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Further information on UA 369/93 (AFR 25/13/93, 15 October) - Ethiopia: legal concern / fear of torture or ill-treatment: Staff of the Oromo Relief Association (ORA) eastern regional office in Dire Dawa: Ahmed Mohamed, Abbas Said, Sharif Mohamed, Usmael U

, Index number: AFR 25/014/1993

All of the above, except Tajudin Abdullahi and Usmael Umar, wer released without charge a few days after being arrested in late September / early October 1993. Some were allegedly beaten and ill-treated. Tajudin Abdullahi and Usmael Umar are still detained without charge in Hurso "rehabilitation camp" near Dire Dawa, where conditions are reportedly harsh.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 25/14/93
Distr: UA/SC
3 December 1993
Further information on UA 369/93 (AFR 25/13/93, 15 October 1993) - Legal
concern/Fear of torture or ill-treatment
ETHIOPIA:Staff of the Oromo Relief Association (ORA) eastern regional office
in Dire-Dawa: -
Ahmed Mohamed, regional coordinator
Abbas Said, project coordinator
Sharif Mohamed, administrator
Usmael Umar, secretary (corrected name)
Ali Haider, accountant
Abdulaziz Abdullah, health supervisor
Mohamed Ahmed, social worker
Tajudin Abdullahi, logistics officer (corrected name)
Mohamed Izzedin, health worker
Ammw Hamid, store-keeper
Mohamed Abdu and Mussa Ibrahim, drivers
Raya Abdi, Hamid Abdullahi and Galaye Tufe, security guards
Amnesty International can confirm that all the above, except Tajudin Abdullahi
and Usmael Umar, were released without charge a few days after being arrested
in late September/early October 1993. Some were allegedly beaten and
ill-treated.
Tajudin Abdullahi and Usmael Umar are still detained without charge or formal
legal status in Hurso "rehabilitation camp" near Dire Dawa. Hurso is a large
detention centre where over three thousand suspected members of the Oromo
Liberation Front (OLF) are reportedly detained to make them denounce the OLF
or renounce their alleged membership of the OLF. Detainees are mostly refused
visits from their relatives but the International Committee of the Red Cross
has access to the detention centre where conditions are reportedly harsh.
The OLF is fighting government forces in parts of the Oromia region, including
the areas around Dire Dawa and Harar in Eastern Ethiopia, where there have
been mass arrests of Oromo civilians in recent months. Amnesty International
believes that many of those detained, including Tajuddin Abdullahi and Usmael
Umar, may have been arrested arbitrarily and not on the basis of evidence of
actual involvement with the OLF's armed opposition.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- welcoming the release of all but two of the Oromo Relief Association staff
in Dire Dawa;
- asking for the reasons for the continued detention without charge or trial
of Tajuddin Abdullahi and Usmael Umar, and expressing concern that they may
be prisoners of conscience;
- urging that they be released without further delay if they are not to be
charged with a recognizable criminal offence;
- requesting that they are treated humanely and given regular access to their
families, lawyers and representatives of ORA.
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APPEALS TO:
1) President
His Excellency President Meles Zenawi
Office of the President
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Telegrams: President Meles, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Telexes: 21050 (c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Faxes: + 251 1 514300 (c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs (head of security):
Mr Kinfe Wolde-Mariam (head of security)
Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs
Ministry of Internal Affairs
P O Box 2556, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Telegrams: Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs Kinfe, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Telexes/Faxes: as for the President
Salutation: Dear Vice-Minister
3) Minister of Justice:
Mr Meheteme Solomon
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
P O Box 1370, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Telegrams: Minister of Justice Meheteme Solomon, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Telegrams/Faxes: as for President
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
1) Mr Hassen Shifa
Coordinator of Police and Prisons Administration
Ministry of Internal Affairs
P O Box 2556, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2) Mr Mohamed Siraj
Central Attorney General
P O Box 4467
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
3) Mr Simon Mechalle
Commissioner of Relief and Rehabilitation
Relief and Rehabilitation Commission
PO Box 195
Addis Ababa
and to diplomatic representatives of Ethiopia accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 13th January 1993.

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