Message from the President
CREW is a non-profit, non-government, peace and human rights organization with 501(c)(3) status dedicated to promoting the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide through education and advocacy. Since its establishment on March 25, 2012, CREW has addressed a number of critical issues that pertain to the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide. Soon after it was created, the organization focused on the plight of Ethiopian women domestic workers in the Middle Eastern countries. Accordingly, it has launched a campaign to create awareness about the slavery-like situations in which the Ethiopian domestic workers live and to challenge the international community to address their situations. Other critical issues related to the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide are also being addressed. Read more
November 9, 2015
Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) is delighted to announce the arrival of the award winning journalist, Reeyot Alemu to the United States on Saturday, November 7, 2015. CREW sent invitation to the respected journalist and freedom of speech advocate, Reeyot Alemu and her sister Eskedar Alemu to speak at the upcoming Women and Leadership Conference which will be held sometime in the coming month.
Reeyot has been imprisoned for over 4 years and was released in July of 2015. Reeyot was first sentenced to 14 years over “terrorism charges” that was later reduced to 5 years. Reeyot refused to admit guilt in exchange for her release and as a result she was in solitary confinement for 13 days. Reeyot is a hero who is bold, defiant and had told her persecutors she would remain in prison rather than admit guilt for a crime that she never committed.
Reeyot has inspired Ethiopians and generally all human right activists around the world with her courage and strength to fight for respect of human rights and freedom of expressions in Ethiopia. The International Women’s Media Foundation awarded Reeyot with the 2012 Courage in Journalism. UNESCO also recognized her for her “commitment to freedom of expression” with its Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in May, 2013.
CREW has great admiration for Reeyot’s courage and determination and considers her an inspiration to Ethiopian women of all ages. She is a role model to many Ethiopian men and women at home and abroad. CREW is honored to have Reeyot as a keynote speaker at its Women and Leadership conference. Please stay tuned for more information about the upcoming conference.
Ewnetu Sime: Ethiomedia- Is offering a voice to the voiceless a crime? Journalist Temesgen Desalgen, the owner of the Amharic news magazine Feteh (justice) has been imprisoned since October 2014. He was charged by TPLF/EPDRF’s regime on incitements, false publications, defamations etc. and sentenced by the kangaroo court for three years in Ziway prison. Since then it was reported on several media his health conditions is deteriorating and access to medical help denied by the prison authorities. As recently as October 23, 2015, I listened the interview of Journalist Temesgen’s brother Tariku and his lawyer (Ato Amha Mokonnen) with VOA (part 2).
Tariku said that two of his brothers went to Ziway prison a total four times to visit him in the past week alone. They were denied to visit him. Prison authorities bluntly told them you cannot see him. “We really don’t care whether you are his brother or not, you cannot see him”. The reason given was a rude one; “It is none of your business”. This is typical arrogant behavior of TPLF/EPDRF loyalist across the country.
Each passing day his family worries about Temesgen’s health condition. He has been incarcerated in inhumane living condition. He has been mistreated and denied medical assistance by prison authorities. Giving these stressful predicaments Tariku kept on making agonizing journeys to Ziway prison. As he arrived at prison compound initially he was denied to visit him, but he confronted them and told them that Temesgen should not be deprived from family visitation unless you (Prisoner authorities) are hiding something from families. He also told them I am not leaving the prison compound unless he has learned Temesgen’s condition. It appears that his determination forced the prisons authorities to take few minutes to consult each other. Finally they agreed to allow him to see Temesgen for two minutes. Tariku noticed that Temesgen back pain has worsened and has caused him difficulty when walking. The family continues to worry extremely about his health condition. Read more
By PEN Canada. The Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega will receive PEN Canada’s One Humanity Award on the opening night of the 36th International Festival of Authors (IFOA 36). The award, valued at $5,000, is presented at PEN’s annual gala to a writer whose work transcends the boundaries of national divides and inspires connections across cultures.
Mr. Nega, an independent journalist, was arrested in September 2011 under the provisions of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation for criticizing the detention of a prominent government critic, and disputing the government’s assertion that detained journalists were terror suspects. At his trial the judge reportedly accused Nega of using “the guise of freedom” to “attempt to incite violence and overthrow the constitutional order” through a popular revolt similar to those of the Arab Spring.
Convicted on June 27, 2012, Nega was sentenced to 18 years in prison. In December 2012 the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said the sentence violated free expression and due process rights under international law. The UN group called for his immediate release. On May 2, 2013, the Ethiopian Federal Supreme Court upheld both the conviction and the sentence. Read more