Late Prof Mesfin Hailed as ‘Ethiopia’s Human Rights Hero’

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s top rights watchdog has praised the late professor Mesfin Woldemariam as human rights champion and defender.

The professor, who was also an author, teacher, and father, passed away at the age of 90 in Addis Ababa.



Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has joined all those mourning the loss of the scholar and said “he will be remembered as one of Ethiopia’s greatest champions of human rights”.

A pioneering human rights defender, Professor Mesfin lived a life of unwavering commitment to his values over the course of several decades, often paying a heavy price that included imprisonment.

He was a founding member of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, the country’s oldest human rights organization.

“Professor Mesfin was a towering scholar, teacher, historian and politician but above all a dedicated, fearless and committed human rights champion and defender, who will be remembered as Ethiopia’s human rights hero” said Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of EHRC.

The Commission said it “sends its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Our thoughts are with his loved ones and the many more who were touched by Professor Mesfin’s spirit”.

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