Aster Fissehatsion

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Aster Fissehatsion
Born 1951
Nationality Eritrean
Occupation politician
Known for 2001 imprisonment
Political party
People's Front for Democracy and Justice
Spouse(s) Mahmoud Ahmed Sherifo (former)

Aster Fissehatsion [1] (born 1951) is an Eritrean politician and an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.[2] She is the ex-wife of former Vice-President of Eritrea, Mahmoud Ahmed Sherifo.[3]

She joined Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) in 1974 and became a leading figure in the struggle for independence in Eritrea. Following independence, she held the following positions: member of the Central Council of People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ);[4] member of the National Assembly; Director of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs;[3] and Head of Personnel in the Anseba Zone.

In 1996, Fissehatsion was dismissed from her job for criticising the increasingly authoritarian government, but was reinstated in 1999. In May 2001, she was one of 15 senior party officials, later known as the G-15, who published an open letter calling for "peaceful and democratic dialogue"; and calling on President Isaias Afewerki to adhere to correct parliamentary and governance procedures, hold internal party meetings, and keep the promises made by the PFDJ in respect of judicial reform.[3]

She was detained in September 2001 for being part of the G-15. She is reported to be suffering from a stomach ulcer.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Also known as Astier Fesehazion
  2. ^ "Eritrea: Prisoners of conscience held for a decade must be released". Amnesty International. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Glenys Kinnock (28 February 2008). "It could have been me". New Statesman. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ In 1994, the EPLF changed its name to PFDJ