We are writing this petition to request the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, The European Union, the US president Barack Obama and the African Union to take action by requesting the EPRDF led Ethiopian government to release Prof. Merera Gudin immediately and unconditionally.
Merera Gudina is a professor and politician in Ethiopia. He is the leader of the Oromo People’s Congress (OPC) and an Opposition Coalition (Medrek).
Dr. Merera Gudina, a former MP and leader of the Oromo People’s Congress, was arrested upon arrival from Europe. The apparent reason for the arrest was his participation in a hearing at the European Parliament . He was accused of “crossing the red line” for sitting at the meeting with opposition leader Dr. Berhanu Nega.
In a statement on December 1, 2016, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL said this: “The arrest of Merera Gudina is an outrageous assault on the right to freedom of expression and should sound alarm bells for anyone with an interest in ending the deadly protests that have rocked Ethiopia over the past year. This is a move that will exacerbate, rather than ease, the underlying tensions currently simmering in the country. Instead of resorting to further repression and clamp-downs, the Ethiopian government must urgently and meaningfully address the human rights grievances that are fueling unrest.”
We demand the Immediate And Unconditional Release Of Conscience Prisoner Prof. Merera Gudina.