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Urgent Appeal to the American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Subject: Allow Ato Habtamu Ayalew to leave Ethiopia for Emergency Medical Care

June 30, 2016

Dear Madame Ambassador

This is an urgent request to the American Embassy to facilitate departure of Ato Habtamu Ayalew who needs urgent life-saving medical treatment outside Ethiopia. Such service is unavailable in Ethiopia.

As American Embassy officials in Addis know, Habtamu Ayalew is one among the few young prominent democratic activists and political leaders in Ethiopia. He was a public relations chief of the popular and legally registered party in Ethiopia, the UDJ (Unity of Democracy and Justice). He was the chairman of the peaceful “Millions’ Voices for land reform” movement, responsible for organizing peaceful public rallies and demonstrations all over Ethiopia. He stands for peaceful democratic change, national consensus, dialogue and reconciliation.

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