Closed Institutions are those public institutions with maximum security and restricted access to the general public. These include prisons, juveniles, mental health institutions, orphanages, refugees and etc. Ethiopian Human Rights Project (EHRP) in association with the Swedish Civil Rights Defenders (CRD) run an online survey on to grasp perceptions toward human rights condition in these closed institutions. The survey was run jointly and in parallel with Kweeta, a rights group in Uganda.
In Ethiopia, there are 126 (6 Federal and 120 Regional) prisons. The prisons are mostly overcrowded and they are places where human rights are undermined. There is also one Juvenile in the federal government and one referral mental health institution. There is no state-run orphanage. However, the general public has low knowledge of these institutions nor what happens inside them.
The goal of the survey is to collect information on the general understanding of the online community on what closed institutions are; find out the state or perception on the state of human rights in closed institutions; identify which human rights violations are most known among the online community; figure out what medium is major source of information for human rights violations in closed institutions; and, to know the online communities’ suggestions on how the government can improve human rights conditions in closed institutions. To this end, an online questionnaire has been released online in the month of July 2018.
In the online Survey, a total of 263 respondents have participated. Out of these, 200 responses filled in the Amharic questionnaire while 55 and 8 respondents filled in the Afaan Oromo and English questionnaires, respectively.
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