Around 19 People Including University Lecturers, Journalists & Professionals Arrested in Bahir Dar City Last Night

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25-3-2018

Around 19 people who came to the Amhara regional state’s capital, Bahir Dar to discuss formation of a new political party have been arrested in Bahir Dar city yesterday. Some of them were beaten and tortured during the arrest process.

Among the detained include

  1. Dr. Dessalegn Chanie Dagnew: Centre Director and Asst. Professor at the Institute of Disaster Risk Management & Food Security Studies, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. He is also the founder and head of the Save Tana Lake Environmental organisation.
  2. Tessema Kassahun: Accounting Lecturer in Injibara University, Ethiopia.
  3. Kassu Hailu: born in Ankober,  Kassa has been the president of the Association of Addis Ababa University Economics Students and is a lecturer in Injbara University, Ethiopia. He has a double master’s degree in economics from Jimma University and Makerere University, Uganda. He is among those arbitrarily arrested by the regime’s security forces while having dinner together with his friends in Bahir Dar.
  4. Yusuf Ibrahim: Law Lecturer, Wello University, Ethiopia.
  5. Belete Molla: Philosophy Lecturer at the Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia. He is also a PhD Candidate. He is also an activist on social media boldly discussing some serious human rights and political issues.
  6. Temesgen Tesema: Law Lecturer, Wollo University, Ethiopia.
  7. Gashaw Mersha, former Public Relations officer of the de funct opposition, Andinet Party,
  8. Negatu Asres, journalist at the government’s Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA),
  9. Journalist Belete Kassa, former Editor of Yekelem Kend Newspaper,
  10. Sisay Altaseb,
  11. Daniel Abebaw,
  12. Mengiste Tegene,
  13. Bogale Arage,
  14. Addisu Melese, Lecturer at Debre Tabor University, Ethiopia.
  15. Dirsan Birhane,
  16. Berihun Assefa,
  17. Fikru Kassaw and
  18. Temesgen Birhanu

After spending the day discussing about forming a new political party, they were dinning near lake Tana at the time of their arrest.

Although some popular opposition politicians and journalists were released last month, the incumbent in Ethiopia has intensified the re-arrest and torture of more politicians and journalists across Ethiopia after declaring the State of Emergency at the end of February 2018.