Ethiopia should adopt a legislation that would ban disturbances on grieving mourners and memorial services
The recent killings of Ethiopians by ISIL in Libya, which came to light over the week, have angered many Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation with great distress and sadness.
The government-organized rally of more than 100,000 Ethiopians appeared to be aimed at channeling public anger, with a huge crowd beginning to gather shortly after dawn. However, some demonstrators ‘who had a hidden political agenda’ [according to high ranking government official] have disturbed the peaceful mourners and diverted the good cause of the rally to chaos.
Lawmakers at the house of people’s representative on Tuesday were debating a possible response to the killings, but it remains unclear what the details of the possible response could be.
It is the editor’s believe that debating on a possible response alone doesn’t bring any change at all. In the first place, did we officially proscribe ISIL as a terror group in our parliament? On top of that, our government should adopt a legislation that would ban disturbances on grieving mourners and related memorial services.
According to the UK’s public order act section 5, harassing grieving mourners and causing alarm or distress is a statutory offense. During the funeral ceremony of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, on April 2013, protesters in UK had planned to show their disrespect for Thatcher who they believe has damaged their country. However British police were on alert and seriously warned that anyone causing ‘harassment’ could be arrested.
The funeral of Arizona gun victim Christina Green was being targeted by fundamentalist Members of Westboro Baptist Church, on January 2011, State lawmakers have drafted a today legislation which would prohibit protestors from coming within 300 feet of grieving mourners at funerals.
That’s why we say Ethiopia needs the same legislation. And we would have a proper right to say “How dare you come with your hateful message when we’re in mourning?” like the ones in Arizona.