Atlanta Regional EPRP Committee Meeting

April 3rd, 2006


The Atlanta Regional EPRP Committee has organized a public meeting for all Ethiopians around Atlanta. The agenda for the meeting is discussing the current political situation of Ethiopia and how we should struggle to bring democracy and freedom to our country.

Date: April 15 2006 1:00 PM
Place: Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30345 USA

For more information Call
(404)732-8312,(404) 290-0178,(678) 907-6326

ታላቅ ህዝባዊ ስብሰባ በAትላንታ
የAትላንታ የIህAፓ ኮሚቴ በከተማችን በAይነቱና በጥራቱ ልዩ የሆነ ህዝባዊ ስብስባ ለApril 15, 2006 በማዘጋጀት ላይ ይገኛል፤፤ የዚህ ህዝባዊ ስብሰባ ዋና Aላማ ወያኔ/IህAደግ በህዝባችን ላይ Eያደረሰ ያለውን ጭፍጨፋ፤ Eመቃና ማንገላታት ተወግዶ የህዝባችን መብት የሚከበርበት ሉAላዊት ሃገራችንን Eንዴት ማዳን Eንደምንችል ለመወያየት ሲሆን በዚህ ስብሰባ:
1. የIህAፓ ከፍተኛ Aመራር ቡድን Iትዮጵያውያን በመተባበር Eንዴት ትግሉን ለውጤት ማብቃት Eንደሚችሉ የIህAፓን ራEይ በስፊው ማብራሪያ ያቀርባሉ፤
2. በወጣትነታቸው የጣሊያንን ወረራ በጀግንነት የተዋጉት Aባት ፤ ከዚያም የነበረውን ሗላ ቀር የAጼ ስርAት ብሎም የደርግን Aምባገነናዊ Aገዛዝና የወያኔ/IህAደግን የጎጠኞች ቡድን በጀግንነት የታገሉና በመታገል ላይ ያሉ Aባት ምን መደረግ Eንዳለበት የሚያቀርቡት ምክር ይኖራል፤
3. የሴቶች ተሳትፎ Eንዴት ለውጤት ሊበቃ Eንደሚችል በወያኔ Eስር ቤት የተስቃዩት Iትዮጵያዊት ወ/ሮ የሚስጡት ትምህርት ይኖራል፤
4. የወያኔ/IህAደግን Aገዛዝ በተለያዩ መስኮች በጀግንነት የታገለ ወጣት በዚህ ስብስባ ተገኝቶ የወጣቱን የትግል Aቅጣጫ በተመለከተ ማብራሪያ ይስጣል፤
5. ይህ ትግል ለውጤት Eንዲበቃና ብሩህ ዘመን Eንዲመጣ ሙሁራን ምን Aስተያየት Aላቸው የሚለውን Eንዲያብራሩልን Aንድ ታዋቂ ምሁር ጋብዘናል፤፤
በዚህ በAይነቱና በጥራቱ ልዩ የሆነ ስብስባ ሃገርና ወገን Aፍቃሪ የሆነ ወገን ሁሉ ተገኝቶ በውይይቱ Eንዲሳተፍ በAክብሮት ተጋብዘዋል፤፤ ማንኛውም Iትዮጵያዊ በዚህ ስብሰባ በመገኘት ጥያቄ በመጠየቅ፤ ሃሳብ በመስጠት፤ የጋራ መፍትሄ በመሻት በኩል ሙሉ ተሳትፎ Eንዲያደርግ Aገራዊ ጥሪያችንን Eናቀርባለን፤፤
ቦታ: Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30345 USA
ቀንና ሰAት: Saturday, April 15, 2006 1PM
የህዝብ ድምፅ ይከበር!!!
መብትና Aንድነታችንን በትግላችን Eናስከብራለን!!!
ሁሉም የፖለቲካ Eስረኞች ያለምንም ቅድመ ሁኔታ ይፈቱ!!!
ለበለጠ መረጃ በሚከተሉት ስልክ ቁጥሮች ይደውሉ:
(404)732-8312,(404) 290-0178,(678) 907-6326
በAትላንታ የIህAፓ ኮሚቴ

Driving Directons
Travel Interstate 85 North to Clairmont Road (Exit 91),
Turn left onto Clairmont Rd,
At third traffic light
turn right onto Century Blvd.

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Teenage Prisoner Goes Home

March 31st, 2006



Contrary to his previous appearances in court along with the CUD officials, teenager Binyam Tadesse seemed changed and more confident. This showed in his shaking the hand of Berhanu Nega, Hailu Shawel and Muluneh Eyiol. His jovial smiles were something not previously observed during the other hearings.

Binyam certainly had cause to smile as he and 17 other defendants had the charges brought against them dropped during the hearing that took place on Wednesday, March 22, 2006. Binyam, Abraham Abeyiu, 17, and Gebremedhin Teferi, 19, and five other detainees had been charged with four alleged crimes of outrage against the constitution and constitutional order, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of constitutional power and genocide. The five VOA journalists and four self-exiled defendents were charged with outrage against the constitution or the constitutional order. However, the other detainee, Wondosen Tsega, a member of the All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP), had been charged with all seven charges.

Binyam had refused to be represented during the previous session when he and five other defendants had appeared before the court. Judge Adil Ahmed addressed his case after asking for responses, concerning the prosecution continuing to withhold the witness lists, from the other defendants when the court session began at 10:10am.

Hailu Shawel gave the first response by saying, “No answer.” The judge then opened the floor to anyone who wanted to respond. Hailu then stood and explained on behalf of all the others that they would not respond as they objected to the withholding of the witness lists.

Birtukan used the next opportunity that was offered and stated that they did not want to participate in the trial process. She questioned the judge’s repetitive demands for their response. She also stressed the united stand of the defendants not to respond to any question be they about the witness lists or any cross-examination. The court disregarded her statement asserting that the power of the judiciary does not require the consent of the defendants.

When Judge Adil called Binyam’s name, prosecutor Seid Mohammed interrupted him and made a surprising announcement that the charges brought against Binyam and some other defendants had been dropped.

The eagerness to know the names of the defendants that would be going home was palpable and numerous people asked the quietly spoken Seid to speak up. When the prosecutor read the list of names more amusement was raised when the name Addisu Abebe, one of the five VOA journalists, was announced.

Judge Adil called a 10-minute recess after announcing that the defendants that had been granted their freedom by the prosecution be placed in separate seating. When the judges returned after 50 minutes, they went directly to the issue of whether the witness lists should be withheld or not. Judge Adil pointed out that other than the three defendants being legally represented, the others did not object. The court then ruled that the defendants should be given more time to prepare their defence.

The presiding judge added that if the defendants decided to present a defence against the charges, they should file their witness lists and evidence before the next session.

The prosecution’s request to amend the charge of the alleged crime of genocide to attempted genocide was denied by the court. The judge said that any amendment to the charge had to be properly processed and until then the court would not accept the addition of the word ‘attempted’.

The court then ruled that the prison administration should release the defendants whose charges had been dropped and that the prosecutors should be prepared for consecutive witness hearings that would be conducted without interruption. The court then adjourned for May 2, 2006. Birtukan rose and said that she had a complaint to make to the court, but Judge Adil did not give her the opportunity to speak.

Some of the defendants indicted to Fortune that they had refused to attend the session but had been forced to come by the police. The same people also said that all they had wanted only of the women defendants to appear in court. They added the allegation that when Birtukan had refused to come she had been beaten by the police.

Binyam is now a popular young man, not just among those who have been following and participating in the trial, but also among his friends. The day after his release, the two-roomed house where he lives with his grandmother was packed with well-wishers and friends. They listened to him intently as he told them how scared he was when he first appeared in court.

His mother, Marta Tadesse, who had not been in the courthouse to hear the fate of her son because she had not collected a new entrance badge, was at home after having spent the whole night with him. She had sat outside Yekatit 12 Hospital, in front of the courtroom compound, waiting to hear what had happened. An observer recognized her and told her the good news.

Marta told Fortune that she could not believe her ears and repeatedly asked observers what had happened as they left the courthouse.

“I finally just broke into tears, I was so happy, I did not know what to do with myself,” she said.

She rushed to her mother’s house in Cherkos, where Binyam lives to spread the good news. Although her mother and sisters did not believe her, she left them in their stupor and rushed to Kerchele, where her son was being held. When she arrived she was told to come back the next day.

The unexpected release of her son brought joy not only to her but also to the observers present in the courtroom. When the announcement was made that he would be going home, he received hearty handshakes and kisses from the CUD leaders.

kinijit-formation in Vancouver

March 27th, 2006

Kinijit Canada

Kinijit Canada is holding a meet in Vancouver BC on April 1st 2006.

Presentation on what Kinijit stands for, including its key principles and objectives. Kinijit’s visionary and inclusive platform sets a significant paradigm shift in the Ethiopian political landscape. In the face of a government that is engaged in mass and indiscriminate arrests and other gross human rights violations, Kinijit’s path of peace, reconciliation, and harmony has become a rallying movement to save Ethiopia. and to emphasizing the crucial role of the and Ethiopian Diaspora in the struggle to bring about democratic changes in Ethiopia

This meeting will eventually form kinijit-supporting committee in Vancouver. Kinijit representatives from kinijit all over Canada and Seattle will be invited for the meeting.

Guest speaker Taye Mulugeta (Kinijit Calgary)
Demelash kelekele (Kinijit Toronto)

All Ethiopian living in Vancouver and around Vancouver are all invited to attends this meeting

Date April 1st 2006
Time 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Place Collingwood community center (Map attached)
5288 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC

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Washington DC 110th Adwa Victory Commemoration Ceremony

February 25th, 2006



FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2006 2:00PM - 11:00PM
University Auditorium, Building 46 East
UDC Van Ness Campus
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

*THE DAY THE ANGELS CRIED: Ethiopian Holocaust 1935-1941
Traveling Museum Exhibit
*Special appearances by surviving patriots of the Ethiopian Holocaust
*Guest Speakers & Panelists composed of scholars, educators & community leaders

Special cultural entertainment includes:
*Traditional Ethiopian Music & Dance Troupes
*Mekaidah Entertainment and the Nyabinghi Drummers & Choir from Miami, Florida
*Vendors of cultural items as well as tasty Ethiopian traditional cuisine

$20 Contribution
(Children under 12 admitted free)
Proceeds to Benefit:
The Ethiopian Patriots Association and
St. George Church Humanitarian Programs (school, free clinic and homeless shelters)in Ethiopia

For latest and more information check out the official website of the ceremony

110 th Anniversary of The Victory of Adwa

February 23rd, 2006

Ethiopian Community in Toronto Canada

In Conjunction with the Black History Month, We are cordially inviting you to attend the commemoration of the 110th Anniversary of the Victory of Adwa over colonial power in 1896.

The commemoration will be held on
Saturday February 25, 2006
@ 40 Donlands Ave. (Danforth & Donlands, beside Donlands Subway).
Time: from 1:00 PM - 7:00PM
Guest speakers, fully packed cultural show, drama, poems, video presentation & more...

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