Dr. Petros Habtemikael
During the period of the Dergue (1974-91) there
were a number of egregious abuses against academic
freedom at Asmara University. An early incident was the killing of Dr.
Petros Habtemikael, an economist, in 1975. Dr. Petros taught extension
courses in the evening, and some of his students were Ethiopian military
officers, who objected to his use of Eritrean rather than Ethiopian examples
in his coursework, and to the low grades they were given. It is believed
that the officers caused Dr. Petros to be detained and executed.
of Expression and Ethnic Discrimination in the Educational System: Past