Temesgen Desalegn Admitted to Zewditu Hospital After Harsh Prison Treatment
Journalist Temesgen Desalegn is in Zewditu Hospital less than a week after his arrest by security officers. The journalist was ailing from a back pain that had not fully healed, Addis Standard reports. His back pain problem is the likely cause of his admittance to Zewditu Hospital.
Temesgen was arrested along with other journalists, bloggers and activists who had convened in Temesgen’s house to celebrate their recent release from prison.
However, their celebration of freedom turned into the agony of incarceration when security officers whisked the attendees away to prison.
Though various human rights organizations protested the arrest, no formal charges have been made against the detainees. Various institutions and individuals are lobbying the government to release the prisoners or at the very least present formal charges against them.
Social Media sites are running rampant with posts and messages using the hashtags #FreeEthiopianJournalists and #FreeEthiopianPoliticalPrisoners.
Situation of the Prisoners
VOA had reported the treatment of the prisoners was abysmal. The hospitalization of Temesgen Desalegn is in line with the appalling treatment the prisoners are facing in the Nifas Silk jail they are currently being held in with many other prisoners. On his behalf, Eskinder Nega has sent the following message from prison.
Coalition of NGOs Writes Open Letter to Dr. Abiy Ahmed
Additionally, a coalition of international, regional and local non-governmental organizations wrote a letter to recently elected EPRDF Chairman Dr. Abiy Ahmed. In the letter they ask the soon-to-be Prime Minister to “immediately and unconditionally release all human rights defenders, political activists and journalists, including the 11 individuals detained this week.”