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2006年VOA标准英语-UN Human Rights Chief Blasts Ethiopia

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By Cathy Majtenyi
27 April 2006

The U.N. human rights chief has blasted the Ethiopia's human rights situation, saying that she is troubled by the continued detention1 of political opponents in what she calls rudimentary and harsh prison conditions.


More than 100 opposition2 politicians, activists3, journalists and others who protested the results of last year's elections and subsequently detained for treason, genocide and other charges, remain behind bars.


Louise Arbour (file photo) 

U.N. Commissioner4 for Human Rights Louise Arbour told the French news agency, AFP, that political and civil rights in Ethiopia are declining after years of hope and that the human rights situation is under a lot of strain.

Arbour also blasted authorities for not allowing the detainees to apply for bail5, and said she was distressed6 by what she saw during her visit to Kaliti prison.

She made her remarks as she wrapped up her four-day visit to Ethiopia, during which time she met with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, representatives of the international community and several detainees.

Lawyer Teshome Gabre-Mariam, who was one of several defense8 lawyers for the detainees until February, tells VOA he is pleased that Arbour has visited Ethiopia and highlighted the issue of the detentions9.

Teshome explains that in February, his former clients dismissed him and his fellow lawyers, saying that there was no need for the lawyers' services.

"As far as they are concerned, there is no judicial10 independence, and as far as the government is concerned, the government has already condemned11 them, and they know that the courts will merely transmit, in a legal form, the government's decision," he noted12.  "They say they are not interested in participating in this theatrical13 performance, let the government or the court do what they want, and we will bear the consequences.  They are not prepared to play the game."

Teshome says the political detainees are being held in sub-standard conditions.

"The sanitary14 conditions are not good, too many people in the same room, many of these people are not in good health, diseases can be communicated easily," he said.

The 22-member Ambassadors' Donors15 Group Monday called on Ethiopian authorities to free the imprisoned16 opposition politicians and others, and that those who the government do not release receive a speedy, fair, and transparent17 trial.

The trial of the 111 detainees is set to resume next week.

A woman reacts on the second day of clashes between youths and police in the Ethiopian capital on November 2, 2005   
During and after the May 2005 elections, Ethiopian authorities arrested thousands of protestors across the country, accusing many of them of fomenting18 violence and trying to overthrow19 the government.  Most were released, but the top leadership of the Coalition20 for Unity7 and Democracy are among the ones sill detained.

Among those charged with treason were five Voice of America reporters.  The charges were subsequently dropped.

Opposition members, supporters, and others accuse the ruling party of committing electoral fraud to secure a victory.


1 detention 1vhxk     
  • He was kept in detention by the police.他被警察扣留了。
  • He was in detention in connection with the bribery affair.他因与贿赂事件有牵连而被拘留了。
2 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
3 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
  • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
  • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 commissioner gq3zX     
  • The commissioner has issued a warrant for her arrest.专员发出了对她的逮捕令。
  • He was tapped for police commissioner.他被任命为警务处长。
5 bail Aupz4     
  • One of the prisoner's friends offered to bail him out.犯人的一个朋友答应保释他出来。
  • She has been granted conditional bail.她被准予有条件保释。
6 distressed du1z3y     
  • He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions. 他非常苦恼而困惑,无法回答他们的问题。
  • The news of his death distressed us greatly. 他逝世的消息使我们极为悲痛。
7 unity 4kQwT     
  • When we speak of unity,we do not mean unprincipled peace.所谓团结,并非一团和气。
  • We must strengthen our unity in the face of powerful enemies.大敌当前,我们必须加强团结。
8 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
9 detentions 2d4769435811f286b7e2f522d8538716     
拘留( detention的名词复数 ); 扣押; 监禁; 放学后留校
  • Teachers may assign detention tasks as they wish and some detentions have been actually dangerous. 老师可能随心所欲指派关禁闭的形式,有些禁闭事实上很危险。
  • Intimidation, beatings and administrative detentions are often enough to prevent them from trying again. 恐吓,拷打和行政拘留足以阻止请愿者二次进京的脚步。
10 judicial c3fxD     
  • He is a man with a judicial mind.他是个公正的人。
  • Tom takes judicial proceedings against his father.汤姆对他的父亲正式提出诉讼。
11 condemned condemned     
adj. 被责难的, 被宣告有罪的 动词condemn的过去式和过去分词
  • He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. 他谴责了那些说一套做一套的政客的虚伪。
  • The policy has been condemned as a regressive step. 这项政策被认为是一种倒退而受到谴责。
12 noted 5n4zXc     
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.当地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著称。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班迟到出了名。
13 theatrical pIRzF     
  • The final scene was dismayingly lacking in theatrical effect.最后一场缺乏戏剧效果,叫人失望。
  • She always makes some theatrical gesture.她老在做些夸张的手势。
14 sanitary SCXzF     
  • It's not sanitary to let flies come near food.让苍蝇接近食物是不卫生的。
  • The sanitary conditions in this restaurant are abominable.这家饭馆的卫生状况糟透了。
15 donors 89b49c2bd44d6d6906d17dca7315044b     
n.捐赠者( donor的名词复数 );献血者;捐血者;器官捐献者
  • Please email us to be removed from our active list of blood donors. 假如你想把自己的名字从献血联系人名单中删去,请给我们发电子邮件。
  • About half this amount comes from individual donors and bequests. 这笔钱大约有一半来自个人捐赠及遗赠。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 imprisoned bc7d0bcdd0951055b819cfd008ef0d8d     
下狱,监禁( imprison的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He was imprisoned for two concurrent terms of 30 months and 18 months. 他被判处30个月和18个月的监禁,合并执行。
  • They were imprisoned for possession of drugs. 他们因拥有毒品而被监禁。
17 transparent Smhwx     
  • The water is so transparent that we can see the fishes swimming.水清澈透明,可以看到鱼儿游来游去。
  • The window glass is transparent.窗玻璃是透明的。
18 fomenting 69881ea69871aece93909bf7a43fe265     
v.激起,煽动(麻烦等)( foment的现在分词 )
  • They accused him of fomenting political unrest. 他们指控他煽动政治动乱。
  • Three sailors were fomenting a mutiny on the ship. 三个水手正在船上煽动叛变。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
19 overthrow PKDxo     
  • After the overthrow of the government,the country was in chaos.政府被推翻后,这个国家处于混乱中。
  • The overthrow of his plans left him much discouraged.他的计划的失败使得他很气馁。
20 coalition pWlyi     
  • The several parties formed a coalition.这几个政党组成了政治联盟。
  • Coalition forces take great care to avoid civilian casualties.联盟军队竭尽全力避免造成平民伤亡。
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