Seeking Interviewees for Ethiopian Human Rights
Monday, March 05, 2018 12:00 AM

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The Advocates for Human Rights is gathering information about human rights conditions in Ethiopia. We will use this information to write reports to the United Nations. You can read The Advocates' other submissions to the United Nations here.

What are the human rights topics?

We are interested in a lot of human rights topics. The most relevant human rights information is connected to things the Ethiopian government does (or does not) do. For example, the government might use violence against peaceful protesters, or torture people in prison. Or the government might not give fertilizer to farmers from certain ethnic groups. Sometimes, the human rights violations are not by the government. For example, a private business might refuse to give a job to someone from one ethnic group. But the government can be involved if it doesn’t do anything to stop that private discrimination. 

What people does The Advocates want to interview?

We are looking for information starting from 2014 to now. The information must be from first-hand sources. That means that the person personally saw, heard, or experienced what happened. Things you see on the internet, facebook, or television are not first-hand sources.

  • Were you in Ethiopia any time from 2014 to now? Did you see or hear or experience anything there about human rights?
  • Are there people you know and trust who were in Ethiopia any time from 2014 to now? For example, they might be family members or close friends you can trust. Did they see or hear or experience anything about human rights? Did they tell you about it? Or can you talk to them and have them tell you about it?

Will it be safe?

If you decide to give an interview, we can keep your information anonymous. The people who interview you will be lawyers. They will keep your information confidential unless you say they can share it. They will not even tell anyone that you had an interview. You can decide where and when to have the interview. 

You will be in control. In our report, we can cite the information from your interview as: “Interview with Adult Ethiopian-American, June 1, 2018, Minneapolis, MN” or as “Interview with Person 21, June 2018,” for example. If you want us to use your name, we will use your name. If you want to use a different name, we will use a different name. If you want us to change or hide some of the details of your story, we can do that. You can always tell us you changed your mind.

What next?

You can have a brief “intake interview” with a volunteer. The volunteer will ask you some general questions and write down some general information. The volunteer will then share that information with the lawyers who will do the interviews and write the report. The interviews will start in May and June 2018. The report will be finished in September 2018.

If you would like to participate in the interviews, please fill out this intake form and a volunteer will be in contact with you. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Bergquist via email or phone at 612-746-4694. Thank you!