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Killings in Ethiopia outrage Minnesota’s Oromo community

Secretary of State John Kerry meeting nurses and workers
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Secretary of State John Kerry meeting nurses and workers during a visit to the Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 1.

Members of Minnesota’s Oromo community plan to rally Friday in St. Paul and are calling for a hunger strike to mourn the deaths of student demonstrators gunned down last week by Ethiopian security forces in Addis Ababa.

Oromo students and others in Ethiopia have been protesting since April 26 a plan to develop the capital Addis Ababa, saying the proposal will displace farmers in the city outskirts, erase significant landmarks and dismantle the rich culture and identity of the ethnic Oromo people. Because the Oromia region surrounds Addis Ababa, an expansion of the city will mean a further blow to the region and its people, who have been marginalized for decades, they say.

Addis Ababa city officials argue the plan will develop and improve the city — one of the fastest growing cities in Africa — and its surrounding suburbs.

Thousands of people, mostly university students, took their anger and frustration to the streets of Addis Ababa to express their disapproval of the plan unveiled in April. The ongoing demonstration erupted in violence May 1, the day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ethiopia as part of a tour of Africa.

There are conflicting reports about casualties, with government officials saying the death toll has grown to 11 and witnesses counting nearly 50 dead.

Hassen Hussein, an assistant professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a longtime Oromo community activist, said in an interview Thursday that the regime has killed more than 75 demonstrators and wounded up to 200.

Whatever the case, Nasser Mussa, a Minneapolis Oromo-American activist, noted that the demonstrators have been peaceful and were attempting to exercise freedom of expression and demanding their rights.

“Killing unarmed protesters is unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” Mussa said. “The Ethiopian government says they are democratic, but they have been doing undemocratic things for years, including the killing of innocent people and committing other serious human rights abuses.

“The current situation there is making me feel terrible,” said Mussa of the unfolding political tensions and violence in Ethiopia. “Those killed are like brothers and sisters to me.”

Friday protest at state Capitol

Members of the Oromo community in Minnesota will assemble Friday outside the state Capitol to call attention to the killings and condemn the Ethiopian regime. At the rally, which will run Friday to Sunday, demonstrators plan a hunger strike and a 24-hour vigil.

Hassen Hussein

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Hassen Hussein

“Although experience of oppression at the hands of the Ethiopian government is not new to the Oromo population in the Twin Cities, nothing in my recent memory has moved the community as much as the killings of peaceful protesters these past two weeks throughout the vast Oromia region,” said Hussein.

An estimated 40,000 Oromos live in Minnesota, the largest concentration outside Ethiopia. Hussein, who is organizing the protest, and other demonstrators hope the event will raise awareness.

“The regime is a strong ally of the United States,” Hussein said. “We want the U.S. government to reconsider its policies.”

The United States provided the Ethiopian government more than $135 million for humanitarian aid this year. Hussein and Mussa said that aid isn’t used to assist vulnerable populations. Instead, they said, it’s used for human-rights abuses.

“We need to stop our tax dollars from killing innocent people, our children,” Mussa said. “We need to hold the Ethiopian government accountable for what they’re doing.”

Human-rights abuses

According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of State, the most common human-rights abuses Ethiopian forces commit include suppressing freedom of expression, harassment and intimidating journalists and politicians. The report added:

Nasser Mussa

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Nasser Mussa

The East African country has more than 80 ethnic groups, according to the report. It has a federal-government system, with its boundaries generally divided into ethnic groups. Likewise, its political parties largely remain ethnically segregated. Other human rights problems included arbitrary killings; allegations of torture, beating, abuse, and mistreatment of detainees by security forces; reports of harsh and, at times, life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention; detention without charge and lengthy pretrial detention; a weak, overburdened judiciary subject to political influence; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights, including illegal searches; restrictions on academic freedom; restrictions on freedom of assembly, association, and movement; alleged interference in religious affairs; limits on citizens’ ability to change their government; violence and societal discrimination against women and abuse of children; trafficking in persons; societal discrimination against persons with disabilities.

The Oromo ethnic group makes up about 40 percent of Ethiopia’s 94 million people, the largest ethnic group in the country.


BBC World News report on the Oromo protests.

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May 9, 2014 from 9:45 – 11:00 @ Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Hawaasni Oromoo Switzerland Hiriira Mormii guyyaa Jimaataa 09.05.2014 ganama sa’a 9:45 irraa kaasee hamma sa’a 11:00 tti Place des Nations(biiroollee UNO fuundura tti) waan gaggaaffatuuf lammiiwwan Oromoo fi firootni Oromoo Switzerland fi naannoo jiraattan hundi Hiriira kana irra tti argamtanii ajjeechaa fi hidhaa baratoota Oromoo akka waliin balaaleffannu kabajaan isin gaafanna!

Koottaa, iyyinee iyya uummata keenyaa addunyaa haa dhageessifnu! Isa ajjeefamaa, hidhamaa, reebamaa fi saamamaa jiruuf gadda keenya haa ibsinu! Gaaffiin Barattoota Oromoo kaasaa jiran gaafii keenyas ta’uu adunyaa tti haa muldhisnu! Gaafii mirgaa uumata Oromoof deebiin ajjeechaa fi hidhaa ta’uu akka hin qabne dhimma ilaalu tti haa iyyatnu! Hidhaa, ajjeechaa fi saamicha mootummaa abbaa Irree Itiyoophiyaa ilmaan Oromoorra geessisaa jiru haa balaaleffannu! Uummata keenyaaf haa dirmannu! Dirqama lammummaa haa baanu!

Yoo dandayame uffata gurraacha uffannee haa dhufnu! 

 Koree Qindeessituu Hiriira Mormii Hawaasa Oromoo Switzerland

Waamicha Hiriira Mormii (download here in .pdf format)

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OMN: Oduu Reefu Nu Gahe (Breaking News) Caamsaa 7, 2014

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Press Release                                               7 May 2014

 

 

Demonstrators arrested, beaten and shot dead

At least 16 peaceful student demonstrators were shot dead by the Agazi, Ethiopia’s riot police, between 28 April and 1 May. Protests against the planned extension of Addis Ababa city administration, which would evict thousands of farmers and split Oromia Region in two, were met with live ammunition and indiscriminate beating.

Several killings were in Ambo, where 27,000 reportedly took to the streets, but demonstrations were also met with violence in Guder, Adama, Dire Dawa, Robe, Jimma, Metu, Nekemt, Gimbi and Dembi Dollo – high schools and universities in central, east and west Oromia Region.

Sources claimed 25 – 50 were killed. At least seven were confirmed dead in Ambo alone. Many were badly injured and hundreds were taken from streets and university campuses to places of detention, where protestors and opposition party supporters are routinely tortured and raped.

Names of confirmed dead, injured or detained are given overleaf. Those killed include Endale Desalegn (Temesgen), and Tasfaye Gashe,  both ninth grade students in Ambo.

Individuals in the UK are requested to write to their MPs, requesting them to ask the Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, and the Minister for International Development, Lynne Featherstone, what the British Government intends to do in response to this latest episode of killing and detaining peaceful demonstrators.

Killed:

 

Ababa Kumsa             Wallega

Abdi Kamal                Guder Junior Secondary School

Abdisa Nagasa           Wallega

Endale Desalegn (or Temesgen) Ambo High School

Falmata Bayecha        Jimma  5th yr Medicine

Galana Adaba            Jimma  3rd yr Governance

Getachew Daraje        Jimma  3rd yr Governence

Getahun Jirata                        Guder Junior Secondary School

Gexe Tafari                Wallega

Gurmu Damxoo         Guder Junior Secondary School

Hussen Umar              Jimma

Israel Habtamu           Jimma

Kumala Guddisa        Guder Junior Secondary School

Tadesse Gashee          Ambo  Liban Macha Junior Secondary School

Tashome Dawit          Wallega

Zabana Barasa                        Jimma  3rd yr Governance (or Oromo Folklore)

 

Injured:

 

Balay Kusa                 Mida Qanyi School                W Showa

Bayisa Obsa                Mida Qanyi School                W Showa

Dararsa Ayana                        Mida Qanyi School                W Showa

 

Adama University students detained and beaten:

Abrahm Makonin Ararso

Abenzari Hagaye Yohannis

Abdala Hussen Julio

Amnu’el Burka Danka

Andu’alam Telahun Alemayo

Ayantu Jalta Misha

Bilisuma Lamii Agaa

Bonsa Badhadha Bati

Bultu Wadaju Bultum

Chala Galan Dabiso

Datamo Fayera Shif

Dane Abo Bushira

Dani’el Admasu Tamsgen

Didaa Ahmed Ibroo

Duni Hussen Walbu

Ebisa Malka Nuruu

Etihafa Tuffa Soraa

Fantale Faru Qarsuu

Fayisa Girma Biranu

Gada Dinqa Bayisa

Humin’esa Miliki Fanta

Ibraham Musa Awal

Ifabas Burisho Nuruu

Iliyas Ishetu Ibsa

Lami Marga Gabru

Lelisa Ayansa Marga

Marga Tuffa kiltu

Magris Banta Sodaa

Muktar Jeyilan Sa’ed

Musxafa Kadir Siraj

Nuho Gudata Irre

Odaa Damis Bonjaa

Shibiru Tariku Falke

Sidise Jara

Tashome Bakele Sabbatichal

Tadalu Mamo Bacha

Takalinyi Ketama Baharu

Tayee Tafara Agaa

Tullu Bonus Tura

Welbuma Ragasa Qalbesa

 

Click here to view the OSG Press Release in .pdf Format: OSG Press Release 7 May 2014

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Haala yeroo tibbana Oromiyaa irratti qophii Xiinxalaa Caamsaa 7, 2014

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Ethiopian Government Faces Grilling at UN

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We often say at The Advocates for Human Rights that making progress on human rights is running a marathon, not a sprint. For example, the United Nations’ newest human rights mechanism, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), takes place just once every four and a half years for each country.

The Ethiopian Government's delegation to the Universal Periodic Review on May 6, 2014, chaired by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos

So it was particularly fortuitous that the UPR of Ethiopia took place this morning, as Oromo students continue a second week of demonstrations across the federal state of Oromia to protest the Ethiopian Government’s plans to annex that state’s lands in order to expand the territory of Addis Ababa, and as the Oromo diaspora gears up for protests around the world on Friday to show their support for the students on the ground.

Despite the UPR’s early hour–2:00 this morning here in Minnesota, or “Little Oromia” as the diaspora calls it–social media have been buzzing about the review. And as the 3 1/2 hour review progressed, the Oromo diaspora reported on breaking news of more student protests in Oromia.

A quick primer on the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review
Every country that is a member of the United Nations participates in the UPR once every 4 1/2 years. Unlike the opt-in treaty-body review processes, where independent human rights experts conduct the examination, the UPR is a peer-to-peer diplomatic process. Governments comment on the human rights records of other governments. As you might expect, some governments shower their allies with praise, while other governments use the UPR to offer sharp criticism. Each statement typically includes some words of praise, some statements of concern, and some recommendations for the government under review. Later, the government under review must respond to each recommendation, stating whether it accepts or rejects it.

Like other UN human rights mechanisms, the UPR process has a role for civil society. Last September civil society organizations around the world submitted “stakeholder reports” about human rights conditions on the ground in Ethiopia. These reports are supposed to cover: (1) what progress the government has made on any recommendations it accepted during the last round of review; and (2) any developments since the last review.

Members of the Ogaden ethnic group from Ethiopia, living in diaspora in Europe, protest in front of the United Nations in March 2014

Diaspora civil society groups play critical role in UN reviews
Diaspora advocacy is critical when the UN reviews the human rights records of closed societies like Ethiopia, where local groups may not feel free to criticize the government openly. The Advocates worked with the Oromo diaspora in Minnesota to prepare a stakeholder report for Ethiopia’s UPR, just as we have done for some of the UN’s treaty body review mechanisms. Other diaspora groups are also engaged in the process. For example, groups like the International Oromo Women’s Organization, the UK and Australia and branches of the Oromia Support Group, and the Toronto-based Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa also submitted stakeholder reports for today’s UPR.

Earlier this year, we did in-person and email advocacy with the Geneva missions of governments that we thought might be receptive to the issues we raised in our report. And over the weekend, we followed up with an update on the student protests and government crack-down in Oromia. Watching the live webcast this morning, we were relieved to see that many governments took up some of the Oromo diaspora’s concerns.

The Advocates’ new diaspora toolkit, Paving Pathways, includes a chapter on how to conduct advocacy at the United Nations, and another on advocacy with regional human rights mechanisms like the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Armenia draws attention to diaspora ties, recent casualties in Oromia

Lilia Petrosyan delivers Armenia's statement at the UPR on May 6, 2014

A whopping 119 governments signed up to make statements during the review. Because of the limited time and intense interest, each government had just 65 seconds to make its points.You can watch the full review here.

The Armenian government offered the most direct commentary on the student protests in Oromia, and also referenced the Armenian diaspora in Ethiopia:

We would like to stress the friendly relations existing between our 2 nations. The presence of the Armenian community in Ethiopia has a centuries old history. Armenia particularly appreciates the generosity of the Ethiopian people and government, who hosted and integrated the survivors of the Armenian Genocide at the beginning of the 20th century.

Armenia commends the commitment of Ethiopia to common Christian traditions and human values, including respect for minority rights, cultural diversity and tolerance. In this regard, we are concerned about the reports of recent casualties in the state of Oromia. Armenia hopes that Ethiopia will continue to make efforts to further preserve the above-mentioned traditions and values as a basis for promoting tolerance and diversity in the country. . . .

We have 2 recommendations for Ethiopia:

1) To further promote tolerance and dialogue between different ethnic and religious groups.

2) To further develop and expand human rights awareness-raising programs in the country.

Perhaps reflecting last-minute changes to incorporate a reference to the government’s use of lethal force against student protesters in Oromia last week, the published version of Armenia’s statement includes the words “New Version” in handwriting at the top.

Governments press Ethiopia to address inter-ethnic conflict, allow free expression, open up civil society
Governments raised a variety of important human rights issues, many of which directly concern the Oromo people, as reflected in our stakeholder report. (Click the country name to read the full text of the country’s statement.)

  • Violence and mistreatment by security forces
    • Costa Rica urged Ethiopia to take urgent measures to investigate torture and extrajudicial killings committed by the national defense forces of Ethiopia.
    • Finland and Montenegro recommended that Ethiopia ensure that is has clear, independent, and effective complaints mechanisms in place for individuals to raise allegations of mistreatment by security, military, and law enforcement authorities and prison officials.
    • Rwanda called on Ethiopia to set up police and military training on human rights.
  • Forcible resettlement of farmers and pastoralists
    • Austria recommended that Ethiopia’s national human rights institutions be equipped with the resources and capacities needed to independently investigate, and provide appeals and redress for, alleged human rights violations in relation to the resettlement of communities through Ethiopia’s Commune Development Program. The United Kingdom also expressed support for credible mechanisms to investigate allegations of abuses by special police in relation to relocation programs.
    • Bolivia encouraged Ethiopia to protect the rights of farmers and other rural workers.
    • Rwanda called on Ethiopia to strengthen measures to ensure food security.
    • Malaysia and Thailand urged Ethiopia to step up efforts to improve health services, especially in rural areas.
    • Morocco recommended that Ethiopia ensure that all segments of society benefit from economic growth.
  • Ethnic and religious discrimination and persecution
    • Namibia urged Ethiopia to enhance the institutional and financial capacities of the Ethiopia Human Rights Commission to effectively carry out its mandate, especially with regard to its working relations with the Oromo, Ogaden, Gambella, and Somali communities.
    • The Holy See urged Ethiopia to improve its outreach to all ethnic communities to actively participate in the political process.
    • Argentina, Bolivia, and Nicaragua urged the Ethiopian Government to combat racism, intolerance, and other forms of discrimination directed at vulnerable groups.
    • Burundi and the Holy See, like Armenia, recommended that Ethiopia expand activities to promote inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. Canada made a similar recommendation to address inter-religious tensions.
    • Tunisia called on Ethiopia to address education discrimination, and Sudanrecommended that Ethiopia expand primary education in students’ mother tongue.
    • Malaysia, the Maldives, and Namibia encouraged Ethiopia to improve the quality of education for children, especially in rural areas.
  • Freedom of expression and association for opposition political parties, human rights defenders
    • Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, NigeriaSweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States recommended that Ethiopia fully implement its constitutional guarantees of freedom of association, expression, and assembly for independent political parties, ethnic and religious groups, and non-governmental organizations.
    • Canada urged Ethiopia to fully protect members of opposition groups, political activists, and journalists from arbitrary detention. Estonia called on Ethiopia to end harassment of political opposition party members, journalists, and human rights defenders. Finlandrecommended that Ethiopia take further measures to ensure the safety and freedom of action of human rights defenders.
  • Restrictions on civil society, media; anti-terrorism measures
    • Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, IrelandMexicothe NetherlandsNorwaySlovakia, Sweden, and the United States recommended that Ethiopia abolish or amend its Charities and Societies Proclamation to allow non-governmental organizations to operate more effectively and to receive funding from outside the country.
    • Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland urged Ethiopia to narrow its definition of terrorism under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and exclude the practice of journalism from the definition, to ensure protections for freedom of expression and assembly, and to better allow non-governmental organizations to function. The United States called for Ethiopia to ensure that the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation is applied apolitically.
    • The Czech Republic also called on Ethiopia to immediately release all journalists detained for their professional activities, including the bloggers and journalists arrested in April 2014 and those jailed earlier, such as Mr. Nega and Ms Alemu.
    • Estonia, Ireland and South Korea urged Ethiopia to stop online censorship and respect freedom of the press. Ghana recommended that Ethiopia decriminalize defamation.
    • Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and France encouraged Ethiopia to amend its Mass Media Proclamation to bring it in line with international human rights standards.
  • Due process and judicial independence
    • Botswana expressed concern about intimidation, harassment, threats, and firing of judges who resist political pressure, and called on Ethiopia to ensure the full independence and impartiality of the judiciary.
    • Switzerland called on Ethiopia to ensure the right to a fair trial.
  • Disappearances, torture in detention facilities
    • Argentina, France, Japan, Paraguay, and Tunisia recommended that the Ethiopian Government take further actions to address enforced disappearances, such as ratifying the Convention on Enforced Disappearances.
    • Austria and recommended that Ethiopia train all personnel in detention facilities to investigate and prosecute all alleged cases of torture. Paraguay and Spain also called for efforts to prevent torture in detention. The United Kingdom expressed support for credible mechanisms to investigate allegations of mistreatment of prisoners. Bhutanand Russia recommended that Ethiopia improve prison conditions. Kyrgyzstan called on Ethiopia to add a definition of torture to its criminal code that includes all elements contained in the Convention Against Torture.
    • Hungary, Paraguay, and Tunisia urged Ethiopia to grant the Red Cross and other independent international mechanisms immediate, full, and genuine access to all detention facilities in Ethiopia, and Hungary expressed concern about allegations of arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of detainees, including torture, rape, and prolonged incommunicado detention.

Recommendations to engage with UN Special Procedures

Some of the recommendations had to do with other United Nations procedures:

  • Ghana and Hungary, Japan, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and Uruguayrecommended that Ethiopia permit visits from all UN special procedures mandate-holders.
  • The United States called on Ethiopia to allow the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Assembly and Association to conduct a country visit, and the United Kingdom recommended that Ethiopia invite the Special Rapporteur on Torture to visit the country.
  • Spain also urged Ethiopia to respond to individual communications from special procedures mandate-holders.

The Oromo diaspora may want to use some of these special procedures, described in more detail in our chapters of Paving Pathways on UN advocacy and capacity-building, to submit urgent action letters and request country visits to investigate the situation on the ground in Oromia.

What’s next?
The Ethiopian Government will have several months to examine the recommendations, but then it will have to say definitively whether it accepts or rejects each one. Civil society in Ethiopia, with support from the diaspora, can then lobby for implementation of any accepted recommendations. And the diaspora can engage in remote monitoring of rejected recommendations to continue to shed light on ongoing human rights violations.

There’s also an upcoming opportunity for advocacy at the United Nations specifically relating to the rights of children in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and July 1 is the deadline for civil society groups to share information with the human rights experts on the Committee on the Rights of the Childas they prepare for their 2015 review of Ethiopia. Oromos in the diaspora who are concerned about students in Oromia who are under age 18 and who have faced violence, threats, and arrests because of their participation in protests may want to engage in more systematic remote monitoring and then write a report to bring the issue to the attention of the Committee. They may also want to raise other human rights concerns relevant to children in Ethiopia.

Advocacy at the UN is a long process, but when governments stifle dissent and ignore civil society, sometimes international pressure can prompt incremental reforms. Persistent advocacy from diaspora groups is essential to the process.  The Oromo diaspora is up to the task. We know, after all, that the Oromo people are particularly talented distance runners and can run the marathon needed to improve human rights in Ethiopia.

This post is the second in a four-part series about human rights in Ethiopia. Part 1described the important role the Oromo diaspora is playing in remotely monitoring recent human rights developments in Ethiopia. Part 3 will explore the Oromo diaspora’s strategies for showing solidarity with the Oromo students while pushing for human rights and holding perpetrators accountable for the violence against peaceful demonstrators. Part 4 will tell the stories of Oromos in the diaspora who have spoken with friends and family members on the ground in Oromia about events over the past two weeks.

If you are an Oromo diasporan who has talked to people on the ground who are involved in the protests, facing restrictions on their freedom of movement or freedom of speech, or have other first-hand information, and you’d like to share what you’ve heard for an upcoming blog post, please contact me at abergquist@advrights.org or 1-612-746-4694.

By Amy Bergquist, staff attorney for the International Justice Program of The Advocates for Human Rights.

More posts in this series:

Oromo Diaspora Mobilizes to Shine Spotlight on Student Protests in Ethiopia

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Waamicha Hiriira Mormii

Hawaasa Oromoo Switzerland

#OromoProtests

May 9, 2014 from 9:45 – 11:00 @ Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Hawaasni Oromoo Switzerland Hiriira Mormii guyyaa Jimaataa 09.05.2014 ganama sa’a 9:45 irraa kaasee hamma sa’a 11:00 tti Place des Nations (biiroollee UNO fuundura tti) waan gaggaaffatuuf lammiiwwan Oromoo fi firootni Oromoo Switzerland fi naannoo jiraattan hundi Hiriira kana irra tti argamtanii ajjeechaa fi hidhaa baratoota Oromoo akka waliin balaaleffannu kabajaan isin gaafanna!

Koottaa, iyyinee iyya uummata keenyaa addunyaa haa dhageessifnu! Isa ajjeefamaa, hidhamaa, reebamaa fi saamamaa jiruuf gadda keenya haa ibsinu! Gaaffiin Barattoota Oromoo kaasaa jiran gaafii keenyas ta’uu adunyaa tti haa muldhisnu! Gaafii mirgaa uumata Oromoof deebiin ajjeechaa fi hidhaa ta’uu akka hin qabne dhimma ilaalu tti haa iyyatnu! Hidhaa, ajjeechaa fi saamicha mootummaa abbaa Irree Itiyoophiyaa ilmaan Oromoorra geessisaa jiru haa balaaleffannu! Uummata keenyaaf haa dirmannu! Dirqama lammummaa haa baanu!

 Koree Qindeessituu Hiriira Mormii Hawaasa Oromoo Switzerland

Waamicha Hiriira Mormii (download here in .pdf format)

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‪#‎OromoProtests‬ Confirmed: The four Oromia Police senior commanders who have been imprisoned for refusing to order use of lethal force are:
1- Lieutenant (meto aleqa) Habtaamuu Raggasa,
2- Lieutenant Taaddasee Leggessee Gammachu
3- Lieutenant Ayana Milkeessa
4- Lieutenant Alamu Qixxeessa Sanyi

http://daccess-ods.un.org/TMP/2211066.48445129.html

AFPEthiopia shot ‘peaceful protesters': rights group

Ethiopian security forces shot dead peaceful protesters in student demonstrations last week, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, quoting “credible” claims of a death toll “much higher” than the official figure of eight.

“Witnesses said security forces fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters in Ambo on April 30,” HRW said in a statement accusing security forces of using massive force.

The state news agency said last week that mass protests caused “loss of lives and property” in several university towns in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region.

The government said eight were killed in the violence, which it blamed on “anti-peace” forces, but according to HRW “various credible local sources put the death toll much higher.”

“Security forces have responded by shooting at and beating peaceful protesters in Ambo, Nekemte, Jimma, and other towns with unconfirmed reports from witnesses of dozens of casualties,” the HRW statement added.

“Ethiopian security forces should cease using excessive force against students peacefully protesting… the authorities should immediately release students and others arbitrarily arrested during the protests,” it added.

With nearly 27 million people, Oromia is the most populated of the country’s federal states and has its own language, Oromo, distinct from Ethiopia’s official Amharic language.

According to local media reports, the students were protesting government proposals to extend its administrative control to several towns in Oromia, sparking fears of land grabs.

But the government accused protest leaders of trying to destabilise the country.

“The forces behind the chaos… have a past violent history,” the government statement read, claiming the protests had been encouraged by “media inside and outside the country” for “their evil purpose”, without giving further details.

Government officials were not immediately available to comment on HRW’s claims, but have routinely dismissed its reports in the past.

Last month government spokesman Getachew Reda told AFP that “we don’t take orders” from the group, after HRW criticised the arrest of nine journalists and bloggers.

Addis Ababa said the nine were arrested for “serious criminal activities”.

Source: https://za.news.yahoo.com/photos/ethiopias-teff-grain-set-worlds-next-super-food-photo-040833018.html

Addis Ababa: Ethiopian security forces shot dead peaceful protesters in student demonstrations last week, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, quoting “credible” claims of a death toll “much higher” than the official figure of eight. 

“Witnesses said security forces fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters in Ambo on April 30,” HRW said in a statement accusing security forces of using massive force.  

The state news agency said last week that mass protests caused “loss of lives and property” in several university towns in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region. 

The government said eight were killed in the violence, which it blamed on “anti-peace” forces, but according to HRW “various credible local sources put the death toll much higher.”

 “Security forces have responded by shooting at and beating peaceful protesters in Ambo, Nekemte, Jimma, and other towns with unconfirmed reports from witnesses of dozens of casualties,” the HRW statement added. 

“Ethiopian security forces should cease using excessive force against students peacefully protesting… the authorities should immediately release students and others arbitrarily arrested during the protests,” it added. 

With nearly 27 million people, Oromia is the most populated of the country’s federal states and has its own language, Oromo, distinct from Ethiopia’s official Amharic language. 

According to local media reports, the students were protesting government proposals to extend its administrative control to several towns in Oromia, sparking fears of land grabs. 

But the government accused protest leaders of trying to destabilise the country. 

“The forces behind the chaos… have a past violent history,” the government statement read, claiming the protests had been encouraged by “media inside and outside the country” for “their evil purpose”, without giving further details. 

Government officials were not immediately available to comment on HRW’s claims, but have routinely dismissed its reports in the past. 

Last month government spokesman Getachew Reda told AFP that “we don’t take orders” from the group, after HRW criticised the arrest of nine journalists and bloggers.  

Addis Ababa said the nine were arrested for “serious criminal activities”. 

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/ethiopia-shot-peaceful-protesters-rights-group_930144.html

AFP

Security Forces Fire On, Beat Students Protesting Plan to Expand Capital Boundaries

Ethiopia’s heavy handed reaction to the Oromo protests is the latest example of the government’s ruthless response to any criticism of its policies. UN member countries should tell Ethiopia that responding with excessive force against protesters is unacceptable and needs to stop.”

Human Rights Watch

(Nairobi) – Ethiopian security forces should cease using excessive force against students peacefully protesting plans to extend the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa. The authorities should immediately release students and others arbitrarily arrested during the protests and investigate and hold accountable security officials who are responsible for abuses.

On May 6, 2014, the government will appear before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for the country’s Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record.

“Students have concerns about the fate of farmers and others on land the government wants to move inside Addis Ababa,” said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director. “Rather than having its security forces attack peaceful protesters, the government should sit down and discuss the students’ grievances.”

Since April 25, students have demonstrated throughout Oromia Regional State to protest the government’s plan to substantially expand the municipal boundaries of Addis Ababa, which the students feel would threaten communities currently under regional jurisdiction. Security forces have responded by shooting at and beating peaceful protesters in Ambo, Nekemte, Jimma, and other towns with unconfirmed reports from witnesses of dozens of casualties.

Protests began at universities in Ambo and other large towns throughout Oromia, and spread to smaller communities throughout the region. Witnesses said security forces fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters in Ambo on April 30. Official government statements put the number of dead in Ambo at eight, but various credible local sources put the death toll much higher. Since the events in Ambo, the security forces have allegedly used excessive force against protesters throughout the region, resulting in further casualties. Ethiopian authorities have said there has been widespread looting and destruction of property during the protests.

The protests erupted over the release in April of the proposed Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan, which outlines plans for Addis Ababa’s municipal expansion. Under the proposed plan, Addis Ababa’s municipal boundary would be expanded substantially to include more than 15 communities in Oromia. This land would fall under the jurisdiction of the Addis Ababa City Administration and would no longer be managed by Oromia Regional State. Demonstrators have expressed concern about the displacement of Oromo farmers and residents on the affected land.|

Ethiopia is experiencing an economic boom and the government has ambitious plans for further economic growth. This boom has resulted in a growing middle class in Addis Ababa and an increased demand for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. There has not been meaningful consultation with impacted communities during the early stages of this expansion into the surrounding countryside, raising concerns about the risk of inadequate compensation and due process protections to displaced farmers and residents.

Oromia is the largest of Ethiopia’s nine regions and is inhabited largely by ethnic Oromos. The Oromos are Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group and have historically felt marginalized and discriminated against by successive Ethiopian governments. The city of Addis Ababa is surrounded on all sides by the Oromia region.

Given very tight restrictions on independent media and human rights monitoring in Ethiopia, it is difficult to corroborate the government crackdown in Oromia. There is little independent media in Oromia to monitor these events, and foreign journalists who have attempted to reach demonstrations have been turned away or detained.

Ethiopia has one of the most repressive media environments in the world. Numerous journalists are in prison, independent media outlets are regularly closed down, and many journalists have fled the country. Underscoring the repressive situation, the government on April 25 and 26 arbitrarily arrested nine bloggers and journalists in Addis Ababa. They remain in detention without charge. In addition, the Charities and Societies Proclamation, enacted in 2009, has severely curtailed the ability of independent human rights organizations to investigate and report on human rights abuses like the recent events in Oromia.

“The government should not be able to escape accountability for abuses in Oromo because it has muzzled the media and human rights groups,” Lefkow said.

Since Ethiopia’s last Universal Periodic Review in 2009 its human rights record has taken a significant downturn, with the authorities showing increasing intolerance of any criticism of the government and further restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and association. The recent crackdown in Oromia highlights the risks protesters face and the inability of the media and human rights groups to report on important events.

Ethiopian authorities should abide by the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, which provide that all security forces shall, as far as possible, apply nonviolent means before resorting to force. Whenever the lawful use of force is unavoidable, the authorities must use restraint and act in proportion to the seriousness of the offense. Law enforcement officials should not use firearms against people “except in self-defense or defense of others against the imminent threat of death or serious injury.”

“Ethiopia’s heavy handed reaction to the Oromo protests is the latest example of the government’s ruthless response to any criticism of its policies,” Lefkow said. “UN member countries should tell Ethiopia that responding with excessive force against protesters is unacceptable and needs to stop.”

Namoo Daandii
 — Magaaleen Oromiyaa addaa naannawa Finfinnee jiran akka Finfinnee jala galan, karoorri “Master Plan” jedhamee baafame kan Oromoo lafa isaa dhabsiisuu fi mirga abbaa-biyyummaa isaa sarbu!” jechuudhaan, barattoonni Yunivarsitiilee fi manneen barnootaa Oromiyaa ka biroo keessa jiran akka hiriira mormii irra jiranii fi sababaa kanaan walitti-bu’insi uumame akka lubbuu hedduu galaafate beekamaa dha.

Dhimma kana irratti kan Har’a Raadiyoo Sagalee Ameerikaaf gaaffii fi deebii kennan Afaan-yaa’iin Mana-maree Bakka-bu’ootaa Itiyoophiyaa – Obbo Abbaa-duulaa Gammadaa,
Magaalaalee addaa naannawa Finfinnee jiran bulchiisa Fininnee jala galchuuf karoorri baafame akka hin jirre eeranii “Magaalonni kun of danda’anii Oromiyaa fi Bulchiisa magaalaa mataa isaaniin bulan. Mana-maree mataa isaanii qaban. Bulchiisa mataa isaanii qaban. Uummata tu filate Bulchiisa isaanii kana. Oromiyaa jala jiru. Kun gonkumaa gonkumaa hin tuqamu,” Jedhanii jiran.

Gaaffii fi Deebii Abbaa Duulaa Gammadaa waliin geggeeffame kutaa 1ffaa

የኢትዮጵያ የሕዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት አፈ ጉባዔ አባዱላ ገመዳ “ተቃውሞ ያሰሙ አንዳንድ የኦሮሞ ተማሪዎች በመንግሥት ኃይሎች መገደላቸው ስህተት ነው” አሉ።
ትዝታ በላቸው
 —

በኦሮሚያ ግጭቶች ሕይወት ጠፋ
በኦሮሚያ ግጭቶች ሕይወት ጠፋ
አባ ዱላ ገመዳ ስለኦሮሚያ ተማሪዎች ጥያቄዎች ከቪኦኤ ጋር ያደረጉት ቃለምልልስ /የመጀመሪያ ክፍል/

የኢትዮጵያ የሕዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት አፈ ጉባዔ አባዱላ ገመዳ “ተቃውሞ ያሰሙ አንዳንድ የኦሮሞ ተማሪዎች በመንግሥት ኃይሎች መገደላቸው ስህተት ነው” አሉ።

አፈ ጉባዔው ከቪኦኤ ጋር ባደረጉት ቃለ ምልልስ ተቃዋሚዎቹ ተገቢ ጥያቄ እንዳነሱ ጠቅሰው ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ማድረግም ሕገ-መንግሥታዊ መብት መሆኑን የጠቀሱት አባዱላ ተማሪዎቹ ግን ሠልፍ ለማድረግ መንግሥት የሚጠይቀውን መስፈርት አላሟሉም ብለዋል።

“በተለይም ብዙ ሰዎች በተገደሉበት በአምቦ ከተማ ተማሪዎች ያልሆኑ ያሏቸው ሰልፉን በመቀላቀል ንብረት በማውደማቸው መንግሥት እርምጃ ለመውሰድ ተገድዷል” ብለዋል፡፡

ከአፈጉባኤ አባ ዱላ ገመዳ ጋር የተደረገውን ቃለ ምልልስ የመጀመሪያ ክፍል ከተያያዘው የድምፅ ፋይል ያዳምጡ፡፡

World Wide Oromo Community Rallies Against Ethiopian Tyranny

World Wide Oromo Communities demonstration schedule. Please let us know if you have more to add to the list. You can also send email to oromia@ayyaantuu.com

Oromo Community Place of Rally Date and Time
Washington, DC, USA Ethiopian Embassy  May 6; 9:00 AM
Washington, DC, USA White House  May 9; 9:00 AM
Chicago, IL, USA  Start at 230 S. Dearborn – ABC News  May 6, 11:00 AM
Los Angeles  fi  San  Diego, CA, USA  11000  Wilshire  Blvd  May 10; 12:00 PM
Portland, OR, USA  May 9
San Francisco, CA, USA  May 9
Las Vegas, NV, USA  May 9
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  450 Broadway  May 9; 12:00 PM
Calgary, Canada  In front of City Hall  May 9
Greater Toronto & Ottawa, Canada  Ottawa Parliament  May 9; 10:00 AM
Edmonton, Canada  May 9
Vancouver, BC, Canada  May 9
Columbus, Ohio, USA  In front of State House  May 9; 2:00 PM
Hordaland magaalaa Bergen, Norway  May 9
Oslo, Norway  May 9
Rome, Italy Piazza Della Ripubblica  May 9; 13:00
Berlin, Germany  Federal Chancellor/Bundeskanzleramt  May 9; 9:00 AM
Den Haag, Netherlands  May 9
Johannesburg, South Africa  May 9
Melbourne, Australia  Parliament House  May 9; 9:30 AM
Denver, Colorado, USA  May 9
Houston, Texas, USA  Federal Building, Downtown  May 9; 10:00 AM
Dallas, Texas, USA  May 9
Seattle, WA, USA May 7; 1:00 PM
Phoenix, Arizona, USA Downtown Phoenix to Arizona State Senate Building May 9; 8:00 Am
Phoenix, Arizona, USA Vigil light ceremony @ Arizona State Senate Building May 7; 7:00 PM
Geneva, Switzerland  Place des Nations (Infront of UN Headquarter in Geneva) May 9; 9:45 – 11:00
Stockholm, Sweden  Sergelstorg May 9; 11:00 AM
London, UK  London Parliament at Old Place Yard May 6; 11:00 AM
Jeddah, KSA May 8
Cairo, Egypt May 7
Tel Aviv, Israel  In front of Ethiopian Embassy May 12
Atlanta, GA, USA  In front of CNN May 13; 9:00 AM
Sana’aa, Yemen  WAAMICHA MARII, DIDDAA May 9
Wellington, New Zealand 14 Whitmore Street Z Petrolstation to Parliament May 9; 10 AM

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Oduu Shawaa lixaa
05.05.2014

Godina Shawaa lixaa ona Miidaa Qanyii magaalaa Baallammii, Dirree Weennii, Qanyii bahaa biiftuu, Gudaa gabaa lagaa, Goodaa gaaalan yoo xiqqaatte ganda digdaamIi afur (24) keessatti lola ta’aa jiruun ummannii fi humni agaazii dhukaasa wal irratti banuun dirree waraanaa taatee jirti.

Yeroo amma kana egaa yaaIlmaan Oromoo dhumaa waan jirruuf bakka jirtanii nuuf birmadhaa,Namni du’ee fi hafee walii hin beekaamuu,Sa`aa amma kana sagaalee dhukaasaafuu gurri wal hin dhagahu.

‪#‎OromoProtests‬, Ummaani Oromoo miidaa diina kuffisee kufaa jira, Ummaanni keenya “ijoollee keenyaa iraa of booda deebinee jiraachuu hin dandeenyu” jechuun jala dhaabaatee waraana jira. Humni waraana wayyaanee hedduutu gadi fe’aama jiraachuun beekkame.

Kana maleess sagaleen meeshaalee waraanaa gurguddaa dhagayamaa jira. Hidhattoonni mootummaa naannawa sanii dura dhaabbachuu akka hin oolle shakkamaadha oduun achirraa nu gahe.”

 

Fincila Diddaa Gabrummaa

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