EWLA Refutes its Suspension
Addis Ababa, September 03, 2001 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association
(EWLA) has challenged the announcement made by the Ministry of justice yesterday that the
Association has been suspended for operating beyond its jurisdiction.
In a press release it sent to WIC today the Association said it has received no repeated
written or verbal warning as claimed by the Ministry.
It said "EWLA challenges the Ministry to produce any evidence that it has carried out any
activity that is outside its objectives or that contravenes any law, civil penal, or even that
can remotely be considered furthering partisan political agenda."
It said, EWLA will therefore await receipt of that Ministry's order in writing, hopefully in a more
precise language, to respond to it fully and appropriately.
The Head of Association's Registration Section with the Ministry had told ENA that EWLA was
suspended for operating outside the framework of its mandate but declined to state clearly
the activities that led to the closure of the association.
EWLA was established shortly after the Constitution of FDRE came into effect. One of its missions is to
help women victims of violence receive the full protection of the law.