It has been over eight months since the Ethiopian security forces arrested the opposition leader Professor Merera Gudina upon his return to Ethiopia, following his participation in a hearing at the European parliament about the crisis in his home country, on basis of rendering support to terrorism and attempting to “disrupt constitutional order.”
Endangered Scholars Worldwide has been continuously following his case and making inquiries in an attempt to have Gudina released and to have charges against him dropped. Gudina is the chair of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and an associate professor of political science at Addis Ababa University. For more than four decades, Merera Gudina has fought for democracy and respect for human rights. He was unjustly imprisoned for 8 years during the communist Dergue regime.
We at Endangered Scholars Worldwide consider Gudina’s arbitrary and continued imprisonment part of a power play against Oromo activists and dissidents. Merera Gudina’s detention is a flagrant and unjust violation of the freedom, security, and safety of a scholar who is a victim—arrested without cause, held for weeks in solitary confinement and without access to a lawyer, and subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide strongly deplore and condemn the wrongful detention, persecution, and conviction of the Ethiopian Professor Merera Gudina and calls for the immediate release on bail and dropping of all charges against him.
ESW calls for letters, emails, and faxes respectfully urging authorities in Ethiopia to investigate the situation, to ensure Gudina's well-being while in custody, to ensure that any charges or convictions related to his peaceful exercise of protected human rights are lifted, and that in the interim, his case is addressed in a manner consistent with internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial and detention, in accordance with Ethiopia’s obligations under international law.
Please Send Appeals to:
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
P.O. Box 393
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Mr. Getachew Ambaye Ministry of Justice P.O. Box 1370
Fax: +251 11 5517775 / 5520874