(Note: Befeqadu Hailu was freed on December 22, 2016)
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Quote from Amnesty International: “Zone 9 blogger Befeqadu Hailu was arbitrarily arrested and is being detained due to his open criticism of the Ethiopian government during a media interview. He should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Security officers arrested prominent Zone 9 blogger Befeqadu Hailu from his home on 11 November at 6: 30 am local time. The police told Befeqadu Hailu during interrogation that he is being detained for criticizing the state of emergency the Ethiopian Government declared on 9 October during an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Amharic service on 30 October. He is being detained at a Police Station near CMC in Addis Ababa. According to the state of emergency currently in place in Ethiopia, Befeqadu Hailu will not be able to challenge the legality of his detention. His Twitter and Facebook accounts were deactivated after his arrest.
In the past, Befeqadu Hailu and others have suffered torture and other ill treatment while in pre-trial detention at Maekelawi Prison. Amnesty International believes that Befeqadu Hailu is at risk of torture and other ill treatment while in detention.”
Take action for jailed blogger BefeQadu Hailu!
– Write about him and demand his release on social media and blogs. Use hashtags #FreeBefeqaduHailu and #FreeZone9Bloggers
– Follow the advice given on this Urgent Action by Amnesty International:http://www.amnestyusa.org/…/take-action-blogger…
– Write to media and politicians and make them aware of what has happened.