African Rights Monitor-ARM condemns the arrest and the illegal detention of the freelance journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye who were arrested on July 01, 2011 by the Ethiopian Forces in the Ogaden region. The two journalists took risk to fulfill their journalistic duties and to cover the dramatic human and social atrocities committed against the civilians in the Ogaden by the Ethiopian military. The Ethiopian government has sealed off the Ogaden region to international humanitarian NGOs, including human rights defenders and the international press to operate freely in the region.

African Rights Monitor-ARM calls upon the Ethiopian government to unconditionally free Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye and to lift the
restrictions on the international press and allow NGOs to help the civilians ravaged by the war and famine.

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