Ethiopia has always been beset by complex and intractable problems. Overcoming these centuries-old problems requires knowledge, wisdom, and fairmindedness and a profound insight across a range of fields.
Setting philosophical arguments aside it’s generally agreed that people owe a positive obligation to obey the law. It’s also understood that law enforcement agencies and their personnel have a greater responsibility in this regard.
Home to 100 million-plus citizens who have diverse interests present-day Ethiopia finds itself in a moment where it has no choice but to make greater strides in the political, economic and social spheres.
As Rwandans commemorated the 25th anniversary of the horrific 1994 genocide on April 7 Ethiopians from different walks of life expressed trepidation at the prospect of their country experiencing a similar atrocity.
Expecting democracy to take root in Ethiopia without respect for freedom of thought is a pipe dream. It should be borne in mind that the responsibility of defending freedom of thought does not rest on the government alone; politicians, human rights activists, intellectuals and the general public also are duty-bound to stand up for this fundamental right.