15 March 2016
One year after their arrest on March 15, 2015, three food, land, and human rights defenders continue to languish in an Ethiopian jail on the spurious charge of “terrorism”. Bread for All, Anywaa Survival Organisation, Inclusive Development International, Oakland Institute, GRAIN !
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March 15, 2016—One year after their arrest on March 15, 2015, three food, land, and human rights defenders continue to languish in an Ethiopian jail. After several court hearings, the prosecution has yet to present any evidence to support the spurious charge of “terrorism” under Ethiopia’s controversial counterterrorism law. A March 1 hearing was once again adjourned and rescheduled for March 15, due to the failure of witnesses to appear in court.
On March 15, 2015, Omot Agwa Okwoy, Ashinie Astin, and Jamal Oumar Hojele were arrested on their way to a food security workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.