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JUSTICE FOR MESKEREM ABERRA (Dawit Giorgis)

Meskerem Abera
Meskerem Abera

My name is Dawit Giorgis. I am the Executive Director of The Africa Institute for Strategic and Security Studies operating out of Africa. (AISSS).

I write this on behalf of the Ethiopian people, the professional association  of Ethiopian scholars  and all human rights organizations and activists in Ethiopia for the release of Mrs Meskerem ABERRA who is a professor at Dilla University,  with keen  interest on the democratization of the totalitarian ethnocentric government and the human rights of the people of Ethiopia regardless of their ethnic background.  She is also an author of two books with several published articles. Meskerem has selflessly struggled for equal treatment under international law particularly for the Amhara ethnic group who have been victims of genocide, crimes against humanity and segregation in all aspects of life in Ethiopia .

Meskerem has been the voice of those voiceless people. She was imprisoned twice last year and  released after posting a bail of 30 and 50 thousand Ethiopian Birr.  Meskerem is a married woman with two sons aged 8  and one, who need her attention and care.

Her passion has been teaching and advocacy for human rights in Ethiopia. She had established  a studio in the capital city and was regularly providing information and educating people on their inalienable rights to express their opinions and make the government accountable for the continuing human rights violations  in the country. Her numerous published articles, opinions and interviews has made her an icon of civil liberties and one of a few bold activists and political analysts the country has.

Mrs Meskerem has never violated the laws of the country. She exercised her rights to freely speak , demand and blame the system for the wide ranging corruption, criminal acts and crimes against  humanity.

Mrs Meskerem is a powerful voice  of all those who have been denied justice and equal treatment under international law. She has become the symbol of resistance to ethnic profiling ,  descrimnation and detention without due process of law.

Meskerem is a brilliant academician, analyst  and advocate  loved and adored by millions. She knows the laws of the country and was careful not to be seen violating them: even though the existing Constitution  is designed to partition the country  along ethnic lines and deny freedom of expression to those groups whose identity is not the same as the members of the ruling  junta.

Meskerem ABERRA is a role model to the youth who looked upon her as one of their leaders and mentors of this  generation.

She is a confident educated woman who stood for the truth and always on the side of those who have been denied justice. She is a tireless advocate, teacher and political analyst who is already missed in the society.

Ethiopians across the nation demand her immediate release and request international human rights organizations  to send investigators to see her condition in prison, to listen to her story and to demand the government  to immediately  release her or bring her to  the court of law for a fair open trial.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Let loving mother of angelic children and wife go. Let her go now, not tomorrow but today. If the regime thinks it has evidence that she might have said something inciteful then let her go on bail and let the court do the rest. I repeat this mother go. We need women like her who dare to speak up their minds. They should be encouraged and every platform should be available for them to get involved in the affairs of the country without being harassed and prosecuted, In fact, if I have my way our women should be the ones that must run the old country and we the men should be relegated to way back in line for the next 100 years, at least. We men have monopolized politics since antiquities that we have gone irredeemably arrogant. We make wars whenever we feel like it sending millions of sons and daughters of mothers like Meskerem bint Aberra to their deaths. There is no such thing as ‘excuse me’ left in us men. So, H.E. PM Abiy, let this loving mother and patriot go and leave HER ALONE!!!!!

    • Ittu Aba Farda,

      Well, it is a semi-credible appeal, coming from you, that is big thing, usually you just give them a backhanded compliment, or just muddy the waters for Abiy Ahmed and his gangsters, the thieves and murders, that is all you do.

      Anyway, Abiy Ahmed and his Oromo tribalists including Adanech Abebe, Shimeles Kumar, have grown arrogant beyond measure, and they are waging war against everyone, Journalists such as MESKEREM ABERRA are being thrown to prison, the church, the mosques, burning them and killing Muslims, demolishing the shelters of hundred thousands poor Ethiopians, the entire country’s defense force, what used to be, is now attacking the Amhara people, and more much more.

      It is highly unlikely that these things are going to stop as long as Abiy Ahmed is breathing, he is determined to take himself down with the country, i hope he goes down, and very soon , and the poor of the country start breathing, don’t have to worry some power drunk Oromo tribalist demolish their poor abode and worse.

      I hope god sends a lightening directly to that stupid, psychopathic Abiy Ahmed’s head soon, very soon, and I am praying.

  2. Mr. Dawit Giorgis (Executive Director of The Africa Institute for Strategic and Security Studies operating out of Africa (AISSS)), thank you 4 ur jenuine witnessing.

  3. Apparenly something never changes for the successive regimes in Ethiopia starting from Haile Selasse to Abiy and in between : the unfair and poor treatment of innocent people and average citizens by the government and lack of due process or lack of basic Hebeas Corpus. Your personal and property rights or employment rights is a never thing. It can turn upside and change with a blink of an eye. No right for freedom of expression exists, no freedom of speach nor freedom of political association exist. At any given time, rulers and their regime would arbitrarily became themselves the rule and law of the land . They would be the judge, the jury and prosecutor in the same breath and with slightest regard to the citizens rights and international norms . One has to thread carefully what he says, what he does , who he associate with , where he goes or even what his thoughts are otherwise he would entangle unwarranted, dangerous and unnecessary hardship and security risk. After leaving for 40 years and living in diaspora, I went back for short visits in the last few and I felt the same uneasy old situation of personal security risks and threat eventhought less intense and little more sophisticated.

  4. Is the author Dawit Wolde Giorgis?? Why the name change/disguise? If this the same person that stole money and left hundreds and thousands of Ethiopians to starve? The same guy that is recently seen agitating the extreme Amhara’s looking for regime change? The same guy aka Shaleka Dawit Wolde Giorgis? The list goes on….

    • Yes he is z same guy. The two of them (Dawit W/Giorgis & Meskerm) ‘ve been working together to destabilize 4 a long time now. His narrative abt her being a watch dog for Human Rights & Freedom of Expression is juat fake. He is her boss in the conspiracy project aimed at destabilizing . In fact there was info that she editted Dawit’s regime change proposal during TPLF invasion last year. Dawit was always behind all what Meskerm was doing before her arrest. Meskerem openly supported HR6600 & the other US Draft Resolution aimed at Sanctioning . Both are Trojan Horses promoting with cover the Neocolonialist interest of the West. Dawit is not demanding for the respect of Meskerm’s human right. He ia just defending, promoting & magnifying profile of one member of his conspiracy group, Meskerem.
      All this said, we must demand for due process of law to be respected for Meskerem and all her colleagues in jail.

    • What are you Amman Makonnen and Zemariam Fesseha going on about?

      The mad dog Abiy Ahmed is thrown this long suffering journalist in jail, without any legal process and you saw it fit to demonize her?

      And demonize those and those who are trying to be voice for her, Dawit here who wrote an excellent article.

      Zemariam Fesseha, silly man, you also say, “we must demand for due process of law to be respected for Meskerem and all her colleagues in jail.” are you out of your head?

      First defend the terrorist Abiy Ahmed regime and then you say they must follow the law, what are you on, Zemariam Fesseha?

  5. #NoMorePoorAmaraDeathFor-AmaraSupremacyResurrectionZombies [ASRZ]

    1. Freedom of Expression and Human Rights do not mean putting on an X/Y/Z Activist Hat and Inciting/Orchestrating/Promoting inter-ethnic Violence/Hatred of any kind/form.

    2. Major Dawit Wolde-Giorgis [Dawit Giorgis (DG)] was a minister of the Fascist Derg’s regime that committed the Genocide of a Generation, robbed me of my childhood, and left me without a country of my own! Now, DG shows up in Human Rights Activist Hat!

    3. Meskerem is one of the most cunning & ungrateful of the ASRZ. She was born, raised, and educated in Oromia where ≥15 million Amaras live. How does her fomenting of Amara-Oromo animosity help these Amaras? Cf.: No Oromo lives in the Amara Zone!

    4. MOST ‘scholars’ of “The Professional Association of Ethiopian Scholars” are lackeys of former regimes who were awarded scholarships abroad. These Cheap Opportunist Pigs chose the White Supremacist West’s salary+benefits to going back and serving Ethiopia!

    5. MOST of the Ethiopian Diaspora [especially Amaras] were beneficiaries of successive tyrant regimes who made Ethiopia synonymous with “World’s Poster Child of Famine” and propelled these two tragic songs to “World’s National Anthem for Ethiopia”:

    i). Tilahun Gessesse’s: “ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!” – ሲሉ – “የረሃብን ጉንፋን ሲስሉ…”… [Circa 1975]
    ii). American Artists’ appeal for Ethiopia Famine: “We are the World…”… [Circa 1985]

  6. አቢቾ የሰላም ንጉስ: የፍትህ ተምሳሌት: የዕውቀት ፋኖስ: የዘመናችን ዕንቁ አለኝታና የእውነት ምሰሶ!!! አቢቾ የሰላም ንጉስ: የፍትህ ተምሳሌት: የዕውቀት ፋኖስ: የዘመናችን ዕንቁ አለኝታና የእውነት ምሰሶ!!!

    I_Mognu, the quintessential PP cadre and apologist always defending the indefensible, always whitewashing the lies, fabrications and embellishments of the abiy criminal gang, always on the wrong side of history, and always defiling morality, justice and the rule law.

    Meskerem Aberra is a citizen of Ethiopia. She has the inalienable universal rights for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of movement, rights to assembly, rights to due process and more all enshrined even in the defective Ethiopian constitution abiy and his attack dogs bark about 24-7 when it serves their political purpose.

    The repulsive, morally offensive, intellectually bankrupt ( also financially bankrupt) regime of abiy, shimeles, adanech, birhanu julla, demeke, daniel kibret and blah blah criminal and murderous gang ALWAYS FEAR THE TRUTH!!!!!

    That is why they have imprisoned such journalists and activists as
    1) Meskerem Aberra
    2) Gashe Tadeous Tantu
    3) Tamerat Negera
    4) and on, and on, and on

    abiy is nothing but a tinpot third world dictator,running a banana republic with a kangaroo court.
    Nobody expects justice, the rule of law and accountability from this Hitler wannabe, low grade Nazi movement impersonator psychopath and sociopath masquerading as the pm of Ethiopians.

    It is amazing how many in the rest of the world astutely identified and unmasked his true barbaric nature while the gullible Ethiopians kept propping him up with their misguided “Nomore” movements and marches worldwide.

    Now that this impostor has been fully umasked, the decades of struggle of generations of Ethiopians for liberty and freedom from the yokes of the cadre ideologues of yesterday’s mengistu’s communist wanna be gangs to meles zenawi’s golf gangs to today’s abiy ahmed’s oromumma genocider gangs will continue full force, unabated, even stronger and laser focused!!!!!!

    • Wearing the ‘Ethiopia/Ethnic/Secessionist Activist’ hat and bleeding Ethiopia is a proven Ethiopia-destabilizing Egypt-WSW* strategy. That’s how the EPLF/TPLF, OLF/IFLO, etc. bled Ethiopia bone-dry with Proxy Wars and kept Ethiopia too weak to fight back!

      በኢትዮጵያ ባንዲራ አሸብርቃችሁ – ኢትዮጵያን እያደማችኋት – ያላችሁት እናንተው አይደላችሁም ወይ? Petty Bandas like You & Co. [ጃል Meskerem, ጃል Negadras Eskinder, ጃል Zemene, ጃል Mesafint, ጃል ምሬ, ጃል መሮ, etc.] are insults to Ethiopia AND defile Ethiopia.

      It’s because of You & Co. that እየሱስ said: “የግብፅ እና የምዕራባውያን – ተላላኪ ባንዳዎች – የሚሉትን እና የሚሰሩትን አያውቁም እና ይቅር በሏቸው! ነገር ግን – ኢትዮጵያን ሻጭ ይሁዳ ባንዳ – ደረጃ ላይ ከደረሱ – ወደ ከርቸሌ ላኳቸው!” የምን መንጫጫት ነው? ተባዮች!

      PS: Doesn’t Egypt’s Cairo Institute of Ethiopian Studies teach አራት መደብ [+/-/÷/X]? I wonder how what You & Co. say never adds up!

      WSW*: White Supremacist West

      • i_Mognu,

        There are lies, and there are your lies, shameless, naked, and embarrassing.

        Well, we have a country which being led by a lair, Abiy Ahmed, who would be on a guineas book of world records, a man who should get a Noble Prize for being liar par excellence.

        So you have learned from the best, keep it up. Go on making up things!

        I laughed about your gag about “White Supremacist West” That is sooooooo ignorant, for a man who a gofer for ethno-nationalists, tribalists, ethnic chauvinists attack dog calls others names, White Supremacist West?

        Come again, Stupido!

    • I like your comment, well-said but is with the name “አቢቾ የሰላም ንጉስ: የፍትህ ተምሳሌት: የዕውቀት ፋኖስ..”

  7. The typical cadre and sycophant of the oromumma cult is remarkably the same carbon copy the typical tplf cult which it was also remarkably the same carbon copy of the typical degree cadre and sycophant.

    A fanatic ideologue and cadre of a regime always utters the same nonsense as his or her imbecilic bosses who feed his/ her stomach. Such a cadre when faced with impending questions, when unmasked, when exposed, when forced to face the truth always resorts to dehumanization ( notice the word ተባዮች etc)

    Ethiopians know en masse ከርቼሌ መታጎር ያለበትን ሌባና ሳይሰራ ሳይማር ተማርኩ ሰራው ብሎ የሚዘርፈው እና ላስታድድራችሁ ብሎ የሚደነበረውን ኢሰብአዊ አረመኔና በህገ አራዊት የሚተረማመሰው መንጋና መሪ ተብዬዎቹ የከርሱን ፍርፋሪ የሚሞሉት የመንጋው ጉግ ማንጉግ ች እንደሆኑ::

    ምነው ዛሬ ቆጣ ቆጣ አልሽሳ
    ፍትህ እኩልነት ሆኑብሽ አበሳ::
    የማታውቂውን ሁሉ አውቃለሁ ብለሽ
    እውነቱ ሲገለጥ እራቃንሽን ቀረሽ
    ለኢትዮጵያውያን ሁሉ ተብሎ እንድትሆኝ
    ታጭተሽ ነበር አሉ አገር እንድታድኝ:
    ግን አልቀቀሽም የአእምሮሽ ህመም ያያዘሽ አባዜ:
    ጎጥሽ ውስጥ ክምኔው ተገኘሽ በአምስቱ አመት ግዜ
    ከበሮ መያዙ ስላደናቆረሽ እወነትና ፍትህም ካንቺ ስለሌሉ
    በይ በቶሎ ውረጅ ይብቃሽ መንቀልቀሉ::
    በኦሮሙማ ተረት በታበየ ልብሽ
    የአገር መሪ ለመባል እንዴት ትመኛለሽ????

  8. Prince(ss), Mekoነን, et al. :-

    The saying goes: “ሊበሏት ያሰቡትን አሞራ” →ይሏታል ጅግራ!” → እኔ ደግሞ – “አያ ጅቦ – ሳታመካኝ – ብላኝ!” እላችኋለሁ! All you have to do is DIPROVE WHAT I WROTE/SAID!

    ‘Jesus’ 11th Commandment’ says: “The apple shall not fall far from the tree.” Thus, its corollary runs like “ከጅብ ጅማት የተሰራ ክራር →ቅኝቱ →እንብላው →እንብላው ነው!”

    Why do Blacks flood the WSW’s streets screaming “Black Lives Matter / No Justice; No Peace / I Can’t Breathe / ad nauseam?” Why would anybody wish that for Ethiopians?

    Labeling a person a ‘Cadre’ doesn’t turn the person in to a Cadre. Labeling an opinion a ‘Lie’ doesn’t turn it in to a Lie either. Smear campaign, name-calling, etc. won’t help!

    NB: When we judge anybody’s performance, we take the operational constraints in to account! Abiy is no exception! He is neither less Ethiopian nor less trustworthy than you!

  9. I_Mognu,

    Operational Constraints? Come again? Are you speaking about the same man, Abiy Ahmed, who is planning to spend billions while millions are starving in the country?

    Operational constraints of the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette who tells people who could not afford to eat bread, to eat cake?

    Abiy Ahmed, who is demolishing hundreds of thousands of poor people, leaving the sick, the elderly, woman and children to the elements, with no shelter and no where to go – all done by your trustworthy man, Abiy Ahmed, in reality an ignorant criminal by any measure.

    You speak of Americans not being able to breath, but why ignore the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians who have been unable to breath for a while now?

    Thousands, hundreds of thousands, have taken their last breath thanks to your man, the criminal, the worthless gangster, you are supporting, Abiy Ahmed.

    A few minutes before writing this, I was in tears watching Abiy Ahmed’s men, Adanech and Shimeles Kumar’s men, the Oromo tribalists, extremists demolishing the houses of the poor, a woman with a new born left to the elements, without shelter, nothing.

    And that is the man for whom you are tirelessly working for, unless you are a paid cadre, or a psychopath like Abiy Ahmed and his extremists, then it is hard to explain why you do the things you do, seriously.

    One has to be a real monster to watch a government demolishing a house over a the head of woman with new born baby and say it is okay to do that.

    That is what you are doing by speaking and standing for Abiy Ahmed.

    One who supports Abiy Ahmed who sends the national defense force, to kill and maim countless civilians, into a region, must be really sick and/or mercenary cadre – otherwise it is hard to explain it.

    Well, I could say more, as they say, against stupidity, even the gods fight in vain.

    You will just go on making up things, even shamelessly stealing things from what I said, and tell more lies with it. . .

  10. መኮ’ነ’ን:-

    1). About Me: I don’t want my past to be the future of this generation [≈75% are under age 45]. Thugs wear Ethiopia/Ethnic Activist Hats, wreak havoc, bleed Ethiopia, and accuse Abiy [to use naïve Ethiopians as springboard & cannon fodder to grab power]!

    2). Democracy & Domestic Terrorism: A Domestic Terrorist is a Domestic Terrorist no matter who! Amaras’ Enemies in Fanno Hats can’t cry “Democracy’ while wreaking havoc in TPLF-devastated Amara Zone [AZ]. Why don’t they help in rebuilding AZ?

    3). Abiy & Operational Constraints: youtu.be/Pg3WuF1eXww?t=5 Look at what he did for Ethiopia [posted below] despite all that! What have You & Co. done for Ethiopia?

    4). Abiy & Abiy’s Ethiopia Palace: It is his gift to Ethiopia! He raised the funds! What’s your problem? Where did all those settlers come from & why? Nobody was there before!

    5). Feeding Ethiopia: Adanech feeds ≥700,000 students twice a day and ≥50,000 Addis residents twice a day. Abiy’s regime feeds ≥10 million students twice a day. Both call Ethiopians to share meals to stave-off the WSW’s Embargo/Sanctions/Birr devaluation…

    6). Demolishing Homes: NO LAND GRAB! Same rule for ALL! Legal Permit thru Legal Channels! It is for the City’s Security: Who are they? Where did they come from & why? Adanech gave homes to registered law-abiding poor & renovated many elderlies’ homes.

  11. መኮ’ነ’ን:-

    I). Former Tyrant Regimes’ ≥50-Year Rap Sheet: They made Ethiopia synonymous with “Famine & World’s Poster Child of Poverty”. Do these Famine-appeal songs ring a bell?

    1). Tilahun Gessesse’s: “ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!” – ሲሉ – “የረሃብን ጉንፋን ሲስሉ ….” [Circa 1975].
    2). ‘The World’s national anthem for Ethiopia’: “We are the World!” … [Circa 1985]

    II). Abiy’s ≤5-Year Report Card – [Here is a bird’s-eye view of his accomplishment]:

    1). Abiy kept Ethiopia afloat despite TPLF/OLF/OLA/IFLO*-staged assassination attempt; COVID; Egypt-WSW-orchestrated Riots/Proxy Wars; WSW-imposed drastic Birr devaluation/embargo/sanctions, loan/aid cancellations; locust; drought; IDPs; etc.

    2). Abiy kept TPLF-bankrupted Ethiopia afloat with $1 billion from UAE’s Prince MBZ.

    3). Citizen-Rescuing Ethiopia: Released millions of TPLF prisoners & emptied over-filled Ethiopian prisons; flew home ≥850,000 refugees living degrading/inhumane life;

    4). Unlike the EDI*, Abiy REFUSED to sell Ethiopia to Egypt & Egypt’s WSW Patrons. He also repulsed Proxy Wars unleashed via their Dogs: TPLF, OLF/OLA/IFLO, etc.

    5). Green & Clean Ethiopia: Afforestation Campaign – Ethiopia planted ≥25 billion trees.

    6). Child-Friendly Ethiopia: Feeds ≥10 million students twice a day; gives free school supplies; built many primary & secondary schools with sale from his Medemer book;

    7). Citizen-Feeding Ethiopia: All-in-one Mega Bakeries built in populous towns sell bread at rock bottom prices; Addis feeds ≥50,000 twice a day at 17 community centers;

    8). Abiy built a World-Class Robust Ethio Defence Force & Law Enforcement Agencies from scratch WHILE dismantling the ones that served-and-protected TPLF for 27 years;

    9). Abiy built World-Class Industrial Parks that employ thousands of Ethiopians: Akaki-Kaliti, Nazret, Awassa, Debre-Berhan, Bahir-Dar, Kombolcha, Dire-Dawa, Jimma, etc.

    10). Agriculture has flourished: From begging for wheat to surplus; millions of hectares of mechanized & irrigated farms; farmers given thousands of tractors/machinery/pumps;

    11). Abiy’s Dinner Fund-Raisers for World-Class Projects [Parks/Tourism/etc.]: Mesqel Square, Entoto Park, Unity Park, Friendship Park, Gorgora, Koisha, Wonchi, etc.

    12). Massive miscellaneous projects completed or on track – AGAINST ALL ODDS:
    i). Electrification [Hydro/Wind/Solar/Geo], industrialization, mechanization, Telecom;
    ii). Addis shot from open-air public toilet [rivers, empty lots, etc.] to world-class city;
    iii). Public housing projects, shanty town upgrades, sports facilities, etc.;
    iv). Road Networks: 450 km asphalt in Gojjam alone, Abbay Bridge at Bahir-Dar, etc.

    →→→*WSW: White Supremacist West //// *EDI: Ethiopian Diaspora Intellectual

  12. i_Mognu,

    It gives me an extreme, extreme feeling of nausea reading your reply, and for money reasons.

    The first is that how is it possible for anyone to go on as you are going on in your response, giving a cover to a monster who continue to treat countless poor Ethiopians in the way he has been treating them for five years now, Ethiopians such as the woman with the new born baby whose house was demolished over her head, no one coming to her aid, totally left to the elements.

    Are you a human being, do you have a heart? Any heart at all? I am not a violent person, but reading your response to the plight of that woman I wrote about and others, makes me strongly feel whacking your stupid head with something heavy, it is very hard to just simply be content with replying to your stupid waffle, making light of their pain and suffering, anyone with any intelligence would not believe anyway.

    You have also been writing about the racism of the west and related issues, what have the reality there, you do not have any standing to raise these things at all. It is extremely ridiculous for a man who is working for and supporting narrowly ethnically based government, who excludes attacks people on the basis of their ethnicity to speak about racism, it is delusional.
    I could go on replaying the rest of the nonsense you writing about, it is not worth it, but I feel so sorry for you that you believe in these things. If anyone who read these things believe them, then they have the same intelligence as you, they are not worth bothering about.

    Why would anyone bother stating the obvious, that an out of control government, lead by a mad dog, an extreme psychopath, pathological liar, who is openly slaughtering unarmed civilians in broad daylight, demolishing the houses of the poor, stealing from the poor, condemning millions to live in perpetual misery, among other things, is a bad government.

    Such a government should be persuaded to leave power by any means necessary, or there must come a force to existence that would topple it and bring something sane that concerned for and works for the people.

    As to the rest of your stuff, as I have said before, there are lies, and there are your lies, barefaced, embarrassing, and silly, including you giving credit to Abiy Ahmed and the rest of the Oromo tribalists for some supposed good things, well. these are stupidities, I wouldn’t be bothered demonstrating them,

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