This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.
The Diaspora plays important roles in the democratic process:
1. Act as the voice of conscience to the world.
2. Lobby diplomats for international support and cooperation.
3. Mobilize activists for grassrooots involvement both inside and outside the country.
4. Provide psychological and financial support to the movement.
In building a partnership with the international community, Diaspora call for the:
1. Protecting human rights.
2. Spreading democracy.
3. Building of civil society.
Actions are also needed from foreign diplomats. These include:
1. Promoting the cause within one’s own government.
2. Sending a unifying message regarding human rights and democracy.
3. Exert pressure against human rights violations.
4. Engage democratic groups.
5. Support grassroots independent organizations.
Nonviolent activists in the Diaspora need to make a trip to the country on a regular basis to work side by side with counterparts in the country.
Nonviolent opposition groups need to apply a lot of pressure and make friends with the right people in the State Department.
To sum it up, Diaspora need to be the voice of conscience both outside the country and also within the country. TO VIEW THE DIASPORA ROLE OF RESPONSIBILITIES, CLICK: Division of Responsibilities for Self-Liberation