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Petitioning Rt Hon David Cameron MP Bring Andargachew Tsige Back to the UK

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By Joy Schendledecker

Yemi Hailemariam Wife of Andargachew Tsige speaks…:

London- Andargachew Tsige, UK citizen, father of three, and Secretary-general of Ethiopian opposition party-in-exile Gimbot 7, is being held illegally in an undisclosed location in Ethiopia without access to the UK Consul, legal counsel, or family. He was imprisoned and tortured in 2005, and tried in absentia and sentenced to death in 2009, for his political activities towards a just and democratic government. The current government in Ethiopia has an ongoing record of human rights abuses against its own people including forced relocation, rape, torture, and murder.

The highest levels of the UK government are responsible for doing all they can to ensure the safety and fair treatment under international law of their citizens, but at this time efforts to repatriate Andargachew have failed and the response at all levels of government have been lackluster at best.

Every day that Andargachew spends in Ethiopia increases his risk of ill-treatment, torture, and execution. His wife and children are deeply worried that they may never see him again. As a close friend of theirs, I want to do everything I can to pressure David Cameron and William Hague to pull out all the stops and insist that the Ethiopian government release and return Andargachew to his home in London in good health, immediately.

Letter to:
Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Bring Andargachew Tsige Back to the UK