Genève, 16 May 2009 – A five member delegation of the International Network against Repression and Injustice has discussed with the UN high commission for human rights, Ms. Justice Navanethem Pillay in Genève on Friday, May 15 as part of worldwide campaign against injustice.
Her Excellency Justice Navanethem Pillay is the very person to whom the Genocide Watch president Dr Gregory Stanton wrote a letter urging her to investigate the genocide case in Ethiopia.
The delegation discussed with Navanethem Pillay on the prevailing thorny political environment in Ethiopia, about the letter of Genocide watch, the issue of political prisoners in Ethiopia and the illegal detention of Judge Birtukan Mideksa and artist Tewodros Kassahun.
The delegation presented a letter prepared by the Swiss branch of the Network endorsing Genocide watch request and urging the high commissioner to expedite the process.
Another 3 member delegation met high level officials at the UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC MISSION IN GENEVA and briefed them on today’s world wide protest and the current political climate in Ethiopia. The delegation also handed the letter that the network wrote to president Obama.
Ethiopians from all over Switzerland came to GENEVA wearing the national flag and carrying slogans denouncing the Meles regime. They gathered in front of the UN head quarter and protested despite a heavy rain shower that kept drizzling for the whole afternoon. Demonstrators braved the odd weather, chanting slogans and singing songs.
Then the demonstrators marched to the office of the UN HIGH COMISSION FOR REFUGIES to hand over a letter on the plight of asylum seekers in Switzerland.
The march continued to the office of the UN HIGH COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS to once again emphasize the points raised during the discussion with the High commissioner.