ETHIOPIA: EU Human Rights Committee Hearing on Andargachew Tsgie

The EU Human Rights Committee condemns the systematic prosecution of political opponents for “treason” and “terrorism” by the Ethiopian government to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country
The EU Human Rights Committee condemns the systematic prosecution of political opponents for “treason” and “terrorism” by the Ethiopian government to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country

By TesfaNews,

THE European Human Rights Committee today opens a hearing on the illegal abduction and detention of Mr. Andargachew Tsgie, General Secretary of the Ethiopian opposition group known as Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy, as well as on the flagrant violation of Human Rights in the country by the Ethiopian government.

Mr. Andargachew Tsgie, a British national of Ethiopian origin, have been illegally abducted and extradited to Ethiopia by the Yemeni security forces in June.

The Ethiopian government argues that Mr. Andargatchew is a “terrorist” and has been sentenced to death in absentia under the controversial Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No. 652/2009.

The human rights situation in Ethiopia continues to deteriorate substantially.

As numerous annual U.S. State Department human rights reports have documented,  Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism “law” is merely a convenient mechanism for “politically motivated trials and convictions of opposition figures, activists, journalists, and bloggers, as well as increased restrictions on print media.”

A group of United Nations Human Rights Experts last week collectively urged the government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country.

The experts also called on the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on situation of Human Rights in Ethiopia. They also urge the government to permit the visit by a group of Special Rapporteurs to the country.