ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian lawmakers have ratified the revised the anti-terrorism bill during their regular session today.
Members of parliament endorsed the bill, named Proclamation to provide for Prevention and Suppression Terrorism Crimes, in majority vote with one abstention.
The law, which ratified after an underwhelming public hearing in December, replaces the infamous 2009 anti-terrorism proclamation.
The previous law’s broad definitions have been used indiscriminately against anyone who opposes government policy, according to human rights groups.
Officials said the revised law has redefined controversial terms in the previous proclamation.
These include terrorism, terrorist organizations, means of detention, levels of punishment and investigation systems as well as responsible institutions to conduct an investigation.