Last Friday Yemi Halliemariam spoke about her partner: Andargachew Tsege – also known as Andy – a father of three from London. A prominent figure in Ethiopian politics, in June 2014 he was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia on the command of the Ethiopian government as part of a brutal crackdown on political opponents and civil rights activists. After being kidnapped, Andy was held in secret detention and in solitary confinement for over a year, without access to any form of due process. He has been paraded on Ethiopian TV looking ill and gaunt. He was given an in absentia death sentence in 2009, he could be executed at any time. Despite this, the British Government refuses to act.
After hearing Yemi speak about the injustice caused to her husband, our students wrote their names on a national petition (championed by the charity Reprieve) and they also wrote and drew messages of hope on a large poster that will be sent to Yemi and her family, so that they might know they are in our thoughts.
The Flame for Freedom – with the Quaker Elders, Yemi lit a candle of hope for Andy. It shall shine brightly every day until Andy is released from prison.
Centre for Peace and Global Studies
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