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EU parliament renews call for immediate release of political prisoners
Written by CyberEthiopia   
Friday, 22 June 2007

European UnionFollowing up on previous resolutions on Ethiopia, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) take another look at the unstable situation that has persisted in that country since the 2005 elections. Opposition leaders who led peaceful protests at the outcome of the elections have been convicted in court and may now face the death penalty. It is to be recalled that European Union observers have reported widespread vote rigging in their report on the 2005 elections in Ethiopia.  While calling on the Ethiopian authorities to respect fundamental rights, MEPs also believe the EU institutions could be doing more and indeed that the EU bears some responsibility since it persuaded Ethiopians not to boycott the elections.

Read full resolution on the situation in Ethiopia

Seblework calls on the Diaspora for an immediate Plan of Action
Written by Seblework Tadesse   
Saturday, 16 June 2007
Seblework TadesseMy name is Seblework Tadesse. I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and I am one of those CUDP members who had been arrested and detained by Meles Zenawi. I was released after 19 months of suffering in Kaliti prison.

Diaspora Ethiopians therefore must tell their respective governments that Meles Zenawi is a mass murderer himself who has terrorized his people for so long and does not qualify as an ally against terror. His regime does not believe in or exercise democracy and the rule of law. Now, I suggest that civil disobedience be the strategy. This struggle is not easy but it is very effective. It is also important to recognize that it takes a long time to see results, but the result will be lasting.

Stay in the fight until the fight is won!!
Audio Listen to Seblework's interview on the International Ethiopian Women Radio Program
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US says concerned over Ethiopia court moves
Written by CyberEthiopia   
Wednesday, 13 June 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was very concerned by an Ethiopian court's guilty verdict of 38 opposition officials and said it was watching the situation very closely.

Ethiopia, a close ally of the United States in anti-terrorism efforts, has cracked down on the opposition, especially after disputed elections in 2005.

Those found guilty on Monday by an Ethiopian court were among 131 opposition leaders, journalists and civil society activists charged in December 2005 with treason, inciting violence and attempting to commit genocide.

They could face the death penalty when sentenced, which local media said would take place next month.

Congressman Donald M. Payne and  European Parliament Member Ana Maria Gomes Congressman Donald M. Payne and  European Parliament Member Ana Maria Gomes released a joint statement condemning the politically driven and unjust guilty verdict.

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