During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in less than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
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SR on freedom of expression, 2002
Ethiopia circulated a note verbale informing UN member states of its candidature for membership of the Council for the period 2016-2018 in March 2015. The note verbale was not accompanied by voluntary pledges and commitments.
Ethiopia tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015 on 18 October 2012.
Ethiopia’s pledges and commitments tend to describe existing contributions and practices, rather than pledging to take further steps. Of 18 paragraphs under the title ‘international contributions, pledges and commitments,’ only 9 include concrete commitments to take further steps.
Where Ethiopia does offer concrete pledges, they tend to be ‘specific, measurable and verifiable.’ For example, the country pledges to: expedite ratification of two Optional Protocols to the CRC, and the CRMW; report to the Council on the implementation of UPR recommendations; incorporate UN and regional human rights recommendations into its national human rights action plan; cooperate with OHCHR; submit proposals and organize side events at the Council; and engage with NGOs in the preparation of national reports. On Treaty Body reporting, Ethiopia does not commit to improving its performance, rather it promises to continue its efforts.
An analysis of steps taken by Ethiopia in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that it has ratified both Optional Protocols to the CRC. But it has not yet taken action to become Party to the CRMW. Nor has Ethiopia reported to the Council (i.e. a mid-term report) on the implementation of UPR recommendations.