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Further information on UA 357/94 (AFR 25/23/94, 27 September; and follow-up AFR 25/25/94, 17 October) - Ethiopia: "disappearance" / fear of ill-treatment: Asfaw Gemechu, Baricha Kumsa, Bekelle Wolde-Michael, Beressa Begna, Diyama Kefeni, Fufa Sori, Gerema

, Index number: AFR 25/030/1994

Asfaw Gemechu "reappeared" in late October 1994 when he was released without charge. Amnesty International is investigating reports that he was tortured after he "disappeared" into secret detention. About six of the remaining 40 people detained in early September are also believed to have been released, although their identities are not known. Several others have been transferred to prison in the town of Weliso. Most of the detainees are reported to have been tortured or ill-treated. None has been taken to court or charged with any offence.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 25/30/94
Distr: UA/SC
12 December 1994
This is a limited action. Please restrict appeals to 25 per section.
Further information on UA 357/94 (AFR 25/23/94, 27 September 1994) and follow-up
(AFR 25/25/94, 17 October) - "Disappearance" / Fear of Ill-treatment
ETHIOPIAAsfaw Gemechu, former Ministry of Agriculture employee
Baricha Kumsa, 38, teacher
Bekelle Wolde-Michael, 58, merchant
Beressa Begna, school student
Diyama Kefeni, 55, teacher
Fufa Sori, teacher, former political detainee
Geremaw (second name not known, kebelle (urban-dwellers association)
chairman
Lomi Daba (f), 13, school student
Napu Bekelle, son of Bekelle Wolde-Michael (above)
Negussie Jiressa, merchant
Olli Atomsa, 64, retired civil servant, diabetic
and many others
Amnesty International has learned that Asfaw Gemechu "reappeared" in late
October 1994 when he was released without being taken to court or charged with
any offence. The organization is investigating reports that he was tortured
after he "disappeared" into secret detention by the security authorities.
About six of the remaining 40 people detained in early September are also
believed to have been released, although their identities are unknown to Amnesty
International. Several others have been transferred to prison in the town
of Weliso further south. Most of the detainees are reported to have been
tortured or ill-treated. None has been taken to court or charged with any
offence.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or in your own language:
- welcoming the release of Asfaw Gemechu and six others arrested in Ambo and
Guder in early September 1994, but calling for an independent and impartial
investigation into reports that many of those arrested at that time have been
tortured or ill-treated;
- expressing concern that none of the detainees has been taken to court or
charged with any offence, far exceeding the 48-hour limit prescribed by law
during which detainees can be held without charge;
- calling for all those still held to be immediately charged with a recognizably
criminal offence or released;
- seeking assurances of the humane treatment of the remaining detainees and
urging that they be given immediate access to their families and legal
representatives, and medical treatment if required.
APPEALS TO
1) Mr Hassan Shiffa
Coordinator of Police and Prison Administration
Ministry of Internal Affairs
P O Box 5721, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Faxes: + 251 1 552020 (or 514300, 511244 or 514042, via Minister of Foreign
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Affairs)
Telegrams: Hassan Shiffa, Ministry Internal Affairs, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Salutation: Dear Sir
2) Mr Mahteme Solomon
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
P O Box 1370, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Faxes: + 251 1 550722
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Mr Kemal Bedri
President of the Supreme Court
Ministry of Justice
P O Box 1370, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Faxes: + 251 1 550722
Mr Seye Abreha
Minister of Defence
Ministry of Defence
P O Box 1373, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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 24 January 1995.

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