Sample letter you can fax, email to the Yemeni Embassies
July 7, 2014
H.E. Field Marshall Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi
President Republic of Yemen
Re: Extradition of Andargachew Tsege, Secretary General of Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy from Yemen to Ethiopia
We are writing to you condemning in the strongest words possible the deplorable actions taken by your government to abduct and then extradite Andargachew Tsege, to the minority ethnic dictatorship in Ethiopia. On July 1, 2014, we had written a letter to you expressing our grave concern over the illegal abduction and detention of Andargachew Tsege while in transit at Sana’a International Airport on June 23, 2014.
In our letter dated July 1 that was hand delivered to your embassies around the world. it was made abundantly clear that Mr. Tsege a well-known pro-democracy icon and human rights advocate in his ancestral homeland, Ethiopia, presented no threat, what so ever, to Yemen or to the Yemeni authorities.
We had stated in the letter that the continued illegal detention of Mr. Tsege, a renowned critic of the Ethiopian government is politically motivated and against international law. We had also requested that you use the powers vested in your office to stop any illegal renditions the regime in Ethiopia may have requested.
It was explained in that letter that Mr. Tsege was imprisoned in Ethiopia for his political activities during the ill-fated national election of 2005 and had escaped recent assassination attempts by the tyrannical regime whose brutality, is well documented even by the United States State Department.
It is an affront to civilized society that Yemen has blatantly abrogated the doctrine of non-refoulement, now recognized as a norm of customary international law. Your government handed Mr. Tsege over to the security forces of the minority regime of the Tigrai People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) whose persecution of Ethiopian critics at home and in exile is well documented.
The brazen action of your government which defied International law, morality, and human decency, threatens to permanently impair the positive and historical relationship between the Ethiopian people and the Yemeni people. Nothing that Yemen can do will ever repair the damage that has already been done.
Make no mistake that we will hold the government of Yemen responsible for the danger to the life and physical integrity of Andargachew Tsege.
Sample letter to British Embassies
Rt. Hon. William Hague
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Re: The illegal abduction and extradition of Andargachew Tsege
Dear Foreign Secretary:
We are writing this letter to express our outrage at the manner in which the British Government has handled the brazen abduction, detention and extradition of Andargachew Tsege, Secretary General of Ginbot 7, Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy.
Mr. Tsege, a British national was carrying a UK passport and travelling from Dubai to Asmara. He was in transit at Sana’a International Airport at the time of his abduction by Yemeni security forces on June 23, 2014. His illegal detention in contravention of the Vienna Protocol was completely ignored by British authorities.
Mr. Tsege was held in communicado and his whereabouts unknown to his family for more than a week. On July 3, 2014 the Foreign Office informed his wife in London that the Yemeni Ambassador to the UK has confirmed Mr. Tsege’s extradition to Ethiopia where he was convicted and sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 on politically motivated trumped up charges.
We are refraining from ascribing nefarious motives for the lack of aggressive effort on the part of British authorities to find out the whereabouts of a British national for 13 days. By failing to investigate expeditiously the criminal act of the Yemeni security forces, precious time was lost and the safety and physical integrity of Mr. Tsege was severely compromised.
If Yemen is allowed to flount its obligations under international law with the acquiescence of the British authorities, it sets a dangerous precedent for wanton lawlessness by rogue regimes around the world.
The scandal of the abduction of a British national by Yemeni security forces must be rectified. The British government must publicly denounce the criminal act and call on the tyrannical regime in Ethiopia to return Mr. Tsege to his home in London.
Anything less will be an affront to civilized society and a dereliction of duty on the part of British authorities to protect their nationals regardless of their ancestral origin.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this very urgent matter.