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Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics are joining forces with human rights organisation, Reprieve, to call for the release of a British father who is being held illegally on death row in Ethiopia.
On Friday 10th March 2017, a campaign will launch in Lush’s 102 UK shops and run until Monday 20th March – Andy Tsege’s 1000th day on death row.
Tsege’s ordeal began in June 2014, when Ethiopian forces kidnapped him at an international airport and secretly ‘rendered’ him to the country. A father of three from London, Tsege is a prominent figure in Ethiopian opposition politics and has previously spoken out against human rights abuses in the country. In 2009, while he was living in London with his family, a court in Ethiopia put Tsege on trial in absentia and sentenced him to death.
Tsege’s partner and children in London, who are being assisted by Reprieve, are calling on the British Government to secure his return home. However, Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has so far refused to seek Tsege’s return to the UK, saying that he cannot ‘interfere’ in other countries’ judicial systems.
To help raise awareness of Tsege’s story and Reprieve’s campaign for his return home, Lush are launching Buy One Set One Free (£3.95), a limited edition bath bomb fragranced with the spicy Smell of Freedom scent and containing a photograph of the Tsege family, which appears when the product is dropped in water.
This bath bomb will be on sale in Lush’s UK shops and Lush.co.uk throughout the campaign and all proceeds (minus VAT) will go directly to Reprieve.
Visitors to Lush shops nationwide will also have the opportunity to sign Reprieve’s petition calling on the Foreign Secretary to secure Tsege’s return. Nearly 30,000 people have already signed the petition for his freedom, while several MPs have raised the case in Parliament.
His ordeal takes place in the context of a wider crackdown on dissent in Ethiopia, where journalists, bloggers and political protestors have been arrested.
Maya Foa, a director at Reprieve comments, “Andy Tsege and his family have been through a horrifying ordeal since 2014. It’s shameful that, three years on from his kidnap, Andy is still held illegally on death row. Boris Johnson must urgently listen to the growing call for him to seek Andy’s return home to London.”
Hilary Jones, Lush’s Ethics Director adds, “Perhaps none of us are safe to travel if our Government are willing to sit on their hands when a British Citizen is snatched and imprisoned with no international legal process involved. It is up to all of us to defend our rights and demand that British passport holders can travel safely, knowing Government protection is with us every step of the way”.