Prisoners of Conscience:

Intellectuals and leaders who are languishing in the notorious jails of Ethiopia:



1. Dr. Taye Wolde Semayate:

President of Ethiopian Teachers Association, formerly Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University, one of the 42 professors who were summarily dismissed from their teaching/research positions at Addis Ababa University.

2. Professor Asrat Woldeyes:

President of The All Amhara Peoples Organization, a veteran surgeon, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Addis Ababa University

3. Professor Alemayehu Teferra:

President of Addis Ababa University, Former Dean of the Faculty of Technology of Addis Ababa University and board member of UNESCO.

4. Fitawrari Mekonnen Dori:

Vice chairman of the Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Union, former Vice Minister of Information and Governor.

5. Mr. Abera Yemaneab:

Vice Chairman of the Coalition of Ethiopian Democratic Forces.

6. Mr. Tsegaye Gebre Medhin: A veteran opposition leader.


..... AND MANY MORE......



List of Petitioners, Country of Residence and their Institutional Affiliation

1. Mr. Ahmed Ismail, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
2. Mr. Bongani Khumalo, Rhodes University, South Africa
3. Dr. Minga Negash, Rhodes University, South Africa
4. Mr. Araya Amsalu, University of Massachusettes, USA
5. Mr. Mesfin Demisie, San Diego, California, USA,
6. Mrs. Senait Bekele, San Diego, California,USA
7. Mr. Tadelle Gebre Hiwot, University of Warsow, Poland
8. Mr. Daniel Biszuneh, USA
9. Dr. Abebe Kebede, USA
10. Mr. Abebe Gelagay, USA
11. Mr. Shiferaw, USA
12. Dr. Admassue Melake-berhen, Purdue University, USA
13. Mr. Biruck Girma, USA
14. Mr. Abener Amenshoa, University of Wesminister, UK
15. Dr. Tsehai Berhane-Selassie, Middlebury College, USA
16. Dr. Amha Tume Lisan, Lousiana State University, USA
17. Mr. Samuel Admassu, N. Sheridian, Chicago
18. Mr. Abraham Lakew, USA
19. Mr. Yonas Gizaw, Purdue University, USA
20. Mr. Mesfin Genanaw, Texas Southern University, USA
21. Dr. Lema Tadesse, Senior Research Scientist, USA
22. Mr. Tegenaw Deres, USA
23. Mr. Mistre Haile Selassie, ZH, Switzerland
24. Mr. Wehib Zewde, ZH, Switzerland
25. Mr. Getachew Girma, ZH, Switzerland
26. Mr. Kifle Teka, GE, Switzerland
27. Mr. Thomas Tesfa, Vancouver, Canada
28. Dr. Tessema Astatki, Nova Scotia Agri. College, Canada
29. Mr. Fiqroo Helebo, USA
30. Mr. Wondimu Mekonnen, University of Stirling, UK
31. Mr. Getachew Begashaw, Michigan State University, USA
32. Mr. Tedla Zewde, USA
33. Mrs.Tsilalot Yigebru, USA
34. Mr. Argaw Kidane, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
35. Mr. Ayenalem E.S. Baraki, University of Oslo, Norway
36. Mr. Gebeyehu Adugna, University of Maryland, USA
37. Mr. T. Guebre, Clemson University, USA
38. Mr. Antew Dejene, University of Waterloo, Canada
39. Mr. Daniel Wolkeba, San Diego, USA
40. Ms. Yeshimebet Kasegn, San Diego, USA
41. Mr. Kassu Demissie, San Diego, USA
42. Mr. Tekle Merse, San Diego, USA
43. Mr. Astatke Legesse, San Diego, USA
44. Mr. Mehateme Kebede, San Diego, USA
45. Mr. Zemedemariam Teshome, San Diego, USA
46. Ms. Amsale Bekele, San Diego, USA
47. Mr. Alemu Kassegn, San Diego, USA
48. Mr. Mesfin Yimer, San Diego, USA
49. Mr. Habtamu Abie, University of Oslo, Norway
50. Mr. Tsehay Demeke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SA
51. Dr. Kebede Belihu, Texas Medical Research Centre, USA
52. Mr. Eshetu Tekle Tsadik, Consultant, Harare, Zimbabwe
53. Mr. Melkie Tsega, Illinois Institute of Technology
54. Mr. Achamyeleh Gebre Mariam, University of Michigan
55. Mrs. Sara Amsalu, Swarthmore College, USA
56. Professor Hal Taylor, Stockton College, Pomono, New Jersy
57. Mr. Yitna Firdyiwek, North Virginia Community College
58. Mr. Abera Shiferaw, Washington University
59. Mr. Tegegn Tefera, Norway
60. Mr. Girma Haile, Norway
61. Dr. Samuel Kinde, San Diego, California
62. Dr. Fisseha Mekuria, Sweden
63. Dr. Tarekegn Adebo, Sweden
64. Dr. Mulugetta Mekuria, Deputy Dean, Univ of the North, RSA
65. Professor Getatchew Haile, St. John's University, USA
66. Mr. Meshesha Andargachew, Sweden
67. Mr. Grum Ketema, AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA
68. Mr. Teshome Jiffar, USA
69. Mr. Tadesse Nigatu, Maplewood, MN
70. Mr. Lulseged Ayalew, Lousiana State University
71. Mr. Firdawok Teffera, USA
72. Mr. Yared Haile Meskel, University of Southampton, UK
73. Dr. Samuel Gameda, Ottawa, Canada
74. Dr. W.T. Selameab, University of Minnesota
75. Dr. Assefa Negash, Amsterdam, Holland
76. Ambassador Imiru Zelleke
77. Professor Tilahun Yilma, USA
78. Mr. Girma Bekele, San Franciseco, USA
79. Professor Harold Marcus, Michigan State University
80. Mr. Tadesse Tsegaye, CISCO Systems, USA
81. Dr. Daniel Kinde, Henderson State University
82. Dr. Solomon Gashaw, University of Minnesota, Morris, USA
83. Dr. Amha Mengistu - Amsterdam, Holland
84. Mr. Bogale Kassay - Amsterdam, Holland
85. Dr. Maimire Mennasemay, Dawn College, Canada
86. Mr. Simon Geletta, Missouri University, USA
89. Mr. Kebede Daniel Gashaw, California
90. Dr. Tenassie Nicola, University of Natal, South Africa
91. Mr Hulgize Amsalu, Budapest Technical University, Hungary
92. Ms.Koppany Felhos, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
93. Dr Richard Crepeau, Orlando, Florida, USA
94. Mr. Solomon Ezra, Process Design Engineer, Haifa,Israel
95. Mr. Adugna Kebede, North Carolina State University
96. Mrs. M. Michelle Lucas, North Carolina State University
97. Mr. Jalala Waqayo, University at Buffalo, New York, USA
98. Mr. Mengistu Lemma, USA
99. Mr. Belew Fikre, Amsterdam, Holland
100. Mr. Solomon Mitiku, Amsterdam, Holland
101. Mr. Dereje Taye, Concordia University, Canada
102. Mr. Tilahun Mishago, Humboldt University, Germany
103. Mr. Melaku Ayele, Oregon State University, USA
104. Mr. Tewodros Abebe, Howard University, USA
105. Mr. Ketema Mammo, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
106. Mr. Maaza Christos Mekuria, PE Eng. Mass Highway Dept.USA
107. Prof. Lemma W. Senbet, University of Maryland, USA
108. Mr. Michael J. Walker, Columbus, Ohio, USA
109. Mr. Eliab G. Tarkghen, University of Maryland, USA
110. Mr. Yilma Hailemichael, Okland California, USA
111. Mr. Alelign Amera, Oklahoma State University, USA
112. Mr. Belete Muturo, The University of Akron, Ohio, USA
113. Dr. Gebriel Senay, Ohio State University, USA
114. Mr. Ayele Tadesse, University of Janus Pannonius, Hungry
115. Mr. Engdashet Tadesse, Norway
116. Dr. Abebech Belai, University College London, UK
117. Mr. Mekbib Degag PE, Riverside, CA, USA
118. Mr. Nemo Semret, Columbia University, New York, USA
119. Mr. Michael Mekonnen, Columiba, Ohio, USA
120. Mr. Assefa A. Mersha, The Hague, Holland
121. Mr. Yesuf Defefaw, The Hague, Holland
122. Ms. Heyente Kassa, The Hague, Holland
123. Ms. Tsega Teklu, Meppel, Holland
124. Mr. Kibret Mekonnen, Amsterdam, Holland
125. Mr. Kinfu Assefa, Amsterdam, Holland
126. Mr. Negash Ali, Amsterdam, Holland
127. Mr. Fassil Kurabachew, Amsterdam, Holland
128. Mr. Abey Sahilu, Amsterdam, Holland,
129. Mr. Gossay Dejene, Amsterdam, Holland,
130. Mr. Wondyefraw Ambaye, The Hague, Holland
131. Mr. Haile M. Larebo, Clemson University, USA
132. Mr. Assefa Habtu, Sweden
133. Dr. Daniel Tesfay, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
134. Dr. Benyam G. Tegegn, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
135. Dr. Brook Lakew, NASA, Greenbelt, MD, US
136. Dr. Tesema Chekol, University of Maryland, MD, USA
137. Dr. Gebeyehu Ejigu, M.D. Good Samaritan Hopital, Phoenix, AZ USA
138. Dr. Ethiopia Gebeyehu,M.D, Samaritan Hospital, Az, USA
139. Ms. Genet Abebe, R. N. Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, USA
140. Ms. Meaza Gebeyehu, R.N, Good Samaritan Hopital, Phoenix, AZ, USA
141. Mr. Ayele Tadesse, University of Janus Pannonius, Hungry
142. Mr. Solomon Gebre Selassie, LA, USA
143. Mr. Haile Andarge, University of Central Florida, USA
144. Mr. James Scott Young, North Carolina State University, USA
145. Mr. Getnet Woubishet, Arendal, Norway
146. Dr. Muluneh Sime, USA
147. Mr. Getachew Alemayehu, London, UK
148. Mr. Solomon Yilma, Oregon State University, USA
149. Mr. Sirak Mogus Brook, Oakland, CA, USA
150. Mr. Samuel Zewdie, USA
151. Mr. Hailu Awlachew, University of Massachusetts, USA
152. Mr. Tamiru Ewnetu, University of Waterloo, Canada
153. Mr. Alemayehu Awoke, Cambridge Mass, USA
154. Mr. Awoke Lantyider, Michigan, UsA
155. Dr. Feleke Eshete, The National Institute of Health, USA
156. Mr. Msmaku Asrat, RPI, USA
157. Mr. Fisseha Atlaw, Palo alto, CA, USA
158. Dr. Belew Mekonnen, National Institute of Health, USA
159. Mr. Solomon Getachew, Dallas, Texas, UsA
160. Mr. Yitages B. Taffesse, Dallas, Texas, USA
161. Mrs. Zenaye Mulatu, Oklahoma, USA
162. Mr. Abass Alamnehe, USA
163. Miss Anna Meshesha, Sweden
164. Mr. Jonas Meshesha, Sweden
165. Mrs. Eva S. , Sweden
166. Mr. Menasse Zaudou, MGill University, Montreal, Canada
167. Dr. Getachew Felleke, USA
168. Mr. Dawit Mulugeta, University of Winconsin, USA
169. Mr. Mulugetta Ketema, George Washington University, USA
170. Mr. Ted Tadesse, USA
171. Mr. Messeret Chekol, University of Minnesota, USA
172. Mr. Z.G. Desta, The University of British Columbia, Canada
173. Dr. Mammo Muchie, Middlesex University, UK
174. Dr. Debru Negash, Lilongwe, National Hospital, Malawi
175. Mr. Worku Tegegn, Ottawa, Canada
176. Mr. Getachew Tefera, Ottawa, Canada
177. Mr. Ambachew Ezezew, Ottawa, Canada
178. Professor W.M. Akalou, Tsexas Southern University, USA
179. Mr. Afewrok W. Debela, University of Massachusetts, USA
180. Mr. Yemane Hagos, University of Massachusetts, USA
181. Mr. D. Aberra, University of Arkansas, USA
182. Mrs. Aster Bekele, Indianapolis, USA
183. Dr. Tesfaye Biftu, New Jersy, USA
184. Mr. Yared Haile Selassie, ZH, Switzerland
185. Mrs. edith Haile Selassie, ZH Switzeland
186. Mr. Eshete Demeke, Rogendsdorf, Switzerland
187. Mr. Yihun Admassu, Geneve, switzerland
188. Mr. Abebe Meri, Geneve, Switzerland
189. Mr. Getachew Garedew, Frankfurt, Germany
190. Mr. Adamu Meherete, Ottawa, Canada
191. Ms. Ethiopia Sololmon, University of Minnesota, UsA
192. Mr. Fitsum Solomon, University of Minnesota, USA
193. Mr. Tesfu Solomon, University of Minnesota, USA
194. Dr. Abraham Engeda, Michigan State University, USA
195. Dr. Imiru Assefa, Michigan State University, USA
196. Mr. Teshome tadesse, Michigan State University, USA
197. Mr. Tilahun Tafete, San Diego, California, USA
198. Professor John J. Kulczycki, University of Illinois, USA
199. Mr. Muluneh Bekele, San Diego, USA
200. Mr. Getachew Demeke, San Diego, USA
201. Mr. Iyob Haile, San Diego, USA
202. Mr. Abebe Molla, San Diego, USA
203. Mr. Seifu Ruga, San Diego, USA
204. Mr. Adenew Zeleke, Michigan Technological Univ., USA
205. Mr. Eddle Sanay, USA
206. Dr. Charles W. Mclelan, Redfort University, USA
207. Dr. Menberu Lulu, Industrial Engineer, USA
208. Mr. Elias Zewde, Atlanta, USA
209. Ms. Cathrin Holden, Atlanta, USA
210. Ms. Mulu-tsehay Bogale, Ottawa, Canada
211. Mr. Fisseha Felleke, Oakland, Canada
212. Dr. Kitaw Negash, Berkeley, USA
213. Mr. Samson Shiferaw, Mocrosoft Co., Canada
214. Mr. Haile andarge, University of Central Floria, USA
215. Professor Melaku Lakew, Richard Stockton College, USA
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The following signatures were received late. Hence, were not
included in the the June mail outs:

216. Mrs. Ada Barlatt, Absecond, NJ, USA
217. Professor Sonia Gonsalves, Richard Stockton College, USA
218. Dr. Bridge Callahan, Univ of Montclare, NJ, USA
219. Mrs. Georagian Fenichel, Ocean City, NJ, USA
220. Ms. Anais Sensiba, Absecon, NJ, USA
221. Professor william Sensiba, Richard Stockton College, USA
222. Mrs. Polley Davis, Absecon, NJ, USA
223. Mrs. Mary Hardewick, North Field, NJ, USA
224. Mrs. Emily Mcdonald, North Field, NJ, USA
225. Professor Paul Lyons, Richard Stockton College, NJ, USA
226. Dr. ellen Motari, Absecond, NJ, USA
227. Professor Deborah Figart, Richard Stockton College, USA
228. Dean Jan Colijin, Richard Stockton College, NJ, USA
229. Dr. Steven Fenichel, Ocean City, NJ, USA
230. Dr. Mogess Meshesha, Houson, Texas, USA

The following signatures were received late. Hence, were not included in the the June mail outs:

231. Mr. Kefalegn Tesfaye,
232. Mr. Admass Kassa ,
233. Mr. Samuel Mekonnen
234. Mr. Alemu Berhanu,
235. Mrs. Elsabeth Zewde,
236. Mr. Tadesse Haile
237. Mr. Fekade Getachew,
238. Mr. Mesfin Ketsela
239. Mr. Eskinder Tamirat,
240. Ms. Genet Tefera,
241. Mr. Yidnekachew Haddis," "
242. Mr. Getachew Kebede,
243. Mr. Mekuria Menberu,
244. Mr. Zelelew Agiz,
245. Mr. Yiseid Negash,
246. Mr. Hassen Fikree
247. Ms. Elsabeth Abebe,
248. Mr. Lema G/Michael
249. Mr. Dereje Meles
250. Mr. Biruk Zewde
251. Mrs. Ankets Kenea,
252. Mr. Legesse Gashaw
253. Mr. Abebaw Bogale
254. Ms. Hirut Hailu
255. Mr. Geleta Mekonnen
256. Mr. Getachew Haile
257. Mrs. Rahel Tadesse
258. Ms. Marta Tadesse
259. Ms. Kereya Bedru
260. Mr. Abiy Abebe
261. Mr. Afework Akalewold
262. Mr. Abebe Mahuha
263. Mr. Girma Abay
264. Mr. Ibarhim Mussa