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Dear Mr. G. Brown; Prime Minster,
We hope all is well with you and your family.
British Citizens of Ethiopian origin and Ethiopians around the world, who trust Britain to adopt a foreign policy based on universal values of freedom and democracy, read the Human Rights Report 2009 with profound disappointment.
Despite the growing body of evidence and independent reports confirming the continued human rights abuse and deterioration of civil rights after Election 2005 as the result of the direct policy of the government in power in Ethiopia the Report compiled by the Foreign Office chose not even comment on them let alone highlight them..
Ethiopia may appear to be a good example of poverty alleviation for the UK, but independent observers confirm that aid is being used by the government to oppress, rather than help the people, consequently the government has developed in to a ruthless repressive machine with total control of local and district administrations to monitor and intimidate individuals at a household level. This is another evidence that the quite diplomacy approach followed by the UK and other donors has instead of achieving the intended results has embolden the regime to commit further abuses.
The government of P.M Meles Zenawi has not only broken the trust of the British people and Government on a few occasions but continues to use the full weight of its power to wage a systematic and co-ordinated attack on the opposition. Ethiopians and human rights organizations are calling for the US, the EU and the UK to break their silence and condemn the state sponsored repression and demand for widening of the political space ahead of the national election in May 2010.
Reliable reports coming from Ethiopia since last week indicate the deteriorating physical and mental health conditions of Judge Birtukan Midekssa – Leader of the main opposition who has been incarcerated for over a year, has been denied medical attention. Since Sunday March 21, Judge Birtukan’s mother has been appealing to prison officials to allow medical treatment for her daughter. The response from prison officials has been outright refusal. Birtukan Midekssa, despite a court order for her visit right to be respected, cannot be visited by a doctor, a lawyer, a religious leader or the International Red Cross. Birtukan is currently visited by her 74 Years old mother and her 4-year-old daughter twice a week for only 30 minutes just to exchange food and clothing items.
We fears that the deteriorating health of Judge Birtukan will leave a permanent scar possibly leading to her loss of life, and we strongly believe that Birtukan Midekssa is in need of urgent medical care and that she continues to be at a high risk of abuse by the authorities.
We understand P.M Meles Zenawi will be in London on 31st March 2010, to discuss issues of climate change. It would be an opportunity to raise inhumane treatment imposed on Judge Birtukan Midekssa, and demand the release all political and prisoners of conscience including Birtukan Midekssa, and widen the political space for a free and fair national election, at least by Ethiopian standard, in May 2010.
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