Senators Feingold and Leahy Called on Secretary of State Rice to intervene on the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Chairperson Birtukan Mideksa – Abugida

January 13th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

United States Senior Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Senior Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont wrote a letter to Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice, demanding the intervention of the United States State Department on the Immediate and Unconditional release of the currently illegally incarcerated UDJ’s Chairwoman Birtukan Mideksa.

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United States Senior Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Senior Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont wrote a letter to Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice, demanding the intervention of the United States State Department on the Immediate and Unconditional release of the currently illegally incarcerated UDJ’s Chairwoman Birtukan Mideksa.

Our sources from congress informed us that the letter was sent to Madam Secretary this evening and will be made public very shortly.

Our sources revealed that, the two Senators expressed their sever dismay and disappointment of the reckless, illegal and undemocratic action taken by the Ethiopian Government. The letter states that the State Department is duty bounded to assure American Tax Payers Money should not be used for the tyrannical deeds of despotic governments.

It is to be recalled Congressman Donald Payne also released a statement of the same sort telling the Ethiopian Government “to uphold democratic values or face the fate of Mengistu H/Mariam”.

Both Senators and the Congressman, along with their other colleagues in office have been staunch supporters of the struggle for freedom, justice and democracy in Ethiopia.

UDJ Support Group of North America is very grateful for the immediate actions they take and has expressed the same on behalf of the People of Ethiopia on a Thank You Letter to Congressman Donald Payne. The same will follow to Senators Feingold and Leahy, and we urge all Ethiopians to do the same.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D – VT)
433 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-4242
Fax: (202) 224-3479

Senator Russell Feingold (D-W)
506 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-4904
(202) 224-5323
Fax (202) 224-2725

Congressman Donald Payne (D-NJ)
2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3436
Fax: (202) 225-416

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