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ActionAid is calling on the Ethiopian government to free two anti-poverty campaigners who have been held for 45 days without formal charge.

A spokesman for the nongovernmental organization told VOA that the two campaigners are innocent and that their continued detention without charge is “illegal.”

The two were detained during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators, journalists and opposition politicians.

ActionAid identified the two as Daniel Bekele, a lawyer who works for the NGO in Addis Ababa, and Netsanet Demessie, executive director of the Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia, an ActionAid partner.

Brian Kagoro [KAH-GORE-OH] is ActionAid’s Africa policy manager in Nairobi, Kenya, said: “Our position is that they have been wrongly detained and that their detention – continued detention – violates both Ethiopian law and international law. They’ve been in detention for over forty days without trial, without a formal charge.”

Mr. Kagoro said an Ethiopian court has denied bail for Mr. Daniel and Mr. Netsanet. They are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

The United Nations says it has completed its withdrawal of North American and European staff from Eritrea, meeting the deadline the nation set for their removal.

The U.N. Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea says the last of about 180 staff from the United States, Canada and Europe left early today (Friday). Eritrea set the deadline last week for their removal.

The mission has been trying to prevent a new flare-up of the two countries' border conflict, which killed about 70-thousand people between 1998 and 2000.

The Security Council decided Wednesday to re-locate the peacekeepers, saying they would be moved from Eritrea to Ethiopia for their own safety.

In October, Eritrea banned U.N. vehicles from patrolling at night, and peacekeepers from making helicopter flights in its airspace.

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