Monday, December 05, 2005

Free Daniel Letter #1

His Excellency Alpha Konare, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union
Headquarters of the African Union
Tel: +251 11 5514554
Fax: +251 11 5513036

His Excellency Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
The Prime Ministers Office
Fax number: +251 1 552030 or +251 1 241194

His Excellency Seyoum Mesfin, Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Fax number: +251 1 514300

His Excellency Kemal Bedri, President of the Federal Supreme Court and Chairman of the National Election Board
National Election Board
Fax number: +251 1 510025.
Your Excellencies:

     I am writing to express my concern regarding the arrest and detention of Daniel Bekele. Mr. Bekele was arrested on November 3, 2005. He is accused of trying to violently undermine the constitutional order of Ethiopia and is threatened with the charge of treason.

     Despite these claims, Mr. Bekele has been a consummate patriot and has worked tirelessly to better the lives of Ethiopians. Mr. Bekele is a human rights attorney, a PhD candidate of law at Oxford University and Policy Manager for Action Aid Ethiopia, an international Nongovernmental organization dedicated to eliminating poverty. Mr. Bekele works to ensure that the poorest of Ethiopian citizens have access to basic necessities. He has been a consultant to many international organizations including the Horn of Africa Capacity Building Program for Oxfam Canada and ARTICLE 19, a human rights organization which focuses on the defense and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide.

     I urge the Ethiopian Government to unconditionally release Daniel Bekele and others who are similarly held and whose only mission is to better the lives of their fellow Ethiopians.

Very truly yours,

[Any organizational affiliation]


Anonymous Tekabe said...

Thank you for the blog on behalf of Daniel. I'd be honored to do whatever I can in the campaign to free Daniel. Thank you again.

9:22 AM  

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