Release Ms. Bertukan Mideksa immediately!!
Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP-Democratic) | December 30, 2008
The TPLF regime knows no bounds in disrespecting and abusing the Ethiopian people. While accusing the opposition of breaking this or that article of the ignominious constitution it dictatorially imposed on the Ethiopian people, it has consistently set a record as the party of disrepute in undermining it.
The fact that this lawless regime continues to make a mockery of its own laws by jailing public figures on trumped-up charges shows its pettiness and rogue nature. The unprovoked act of Meles Zenawi’s regime to arrest Ms. Bertukan is a glaring testimony to the unbridled abuse of human rights in Ethiopia and the absence of safe and unfettered political environment in the country. Such despicable acts of abuse and cruelty by the ethnocentric regime leave no room for peaceful and spirited political exercise in Ethiopia.
Ms. Bertukan Mideksa, along with many other leaders of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy party (CUDP), had already paid heavy sacrifices in prison for almost 2 years under other fabricated charges of treason and conspiracy to overthrow the regime. Hauling this young and elected leader of a party that is absolutely committed to a peaceful and non-violent struggle to prison for the second time is nothing else but an attempt to frustrate all those political organizations and leaders determined to challenge the regime in peaceful and transparent competition of political ideas and visions. This is a terrible choice that this regime has taken. Through this act of contempt and insolence to the people of Ethiopia the regime has once more proven that it is bent on creating insecurity, anxiety, havoc, and mayhem thereby destroying anything Ethiopian in any event that it can not rule.
The Ethiopian People Revolutionary Party (Democratic) appeals to all peace loving and democratic people all over the world to pay due attention to the continued flagrant violations of human rights and denial of civil liberties in Ethiopia by the regime of Meles Zenawi and demand the immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Bertukan. It is a matter of basic human right that Ms. Bertukan Mideksa should have all the right to defend herself and her party in the court of law and should remain free until proven guilty.
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