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“Strength and weakness, understanding and intolerance, generosity and meanness – this is the dual nature of man, and none of us can claim full freedom from human fault or deny to others any share of human virtue. – Robert F. Kennedy, Haile Selassie I University June 15, 1966”

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On June 15, 1966, after delivering his Ripple of Hope Speech in Cape Town, South Africa, Senator Robert F. Kennedy traveled to Ethiopia to address students at Haile Selassie I University (now Addis Ababa University) at the John F. Kennedy Library. There, he spoke about the search for peace in the context of violence and war. Today in Ethiopia, authorities have long engaged in tactics ranging from intimidation, to arbitrary arrest and malicious prosecution silencing journalists, bloggers, peaceful protesters, non-governmental organizations, and members of the opposition. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights assists Ethiopian human rights defenders to speak out against the repressive environment and crackdown on civic and political participation through strategic litigation and targeted advocacy. Through our efforts we continue to help draw attention to the ongoing abuses taking place in the country, as well as other issues relating to freedom of expression, as well as freedom of association and assembly.

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Robert F. Kennedy speaks to Haile selassie I university students in addis ababa
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