Ethiopia to Free 746 Political Prisoners including Eskinder Nega

Ethiopia, sandwiched between war-torn South Sudan and Somalia, is frequently rebuked by human rights groups for cracking down on dissent under the guise of national security concerns.

The government rejects the accusations.

Since 2015, hundreds of people have been killed in the country’s largest province, Oromia, and to a lesser extent in Amhara, as protests broadened into demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses.

Mr. Nega, a blogger and journalist, was arrested in 2011 and accused of trying to incite violence with a series of online articles. He was sentenced to 18 years.

See Also:  Meet the 19-year-old tech genius Betelhem Dessie coding at Ethiopia's first AI lab

In the same case, Mr. Arage, a member of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice party, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Both were among a group of 20 people on trial. Among the others were five exiled journalists who were sentenced in absentia to prison terms of 15 years to life.

It was not immediately clear whether the other members of that group were being pardoned.


Join the Conversation on Facebook and Twitter

See Also:  DV Lottery 2020 -Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Application Will Start Oct 03


AddisNews is not responsible for the contents or reliability of any other websites to which we get contents from and provide a link and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed by them.

Click Here to Read More on AddisNews

Recommended For You

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.