IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Author)
The following information was obtained in 4
March 1997 telephone interview with a professor of political
science specializing in Eritrean and Ethiopian politics at the
University of Missouri-St. Louis. The professor stated that she is
not aware of any parttern of systematic repression by the Ethiopian
authorities of Issa women or women from other clans. However, the
source added that one can not exclude the possibility that there
were local incidents in which some police force members committed
human rights abuses against women including harassment and rape.
Such incidents were particularly frequent among women suspected of
collaborating with armed opposition groups or whose family members
belonged to such groups (ibid.).
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
Professor of political science
specializing I Eritrean and Ethiopian politics, University of
Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri. 4 March 1997. Telephone
Additional Sources Consulted
Africa Confidential [London].
1996 to present.
Africa Research Bulletin
Amnesty International Reports.
Country Reports on Human Rights
Practices for 1996. 1997.
DIRB Ethiopia Country File. 1996 to
Indian Ocean Newsletter
[Paris]. 1996 to present.
Horn of Africa Bulletin
Huma Rights Watch World
On-line search of media sources.
Unsuccessful attempts to reach other