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Mr. Andargachew Tsige

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The National Student - News - International news - Afghan students expelled for blasphemy, 15 June 2005 [cached]
Several high profile observers, including Chernet Tadesse, a human rights defender and investigator for the Ethiopian Human Rights Council and Andargachew Tsige a former deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa, a United Kingdom-based resident and author of a recent book criticising the government, have been arrested and their whereabouts and condition is unknown.
OSG Press Release No. 41, 1 May 2004 [cached]
Amnesty International was also concerned that Chernet Tadesse, an investigator for the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO), and Andargachew Tsige, former deputy mayor of Addis Ababa and a UK-based author of a book which criticises the government, were at serious risk of torture since their arrest on 8 June. Forty CUD (Coalition for Unity and Democracy) branch party leaders and other staff and 6 EHRCO staff were detained.
Ethiopian activist Andargachew ..., 28 Aug 2014 [cached]
Ethiopian activist Andargachew Tsige at risk of torture – Amnesty International | Read More Ethiopian activist Andargachew Tsige at risk of torture - Amnesty International | Official Site for Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy
Ethiopian activist Andargachew Tsige at risk of torture - Amnesty International
Andargachew Tsige, an Ethiopian political activist in exile, appears to have been arrested in transit in Yemen on 24 June and forcibly returned to Ethiopia. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Andargachew Tsige is a British national of Ethiopian origin and Secretary-General of Ginbot 7, an outlawed Ethiopian opposition group. He disappeared on 24 June at Sana'a airport in Yemen, while in transit between the United Arab Emirates and Eritrea. Although no official statements have been released by the Yemeni or Ethiopian authorities about his current whereabouts, human rights activists in Yemen told Amnesty International that he was forcibly returned to Ethiopia the same day he landed after being detained at the Sana'a airport.
He is at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment in Ethiopia, where political detainees are frequently tortured in order to extract information and confessions. His incommunicado detention in an unknown location increases this risk.
Ginbot 7 is one of five organisations proscribed as terrorist organisations by the Ethiopian parliament in 2011. In 2012, Andargachew Tsige was prosecuted in absentia on terrorism charges (alongside journalist and prisoner of conscience Eskinder Nega, and others) and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Please write immediately in Amharic, English or your own language: ? Calling on the authorities to guarantee Andargachew Tsige is not subjected to torture or other forms of ill- treatment; ? Calling on the authorities to immediately provide information on the location where he is being held, and to ensure that he has full and immediate access to legal and consular representation and family members; ? Calling on the authorities to ensure that Andargachew Tsige is not required to serve any sentence for a conviction in absentia and must be retried on any charges against him in a trial that meets international standards, before a new court and without the possibility of the death penalty.
Like many detainees, Andargachew was accused of organizing the demonstrations, seeking to subvert the Constitution and other offences, which he denied, but he was not formally charged with any offence. After he was released he returned to the UK, but was subsequently named, tried and convicted in absentia in a major political trial of the leadership of the CUD, journalists, human rights activists and others, on charges including high treason, in 2005-2007. At the time he was the CUD representative in the UK.
After the CUD trial, fellow defendant Berhanu Nega founded the 'Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy' from exile in the US, of which Andargachew Tsige became Secretary General.
SMNE strongly condemns the recent ... [cached]
SMNE strongly condemns the recent illegal arrest and extradition of Mr. Andargachew Tsige from Yemen to Ethiopia.
The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) strongly condemns the recent illegal arrest and extradition of Mr. Andargachew Tsige from Yemen to Ethiopia.
The SMNE, as a social justice movement that stands up for the well being of all Ethiopians, denounces this illegal act against Mr. Andargachew Tsige, a popular leader of the opposition group, Ginbot 7.
Ethiopian prisons are filled with some of our most noble servants of justice; some are well known like Andargachew and many others are lesser known, but they are all our people and part of our family of Ethiopians. This brazen arrest should motivate the public to put increasing pressure on this autocratic government for the release of Andargachew as well as all others being held unjustly. My hope is that this will bring us to the tip of the iceberg; causing all Ethiopians to advance a strong plan of action to end the brutal and autocratic rule of the TPLF/EPRDF that has been terrorizing its citizens for twenty-three years!"
The arrest of Andargachew, a British citizen, and his extradition to Ethiopia is disturbing in its blatant disregard for international laws.
Andargachew Tsige was sentenced ..., 4 Aug 2014 [cached]
Andargachew Tsige was sentenced to death in 2009 in absentia and another trial handed him life behind bars three years later. He was arrested in
that Andargachew had not been granted access to the British consulate.
Andargachew, secretary-general of the Ginbot 7 group, was among 20
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