SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE FOR ETHIOPIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS. CANADA (SOCEPP-CAN)

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SOCEPP Press Release

March 1st, 2007

The politically motivated trial of the leaders of the opposition CUDP, of the anti poverty activists and journalists in Ethiopia is expected to resume on March 5, 2007. It is to be remembered that the accused have been under detention following the widely publicized public protest of the fraudulent results of the May 2005 election. The government has charged the detainees with a range of concocted offences including treason and the instigation of genocide, both punishable by death.

Despite the outrage expressed by the Ethiopian people and many in the international community calling on the government to do away with its fictional charges and uphold justice, the government continues to detain these leaders and activists denying them their basic human and legal rights. The proceedings thus far have shown that the detainees could not get a fair and free trial.

Once again, it is abundantly clear that the legal system in Ethiopia has become another tool for silencing the opposition.

Instead of seeking dialogue as a means to resolve the deepening political crises within the country, the ruling group continues to choose unjustifiable detentions and repression of political opponents and activists.

Nothing could be further from the truth – this latest travesty is not a separate incident. It is part of a very well established pattern of repression by the ruling EPRDF. In the last few years, despite the government’s attempt to discredit the reports of credible Human Rights groups such as AI, HRW etc, it is evident that the Human Rights situation in Ethiopia has extremely deteriorated. As a result, the people of Ethiopia have and
continue to live in constant fear. They do not feel secure in their own country and neighborhoods. The rule of law is non-existent due to political interventions, thousands of peace and democracy protesters are extra judicially detained and tortured, and many others have been .disappeared… Today, the government in Ethiopia has one of the worst human rights records in the entire Africa.

Clearly, the goal of the present trial against the CUDP leaders, activists and journalists is to silence the political opposition. It is also a staged trial made good for the consumption of the international donor community on whose support the government depends.

The way forward in Ethiopia is only through the full respect of the people’s basic human and political rights and not through repression and totalitarianism.

We urge the ruling group in Ethiopia to respect the rights of the Ethiopia people and work towards political reconciliation not political repression. This starts with unconditional release of all political prisoners. We urge the government of Canada, Canadian political parties, members of parliament and all who stand for human and democratic rights to stay alert and continue to pressure the ruling group in Ethiopia to stop the political trial and to release all political prisoners immediately and without any conditions.

Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere!

SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE FOR ETHIOPIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS. CANADA (SOCEPP-CAN)
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