PRESS RELEASE: FREE BIRTUKAN MIDEKSA – Ethiopian Women for Peace and Development (EWPD)

March 3rd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Ms Birtukan Mideksa, Chairperson of Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party has been arrested and imprisoned for the second time by the Ethiopian Government since December 2008. (more…)

Ms Birtukan Mideksa, Chairperson of Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party has been arrested and imprisoned for the second time by the Ethiopian Government since December 2008. She is at the notorious Kaliti prison in a solitary confinement. According to the US Department’s Human Right Report, she was jailed, “for accurately telling European media organization that she had not requested from the government a pardon” for her release from prison in 2007. Amnesty International also has stated that Ms Birtukan Mideksa is a political prisoner.

Ms Birtukan Mideksa is a former judge and a single mother of a four years old daughter. She has been an ardent advocate of a peaceful democratic struggle for good governance and for the respect of human rights in Ethiopia. She was a Vice Chairperson of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) party until she was imprisoned for two years after the 2005 disputed national elections in Ethiopia. We, members of the Ethiopian Women for Peace and Development, appeal to

• the international community to pressure the Ethiopian government to release Ms Birtukan Mideksa;

• President Obama’s administration to urge the Ethiopian government for the immediate and unconditional release of Ms Birtukan Medeksa and all other political prisoners including Teddy Afro, a famous Ethiopian artist; and

• all Peace-loving Americans to call their congressional representatives and to question the US foreign policy toward Ethiopia.

In the absence of human rights, there will not be peace and development.


Ethiopian Women for Peace and Development (EWPD)
5505 Connecticut Avenue, #259, Washington, DC 20015
www.ewpd.info * ewpda@yahoo.com

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