London: Resolution on the Meeting For Democracy and Human Rights in Ethiopia

The Mechanics Institute, Manchester.
November 26, 2006

Resolution to the Meeting

We agree to:
1. Present the following appeal
2. Campaign for an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to further these ends
3. Send a message of solidarity and support to the Ethiopian Teachers’ Association and all political prisoners in Ethiopia.
4. Approach national trade unions in order to organize a national demonstration outside the Ethiopian embassy and Downing Street for the furtherance of these ends.
5. Support, collaborate and work together with Ethiopian groups who are active in the UK and elsewhere to promote coalition for unity and democracy in Ethiopia.

On the issue of asylum and migration we agree to:
1. Demand an immediate amnesty for all Ethiopian asylum seekers to be granted indefinite leave to remain and support demonstrations demanding the same (such as the one organized for Tuesday 28 November 2006, 1.30 p.m. - 4.00 pm, Opposite Home Office, 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF and the one organized for 12 midday, Saturday 2nd December 2006, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester)
2. Support the No One is Illegal national trade union conference in March 2007 and the Greater Manchester Trades Union Council May Day demonstration for migrants and refugees.
3. Approach University and College Union branches, the National Union of Students and asylum and migrant groups to help organize protests and action against the withdrawal of public funding for English language classes (ESOL) for asylum seekers and migrants.
4. Demand a public enquiry into the circumstances behind the suicide of an Ethiopian asylum seeker, Engineer Abiy Fisseha Abebe, in July 2006,in particular the accusation that the Home Office disclosed his asylum claim to Ethiopian authorities via the British Embassy in Addis Abeba.

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