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746 prisoners pardoned

Publish date: 12 February 2018
Issue Number: 761
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Ethiopia

Ethiopia's government has pardoned 746 prisoners, including renowned journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega. BBC News reports that Nega was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment in 2012 after being convicted of having links with a US-based opposition group, which Ethiopia considers a terrorist organisation. Opposition politician Andualem Arage, who was sentenced alongside Eskinder, was also pardoned. While in detention, Eskinder was awarded the prestigious Pen America's ‘Freedom to Write’ prize for publishing articles critical of Ethiopia's human rights record.

Full BBC News report