Next week will mark 600 days since Andy Tsege, my partner and the father of my three kids, was abducted and taken to a secret prison in Ethiopia
This week will mark 600 days since Andy Tsege, my partner and the father of my three kids, was abducted and taken to a secret prison in Ethiopia. It is also his 61st birthday, which he will spend in incommunicado detention under sentence of death. Andy is a British citizen, but the British government is refusing to act – despite both the United Nations and the European Parliament calling for his release.
Andy’s situation is now more desperate that ever. He was moved to a notorious prison where torture is commonplace. He has no information about the charges against him. He only knows that he has been sentenced to death and could be executed at any time. As a result, his mental health has deteriorated rapidly. The experts have said that there is now an ‘urgent need’ to remove him from his current conditions.
So we have to make sure that the UK government acts urgently to secure Andy’s safe return to his family in London.
Over 127,000 of us have already signed the petition demanding that the British government intervene. On the 9th of February – Andy’s 61st birthday – we will hand in our petition in to Downing Street and ask David Cameron to bring Andy home to his family, once and for all.
The more people we have with us, the more likely the government is to act.
Since Andy disappeared in June 2014 our family has been living a nightmare. Andy believed in democracy above all – that’s what he respected about Britain, and it’s what he hoped for and campaigned for in Ethiopia. He was sentenced to death for holding these very British values – we simply can’t understand why the government he believed in isn’t standing up for him.
Thank you so much for everything you have done to help our family – every bit of support helps strengthen our cause, and is much appreciated.