2003 Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven


502. By letter dated 17 October 2002, the Special Rapporteur reminded the Government of a number of cases transmitted in 1999 and 2000 regarding which no reply had been received.

Urgent appeals

503. On 9 April 2002, the Special Rapporteur sent a joint urgent appeal with the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on behalf of 10 journalists: Yusuf Mohamed, editor of Tsigenay, Mattewos Habteab and Dawit Habtemichael, the editor and a journalist of Meqaleh, Medhanie Haile and Temesgen Gebreyesus, the deputy editor and a board member of Keste Debena, Emanuel Asrat, editor of Zemen, Dawit Isaac and Fessehaye Yohannes, of the newspaper Setit, Said Abdulkader, of the magazine Admas, and Seyum Tsehaye, freelance photographer. These journalists from privately-owned media reportedly went on hunger strike on 1 March 2002, to protest sgainst their illegal detention, and to demand “justice before a fair and independent court”. Reportedly, no formal charges have been brought against them.

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