Doctors HR-cases: Dr Fikru Maru

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DR. FIKRU MARU

 

Press release # 5 on Dr Fikru Maru HR-case

28 Maj 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden.

In an interview Dr Fikru Maru had with Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) published 28-05-18, he denounced that tens of prisoners –which were in the same Ethiopian prison were he was kept– had been killed during his time there.

Dr Fikru Maru was finally released mainly thanks to the activism around the case by family members, particularly Dr Emy Maru. He said in a press conference held 18 Maj 2018 [See previous press release], that he could not have been able to make it through his imprisonment without his daughter’s support, her “heroism and courage”.

On May 28, 2018, he declared in an interview done by Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) that tens of prisoners in the Ethiopian establishment he was held had been killed during his time there. The last of these cases in September 2016.

SWEDHR denounced already in 2015 the breaches on the human rights of Dr Fikru Maru’s case, who has been detained without trial for several years in Ethiopia. SWEDHR asked the applicability of art 9, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by the United Nations.

Swedish Doctors for Human Rights

Press release # 4 on Dr Fikru Maru HR-case

18 Maj 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden.

After years arbitrarily detained in an Ethiopian prison, Dr. Fikru Maru is now free, and back in Sweden. In a press conference held today in Stockholm he was asked to whom he would thank for his release. He said, according to Aftonbladet:

“Whom shall I thank are the thousands Ethiopians which have died, lost parts of their bodies and belongings. They have fought for a regime change and got a new prime minister, and this government change has been determinant. Ethiopia is now placed in another position, just thanks to the people.”

At the same time, Dr Fikru Maru uttered criticism against the Swedish government. He declared:

“I realize that Sweden had put my case [on hold], archived in a shelve.”

“– Vem eller vilka jag har att tacka är de tusentals etiopier som har dött, förlorat kroppsdelar och ägodelar. De har kämpat för ett regimbyte och fått fram en ny premiärminister, och regimbytet har varit avgörande. Etiopien befinner sig på en annan plats just nu tack vare folket.

– Jag anser att Sverige lagt mitt fall på hyllan. De har använt sig av argumentet att ”vi ska inte lägga oss i andra länders rättsprocess” – vilket jag aldrig bett dem om.”

SWEDHR denounced already in 2015 the breaches on the human rights of Dr Fikru Maru’s case, who has been detained without trial for several years in Ethiopia. SWEDHR asked the applicability of art 9, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by the United Nations.

Swedish Doctors for Human Rights

Photo above: Dr Fikru Mary and Dr. Emy Maru, at a press conference in Stockholm. Photo credit: Jonas Ekströmer /TT

Press release # 4 on Dr Fikru Maru HR-case

7 April 2015 – Ystad, Sweden. 

Dr Emy Maru informed that the Ethiopian judicial authorities managing the case of Dr Fikru Maru have postponed a verdict on the case until 20th of April.

Swedish Doctors for Human Rights

Press release # 3 on Dr Fikru Maru HR-case

30 March 2015 – Hudiksvall, Sweden.

A committee with the name Action Group Justice for Fikkru Maru has been set to joint SWEDHR campaign towards a fair treatment of the Fikru Maru case in Ethiopia. One action consists in the sending of posts-cards (see image below) to the Ethiopian authorities through the Embassy in Stockholm. Hälsinge newspapers have printed the postcard facsimile to contribute to the campaign. Contact person at the committee Aktionsgruppen för Fikru Marus Rättvisa, Hudiksvall, is Margareta Sidenvall.

postcard fikru maru

Swedish Doctors for Human Rights

Press release # 2 on Dr Fikru Maru HR-case

24 March 2015 – After the hearing in Ethiopia went in favour on behalf of Dr Fikru Maru, his lawyers requested the case should be dismissed. The prosecutors, however, appealed this request on the 20th of March. On the 7th of April, the judges will give their verdict on the request for dismissal.

What are the likelihoods for a positive ruling? SWEDHR has asked Dr Emy Maru, daughter of the Swedish cardiologist-surgeon who has been imprisoned 23 months before taken to a hearing on the 9 of March 2015. Dr Emy Maru replies:

“The expected outcome for the verdict of April 7th doesn’t look bright.“ “To the best of my knowledge, the judges have never ruled against the prosecution, and they won’t in this matter either.”

She adds that now it is “more crucial than ever” to keep the pressure on the authorities towards a fair management of the case, and the respect of Dr Fikru Maru’s human rights.

Dr Fikru Maru has been imprisoned over 24 months in Ethiopia. During 23 months without being heard at any court of justice or legal proceedings taken about the case.

Swedish Doctors for Human Rights

Press release # 1 on Dr Fikru Maru HR-case

12 March  2015 – Swedish Doctors for Human Rights publish Open Letter sent to the Ethiopian Ambassador in Sweden:

Open Letter by Swedish Doctors For Human Rights to the Ethiopian Ambassador in Sweden on the case of Dr Fikru Maru.

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letter to Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by Swedish Doctors For Human Rights, on Dr Fikru Maru case

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Swedish Doctors for Human Rights

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reply from Ulrika Ryberg on Dr Fikru Maru's case

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Dagens Medicin: Öppet läkarstöd till Fikru Maru

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Fikru Maru – första rättegångsdagarna slut

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Sjukusläkaren.se: Familjen begär att åtalet läggs ned

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The Ethiopian Cardiac Arrest

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Sveriges läkarförbund: Namninsamling för Fikru Maru

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Swedish doctor Fikru Maru been imprisoned in Ethiopia without trial

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The Swedish doctor Fikru Maru has been held in an Ethiopian jail for 21 months with neither a conviction nor an individual trial

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Svensk läkare fängslad i 19 månader i Etiopien utan dom

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Löfven tog upp fängslade läkarens fall

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Läkaren Maru hålls fängslad i Etiopien

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Svenska hjärtläkaren offer för maktspel

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Fängslade Maru vädjar om hjälp