Press Release issued by Kinijit Leaders and former Prisoners of Conscience – by Kinijit Leaders and former Prisoners of conscience

July 25th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

As a result of the political unrest in our country, following the May 2005 election, lives have been lost, human and democratic rights of numerous citizens have been violated and valuable property has been destroyed. (more…)

As a result of the political unrest in our country, following the May 2005 election, lives have been lost, human and democratic rights of numerous citizens have been violated and valuable property has been destroyed. Furthermore, our society has sustained a psychological wound that is not likely to heal easily. The problem that our country is facing at present will not be solved easily. However, it is our ardent hope that we as a nation will recuperate gradually and strive forward in the fulfillment of our objectives.

We the leaders of CUD are among the victims of the national and widespread unrest. We have now been released on July 20, 2007 after 20 months of imprisonment. Numerous domestic and foreign forces have made strong efforts to secure our release. Many Ethiopians at home and abroad have held prayer and fasting vigils in their places of worship. Others have shown their solidarity with us through public demonstrations, undetained by hostile weather.

National elders have strived to resolve the problem through peace and reconciliation. We wish to thank our Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian advocates of human rights and democracy for the support and the peace of mind they gave us when we were in detention. We wish to express our deep respect to our compatriots who lost their lives during this time of difficulty. They shall be remembered by us, former detainees, and by Ethiopians as a whole as martyrs for democracy. We shall also remember their families that God may give them consolation.

It is to be recalled that national elders have been making concerted efforts to have us released from prison and to extricate the Ethiopian peaceful political process from the aggressive and intransigent state in which it finds itself. Their effort was focused not only on having us released from detention but also on restoring the derailed democratic process to its proper course. Based on this understanding, we have agreed to resolve the conflict through a reconciliation process as initiated by the elders. We have further agreed to forgive all those who have done wrong, to seek ways by which those who have been harmed could be healed, but above all to look to the future and concentrate on the positive conditions that would be created after the reconciliation.

Our common effort is aimed at protecting our country from plunging into a quagmire of problems. Because of this aim, we have endeavored from the start not to be guided by hatred and to bear with patience the wrongs inflicted upon us.

We have discussed, with the elders, various issues considered necessary for creating a spirit of reconciliation and we have reached agreement on many points. We have also been made to understand by the elders that the agreements reached between us and them are also agreed upon by other concerned parties. Even though the statement released by the government is different from the agreement reached between the elders and us, it is our belief that the elders will make public the true content of the agreement at a time and in a manner that is convenient to them. It is also our belief that the people understand the true nature of the intensive propaganda campaign that the government is waging through the mass media after the conclusion of the agreement. We are also fully confident that the propaganda barrage will not, in any way, reduce the strong support that the people have for CUD. This support has been clearly affirmed by the respect and love the people have shown us after our release from detention.

We have chosen to overlook the government propaganda and not to respond in kind because it would serve no purpose other than poisoning the spirit of reconciliation that we, the elders and the Ethiopian people in general would like to see prevailing. Rather, as political leaders, we have chosen to look forward to a bright future, because we believe that this approach will provide us a sound foundation for the success of our struggle for democracy. We the leaders of CUD wish to reaffirm our firm commitment to this struggle.

Currently, the first measure that the Ethiopian people would like to see taken according to the reached agreement is the release of all our members accused in connection with the unrest following the May 2005 election and who are still in detention. It is our ardent hope that the elders will pursue the release of these prisoners as a matter of urgency.

Finally, we the leaders of CUD, reaffirm our commitment to seeing democracy prevail in our country, and our readiness to work with other national forces that go along with the principles that we hold.

After discussing the current situation prevailing in our country, CUD will make public the activities that it will subsequently pursue for the fulfillment of its peaceful objectives.

July 25, 2007
Addis Ababa.
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  1. shotolay(mekonen)
    | #1

    “there is no easy walk to freedom any where and many of us will have to pass through the vally of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain top of our desires”

    NELSON MANDELA.

  2. Teshome Seifu
    | #2

    Thanks CUD Leaders.It is the biginning of Peaceful war.Hopefully, Ethiopian will get theirs sovereignty.

  3. Saba
    | #3

    Simply profound. Now it behooves Ephraim Isaac
    to stop compromising himself. Real Shimageles don’t let TeShimagayees tell bold faced lies.

  4. | #4

    I think the mediators[ shimagles] have not done their job properly. They need to tell the truth. In any case what we want is our leasers’ release. Long live our heroes!!

  5. me too.
    | #5

    “We wish to express our deep respect to our compatriots who lost their lives during this time of difficulty. They shall be remembered by us, former detainees, and by Ethiopians as a whole as martyrs for democracy. We shall also remember their families that God may give them consolation.”
    Kinijit leaders.

  6. dinka
    | #6

    You Great sons and daughters of Ethiopia from CUD; thank you for giving back Ethiopianizm back to Ethiopians !!!You have gone extra miles and miles we owe it to you.Thank you again for the message and your courage of staying the course and forgiving the enemy could be seen parallel to Jeusus forgiving those who crucified him!!! what more can we say about this except carrying the cross with you that history bestowed upon us.Long live Kinijit!!!

  7. Gashaw
    | #7

    Our hero leaders thank you for what you did.We have a strong belief and hope that you can put back the democratic process on the right track.
    Ib this critical situation you are the one to get the country out from chaos.

    We proud of you. Ethiopia Needs True Reconcilation.

  8. Gashaw
    | #8

    Our hero leaders thank you for what you did.We have a strong belief and hope that you can put back the democratic process on the right track.
    In this critical situation you are the one to get the country out from chaos.

    We proud of you. Ethiopia Needs True Reconcilation.

  9. Getahun Dagem
    | #9

    Let god protect ethiopean heroes until they see their wish

    long live kinjit
    victory for ethiopean people

  10. aymere
    | #10

    That is what Kinjit means. form the begiing we learned to be love and respect by our leaders. we ethiopian living abroad will remain with you (CUD) till the weyane regim respect the voice of Ethiopian people.
    We will be with you our heros in every way you ask us.
    Ethiopia is a blessed country with loving people. we will do anything we can in our hand to protect our country fro the evils.
    God bless Ethiopa and Ethiopians

  11. Tegen
    | #11

    Good start CUD leaders, but you failed to ask your fellow innocent Ethiopians from the TIGREAN comunity an appology for the phsycological and physical damage your supporters inflicted on them and for putting their GOD given citizinship under question.

  12. Ethiop…
    | #12

    Congratulations to all 38 on your release and that you will make it a priority to work towards the release of other political prisoners and wishing consolation to the families of the 240 demonstrators who lost their lives.

    The first sign of the officially released Kinijit letter to Ethiopians in the country and the diaspora, which recognizes and complements national and international support as well as the mediators, confirms its share of mistakes, sends a some what balanced letter is posted only on KIL and signed by the vice chair person and Kinijit’s unofficially announced, new CUDP’s press spokes person. ( the names of the signatures would have been less of a concern at least if it was also posted on KIC’s web site). The letter showed up on KIL’s web site on July 25, and not on KIC as of July 26 morning 9:00 AM Pacific time.

    A positive sign would have been to be transparent as to why KIC and KIL do not simultaneously post the FIRST OFFICIAL LETTER FROM ‘THE LEADERS”, before offering to welcome other parties of similar principle to work with what looks like The HALF “KINIJIT”.

    Is kinijit an overly advertised party that disillusioned us as the “Ethiopian party”, “Kinijit means Ethiopia”, “Kinijit is the spirit of the people”, “Kinijit is Unity”, Kinijit is love” (It should not pretend to be any more,and political parties do not necessarily have to promote that as there are always competing problems among other monsters in politics) and “Kinijit is peace”. (Peaceful struggle is challenging and at least you officially aim at that). “Kinijit is civilized and transparent politics” is specially th moto of KIL in its messages and open letters.

    With all due respect to the leadership who might need reasonable breathing space in healing time, if not all the 38 released, hopefully most have Ethiopia’s interest, ethnic integrity, sovereignty and the interest of the people who voted for them in 2005. So much has changed since then, and the ruling regime might have gained two years of a renewed strategy, however opposed specially by the vocal diaspora. It will be less confusing to release some official statement to the status of the division of CUDP in Ethiopia, which is also reflected in the diaspora or vice versa?.

    In the mean time, clarity is better than subtle messages. Let us know of any reform.
    May your sacrifice find some harmony among its own leaders and followers.
    Good Luck

  13. | #13

    I am so happy..i am proud to be yours..
    Always be strong…our heroes…

  14. seble
    | #14

    Thanks to God!!!!!!!!!!
    God bless Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

  15. Ethiop…
    | #15

    “It will be less confusing to release some official statement to the status of the division of CUDP in Ethiopia, which is also reflected in the diaspora or vice versa?.”

    “In the mean time, clarity is better than subtle messages. Let us know of any reform.”
    ———————————————
    Enge.Hailu Shawel’s press release as of today responds to the lingering questions and makes a decisive and clear statement that sums up what was and what will be. The leadership in Ethiopia express gratitude to the diaspora leadership trustee and takes back the role as elected officials/leaders of Ethiopia.

    Enquan lezieh tsega egizeabher hulunum astewulo fetseme.

    Biruh zemenena tibiber Le Ethiopia yitadel.

    Amen

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