The Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP) has put the story politician and a former spokesperson for the Blue Party, Yonatan Tesfaye, who was arrested in December 2015.
(EthiopiaOnline)―Yonatan Tesfaye was the head of public relations (spokesperson) for the opposition Semayawi Party (the Blue Party) was fist charged in May 2016 with “planning, preparation, conspiracy, incitement and attempt” of a terrorist act. The Ethiopian authorities cited Yonatan’s Facebook posts about the protests as evidence, for which was was convicted and sentenced to six and a half years in prison in May 2017.
Regarding Yonatan Tesfaye’s Facebook posts, the authorities objected to several posts including one in which he said the government used “force against the people instead of peaceful discussion”.
Ethiopia has been criticized for using anti-terror laws to silence dissent.
Amnesty International described the charges as “trumped up“, when they were confirmed in May 2016.
The Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP), based on Nairobi, Kenya, is a non-governmental organization whose vision is “the amplification of Ethiopian Human Rights Voices”.
Recently, EHRP has produced a short animated video of the young Ethiopian activist, Nigist Yirga, who has been held by the Ethiopian authorities since 2015 for participating in anti-government protests.
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