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Where are Tsegaye Gebre Medhin and all other EPRP prisoners?
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15 March 2008 WHERE ARE TSEGAYE GEBRE MEDHIN AND ALL OTHER EPRP PRISONERS? A CALL FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO SEEK THEIR RELEASE OR INFORMATION ON THEIR FATE
JUNE 1991:
Tsegaye Gebre Medhin (aka Debteraw), Yishak Debretsion,Amha Bellette, Sitotaw Hussein (all four members of the Leadershipcommittee of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP), andsenior members like Teklai Gebre Sellasie, Hagos Bezabih, DesalegnAmsalu fell into the hands of the Tigrai People's Liberation Front (theruling TPLF/EPRDF), were taken to Bahr Dar prison and then to Tigrai and "disappeared". Around the same time, the Sudan deported the refugee Azanaw Demile and he has also disappeared. As of 1993, Mot Baynor Nure, Eyob Ashenafi, Demissie Tesfaye, MsAberash Berta, Lemma Hailu, Tesfaye Kebede, Wondusirak Desta,journalist Berhanu Ijigu, Teshome Beyene and trade unionist AbebeAinekulu were all arrested as EPRP members (Addis Ababa, Bahr Dar, Arba Minch) and subsequently disappeared. The ruling Front has alsodisappeared Tamrat Gizachew, a veteran member of the EPRP.The regime of Meles Zenawi has refused to give any report on thewhereabouts of the above mentioned EPRP political prisoners and forsome unexplained reason their fate has not also been the concern ofhuman rights organizations with few exceptions. Demands made havebeen ignored by the regime that unofficially denies it had ever detained them and then goes on to say they have all been executed. Lack of information on their fate has been a serious psychological torture on the relative, kin and friends of the disappeared. The EPRP calls on all friends of the EPRP and human rights organizations to launch a concerted and continuing campaign to publicize the fate of the disappeared and to call for action on their behalf. E mails, faxes and postal messages to the authorities in Addis Ababa should be undertaken extensively. Ethiopians in the Diaspora should spearhead this human rights action and the EPRP calls upon them to stand for those who struggled for our people and country. Send e-mails, faxes and letters to human rights organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc who have remained silent on the fate of the above. Relevant addresses: Prime Minister Meles ZenawiOffice of the Prime MinisterP.O.Box 1031Addis Ababa, EthiopiaFax no.: 251 11 1552020 Amnesty Internationaluateam@amnesty.org Human Rights Watchhrw@hrw.orgSolidarity Committee of Ethiopian Political Prisoners socepp@aol.com
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