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GSTS Urges Federal Government to Free Tigrayan Detainees Arrested for Organizing Event to Support Famine Victims in Tigray

Mekelle: 25 December 2023 (Tigray Herald)

GSTS Urges Federal Government to Free Tigrayan Detainees Arrested for Organizing Event to Support Famine Victims in Tigray

Global Society of Tigrian Scholars and Professionals( GSTS) issued a statement on Sunday to call on the Federal government to release Tigrayans arrested for organizing an event to support famine victims in Tigray.

On Saturday, Dec 23, 2023 police arrested 14 Tigrayans who were organizing an event of fund-raising to aid Tigrayan victims of famine.

Meseret Hadush, founder of Hwyet Charity, an organization working on the healing of Tigrayan victims of sexual violence, is one of the detainees who were arrested in Ethiopia’s capital on Saturday.

According to our source who was arrested along side Meseret and 12 others, Meseret was arrested alongside 11 musicians from Geez, Kiya and Armana Bands as well as two renowned Tigrigna singers Mizan Tesfay and Million Tekel. While the rest of them were released, Meseret remains in custody, yet to appear before court of law, 54 hours into her detention.

As to our source, the police came to Freedom Club, where the event was to take place, on Saturday afternoon while the three bands were checking the sound system.

He also said police used forces against them in the time of arrest.

GSTS called for immediate release of all Tigrayan Prisoners including Meseret.

GSTS asked the Federal government to “immediately release all individuals unjustifiably arrested in Addis Abeba for organizing charitable event without any preconditions”

GSTS also called on the government to deploy all national mechanisms to facilitate an integrated support for famine victims in Tigray who are at a critical condition.

Famine in Tigray exacerbated by the war-crippled economic system in the region has troubled the lives of millions in Tigray causing the death of hundreds in the region.

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