JUSTICE FOR BIRTUKAN MEDEKSA – By Imru Zelleke

February 23rd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

An Ethiopian Heroine

This is a personal appeal, which I hope will be supported by all Ethiopians from whatever political or civic persuasion. It is a straight forward matter of human rights violation and the uncouth behavior by a fascist regime. Woyzero Birtukan Medekssa did not commit any crime or transgression of any law in the Ethiopian Legal nomenclature, but to stand for her rights as a citizen.

She was arrested and detained for 18 months with the other leaders of Kinijit, and subsequently has been elected President UDJ, a party that advocates PEACEFUL struggle, in what is supposed to be a free democratic process in Ethiopia. In the interview she gave to a community in Europe, her statement was conform to the conciliation agreement made trough the Group of Elders.

Her real crime was

a) to have refused to play in the Woyane Kangaroo Court and Justice system, from which she resigned her Judgeship and

b) to have become a popular leader, and an eventual threat to Meles’s political shenanigans.

Her arbitrary and illegal arrest, and a sentence to life imprisonment, a condemnation rarely given even to perpetrators of most vile crimes. Thousands other prisoners of conscience have been objects of the same abuses and violations of their basic rights by the EPRDF regime. Birtukan Merdeksa’s ordeal is symbol of the painful and criminally ruthless governance under which the Ethiopian people suffer.

I suggest that she be awarded the Nobel Prize as a peaceful activist and prisoner of conscience, not only on her behalf but also for the thousands of Ethiopian men and women that are languishing in Meles’s jail, without recourse of any justice. Ms Aung San Suu Kyi of Maynmar (Burma) received the Nobel Prize for the same reason andcause .

Please join me in this endeavor which is of concern for all of us who seek freedom and peace in Ethiopia.

Imru Zelleke

  1. YeBirtukan Ferie
    | #1

    Thank you Kibur Imru Zelleke and it is a huge moral boost to the young generation to get your blessing and leadership. I have a small correction to add, Birtukan Mideksa is the leader of the reformed UDJ(UNity for Democracy and Justice) party not that of EUDF.

    Muluneh Yohannes

  2. yichalal
    | #2

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

    WE ARE JOINING YOU FOR THE GREAT CALL.
    SHE IS A SYMBOL FOR ALL WHO ARE SUFFERING IN TPLF JAIL.

  3. berchiln
    | #3

    Dear Abugidawoch,

    Can you please edit it as she is UDJ leaders, not as stated? Thanks.

    Our healt felt tahnks to Kibur Ambassador Imiru Zeleke.
    The fascist revenge goes beyond limits.

  4. Lemlem Tsegaw
    | #4

    Dear Ambassador Imeru:

    It is with great respect that I take this opportunity on behalf of the unheard voice of the Ethiopian people to tell you thank you, not only for your current unreserved effort – speaking out against injustice in Ethiopia but for your past services, your wisdom, and your unreserved love to the Ethiopian people. Indeed you are a model for a lot of us.

    God bless, Lemlem Tsegaw

  5. Anonymous
    | #5

    If Zenawi thinks that he will dissolve the will of the world
    he doesnt know what is waiting for him.Have he not seen the
    the speech of BARACK on January 20.

  6. Robele Ababya
    | #6

    Thank you profoundly, Ambassador Imru, for your noble stand in the defense of priosoners of conscience, Judge Birtukan et al.

    I hereby pledge to join your endeavor. Birtukan deserves the Nobel Prize as an activist for peace, reconcilliation and love beteewn peoplee

  7. Mekonene H.Giorgis
    | #7

    Well it might be fair enough to appeal for justice for Birtukan as most opposition are doing it now, but as a real Ethiopian and living there for couple of decades I witness none of us except the opposition leaders in the parliament or abroad have no more trust on those people .I hope they already got this message .let them do their business but do not play with us ………….and do not forget to make sure that the noble prize ok for her

  8. Yelekal Egzeabher
    | #8

    Thank you very much Ambassador Imru May God Bless you and your family.

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