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Monday, August 21, 2006

Call to action: Muluneh Eyuel brutalized

Background
On August 11, 2006, the Secretary of CUDP, Muluneh Eyuel, who with other leaders of the party is falsely accused of treason and attempted genocide by the Ethiopian government, met the American Charge d'affaires in Addis Ababa, Ambassador Vicki Huddlestone. The ambassador told Ato Muluneh that the way forward for Ethiopia was reconciliation between the government and the jailed leaders of CUDP. When Muluneh reminded the Mrs. Huddlestone that his party had always stretched its hands for talks, the ambassador replied that it is still possible to have talks if he and his colleagues in writing accept the country's constitution. It was reported that Muluneh angrily said to her that she wasn't serious enough to be an honest broker.
A week after the meeting, a prison security personnel came to Muluneh's cell and order him to pack his belongings. He then took the 32 years old prisoner to solitary confinement where there are no lights and the sanitation is extremely poor. Muluneh was in the same jail in April and May and suffered serious eye-sight problems due to the lack of light in the confinement.
Prison sources indicated that Muluneh was put in a solitary confinement as a punishment for strongly disagreeing with Mrs. Huddlestone.
Required actions:
-Call, fax or e-mail the American State Department and inform them that a prisoner of conscience is being seriously brutalized by the Ethiopian government as a direct result of his interaction with the representative of the American government in Ethiopia
-Call, fax or e-mail Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and inform them about Muluneh's ordeals.

PS: Ambassador Vicki Huddlestone is currently on vacation in the US.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

EZ - Will do. God give stregnth to Muluneh.

Anonymous said...

Dear EZ

You honestly think it would matter Vicki Huddelston is doing her job, please read what has taken place in Latin America over the years from Guatemale to Colombia Chile and Panama, it is part of the American self interest policy. I hate to be cynical but that is the reality our struggle has to be at home we have to desire and beleive in our rights and our freedom it is not going to come from the West and most of all the USA. The talk of Democray is just that. Lets stop fooling ourselves and realize that the power is within us and as long as we do not allow them to break that will then we will over come.

Keep the faith brother and we need to honestly fight for what we believe which is emancipating ourselves and beleiving that we can do it together because we are tired of fear, hatred and anger.

Peace

Inde Hewan said...

Hi EZ,

Will definitely do! It would be great if you could add to this info the contact information (name, phone number, etc.) of the officials to call, so we make sure we reach the very diplomats who need to be reached.

To Anon above: When honourable people like Muluneh are brutalised because of Western diplomats like Huddleston, resignation and silence is NOT an option. This is all the more true because of the US track record in Latin America and elsewhere. We can't afford to sit back and complain, we have to make our voices heard.

Thanks EZ!

Anonymous said...

IT IS THE US AGAIN. SEE! IT IS NOT MELES... IT IS THE US GOVERNMENT THAT IS AGAINST US. MIGHT IS POWER. WE ARE REDUCED TO SAYING HOW HIGH WHEN THE LAME VICKI SAYS JUMP. SEE WHAT IS GOING ON.

IT IS MELES WHO DID THIS TO US BUT NOW THE US IS IN CONTROL OF THE SITUATION WE HAVE NO HOPE UNLESS WE SUBMIT TO ALL OF THEIR PLANS FOR THE HORN. HOW HORRIBLE THE SITUATION IS GOINT TO GET, ONE CANNOT TELL. BUT THE US HAS NO WISDOM EXCEPT BARBARIANISM (ARMS) TO HANDLE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD. AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, AND ALL OTHER PLACES THEY HAVE OPENLY OPERATED PROVES IT TO US.

MAY GOD BLESS THE BEAUTIFUL ETHIOPIA.

Anonymous said...

EZ,
This is simply a 'Shumbash' phenomena. The age long betrayal culture of Weyanes - in the face of colonial/super powers purrs them to be the 'whip boys' of ferengis.
They are punishing one of 'their own' for alleged offenses made against the madam ambassador. We call these people 'Bandas', the italians call them 'Shumbash', the arabs call them ---------
Take care EZ,
Weyanes are doomed to go down in history as the 'Bandas'

Mesfin said...

EZ- why don't you tell this crap of a diplomat not to get any nearer to our incarcerated leaders and cause them more suffering as Muluneh's is a case in point.

Anonymous said...

EZ,

Even the worst of American enemy countrie on the globe, their leaders and citizens have a judgement in differentating American people from American government. The typical comment is, we have nothing against American people, it is the government we have problems with. Having said that, I post the followng, from your blog,

"When Muluneh reminded the Mrs. Huddlestone that his party had always stretched its hands for talks, the ambassador replied that it is still possible to have talks if he and his colleagues in writing accept the country's constitution."

If Diplomat Vicky H. is in States, (business or personal vacation?), I think, some international radio station( may be VOA, unless partial), might have to interview
her and get her confirmation.

I think what is quoted above is more of a SERIOUS issue, and it calls for confirmation before directing individual pleas to the state department.

If Mr. Muluneh's circumstance as reported, has been true, we, as Ethiopian public in diaspora to my knowledge are not seeing any official press release or specific petition assigned to extreme cases from CUDP.

Your reports are commendable, but I wonder if you coordinate your directions with Ethio Kinijit, KNA and/or KIL.

H

Anonymous said...

I have an idea. Sign the damn paper and lets get on with it. If it takes signing a paper accepting the constitution, then do so. All this puritanical born-again activist stuff does not belong in politics. Time is on the Ethiopian government's side. The more time lapses, the more irrelevant the imprisoned leaders become. They are less relevant today than they were 6 months ago. Don't fool yourself otherwise.

Anonymous said...

The above annon:
I would have liked to agree with you if the "sign" demand was to solve individual problem and get out of jail. The objective of the imprisoned leaders are bigger than that, the way I understand it. It is a matter of priniciple and way of struggle to teach the general public and even the tyrrants themselves that tyrrants cannot control individual minds and they need to resopect the law of the land as any other soul in the land. The tyrrants are the one who run over the law of the land not the jailed individuals. Why do you think that their answer was unanimous?

Anonymous said...

Dear EZ forum participants #8 and #9,
I am sorry to address you by numbers,but the argument is exactly between the statements both of you made. It is a matter of where Kinijit's and the public's strategy and wisdom is at.

#8."Sign the dam paper". Yes there is such a thing when you are confronted with a judgement call that involves two leaders in their mid seventies and currently hospitalized. One can not imagine to see them back to a jail with severe health environment as it is. The case of Mr. Muluneh is also a young life and eye sight in the process of unforseen future damage. I have my own endless problems, but one does not limit one's self only to their own small world.

#9."Principle and lesson to tyrany", there is a time when a well placed defeat becomes a justified victory. Who knows what the fate of EPRDF and their very destiny is tomorrow as far as life span?.

In the mean time, a serious and extremly URGENT dicussion is called for, TO DECIDE between principle and circumstance, AND I THINK obtain a realistic outcome.

Principle

Anonymous said...

I am sorry about editing. The word principle escaped, as if I voted for principle.

We can not keep comparing South African's Mandela or Civil Rights leader's Martin Luther King, with Ethiopia's case in exact the same way. The context could be different. Some times a realistic defeat is a sound victory?.

H for ccmment #10 and this.

Anonymous said...

The jailed leaders shouldn't accept Vicki's demand! If they accept it, they will incriminate themselves and a death penalty will be the final sentence! TPLF didn’t present any convincing case against the jailed leaders so far!! TPLF and Vicki’s conspiracy is to show to the Ethiopian people and the world as if the opposition was against the constitution and had plotted a coup d'├ętat!!

How could TPLF allow Kinijit to participate in the election without accepting the constitution????

Anonymous said...

Law has its own face, twists and turns depending where and how and by whom it is applied. In the mean time, NATURAL CIRCUMSTANCE OF HEALTH, AGE, PRISON CONDITIONS, THE EXTENDED VACATION OF THE REGIME'S JUDICIARY, FACTS VS. MYSTERY,KINIJIT'S AND THE PUBLIC'S RESPONSIBLITY BECOME VERY IMPORTANT AND URGENT ISSUES. TRUE, NATURAL DISASTER IS COMPETING WITH THE FOCUS, BUT ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY AND FOCUS WOULD HAVE BEEN DIVERTED TO SUCH EMERGENCY From the DIASPORA, IF ETHIOPIAN POLITICS HAS NOT HAD A STRECH OF YEARS OF DRAGGING OPPOSING POLITICAL FORCES IN UPHEAVAL. ALL CITIZENS ATTENTION IS CALLED FOR ATTENTION TO THE NATURAL DISASTER, BUT THE REGIME IS IN MUCH BETTER POSITION IN UTILIZING THE AIDE MONEY ALSO.

Anonymous said...

SET THE CAGED BIRDS FREE BEFORE THE FROZEN "FREE" SPIRITS HAUNT THE NATION WITH NATURAL DISASTERS AND DEATH FROM WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

When I said "sign the damn paper" I may have over-simplified it. One point I am trying to put across is that all this ideals and principles are wonderful but please let us not forget that we live in a nation where a people would rather risk death from flooding than be departed from the sole focus of their lives--THE COW OR THE OX--I GUESS THE HERD. Quoting Mandela to a man who cannot be separated from a Milk producing cow is rather misplaced. Just like Birtukan was quoting Judge Holmes from her prison cell, I sense a rather naive or over-optimistic approach to real-politik in Ethiopia. What is Judge Holmes, a great man of law, to a people who still pee on the street.

Anonymous said...

Some of you idiots make me sick. Thank God your kind is out of Ethiopia.

Stay Anonymous and Spineless.

Anonymous said...

HR 5680 seems a long way before becoming law. Besides,it has a task force that may benefit from support in helping it get facilitated sooner?. I don't know how the recent form of petition is holding. At the rate things are going, Ethiopian political parties and the public need a more pro active approach. I might be echoing mine as well as other peoples suggestions. There need to be pro active and consistent and continuous actions dedicated just for this cause. Beyond this suggestion for this blog, I think the rest of my thought would have to be addressed directly to KNA. But there is one thing, when supporters and the public gets more geared towards armed struggle, one hopes that every thing that nedds to be done has been exhausted for a movement whose leaders are a symbol of a peaceful movement.

Anonymous said...

Inde Hewan,

I don't know if you are joking
asking EZ for contact info! For
crying out loud all you have to
do is google it.

Here is the infom, ye'all use it!
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Tel: 1-(212) 290-4700,
Fax: 1-(212) 736-1300
hrwnyc@hrw.org

Amnesty International USA
5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
phone: (212) 807-8400
fax: (212) 627-145i
email: aimember@aiusa.org

Donald Yamamoto: Assistant Secretary of State
"Yamamoto,Donald Y
"YamamotoD@State.Gov"

Anonymous said...

Stay Anonymous and Spineless,

You sound even worse since we don't know what exactly make you say that, your constructive criticism, your opposing view or any thing. In this case you would have better of said nothing, but you made your self sound spinless and heartless.

Anonymous said...

BTW, HRW stands for Human Rights Watch

Anonymous said...

I personaly did not ask for info. I know how to address issues to the right places if need be, but I wil not contact any government authority individualy unless the info. has complete and factual confirmation. In this case, not until I hear a statement from State department or an interview with Diplomat Vicky. All due respect to EZ, as a popular, upbeat blogger on top of his duties. I don't even know his name and who he is. I think it will be over symplifying the seriousness of the issue. Besides, this suggestion is not coordinated with the party leadership.

Tazabi said...

Hey Ethio-Zagol,

Thanks man. You are our best news source from Ethio. Keep the good work. We will give the State Department an earful regarding Muluneh Eyuel.

Be safe,

Anonymous said...

Last Anon,

What a jerk! Chill out dude.
You probably can't write anyways!

Anonymous said...

he deserves it!yibelew.

Anonymous said...

TPLF cadres allow Meles & co. even sleep with their wife or mame to secure their release from a prison !!!

Lifeless TPLF cadres, please go to Aiga forum!!!

Anonymous said...

To Annon who gave out the info...
It is good you posted that any way.
As far as calling or writting the State dept. regarding some extreme jail conditions, they know. A specific question addresing regarding conversation between Diplomat Vicky and Mr. Muluneh, and the conditional agreement presented to him and the consequenses of his refusal, that is the cofirmation expected from Ms.VH. One hopes she gets interviewed on the issue while she is here. The rest, I called both places, and individual calls are what they are for such a SERIOUS MATTER that should be addressed collectively. It will be nice if Kinijit or the pro Democracy web sites post petition page on their web sites from the following.
-----------------------------------
P&C from mentioned Annon...
Here is the infom, ye'all use it!
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Tel: 1-(212) 290-4700,
Fax: 1-(212) 736-1300
hrwnyc@hrw.org
Note: tried( the e-mail was not going through). tel call has its own protocol or operator routing to specific extention.

Amnesty International USA
5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
phone: (212) 807-8400
fax: (212) 627-145i
email: aimember@aiusa.org
Note: tried, immediate desk response and hold. Did not try e-mail.

Amnesty is run with contributions and volunteers also. In a way both could have a load of their own share of calls. I think a collectivly done petition sounds more practical to me. Others might have more info.

EZ,
No matter which way one looks your message is coming across...
Stay very well
HH

Anonymous said...

Your and your anonymous bloggers are engaged in defaming and viciously attacking someone I know to be upright and always at the forefront of the struggle. Are you the footsoliders of Andargarchew Tsige and Berhane Mewa? I have gathered enough evidence to show your true color and in time you will be exposed for your dirty work

Anonymous said...

2:32 PM anonymous,
"You your anonymous bloggers are engaged in defaming and viciously attacking someone I know to be upright and always at the forefront of the struggle."

Who is attacking whom?. You were eager to mention names of KIL's AT and BM, but for got to specify the victims names.

An Ethiopian who has posted above

Tazabi said...

"You your anonymous bloggers are engaged in defaming and viciously attacking someone I know to be upright and always at the forefront of the struggle."

It is my humble opinion that the above trash was posted by a Woyanie agent. Trust me they are out there scouring the cyberspace for an opportunity to DIVIDE.

Down with Woyanie agents trying to divide Kinijit and its supporters!

Anonymous said...

No matter what you say and do the victory is for weyane. You better be good to P.M. Melese Zenawe so you can be blessed and live peas fully.
So my advice is be quite, let the Melese and the west do the job for Ethiopia, we know Ethiopian never know for itself.
Long live Weyane