Journalist Amir Aman Kiyaro released on bail
"An enormous relief", said Hector Ulloa, leader of SAIH after Amir Aman Kiyaro was released today on bail.
Amir Aman Kiyaro, a freelance journalist accredited with the Associated Press (AP), was detained in Ethiopia on November 28, accused of assisting what the Ethiopian authorities consider terrorist groups.
"He's a journalist. It is his job to talk to different sides in a conflict. He was accredited to a reputable international news agency. Being a journalist should not be punishable" said Ulloa.
It turned out to be a dramatic day, when both Amir and several others in his immediate family were arrested by police just minutes after his release, on the grounds that they had taken pictures outside the police station.
"Fortunately, Amir was released shortly afterwards. The family members are also out of prison", said Ulloa.
A former Students at Risk-participant
Kiyaro lived in Norway in the period 2015-2018 and was then active as a volunteer in SAIH.
"We know Amir has many friends here in Norway who have been very afraid for him these months. It seems like we can breathe a sigh of relief for now", said Ulloa.
Kiyaro came to Norway through the Students at Risk program, which gives students a safe haven and the opportunity to complete their studies in Norway. Kiyaro was a student at the NLA Media College in Kristiansand.
Investigation still ongoing
"Even though Amir is out of prison, he is not free as long as there are accusations against him. The next step should be that the baseless investigation is dropped", said Ulloa.
SAIH has had a close dialogue with Kiyaro's family since his imprisonment and has tried to help get Amir out of prison through diplomatic means - dialogue with his employer, the embassy and network.
"Many have worked to keep progress in the case and must continue to do so. Although this release does not mean that it is over, we allow ourselves to celebrate today", said Ulloa.