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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Amnesty Issues urgent appeal for members of Ethiopian Teachers' Association (ETA)

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Anteneh Getnet, Meqcha Mengistu, Tilahun Ayalew

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The four Ethiopian Teachers' Association (ETA) members named above, who were arrested in December 2006, are now known to have been released in March, but three have since been rearrested. The fourth ETA official, Tilahun Ayalew, is in hiding. Amnesty International believes that the three teachers who are being detained are prisoners of conscience detained for participating in legal ETA trade union activities. They are at risk of torture or ill-treatment.

They have reportedly been accused of being members of an armed opposition group, the Ethiopian People's Patriotic Front (EPPF). This is the same charge levelled against them when they were arrested in December, but the court that ordered their release in March said it had found no evidence to support the charge.(More...)


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