Lilesa has been living in the U.S. since he staged a protest against his government at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Feyisa Lilesa has condemned a government crackdown on protesters in Ethiopia, which allegedly caused hundreds of deaths.
The Olympic silver medalist didn’t return to Ethiopia after gaining international attention for crossing his arms above his head at the finish line in a defiant gesture at the Rio Games.
Feyisa Lilesa publicly backed anti-government protesters at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Lilesa, who protested at the Rio Olmpics, has concerns over multiple executive orders curbing immigration by the Trump administration. The family of Ethiopian runner and Rio Olympic silver medalist in marathon, Feyisa Lilesa, arrived...Show More Summary
Ethiopian Olympic marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa still hopes to compete for his country - despite being exiled since last summer's Games.
Feyisa Lilesa explains why ongoing ethnic violence in Ethiopia stirred him to make his own high-profile protest.
In interviews with FP, top Ethiopian officials said that Feyisa Lilesa should not fear for his safety, but that an independent human rights rapporteur will not be allowed into the country.
Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian marathoner who crossed his wrists above his head as he crossed the finish line in the Rio Olympics to win the silver medal in a show of solidarity with Ethiopian protesters, initially said through his agent that the gesture was unplanned. But the 26-year-old, who went...
Feyisa Lilesa, who won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, said his action was a show of solidarity with his people against a repressive government.
Ethiopian Paralympian Tamiru Demisse showed solidarity with Oromia protesters—who have clashed with the country’s government—as he claimed a silver medal, following a protest gesture made by Olympic counterpart Feyisa Lilesa. Demisse,...Show More Summary
The Ethiopian Olympic gold medallist who publicly protested against the country’s government has arrived in the United States, where he reportedly hopes to claim asylum. Feyisa Lilesa, who won the silver medal in the men’s marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympics, crossed his arms over his head as he finished the race. Show More Summary
The runner risked death and exile when he finished the men’s marathon with arms crossed in defiance of Ethiopia’s abuse of his tribe, the Oromo.
Feyisa Lilesa, the marathon runner who made an anti-government protest gesture during the Olympic Games, has not returned to Ethiopia. Reporters aboard the Ethiopian team’s return flight from Rio yesterday (Aug 24) said Lilesa was not...Show More Summary
At the end of the Rio Olympic men’s marathon, silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa did something extraordinary, important and dangerous. As he crossed the finish line, he crossed his wrists in front of his forehead in a gesture that’s halfway between … Continue reading ?
Ethiopian athlete Feyisa Lilesa has failed to return to his home country after making an anti-government demonstration following his silver medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Lilesa finished second in the men’s marathon in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday and, as he was passing the finish line, crossed his wrists above his head. Show More Summary
Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa said the Ethiopian government would likely kill or imprison him if he ever returned to the country from Rio, where he crossed his wrists above his head in solidarity with protesters in his homeland as he crossed the marathon finish line. Ethiopia shot back that he'd...
There are reports he may seek asylum in the United States
Feyisa Lilesa, a runner from Ethiopia, caught the world’s attention Sunday when, at the finish line of the Olympic marathon, he raised his arms in solidarity with the Oromo people in his country.
Feyisa Lilesa, the silver medal winner in the Rio Olympics marathon who made an antigovernment gesture, said he feared punishment if he were to go home.