EU renewed calls for the release Dr. Merera Gudina. 

Pan Africa

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have renewed calls for the release of Ethiopia’s leading opposition figure, Dr. Merera Gudina.

The latest call was made in aparliamentary resolution dated Thursday 18 May, 2017.

Key among their demands, theMEPs called for the immediate release and dropping of all charges against Gudina – leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), who has been in detention since December 1, 2016.

MEPs urge the Ethiopian government to refrain from “using anti-terrorism legislation to supress legitimate peaceful protest” and to lift restrictions on free expression and association.

He was arrested upon his return from a visit to the European Parliament on 9 November 2016, where he joined a panel with other opposition leaders.

He was initially accused of abusing the October 2016 state of emergency before terrorism charges were slapped on him in February this year. He has…

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