Programs: Science and Policy
AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
AAAS Human Rights Action Network
|Date:||4 May 1999|
|Subject:||Eritrean students released|
|Issues:||Freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention; Freedom from exile; Freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; Right to liberty and security of the person|
|Type of alert:||Update|
|Related alerts:||11 February 1999|
FACTS OF THE CASE:
In February, the Ethiopian government released thirty-nine students who were among eighty-five Eritrean students detained at an Ethiopian military base in southeast Ethiopia when hostilities broke out between the two countries in May 1998. While most of the students were released in January, the remaining students were flown home on 14 February 1999.
The students were taking part in a bilateral exchange program sponsored by the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia. On 3 July 1998, the Eritrean government permitted the Ethiopian exchange students in Eritrea to return home, while the Ethiopian government detained the Eritrean students, citing issues of national security.
No further action is requested.