Absolute ruler to the summit – By Bekele D. Woyecha, United Kingdom

March 24th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

THOMAS JEFFERSON once said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government” and that should equally apply for governments across the globe irrespective of economic standards. (more…)

THOMAS JEFFERSON once said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government” and that should equally apply for governments across the globe irrespective of economic standards.

However, it was with deep regret that Ethiopians, who fight for democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in their homeland learnt the invitation of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia to the G20 summit which would take place on April 2, 2009. It is mentioned that the despot is going to attend the summit in his capacity as a chair of the so-called NEPAD. This means that he is going to give his usual rhetoric to the leaders of the contemporary world; he would tell them on how and why they failed. He would also tell them on what they should have done and what they should do to rescue the embattled economy; he would also tell them to strictly adhere to what he says or bear the consequence. He would stress on what he says and tell them they would be responsible for any other atrocities if they fail to accept what he says. He will also brief them on his vision to the world. He will go into his fantasy world as usual. He may ask them to organise public lectures in the big universities and financial institutions in Europe and America so that he may lecture on his version of the economic slowdown and on who are responsible for the crises. We can expect any thing from the Ethiopian tyrant as he believes to be the only person to rescue every problem on earth.

It is good that Africa has a voice in the summit. The question is whether Mr. Meles, known for terrorising his fellow citizens; who is widely known for throwing strong opposition leaders, critics, journalists and human rights defenders into jail; a man who has no sympathy and ears to thoughts and beliefs other than his own is chosen for this occasion. It is indeed a sad moment for democracy, human rights and above of all the rule of law. It is like rewarding wrong doings and turning blind eye on suppression as usual. It is extremely disgusting and disappointing to see a man who uses every means available to silence dissent sitting side by side with one of the finest contemporary leaders of our time, President Barack Obama. That is when we begin to dash our hope; that is also when we begin to despair and start to question the campaign for change and hope and whether the new president would show his readiness to commit himself to his promises or we will see whether the talks are only part of the usual rhetoric or genuine politics. As Václav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic and prominent human rights champion once put it, “Genuine politics — even politics worthy of the name — the only politics I am willing to devote myself to — is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole.” Yes, we need geniune action from the contemporary leaders and we want them to stand for justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law. We want them to stand by the majority for the majority. Ethiopians in Europe and beyond should also show our unity onceagain and expose the misdeeds of the tyrannical rigime of Ethiopia by coming to the protest in London. Together we can make change happen!

Ethiopia shall emerge triumphant!!!

The writer can be contacted by email, ba_fiker@yahoo.com

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