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Subject: [Stop-traffic] Petition/UAE: Asking with great respect His Highness The Amir, Shaikh Hamad Bin Essa Al-Khalifa, to overturn, reverse, pardon, or grant clemency to Yeshiwork Desta Zewdu . Petition
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Fri Dec 22 2000 - 12:33:41 EST


Dear Friends,

Please take time out to help our sister, Yeshiwork Desta Zewdu, who is
currently facing the death penalty in Bahrain for killing an over abusive
master in self-defense! She is only one of an estimated 25,000 Ethiopian
maids in the Middle East, subject to untold mental, physical, and sexual
abuse.

-Selam to all

Yohannes

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Asking with great respect His Highness The Amir, Shaikh Hamad Bin Essa
Al-Khalifa, to overturn, reverse, pardon, or grant clemency to Yeshiwork
Desta Zewdu .

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To:

His Highness The Amir, Shaikh Hamad Bin Essa Al-Khalifa,
Manama, Bahrain

I would like to put to the attention of your Excellency the plight of a
young Ethiopian girl who is in death row in Bahrain. Her name is Yeshiwork
Desta Zewdu and she is only 20 years old.

I am perfectly aware of the fact that your Excellency and the government of
the state of Bahrain strive for a very high living standard to all citizens
and residents of Bahrain; and I applaud you on your success. However,
despite the efforts of your Excellency and your government some of the
employers of domestic workers have created inhuman working and living
conditions at their residence. They have created this abominable and almost
hellish condition expecting that your Excellency and your government will
never know their crime.

One of those unfortunate persons condemned to this unbearable working
condition was Yeshiwork Desta Zewdu. This young Ethiopian girl's dream when
coming as a domestic worker to your Excellency's country was to be able to
work under a humane condition and be able to help herself and her poor
family. She did not expect to be a victim of brutal treatment. She did not
expect to be physically tortured and psychologically tormented 24 hours a
day by a ruthless employer. Unfortunately this was what she was facing day
in and day out. This living nightmare resulted in a very deep psychological
trauma for Yeshiwork.

Your Highness,

I am aware that on November 28, 2000 Yeshiwork was sentenced to death for
allegedly having murdered her employer on Dec. 1,1998 and that the death
sentence passed will be carried out within 40 days from the day it was
passed.

All those who know her testify to the fact that Yeshiwork is a meek,
peaceable and harmless girl who tries her best to please everyone, even when
they are bad to her. However, as your Excellency is aware of even the most
docile animal will fight back if and when it is cornered. Yeshiwork now
stands accused of murder of her Filipino employer in Bahrain an act she
committed out of desperation and in an abnormal state of mind.

To many people, including the authors of this petition, there is no doubt
that Yeshiwork is innocent. It is in that hope that the following signatures
are compiled with the intention of asking His Highness The Amir, Shaikh
Hamad Bin Essa Al-Khalifa, to overturn, reverse, pardon, or grant clemency
to Yeshiwork Desta Zewdu with respect to these matters.

Respectfully submitted.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,

The <http://www.PetitionOnline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?Binyam> Undersigned

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