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The Secret Agreement between the British and TPLF on Andargachew Tsige

Mereja.com

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TPLF led government announced the detention of Andargachew Tsigie after it struck a deal with UK government that it will not upheld the death sentence rendered in abstencia and it also promised that the British government could provide its ”citizen” counselor support! This is very unsettling deal as the UK government gave TPLF led government carte blanche to do whatever it wants with him as long it didn’t carry out the death sentence. In the last two weeks, the Ethiopian opposition icon went through various torture methods ranging from sleep deprevation to chemically induced pains to break the spirit of the Ethiopian opposition icon. Such practices were routinely used by former East German secrete police know as –STASI-.

As it is well known, Derge regime built its security apparatus with the help of East Germans and TPLF led government kept the department intact and untill this day , it uses all those inhuman tactics to break the spirit of opposition figures who fell in its merciless hands.

TPLF government is in the process of producing a documentary film on Andargachew Tsgie and its findings from his laptop and interrogation carried out under duress! The documentry will be utilized to target many opposition figures. It has already started detaining many opposition figures claiming that it has acquired evidences from Andargachew laptop that they were communicating with G7 leadership!

Going forward, what is expected from Ethiopians to reverse UK government’s discreet deal with TPLF government on Andargachew Tsegie during his detention?

• Ethiopians in UK should immediately hire heavy weight lawyers to levy charge against UK government for failing to uphold the rights of its citizen in good standing. UK has 300 million pound leverage on TPLF led government and its failure to exercise such leverage to save its own citizen is morally and legally wrong and only heavy weight lawyers could bring the government to its knees. The cost involved is very hefty and Ethiopians worldwide should shoulder the responsibility of footing the bill!!

• In addition to holding demonstrations in front of UK and Yemeni government embassies and councils, all participants should at least make numerous calls and faxes to those offices to create chaotic work environment. This type of protest has been proven to be more effective than holding a simple chanting demonstrations!!

Andargachew Tsige : AT RISK OF TORTURE

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On 24 June 2014 Andargachew Tsige, an Ethiopian political activist, disappeared at Sana’a airport in Yemen while travelling between the United Arab Emirates and Eritrea.

No official statements have been made by the Yemeni or Ethiopian authorities about Andargachew Tsige’s whereabouts, but human rights activists in Yemen told Amnesty he was seized and taken to Ethiopia the day he landed.

Without confirmation of his location, Andargachew is at acute risk of torture.

The clock is ticking

Andargachew Tsige, a British national of Ethiopian origin, is Secretary-General of Ginbot 7 – an outlawed opposition group, deemed a terrorist organisation by the Ethiopian parliament.

In 2009, he was tried in absentia in Ethiopia and sentenced to death for an alleged coup attempt. He was prosecuted in absentia again in 2012 on terrorism charges, alongside other prisoners of conscience, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

We believe he is in serious danger of being imprisoned and ill-treated based on convictions he was unable to present a defence for.

‘Given that Mr Tsige is a political activist who has been tried and sentenced to death in his absence, and given the regularity with which political opponents are tortured, there is a real danger that Mr Tsige’s life could be at risk. The longer he remains incommunicado, the more precarious his situation. The clock is ticking.’
Amnesty International UK’s Head of Policy and Government Affairs Allan Hogarth

Silencing the opposition

Ethiopian authorities often use charges of terrorism to silence political dissent. In recent years, many activists have been kidnapped in neighbouring countries and imprisoned in Ethiopia, with the help of security forces in those countries.

Once detained, they are denied access to lawyers and family members. Political prisoners are often held in unofficial locations, where they are frequently tortured in order to extract information and confessions.

Yemen’s transfer of Andargachew Tsige to Ethiopia violates international law as no state should extradite a person to another state where they would be in danger of torture.

What we want to seeCall on the Ethiopian authorities now to guarantee Andargachew Tsige is not tortured or ill-treated.

We’re also asking the Ethiopian authorities to:

Immediately confirm where he is being held and that he has full access to legal and consular representation and family members.Ensure he is not required to serve any sentence for a conviction in absentia and any charges against him are heard in a trial meeting international standards, without the possibility of a death sentence.

Send a letter or text message

You can text FIND1 and your full name [first name, last name] to 70505 to add your name to our petition*. Over 14s only please.

If you would prefer to write your own letter, please send appeals for Andargachew Tsige’s safety before 8 August 2014 to:

Minister of Justice Getachew Ambaye 
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 1370
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
Fax: +251 11 5517755

His Excellency Mr Berhanu Kebede

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

17 Princes Gate

London

SW7 1PZ

Fax: 020 7584 7054

Email: ambassador@ethioembassy.org.uk,info@ethioembassy.org.uk