An Eritrean-Swedish Political and Human-Rights Activist Has Been Kidnapped From His Hotel Room in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!


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By Drs Tsegezab Gebregergis

Ermias Tekie, an Eritrean holding Swedish citizenship and an active human-rights activist, has not been seen since May 21 when he visited the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. It has been confirmed by members of his family and by friends that Ermias was taken from his hotel room by two unknown people (possibly through the joint action of the Ethiopian and Eritrean secret police).

Concerned Eritrean human-rights activists living in Ethiopia have approached the Ethiopian government to learn the whereabouts of Ermias Tekie, but so far to no avail.

Mdrebahri believes that the Eritrean secret police, operating clandestinely in Ethiopia with the active collaboration of the Ethiopian secret police, is possibly behind the kidnapping of Ermias.
It has done so – at an early stage in the new and unholy alliance signed in Asmara on July 9 2018 by the Eritrean fascist dictator – in order to terrorise and create panic among the thousands of Eritrean political and human-rights activists operating in Ethiopia.

Consequently, Mdrebahri would like inform to all Eritrean refugees and other political activists at present in Ethiopia that they will no longer be safe in an Ethiopia which is allied with the Eritrean fascist dictator. Similarly, as of now, Eritrean political activists and other justice seekers should refrain from travelling to Ethiopia under the rule of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Subsequently, any Eritrean justice seeker travelling to Ethiopia will do so at his/her own peril.

There can no doubt that, as soon as the unholy alliance between the two troubled regimes in Eritrea and Ethiopia is cemented and an Eritrean embassy is re-established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will be invaded by Eritrean intelligence and secret-police agents seeking to hunt down and assassinate patriotic Eritreans opposed to the PFDJ-led fascist regime in Eritrea. This has happened in the past to Sara Meconen, Tesfanchiel Wedi-Giorgio and Zecarias and Gebrebrhan Zere, to mention only a few among the hundreds of Eritreans kidnapped and assassinated by the PFDJ killer squads in Ethiopia.

Mdrebahri therefore calls on UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to show serious concerned at the dire threat posed to the wellbeing and safety of Eritrean refugees residing in temporary makeshift refugee camps in Ethiopia and to other Eritrean democrats opposed to the PFDJ regime by the new unprincipled relationship being forged between Eritrea and Ethiopia. For these concrete reasons stated here, Mdrebahri calls on the UN refugee agency to begin speedily  to transfer the thousands of Eritrean refugees to other countries in which they can feel safe.

Mdrebahri also calls on the Ethiopian government to provide information immediately on the whereabouts of Ermias Tekie to the concerned and anxious Eritrean diaspora population and to his immediate family. After all, the Ethiopian government, which has openly condemned the Meles Zenawi government’s cruel action against the opposition forces in Ethiopia as terrorism, must understand that the kidnapping of a peaceful visitor from his hotel is nothing other than terrorism which must be strongly condemned.

Long live solidarity between and among Eritrean justice seekers the world over!


  1. The treacherous impostor isaiasa afewerk’s long journey has reached the crescendo. If we do not immediately rise up and preempt him, the Legacy of our Martyrs will very soon evaporate into the thin air. As i have been constantly warning for the last seven years, it was towards this situation that we are witnessing right now that treacherous and impostor isaias afewerk have been mercilessly and wantonly murdering Eritrean elites since he joined ELF in 1966;

    purposely demobilized every one of the members of the famous EPLF Security Apparatus, including its long time leader, and restarted it with brand new members under Abraha Kasa of tigrai descent;

    illegally and unnecessarily ignited the 1998 war with Ethiopia under the false pretext of woyane invasion. But when the USA- Rwanda asked each country to withdraw its army to the places they were before the war, the impostor retorted, Where can we go from our land. He meant Badme, the land he had given to woyane in 1985 to woyane. By that time, woyane had already scraped every semblance of being Eritrean land by repopulated it with tegaru after evicting every Eritreans by force. In fact, the impostor did not allow the Eritrean population in Badme to take part in the 1993 National Referendum. Technically, the Eritrean Army was within their own territory when USA-Rwanda requested a pull out, and the Eritrean Ethiopian Claim Commission was wrong as well when it decided Eritrea started the war. The culprit for all that legal mess as well as all that followed subsequently was/is isaias afewerk who did it to realize his Chicken Dream of Abai Tigrai.

    Just before the woyane offensive, purposely assuming complete control of conduct of the war , he allowed Ethiopian troops to sneak deep into Eritrean territory and exposed Eritrean Defence Forces to be attacked from their rearguard. And to make sure that the woyane army inflicted maximum damage on our troops and people , he purposely passed conflicting sets of withdrawal orders that forced our troops to withdraw in chaos and disarray manner , which led to complete runsacking of Gash Barka– the great-basket of Eritrea,–by woyane army and displacement of over one million Eritreans to the Sudan;

    Even after the War was over and peace treaty was signed under the auspices of the UN and other major nations, the impostor isaias afewerk did not opt for peace in Eritrea by conducting National election implementing the long awaited and delayed ratified Constitution. Rather he sprinted to incarcerate veteran EPLFs, closed down all independent media, shovelled the constitution in his drawer, which eventually declared it dead, and finally surrounding himself with bunch of people of his types, tigrai descent, he immersed Eritrea under Reign of Terror.

    The often repeated rational of his Reign of terror has been that woyane refused to vacate Eritrean Territory. But this rational does not hold water for many reasons. First and foremost, as aforementioned, it was he himself that handed over Badme to woyane in 1985.

    Secondly, it was he himself that helped woyane overrun Gash Barka. In fact, if his orders had been carried out at Asseb Front, our beloved Port of Asseb would have fallen to woyane army. Thanks God, The Asseb Front Eritrean Defence Forces woke up and foiled his conspiracy, rejected his withdrawal order and saved our beloved Port of Asseb.

    Thirdly, under the false guise of developing the land, he was constantly bickering with the UN Secretary and members of the UNSC to remove the Peace Keepers from Eritrea. The Peace Keepers were relocated to Ethiopia, but did he develop the land after they left? No. The real reason behind his bickering was to avoid border demarcation and commit his genocidal crimes on the people of Eritrea and got away with it. It was also for this reason that he ordered all NGOs to leave Eritrea and that he disallowed any foreign embassy members to go outside Asmera periphery.

    My Genuine Eritreans,

    Our homeland has never been under any serious predicament as it is facing today. If we do not rise up as one people, preempt and foil the impostor isaias afewerk, we are doomed for ever. There is no tomorrow, only today, fast dwindling at that. Let us dismantle all the mini organizations and build one, strong and solid organization and foil the impostor. Do not be fooled by the sweat mouth of the prime Minster of Ethiopia. He is woyane under sheep skin. Do not buy into the mantra of woyane is in turmoil. It is all Stoop to Conquer. Save your country, Sovereignty, legacy, tradition, culture today!!!