Call for Immediate and Unconditional Release of Judge Birtukan Mediksa: Chairwoman of the main opposition party (UDJP) in Ethiopia – ANDINET NORTH AMERICA ASSOCIATION OF SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS (Press Release)

December 29th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

We just learned that Mrs. Bitrukan Medekasa has been arrested and taken to prison by Ethiopian secuirty forces from her party’s headquarter.

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We just learned that Mrs. Bitrukan Medekasa has been arrested and taken to prison by Ethiopian secuirty forces from her party’s headquarter.

Her colleague, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam and her driver who were with her at the time were physically assulated by the secuirty officers. It is reported that the elder Proessor Mesfin is taken to the hospital.

Mrs. Birtukan Mediksa has endured a barrage of intimidation propganda campaign by the Ethiopian government controlled media and has been under constant secuirty servillaince restricting her movement since last week. The harassement and now the arrest of Jusge Birtukan Medekas is all aimed at preventing her from doing her activity as a leader of the most popular and oppositon party.

Her arrest is a powerful reminder of the unrelenting repression in Ethiopia and we call upon all Human Rights Organizations, Democratic Governments to pressure the governement of Ethiopia to release judge Birtukan Medikas immediately and with out any condition.

Please listen to the audio report of the event as reported by VOA.

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