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Take Action! – Blogger Detained for Criticizing State Of Emergency

(Ethiopia: UA 255/16)

URGENT ACTION

Befeqadu Hailu Abel Wabela; Befeqadu Hailu; Natnael Feleke and Atnaf Berahane Four of the nine people arrested in Ethiopia 25 and 26 April 2014 for using blogs to for pro- social debates including human rights violations. Context: Six Zone 9 bloggers and three journalists were arrested on 25 and 26 April 2014 just days after they announced they would resume their blogging and activism activities following months of harassment and intimidation. Zone 9 bloggers have used blogs and social media to promote fresh debate on societal issues, including on human rights violations. Five of the nine arrested bloggers and writers were released from Kilinto Prison in Addis Ababa on 8 and 9 July 2015. All charges against Zalalem Kiberet, Tesfalem Weldeyes, Asmamaw Hailegiorgis, Mahlet Fantahun, and Edom Kassaye have been dropped with no formal explanation. Befekadu Hailu, Natnael Feleke, Atnaf Berahane and Abel Wabela still remain behind bars awaiting trial. There have been 36 adjournments in their trial so far, and a new trial date of 19 September 2015 has been set. Amnesty considers the four Zone 9 bloggers to be prisoners of conscience

Befeqadu Hailu
Abel Wabela; Befeqadu Hailu; Natnael Feleke and Atnaf Berahane. Four of the nine people arrested in Ethiopia 25 and 26 April 2014 for using blogs to for pro- social debates including human rights violations.
Context:
Six Zone 9 bloggers and three journalists were arrested on 25 and 26 April 2014 just days after they announced they would resume their blogging and activism activities following months of harassment and intimidation. Zone 9 bloggers have used blogs and social media to promote fresh debate on societal issues, including on human rights violations. Five of the nine arrested bloggers and writers were released from Kilinto Prison in Addis Ababa on 8 and 9 July 2015. All charges against Zalalem Kiberet, Tesfalem Weldeyes, Asmamaw Hailegiorgis, Mahlet Fantahun, and Edom Kassaye have been dropped with no formal explanation. Befekadu Hailu, Natnael Feleke, Atnaf Berahane and Abel Wabela still remain behind bars awaiting trial. There have been 36 adjournments in their trial so far, and a new trial date of 19 September 2015 has been set. Amnesty considers the four Zone 9 bloggers to be prisoners of conscience

(Amnesty International) — Zone 9 blogger Befeqadu Hailu was arbitrarily arrested and is being detained due to his open criticism of the Ethiopian government during a media interview. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.

Security officers arrested prominent Zone 9 blogger Befeqadu Hailu from his home on 11 November at 6: 30 am local time. The police told Befeqadu Hailu during interrogation that he is being detained for criticizing the state of emergency the Ethiopian Government declared on 9 October during an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Amharic service on 30 October. He is being detained at a Police Station near CMC in Addis Ababa. According to the state of emergency currently in place in Ethiopia, Befeqadu Hailu will not be able to challenge the legality of his detention. His Twitter and Facebook accounts were deactivated after his arrest.
In the past, Befeqadu Hailu and others have suffered torture and other ill treatment while in pre-trial detention at Maekelawi Prison. Amnesty International believes that Befeqadu Hailu is at risk of torture and other ill treatment while in detention.
Amnesty International considers Befeqadu Hailu a prisoner of conscience arrested and detained solely for exercising his freedom of expression. He must be immediately and unconditionally released.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Befeqadu Hailu;
  • Calling on them to ensure that pending Befeqadu Hailu’s release, he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Urging them to ensure that he is given access to his lawyer.

Contact these two officials by 27 December, 2016:

Prime Minister
Hailemariam Dessalegn
FDRE Prime Minister
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Fax: +251 11 122 6292
Salutation: Your Excellency
Ambassador Girma Birru
Embassy of Ethiopia
3506 International Drive, NW, Washington DC 20008
T: 202 364 1200 | F: 202 587 0195
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number of actions taken on each case and use that information in our advocacy. Either email uan@aiusa.org with “UA 255/16” in the subject line or click this link.
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One Response to Take Action! – Blogger Detained for Criticizing State Of Emergency

  1. Girmaye g/selase November 16, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    Amnesty ,
    I commend your tireless effort in reporting the centuries long TPLF atrocity on the Ethiopian people in general, the Oromo nation in particular . I applaud all the courageous work of all humanitarian agencies to expose the cruelty of this barbaric TPLF Government not only on citizens of Ethiopia but in the whole east African countries. TPLF is the #1 reason for the instability of the whole region be it Somalia , Sudan, Kenya etc. It can’t be a mystery how Ethiopia , the poorest country in the world became milliterily so powerful as a result also became the worst dictator government in history. TPLF has witnessed time and again that it has no respect for human life. Of course it is a well known fact that TPLF is a Terrorist group that is ruling the citizen by terrorizing everyday for the last 25 years. The blame directly goes to the Western donners for pouring countless support to this Terrorist group, TPLF despite the Ethiopian people and Humanitarian agencies such as Amnesty , human right watch, etc crying out telling this Western counties to stop supporting this blood trusty group. At this point oromo and Ethiopian people left with no patience and also have no hope that the West can do anything for us. Therefore, the people of Ethiopia will show their strength soon to get out of centuries long York of TPLF. TPLF has lost legitimacy to govern the country therefore suggesting ‘all inclusive dialogue ‘ with TPLF by West is wasting of time and buying time for TPLF to continue terrorizing and committing more genocide on the Ethiopian people . When ever the donners give statement , the Ethiopian people already know that it is a lip service but not real . The only real Action we, Oromos and other Ethiopian citizens count from the Western donners after this is to completely stop supporting this TERRORIST group , TPLF and support the innocent people . We are running out of time , time of begging and dealing with TPLF is over. Thank you once more again for your continuing effort to expose this human tragedy in Ethiopia. God The creator of life will judge from His throne . They will bay price for everything they have done here on the earth as well as beyond this life

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