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Courts should protect freedoms of illegally detained individuals 

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Director, Daniel Bekele

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The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Sunday said that courts should protect the rights and freedoms of individuals who are illegally detained. 

In an explainer that the rights groups published on its website, it reflected on why the arrest of journalists is illegal. 

It said that the law does not allow pre-trial detention over alleged crimes in the media. 

The press law in the country provides special protection and does prohibit pre-trial detention, it argued. 

Suspects, in relation to offences to the media law in the country, are not supposed to be held for extended pre-trial detention, and the charge should be filed through the prosecutor directly, according to EHRC which cited sections 86 subsections 1 of the media law. 

Journalists are not supposed to be behind bars on grounds of carrying out an investigation, and courts are supposed to protect the rights of those detained unlawfully. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration has arrested at least 19 journalists over the past three weeks including Temesgen Desalegn, Meskerem Abera, and Meaza Mohammed

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Hi!

    I understand that Dr. Daniel is trying to do the right thing! However, echoing whatever the White Supremacist West [WSW] preaches but doesn’t practice is futile.

    Ethiopia’s legal system has been serving its TPLF Architects for over 27 years. So, it is still plagued with TPLF Chocks! Besides, the Law Enforcement Agencies are under reconstruction & in their infancy. These two hurdles make prosecutions take longer.

    Well, what should we do about self-appointed journalists who launch Media Businesses [newspaper, magazine, TV, etc.] or create Media Platform Accounts [Twitter, You Tube, Face book, etc.] to spew inter-ethnic animosity, misinformation, and smear campaigns which trigger inter-ethnic clashes and wreak havoc?

    Look, Journalism is compiling & reporting FACTS in a neutral & intelligible manner. Journalism is also a regulated field of study that takes a four-year education at an accredited university. How many of those arrested have such a BA in Journalism and went to jail for performing their sacred professional duties?

    Aren’t most of the arrested ‘Journalists’ Amhara Ethnic Politicians/Activists who pose as journalists and make journalism synonymous with misinformation, smear campaigns, spewing inter-ethnic animosity, and insulting whoever differs with them?

    I_Mognu

  2. This Patriot and his colleagues in EHRC are the direct copy of those forever upright people called Ethiopians. Yes you heard me right that I referred to them as Ethiopians. Those of you bigots who may be wondering why I did not call them Amhara this and Oromo that, LEAVE ME ALONE!!! Go and jump in the lake and don’t you ever come up!!!! I am now calling upon the committee in charge of awarding the Nobel Prize. I am calling upon the committee not to take back the Peace Prize they had already awarded but to bestow the next Nobel Peace Award to EHRC chaired by this indefatigable gentleman. He and his colleagues in the commission have been ‘ethnic-less’, persistent and above all fearless working under constant shadow of death. I want to tell this to the power that be who may be contemplating to be funny with any member of this commission; ‘Don’t even think about it!!!!’ You can’t even imagine how proud I am of Obbo Daniel ibn Bekele and his upright colleagues. Go get’em tigers!!!!

  3. Under the lawless Misery Party leader Abiy Ahmed, only barbarism and savage massacre is to be expected to continue.
    Abiy Ahmed does not have the moral encompass, ability or desire to tell, OLF to stop its primitive savage behavior and to respect peace, hard work and the rule of law because Abiy and OLF do not respect the rule of law and because the Head of all evil violence is Abiy himself.

    He will never denounce or speak against Amhara Genocide, slaughters, mass detention, mass abduction, mass kidnapping, violence against Amhara people because he is the one doing it! He is also responsible for the ruthless killing and looting of all non-Oromo people in the South and Amharas in Wollega, Oromia.

    The only option is to force him out of power and replace him with other who knows how to lead and respect the rule of law.

  4. WebMasta @Borkena: Please replace my earlier posting with this one! Thanks!]

    Hi!

    Although Dr. Daniel is trying to do the right thing, echoing what the Self-serving White Supremacist West and its domestic Ethiopian proxies preach but don’t practice is futile.

    For starters, Ethiopia’s Legal System [ELS] has been serving its Savage TPLF Architects for over 27 years. So, the ELS is still plagued with TPLF Chocks! Besides, Ethiopia’s Law Enforcement Agencies are under reconstruction and in their infancy. Worse, Info Acquisition Processes are near primitive. Don’t these factors slow down prosecutions?

    In Ethiopia, how do you tell apart the Ethnic Activist from the journalist? What should we do about the Self-serving Ethnic Activists who launch Media Businesses [newspaper, magazine, etc.] or create Media Platform Accounts [Twitter, You Tube, Face book, etc.] to spew inter-ethnic animosity, demeaning insults, misinformation, and smear campaigns which trigger inter-ethnic clashes, wreak havoc, and plunge Ethiopia in to chaos?

    Look, Journalism is compiling & reporting FACTS in a neutral & intelligible manner. It is also a regulated field of study that takes four years at an accredited university. How many of the arrested have such education & went to jail for doing their job by-the-book?

    Aren’t most of the jailed ‘Journalists’ the pro-General Asaminew and pro-Negadras Eskinder [Media Businessman] Amhara Ethnic Activists [AEA] who pose as journalists and make journalism synonymous with spewing misinformation, smear campaigns, and inter-ethnic animosity.

    Face the Irony: TPLF stripped Asamnew of his rank and sent him to jail for life. Abiy released him & reinstated his rank. Dr. Ambachew [Amharas’ President back then] gave him a job as Head of Amhara Special Forces. When Abiy gave Ambachew a federal post, the AEA screamed: “Abiy is taking Ambachew to weaken Amharas!” When Ambachew stayed on and Asaminew gunned him down, the same AEA hailed Asaminew as hero!

    I_Mognu

  5. Director Daniel is trying to do the right thing in a wrong place where the Oromo Mafia controlled government knows nothing about the rule of law. The cold blooded, Abiy is practicing the only thing he knows best, practicing what he has been doing when serving his masters the TPLF and the Gada barbaric stone age jungle law .

    Abiy the Terrible is using the Human Rights Commission to pretend as there is respect for humans right, law and order in Ethiopia where courts have no judicial power but Police are trained and given right to abuse, abduct people without a cause and break every law.
    judicial full rights and respect when

    Without a shred of evidence or proof many journalists, innocent people, Fannos and business people got raided, kidnapped, abducted and taken to unknown places by using darkness as cover in the middle of the night. Such action by itself is a crime and crime against Amhara and innocent people. How can we tell apart from the ethnocentric Abiy government who is trapped in targeting and murdering Amharas from a Mafia Orommuma cadres?

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