Wednesday, December 7

Swedish Journalists Deny Supporting Ethiopia Rebels
Two Swedish journalists, Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, have told an Ethiopian court they were upholding the highest traditions of their profession when they were arrested in the company of rebels in the restive Ogaden region.
Voice of America, 06/12/11

EDM 2517: Human Rights Abuses In Ogaden
That this House expresses its deep concern at the continuing human rights abuses perpetrated against the people of Ogaden by Ethiopian government forces and militias previously evidenced by Human Rights Watch; and urges the UK Government to work with the African Union and United Nations to enable the access of independent human rights observers and journalists to Ogaden to press for the release of the Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson and to seek a negotiated settlement of the conflict between the Ethiopian regime and the Ogaden National Liberation Front.

Primary sponsor: John McDonnell, date tabled: 06/12/2011

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