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Sverige riskerar en ny Dawit Isaak!

Pressmeddelande   •   Feb 18, 2010 07:05 CET

TV-journalisten Semegne Tesso hotas akut av utvisning till Etiopien, efter fyra år i Sverige.

Hon är i grunden djupt troende kristen och nu i sina böner mycket orolig för vad som kan hända. Etiopien är ju ett land vars journalister lever farligt, med ständiga arresteringar och trakasserier.

Nu vädjar Oromo Parliamentarians Council Chairman, till den svenska regeringen att ingripa. Annars riskerar Sverige att få en ny Dawit Isaak. Här följer vädjan på engelska.

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Stödgruppen för Semegne Tesso

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To Sweden Internal and Refugee Affairs

Dear Sirs/Madam:

We request the Sweden government for Urgent help for Semegne Tesso, Oromo Journalist.

It is clear for the international community that the Ethiopian government is anti free media. CPJ (committee to project journalists), and IPI (international press institute) have reported this in details. CPJ has clearly explained the problem of local journalists in Ethiopia.

CPJ has expressed it as follows: "Local independent journalists who have reported on rebel groups have landed in prison on various criminal charges, including publication or distribution of "false news likely to incite violence" or "membership in a terrorist organization." In one case, three journalists, Garuma Bekele, Tesfaye Dheressa, and Solomon Nemera of the defunct Oromo-language weekly Urji, pent four years in prison over an article challenging official claims about the killing of three alleged OLF members by government forces, Numerous state-employed journalists perceived to have sympathies for the OLF have also been thrown into prison on spurious accusations, including former Ethiopian Television News Director Dhabessa Wakjira and Shifarw Insarmu." Hundreds of journalist including Simegn Tesso was exiled. 12 Ethic Oromo Members of parliament also friar of persecutions exiled from their country. We can bring such kind of Ethiopia dictator evils against the civil society.

Ethiopia government has passed ‘anti terrorist law’ recently to give full right to his authorities and police men to act against human rights especially to punish the supporters of OLF.

The Amnesty international has also reacted to this "Anti-Terror proclamation" that the Ethiopian parliament passed on July 7, 2009/

"The Anti-Terror proclamation is expected to provide Ethiopian authorities with unnecessarily far reaching powers which could lead to further arbitrary arrests. Based on earlier drafts of the law, previously made available to Amnesty International, "acts of terrorism" are vaguely defined and could encompass the legitimate expression of political dissent. The law defines "acts of terrorism" as including damage to property and disruption to any public service, for which an individual could be sentenced to 15 years in prison or even the death penalty."

The International crises Group, in its recent report (September 4-2009, on page 26 and 27 of the report), has clearly explained the situation in the Oromia region of Ethiopia and the problem of Oromo people as follows.

"Harassment, intimidation and imprisonment of suspected OLF supporters remain widespread. Public and sometimes private criticism of OPDO (ruling party in Oromia) and the regime are met by arrest. Detainees are regularly tortured and deprived of due process, and there are frequent but unsubstantiated allegations of targeted killings and disappearances of OLF members. A recurrent government method to silence critics is to accuse them of being OLF, OPC (formerly). Reporting OLF sympathizers buys favours from local administrators, including kebelle court judgments in property disputes ( kebelle court is the low level court). Unsurprisingly, Oromia has the country’s highest level of reported human rights violations. An atmosphere of suspicion,

As explained above by CPJ, the problem of local journalists especially Oromo journalists like Garuma Bekele, Tesfaye Dheressaa, Solomon Nemera, Dhabessa Wakjira, Abdissa Abera, Eyob G/Mariam Bayisa, Bafaqadu Moroda, is well known. All of these journalists named above are Oromo’s. Simegn Tesso also one of these journalists who were working for Oromo language listeners in Ethiopia. She had worked in Ethiopia as TV journalist for more than 14 years. During that time she has been suffered from different forms of suppression and intimidation and prison. Since she couldn’t continue her career as journalist freely in Ethiopia, she was left the country and asked asylum in Sweden. Unfortunately Sweden has rejected her asylum case stating that Ethiopia is democratic country where Oromo journalists can work freely. As a result she has been in problem for more than 4 years in Sweden and currently she is left without any support. She has neither financial support nor work permit by now. I have under difficult situation hiding her from Swedish polis since she has been informed to leave Sweden forcefully and be deported to Ethiopia.

Therefore we request the Sweden Government to support her in all possible way, taking into consideration the difficult situation in Ethiopia for Oromo’s, especially for journalists, and she cannot go back to Ethiopia as a member of OLF and journalist in Afaan Oromo. We hope that the Sweden government listen our request and into conceder the Oromo peoples surfing under brutal dictator Ethiopian government

Hence, since she is not willing to go back to his country where the regime is willing to retaliate for she has committed acts of "treason" that must seriously be punishable by death in Ethiopia without any protection.

In the circumstances, we appeal to you to use the influence of your good office to bring pressure to save her life by giving protection and refugee status.

We thank you in advance for your attention to our letter.

Getachew Jigi Demeksa Dr.

Oromo Parliamentarians Council Chairman




Intimidation and fear prevails" http://www.crisisgroup.org /home index.cfm?=6300&/=1.

http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2007/100481.htm On Ethiopia Journalist