EHRCO: Release or Prosecute those Detained in Nekemte
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(ETHIOPIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - EHRCO)
Urgent Appeal -- Police in Nekemte town, Eastern Wellega Zone in the Oromia Region, detained fifteen people since August 23, 2007 without taking them to a court of law until the date of issuance of this report.
The police came with a search warrant stating that they are suspected of hiding arms and papers calling for violence. However, although they searched their homes and found nothing, they took away the individuals without an arrest warrant and held them in detention since then.
Three of the detainees are Executive Committee Members of EHRCO's Nekemte Branch Office.
*Released on August 30, 2007 around 6:00 PM
EHRCO expresses its grave concern over the detention of its members and other citizens and urges the government to immediately take them to a court of law or release them.
EHRCO also calls on those who stand for the respect of human rights, local and international human rights groups, government envoys and concerned individuals to exert pressure on the government to take the detainees to a court of law or to release them without delay.(MORE...)
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In February of 2005, MARC LACEY of the New York Times, who at the time Was covering the celebration of Marley’s birthday in Addis Abeba wrote, “If he had been onstage, Bob Marley would have waved his graying dreadlocks in the air and beseeched black people to continue struggling. In that lilting voice of his, he would have sung of love, of unity, of his beloved Ethiopia.”
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