CAHDE statement on the public handcuffing of Dr. Merara Gudina!

(Advocacy4Oromia, 2 August 2017) The Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Ethiopia condemns the handcuffing of Professor Merara Gudina on his way in and out of the court today.

A suspect in a criminal trial cannot be handcuffed without a reasonable ground to believe that he or she might be a risk to public safety and the safety of the police.

Absent a reasonable basis for suspicion, public handcuffing of a suspect is a flagrant violation of their dignity and an affront to common humanity.

Professor Merara Gudina is a well known academic, a veteran opposition leader, a high profile political prisoner, and a non-convict suspected of a non-violent crime. There is simply no justification whatsoever to handcuff such a suspect.

CAHDE believes that this is intended to (1) humiliate the defendant, (2) place undue pressure on his defense, and (3) break the spirit of defiance and resistance he has demonstrated so well since the trial began.

It is intended to humiliate him into submission and thereby conceal the dirty linen underneath this shabby spectacle of legality.

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Posted on August 2, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Eyerusalem Ketema Feysa

    Its really sad when Professor Merara Gudina a well known academic and a veteran opposition leader is hand cuffed in public.There is indeed simply no justification whatsoever to handcuff such a respected person.

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