For Immediate Release – Free Merera Gudina and all political prisoners

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Amsterdam, Washington DC, Minnesota – December 29, 2016

Top opposition leader, Dr. Merera Gudina, was arrested on October 30, 2016 upon his return from a trip to Brussels where he spoke to members of the European Parliament about the human rights situation in Ethiopia. Since his arrest, Dr. Merera has been brought to court twice but only to prolong his incarceration in both cases. The fact that he has not been officially charged yet is a tactic of the government to keep credible opposition members in suspense.

Merera Gudina
Merera Gudina

Currently, Dr. Merera Gudina is being held in solitary confinement at the notorious Maekelawi prison, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to his lawyer, Wondimu Ibsa, the peaceful professor is handcuffed and being held 24 hours a day in a dark room with no window.

The arbitrary arrest and solitary confinement of Dr. Merera Gudina is just the tip of an enormous iceberg.  Thousands are languishing in awful prison conditions, many have been assassinated in broad daylight and still more are declared “disappeared” since the EPRDF seized power.  At least 1,000 people have been killed since the popular uprising began in November last year. After the declaration of the “State of Emergency” on October 9, 2016, tens of thousands of individuals have been arbitrarily arrested, some have even vanished without a trace.  Among them are journalists, bloggers, human rights activists, leaders and members of opposition parties. Though the ruling party released 10,000 from concentration camps, 50,000 are still languishing in different camps.  Making matters worse, 12,500 more individuals were arrested the same week that the 10,000 were released.  We are deeply concerned by the wide-ranging human rights abuses throughout the country.

Read Aloud:   ESAT Radio Monday October 13, 2014

We, members of the Free Merera Taskforce, demand a prompt and unconditional release of Dr. Merera Gudina and all political prisoners, journalists, bloggers and human rights advocates in Ethiopia.  We also call on the international community, the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and all human rights organizations to put pressure on the regime in Ethiopia to respect basic human rights and democratic rights of the citizens of the country.

About the task force

We are a group of individuals worldwide. We are compatriots and friends of Dr. Merera Gudina from various civic and political organization who have joined together to advocate for the freedom of Dr. Merera and all political prisoners.

For more reporting on Free Merera Campaign, please visit:

For media information, please contact: 

In The Hague, Dr. Aregawi Berhe, +31628485196 (mobile);

In Washington, DC, Fekade Shewakena, +12408991536 (mobile);

In Minnesota, MN, Nagessa Dube, +16129868244 (mobile);

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In Amsterdam, Geresu Tufa, +31 655111054 (mobile);

Twitter: @FreeDrMerera


  1. Merera and all the others who are are fighting for Human Rights epecially the freedom of speech, opinion and gathering have to be released!
    There is no real federalism without real democracy,
    there is now real democracy without freedom of opinion,
    freedom of speech
    and freedom of gathering.
    Ethiopian government has to follow their own constitution!

  2. If freedom was earned by forming as many opposite groups and Organizations and write press releases to warn the oppressive and Dictatorial TPLF regime in Ethiopia we would be the first to. Declare our freedom
    Now we are progressing to form a task force for one person

  3. The so called Ethiopan Government of TPLF does not respect the countries constitution They rather broke Ethiopias and International basic Human Rights regulations and norms in order to stay in power at any cost.
    By collaboration and assistance of their army of cadres disguised as “diaspora Opositions Leaderships” as well as well financed individuals like Jawar Mohammed.The dissporan silent majority Ethiopian must form a grass root Movement and Stop Evil and divisive TPLF cadres mission to Hijack Our people’s movement back home by the name of ” Just formed” Organization or Party

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