Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A small victory in Ethiopia

Last year, in the wake of a fixed election and violent public protests, the Ethiopian government arrested 131 journalists, opposition leaders and activists and charged them with (among other things) treason and genocide. Now, the most laughable of those charges have been thrown out, and 25 of the accused freed from prison. It's a small victory for human rights, but by no means the whole battle: 85 people are still imprisoned awaiting trial on trumped-up charges of "attempting to overthrow the government through an armed struggle" and "crimes against the constitution". If convicted, they could face life imprisonment or even execution, for nothing more than speaking out against an increasingly undemocratic government.

There's more abou this, including posts from Ethiopian bloggers, on Global Voices.