Birtukan Mideksa Returns Home After Years in Exile
Birtukan Mideksa, a prominent politician and founder of Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), returned home today after seven years of exile.
The woman who returned home after her seven-year in exile, Birtukan Mideksa, was greeted by at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on arrival.
The current opportunity created by current reform initiates me to return home initiates me to return home Birtukan said, adding that she would continue to support the justice sector by using the favorable conditions created in the country.
Birtukan Mediksa who served as a federal court judge is a founding Chairman of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy and Founder of UDJ for Justice and Democracy.
She also received a global award for her contribution to democracy and human rights.
On December 28, 2008, Mideksa was re-arrested. Her 2007 pardon was revoked and she was sentenced to life in prison. Human Rights Watch called the arrest politically motivated.
After the news of her return is heard, many social media users were assuming that she could be appointed in one key government position.
She was first arrested in 2005, following the national election, along with the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) leaders for about a year and a half.
Although CUD leaders were released later, on condition of “pardon,” the most prominent opposition coalition in the history of the country did not survive cracked down and infiltration.
Birtukan, however, didn’t give up as she went on to establish Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) which turned out to be a strong opposition party after CUD.