IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Author)
Only limited information could be found on
this subject among the sources consulted by the DIRB.
A political analyst, now working as a
consultant with the United Nations Emergencies Unit in Ethiopia,
provided the following information during a 16 February 1995
presentation to the Immigration and Refugee Board in Toronto.
The source stated that generally, family
members of political and human rights activists, including members
of the AAPO, are not subject to harassment by the government.
Family members may feel that they are closely watched by the
security forces, even if they are not approached by them. The
presence of the security forces may heighten their stress, but
activists are not pressured or targeted. There is no evidence to
suggest that the government is systematically putting pressure on
family members, or targeting family members of those detained.
Additional and/or corroborating information
could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.
This Response was prepared after
researching publicly accessible information currently available to
the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does
not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular
claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of
additional sources consulted in researching this Information
Political and consultant to the United
Nations Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. 16 February
1996. Presentation made to the Immigration and Refugee Board in
Additional Sources Consulted
Africa Confidential. 1995-1996.
Africa Research Bulletin. 1995-1996.
DIRB Amnesty International Ethiopia
Country File. 1995-1996.
DIRB Ethiopia Country File.
Ethiopian Human Rights Council Reports.
Horn of Africa Bulletin. 1995.
Human Rights Watch World Report
The Indian Ocean Newsletter.
News from Africa Watch. 1995-1996.
On-line searches of media articles