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Write For Rights - December 2-17, 2013

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Prisoner of Conscience Eskinder Nega is serving an 18 year sentence for his legitimate work as a journalist. Ethiopian authorities routinely use criminal charges and accusations of terrorism to silence dissenting voices. Repression of freedom of expression in Ethiopia has increased alarmingly in recent years. Eskinder has often challenged the Ethiopian authorities through his writing. For this he has been harassed, arrested and prosecuted at least 8 times.
Featured Case: Eskinder Nega
Prisoner of Conscience Eskinder Nega is serving an 18 year sentence for his legitimate work as a journalist. Ethiopian authorities routinely use criminal charges and accusations of terrorism to silence dissenting voices. Repression of freedom of expression in Ethiopia has increased alarmingly in recent years. Eskinder has often challenged the Ethiopian authorities through his writing. For this he has been harassed, arrested and prosecuted at least 8 times.

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Imagine being imprisoned for voicing a New Year's Eve wish for peace and democracy. That was one of the reasons Ethiopian authorities sentenced Eskinder Nega to 18-years in prison on charges of terrorism and treason. Call for his freedom now!
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Imagine being imprisoned for voicing a New Year's Eve wish for peace and democracy. That was one of the reasons Ethiopian authorities sentenced Eskinder Nega to 18-years in prison on charges of terrorism and treason. Call for his freedom now!
 
A journalist from Ethiopia, Eskinder Nega, raised his voice to criticize the human rights violations happening in Ethiopia. Hear his story.
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A journalist from Ethiopia, Eskinder Nega, raised his voice to criticize the human rights violations happening in Ethiopia. Hear his story.
 
In 2005 Birtukan Midesska, leader of Ethiopia's main opposition party, was arrested for peacefully protesting against the legitimacy of the 2005 election. She was sentenced to life imprisonment. Birtukan was featured in Write for Rights 2009 as a prisoner of conscience. She was finally freed in October 2010 after thousands raised their voices on her behalf.
Success Story: Birtukan Mideksa
In 2005 Birtukan Midesska, leader of Ethiopia's main opposition party, was arrested for peacefully protesting against the legitimacy of the 2005 election. She was sentenced to life imprisonment. Birtukan was featured in Write for Rights 2009 as a prisoner of conscience. She was finally freed in October 2010 after thousands raised their voices on her behalf.
 
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