Three party leaders speak out against threats by judges & police forcing 2 lawyers for imprisoned opposition leaders* to resign

2 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

That much for the May and September 2014 United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Ethiopia’s human rights behavior and performances.

The international community did its best to help improve the fast deteriorating human rights situation in Ethiopia. To that end, the Council adopted 252 recommendations and handed them over to Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s arrogant reaction has chosen to render those efforts of the international community worthless!

After nominally pledging to abide by the rule of law before the international community in Geneva, Ethiopia’s authorities are back into their business as usual state of mind and running the affairs of the nation.

What we learned this week is shocking that the judges and the police either conspiring or the police in Ethiopia not recognizing the courts.

The country’s laws are hardly respected on matters of dissent, which automatically is interpreted as the terrorism of opposition parties and their foreign allies.

Nonetheless, the constitution has everything that is required to help the country, when it comes to the right of individuals not to be arbitrarily arrested or without any charge (Article 17). The accused four were not able to meet their lawyers, nor their families.

In spite of the laws clarity, in a police state a police officer threatened one of the lawyers that for the good of Ethiopia he could kill him. A political cadre sitting in court as judge tells the same lawyer he could be deprived of his licence to exercise his profession.

Yet in Articles 21 -22 the constitution clearly states:

    Article 21

    The Rights of Persons Held in Custody and Convicted Prisoners

    All persons held in custody and persons imprisoned upon conviction and sentencing have the right to treatments respecting their human dignity.

    All persons shall have the opportunity to communicate with, and to be visited by, their spouses or partners, close relatives, friends, religious councilors, medical doctors and their legal counsel.

    Article 22

    Non-retroactivity of Criminal Law

    No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed on any person than the one that was applicable at the time when the criminal offence was committed.

    Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-Article 1 of this Article, a law promulgated subsequent to the commission of the offence shall apply if it is advantageous to the accused or convicted person.

It is in spite of this that the two lawyers were refused to meet with their clients. It is in spite of the provisions of the law that the police and judges conspired to deny the opposition leaders the benefit of legal counsel – a situation which led to the forced resignation of the two lawyers.

ሰማያዊ፥ አንድነት አና አረና ፓርቲዎች በአባላቶቻቸው እስር ዙሪያ እየተፈፀመ ባለው የሰብዓዊ መብት ጥሰት ዙሪያ የሰጡት ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ፡፡

አቶ የሺዋስ አሰፋ(ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ብሔራዊ ም/ቤት ም/ሰብሳቢ) አቶ አብርሃ ደስታ (የአረና ፓርቲ ምክትል ህዝብ ግኑኝነት) አቶ ሀብታሙ አያሌው (የአንድነት ፓርቲ ህዝብ ግኑኝነት) አቶ ዳንኤል ሺበሺ (የአንድነት ፓርቲ ምክትል የድርጅት ጉዳይ ሀላፊ) ከታሰሩበት ሐምሌ 1 2006 ዓ.ም ጀምሮ በጠበቆቻቸውም ሆነ በቤተሰቦቻቸው መጎብኘት ያልቻሉ ሲሆን ከዛም በላይ ጠበቃዎቻቸው በፍርድ ቤት ትእዛዝ እንዲያገኘዋቸው ፍርድ ቤት ቢያዝም ፖሊስ ለፍርድ ቤቱም ሆነ ለህግ ለመገዛት ባለመፍቀዱ ጠበቆቻቸው ስራ መስራት ስላልቻሉ በጠበቃ ተማም አባቡልጉ በኩል ሊታወቅ ችሏል፡፡ በመኆኑም ፓርቲዎቹ አሁን ያለውን ነባራዊ ሁኔታ ለህገወጥ ድርጊቶች መታዘዝ ይብቃ በሚል መግለጫ አውጥቷል፡፡ ሙሉውን ከፎቶው ላይ ያንብቡ፡፡

Defence lawyers' resignation

Defence lawyers

*Sharing the above views with these parties is a matter of national duty, not indication of membership in any of the parties.

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