Source: All Africa
The Ethiopian Women Lawyers' Association's (EWLA) request to the Federal High Court Eleventh Civil Bench to release 8.6 million Br that is being blocked by the Ethiopian Charities & Societies Agency (ECSA) Board was denied on October 28, 2011.

The case was brought to court on April 18, 2011, by Zenaye Tadesse, director of the association and a lawyer, appealing the decision of the board, which was established in 2009 to license, register, and supervise charities and societies.

The remaining 8.6 million Br in the blocked account was to be used to purchase a house to be used as an office, argued the association established by a group of female lawyers in 1995. The board blocked the account due to the amount being larger than the 10pc limit, Bezuayeneh G. Egziabehare, lawyer of the agency, claimed in response to the appeal.

The association's request to have the money returned to the donors if it was not to be released was rejected by the board. However, some amount of the money will be released to constitute 10pc of their budget, based on what EWLA raises from local sources, the board stated.

However, the appeal should not be heard at the court, as the 15-day period of limitation to do so after the board had made its decision has passed, the agency argued.

The presiding judge at the High Court, Aseffa Aberah, discounted this. The appeal was filed on the 11th day of the decision within the appropriate limitations, he said. The blocking of the account was legal, according to the proclamation, the judge also ruled.

This decision came three days after a similar decision against another local NGO. The same court gave a similar ruling against the Human Rights Council (HRC) upholding the ruling of the board, which has blocked eight million Birr of the council.

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