Re: Plea for release of Birtukan Mideksa and all political prisoners in Ethiopia by Robele Ababya

October 6th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Madame Chancellor Angela Merkel

Federal Republic of Germany

Berlin
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Madame Chancellor Angela Merkel

Federal Republic of Germany

Berlin

Mme Chancellor,

Re: Plea for release of Birtukan Mideksa and all political prisoners in Ethiopia

I have the honour and privilege to congratulate You on Your recent election as Chancellor of Germany for the second time. I note You are the first person of Your gender to occupy such a powerful office in Germany renowned for its sophisticated civilization embellished with the immortal works of Beethoven, Mozart, Goethe, Kepler and Leibniz among many others.

The gracious acceptance of, as he put it, “bitter defeat” by your opponent was a triumph for democracy; his remark that democracy has no basis without social justice is indisputable; the cheering crowd of his supporters is an example to emulate by emerging democracies.

We Ethiopians have not been as fortunate in that Meles Zenawi missed this kind of noble opportunity of conceding defeat in the historic election of 15 May 2005 and thereby avoiding the prospect of being tried in the International Criminal Court for acts of genocide, war crime, and crimes against humanity. He continues making mockery of Western democracy while craving for their financial support.

Therefore it would be morally inadmissible that mature and advanced democracies such as that of Germany not to openly condemn a dictator that terrorizes the cultured and freedom loving Ethiopian people – proud claimants to values bequeathed by the Queen of Sheba, Saint Yared, countless patriots and prolific writers in the spiritual domain and philosophy.

Mme Chancellor,

At this time of writing Germany is one of the top five economic power on our Planet and Your remarkable success in being one of two countries in EU in taking Germany out of the current worldwide recession is a mark of high distinction and irrefutable evidence that women at the helm of government can provide effective leadership in times of colossal crisis.

As one brought up under the care of a widow and a grandmother both of which I call my iron ladies I understand the moral courage, love and confidence ladies of strong character and decency can transmit to their children and set example to their community. No wonder then that I have this passion to take delight in the success of women in assuming high political posts in government and corporate positions in the private sector to bring balance to global policies still unfairly and sometimes cruelly exploited or dominated by men.

Madame Chancellor,

In our beloved country Ethiopia, there is a wonderful icon Judge Birtukan Mideksa languishing in a notorious jail on the outskirts of Addis Ababa cruelly separated from her five year daughter and her mother above 70 years old. Her fault in the eyes of the brutal dictator is her growing popularity as a Chairman of the biggest opposition political party in Ethiopia struggling for peaceful democratic change. Her unique virtue is telling truth to power no matter what the consequence. When Meles jailed her for 18 months in the aftermath of the historic election of 2005 together with her illustrious colleagues, her famous message from her infamous prison cell was “What is man without his freedom”. Her charisma, intelligence, integrity, commitment to democratic values frightens the despotic ruler. He has therefore locked her up for the second time in jail depriving society of the use of her immense talent.

The future of democracy in Ethiopia is bleak to say the least now that Meles has for the time being declared his ‘resignation’ from government laughably in 2016. It means that it is a forgone conclusion that he has ‘won’ the 2010 election in advance and expects continuity of donor funds to his second illegitimate term following the historic election of 2005 in which he was soundly defeated but stole votes in broad daylight; sent the victors to prison; and unleashed ruthless crackdown on peaceful protesters. Security forces under his direct command killed hundreds in cold-blood and incarcerated tens of thousands mainly young Ethiopians. The bad precedence set by Meles that was mainly overlooked by donor Western democracies spread like virus across Africa and the very recent despicable grave abuse of human rights in Guinea is the latest example.

The Germans, Mme Chancellor, have lived with the excruciating reality of legacy of atrocities perpetrated by Adolph Hitler. In the case of Ethiopia Mengistu Haile Mariam demoralized or killed a generation of highly educated and experienced citizens; Meles is doing far worse in that he is plundering, deeply wounding and mutilating the nation. This is sadly a gruesome reality facing young leaders like Judge Birtukan Mideksa. Ethiopians are determined to put an end to succession of one dictator by another. Your help to that end is critical.

It is the ardent hope and fervent prayer of all peace loving Ethiopians yearning for democracy that the excessive abuse of power by the ruling regime under tyrant Meles shall be stopped with your intervention, Madam Chancellor. For in the 21st century with so many women in power and more set to join their rank, it is time to rid politics of the stigma that it is ‘dirty’ by supplanting it with the notion that it is a noble undertaking for responsible leaders. In this way the youth can have faith in democracy and the rule of law.

Judge Birtukan Mideksa is innocent. Her charisma, intelligence, integrity, strong belief in the principles of democracy and rule of law are being wasted – all cruelly locked up in a filthy prison due to her arrest by the arbitrary order of a tyrant scared of defeat in a fair and free democratic election.

It is morally untenable helping a dictator with proven gross violations of human rights at the expense of German taxpayers.

So, my earnest plea to You, Mme Chancellor, is to exert effective pressure, such as denying direct financial support, on Meles to release Judge Birtukan and all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally so that they can compete in the election of 2010.

It is my ardent wish that Ethiopian-German relations dating back to the era of the farsighted visionary leader Emperor Menilik II will flourish on the basis of the 21st century priority of respecting fundamental human rights and rule of law but sadly lacking in Ethiopia.

Most respectfully,

Robele Ababya
(robele_ababya@yahoo.com)

Copy:
His Excellency the Ambassador of Germany
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  1. mateos
    | #1

    Robele: I’m not sure what part of the world you live in but incase you still live in Ethiopia let me just remind you what Meles and his boss Bereket means to western and other nations who are recolonizing Africa in the 21st century! the duo means a lot- – they are volantery sophisticated modern slaves, they are their own people killers, they are a “yes maddam or sir” thugs, they will sell their own child for a dollar or other hand-outs, they are nothing but a product of aiga jungle and they have been implementing the aiga jungle laws in the past 18 years and continue to do so. Only Ethiopia and Ethiopians can have their house in order; not NGO’s; not the UNies paedophiles, not the African Union Ethiopian children molestern; nor can the traitors Eritreans who are advicing and devicing their financier in Melelik Palace!

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    Thank you Robele for your open letter to the German Chancellor.

    It is proper and right that we appeal to the German government and others,to ‘use their good influences’ to persuade the Ethiopian Regime release Birtukan Mideksa and other political prisoners.
    There is however a widly held view among the donor community that Meles is not amenable to any external pressure.But this is not true.As his regime is now more alienated from its own people and as his power is still being largely buttressed by outside help in many forms,the dictator is extremely sensitive about the views and attitudes of these ‘significant others’.
    If,on the other hand,he projects a seemingly impervious and ‘don’t interfere in my internal affairs’ sort of fiercely independent image,this should not be taken more than a bluff.
    Assisting countries like Germany,in view of the deteriorating human rights situation in our country,must all the more COLLECTIVELY and vigorously insist on the respect of the democratic and human rights of our people and the up-helding of the rule of law.

    THEIR NATIONAL INTERESTS,we should argue with them,SHOULD BE PROMOTED IN CONJUCTION NOT IN CONTRADICTION WITH THE PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY.

    In the context of the current political developments in our country,we should strive to convince them that primarily means that Birtukan and other political prisoners who are now in captivity MUST BE FREE.
    THEY MUST UNCONDITIONALLY BE FREE and they must be free NOW and not days prior to the election time.

    Germany together with other EU countries should help to make this real.

    The bottom line is that there would not be any ‘free,fair and transparent election’in Ethiopia unless that primary precondition is securely met.

  3. Robele Ababya
    | #3

    Dear Mateos: I know Meles and Berket are puppets and that ultimately the onus is on us Ethiopians to evict TPLF from power.
    Neo-colonialism has been a central concern to Emperor Haile Selassie and His Cabinet under the irreplaceable Prime Minister Akilu Haptewold. That was why the Monarch was strongly devoted to the works of the former OAU and the still existing but weak Non-Aligned Movement in both of which the Emperor was a distinguished leader.
    The new scramble for Africa is gaining momentum with China and India joining in with their insatiable appetite for the vast natural resoures of our continent. The question is what are we going to do given that African leaders are inept and corrupt.

    I believe we must move in all fronts in our struggle. Histrory tells us that there were supporters of good cause even in countries with colonial ambitions. We have a good cause and new generation of listners in the indusrialised democracies.

  4. FRETSIDIQ
    | #4

    I wish the writer’s plea was directed to the spirit of ” Atse Tewodros” rather than to those who abides by the rules of game and white lies. I wish the effort being made by Ato Robel was conducted in Ethiocentric way as opposed to engaging authorities who don’t have a moral qualm even under the pretext of ” a progressive new generation of listeners in the industrialized democracies” shoots, whatever that means! Since when the west’s hegemony shed any tears or hell bent in helping the African case inclusively, or in our case exclusively for the betterment and stability of our society? Why is it so important to beseech the West when the ethiopians are not yet delinked from their own pre-existing belief? Ato Robel, i don’t have a passion just about to get in your way for nothing, but , i believe there is an element you missed very crucial and utilizable – unless you do this to appease the Chancellor- that is the faith we have in our people. A unified arm would do it.

  5. WEGESHAW
    | #5

    Robel should be thanked by us all Ethiopians for he being the voice of the voiceless people of our beloved motherland, who unfortunately happen to be suffocated by the brutal regime and his criminal Army “Agazi”.
    I agree, the precondition for the coming so called “election” should be the unconditional release of Birtukan mideksa our Heroin Human rights defender and symbol of freedom and all prisoners also the 8 conditions were put on the table by “Kinijit” before! Our brother Robel, what you are doing in the international arena is noble duty in promoting Ethiopia our motherland in the diplomatic field!
    Even if the so called “Great powers” are doing nothing for the Ethiopian democracy, the mere exposing the depot tyranny before the already known outcome of the “2010 election” is very important. But having said that of course we Ethiopians have to hold hand in hand whether we live at home or abroad should take our motherland out of misery by making tyranny the history of the past! Thank you Robel our brother, once more and we all have to learn from you a big lesson and stand for our voiceless people and country wherever we might be!
    God bless Ethiopia!& Ethiopia should prevail!

  6. kiya
    | #6

    ETHIOPIA IS BECOMING FULL OF FALSES AND FEAR DUE THESE EPRDF LEADERS. WHAT I BELIEVE IS BIRTUKAN IS GREAT LADY. SHE IS JENTLE. THE ONLY REASON EPRDF IMPRISONED HER IS B/C THEY AFRAID HER. NO STRONGEST OPPOSITION PERSON LIKE HER. MOST OF OTHERS ARE NOT FULLY COMMITED AND CHANGE SEEKERS. THEY BELIEVED THAT SHE IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO STAND FOR HER BELIEFE AND CAN REMOTIVATE PEOPLE LIKE LAST ELECTION TIME. THE ONLY MELESE CAN DO ABOUT HER IS RELEASING TEDDY FOR SLIGHT SILENCE AND LETTING THE IRON LADY, BIRTUKAN IN PRISON AT LEAST UP TO LAST election. by the way U, MEDREK LEADERS GO AHEAD WITH Ur BELIEFE AND STRENGTH. FREE BIRTUKAN! FREE BIRTUKAN! FREE BIRTUKAN! FALL TO MELESE and his (DIRSAN DEGAMIWOCH)

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