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Ethiopian Ruling party TPLF released some prisoners , but arrested many innocent people

 

Many Ethiopians have been jailed without any reason or related to false reasons, for example terrorism.  The New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists in a December report listed Ethiopia as the eighth worst jailer of journalists in the world. Above  49 Ethiopian journalists were in exile and more than  72 newspapers had been closed under TPLF. In the 21st century when the rest of the world is freely exercising its rights and freedom of speech,  in Ethiopia the daily news is about being arrested, jailed or tortured;  or  receiving a life sentence in a kangaroo court. All the activists who had been leading criticism of the government are currently in prison on terrorism charges. In  May 2015  polls, the ruling party  TPLF  took  100 percent of all regional and federal parliament seats.

In the unexpected move on Wednesday, state prosecutors dropped all charges against journalists Asmamaw Hailegiorgis, Edom Kassaye and Tesfalem Waldyes, and bloggers Mahlet Fantahun and Zelalem Kibret.I  am happy that TPLF has released some of the prisoners. However,  I am not very happy since  I  do not know what is going on tomorrow and there are many prisoners in jail. 

Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, who is in Ethiopia’s Kality Prison, described the prison in his last letter to the New York Times as a “wide hall that looks like a warehouse”where 200 inmates sleep on the unswept floor, and share three toilets between them. Other journalists have simply chosen to flee.

Four other members of Zone 9, a blogging collective, remain in prison while one other was charged in absentia. The Zone 9 website, proclaiming “we blog because we care”, features mostly social and political commentary, often critical of the government.

We’re happy but didn’t want to celebrate at the same time. It’s really difficult to celebrate when other friends are still in prison,” says Soliyana Gebremichael, 28, an Ethiopian human rights activist and cofounder of the Zone 9 blog, who lives in exile in Washington, DC. “We are going to keep on pushing.”

Activists have greeted the move with muted celebrations — they welcomed the news, but were left wondering why other imprisoned journalists are still languishing in jail.

The latest journalist to be freed, columnist Reeyot Alemu, was released Thursday, about a year ahead of schedule after spending the last four years in prison. The day before, three other journalists and two bloggers with Zone 9, a political commentary site, were released after the government dropped all charges against them. The five were arrested in a crackdown in April 2014 and charged under the country’s sweeping anti-terrorism law, which human rights organizations say criminalizes dissent.

The CPJ said that at least 12 other journalists were still incarcerated, most of them facing terrorism charges, making Ethiopia the second-worst jailer of journalists in Africa, after its neighbour Eritrea.

Meanwhile, after releasing from jail a few journalists this week, the Ethiopian ruling party TPLF has jailed several others in a new round of arrests. The following journalists and activists have been arrested by security forces in Ethiopia Yesterday evening and today morning: Ashagre Meshesha, Habtamu  Minale/Mengistu, Zenebe Desalegn, Tewodros habte and Mengistu Debay.

የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አባላት ላይ እስሩ ቀጥሏል

በአዲስ አበባና በየክፍለ ሀገሩ የሚገኙ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አባላት ላይ እስሩ ቀጥሏል፡፡ ትናንትናው ዕለት በሸዋ ሮቢት የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አስተባባሪዎች የሆኑት አቶ ዘነበ ደሳለኝ፣ አቶ መንግስቱ ተበጀ፣ አቶ ቴዎድሮስ ሀብቴ እንዲሁም አዲስ አበባ ውስጥ አቶ ደብሬ አሸናፊ ታድነው የታሰሩ ሲሆን በዛሬው ዕለት አቶ መርከቡ ሀይሌና አናኒያ ኢሳያስ ለእስር ተዳርገዋል፡፡

መርከቡ ሀይሌና አናኒያ ኢሳያስ ዛሬ ሀምሌ 4/2007 .ም ከጠዋቱ 4 ሰዓት ላይ አራት ኪሎ አካባቢ በፖሊስና ደህንነቶች ተይዘው ታስረዋል፡፡ እነ መርከቡ በተያዙበት ወቅት ፖሊስና ደህንነቶች ‹‹ብጥብጥ ልታስነሱ እየጣራችሁ መሆኑን ደርሰንበታል›› እንዳሉዋቸው ተገልጾአል፡፡ በተጨማሪም የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አባል የሆነው ስለሽ ደቻሳ ሀምሌ 1/2007 .ም ከቤቱ በደህንነትና በፖሊስ ታፍኖ ከፍተኛ ድብደባ ከተፈፀመበት በኋላ ታስሯል፡፡ ስለሽ ደቻሳ በተፈፀመበት ድብደባም እጅና እግሩ ላይ ስብራት እንደደረሰበት ታውቋል፡፡ በተጨማሪም የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ታዛቢ የነበረው አስፋው ጀማል በትናንትናው ዕለት በፖሊስ ተይዞ መታሰሩን ምንጮች ለነገረ ኢትዮጵያ ገልጸዋል፡፡ መርከቡ ኃይሌና አናኒያ ኢሳያስ በአራዳ ፖሊስ መምሪያ እንዲሁም ስለሽ ደቻሳ 6ኛ ፖሊስ ጣቢያ እንደታሰሩ ታውቋል፡፡

በተመሳሳይ እስሩ በየ ክፍለ ሀገሩን የቀጠለ ሲሆን በከፋ ዞን ጨላ ወረዳ 8 የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አባላት ‹‹ማዳበሪያ አልወስድም ብለዋል›› በሚል ለእስር እንደተዳረጉ ከቦታው የደረሰን መረጃ ያመለክታል፡፡ ሌሎች የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አባላት በማዳበሪያ ሰበብ ድብደባ እየደረሰባቸው እንደሆነ የገለጹት የዞኑ የፓርቲው አስተባባሪዎች ነሲብ አደነ የተባለ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ አባል ከፍተኛ ድብደባ ደርሶበት ሆስፒታል ውስጥ እንደሚገኝ ገልጸዋል፡፡

የመላው ኢትየጵያ አንድነት ድርጅት ( መኢአድ ) የማእከላዊ ምክር ቤት አባልና የልደታ ክ/ከተማ ሰብሳቢ መቶ አለቃ አስራቴ አየለ ዛሬ ሀምሌ 4/2007 ዓም 1:00 ሰዓት ላይ በመኖሪያ ቤታቸው በር ላይ ተይዘው ልደታ ፓሊስ መምሪያ ተወስደው መታሰራቸው ታውቋል

በሌላ በኩል የመኢአድ የወጣቶች ጉይ ሀላፊ ታጠቅ አሰፋ ከትላንትናው እለት ጀምሮ መኖሪያ ቤቱ በርካታ ፓሊሶች እየፈለጉት እንደነበረ ዛሬም ጠዋትም ቤቱ ሄደው ቤተሰቡን ያለበትን ንገሩን ብለው ሲያስጨንቁ እንደነበረ አሁንም እየጠበቁት እንደሆነ ታውቋል ፡፡

The write can be reached at: wondimuwub@yahoo.com

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