“They deny the existence of my religion (Waqee Fenaan), they banned me from exercise worshiping” Lemma Baye Gutema

Name: – Lemma Baye Gutema

Age: – 30 years old

Address: – Woserbi Kebele, Sululta town Addis Abeba surrounding zone of Oromia Regional State

Current situation– held in Qilinto prison

The reason why I am jailed: – Following the widespread public protests in Oromia region, I was suspected of taking part on the protests

Prosecutor’s official charge against me:- Federal prosecutor accused me of violating Article 7(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP) for participations in terrorism in anyway. They accused me of having contacts with outlawed political party, Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). I am now attending court hearings at the federal high court Lideta branch 19th criminal bench.

The following rights violations are committed against me in prison:-

  1. I was beaten up time again while I was held in Maekelawi interrogation Bureau
  2. Most of the time I have interrogated at nights.
  3. I was held in dark and cold room in Maekelawi
  4. They insulted me because of my religion and identity
  5. I was forced to confess for things I have never done
  6. Denying the existence of my religion (Waqee Fenaan), I was restricted from worshiping even after I was officially charged with terrorism and transferred to Qilinto prison. They told me that they only know Christianity and Islam.


I am married and I have a child. I have a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. I think they arrested me for my works in relation with my religion. I am a follower of Waqee Fenaan religion. I serve as secretary of National Waqee Fenaan religion followers association. Besides, I am the chair of the Association in Showa [chapter]. In doing so, I have done multiple works as per my capacity. I think, the government has arrested me for doing these peaceful activities.





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