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<<POLITICAL PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED>> Who, How, When, Where & Why???? TPLF says - Release ALL, then SOME, now Some CONVICTED CRIMINALS will have sentence reduced, some pardoned..READ HERE..

Postby confused » 03 Jan 2018, 11:21


First assuming that the decision is in good faith and to be implemented, it is amazing how quickly the riff raff diaspora activists have claimed credit.

The credit belongs to the thousands who have sacrificed their lives and well being and suffered immeasurably in Ethiopia by protests, resistance, going to prison, for the last several years, the political prisoners themselves, the students, etc .......and the brave leaders like Lemma Megerssa who have advocated such eps by the regime...

It is an insult and a total shame for the diaspora and escapees from the regime to hijack attention...

Moreover, Weyyane has made thousands of unkept promises...will this promise be kept????

When will the decision be implemented..how is political prisoner defined... [does the definition include protesters, journalists, bloggers, ...etc] who will decide ....where are all the political prisoners held [national, regional, local, ] ....why should they be pardoned when their confinement was unlawful...how are they to be compensated for their suffering...how will this political decision by tplf be legally executed...will there be legislation to implement the decision....what about accountability for the unlawful abuse of authority for the arrest of political prisoners.... why was this announcement made discretely....why only release prisoners in Maekelawi...what about the other prisons such as Zewai and others and regional and local prisons...

Nonetheless...a good step and a sure sign of a collapsing regime....but first, the release must be unconditional & immediate and all political prisoners [persons arrested for expressing and demanding their political rights, challenging, defending, resisting, protesting, and acting to enforce those rights,....

A political prisoner is someone imprisoned because they have opposed or criticized the government responsible for their imprisonment. .... persons or groups challenging the legitimacy of the detention of a prisoner..... someone who is imprisoned for his or her participation in political activity including:

a person accused or convicted of an ordinary crime carried out to defend or express their political rights

a person accused or convicted of an ordinary crime committed in a political context, such as at a demonstration by a trade union or a peasants' organization;

a member or suspected member of an armed opposition group who has been charged with treason or "subversion" "terrorism".
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Re: <<POLITICAL PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED>> How, When, Where & Why????

Postby TembienLiberation » 03 Jan 2018, 11:26


Good Confused...

We thought you cannot analyse and tied up wood minded like your man Doro Debrestion :mrgreen:

Yes, your guys are trying to buy some time from the imminent collapse.

Oromara's p will not get out of your 'zz hole until you leave the Mineilik Palace.



Re: <<POLITICAL PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED>> How, When, Where & Why????

Postby confused » 03 Jan 2018, 12:05


Nice touch by weyyane....

Meakelawi to be closed and turned into a museum.....a testament to showcase and memorialize weyyane crimes or the dergge's.......?????

Perhaps weyyane is not aware ...50% of the Ethiopian population is post dergg era ...by the remainder, meakellawi is associated with weyyane not the dergg...

It is incredible...weyyane still lacks a fundamental awareness of how they are perceived by the Ethiopian people....they do not understand they are the principle enemy along with their entourage...including the tigre elite..



Re: <<POLITICAL PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED>> How, When, Where & Why????

Postby confused » 03 Jan 2018, 12:20


TembienLiberation wrote:Good Confused...

We thought you cannot analyse and tied up wood minded like your man Doro Debrestion :mrgreen:

Yes, your guys are trying to buy some time from the imminent collapse.

Oromara's p will not get out of your 'zz hole until you leave the Mineilik Palace.

good to see you admit the Oromo are the ones driving out weyyane from ato millillik palace...



Re: <<POLITICAL PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED>> How, When, Where & Why????

Postby TembienLiberation » 03 Jan 2018, 13:05


confused wrote:
TembienLiberation wrote:Good Confused...

We thought you cannot analyse and tied up wood minded like your man Doro Debrestion :mrgreen:

Yes, your guys are trying to buy some time from the imminent collapse.

Oromara's p will not get out of your 'zz hole until you leave the Mineilik Palace.

good to see you admit the Oromo are the ones driving out weyyane from ato millillik palace...

Qonfuzed,

Oromara means Oromo ena Amhara :mrgreen:

ምን ይመስላል :twisted: የማይገባህ ደንቆሮ ትግሬ
:evil:



Re: <<POLITICAL PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED>> How, When, Where & Why????

Postby confused » 03 Jan 2018, 13:34


There is no doubt that amara have played a significant role in the resistance....but it is the Oromo people, students, youth, politicians, who have played and continue to play the leading role by their sustained enormous sacrifice...

Oromo have refused to compromise ...short of a total change of regime....

In the end, the goal is to defeat weyyane,their supporters, beneficiaries, and affiliates including their hoddam amara and Oromo water carriers....

Ethiopians will win.....thanks to the sacrifice of the thousands who have paid the ultimate price and have endured suffering while the kifft aaf like you frolic on this forum...

but the devil is in the details......who are the... political prisoners...are those arrested, convicted under the pretext of crimes and terrorism included????

Is the government prepared to admit that those arrested, prosecuted, tortured, killed, exiled, and convicted for terrorism and other crimes are in fact political dissidents??? If so, what is the implication for the government, the government officials, judges, and all of those who acted under the color of legal authority, or failed to act????

The end main goal is the demise of weyyane...not closing the torture chamber or releasing political prisoners....



Re: <<POLITICAL PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED>> Who, How, When, Where & Why???? Not time to celebrate....

Postby confused » 03 Jan 2018, 15:37


Ethiopia to pardon political prisoners, shut prison

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/e ... 24304.html
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Ethiopia has announced plans to release political prisoners and shut an infamous prison in the capital, Addis Ababa, in a surprise move the government says aims to "foster national reconciliation".

The office of the Ethiopian prime minister said charges would be dropped against politicians currently being prosecuted, while political prisoners who are imprisoned will receive pardons, the Addis Standard magazine reported.

"Politicians currently under prosecution and those previously sentenced will either have their cases annulled or be pardoned," AFP news agency quoted Hailemariam Desalegn as saying on Wednesday.

Desalegn made the announcement alongside other leaders in the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front, the country's ruling political coalition.

The government also announced it would close the Maekelawi detention facility in Addis Ababa, which has been described as "one of the country's most notorious police stations".

"Police investigators at Maekelawi use coercive methods on detainees amounting to torture or other ill-treatment to extract confessions, statements, and other information from detainees," Human Rights Watch has reported.

The government plans to turn Maekelawi into a "modern museum", the Addis Standard reported.

The decision was taken "to create the space for a national dialogue and national consensus", according to the magazine.

The government did not specify which political prisoners, or how many, would be released, and when.

Tens of thousands
Awol Allo, a lecturer at Keele University's School of Law and an expert on Ethiopia, said the most important question will be how the Ethiopian government defines political prisoners.

"There is a range of people who were arrested, accused and tried and convicted of what we may call political crimes," Allo told Al Jazeera, including endangering national security or the constitution, or "terrorism" or "terrorism-related" crimes.

Under that definition, Allo said "tens of thousands" of people could end up being released.

"Ethiopia has been using the judicial system to lock people behind bars," he said.

"The government has always used courts for political purposes. When it comes to high-profile politicians, the government accuses them of all kinds of crimes - sometimes corruption, more recently terrorism - to eliminate those individuals from the political space."

Amnesty International says Ethiopia has engaged in a "crackdown on the political opposition [that] saw mass arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment, unfair trials and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and association".

Many of the recent arrests come in the context of widespread protests since late 2015 by the country's Oromo people, who number approximately 35 million and constitute Ethiopia's largest ethnic group.

Hundreds of people were killed after Ethiopian security forces cracked down on protesters. After the government declared a state of emergency in the Oromia region, "more than 11,000 people were arrested and detained without access to a lawyer," Amnesty said.

According to Allo, a combination of changes within the government coalition and public protests led to Wednesday's announcement.

"It is that changing dynamics within the ruling party itself and the protests taking place outside that have really brought the government to its knees, forcing them to make this gesture," he said.

However, Adama [deleted], a Senegalese journalist and commentator who frequently visits Ethiopia, told Al Jazeera the move should be viewed as "something that will be a revolutionary transformation of the country".

With its economy experiencing double-digit economic growth, Ethiopia cannot continue being a "closed door" to the rest of the world, especially if the nation is to see continued foreign investment, said [deleted].

"In the short term, I don't think they'll allow any kind of democratic transition to happen," unless the current opposition and international community push for it, he added.



Re: <<POLITICAL PRISONERS TO BE RELEASED>> Who, How, When, Where & Why???? Not time to celebrate....

Postby confused » 03 Jan 2018, 15:56



Ethiopia to free political prisoners, close down notorious prison

January 3, 2018 | by Arefaynie Fantahun | 0

https://ethiopiaobserver.com/2018/01/03 ... us-prison/

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The Ethiopian government is to release political prisoners and detainees and close down notorious prison, Maekelawi (“central” in Amharic), Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in press briefing this morning. The announcement was made by Hailemariam after a seventeenth-day meeting of the executive committee of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The move came amidst economic troubles and two years of political turmoil that have rocked the country. The four chairpersons of EPRDF’s member parties, OPDO, ANDM, TPLF, SEPDM and TPLF, Lemma Megersa, Demeke Mekonen, Hailemarim Deslaegn, Debretsion Gebremichael participated in the briefing. Hailemarim said that it has been decided that individuals, politicians or other judicially convicted offenders, would have either their sentences reduced or pardoned to build a national consensus and to widen the democratic space.

Some of the prominent politicians currently in custody include opposition leaders Bekele Gerba and Merara Gudina. A number of journalists also remain in detention. “And the prison cell that was traditionally called Maekelawi will be closed down and turned into a museum.”

An independent task force that fulfils international standard has also been set up to investigate human rights abuses and the handling of prisoners, he said.





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