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Ethiopia - A call for immediate release of human rights campaigners

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12/19/07

  10:33:31 am, by admin, 431 words  
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Ethiopia - A call for immediate release of human rights campaigners

Daniel Bekele(L) and Netsanet Demissie(R)

Ethiopia - People from over 40 countries call for immediate release of Ethiopian human rights campaigners


VERDICT TO BE DELIVERED DECEMBER 24TH ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA


An online campaign has been launched to call for the release of jailed Ethiopians Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie. To date, the campaign, originating from CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), has generated support from over 40 countries.

In less then a week, personal messages have flowed in from people in over 40 countries on a dedicated website (http://www.civicus.org/csw/CIVICUS.GCAP.Appeal.24.12.07.asp) in support of Daniel and Netsanet. Appeal letters have also been sent to the Ethiopian government calling for a not-guilty verdict when Daniel and Netsanet face the judges again on Monday December 24th. The messages serve to support Daniel, Netsanet and their families in the difficult days ahead.

“Changes are possible only by courageous people. World history is created by a few for the well-being of the vast majority. Don’t bow your heads to injustice. We are with you. Justice must prevail sooner or later.” (online message from Bangladesh)

Daniel and Netsanet, both coordinators of GCAP in Ethiopia, are the last two accused in the high profile Ethiopian treason trial that originally charged 131 politicians, journalists, organisations and civil society leaders. They have been detained since November 2005 on allegations of conspiracy to overthrow the government. More specifically they were charged with “outrage against the constitution and constitutional order.” If they are found guilty, the human rights campaigners could face life imprisonment or even death sentences.

Originally scheduled to give the verdict on October 8th, the High Court in Addis Ababa delayed it until 22 November and then again postponed it on the grounds that one of the judges was ill. On 30 November the hearing was once again delayed until 24 December as the court nominated a replacement judge and requested time so he could familiarise himself with the case. Daniel and Netsanet have been denied bail throughout.

“Dear Daniel and Netsanet, we are truly behind you at this most difficult and trying moment in your life. We admire your courage, standing and protecting for what you believe. May God in his infinite mercy and love continue to give you the strength and courage, believing that your liberation is near at hand. >From all of us here we are saying, lots of love and prayers this season and always.” (Online message from The Gambia)

As previously, CIVICUS Secretary General and GCAP chair, Kumi Naidoo, will be present in Addis Ababa.

24 comments

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Comment from: Z-Mike [Visitor]
Z-Mike

What are the cudies trying to do now? There is legal system in place in Ethiopia and they will get the day in court. Or they can say sorry for crossing the line and they would be forgiven and freed from jail. It’s their choices, so stop this stupid b/s.

12/19/07 @ 11:06
Comment from: Zumma [Visitor]
Zumma

Why not 140 Countries, they have no right
to change Ethiopian law

12/19/07 @ 11:36
Comment from: stampeed [Visitor]
stampeed

It is unfortunate these two brave young men who are a good example for many youth whose life is being wasted in the streets of addis -even though your site is smartly weyaneawi it will not stop us from expressing our ideas.

12/19/07 @ 12:09
Comment from: HABESHA [Visitor]
HABESHA

Zumma Just SHUT UP u ignorant! ERKUS AREMENE!! THESE TWO GUYS COULD HAVE BEEN YOUR BROTHERS!!

12/19/07 @ 12:36
Comment from: Sami [Visitor]
Sami

Mr Z-Mike [Visitor]
You again sorry for what for reporting your freinds dirty laundry.

Forget it let the reporteers report so that politicians are not abusing the system and rob our country.

How much is Meles paying you to defend him weather fact or lies?

Greedy!

12/19/07 @ 12:46
Comment from: ensmama [Visitor]
ensmama

This is just a vague and biased news.It does not give any infomation why they were held in the first place. I genuinely do not think these two people were jailed, because of their humanitarian mission. They got to be doing something else behind the scene that caused them to stay in jail.
The writer must afraid to reveal to us the whole truth or may be he personaly is affected by these two prisoners. You have to realize that
Ethiopia is for Ethiopians not for outsiders. If you want to appeal I suggest you do it to OUR GOV.

12/19/07 @ 13:13
Comment from: Blessed [Visitor]
Blessed

What law r u talking about? There is no law in ethiopia at moment becasue of tplf’s. please Think twice before you talk shit. Those people must be realse. They are innocent. as journalsit they have the right to say whatever the see.
Wyeans are the one who deserves jail. not journalist.

12/19/07 @ 13:48
Comment from: MESFIN [Visitor]
MESFIN

Z mike and Zuma i cant believe you call your self Ethiopian. the Ethiopia you want is out fashioned. this is 21st century you are not in the bush of semien mountain any more. so think like a city boys. you have no difference with derg. but i am sure meles knows what to do. if you two were the leader of our land, Ethiopia will be destroyed by now. Meles released the CUCD leaders and he will do the same thing to these brave Ethiopian. just relax and wach.

12/19/07 @ 14:02
Comment from: aster [Visitor]
aster

There is equal justice in Ethiopia. No external force can turn Ethiopia’s judicial system. These two need to apologize for violating the constitution and I am sure they will be forgiven. Again, whoever tries to cross the line, there are consequences according to law. Learning from past is the key here; not to do the same stuff again. Ethiopians should unite and work hand-in-hand to build their country. Our country is emerging as an African economic power and we should continue our effort in the same path. So people please, let’s aside our differences and forsee the better future of Ethiopia.

12/19/07 @ 15:49
Comment from: Z-Mike [Visitor]
Z-Mike

SAMI,

Here you are again attacking me. My views have nothing to do with PM MELES. So what I said, I still stand by it. Ethiopia has its own court system and those people will have their day in court. So, MESFIN if they are freed I will be happy for them if they are not it will not serve anything good to anyone. I am not saying they need to be lucked up forever… but we have other more important issues to deal with than those to morons who got busted doing something they had no business in doing so. You do the crime, you will do the time! PERIOD.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia will not be intimidated by a few thugs who are out of reach in Ethiopian reality and attempting to use it for their political gains. Both SAMI and MESFIN need reality check and don’t forget to take your medicines. I am not sure what crack you’re on MESFIN but certain they one you are currently on isn’t working for you. You should switch your doctor.

Take care
Z-Mike.

12/19/07 @ 18:00
Comment from: Helena [Visitor]
Helena

I am sorry for these two young and devoted to ethiopia’s poor people.They shouldn’t be in prison first of all but woyanes don’t like ethiopians to help their brothers.
Woyane is a devil.

12/19/07 @ 18:47
Comment from: philly [Visitor]
philly

z-mike, zumma

you’re both brain washed tplf thugs, why defend your masters sins since you’re not living in ethiopia you don’t the true facs get a life losers

12/19/07 @ 19:45
Comment from: geb [Visitor]
geb

It is unjust to keep these two guys after releasing many of the CUD criminals. Freedom should be for all or else there should not be.

12/19/07 @ 21:25
Comment from: ethiopian man [Visitor]
ethiopian man

two conspirators + 40 countries=0 ethiopia’s legal system wont be shaken by cudites and fake politician.Others with similar intention of conspiring against the state will have to think twice before they committ any crime. Can we imagine what would have happened if these tugs were in power? disaster would have struck….thanks to Meles and EPRDF who foiled the conspiracy made against our nation bu Shaebiya and Kinijit.

12/20/07 @ 06:16
Comment from: sara birahnu [Visitor]
sara birahnu

we love u

12/20/07 @ 08:29

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