Ethiopian Professor Merera Gudina Detained After Trip to Europe

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

On November 30, Ethiopian security forces arrested Merera Gudina on the basis of rendering support to terrorism and attempting to “disrupt constitutional order.” He had just returned to Ethiopia after participating in a hearing at the European parliament about the crisis in his home country.

Ethiopia’s Communication Affairs Minister, Negeri Lencho, says his government has been providing Merera with protection as a prominent member of a legal opposition party. Lencho acknowledged that Merera, who he said is being held for violating the terms of the state of emergency, is very well respected in the country.