The Ethiopian authorities should allow Habtmu Ayalew to get lifesaving medical treatment abroad immediately.
30 June 2016
The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) expresses deep concern over the critical health condition of Habtamu Ayalew, a prominent young political activist who was previously an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience. Habtamu was head of Public Relations for his party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) until the day of his arrest along with other opposition leaders on July 8, 2014, just a year ahead of the 2015 election. AHRE calls on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately extend the gesture that would save Ayalew’s life by allowing him to travel abroad for desperately needed medical care.
After prolonged pre-trial detention at Maekelawi, Habtamu Ayalew was charged under the 2009 Ant-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). The Ethiopian government has received enormous criticism from the international community, and human rights groups for misusing this restrictive ATP to crack down on dissent and to dismantle opposition parties. Ayalew is one of those many opposition leaders, members and supporters who were targeted by the authorities and became victims of this draconian legislation. [Read more…]