16/05/00 (B499) Communiqué en Anglais du SOCEPP (Opposition éthiopienne). « Libérez maintenant tous les prisonniers politiques ! »

May 15/2009

RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW

May–June 2005: Following a general election which the ruling EPRDF of Meles Zenawi lost the regime let loose its security forces and special Agazi killer commandos to repress the people. More than 200 peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the regime’s blatant fraud were shot dead and more than 50,000 rounded up and sent to the horrible labour camps of Zwai, Bir Sheleko and Dedesa. More than a hundred leader sof the opposition forces were jailed and many independent journalists incarcerated and their newspapers closed.

The imprisoned leaders and journalists were released two years later while more than 35,000 political prisoners are still suffering in the concentration camps and secret prisons all over the country. Prior to May– June 2005, thousands of political prisoners were already languishing in the prisons of the regime. Dozens others like Tsegaye Gebre Medhin, Yishak Debretsion and many other EPRP leaders and members had been disappeared.

As the Meles Zenawi regime prepares its already-known victory in the coming 2010 election and has once again unleashed a pre emptive repression jailing potential and actual dissidents and rivals. All over Ethiopia, the prisons are full and in Addis Ababa alone the regime operates dozens of secret prisons in which torture has become routine. Four years later, the prisoners are behind bars without ever being presented before a court of law.

No rule of law, no habeas corpus. Conditions in the labor camps are abysmal, the sick are not treated, starvation is the rule, wardens and police beat up the prisoners at will, cruel and inhumane punishment is the norm. This gross violation of rights deserves strong condemn action. Those who arde giving aid and support to the is repressive regime must reconsider their mistaken decision and start to impose sanctions and pressures calling for the immediate frelease of all political prisoners in Ethiopia.

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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05/04/09 (B493) SOCEPP : communiqué en Anglais pour dénoncer la traite des enfants en particulier les petites filles en Ethiopie et la passivité de la Police à l’égard de ces crimes monstrueux. Le SOCEPP appelle tous les étrangers qui ont des intérêts dans ce traffic à cesser immédiatement. // KIDNAPPING OF CHILDREN FOR SALE INCREASES

APRIL 4/2009

Reliable reports from Addis Ababa reveal that in the last few months the number of young girls being kidnapped from private schools and the number of children being snatched by groups of men travelling in vans has increased. The police are denying his is taking place though some schools like Gelan number 2 have reported that four young girls have been kidnapped in the last two month alone.

The children are reportedly being snatched by gangs linked to high echelon officials who are running a child for sale racket. The kidnapped children are being sold for adoption by foreigners. Instead of going through the usual adoption process, which is by itself derisory, the gangs assure that a child is available and the necessary papers ready within a short delay for a “reasonable price”. The police who have been informed of the racket have chosen o deny such a crime is taking place.

SOCDEPP calls on foreigners engaged in this illegal action to stop collaborating with criminals and committing crimes against the children. The traffic of young girls to a life of prostitution or sale for paedophile tourists must also be condemned and stopped. The regime, whose officials are behind the illegal actions and kidnappings must be condemned and forced to stop.

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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01/04/09 (B492) Communiqué du SOCEPP : Des déportés en provenance du Soudan dans la prison de Kaliti. // Deportees from the Sudan Surface in Kaliti Prison (En anglais)

Fifteen Ethiopian refugees, some of them, like the elderly (Shaleka) Atanaw Wassie, who have been in the Sudan since the mid seventies, were rounded up in July 2007 and deported to Ethiopia in September 2007. All 15 had subsequently disappeared in the maze of secret prisons and solitary confinement and brutal interrogation in Addis Ababa.

The 15 deportees have now been brought to the notorious Kaliti prison and reports indicate that they would be charged as rebel operatives, smuggling arms, ammunition and uniforms to rebels operating near the Ethio-Sudanese border. It is known that the regime in Ethiopia has ceded some of the Ethiopian land to the Sudan and Sudanese soldiers are presently occupying Nefso Gebeya hill and farmlands in Quara region of Gondar.

SOCEPP has now learnt that the 15 deportees were interrogated round the clock, mistreated and denied medical attention for quite a while. Major Atanaw, a founding member of the EDU opposition that fought against the Mengistu regime, is in his seventies and in poor health. Pressures to make him and others confess and “ask for pardon” from Meles Zenawi have not succeeded up to now. Sudanese security chief Salah Gosh has recently said that the two regimes would intensify cooperation on security matters and this can only mean that Ethiopian refugees would become helpless victims of the Sudanese authorities and the intelligence agents of the Meles regime operating freely in the Sudan. Another joint Ethio-Sudan security meeting is scheduled for April.

SOCEPP calls for the immediate release of the 15 deportees. Kaliti is a death trap for elderly and sick prisoners. International bodies should also call on the Sudanese regime of President Beshir to stop violating the rights of Ethiopian refugees.

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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11/03/09 (B489) Communiqué du SOCEPP / Ethiopie : Le reporter (Radio) Dawit Alemu a été emprisonné illégalement. //RADIO REPORTER DAWIT ALEMU ILLEGALLY JAILED (En Anglais)

March 11/2009

Ethiopian radio reporter Dawit Alemu has been jailed on charges of writing a non specified book critical of the existing EPRDF regime. Dawit, who had written one book some years back, has denied he has written the alleged book.

The EPRDF claims censorship does not exist but books that are not seen favourably by it are denied circulation and sale by security personnel covertly threatening book sellers and publishers.

The poems and CDs of opposition poet Ali Hussein are denied circulation for example and other authors who belong to the opposition parties that the EPRDF considers as its enemies have been denied publication and circulation inside Ethiopia.

Many banned books and CDs are being circulated clandestinely in Addis Ababa and other places. The brother of Dawit has revealed that security men searched the house of the radio reporter. They are said to have confiscated documents and other items.

The court has postponed hearing of Dawit’s case to March 13.
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INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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22/06/08 (B453) 2ème communiqué en Anglais du SOCEPP (Organisation d’opposants au régime éthiopien) Le Régime (éthiopine) prend part aux violences contre les populations Afar / REGIME TAKES PART IN VIOLENCE AGAINST AFARS

Armed Issa raiders attacked, from June 10 to June 12, the towns of Mille and Adaytu killing two health workers and close to 30 civilians in what is now considered an ongoing attempt to appropriate Afar land. The Issas are reportedly armed by Djibouti where an Issa dominated dictatorial regime is in place.

The troops of Meles Zenawi have also joined the fray and killed a number of Afars. Given the close relations between Meles Zenawi and Djibouti’s Omar Gelleh there are suspicions that the expansion and land appropriation of the armed Issas could have been encouraged by the two regimes. The Meles regime has recently ceded fertile Ethiopian territory, from Quara in Gondar to Gambella in the West, to the Sudan.

Ethiopian Afars are being uprooted and displaced by such attacks and also by the huge sugar cane plantation and factory to be set up in their traditional grazing area. The project, financed by the World Bank and unapproved by the local Afar authorities, is expected to displace some 200,000 Afars who would, as reported, be replaced by an equal number of Tigrean settlers.

The ruling front/ TPLF/ hails from Tigrai. The project has been denounced in the past as an environmental disaster with little or no benefit for the Afar people. The recent attack and brutal killings highlight the tense situation that exists in the area (Gadamytu, Adyatu, Undafoo, etc…). The Afars have been left to the mercy of the attackers armed mostly by the Djibouti government.

SOCEPP vigorously denounces the massacre of innocent Afars by armed Issas sponsored by the Djibouti regime. It also condemns the Meles Zenawi regime for aiding and abetting the attack on Afars and their land. The murder of innocent Afars demands strong condemnation against the killers, their sponsors and supporters.

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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22/06/08 (B453) Communiqué en Anglais du SOCEPP (Organisation d’opposants au régime éthiopien) Journée mondiale des réfugiés – La situation dramatique des réfugiés éthiopiens dans le monde s’est encore détériorée / WORLD REFUGEE DAY PLIGHT OF ETHIOPIAN REFUGEES HAS WORSENED

The plight of Ethiopian refugees has gone from bad to worse in the past few years. Thousands who have fled to war torn Somali and to the port of Bosaso to make the dangerous sea trip to Yemen have perished in their hundreds as cruel traffickers throw them to sharks and Yemeni soldiers attack them with speed boats and guns. Thousands have drowned now from Yemen to the Mediterranean.

Sudan, Britain, France, Germany, Djibouti and Kenya have deported Ethiopian refugees to what could amount to long prison terms, torture and even death and disappearance. Sudan deported 15 refugees just a few months ago and they are all incarcerated and being mistreated while one, Atanaw Wassie, has disappeared till now.

The countries that politically consider Ethiopia a safe country and resort to deportation (French police have killed an Ethiopian refugee as they tried to put him on a plane by force) are doing so for political reasons since there is no secret that the Meles Zenawi regime is one of the worst human rights violators in Africa. Britain, that loudly denounces Mugabe in Zimbabwe, has cuddled up to the more repressive regime in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian refugees in Bosaso, Somalia, have been attacked and killed by armed Somali insurgents opposed to the invasion by the troops of Meles.

In the dangerous and precarious places that are the countries bordering Ethiopia, the UNHCR has failed to protect Ethiopian refugees. Libya has imprisoned hundreds in the desert without any UNHCR taking any meaningful action to protest against the inhumane treatment of Ethiopian refugees by Libya. At a lesser level, the condition of Ethiopian refugees in Egypt, Israel and some Arab countries is also bad.

It is evident, given the political and economic situation in Ethiopia, there will be more and more refugees from Ethiopia. Those foreign powers that aid this repressive regime must be held responsible for the plight of the refugees. The refugees deserve protection and are entitled to protection and asylum rights. Fortress Europe and Fortress America cannot be built. The reality of more and more refugees (it is actually African countries that are host to millions) is here to stay so long as repressive regime backed by foreign powers are in existence.

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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16/05/08 (B447-B) Communiqué de presse du Socepp pour demander la libération de tous les prisonniers politiques qui ont été condamnés en Mai-Juin 2005 à des travaux – Forcés. SOCEPP RELEASE ALL THE PRISONERS IN LABOR CAMPS : May-June 2005 (En Anglais)

May-June 2005, the EPRDF regime massacred more than 200 peaceful protesters who had said no to its vote rigging and blunt fraud. More than 50,000 Ethiopians were rounded up and taken to Zwai, Dedesa, Bir Sheleko, Shoa Robit and other horrible detention centres. More than 35,000 are still languishing there and dozens have been disappeared.

The EPRDF was convincingly defeated in the May 2007 election but it refused to respect the voice and choice of the people (thereby denying them their basic right) and then let loose its Federal police and special murder squads and snipers to liquidate more than 200 innocent people in Addis Ababa. All over Ethiopia, thousands of people were rounded up and sent to the labour camps where the condition of detention has been horrible for years. While a few thousand were released the regime still holds more than 35,000 and has recently arrested more and killed scores of opposition sympathizers in Dessie, Gondar and other places. The ban on the independent press is still in vigour despite pretensions by the regime that free newspapers abound (most are controlled by the regime actually).

SOCEPP calls on all peace loving people and defenders of human rights to put pressure on the Meles Zenawi regime to release ALL the political prisoners in Kaliti,Dedesa, Bir Sheleko,Zwai, Shoa Robit, Jijiga, Gondar, Dessie and so many other places. The regime must also stop the killings and those directly responsible for the massacre of some 200 people in June 2005 should be brought before a proper court of law.

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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10/05/08 (B447) Communiqué en Anglais du SOCEPP sur les violences commises dans les territoires frontaliers entre l’Ethiopie et le Soudan, en particulier contre des fermiers éthiopiens, en proie aux soldats soudanais qui ont franchi la frontière.

MAY 10/2008

EPRDF ALLOWS SUDAN TO VIOLATE RIGHTS OF ETHIOPIANS

It is now confirmed that the EPRDF has ceded Ethiopian territory to the Sudan and Sudan has subsequently occupied Ethiopian land and violated the rights of Ethiopian farmers especially in the border regions of Gondar.

Sudanese soldiers occupying Ethiopian land have abducted more than 34 Ethiopians from several farms and taken them to the Sudan where they are still being held. These same soldiers have burnt dozens of huts and destroyed farm property.

The regime in Addis Ababa, a human rights violator by its own right, has chosen to remain silent on the aggression and human rights violation. The close political relation between the Khartoum and Addis Ababa regimes has almost always worked against the human rights of Ethiopians. Sudan has deported,since 1991, dozens of Ethiopian refugees of whom many,like Azanaw Demile and Atanaw Wassie, have disappeared without a trace in the dungeons of the Meles Zenawi regime.

The hardship pf Ethiopian refugees in the Sudan knows no limit and the situation has continued to worsen. The ongoing handing over of Ethiopian territory to the Sudan is liable to be resisted by Ethiopians and it can be said safely that Sudanese army occupation of the land does not augur well in terms of human rights and the respect of the rule of law.

SOCEPP calls for the immediate withdrawl of the Sudanese army from Ethiopian land and the unconditional release of the Ethiopian farmers abducted by Sudanese soldiers and taken to the Sudan. International pressure should be strongly put on the Sudanese government to respect the rights of Ethiopian refugees.  

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE
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