UDJ UPDATE 25

April 9th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

1.Public Demonstration postponed

In UDJ UPDATE 24, we had announced that we were going to stage a controlled public demonstration. (more…)

1.Public Demonstration postponed

In UDJ UPDATE 24, we had announced that we were going to stage a controlled public demonstration. The City Administration told us, orally, to postpone the demonstration until after the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting currently taking place in Addis. The law [Proclamation 3/1991, Article 6 (2)] says that if the relevant government body decides to postpone an event, it has to give, to the applicant, the reason(s) for the postponement in writing. They refused to give us their reasons in writing. They gave us a surprising reason for their refusal: “We have never done it before.” In other word, they had never given their reason for postponing an event in writing.

Here, they goofed in two ways: 1) They don’t seem know or don’t care to know or they have forgotten that Article 6(2) of the above Proclamation obligates them to give their reason(s) in writing; 2) We do have a letter in our file–a letter written by the relevant office of the City Administration–giving a reason for postponing an event we had planned to conduct recently. Our Standing Committee on Youth Affairs had recently planned a progamme of literary evening open to the public to be held at the Exhibition Center. As usual, we submitted our application of notification to the relevant body. We were asked to postpone the event because the last AU Summit was taking place. We accepted their suggestion and asked them to give us their official reason in writing. And they did! We have the letter in our files!

The public demonstration was supposed to take place today, April 9. Pushing surprising matters aside for the time being, we submitted—today—our letter to the relevant government body notifying it that the public demonstration will now take place next Thursday, April 16, 2009. Everything else will be as was planned for April 9 (see UDJ UPDATE 24).

2.Birtukan’s case in court

It is to be recalled that Birtukan had lodged, through a lawyer retained by UDJ, a complaint before the court saying that her constitutional right of being visited by relatives, friends, legal counselor, etc. It is also to be recalled that the court had decided that: 1) the case was tenable; 2) the was within its jurisdiction. The sepondent, the Prison Commission, was asked to respond. It did on April 2, 2009, with the following points of argument:

a. The court has no jurisdiction over the case;
b. The court cannot interfere in the internal affairs of the prison commission;
c. The defending lawyer does not have power of attorney to defend the plaintiff;
d. The time for lodging complaints had expired;
e. The complaint was lodged without first clearing with the commission for a solution might have been found without having to go to court;

The respondent did not say anything on the substance of the case. In other words, it did not accept or refute the complaint. The court adjourned to meet on May 15, 2009, to decide on the merits of the objections.

  1. BIRTU/CAN
    | #1

    Last time the opposition and the roaring lion of Aiga had a confrontation-Meles Zenawi hood-winked the leadership of Kinijit to stand down. We all know what happened after that. I call it missed opportunity. Meles Zenawi is not a miracle worker. He is just one step ahead of his sworn enemies most of the time.

    The opposition should know when to attack and when to stand down. I believe now is the time to push Melese’s button. Meles is not in a position to retaliate against the opposition like he did last time. Ordering Agazi army to mow down innocent civilians will certainly expedite his trip to the Hague. The writing is on the wall. Unfortunately, the opposition is sleeping at the wheel instead of taking timely action.

    The fact on the ground indicates people are on edge in Ethiopia. All businesses are affected due to shortages of foreign currency. Ethiopian birr is becoming obsolete. Cost of living is soaring sky high. Meles is relying with donors money to pay his Agazi army. What a perfect time to call mass demonstrations to speed up Melese’s downfall?

    Let,s dare Meles Zenawi.ማኖ እናሰነካው.Call the tsunami of demonstrations all over Ethiopia. If he has the gut to shoot people, so be it. He is killing people right now anyway! Better to die in the open where the world can witness his brutality than dying in secret gulags,caves and underground prisons.

    If we have mass demonstrations where millions of people participate and Meles forces stand down-that will be fine. If Meles carries out a crackdown on the opposition and start shooting indiscriminately as in the past-that’s even better. Either way,it is a win-win situation. Call the demonstration immediately.

    FREE BIRTUKAN

  2. ቃል ኪዳን
    | #2

    ክቡራን አቡጌዳዎች እንደምን ሰነበታችሁ

    አስተያየት መስጠት የምፈልገው ስለሰላማዊ ሰልፉ ሳይሆን በጣም ግርም የሚለኝ ነገር አለ: ምክንያቱም አሜሪካኖች ወይም ሌሎች ነጮች ሲጽፉ አማርኛ ወይም ኦሮምኛ ቃላት ሲጠቀሙ አላየሁም ምናልባት ተሳስቸ ካልሆነ በቀር: ይህ ከላይ የተጠቀሰው ጉዳይ የኛ የኢትዮጵያኖቹ መሆኑ አይካድም: አቅብዛኛዎቹ የኛ ጸሀፊዎች አንድ ጽሁፍ ሲያወጡ አንደኛ የሀገራቸውን ጉዳይ ለሀገራቸው ህዝብ በሚገባው ቋንቋ ለመጻፍ አይፈልጉም? ሁለተኛ ምናልባት የንድ ሰው ምሁርነቱ ወይም በጣም የተማረና ያወቀ ብስል ሰው ነው ተብሎ የሚገመተው በሚናገረው የባዕዳን ቋንቋ ይሆን? በአማርኛ ከጻፉ አላዋቂ ያልተማረ ስለሚያደርጋቸው ይሆን? ለመሆኑስ ስንቶቻችን ነን የሀገራችን ጉዳይ ያገባናል ብለን የኢንተርኔት ዜናዎችን ለማግኘት ቋንቋ ትምህርት ቤት መግባት ያለብን? ለመሆኑ ብዙዎቻችሁ እናትና አባቶቻችሁ በውጭ አገር እንደሚኖሩ እያወቃችሁ የሀገራቸው ጉዳይ በጣም እንደሚያሳስባቸው እንደሚጨነቁና እንደሚንገበገቡ አታውቁምን? ታዲያ ብዙዎቹ ዜናዎች በግሊዝኛ ነው የሚጻፉት ስንቱ ሰው አነበበላሁ ስንቱስ ተረዳላችሁ?
    በጣም የሚገርመው መልካቸው ኢትዮጵያዊ አነጋገራችው ኢትዮጵያዊ ሆነው ሳለ መታየት የሚፈልጉት ነጭ ፈረንጂ የተሻሉ መስለው የሚታዩ ሰዎች አልገጠሙአችሁም? ለምሳሌ የራዲዮ ቃለመጠይቅ ወይም ውይይት ለማድረግ ቀርበው ጠያቂውን ሆነ ተጠያቂው ሁሉት ቋንቋዎች ጦርነት ገጥመው ስታገሉ አልሰማችሁም: የተማርን አዋቂ ነን ባዮች አንዳንድ መግለጫዎችን ሲሰጡ ግማሹ ቃላት እንግሊዝኛ ሆኖ ሲውረገረጉ ይታያሉ: በሌላ በኩል የኢትዮጵያ ቋንቋ አማርኛ መሆን አለበት ትላላችሁ መልካም ነው መሆንም አለበት: ነገር ግን እራሳችሁ አቅልላችሁ በምትኩ ለናንተ የተሻለ መስሎ የሚታያችሁን የባዕዳን ቋንቋ ሳትማሩ የተማረ ሳታውቁ ያወቀ ለምትመስሉ ሰዎች ራሳችሁን ከማታለል በቀር በኔ ግምት መጻፍና መናገር የምትችሉ የጋን ውስጥ ማብራቶች መስላችሁ ነው የምትታዮኝ: ስለዚህ ኢትዮጵያዊ የሆናችሁ ሁሉ የሀገሬ ጉዳይ ያገባኛል የምትሉ ሁሉ ቋንቋችንን ለማዳን መሞከር አለብን:
    እንደምታውቁት ሁሉ ስንታችሁ ናችሁ ወደአገር ቤት ሄዳችሁ የምታውቁ? ለምሳሌ ድሮ በየክፍለ ሀገሩ የሚገኙት የመንግስት መስሪያ ቤቶች የማብራት ሀይል ቅርንጫፍ የባንክ ቅርንጫፍ ብሎም የወረዳ አስተዳደር በሚል በአማርኛ ይጠሩ ነበር: ነገር ግን እንደናንተ ተማርን የሚለው የወያኔ ባለስልጣን አማርኛውን ቀስ በቀስ ለማጥፋት ሲል አሁን ሪጅን ዲስትሪክ ዞን ክልል በማለት በምትኩ በባዕዳን ቃላት ተተክተው በሚያሳዝን ሁኔታ ቋንቋችን በመጥፋት ላይ ይገኛል
    ይህን ሳይ በጣም አዝን ነበር ነገር ግን አገርና ቋንቋ የሚያጠፋው ወያኔ ብቻ ሳይሆን እዚህ ተማርን የሚለው ብቻም ሳይሆን ማውራትና መጻፍ የሚችለውም ጭምር እንደሆነ ተረዳሁ: እባካችሁ ብትማሩም ባትማሩም የባዕዳን ቋንቋ ተናገራችሁም አልተናገራችሁ የምሁርነት ችሎችታችሁ በዚህ ስለማይለካ በራሳችሁ ቋንቋ ለመጻፍ ሞክሩ የአንድ ቻይና ወይም የራሽያ ሳይንቲስት በቋንቋው የሚናገረው ከናንተ ያነሰ ችሎታ ያለው ስለሆነ አለመሆኑን ተማሩ: እኔ አፈርኩ በተለይ የራዲዮ ላይ ግማሽ እንግሊዝኛ በማስገባት ስትውረገረጉ ሳይ ትርኢት መስሎ ነው የሚታየኝ አመሰግናለሁ

  3. Aden1
    | #3

    If the COURT DOES NOT have jurisdiction on the case, then who does?.
    If the COURT CAN NOT interfere in the internal affairs of the prison, then who does?
    Is not THE COMMISSION an extension of law enforcement? and there by the court?.

    It must be very frustrating. This is the kind of time a LEGITMATE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION would have helped as part of an institution of Democracy. Politcal affiliation aside, JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHT should be a cause shared and advocated by all.

    -The process they rushed her arrest was wrong.
    -Refusal of prisoner’s right especially for a political prisoner, one who had served the legal system before and for a legal technicality that could have been discussed among the authority and the opposition and attorneys.
    Three months and half is a long time to be imprisoned in such condition. all opposition and Ethiopians, regardless of political differences need to stand for a cause that involves betrayal of justice and human right, and in her situation that seems to be the case. If her elderly mother was not available, who would have been allowed to visit her?. At the minimum, her priest, Doctor, attorney/s and closest kin/s should be allowed to visit her.

    The petition/Canada posted on some web site, not only require details from participants, but also does not post signatures. I think it is frozen on the same 1500+. 10,000 signature goal seems to be going to slow

  4. Jungle Boy
    | #4

    The opposition leaders in Ethiopia should be willing to go to jail if they want to bring change. You might say that I am judging them from my comfortable life stayle here in the west. Well, that is why I am still here. The opposition leaders claim to be struggling for change. If so, struggle. If not, just quit it. If woyane refuses permission for demo, do them without woyane approval. You will, of course, be dragged to jail or get killed. That is a struggle. What they are doing now is just a joke.

  5. Anon
    | #5

    ብርቱ/ካን ማኖ አስነካው አልክ ወገኔ ነገሩ ደህና ነበር ግን ካለፈው ልምዳችን እንደታየው 40,50,100, 200, ጭዳ እያስደረግን ወደየቤታችን የምንገባ ከሆነ ዋጋ የለውም በድህ ልጆችና ለእውነት ብለው የሚሰውን ሰዎች ህይወት እንደመናቅ ያስቆጥራል እንደሚፈለገው ውጤት እስኪገኝ እንደኬንያ የሚገፋበት ከሆነ ወደሗላ የሚል የለም አለበለዚያ ግን በውጭው አለም የሚኖረውን ተንቀሳቃሽም ስነልቦና እየነካ ስለሆነ ለወደፊት እሱም እንዳይቆም ራሳቸውን ብቻ ከፍ ለማድረግ የሚያሰሉ መሪ ነን ባዮች ራሳቸውን ቢያርሙ ይበጃል እላለሁ::

    በተረፈ —ቃል ኪዳን—- ጥሩ ብለዋል::

  6. tewbel
    | #6

    Jungle Boy is right.

    It is put up or shutup!

  7. molla
    | #7

    Dear Abugidawoch,

    “UDJ Update”! please give it another name. Otherwise it looks like the exact copy of “washington update” from the AEUP.

    While “washington update” is full of valuable information for the struggle, yours is just a window dressing or pretending as if you have done something for Birtukan. Birtukan deserves more than that – detrmination against the tryannt.

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