- Thematic areas of the campaign are freedom of expression in Ethiopia, freedom of movement including for education purposes such as the course that our colleagues applied, good governance and the respect of the constitution, justice and similar themes.
According to the press release by De Brihan ZelalemWorkagenehu, was charged in October 2014 with being the local leader of Ginbot7 Movement, conspiring violent revolution with his friends, writing and sending reports that appeared on Diaspora based websites, receiving money from abroad to recruit members for Ginbot 7 and facilitating a social media and communication related course with his friends.
- However, the court dropped most of the charges in August 2015 and now he is defending two charges,which are receiving money (10, 000 birr) from abroad to recruit members for the opposition Ginbot 7 and facilitating the social media course. The course never took place. Zelalem, Yonatan and Bahiru were tortured in Mea’kelawi Prison during investigations. Last month, award-winning journalist Eskinder Nega defended on the trial to argue that applying for internet security or communication related course is legal and normal.
- De Birhan siad, along with benevolent individuals, has been “beseeching and calling” for the release of the detainees using diplomatic channels, and mass media outlets. Now that almost all of the defense witnesses of Bahiru Degu and Yonatan Tesfaye have been heard and all of Zelalem’s but Andargahcew Tsige, who is called to be a defense witness on February 24, 2016, are heard, we find it necessary that we should take our campaign for the release of our colleagues to another step.