Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2006 - Eritrea

Incommunicado detention of three union leaders59

In 2006, no information was made available as to the place and conditions of detention or to possible charges brought against Mr. Tewelde Ghebremedhin, president of the Food, Beverages, Hotels, Tourism, Agriculture and Tobacco Workers' Federation, Mr. Minase Andezion, secretary general of the Textile and Leather Workers' Federation, and Mr. Habtom Weldemicael, president of the Coca Cola Workers' Union and member of the Food and Beverage Workers' Federation executive committee.

The three trade unionists are still believed to be held incommunicado and thus at risk of being tortured or ill-treated.

Messrs. Tewelde Ghebremedhin and Minase Andezion were arrested by police forces on March 30, 2005. Mr. Habtom Weldemicael was arrested on April 9, 2005 for having allegedly urged Coca Cola workers to engage in industrial action to protest against the worsening of their living standards.

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59. Idem.


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