Posted October 28, 2012 in News

Ethiopians in Norway demand government reverse deportation order

OSLO — Ethiopian asylum seekers who have been living in Norway once again took to the streets of the Norwegian capital on October 18 to appeal to the parliament to reverse a deportation agreement it had reached with the dictatorial regime in Addis Ababa.

In a march bolstered by the presence of representatives of various Norwegian organizations as well as Ethiopian opposition parties, the demonstrators said a January 26, 2012 “repatriation agreement” should be discarded. The agreement was signed between Norway and the Meles Zenawi regime.


“Given that human rights violations in Ethiopia are going from bad to worse, how come a democratic country like Norway opts to throw us out into political persecution and economic disaster?” the demonstrators asked.Many immigrants treat the agreement as a “deportation order.”

“Even though the dictatorial regime of Meles Zenawi is gone, the country is still ruled by its ghost party, the TPLF,” the protesters said in a press release distributed to the media.

Ethiopia continues to keep political prisoners, including journalists and opposition figures in prison under various pretexts, and the new government of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is no different.

In fact, while many Ethiopians had expected that the new government will declare clemency for political prisoners, it took everyone by surprise by vowing that it will uphold the “legacy of Meles Zenawi.”

The government in Addis has spies in several countries, including in Norway where political dissidents such as the demonstrators are quietly spied upon and their pictures sent to the embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Later in Addis, the regime uses the pictures and documents to criminalize the individuals and prosecute them harshly.

Ethiopia continues to hold many prisoners of conscience, including the prominent journalist Eskinder Nega, who has been sentenced to 18 years for doing his job, and opposition leader Andualem Aragie, who was condemned to life in prison. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and other rights groups frequently accuse the Ethiopian regime of violating even the most rudimentary human and political rights of citizens.