A Memorandum of Understanding between different civic society associations in Southern nation nationalities

A Memorandum of Understanding between different civic society associations in Southern nation nationalities was signed Dec 5 2017 at the meeting held in the office of human rights counsel, Hawassa. Different civil society association working mainly working right protections of citizens like Human right counsel, Transparency Ethiopia, Ethiopian women lawyers Association, Ethiopian Young Lawyers Association, South Ethiopia young Lawyers Association, Initiative for improving standards of prison, Mizan young lawyer’s center, South region lawyers association, and Ethiopian pensioner association were participant in the signing of the MOU. This memorandum of understanding is prepared on the basis of agreement between civil societies and associations in SNNPR, to work in collaboration on issues of legal aid service, human rights protection, prisoner’s right protection, anti corruption works, issues related to protection of rights of women and children and also including other related issues which need a special attention in order to fight the harms in the community. The collaboration of this institution mainly aimed on working on providing free legal aid services for the community at large in issues of rights and corruption cases. This could help TE in enhancing the number of free legal aid services in the area in relation corruption. Thus we work together in handing free legal aid cases effectively through referral linkage and collaboration for cases needing legal standing. The collaboration will also work on providing capacity building trainings for different parts of the community, leaders of governmental and nongovernmental institutions, justice sectors and any institutions working on human rights and breach of law. This will also help TE in increasing its goals in building an ethically well mannered community. The collaboration will also work on empowering the capacity of member organizations of the collaboration. It is expected that the EU or some other funding organizations could help the collaboration financially thus it is aimed that such findings will also be used in increasing the financial capacity of the organization. The collaboration also aimed at conducting trainings to magnify the danger of corruption on the life of citizens and economic development of the country, in order to create a generation who detests corruption now and in the next generation was also taken as a one issue to work together. Thus, this will also help to address more citizens in the fight of corruption in Ethiopia.

The collaboration had also aimed at working on the young generations in fighting corruption and forming citizens which have ethical values to protect. This also helps the works of TE in building an ethical society. The collaboration has a goal of achieving a common goal in apprehension of rule of law and respect of human and democratic rights by 2015 E.C. The MOU is effective as of the signing day December 5, 2017. There are three executive committee selected from the available institutions which will serve for 3 years. Thus, Captain Daniel Tesfaye from human right counsel/ south district office, Hawassa was selected as a president of the collaboration. Mrs. Roman Arega from Ethiopian Young Lawyers Association/south region office, Hawassa was selected as a v. president. Mr. Mesay Tesfaye from Transparency Ethiopia/ south region office, Hawassa was selected as secretary of the collaboration.