Press Statement: The government fails once again to uphold the rule of law – UDJP

December 7th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

In a matter of one week, open lawlessness wins twice in Addis Ababa. On 29 November 2009, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) had called an Extra-ordinary Congress scheduled to be held at the Imperial Hotel. The meeting was permitted by the Addis Ababa City Administration in writing. The permit was copied to the relevant security and law enforcement bodies. UDJ also had delivered a copy of the permit to the Police Command, under whose jurisdiction Imperial Hotel is, to make sure that it had reached the immediately responsible body. The Extra-ordinary Congress was openly disrupted by a group of individuals who were dismissed from the party for disciplinary reasons and. UDJ asked for police help. No help came. The government failed to uphold the rule of law and lawlessness reigned at the Imperial Hotel.

Today, 6 December 2009, exactly a week later, the government failed to uphold the rule of law once again and lawlessness reigned at the UDJ headquarters. The National Council of UDJ was scheduled to meet this morning at 10 a.m. The group of individuals who were dismissed from the party, the very same group that disrupted the November 29 meeting, came to the UDJ headquarter early in the morning—Ethiopian Television came with them– beat the guard, damaged the main gate and forced itself into the premises of the party office. Some of the individuals entered the building. A situation was created where it was not possible to conduct a meeting without creating a situation for violent confrontation.

We went to the Kirkos Sub-city Police Commission and asked for help. There was no help. We went to the Addis Ababa Police Commission and asked for help. There was no help. No law enforcement body was willing to come to our office, even to see what the situation looked like. We had no choice but to cancel the meeting.

If the individuals who were dismissed from the party believed that the party had acted illegally against them, they had three avenues for obtaining justice.

1. They could have appealed to the Audit and Inspection Commission of the party as provided in Article 12.5 of its bylaw.

2. They could have taken the party to court. Proclamation No. 573/2007, Article 30, Sub-Article 2 (on party registration) says that any party member who feels that his party has taken illegal measures against him can appeal to the Federal High Court.
3. If the individual is not satisfied by the decision of the Federal High Court, he can appeal to the Federal Supreme Court.

The dismissed individuals have not made use of any of the above legal avenues. Instead, they have resorted to violence and to illegal means of disrupting the operations of the party with impunity. Having failed to get any help from the police, we are preparing to go to court. At this stage, UDJ feels that it has no protection of the law.

Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ)

6 December 2009
Addis Ababa

  1. ደምስ
    | #1

    Dictator is very panic of MEDREK and will do any thing to stop them. It just a matter of time dictator melese send them to kaliti jail. He is not going to humilated or rejected by Ethiopian people just last time.

    You do not see this kind of problem with betrayal hailu and the other fake oppostion parties. These fake opposition parties do not complain the rule of the law either, this happen under their nose. All they care is about themselves. The big loser the Ethiopian people!!!

  2. anti teori
    | #2

    Very sad news!

    I wish I had the opportunity to defend UDJ from weyane buchilas.
    The notorious proffessor , his gangsters and some ECADF admins are very happy now (like Muyaye).Shame on you!!
    I tell you brothers and sisters by disrupting UDJ meeting you only help weyane.
    And I am afraid to say the consequence will follow soon, that you might not turn it back.
    Weakening UDJ means dismantling the cyber soldiers movement, mark my word!

    MEDREK is the way!!
    Protect Birtukan’s party>>> UDJ!!!!
    Free Birtukan!!

  3. koster
    | #3

    What do you expect from Woyane court? Is there justice in Ethiopia? UDJ should have solved its own problem before trying to cooperate with people like Seye and Negasso with bad political history and if there was justice their right place was the International Court of Justice in the Hague/the Netherlands.

  4. Dill Nafaqi
    | #4

    UDJ’s, Please sit together discuss your problem. The solution is in your hand. Not crying and ask Enemy Weyanes help!
    My GOD!

  5. mazengia
    | #5

    Dill Nafaqi,

    You are right but the professor group is infested with Woyane. so no use to sit and discuse with this Bozenes.

  6. ይሁኖ አምላክ
    | #6

    የወያነ ፍርድ የታወቀ አይደል:: ወያነ ማፍረስ እንዥ መገንባት; ማናቕር እንዥ ማስታረቅ መች ያውቅና:: ነገሩ ወደ “ፍርድ” ቢህድ የሚሆነው – የአንድነትን አርማ ላንዱ; ቢሮውን ለለላ; ገንዘቡን ደግሞ ለራሱ ማቅራመድ ነው ;; ለዚህም ነው መፍትሃው የነሱ መነጋገር ነው የምለው::


  7. መቅደላዊ
    | #7

    ጉዳዩ ወደ ፍርድ ከተከደ መፍትሄው ይጎተታል:: ህዝቡ ራሱ የአንድነትን ጳርቲ መከላከል አለበት:; ስብሰባዎች በሚስጥር ይካየዱ:: የአንድነት ፓርቲ አመራር የሚያጋጥመውን ችግር ይፋ ያድርግ:; እዝህ የሻእብያና የወያነ እጅ እንዳለበት ተገንዝበን ተስፋ ሳንቆርጥ የዲሞክርሲን ጉዞ መቀጠል አለብን:: ሰየ አብርሃና ነጋሶን መደገፍ ይኖርብናል:; እስከአሁን የተደረገው ጉዞ ጥሩ ነው::

    መስፍን ወልደማርያም ለፍርድ እንዲቀርብ መደርግ አለበት:: ያለም ማህበርሰብ እየታዘበ ነው:: ሰውየው ርካሽ መሆኑ ታወቆአል:: የወያነ ሰላይ እንዲያውም ቡርቱካን እንድታሰር ያደረገ እንወሆን ወያነዎች ተናግረዋል:;

  8. Anonymous
    | #8

    It is very interesting to see the suggestions that the group could have done if it believed the disciplinary action were not unconstitutional. Out of the 3 suggestions th last two refer to courts. Wow, what inovative idea? Now you believe the court system is independent of Woyane, because it gave a fair sentence to the other unrepenting Woyane, Seye?

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