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News :: Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Dr. Berhanu Nega faces death penalty in Ethiopia for protesting elections
22 Dec 2005
Ethiopia - 21 Dec 2005

22 Dec 2005 03:50 GMT

Dr. Berhanu Nega, a democracy activist, was jailed by the Ethiopian government several weeks ago following his involvement in mass protests over election irregularities in Ethiopia. Nega and 57 other democracy activists have been imprisoned on charges of treason, a crime punishable by death in Ethiopia. Human rights group Amnesty International has declared Nega and the other arrestees "prisoners of conscience," or prisoners imprisoned solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs.
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Nega, a democracy activist and New School alumnus, who was jailed by the Ethiopian government several weeks ago following his involvement in mass protests over election irregularities in Ethiopia. Nega and 57 other democracy activists have been imprisoned on charges of treason, a crime punishable by death in Ethiopia.

Human rights group Amnesty International has declared Nega and the other arrestees "prisoners of conscience," or prisoners imprisoned solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. "He's there trying to be an advocate for democracy," New School president and a former Democratic senator from Nebraska, Bob Kerrey, said of the imprisoned alumnus. At The New School, a student-driven campaign has collected 1200 student letters urging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senator Hilary Clinton to take immediate action in urging Ethiopia to release Nega. Teruneh Zenna, the Ethiopian permanent representative to the UN, has also received student letters. In addition, New Jersey Representative Christopher Smith has introduced a bill addressing the Ethiopian government's human rights abuses.

A New School Ph.D. alumnus, Dr. Nega is the mayor of Addis Ababa and a leading member of Ethiopia's main opposition party. Economics professor Dr. Anwar Shaikh of the New School called Nega, "one ofthe bravest people to have ever come through this department." The New School University Student Union has condemned the arrest and urges public awareness and political action to ensure his prompt release

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Over 2500 Ethiopians who live in South Africa held a demonstarion on 10 November 2005 in front of the Ethiopian Embassy in Pretoria. The protesters condemned in the strongest terms government killings civilian Ethiopians, as well as the arrest of leaders of the main opposition party. The "Woyane" Embassy was closed for the whole day. During the protest, three coffins were carried by protesters to symbolize those innocent Ethiopians who were slain by the ruthless Meles Zenawi gunmen.

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Re: Dr. Berhanu Nega faces death penalty in Ethiopia for protesting elections
22 Dec 2005
The Government of Ethiopia/ EPRDF-Meles has gone crazy! They have become worse dictators in the country.

It is the government-Meles-Army who have to be charged of trison or genocide not those people who have done nothing but 've courage to speak out the truth.
Re: Dr. Berhanu Nega faces death penalty in Ethiopia for protesting elections
30 Jan 2006
it is very anlowfull thing going to hapen in my country. in ethiopian eye he is hero because he face this for his pepole and for his country.not for power we know every thing but we can't do .....anything our power is only GOD.