Bekele is a Community Organiser with years of experience. His job is to build the power of civil society so that it holds the state and the market to account. As a human rights campaigner and advocate, Bekele believes we should do a lot to make the world a better place to live in; a place of tolerance and respect to the right to life. Bekele also writes about different issues on different platforms. This blog reflects Bekele’s personal views.
አለፎ አልፎ ይህችን ብሎግ ጎብኘት ያድርጓት።
I am writing this letter to express my grave concerns regarding the abduction of Mr. Andargachew Tsege, a British citizen and a renowned critic of the Ethiopian government while in transit at Sana’a International Airport on June 23, 2014.
I am particularly concerned that the continued illegal detention of Mr. Tsege is politically motivated and against international law. I urge the Government of Yemen to release him immediately and unconditionally.
Mr. Tsege is a well-known pro-democracy and human rights advocate who is a man of high moral standards and dogged determination for basic themes of democracy. He has been vigorously campaigning for social justice and the rule of law in his native country Ethiopia. His abduction is unlawful and totally unacceptable.
Mr. Tsege was imprisoned in Ethiopia for his political activities during the ill-fated election of 2005. He has since escaped assassination attempts.
I would like to call on your attention to the doctrine of non-refoulement, which is a principle of International Law that forbids the rendering of a true victim of persecution to his persecutors.
I kindlyurge your government to adhere to these recognised principles aimed at protecting human rights. I trust you will do everything in your power to see Mr.Tsege released and united with his family as soon as possible.
Yours Sincerely, Bekele Woyecha
London, United Kingdom.
CC: The Rt. Hon William Hague, Secretary of State For Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK.
The Rt. Hon Hugh Robertson, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth office, UK.
Ethiopians in all walks of life irrespective of political, ethnic or religious differences should unite and work together towards achieving their dreams in 2014 and beyond. Division helps only the few political elites who cannot live without it. Unity is power. Power is needed to work for change. We need to build relational power to work together; not power OVER others as it will no more work. If we want change, we need to change the way we do politics including the way we think about ourselves. We need to think in broader terms and see issues from different angles and perspectives. As someone born and raised in Ethiopia, I am an Ethiopian. I am also an African. As a British citizen who can work and live freely anywhere in Europe, I am also a European citizen. As a human being, I am part of the human family of this world. We should not waste our precious time and energy on unwanted and unhelpful arguments. What unites us is more than what divides us. When the late Nelson Mandela fought for freedom and justice, he fought for all South Africans. He liberated both the oppressed and the oppressors. He liberated people of all colours, race and backgrounds. Loving one another and working in unison should be the way forward for my fellow Ethiopians. To love is natural. As Martin Luther King once said, “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” Love and unity is what it takes to achieve the common good- democratic and strong Ethiopia.