forces, replaced the severely restricting charities and society law, and agreed a peace deal with neighbouring Eritrea to end two decades of hostile relations. He also helped broker an agreement between Sudan’s military leaders and the civilian opposition, bringing an end to months of protests.

“However, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s work is far from done. This award should push and motivate him to tackle the outstanding human rights challenges that threaten to reverse the gains made so far. He must urgently ensure that his government addresses the ongoing ethnic tensions that threaten instability and further human rights abuses. He should also ensure that his government revises the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation which continues to be used as a tool of repression, and holds suspected perpetrators of past human rights violations to account.

“Now more than ever Prime Minister Abiy must fully espouse the principles and values of the Nobel Peace Prize to leave a lasting human rights legacy for his country, the wider region, and the world.”

Public Document
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Catherine Mgendi on:

+254 737 197 614

Out of hours contact details
+44 20 7413 5566
twitter: @amnestypress


  1. Ok, the fortnight honeymoon is over young man. Now let’s get back to work. As the over qualified president H.E. Sahle-Work bint Zewde said the prize is for all Ethiopians and make sure bigots among my own ethnic group will not use this moment to dare and mock our proud neighbors. By all means you must avoid ethnicity tinged celebration. That is a must. Your award is paid for by the blood of Oromos, Amharas, Somalis, Afars and many other youths. You MUST remember them and include their sacrifices in your speech. Their Allah given lives and cruel incarcerations that included savage treatments in jail was the only ones that brought you to power and nobody else!!!

  2. Ethiopian government in early 1998 was best friends with the Eritrean government. Within a matter of few months Eritrean government became worst enemies with the Ethiopian government.
    Unless the core reason of the Ethio-Eritrean war is adressed not one but hundreds of peace prizes do not bring lasting peace between the two countries. Both sides need to figure out what it was that turned the best of friends relationship they had into the worst of enemies that quick , then both countries leaders must instill in themselves and in their whole countries people to do a conscious effort for the reason that brought the Ethio Eritean war doesn’t happen again.

    Sugar-coating the real reason of why the Ethio-Eritrean war started, by saying the reason was the two cousins family feud (Meles Zenawi’s and Isayas Afeworki’s) personal feud war or border war over Badme, is not the way peace is achieved.

    The real truth of why the Ethio-Eritrean war started need to be addressed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.