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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

U.N. elections consultant testifies for Daniel and Netsanet, says they "acted within law"

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The Coalition for H.R. 2003 has just learned that H.R. 2003 will be up for consideration during the September session of the House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting.(More...)

A U.N. elections consultant told an Ethiopian treason trial on Tuesday two anti-poverty activists charged with trying to overthrow the government had been acting within the law.

(Picture - Daniel Bekele(L)Netsanet Demissie(R))

Daniel Bekele, 40, and Netsanet Demissie, 29, are the last defendants out of 131 originally charged in the proceedings that followed post-election violence in 2005 which a parliamentary inquiry said killed 199 civilians and police, and resulted in 30,000 arrests.

The defendants were involved in deploying observers at polling stations in and around the capital Addis Ababa. Most of those originally charged were freed on July 20 after the government published a letter it said opposition leaders had signed admitting their guilt and repenting.

Defence lawyers say Bekele and Netsanet, who work for ActionAid Ethiopia and the Organisation for Social Justice in Ethiopia respectively, refused to sign and want to be acquitted.(More...)


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Picture of the Day

(Siye Abraha, celebrating his release from prison with his family)

"Ethnic politics is primitive; it doesn’t require intellect, understanding, education or wisdom. It is very elementary, very cheap and dangerous.....I am an Ethiopian, former TPLF official born in Tigray....As a Tigrayan, I would like to say, don’t give up on all Tigrayns just because of what has happened in the past few years. Anyone who is familiar with Ethiopia’s long history Should Know Better. If one Ethiopian starts losing the trust he has for the other, then we will all be in great peril." (loosely translated to English from Siye’s Deutsche Welle interview part 2)

-[AUDIO] Siye's Deutsche Welle interview part 1
-[AUDIO] Siye's Deutsche Welle interview part 2
-Siye: Ethiopians should never give up hope (Amharic)
-Siye Abraha interview with VOA Tigrinya(translated to Amharic)