Free judge Birtukan Mideksa immediately! – Kinijit Support and Development Organization in Norway (KSDON), Oslo, Norway
The news of Ms. Birtukam Mideksa’s arrest by the dictatorial regime of Ethiopia was not a surprise to members of the Kinijit Support and Development Organization in Norway. The TPLF-led government has shown continuously its behaviour of lawlessness during its terrible years of dictatorship in the country. Over the last years, especially after the violence following the 2005 election, thousands have been arrested, hundreds killed and basic human rights are evoked from every Ethiopian citizen.
After the 2005 violence, the Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ)/Andinet party, lead by Ms. Birtukan Mideksa, has emerged as a strong opposition party, operating under the umbrella of the existing constitution. This party was counting on the support of the Ethiopian people in the struggle for the reign of democracy and the rule of law in the country. UDJ has done its best and reorganised former members of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (CUDP)/Kinijit and recruited new ones all over Ethiopia.
In doing so, Andinet has faced a number of hurdles from the government side in many occasions both in Addis Ababa and various regions of the country. Leaders, organizers, ordinary members and supporters of the party have been harassed, arrested and damages have been inflicted to their properties. How ever, the party and leaders were determined to continue the peaceful struggle and bring justice and democracy in the country.
The recent arrest of Ms. Mideksa and assault of the well known Human right activist, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam is absurd and it is another testimony, showing the Ethiopian dictatorship’s unwillingness to allow a strong opposition, operating peacefully in Ethiopia.
We members of the Kinjit Support and Development Organization in Norway (KSDON) are deeply concerned about this development and condemn the evil act of the dictatorship in Ethiopia. In this regard we demand:
The immediate release of Ms. Birtukan Mideksa and all other prisoners of conscience in the country
The regime of Meles Zenawi to stop intimidation and all forms of pressure on leaders, members and supporters of opposition parties, journalists and civic organizations
The international communities and governments of the western countries to put pressure on Meles Zenawi to release Ms. Birtukan and all prisoners of conscience and re-evaluate their policies towards the dictatorship Ethiopia
We call up on all peace loving Ethiopians, living at home and abroad, to stand united against the dictatorial regime in Ethiopia and fight for justice and democracy in the country.
Freedom, Justice and Unity shall prevail in Ethiopia!