Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ethiopia ordered to pay reparations to child rape victim

(March 17, 2016, (WORLD Magazine))--The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Gambia has ordered the Ethiopian government to pay  $150,000 in compensation to a rape victim and child bride 15 years after the government failed to protect her.

In 2001, 13-year-old Woineshet Zebene Negash was abducted twice, raped, and forced to marry her abductor, Aberew Jemma Negussie. An Ethiopian court initially penalized the attackers but released them on the grounds that Negash consented to sex by marriage.

In 2007, human rights group Equality Now filed for a retrial with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, a quasi-judicial body charged with protecting human rights throughout Africa. Last week, the commission ruled Ethiopia violated Negash’s rights to equality, dignity, and a fair trial, among others. Read more from WORLD Magazine »

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