News: Rights commission closely monitoring the situation of arrested journalists, urges authorities to follow due process


Left to proper: Bekalu Alamrew, Yayesew Shimeles, Abebe Bayu, Fana Negash, Fanuel Kinfu and Meheret Gebrekirstos

By Bileh Jelan @BilehJelan 

Addis Abeba, July 12/2021 – The Ethiopian Human Rights Fee (EHRC) issued a statement discussing the arrest of Awlo and Ethio-Discussion board journalists and employees members and urging authorities to observe due course of and launch the detained journalists and employees members if courtroom orders weren’t issued for his or her arrests.

The EHRC has been carefully monitoring the  scenario of 21 employees members and journalists of Ethio-Discussion board and Awlo Media together with  Bekalu Alamrew, Yayesew Shimeles, Fanuel Kinfu, Abebe Bayu, Melkam Fireplace Yimam,  Fikirte Yunus, Wintana Berhe and Meheret Gebrekirstos who’ve been in detention  since being taken by federal safety forces on June 30, July 1 and July 2, 2021,”  the assertion learn. 

The EHRC additionally disclosed that the Federal Police have confirmed the discharge of three of the 21 detainees and one other detained have been launched on July 6, 2021. The remaining detainees in line with the Federal Police are suspects beneath investigation and have been  remanded in custody by  courtroom orders. The assertion learn, “The Fee is gravely involved that, as of the time of  publication of this assertion, it’s but to see the stated courtroom order or go to the detainees and  that the detainees haven’t been granted visitation rights by their lawyer and/or their  households. “ 

The assertion went on to debate the constitutional proper of detainees assured beneath article 19 of the federal structure which states in sub-article 3, “Individuals arrested have the fitting to be introduced earlier than a courtroom inside 48 hours of their arrest. Such time shall not embody the time fairly required for the journey from the place of arrest to the courtroom. On showing earlier than a courtroom, they’ve the fitting to be given immediate and particular rationalization of the explanations for his or her arrest because of the alleged crime dedicated.” The rights commision additionally argued that the fitting to visitation are primary rights and as authorized precept is supposed to establish the  wellbeing and safety of detained individuals .  

EHRC Commissioner Daniel Bekele (PhD) was quoted within the assertion saying, “All detentions that don’t observe due  course of injury belief within the authorized and justice system and such practices should stop  instantly. The Chief Commissioner additionally stated that the Fee will proceed to do  all vital to have the ability to go to the detainees and monitor the situation of their detention.” 

The assertion by the rights commision comes 12 days after the arrests have been first reported on July 02, 2021. It additionally comes within the backdrop of a recent wave of crackdown on Tigrayan civilians within the capital Addis Abeba. The rights commision on the time stated it was monitoring studies of arrests of media personnel in Addis Abeba in addition to residents of Tigray origin suspected of reference to the continuing scenario within the area and warned, “Such measures may worsen the general public‘s considerations on the chance of ethnic profiling.” The Federal Police spokesperson on the time stated, “The arrested journalist have been  beneath investigation and no feedback will be made on the continuing investigation.” AS


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