Free Hailemedhin Abera Petition Launched

Free Ethiopian Co-pilot Hailemedhen Abera
Please Sign the Petition

To Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland
Avenue du Tribunal-Fédéral 29
1005 Lausanne, Switzerland

Dear President Gilbert Kolly,

I write to you on behalf of Hailemedhen Abera, a co-pilot and human rights activist, who commandeered the Boeing 767-300 jet on a flight from Addis Ababa to Rome and diverted for Switzerland to protest the growing stifling of dissent and torturing political detainees in Ethiopia. Hailemedhin landed the plane safely in Geneva, Switzerland without harming any one (139 Italians, 11 Americans, 10 Ethiopians and four French nationals) including passengers or crew.

Prior to diverting the Ethiopian Airline flight, Hailemedhin was living a comfortable life with his large family, and was a frequent traveler to the US and Europe. If he had the desire to live in the West, unlike reported by Ethiopian rulers, he would have used the plenty of chances available to him without hijacking the flight.

Hailemedhin is a world citizen who opposes the gross human rights violations in Ethiopia that include torture, beating, abuse, and mistreatment of detainees by security forces; harsh and at times life threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention; detention without charge and lengthy pretrial detention; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights,including illegal searches; restrictions on freedom of assembly, association, and movement; police, administrative, and judicial corruption; violence and societal discrimination against women and abuse of children; female genital mutilation; exploitation of children for economic and sexual purposes; trafficking in persons; societal discrimination against persons with disabilities;clashes between ethnic minorities; discrimination against persons based on their sexual orientation and against persons with HIV/AIDS; limits on worker rights; forced labor; and child labor, including forced child labor

I therefore request that Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland immediately release Co-pilot Hailemedhen Abera, dismiss all charges against him, and grant him political asylum.



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13 Responses to Free Hailemedhin Abera Petition Launched

  1. zena hailegeorgis

    March 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    he is our hero, swis government should give him production.

  2. sossna debebe

    March 4, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    he is victom of weyane . he is honest give protection to him.

  3. Girma M Feleke

    March 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Free Hailmedehen Abera.

  4. Ye Gonder Jegna

    March 4, 2014 at 11:55 PM


    The CO-PILOT had committed terrorist act by kidnapping hundreds of people by hijacking civilian airplane to forced destination, thus he should pay for the crime.


    March 5, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Why Should I sign petition and link my good name with hijacker terrorist ?

  6. ሰይድ

    March 5, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    he is my hero like abebe gelaw

  7. ሰለሞን ሃይለጊዮርጊስ

    March 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    ኅይለመድህን አበራ የክፍለ ዘመናችን ጀግና
    ድል ለሀይለመድህን አበራ
    ድል ለኢትዮዽያ ህዝብ
    ሞት ለሀለመድህን ጠላቶች

  8. ObseVer

    March 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM


    The airline industry do not like to see such hijacking act again, therefor they will charge and convict the hijacker to the maximum extent of the law, the hijacker will become sacrificial lamb to discourage others from committing such dangerous crime.

  9. genet

    March 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    He show the world that no human rights in Ethiopia.
    Swiss government give him protection.

  10. በላይ ዳኘው

    March 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    ይህ ወንድማችን እውነተኛ ኢትዮጵያዊ ነው ስለዚህ ከጎኑ መቆም አለብን ለኛ ጀግናችን ነው? በርቱ እንበርታ ለማንኛውም ከጎናችሁ ነኝ;

  11. Samson

    March 7, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    If you oppose him, you are guards of the grave of meles zenawi.

  12. Zenaye Mekonen

    March 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    I do oppose PM Meles Zenawe politically, but I do not support hijacker/ terrorist, regardless of who he is.
    let him serve 29 years in prison.

  13. Ananoymas

    March 15, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Halie did the greatest thing in the history of our country and I fully support his release from the swiss prison.