New York Academy of Sciences Express Concern over AAU Students
The New York Academy of Sciences wrote a letter to Ethiopian government officials expressing its concern over the fifty students at the Addis Ababa University who were beaten by police and sustained injuries.
"We are urging the government of Ethiopia to respect its obligations under the international human rights covenants to which it is a state party", according to the letter sent to prime minister Meles Zenawi and other officials by Joseph L. Birman Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights of Scientists.
"On April 11, 2001 several heavily armed troops stormed the University where the students were holding a peaceful demonstration demanding academic freedom and political rights. According to medical officials, the students suffered head injuries and broken arms and legs", the letter recalled.
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