Waliin Dubbii Harree fi Saree (Abdallahi Shifa Abdallahi  Shifa via Beekan G. Irranaa)

Waliin Dubbii Harree fi Saree


Saree jedhee waamee namni na arrabsa
ulee natti darbee dha’ee nagaggabsa
osoon humnaan buluu namni natti dabsa
dhugaa koo balleessee maqaa kan koo cabsa

Anis ba’aa baadheen tabba cimaa ba’a
namni naaf hin beeku ulee dhaan na dha’a
roorroon natti hammaattee akkamuman ta’a
gabrummaa hin fedhu alana naga’a

Bishaan qulqulluu dhiisee xurii nu obaasee
namni ofii mana taa’ee hojiitti nu bobbaase
maqaa gadhee kana eenyutu nu moggaase

Dhugaan kan keenya maaliif awwaalame
galataan keenyas tasa wallaalame

Ilmi namaa kun maaliif natuffate
Osoon ergamuufi qaamni na huqqate
rakkoo isaa malee yoom kan koo hubate
nama arrabsu yoo namni dubbate 
rakkoon akkasii maaliif na mudate

Takka fardan yaaba takka ba’aan
baadha rafee gad hin ciisu
ba’aa baadhee deemus namni natti
boona karaa gad naa hin dhiisu
qoonqoon adabanii qaama na hir’isu

Maqaa kan kootiin maaliif na arrabsu
olola hin taane narratti hafarsu 
tuffii fi jibbaa dhaan maaliif na adamsu
na gabroomfachuuf taraa natti marsu

Osoo garbuun jiruu maafan okaa nyaadha
dandeettii koo malee akkamin waa baadha
natti hin ilaalina furmaata naaf laadha

nyaata lafatti hafe naaf kennuuf sare
jedhanii na waamu
na nyaachisanii ergaa natti dhaamu 
an isa durii miti harga hin kennu lamuu


Hojii lama hin danda’u farda yaabaa ba’aa baachuu
hin feenu karaa lamaan nama nyaachuu
hangan bilisoomutti hin qabu gammachuu

Abdallahi Shifa Abdallahi  Shifa 

USAID Assistant Administrator R. David Harden Visits Ethiopia

USAID Assistant Administrator R. David Harden Visits Ethiopia

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance R. David Harden is visiting Ethiopia October 19-23. Harden will meet with high level government officials and will reiterate the long-standing call by the United States government for the Government of Ethiopia to respect its citizens’ constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms of expression and association. He will reiterate the importance of peaceful dialogue, democratic reform, political pluralism and respect for fundamental freedoms for the sustainability of Ethiopia’s economic and development gains.

Assistant Administrator Harden will also meet non-governmental organizations, who are important to developing credible democratic governance and civil society. In addition, Harden will meet with officials from the United Nations, including the World Food Program, to discuss refugee issues and efforts to lift rural regions out of poverty and create communities resilient to climate shocks.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Huffington Post: What Is Going On In Ethiopia?

What Is Going On In Ethiopia?

20/10/2016 13:52

The athlete looked up at the sky when he crossed the finish line, and made an X shape above his head with his wrists. The stadium cheered, a new moment in history was made. Later when he took to the podium with ‘Ethiopia’ written across his top to collect a medal for the marathon he had run, he made the gesture again.

Two months after the 2016 Olympics, this protest salute made by runner Feyisa Lilesa before a TV audience of millions, is still the most audacious red flag on what was a largely ignored iceberg. The iceberg being the Ethiopian state’s deadly crackdown on its Oromo people. His protest was in support of the struggles of an estimated forty million Oromo in Ethiopia’s Oromia region against an authoritarian rule historically committed to keeping them in their place. In a month that has seen Ethiopia call a State of Emergency in an attempt to stop the massive Oromo protests from spreading, Lilesa’s daring stand and the will he-or-won’t he question of whether he will return to Ethiopia continues to force the subject onto the global news agenda and encourages people to ask: who are the Oromo and why are they protesting?

The answers lie in the history of the Oromo. The Oromia region was once made up of autonomous sultanates with distinct cultural traditions. Its people lived on the land for over five hundred years before the Abyssinian Empire moved in and established its new capital of Addis Ababa in the centre of Oromia at the end of the 1800s. What followed was a mass eviction of the Oromo, and then a state waged campaign against them, continued to this day by the modern Ethiopian government, which has previously sought to extinguish Oromo traditions, ban the language of Oromiffa in schools, and prevent Oromo civil and political status.

For the last year, the Oromo have been protesting the Ethiopian government’s plans to extend the capital into Oromia further still, however in recent months the protests have turned into a broader call for a multi-ethnic government, justice and the application of the rule of law. The Amhara ethnic group, their number estimated at 20 million, have now begun their own protests in the Amhara region and voiced their concern at a repressive government made up of one ethnic group. However since the protests began, at least 500 deaths have been confirmed, reports of torture and forced disappearances are widespread and an additional one thousand people have been detained so far in October alone.

Media attention on the protests therefore couldn’t come at a more important time. Since Lilesa’s salute and following a horrific stampede at an Oromo thanksgiving festival at the start of October, killing between 52 and 300 people (concrete figures are difficult to come by in Ethiopia) after police used teargas, rubber bullets and batons on protesters, the Ethiopian government has ordered a six month state of emergency. It has also continued to blame the violence and deaths at protests on banded opposition groups and gangs funded by Ethiopia and Eritrea, the former of which has already denied the claim and the latter of which has maintained a frosty silence. Human Rights groups however implicate the security forces in the deaths.

As a result of the state of emergency, Ethiopia is on lock down. Foreign diplomats have been banned from travelling more than 40kms outside the capital, protests in schools, universities and other higher education institutions are forbidden, there are country-wide curfews, security services are barred from resigning, satellite TV, pro-opposition news and foreign news are banned and posting links on social media a criminal activity. In short, there is a total news black-out of anything that is not state sponsored.

On the African continent, condemnation of Ethiopia’s actions by African governments has been very quiet. However, the protests have been well covered by African media and civil society organizations particularly in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa, while protests supporting the Oromo have taken place in South Africa and Egypt.

Although it is disappointing that African governments have not spoken out, it is important that the Ethiopian diaspora, along with African and global civil society continue to call loudly for an independent investigation into the deaths and violence occurring and that wealthy Western governments continue to evaluate their support for the increasingly authoritarian Ethiopian state.

Indeed an independent investigation is key and not without precedent. The Burundian government vowed to cooperate with an African Union investigation into state abuses only this week. However, the Ethiopian government should also be pressed to pass inclusive multi-ethnic state reforms as quickly as possible before this crisis escalates. The Oromo and Amhara are 65% of the Ethiopian population so it is suggested the Ethiopian government tread more thoughtfully and less violently because as precedents on the continent show, mismanagement can lead to devastating losses in any numbers game.

***The views of this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Democracy Works Foundation.

Internet shutdown could cost Ethiopia’s booming economy millions of dollars (Quartz Africa)

Ethiopia has one of the fastest economies in Africa

Ethiopia has one of the fastest economies in Africa (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

The internet shutdown in Ethiopia will drain millions of dollars from the economy, besides undermining citizens’ rights to impart and seek information, observers of the current state of emergency say.

Mobile internet remains down across the country since the government announced a six-month, nationwide emergency in early October. The government also this week banned the use of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to communicate or to document the ongoing unrest in the country.

Ethiopia, the second most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa, has one of the lowest rates of internet and mobile phone connectivity in the world. The current protests, which have engulfed the country since Nov. 2015, have only exacerbated that situation. More than 500 people have died in the protests in both the Amhara and Oromia regions according to rights groups, 55 of whom died during a religious festival on Oct. 2.

Authorities shut down access to social media in the Oromia region four times this year, Access Now, an organization that defends the digital rights of users across the world says. With the escalating protests, however, the government has now also cut mobile internet in the capital Addis Ababa, estimating the loss of millions of dollars. In the current crackdown, access to fixed internet lines to business was however reportedly relaxed and up, but mobile internet remained off.

Limited internet access in Ethiopia
Restricted internet access in Ethiopia following the state emergency in early October. (Google Transparency Report)

The thinking behind this blanket shutdown is to curb the spread and flow of information about the unrest, says Endalk Chala, a doctoral candidate in media studies at the University of Oregon, and one of the co-founders of the Zone 9 blog in Ethiopia. (The bloggers, who have gained international recognition, have been arrested and arraigned in court in Ethiopia for almost 40 times since April 2014, and some of them have even fled the country to live in exile.)

“This is a typical textbook example of repression. You shut down media, you arrest dissidents and try to use propaganda to co-opt,” Chala told Quartz. The ban on the internet, he said, is similar to the government’s directive in 2005, when it blocked text messaging via mobile phones for two years, after accusing the opposition of using it to organize anti-government protests following the elections.

Chala says the move will be quite unsustainable in the long run. The state-owned Ethio Telecom is the sole provider of internet, and while 3G is widely available in the country, few users can afford the expensive data service. A recent Brookings Institution report showed that a total 30-day disruption of the internet between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, cost Ethiopia’s economy over $8.5 million.

The latest restriction of internet access has drawn concerns from both regional and international bodies. The African Commission on People and Human Rights, which is based in Addis Ababa, said the government should unblock the internet in the country. As a rising economic powerhouse, Ethiopia is facing a critical moment as two of the country’s biggest ethnic communities protest against the government.

“Internet shutdowns do not restore order,” Ephraim Percy Kenyanito, the sub-Saharan Africa policy analyst at Access Now recently wrote. “They hamper journalism, obscure the truth or what is happening on the ground, and stop people from getting the information they need to keep safe.”

To a large extent, the government might be succeeding in muffling both the direct flow or the volume of information coming out of the country, Chala says. “But I am not sure if they will stop the movement [of protest] that is already out of their control,” he said.

Source: http://qz.com/812689/oromo-protests-ethiopias-internet-shutdown-could-drain-millions-of-dollars-from-the-economy/

Ethiopia: New Ethiopian clampdown (DW)


New Ethiopian clampdown

Ethiopia has curbed foreign diplomats’ travel and banned access to foreign-based opposition media in latest provisions tacked on to the state of emergency, introduced in response to a wave of anti-government protests.

Diplomats are not permitted to travel more than 40 kilometers outside the capital, Addis Ababa. New restrictions published in local media on Sunday also include a 30-mile “red zone” adjacent to the country’s borders in which it is illegal to carry firearms. The measures include a 6:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew around areas where factories and major government institutions are based, which have come under attack from protesters in recent weeks. These are just some of the new restrictions added to the state of emergency as part of the Ethiopian regime’s response to an unprecedented wave of anti-government protests against its authoritarian rule which has left hundreds dead.

Dr. Merara Gudina, head of the Oromo Federalist Congress, told DW that the Ethiopian regime sees the state of emergency in part as “legal cover” so it can continue with its present policies. “The regime is in its worst crisis since it took over in 1991. Across the country people are resisting the regime, that is why it declared a state of emergency,” Gudina said. He remains optimistic and added that the opposition will continue with their peaceful struggle for change.

Ethiopia State of Emergency Merkel (picture alliance / AP Photo) Ethiopia’s government declared a six-month state of emergency shortly before the arrival of the German Chancellor

Media restrictions

Political parties are banned from giving press statements that “incite violence” and political leaders are banned from making political statements. It is also illegal to watch the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) and the US-based Oromia Media Networt (OMN) television channels. These have been described as “belonging to terrorist organizations.”

Private print media companies in Ethiopia have been brought to a standstill. “Because of the state of emergency most of the private media houses have cancelled their contract to print our newspaper,” Getachew Worku, a journalist with Ethio Mehdar Newspaper, told DW. He said that private media companies using government printing houses were the only ones still functioning. The rest can only publish sports-related content, but no politics, economics or social issues. Tewodros Kassa, another journalist in Ethiopia told DW that private media companies were afraid of the new rules for the state of emergency, and therefore couldn’t publish.

The use of social media has also been restricted. Posting of links from so-called “terrorists organizations” to various social media platforms has been declared a “criminal activity.” Cellphone internet access has been cut for almost three weeks in most parts of the country, including the capital.

Impact on the economy?

“What is Ethiopia hiding?” asked Ulrich Delius from The Society for Threatened Peoples in Göttingen, Germany. He wondered whether it was necessary to impose such harsh restrictions on rights groups, journalists or people interested in the country’s background. The country’s Oromo and Amhara communities – which together make up 60 percent of the population – have been protesting for nearly a year against marginalisation by a government largely made up of minority Tigrayans, which has control of the country and the economy.

The anti-government demonstrations started in November last year among the Oromo, Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group, and later spread to the Amhara, the second most populous group. Although the protests were initially sparked by disputes over land rights, they later broadened into calls for more political, economic and cultural rights for the ethnic groups.

Delius told DW that some solidarity between the groups is emerging, especially in the Amhara region. He said that the new stringent rules were a sign that the government was afraid that protests might spread to other regions.

There were also broader economic concerns. “The investors are alarmed, they are even talking about leaving Ethiopia.” Delius also said the economic impact of the unrest and crackdown could be huge “depending on the next steps the government takes.”

Deutschland Merkel in Äthiopien Empfang mit militärischen Ehren (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Ayene) German Chncellor Angela Merkel visited Ethiopia last week. It was the final leg of a three-nation African tour.

Help from the international community 

International rights groups estimate that the crackdown has left more than 500 dead. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn promised last week to reform the electoral system and “open up political space.” “For sure he [Hailemariam Desalegn] wanted to make  a good impression on German Chancellor and the international media which were present at that time,” said Delius.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Ethiopia last week. Gudina from the Oromo Federalist Congress thinks that the international community should start to exert pressure on the country. “We talked to your Chancellor [Angela Merkel] and we told her that it’s time for the international community to help us out of the situation by pressuring the regime to change,” Gudina told DW.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Ethiopian government to ensure “the protection of fundamental human rights” following its imposition of stringent rules under its state of emergency.

Source: Deutsche Welle

Ethiopia: Draconian measures will escalate the deepening crisis (Amnesty International)

Ethiopia: Draconian measures will escalate the deepening crisis

18 October 2016

Heavy-handed measures by the Ethiopian government will only escalate a deepening crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 800 protesters since protests began in November 2015, said Amnesty International today after the government issued a directive imposing wide-ranging restrictions as part of a state of emergency.

The directive authorises arrests without warrants, as well as rehabilitation measures. When such measures have been used in the past, they have led to arbitrary detention of protesters at remote military facilities without access to their families and lawyers.

“These emergency measures are extremely severe and so broad that they threaten basic human rights that must not be curtailed even under a state of emergency,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“These measures will deepen, not mitigate, the underlying causes of the sustained protests we have seen throughout the year, which have been driven by deep-seated human rights grievances. These grievances must be properly addressed by the authorities. Further crackdowns and human rights violations will only make the situation worse.”

It is the government’s failure to constructively engage with the protesters that continues to fuel these protests. It must now change course
Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes

In a public statement issued today Amnesty International recommends that instead of further curtailing human rights, the government should seize the moment and recommit itself to respecting, protecting and fulfilling them, in line with its regional and international obligations.

“It is the government’s failure to constructively engage with the protesters that continues to fuel these protests. It must now change course,” said Muthoni Wanyeki.

“The government must ensure an end to excessive and arbitrary use of force by the security forces against demonstrators and release all protesters, opposition leaders and supporters, as well as journalists and bloggers, arrested for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.”

At least 600 protesters have been killed in Oromia and 200 in Amhara since November last year.


Protests began in November 2015 when ethnic Oromos took to the streets fearing possible land seizures under the government’s Addis Ababa Masterplan, which aimed to expand the capital’s administrative control into Oromia. The protests continued even after the Addis Ababa Masterplan was scrapped, evolving into demands for accountability for human rights violations, ethnic equality and the release of political prisoners.

Protests later spread to Amhara, a region that has long complained of marginalization.

The worst incident involved the death of possibly hundreds of protesters in a stampede on 2 October at Bishoftu, about 45 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, during the Irrecha religious festival. Protest groups say the stampede was caused by the security forces’ unnecessary and excessive use of force. The government has denied this, instead blaming the deaths on “anti-peace forces.”

BBC News: Seven things banned under Ethiopia’s state of emergency

Seven things banned under Ethiopia’s state of emergency

 Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, October 2, 2016
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The most recent protests were sparked by the deaths of at least 55 people at an Oromo religious festival

Ethiopia’s government has declared a six-month state of emergency in the face of an unprecedented wave of violent protests.

Activists in the country’s Oromia region has been holding demonstrations since last November, and protesters from the Amhara region have also joined in.

The deaths of at least 55 people at an Oromo religious festival on 2 October triggered fresh unrest, including the targeting of some foreign-owned businesses.

Rights groups say that at least 500 people have died during the protests overall and last week Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that could be an accurate estimate.

The emergency was announced earlier this month but the government has now made clear what this means in practical terms.

Here are some of the things that are restricted:

1. Social media

Ethiopian soldiers try to stop protesters in Bishoftu, in the Oromia region of EthiopiaImage copyright AP
Image caption Activists have used their mobile phones to spread news about their protests

You cannot use social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to contact what are called “outside forces”. In fact, any attempt to communicate with “terrorist organisations and anti-peace groups designated as terrorist” is banned.

Protesters have been posting messages and mobile phone footage to social media and websites run by Ethiopian dissidents living abroad.

The government has accused Eritrea and Egypt of fomenting the protests.

2. Broadcast Media

You cannot watch the TV channels Esat and OMN, which are both based outside the country. The government has described them as “belonging to terrorist organisations”.

These broadcasters have become some of the major sources for people wanting to know more about the protests.

3. Protests

Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration over what they say is unfair distribution of wealth in the country at Meskel Square in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, August 6, 2016.Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Protests have been frequent in Ethiopia in recent months

You cannot organise a demonstration at your school or university, neither can you be involved in a political campaign that is “likely to cause disturbances, violence, hatred and distrust among the people”.

University campuses were among the first places to be hit by the wave of anti-government protests.

4. Gestures

Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above his head at the finish line of the Men's Marathon athletics event of the Rio 2016 Olympic GamesImage copyright AFP
Image caption Ethiopian Olympic marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa made the crossed arms Oromo protest symbol well known around the world

You cannot make a political gesture, such as crossing your arms above your head, or communicate a political message to the public “without permission”.

The crossing-arms gesture has been seen widely at the protests in Oromia, and even made it to the Olympics when marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa used it as he crossed the line in second place in Rio in August.

5. Curfew

Torched bundles of woven fabric are seen in a textile factory damaged by protests in the town of Sebeta, Oromia regionImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Factories have been targeted in arson attacks

You cannot visit a factory, farm or governmental institution between 6pm and 6am the next day. If you violate the curfew than “law enforcement bodies have been authorised to take the necessary action”.

Government buildings and private businesses, some of them foreign owned, have been deliberately targeted by some of the protesters.

6. Diplomats

US diplomatic carImage copyright AFP

If you are a diplomat you are not allowed to travel more than 40km (25 miles) from the capital, Addis Ababa, without permission. The government says that this is for your own safety.

In general, the diplomatic reaction to the protests and the state of emergency has been muted. The US has said that it is “troubled” by any restrictions on the freedom of expression in the state of emergency, but, like other western powers has called for peaceful dialogue to solve the country’s problems.

Ethiopia is a close ally of the US against Islamist militancy in neighbouring Somalia.

7. Guns

If you have a gun, you cannot take it within 25km of the country’s main roads out of Addis Ababa, and within 50km of the country’s borders, even if you have a permit to carry it.

More about the protests in Ethiopia

Ololli Hogganoota fi Miseensota ABO irratti godhamaa jiru Qabsoo Oromoo fi Misensota Dhaabicha ni jabeessa malee hin laffisu!

Ololli Hogganoota fi Miseensota ABO irratti godhamaa jiru Qabsoo Oromoo fi Misensota Dhaabicha ni jabeessa malee hin laffisu.

Abdii Borii Irraa

Diinni baroota dheeradhaf milijena itti dhangalasee karaa bitamtootaa fi gantota qabsoo kana dhabamsiisuu ijibataa ture.Haa tahu malee dhabichis tahe hogganoti qabsicha cichoo tahan abdii osoo hin kutanne  qabsoo hidhatinnoo,Diplomasii siyasaa fi fincila uummataa walitti  qindessuun waregama qaqqalii kaffalaa fi injifatnoo gurgguddaa  galmeessaa turan fi jirus.

Yeroo dheeraa fi keessaa iyyuu ji’ota darban kana  olollii fi roorroon ABO fi qabsa’ota bilisummaa oromoo irratti godhama jiru kana, hogganootii fi miseensoti dhabichaa hojii  fi diina uummata oromoo fi oromiyaa irratti duula sanyii daguuggaa rawachaa jirutti qiyyafatanii ti malee kan akkasumatti callisanii ykn sodatanii  bira kutan namatti fakkachuu hin qabu.

Yammuu ABOn diinni uummata oromoo humnaan weerare saamaa fi ajjessaa jiru kun  humnan malee oromiyaa irraa hin buqqa’u  jechuun  diina misa’ela ,meshaa baroo   fi SIA irraa gorsa argachuun maqaa goolessitootan ABO fi  WBO irratti duula daangaa hin qabne gochaa ture gariin isanii iccitii dhabichaa gurgurachaa fi  wayyanetti dabalamuuf kadhachaa bahan. Inni kaan yeroo dantaan bitameee diinaaf hojjetu garii ammoo beekas tahe osoo hin beekin diinaaf dalagaa turee fi jira . oromootni garii ganda ,amantii fi garee ilaalu malee warra diinaaf dalagu jala hiriiranii jiraachuu isanii hin argan” akkuma sangaan marga malee hallayyaa hin argine akkuma  jedhan”.

Harra gaafa qabsoon kun wareegama ilmaan cunqurfaman bakka olanaa kana  irra gahu warri kalessa diina jala eegee raasa turan samsonayitii  fi karabatii isinii sirreffachaa bobokkisu jalqaban ,waltajjin hawwasaa iyyuu wal hankachuu jalqabe Gariis akka wal fakatuun garee funaannatee charterii ijarachuu jalqabe ”utuu bineensi hin du’in sakkinii qarachuu”ykn dura qurpheen foon haa taatu jedhan.

Qeerroon harra hundumtuu abba itti tahuuf fiigu kun kan salphatti ijaaramte miti. Hojii kun as gahuu fi ABO gatii gudda fi waregama lubbuu hedduu akka gaafate seenaaf dhiifna.Yeroo ABOn kana jalqabe Karaa paltalkii fi karaa garaa  garaa itti kolfama ture .”Hin bari’u seetee manatti haddee jedhan

Dubbin kana miti ABOs tahe uummatni oromoo kan fedhu oromiyaan harka diina keessa baatee kan oromoo tahuu qofa  male enyuutu  abbaa itti taha  kan jedhu kun waan nu cinqu tahuu hin qabu. Kanaaf kan kanaan dura Qeerroo eenyutu ijaree irratti hin cuinqamina jennef “foon lafa jirtu allattin muka irraa wal goolti” jedha  oromoon yammuu makmaaku.

Namootni tokko tokko waan ABOn wareegama yeroo dheera fi gurgudda itti kaffale asiin gahe  bishan itti naqxanii waan hin jirre as baasuu yaalu . Hoggantii fi miseensoti dhabicahas akkuman gubbatti kaase utuma arganii  waan fardii dursaa jirru .  Kanaan dura meerre beektoti oromoo ,meerre aktvistoti oromoo jedhee kan bo’e  waamicha isiniif godhaa fi didhaa isinitti uumaa   ture qabswotuma harra isin salphisuu yaaltani kanaa dha. Waan isin jala dhokate  tokko yoo jiraate garuu garuu qabsawoti harra umurii isanii guutu qabsochatti fixanii asiin gahan kun dantaa saba isanii dursaniiti malee osoo dantaa isanii dursaniru tahe lafa isin harra geessan kan gahuu waan dadhaban jettanii yoo yaaddan ni dogoggortanii sirreffadhaa jenna

Mee yammuu jara kana salphisuu yaaltan kana yoo tokko kahee kanaan dura  eessa turtee? harra eessaa as baate jedhe si gaafate deebii quubsaa qabdaa laata? Akka ati deebii itti hin qabne nutu si caalaa beeka qabswoti garuu akki itti yaadan kana miti  namni tokko  gaafuma galeef dammaqa ,gaafa dammaqe sabaaf taha jedhanii yaadu.Ni beekna osoo fincilli uummataa kunii fi  sochin ABO kun  of booda debi’e ammo akka fincan adalaa dhabamtu.

Kanaaf kanan sila anaa dhufu ,baga nagaan dhuftan jedhee yoon xiqqoon dhabbasen dubbadhe  tahe iyyuu .Haa tahu malee baga nagaan of yaadattan gaafa jennu hogganootaa fi  qabsawota  warra jabaatee itti chichee hojjete qabsocha dandamachiise asiin gahe kana ammo irra ejjedhaa darbaaf isinii hayyamuu miti, Ilmi abbaa tuffatu, salphisu lafa yaade hin gahu jannata ille hin argatu akka amantii oromoo gurguddaa sadanuutti.

Walumaa gala warri ABO fi qabsawota xiqqessitanii OPDO tokko tokko warra dhiiga ilmaan oromoon harka dhiqachaa bahan jala fiigdan osoo irra of qusattanii gaarii dha yoo tahuu baate waan isin mudatu isinuu beektu. utubaan ABO fi qabsawota qabsoo kanatti cichanii sibiila waan taheef, keessaa iyyuu warri ABO irratti kashalabbota bittanii olola ofsisaa jirtan kun hedduu of qusadhaa. Garii haadha manaa wayyene waliin hojjechiisa dhaaban hogganna jedhee yammuu burraa karrayuu jedhus ni agarra.

Namooti kaan yammuu halli xiqqoo qabbanahu callisanii diina waliin lafa jala hariiroo isanii tolfachuun waan barbaadan godhu,qabsawota afaan fajjessuu fi dantaa isanii jala gulufu .gaafa sochiin WBO fi Fincilli uummata jabaatu ammoo gadi bahanii isin duukaa jirraa jechuun miIdiyaa  irratti bahuun uummata oromoo afaan faajjessuu fi  gowwomsuu yaalu ,kunis toobataa dullomaa dha ”yaa gantuu dabballe uummatini oromoo kuteera as irra illee” jette Maramen jannata nuuf haa boqottu malee.

Garii ammoo ofumaaf MQBO keessatti rakkina uumee gaafa milkahu dadhabu rakkoo mooraa keessa  qabnu yeron furachu qabna jedhe gadi baha hinuma rakkatne fira koo Akkuma ”namni galanni nyaate hoomacha qaqqabata” jedhan jojonja’uu irra afaan ofii qabatanii yoo waan dandahan oromoof gumaachan hoo?

Kan biraan QBO kan argaa fi dhagahettii argatee as gahe OMN dhaan miti OMN fi warra isa hoggananu kan dhalche ABO fi SBO  dha. Kanaf hogganoota OMN irraa olola diinaan jalqabame gantootan oofamaa jiru isan irras   dhagahuun hedduu nu gaddisiise .Haa tahu malee OMN iyyu kan akka gad dhaabatu godhe irra hedduun miseensotuma ABO ti . maaliif kan ABO fi miseensota dhabichaa gaddisiisuun akka barbaachise naaf hin galu. ራጋ በይ ባሏት ምናዉ መገስጋሷ, ጣልፎ እንዳይ ዋድቋት ዬጋዛ ቃምሷ” jedhe Tafara Nagash  dhiifama afaan warra isaan jala fiiganiin makmakuu koof (yaa soogidda yoo ofii jette minyaayi ykn dhakaa dha jedhan si gatuu) kan jedhus jira. Ka biraan lafa turree fi lafa dhufnee  dagachuu hin qabnu,silaa illee waan hedduu dubbatnaa “ Haa taa’u jedhe jaldeessi dhakaa galagalchee”. Yoo iji keessan waan ABOn hojjetuu fi lola inni godhu hin argu tahe warri iji isanii arguu fi diinni lolame of irraa haa dubbatuu  waan hin taane dubbattanii of hin xiqqeessinaa.

Walumaa gala toobtaan ABO fi miseensota isaa lamshesina jedhamee fiigamaa jiramu kun dulloomaa dha, kun ammoo akka misensoti dhabichaa iccitii isanii dhokfatanii dhimma qabsoo irratti jabaatanii hojjetan taasise malee hin laaffisne.Namni hamattuu fi goomattuu olladhaa qabu akka inni bitaa fi mirga isaa to’achaa deemu isa taasisa ykn ni jabeessa.

Gara dhumaa irratti yeroon amma kun yeroo itti  tokko xiqqessanii tokko ol kaasan miti yeroo itti waan qaban gqabatanii diina oromoo fi oromiyaa dhabamsiisaa jiru kana irratti duulanii Bilisummaa fi walabummaa Oromiyaa uummata oromoo miliyoonan dheebote itti agarsiisanii dha.

Injifatnoon Uummata Oromoof !!!

Abdii Borii Irraa.

The Washington Post: In Ethiopia’s war against social media, the truth is the main casualty

In Ethiopia’s war against social media, the truth is the main casualty

October 14

The annual U.N. General Assembly meeting provides an unparalleled opportunity for world leaders to take to the bully pulpit of the U.N. chamber and trumpet their country’s achievements or slam their enemies.

Last month, presidents, kings and prime ministers talked about the dangers of climate change, progress made in development goals, the threats of terrorism or their responses to the global immigration crisis. But when Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took the podium Sept. 21, the global challenge he had in mind was perhaps unexpected: social media.

There were many other things he could have discussed, including Ethiopia’s impressive investments in infrastructure like hydroelectric dams and its high growth rates — or even a devastating drought that the government and its international partners have confronted this past year.

“We are seeing how misinformation could easily go viral via social media and mislead many people, especially the youth,” he said. “Social media has certainly empowered populists and other extremists to exploit people’s genuine concerns and spread their message of hate and bigotry without any inhibition.”

The state has singled out social media as being a key factor in driving the unrest now gripping the country. Sites like Facebook and Twitter are now largely blocked in the country, as is Internet on mobile phones, which is how most people in this country of 94 million find their way online.

For much of last year, Ethiopians, especially in the vast Oromo community, have been protesting the government over corruption, lack of jobs and poor administration. Their efforts have been championed by many Ethiopian dissidents living abroad, especially in the United States, who have held rallies for them and bombarded social media sites with denunciations of the regime’s harsh suppression of protests.

After at least 55 people were killed in a stampede at the Irreecha cultural festival Oct. 2, overseas activists called for “five days of rage,” and for the next week, factories, government buildings and tourist lodges were attacked across the Oromo region in a spasm of violence that prompted the government to declare a state of emergency Oct. 9.

While Ethiopia is nominally a democracy, the ruling party and its allies hold every seat in parliament, and it is described by the Committee to Protect Journalists as one of the most censored countries in the world and a top jailer of journalists.

Now, however, with  the Internet and the technologies it has spawned — which the government has spent millions developing the necessary infrastructure for — more and more dissident voices are being heard, but often without the restraint or commitment to accuracy of more mainstream media.

“I am fairly certain the restrictions they have put in place now are less about silencing Ethiopians and more about restricting the influence of the diaspora,” said Nicholas Benequista, a former journalist who worked in Ethiopia and is now the research manager for the U.S.-based Center for International Media Assistance.

“Ethiopia is more vulnerable to the rumor, misinformation and provocation coming out of the diaspora because it has prevented an independent, professional and ethical media from growing inside the country,” he added. “I actually think they are beginning to realize that.”

In the wake of the Irreecha tragedy, Jawar Mohammed, a Minneapolis-based Oromo activist and head of the opposition Oromo Media Network, posted on his Facebook page that troops had fired on the crowd with live ammunition while helicopter gunships mowed down innocent protesters — something that journalists and witnesses there said simply did not happen.

In a strange twist, the government, which often interferes with foreign journalists attempting to report across the country, ended up citing Western media reports that none of the victims exhibited gunshot wounds to bolster their version of events.

Mohammed said he provides the protest movement with tactical and strategic advice on civil disobedience and has actively called for attacking businesses to wound the regime economically.

A tour through his Facebook and Twitter account reveals postings in three languages — Amharic, Oromo and English — describing protests, shootings and riots across the country, as well as incidents like soldiers shooting their commanders and the use of artillery against unarmed civilians that have not been described anywhere else, and which are a bit hard to swallow.

“We have tens of thousands of activists taking pictures and photos as they take part in protest actions. They pass it to us, we verify the story using various mechanisms and share with the public,” he told The Post in an email. “When Internet is down, we have alternative ways where critical information reaches us, although the volume significantly drops.”

The degree to which social media actually translates into direct activism has long been debated. Some maintain that the role of Facebook in coordinating and fueling the Arab Spring uprisings has been vastly exaggerated.

Ethiopia, with its impoverished countryside, has an Internet penetration of between 4 and 12 percent, with few being able to afford the smartphones to take advantage of the 3G network — when it hasn’t been shut down.

Mohammed, however, says that all it takes is a few people accessing his messages through proxies or special software and then passing it on through word-of-mouth or phone calls to other activists on the ground.

Yet others active in Ethiopia’s social media environment prefer not to overestimate the influence of people like Mohammed, ascribing the unrest more to people’s well-founded anger rather than following orders from abroad.

Daniel Berhane, an Addis Ababa-based blogger and editor of the Horn Affairs Network news site, said many times in the past, Mohammed and others have called for “days of rage” and there had been little response. It was only in the wake of huge loss of life at one of the most sacred festivals of the Oromo people that there was so much violence.

His website has hosted a number of articles critical of Mohammed, and he dismissed the veracity of much of Mohammed’s reporting, but admitted that knowing through social media that others were angry helped sustain the movement.

“Social medial tells you if the other district is protesting and it makes you feel like you are not alone,” he said. “It sends a signal that the rage already exists on the ground.”

The problem, according to Berhane, is that there are not many online voices disputing the exaggerated narratives of the diaspora activists. The government relies on its monopoly of traditional media like radio and television and leaves the world of social media uncontested.

“The government doesn’t have a clue for using alternative voices even to support their own policies,” he said. “They can’t tolerate even a 1 percent deviation from their own view.”

Newsweek: Ethiopian PM Bows to Merkel Pressure over Electoral Reforms

Ethiopian PM Bows to Merkel Pressure over Electoral Reforms

The ruling coalition controls all 524 seats in Ethiopia’s parliament.

By On 10/12/16 

Ethiopia’s prime minister has pledged to reform the country’s one-party electoral system after pressure from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel visited the Horn of Africa country on Tuesday at the conclusion of a three-legged Africa tour, which also included Mali and Niger. The visit came at a tense period in Ethiopia, where the government declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday following months of deadly protests by members of the country’s two largest ethnic groups.

The country’s parliament is completely dominated by a coalition headed by the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which controls all 524 parliamentary seats along with a coalition partner.

“We want to reform the electoral system so the voices of those who are not represented can also be heard in parliament,” said Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at a joint conference with Merkel, AFP reported. “Our democratization process is still nascent. It’s fledgling…We want to go further in opening up political space and engagement with civil society groups.”

Merkel had told Hailemariam that a “vibrant democracy needs opposition, it needs free media.” Internet access has reportedly been blocked across many parts of the country and Ethiopia’s press is severely restricted, with the country ranked 142 out of 180 in the 2016 Press Freedom Index of international NGO Reporters Without Borders.

The German chancellor also touched on anti-government protests that have rocked Ethiopia in recent months. Demonstrations began in November 2015 among members of the Oromo ethnic group, the country’s largest tribe, in relation to plans to expand the capital Addis Ababa and potentially evict Oromo farmers living on the fringes of the capital.

The Ethiopian government abandoned the plans in January, but the protests have snowballed into opposition towards brutality by the security forces. Human Rights Watch said in June that security forces had killed more than 400 people during the protests, and there have been further incidents since then.

Amnesty International stated that almost 100 people died when Ethiopian security forces used live bullets on protesters in Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara region and home to the country’s second-largest ethnic group. Earlier in October, more than 50 people died in a stampede at a religious festival in Oromia, which protesters blamed on heavy-handedness by security forces but which the government said was due to unspecified “violent forces.”

Merkel said that the Ethiopian government should hold “open talks” with protesters and offered Ethiopian police training from the German interior ministry on the use of appropriate force in dealing with demonstrations.

Hailemariam, who admitted on Tuesday that the death toll from the protests “could be more than 500,” promised the government would do “everything in its disposal” to investigate police brutality. But he added that the country had a right to “engage with extremist violent groups in a proportionate manner,” the BBC reported.

Following the declaration of a state of emergency, Ethiopia’s government accused foreign actors including groups in Egypt and Eritrea of backing the protests, claims denied by both countries.

Blackagendareport: Will U.S. Troops Become the Ethiopian Government’s Thugs?

Will U.S. Troops Become the Ethiopian Government’s Thugs?

by Mark P. Fancher

Ethiopia’s authoritarian regime, dominated by elites of the Tigrayan ethnic group, faces growing protest by the Oromo and Amhara people, who together make up the majority of the population. Even the U.S. admits that the regime is a serious violator of human rights, yet the U.S. is Ethiopia’s main military ally. Given the glaring contradictions, it is fair to ask: “Will U.S. troops be called into Ethiopia to do battle with civilian protesters?”

Will U.S. Troops Become the Ethiopian Government’s Thugs?

by Mark P. Fancher

“We are all Oromo.”

The government of Ethiopia recently declared a state of emergency in response to a wave of massive protests by that country’s Oromo people. For decades the Oromo have been the targets of government oppression and political repression even though they represent more than a third of Ethiopia’s population. The frequency and intensity of Oromo resistance has increased in recent months, and it was highlighted by a cross-armed gesture made during the Olympics by Feyisa Lilesa, an Oromo who ran the marathon for Ethiopia. (Holding the arms above the head to form an “x” is a gesture of Oromo resistance.)

The most recent crisis follows accusations that Ethiopian security forces fired bullets and teargas into a crowd of an estimated two million Oromo gathered for a holy festival. The Ethiopian government says there were 55 deaths, but activists claim more than 500 people died in the resulting stampede. In addition, by at least one account the government’s recent confiscation of Oromo farmland for purposes of commercial development for foreign businesses sparked protests around the country.

Perhaps of even greater concern to the government is emerging solidarity between the Oromo and Ethiopia’s Amhara people. The current Ethiopian government, dominated by elites of the Tigray people, has encouraged hostility between the Oromo and the Amhara in order to preserve government hegemony. However, the government has reacted violently to the protests of both the Oromo and the Amhara, and the two groups have begun to make common cause. At rallies, Amhara activists have proclaimed: “I am not Oromo but I stand with my Oromo brothers.”  “We are all Oromo.”

“The government has reacted violently to the protests of both the Oromo and the Amhara, and the two groups have begun to make common cause.”

Lurking in the shadows of the upheaval is the United States of America. Ethiopia is among the top ten African recipients of U.S. military financing, notwithstanding complaints that the Ethiopian government has used this support to violate human rights. Even the U.S. State Department has complained about “restrictions on freedom of expression…restrictions on freedom of association, including through arrests; politically motivated trials, and harassment and intimidation of opposition members and journalists.” Nevertheless, in March the U.S. and Ethiopia signed a new security partnership agreement. While the U.S. apparently believes this relationship is necessary because of the supposed role Ethiopia can play in combating terrorism in the region, evolving U.S. military operations in the Horn of Africa make Ethiopia a place to watch carefully in coming months.

Of particular concern is the fact that “Task Force Hurricane,” a U.S. military unit that will work out of Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, was recently launched. This unit is designed to carry out the mission of the East African Response Force (EARF) which, because of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya, is focused heavily on protecting diplomatic personnel. An EARF company commander explained: “The EARF is a rifle infantry company that is on standby for a short notification to deploy rapidly in response to a crisis in a permissive environment.” One of the unit’s private first class soldiers was more plain-spoken. He said: “…if anything was to ever go down, we need to be prepared, we need to be ready to go. The purpose of the EARF is that we are supposed to be ready if we ever get called to go to an embassy or if anything ever goes down, we are ready to fight.”

“Ethiopia is among the top ten African recipients of U.S. military financing.”

What does all of this mean if at any time protesters are perceived to be threats to foreign embassies or U.S. citizens? Already the U.S. embassy has blamed the death of a post-doctoral biology researcher from the University of California-Davis on protesters who allegedly threw stones at her vehicle while she was in Ethiopia for a meeting. Protesters in Ethiopia have also been blamed for damaging a Turkish textile firm’s factory and a Turkish owned cable plant. When commenting on the state of emergency, Ethiopia’s prime minister said: “We want to put an end to the damage that is being carried out against infrastructure projects, health centers, administration and justice buildings.” Will U.S. troops be called into Ethiopia to do battle with civilian protesters?

At the time of the signing of the new security partnership agreement with the U.S., Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa said: “I look forward to continuing the close cooperation of our two defense forces. I have no doubts that we will turn that into a truly successful endeavor.” Speaking for the U.S., AFRICOM’s Commander David Rodriguez said: “Support between the Ethiopians and the U.S. will continue to be broad ranging, and will include equipment, training, advisory support, information sharing, and logistics support.” While visiting Ethiopia last year, President Obama called Ethiopia an “outstanding partner” in the fight against terrorists.

The protests against the Ethiopian government are likely to continue, and there is potential for revolution. The U.S. may ultimately face the hard choice of deciding whether its friendship with the Ethiopian government is worth sending U.S. troops into a country in turmoil to suppress civilians who fight for the most basic human rights.

Mark P. Fancher is an attorney who writes frequently about the U.S. military presence in Africa. He can be contacted at mfancher@comcast.net.

The Guardian (Opinion): Ethiopia is in a state of emergency. The tyrannical government must go

Ethiopia is in a state of emergency. The tyrannical government must go

The country’s deadly protests stem from ethnic division, endemic corruption and high youth unemployment. The world must support calls for a new government
People walk near a torched truck damaged by protests in the town of Sebeta, Oromia region, Ethiopia
‘A further factor fuelling the protests in Ethiopia is youth unemployment and the sense of hopelessness it has engendered.’ Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

The deadly protests that have rocked Ethiopia over the past several months, resulting in the declaration of a six-month state of emergency, stem from many regional and national grievances, most of which reflect a sense of economic and political marginalisation by wide sections of the country.

The unrest in the south dates back to November 2015, when demonstrators opposed a government plan to expand the boundaries of Addis Ababa into the Oromo regional state. Farmers were particularly upset, worrying that they would lose their farms in the government’s notorious “land grab” policy. Those protests have claimed the lives of hundreds of people and still counting.

In July, another wave of protests began in the Amhara region when the government arrested members of the Welkait Committee, who were demanding the reversal of a 1991 decision by the ruling party to annex three districts of the Amhara region into the Tigray regional state. The inhabitants of these districts identify as ethnic Amhara and want to be reintegrated into the Amhara regional state, of which they have been a part for centuries.

The larger context for these protests, however, is the fact that for the last quarter century Ethiopians of various ethnicities have been subject to a system of governance whereby the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which represents a mere 6% of Ethiopia’s population, controls virtually all key levers of economic and political power. The TPLF, its cronies, party loyalists and their families control more than 70% of the modern economy, including communications, transport, agriculture and the defence industry. Key political institutions, including defence, intelligence and foreign affairs, are similarly owned and operated by and for the benefit of the ruling ethnic clique, with as many as 98% of the top echelons of the military and security forces being staffed by ethnic Tigrayans.

In a word, the TPLF owns the government. Although the federal constitution was designed to empower the major ethnic groups of the country to form their own states as the main framework for their governance, none of the member states (with the sole exception of Tigray) have any real powers to take care of its internal affairs.

As a consequence, the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups – who together constitute close to 70% of the population – are deeply resentful about playing second fiddle. Naturally, this has been a deep source of political disaffection for vast numbers of the members of these communities.

Members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa.
‘Freedom of assembly and association are guaranteed by the constitution but they remain a dead letter in practice.’ Photograph: Karel Prinsloo/AP

At the same time, the ethnically based federal system has left minorities trapped in their respective regions. They are treated as second-class citizens, lacking access to education, civil service employment, business licenses, bank loans and land leases on a nondiscriminatory basis. Even worse, they are liable to be expelled from regions in which they are considered “outsiders”.

This has particularly been the fate of the Amhara, who have faced mass killing at various times since the current government came to power. Yet the central authorities have shown no willingness to take protective measures or to provide any legal redress for these minorities.

Compounding the problems thrown up by ethnic division is endemic corruption. Ethiopia ranks 103 out of 168 countries on Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index, a global civil society coalition that encourages accountability. It has also lost about $25bn since 2000 to illicit financial outflows, according to Global Financial Integrity.

Government officials and party loyalists receive preferential access to credit, land leases and jobs. Areas vulnerable to corruption are land administration, tax and revenue, the justice system, telecommunications, land procurement, licensing areas, and the finance sector.

Particularly egregious is the government’s practice of leasing large tracts of land to foreign governments and local investors in opaque deals that have displaced thousands of people. Also disconcerting is the fact that 50% of the modern economy is controlled by conglomerates affiliated with the ruling party.

A further factor fuelling the protests in Ethiopia is youth unemployment and the sense of hopelessness it has engendered. In recent years, the country has been producing thousands of college and university graduates each year but only a limited number are able to obtain productive employment. A sizable number often risk their lives to brave the Sahara desert and Mediterranean Sea in a desperate search for better opportunities. Others remain unemployed for long periods or are engaged in cutting cobblestones for streets.

Freedom of assembly and association are guaranteed by the constitution but they remain a dead letter in practice. The government often resorts to its anti-terrorism law to stifle political dissent and to terrorise its political opponents. The judiciary is officially independent but in practice it rarely deviates from government policy. As of 2014, Ethiopia holds the second highest number of journalists behind bars.

The TPLF-government has to be held to account. The donor communities, particularly the UK, the US and the EU, should stand with the Ethiopian people by ceasing all military, financial and diplomatic support to the tyrannical government, supporting instead the opposition’s call for an all-inclusive transitional process to replace the current government.

Beekan Gulummaa Irranaa: Qophoofteertaa?


Beekan Gulummaa Irranaa

Qophoofteerta taanaan
Imala karaatii
Iccitii dhokfadhu
Qabadhu garaatti
Eebba jaarsaa fudhu
Faanni sin gufatin
Arrabaan mi’aayi
Namni sin mufatin
Duuba kee yaadachaa
Fuulduratti qajeeli
Aantee kee jaalachaa
Diina kee haleeli
Sin argatin hamaan
Bakka yaadde ga’i
Muul’adhu jabaakoo
Ija sabaa ta’i!

The Washington Post: Ethiopia meets protests with bullets

Ethiopia meets protests with bullets

The Washington Post
October 11 2016

ETHIOPIA’S RULERS have redoubled a repressive policy that is failing. Instead of looking for ways to alleviate the pent-up frustrations of the ethnic Oromo and Amhara populations that spilled out in demonstrations over the past 11 months, Ethiopia’s authorities on Sunday announced a six-month state of emergency, allowing the deployment of troops and bans on demonstrations. Already, rights have been severely restricted; the state of emergency will bottle up the pressures even more, increasing the likelihood they will explode anew.

The latest confrontation was tragic and emblematic of the government’s wrongheaded use of force. On Oct. 2, in Bishoftu, a town 25 miles southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa, an enormous crowd gathered to celebrate Irreecha, an important festival that marks the end of the rainy season and onset of the harvest. Since last November, protests have been rising among Ethiopia’s approximately 40 million ethnic Oromos, fueled by anger over plans for reallocating their land, political disenfranchisement and detention of opposition activists. Anti-government chants began at the festival, and security forces responded with tear gas. In previous protests, tear gas has foreshadowed live ammunition. When the tear gas in Bishoftu was followed by the sound of gunshots, panic ensued. Many people were killed when they fell into deep trenches and drowned or were trampled.

In August, at least 90 protesters were shot and killed by Ethiopian security forces in the regions of Oromia and Amhara. All told, according to Human Rights Watch, Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 500 people during protests during the past year.

In announcing the state of emergency, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn blamed “anti-peace forces” and “foreign enemies” whom he claimed are trying to destabilize Ethi­o­pia. But attempts to point to foes abroad masks the truth that unrest is being fueled by a deep sense of anger at home. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, the target of the rage, would do better to confront the root causes than to answer with bullets and tear gas. The violence threatens to shake foreign investment that has been a pillar of Ethiopia’s development agenda. In recent days, businesses owned by foreigners have been attacked; Africa Juice, a Dutch-owned firm, was set alight last week by a crowd of hundreds in Oromia.

Ethiopia’s human rights abuses and political repression must be addressed frontally by the United States and Europe, no longer shunted to the back burner because of cooperation fighting terrorism. With the state of emergency, Ethiopia’s leaders are borrowing a brutal and counterproductive tactic from dictators the world over who have tried to put a cork in genuine popular dissent. It won’t work.

Financial Times: Ethiopia admits death toll in anti-regime protests may exceed 500

Ethiopia admits death toll in anti-regime protests may exceed 500

Merkel visits Addis as prime minister warns of forceful response to ‘violent’ activists

Ethiopia admitted on Tuesday that the death toll from 11 months of anti-government protests might have exceeded 500 but warned that so-called “extremist violent groups” would be dealt with forcefully.

However, Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s prime minister, did acknowledge at a press conference in Addis Ababa with Angela Merkel, the visiting German chancellor, that the political system needed reform.

The ruling coalition has been in power for 25 years and controls every seat in parliament. Its authoritarian approach to governing has been blamed for exacerbating growing discontent across one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies.

Mr Hailemariam said there had been at least 170 deaths in the region of Oromia and another 120 in Amhara since demonstrations began last November. But he said: “When you add it up it could be more than 500.”

Before Tuesday, the authorities had declined to give a death toll, although they did accept that 55 people died when security forces tried to disperse a thousands-strong crowd at a religious festival in Bishoftu that had turned into a protest earlier this month.

Human rights groups believe the death toll is at least 500, while anti-government activists say it is more than double that.

The protests began over opposition to government plans to extend Addis Ababa’s administration into Oromia. The scheme was shelved but the unrest has escalated in response to the government’s harsh crackdown. In recent weeks, foreign investors have become targets because they are seen as lending legitimacy to the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.

On Sunday, the government imposed a six-month state of emergency to give security forces greater powers to suppress the protests.

Mr Hailemariam said that any excessive use of force by the security forces would be investigated but stressed that the death toll was not important.

“The point is not the number, the point is [that] we should engage with extremist violent groups in a proportionate manner,” he said.

The government has also blamed unspecified groups in Eritrea and Egypt for supporting the protests.

Vibrant democracy needs opposition, it needs free media. People want to express their views

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor

John Ashworth, an economist with Capital Economics in London, warned in a research note on Tuesday that “there is a clear risk that an escalation in violence poses a serious threat to Ethiopia’s economy”.

Ms Merkel, who was in Ethiopia as part of her three-nation African visit focused on addressing terrorism and migration from Africa to Europe, said the Ethiopian government “had to have open talks with people who have problems” in order to flourish.

“Vibrant democracy needs opposition, it needs free media,” she said. “People want to express their views.”

German officials said that Ms Merkel had declined an offer to address the Ethiopian parliament, citing the lack of opposition MPs.

The chancellor offered the Ethiopian police training from Germany in the use of appropriate force.

The Ethiopian prime minister, who has been in office since 2012, said there were not greater freedoms in the country because “our democratisation process is still nascent”. “We want to go further in opening up political space and engagement with civil society groups,” he said.

Opposition activists and rights groups say that such statements have been made regularly but little reform has materialised. Many opposition groups are banned, the media is heavily controlled and the internet is regularly shut down.

ABC News: Merkel Signals Support for Ethiopia’s Protesters in Visit

Merkel Signals Support for Ethiopia’s Protesters in Visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled support for protesters demanding wider freedoms in Ethiopia during a visit to the country on Tuesday, saying “a vibrant civil society is part and parcel of a developing country.”

After meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Merkel said Germany has offered to train Ethiopia’s police to deal with the sometimes deadly demonstrations that have caused one of Africa’s best-performing economies to declare its first state of emergency in 25 years.

“We are already working in Oromia to de-escalate the situation there by offering mediation between groups,” she said, referring to the region where protests have simmered for nearly a year.

“I would always argue for allowing people of a different political opinion … to engage with them and allow them to express their views because, after all, a democratic experience shows that out of these discussions good solutions usually come,” Merkel said.

The Ethiopian prime minister responded by suggesting his government may increase dialogue. “We have shortcomings in our fledgling democracy, so we want to go further in opening up the political space and engagement with different groups of the society,” he said, noting that the East African country’s huge youth population has created “dissatisfaction and desperation.”

But the prime minister also sounded a note of defiance. “Ethiopia is committed to have a multi-party democracy as per our constitution. And Ethiopia is committed to have human rights observed. … But Ethiopia is also against any violent extremist armed struggling groups,” he said.

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency Sunday, faced with widespread anti-government protests. More than 50 people died last week in a stampede after police tried to disperse protesters. The incident set off a week of demonstrations in which both foreign and local businesses with suspected government ties were burned, and one American was killed in a rock attack.

Merkel said the German business community has criticized the business climate in Ethiopia, and she expressed hope that the government will discuss the criticism openly.

At least 500 people have been killed in anti-government protests over the past year, according to Human Rights Watch. The protesters demand more freedoms from a government accused of being increasingly authoritarian.

The United States and others have called on the government to use restraint against protesters, and the U.N. human rights office has asked for access to allow independent observers into the troubled Oromia region.

On Monday, Ethiopia’s president announced during a Parliament session that the country’s election law would be amended to accommodate more political parties and opposing views.

But the country’s internet service continues to be largely blacked out after last week’s unrest.

Merkel’s African tour, with stops earlier this week in Mali and Niger, is also meant to highlight the global migration crisis and security issues. Ethiopia is one of the world’s largest hosts of refugees, with an estimated 780,000 from nearby Somalia, South Sudan and elsewhere.

Ethiopia’s prime minister appealed for German support.

Merkel also inaugurated the new African Union Peace and Security Council building in the capital, Addis Ababa, constructed with German funding of 27 million euros. It is expected to be the base for coordination of peacekeeping missions.

Aljazeera: Ethiopia denies ‘extreme’ police violence at protests

Ethiopia denies ‘extreme’ police violence at protests

PM Hailemariam’s comments come as Germany’s Merkel visits troubled country and urges an opening of political space.

Rights groups say hundreds have been killed since November [File: Reuters]
Rights groups say hundreds have been killed since November [File: Reuters]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Tuesday that police had not used extreme violence against protesters and the government would investigate reports of such incidents.

The prime minister spoke during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, and his remarks came as the country struggled with a wave of anti-government protests in which rights groups and the opposition said security forces had killed hundreds of people during demonstrations.

As protests surged again, Ethiopia on Sunday declared its first state of emergency in 25 years, which state media said would last six months.

Human Rights Watch, a New York-based rights group, has put the death toll at 500, while social media activists and some opposition groups have said it is much higher.

The authorities say such estimates are exaggerated.

“The government is not using extreme violence. If it happened, we will investigate the units involved,” Hailemariam said at a joint news conference with Merkel in the capital Addis Ababa.

The anti-government demonstrations started in November among the Oromo, Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group, and later spread to the Amhara, the second most populous group.

Though they initially began over land rights, they later broadened into calls for more political, economic and cultural rights.

Both groups say a multi-ethnic ruling coalition and the security forces are dominated by the Tigray ethnic group, which makes up only about 6 percent of the population.

The government has consistently blamed what it called “anti-peace elements” outside the country for the trouble and, on Monday, it pointed a finger at Eritrea and Egypt.

Merkel said she told the prime minister that protests should be allowed and that any police response should be proportionate. She also said opposition groups should be included in the political process.

“I made the case that you should have open talks with people who have problems,” Merkel said.

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from neighbouring Kenya, said the government has denied repeated requests by the United Nations and human rights groups to send observers to the country.

“Some say [Merkel] should have asked for more – the release of political prisoners – but others hope it will encourage more world leaders to come out and speak about what is going on,” Soi said. “Many feel it is not receiving enough international attention.”

Ethiopia: ‘Several’ killed in Oromia festival stampede

The demonstrations, which began in November, reignited last week after a stampede at a religious festival, which was sparked by police firing tear gas and warning shots at a huge crowd that had started to shout slogans and make gestures associated with the protests.

The government says 55 people were killed but the opposition says the figure is much higher.

‘Merkel snubs parliament’

Last week, protesters ransacked or torched about a dozen mostly foreign-owned factories, flower farms and other sites, accusing the government of building on seized land.

“In a democracy there always needs to be an opposition that has a voice – in the best case in parliament,” Merkel added at the news conference.

Opposition parties failed to win a single seat in parliament in the 2015 election, accusing the government of rigging the vote – charges which it denies. There was just one opposition politician in the previous assembly.

Addressing parliament the day before Merkel arrived, Ethiopia’s president called for an amendment to the election law to allow “alternative voices” to be heard – an offer that a senior opposition figure dismissed as “too little, too late”.

In another show of German discontent, a diplomat told the Reuters news agency that Addis Ababa had proposed that Merkel address parliament, but Berlin refused because it lacked any opposition members.

The diplomat, who asked not to be named, said the message being sent was that there was “no business as usual”.

OPINION: The ‘Ethiopia rising’ narrative and the Oromo protests

Somalia withdrawal

Also on Tuesday, the AFP news agency reported a Somalia official as saying hundreds of Ethiopian troops had been ordered to pull out of a town in central Somalia, at least the second location vacated by their forces in recent weeks.

“The Ethiopian troops pulled out of El-Ali town early this morning,” said security official Abdirisak Moalim Ahmed, adding that the reason for the withdrawal was unclear.

Nearby al-Shabab fighters then reoccupied the town, which lies about 70km from the provincial capital Beledweyne.

“They have headed for Beledweyne and the town is already taken by al-Shabab militants,” he said. “They [the Ethiopian troops] continue creating vacuums and giving chances to the militants to retake liberated towns.”

The troop movements have raised questions about whether it is related to the unrest at home.

El-Ali is at least the second town Ethiopian troops have vacated in recent weeks, having abandoned nearby Moqokori.

No explanation has been given by the Ethiopian military, while the spokesman for the AU Mission in Somalia did not respond to requests for comment, AFP reported.

Abdirahman Mahdi: ‘Ethiopia is now boiling’ – Talk to Al Jazeera

Source: Al Jazeera And Agencies

Labsiin Yeroo Hatattamaa Wayyaanee Aangoo irra tursuuf Wixxifata Mayii ti

olf_en_headerLabsiin Yeroo Hatattamaa Wayyaanee Aangoo irra tursuuf Wixxifata Mayii ti

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Labsii yeroo hatattamaa mootummaa haala gara garaa irraa labsamuu danda’a. Mootummootni labsii hatattamaa wayta haalli addaa biyyaa fi ummata biyyaa irratti yaaddoo uumuu fi balaa dhaqqabsiisa jedhanii yaadan uumamutti labsan.  Labsiin akkanaa ummataa fi biyyaaf dhimmuun labsamu mootummoota dimokraarawaa jalatti mul’ata. Labsiin Hatattamaa Wayyaanee Onkololessa 9, 2016 garuu mootummaa fi ummatootaa Itopiyaa balaa irraa hambisuuf osoo hin taane Wayyaanee/TPLF kufaatii irraa lubbuu itti dheeressuuf qofa kan labsame dha

Mootummaan Wayyaanee/TPLF labsii yeroo hatattamaa Onkoloolessa 9, 2016  murtii mana marii ministorootaan dabarfame Manni Marii bakka bu’ootaa hin raggaafne karaa Muummicha Ministeraa Wayyaanee Dessalenyi H/Maariyaamiin labsamee jira. Labsiin yeroo hattattamaa kun kan isa jalqabaa miti. Bara 1992 labsa fakkaataa prezidaantii alasii Mallas Zeenaawiin lola labsameen lammiileen Oromoo bakkayyuutti ajjeefamaa fi hidhamaa turan. Sababa labsii kanaan manneen hidhaa akka Huursoo fi Dhidheessatti lammiileen Oromoo daa’imaa hanga jaarsaatti kumma kudhanoota hedduun hidhamuu irraa lubbuun namota hedduu mooraa hidhaa kana keessatti dabreera. Hedduun ilmaan Oromoo mooraa kana keessatti Wayyaaneen giddirfamuu irraa  qaamaan hir’atuu  har’ayyuu ummata Oromoon ni yaadata.

Labsiin Onkoloolessa 9, 2016 labsame kan deemaa ture ifa gochuu irraa kan hafe ummatni Oromoo waggoota 25 dabraniif labsii fakkaataa jala ture jechuutu danda’ama.  Ajaja dabballootaa fi milishaa gandaa irraa hanga qondaalota ol aanaattiin  hidhamaa, ari’amaa fi ajjeefamaa ture.  Ajjeechaa fi hidhaan dorsisanii ummata Oromoo to’achuuf, sirna abbaa irrummaa itti fufsiisuuf kan hojii irra oolfamuu Oromiyaa irratti garee Wayyaaneen kan durfamu Command post ijaaramuu  Muddee 15/16 2015 H/Mariyaam Dessalenyii fi Getachoo Raddaan kanaan dura labsameera. Dabalataanis Oromiyaa bakka 8-tti qooduun bulchinsa Waraanaa jala galchuu dhaan tarkaanfii barbaadan fudhataa har’a gahan.

Mootummootni dimokraatawoo labsa yeroo hatattamaa kan baasan biyyaa fi ummata irra balaa gahu to’atuu fi xiqqeessuuf jecha. Wayyaaneen garuu labsa yeroo hatattamaa kan baasate, ummataa fi biyya irra balaatu gaha jedhee yaadda’uu irraa osoo hin taane, aangoon humnaan dhuunfatee jiru mormii ummatootaa nagaan gaggeeffamaa tureen gaaffii jala galuu irraa ti. Kanaaf labsiin yeroo hatattamaa kun Wayyaanee aangoo irratti tiksuuf baafame. Labsa kanaanis lammiilee biyyaa irratti tarkaanfii fedhan fudhachuuf itti gargaaramu. Ajjeechaa fi hidhaa  gara jabinaa bal’inaan  gaggeessuun of jireessuuf itti fayyadamu. Yaada ofii ibsachuu, wal gahii godhatuu, karaa nagaa sagalee dhageessifatuu fi mirgootni bu’uraa kan biroo labsii kanaan ugguramoo tahu.

Ummatootni Itophiyaa hanga har’aa kan jiraatan bittaa murna gabaabaa jalatti ajjeefamaa, hidhamaa fi irratti roorrifamuun malee akka lammiitti mirgi seeraa fi uumaan qaban kabajameefii miti.  Addatt ammo ummatni Oromoo kan mootummaa kanatti xumura gochuun qaba jedhee tokkummaan ka’uun mormii karaa nagaa kan finiinse roorroon itti hammaatuu irraa ti. Waan taheef ummatni Oromoo har’as taanaan mootummaa naatoo isaaf hin qabne kana of irraa jigsuuf qabsaa’uun mirga isaa ti. Mirga isaa kana uguruuf golgaa labsii hatattamaan duula irratti baname of irraa ittisuufis mirga guutuu qaba. Kanaaf ummatni Oromoo waadaa qabsoo bilisummaaf seene, akkasumas, walii isaa gidduutti seene kabajuun mootummaa kanatti xumura gochuuf falmaa isaa akka itti fufu ABOn labsa.

Kanuma waliin ummatootnii Itopiyaa hundi dhimmi mootummaa faashitii Wayyaanee of irraa maqsuu dhimma Oromoo qofa akka hin taane hubatuun nagaa, dimokrasii fi mirgi namummaa fi nageenyai nama tikfamuu kan hawwanii qabsaawaa turan hundi waliin socho’uun akka labsii hatattamaa gara jabinaan ummata irratti labsame kana fashalsuu fi mootummaa kana karaa irraa maqsuuf socho’an gadi jabeessinee ummatootaa hunda hubachiifna

Injifannoo Ummata Oromoof!

Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo



የወያኔ የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ ስርዓቱ ስልጣን ላይ ለማሰንበት የሚያደርገው የመጨረሻ ጥረት ነው!

የኦነግ መግለጫ

የመንግስት የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ በተለያዩ ሁኔታዎች ውስጥ ሊታወጅ ይችላል። መንግስታት የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅን የሚያውጁት በሃገሪቷና በሃገሪቷ ህዝቦች ላይ የተለየ ሁኔታ ሲፈጥርና ኣደጋ ያስከትላል የሚል ስጋት ሲኖራቸው ነው። እንዲህ ያለው ለህዝብና ለሃገር ከመቆርቆር የሚታወጅ ኣዋጅ በዲሞክራሲያዊ መንግስታት ስር ይታያል። ጥቅምት 9 ቀን 2016ዓም የታወጀው የወያኔ የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ ግን የኢትዮጵያ መንግስትና ህዝቦችን ከኣደጋ ለማታደግ ሳይሆን ወያኔ/ሕወሃትን ከወድቀት በማዳን እድሜውን ለማራዘም የታወጀ ነው።

የወያኔ/ሕወሃት መንግስት ጥቅምት 9 ቀን 2016ዓም በሚኒስትሮች ምክር ቤት የተላለፈው የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ በህዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ሳይጸድቅ፣ በጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሃይለማሪያም ደሳለኝ ታውጇል። ይህ የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ የመጀመሪያው ኣይደለም። በ1992ዓም ተመሳሳይ ኣዋጅ በወቅቱ ፕሬዝዳንት መለስ ዜናዊ ታውጆ የኦሮሞ ዜጎች በየቦታው ሲገደሉና ሲታሰሩ ነበር። በዚህ ኣዋጅ ምክንያት ከህጻናት እስከ ኣዛውንት ያሉ በኣስር ሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ የኦሮሞ ዜጎች በሁርሶና ዲዴሳ እስር ቤቶች በመታሰራቸው የኣያሌ ዜጎች ህይወት ኣልፏል። በርካታ የኦሮሞ ዜጎች ደግሞ በነዚሁ እስር ቤቶች ውስጥ በወያኔ ለሰቆቃ በመዳረጋቸው ለኣካለ-ስንኩልነት መዳረጋቸውን የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ዛሬም ያስታውሳል።

ጥቅምት 9 ቀን 2016ዓም የታወጀው ኣዋጅ እየተካሄደ ያለውን ኣስከፊ ሁኔታ ይበልጥ ግልጽ ከማድረግ በተረፈ የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ላለፉት 25 ዓመታት ተመሳሳይ ኣዋጅ ስር ስለነበር ኣዲስ ኣይሆንበትም ማለት ይቻላል። የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ከካድሬዎችና የቀበሌ ሚሊሻዎች እስከ ከፍተኛ ሹማምንት በተሰጠ ትዕዛዝ ሲታሰር፣ ሲሰደድና ሲገደል ነበር። በግድያና እስራት ኣስፈራቶ የኦሮሞን ህዝብ በቁጥጥር ስር በማስገባት የኣምባገነናዊ ስርዓትን ለማስቀጠል በኦሮሚያ ስራ ላይ እየዋለ ያለው በወያኔ ቡድን በሚመራው ኮማንድ ፖስት መቋቋሙን ካሁን ቀደም ታህሳስ 15/16 ቀን 2016ዓም በሃይለማሪያም ደሳለኝና በጌታቸው ረዳ ታውጇል። በተጨማሪም ኦሮሚያን በ8 ቀጣናዎች በመከፋፈል በወታደራዊ ኣስተዳደር ስር በማስገባት ያሻቸውን እርምጃ ሲወስዱ ዛሬ ደርሰዋል።

ዲሞክራሲያዊ መንግስታት የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ የሚያውጁት በሃገርና በህዝብ ላይ የሚደርስን ኣደጋ ለመቆጣጠርና ለማሳነስ ሲባል ነው። ወያኔ ግን የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ ያወጀው በሃገርና በህዝብ ላይ ኣደጋ ይደርሳል ብሎ በማሰብ ሳይሆን በሰላማዊ መንገድ ሲካሄድ በነበረው ህዝባዊ ተቃውሞ በሃይል የተቆጣጠረው ስልጣን ጥያቄ ውስጥ በመግባቱ ነው። ስለሆነም ይህ የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ ወያኔን ስልጣን ላይ ለማቆየት የወጣ ነው። በዚህም በሃገሪቷ ህዝቦች ላይ ያሻቸውን እርምጃ ለመውሰድ ይገለገሉበታል። የጭካኔ ግድያና እስራትን በስፋት በማካሄድ እድሜውን ለማራዘም ይጠቀምበታል። ሃሳብን በነጻነት መግለጽ፣ መሰባሰብ፣ በሰላማዊ መንገድ የተቃውሞ ድምጽ ማሰማትና ሌሎችም መሰረታዊ መብቶች በዚህ ኣዋጅ ገደብ የሚጣልባቸው ይሆናል።

የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች እስከ ዛሬ የኖሩት በኣናሳ ቡድን ኣገዛዝ ስር እየተገደሉ፣ እየታሰሩና የከፋ ጭቆና እየደረሰባቸው እንጂ እንደዜጋ በህግና በተፈጥሮ ያሏቸው መብቶች ተከብሮላቸው ኣይደለም። በተለይ ደግሞ የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ለዚህ መንግስት ፍጻሜ ማበጀት ኣለብኝ ብሎ በኣንድነት በመነሳት በሰላማዊ መንገድ ተቃውሞውን እያፋፋመ ያለው ጭቆና ስለበረታበት ነው። በመሆኑም የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ዛሬም ቢሆን ይህን ርህራሄ የሌለውን መንግስት ከላዩ ላይ ለማሽቀንጠር መታገል መብቱ ነው። ይህንን መብቱን ለመገደብ በኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ ስም የታወጀበትን ዘመቻ ለመቀልበስም ሙሉ መብት ኣለው።

ስለዚህ ለኦሮሞ ነጻነት ትግል እንዲሁም ለእርስበርሱ የገባውን ቃል በማክበር ለዚህ መንግስት ፍጻሜ ለማበጀት ፍልሚያውን እንዲያፋፍም ኦነግ ያውጃል። ከዚሁ ጋር ሁሉም የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች ፋሽስቱን የወያኔ መንግስት ማስወገድ ለኦሮሞ ህዝብ ብቻ የሚተው ጉዳይ እንዳልሆነ ተገንዝበው የዜጎች ሰላም፣ ዲሞክራሲና የሰብዓዊ መብት እንዲከበርና መረጋጋት እንዲሰፍን የሚታገሉ ሁሉ ይህንን በጭካኔ በህዝቡ ላይ የታወጀውን የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ ኣዋጅ ለማክሸፍና ይህንን መንስግት ለማስወገድ በጋራ እንዲንቀሳቀሱ ሁሉንም ህዝቦች ኣጥብቀን እናሳስባለን።

ድል ለኦሮሞ ህዝብ!
የኦሮሞ ነጻነት ግንባር
ጥቅምት 10 ቀን 2016ዓም

Bloomberg: Ethiopia Losing Foreign-Investment Appeal as Attacks Spread

Bishangari was first attacked on Oct. 3 and protected by elders from the local community, who the company had provided assistance to, said Omar Bagersh, one of the owners. Hundreds of protesters returned over the next two days to completely destroy the popular lodge. A U.S. citizen died on Oct. 4 on the outskirts of Addis Ababa when protesters threw a rock, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia.

Citing delays in infrastructure provision and a tax dispute, Israel Chemicals Ltd. announced last week it’s exiting a potash project that had promised to be one of country’s largest mining operations. The government is reassuring investors that it will restore order, said Fitsum Arega, head of the country’s investment commission.

“They are not happy with the situation but they are confident and taking our word that things will be normalized soon,” he said.

Jiangsu Sunshine Group, a Chinese textiles company, demonstrated that confidence by signing a “final agreement” to invest $500 million over four years at a factory in an industrial park in Adama city in Oromia region, Fitsum said. A Chinese-funded railway going through Adama that connects Addis Ababa with its main port in neighboring Djibouti was opened on Oct. 5, while the Gibe III dam, Africa’s biggest hydropower plant, and also backed by China, began generating electricity a year ago.

Ethiopia: UN experts call for international commission to help investigate systematic violence against protesters

Ethiopia: UN experts call for international commission to help investigate systematic violence against protesters

GENEVA (10 October 2016) –United Nations human rights experts today urged the Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015. They further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators.

“We are outraged at the alarming allegations of mass killings, thousands of injuries, tens of thousands of arrests and hundreds of enforced disappearances,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances and on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. “We are also extremely concerned by numerous reports that those arrested had faced torture and ill-treatment in military detention centres.”

“In light of the lack of progress in investigating the systematic violence against protesters, we urge the Ethiopian Government to allow an international independent commission to assist in shedding light on these allegations,” they stated.

The human rights experts highlighted in particular the 2 October events in Oromia, where 55 people were killed in a stampede.

“The deaths in the Oromia region last weekend are only the latest in a long string of incidents where the authorities’ use of excessive force has led to mass deaths,” Mr. Kiai said noting that peaceful protests in the Ahmara and Konso Wereda regions have also been met with violence from authorities.

“The scale of this violence and the shocking number of deaths make it clear that this is a calculated campaign to eliminate opposition movements and silence dissenting voices,” he added.

The UN Special Rapporteurs voiced particular concern over the use of national security provisions and counterterrorism legislation – the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation 652/2009 – to target individuals exercising their rights to peaceful assembly.

“This law authorises the use of unrestrained force against suspects and pre-trial detention of up to four months,” Ms. Callamard noted while warning that many of the killings could amount to extrajudicial executions. “Whenever the principles of necessity and proportionality are not respected in the context of crowd control, any death caused by law enforcement officials is considered an extrajudicial execution,” she stressed.

The Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances urged the authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of those disappeared and emphasized that” all allegations of enforced disappearances must be thoroughly and independently investigated and perpetrators held accountable”.

Ethiopia’s current wave of mass protests began in the Oromia region in November 2015, in response to the Government’s ‘Master Plan’ to expand Addis Ababa’s boundaries, which would lead to the displacement of Oromo farmers. In Konso Wereda, the protests started in mid-December 2015 after the annexation of Konso into the Segen Area Peoples Zone. Protests later spread to other areas of the country, including the Ahmara region.

“Curtailing assembly and association rights is never the answer when there are disagreements in a society; rather, it is a sign of the State’s inability to deal with such disagreements,” Mr Kiai said. “Suffocating dissent only makes things worse, and is likely to lead to further social and political unrest.”

The experts underlined the urgent need to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the violence. A group of UN experts made a similar call* in January 2016, which went unheeded, they noted.

Mr. Kiai, Ms. Callamard and the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances call has been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, Victoria Lucia Tauli-corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez and the Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Roland Adjovi.

(*) Check the experts’ January statement:  http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16977&LangID=E


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#OromoRevolution: **Extremely Urgent and Important** (Urgent and timely Call to all peoples of Ethiopia!!)

*****Extremely Urgent and Important******

Denboba Natie (via Facebook)

Dear Oromo comrades,

An extreme vigilance and careful execution of discrete operation against the invading army of TPLF’s regime is very necessary at this historical juncture in Oromo nation’s history.

The regime is preparing to muss murder the Oromo civilians all over the region as of today under the pretext of State of Emergency.

The reason behind TPLF’s barbaric regime’s State of emergency is two layered.

1. Legitimizing its must murdering plan of the Oromo nation

2. Gaining time to loot the properties of the country to its region and beyond as its times are numbering. Therefore the TPLF’s bestial regime becomes more vicious and we must prepare ourselves for proportionate or more response.

Gallant Oromo people mustn’t allow the regime to peacefully murder their sons and daughters but resist with all possible means and remain united.

The rest peoples of Ethiopia must join the Oromo resistance and intensify their struggle in their respective regions and Zones as well localities in order to thin the muscles of TPLF’s army to facilitate its inevitable downfall.

Moreover, the TPLF’s barbaric regime is most likely to disarm most of the Oromo army members if the struggle escalates; therefore the Oromo’s federal army members shouldn’t be fulled into peacefully disarming themselves- instead they must defend their and their peoples nations interests with all possible means and methods.

The army of the other nations and peoples also need to join the Oromo resistance instead of supporting ailing TPLF’;s criminal regime good for nothing.


Urgent and timely Call to all peoples of Ethiopia!!

#OromoRevolution ወያኔ ከኦሮሞ ከአማራና ከሌሎች የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች የተነሳበትን ከፍተኛ ተቃውሞ ማስቆም ባለመቻሉ የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ ደንግጎ ታጣቂዎቹን ለመጠነ ሰፊ ግድያና አፈና አሰማርቷል። ይህን የወያኔ ሴራ ለማክሸፍና ለመመከት ሁሉም ወገን በአንድ ልብ ሊነሳ ይገባል።

በሁሉም አካባቢ የሚገኙ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች ለመጨረሻው የሞትና የሽረት ትግል ራሳቸውን ማዘጋጀት ይኖርባቸዋል። በአገሪቱ አምባገነናዊ ሥርአት ለመጨረሻ ጊዜ ተወግዶ ሁሉም ዜጎች በእኩልነት የሚስተናገዱበት ፍትሃዊና ዲሞክራሲያዊ ስርአት ለመመስረት በጋራ የምንነሳበት ወቅት ላይ ደርሰናል።

በመሆኑም ለመሞት እያጣጣረ ያለውን የወያኔ ሰው በላ ስርአት ተጨማሪ ጥፋት ከማድረሱ በፊት ተባብረን ወደግብአተ መሬቱ እናደርሰው ዘንድ ለሁሉም የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች ጥሪያችንን እናቀርባለን።

ሞት ለወያኔ!!!!

On what was called “Declaration of Emergency” in Ethiopia?

On what was called “Declaration of Emergency” in Ethiopia?

by Henok Gabisa

1 – Arrests, brutal crackdown has been taking place already. What will this state of emergency change ?

The country has already been under the same exact situation of state of emergency. Since the first protest broke out in Ginchi town, the people have endured all kinds of governmental brutality with impunity. For all intents and purposes, Oromia fell under the rule of the command post as of December of 2015 (see EBC report on December 15 or 16 where Getachew Reda and the PM HMD vowed for “merciless and definitive” action/measure against the protesters). The same statement was made by HMD in regard to the Amhara protest a month ago. So, that means, the country is already in exact similar situation with state of emergency. No official of the regime has ever been investigated and prosecuted for the killings of hundreds and thousands of mass arrests in the past months.


If there is anything the declaration of the state of emergency tells us, it is a sinister move thought to be used as a legal cover by the regime to continue to exculpate or exonerate itself from mass murders, mass arrests, media blackout and all other vengeful actions it is taking against the public. It is just a final attempt to legalize and legitimize all that is to come.

It has to be noted that it is just legal and constitutional under Ethiopian legal system (Article 93 of the Constitution ) to kill during state of emergency. In Ethiopia, right to life is among lists of derogable rights contrary to the international human rights treaty obligations where observance of right to life should remain intact in any kind of emergency situation. Not that Ethiopia has ever observed its international duty, now we are witnessing an all-out war situation declared against the citizens.

It has to be noted that the declaration of emergency is yet to be published. This means, the regime will have an unaccountably and extremely broad margin of military actions to engage in a war-like battles against the public. That will be another self-caused recipe for the end of the regime.

2 – Do you see it more like a domestic or foreign oriented message?

I see it like a message desired to be conveyed to the foreigners that the regime is still in control, while in fact, the irony of the declaration is a deep cut that demystified the country is in fact unstable, volatile and more likely to explode contrary to the invented narrative built over the last decades.

3 – Do you see any room for dialogue in this crisis ?

I think the room for dialogue is closed. That ship has already sailed with the #Oromomassacre at #Irreechaa last week that was caused by military’s firing at the crowed at the sacred event and stampede that followed as a result. Nobody expected the regime goes that low. It proved to the people that the regime’s political psychology is hell bent on winning the battle by deploying the military at any expense, even though we can’t find an example anywhere in the world where people lost a battle to tyranny and dictatorship despite the journey it takes to see freedom and democracy desired in life.

Ethiopian empire needs curative surgery instead of palliative one

Ethiopian empire needs curative surgery instead of palliative one

Dr. Baro Keno Deressa

imageThe colonial ruling system in Ethiopian empire brought misery to all nations ( Oromo, Ogaden, sidama, gambella, benishangul, innocent Amhara, innocent Tigre …..etc ). Ones and for all this chronical cancer (colonial rule) is going to get lasting curative surgey by gallant sons and daughters of Oromo people and other nations. To achieve this goal radical resection of the system with his tentacles (like OPDO) is essential in order to bring real freedom, justice and peace

In case of malignancy,the goal of curative surgery is to remove the entire tumour with no residual disease (oncological R0 resection), which requires extensive resection of the surrounding tissues. Even if lymph nodes are histologically free of disease, molecular biological techniques reveal infiltration with cancer cells in 50% of cases.

The goal of palliative resection is to improve the quality of life, relieve pain and preventing obstruction without treating the origine of the disease.

Oromo people are political human while our colonizers were/are political animal. The evidence of this fact is the way of life that Oromo peoples exercise. Oromo people political humanity originate from their root which Oromummaa stands for: Society is composed of many different, often competing interests, the basic, seemingly inescapable cleavage between the few who are rich and the many who are poor is potentially the most dangerous social division of all and the underlying cause of much civil unrest. The key to preserving any political community, therefore, is to strike a balance between the members. To this end, the law must be “sovereign” and must serve as an impartial arbiter — “reason unaffected by desire.” Moreover, there must be moral equality before the law. The law cannot be used as a tool to favor the rich and powerful but must be an instrument for achieving social justice, which he defined as “giving every man his due.”Our colonizers have never had moral value and respect rule of law.

Oromo peoples colonizers in general and the current one (TPLF junta) are guided by their prodigious appetites instead of using higher level dictating power like brain and other values (sorry they don’t have brain, only gun). There is a double-edge to the human psyche. Our “lower-level” appetites and urges manifestly serve our needs, but they can also become destructive, both to the community and to ourselves. Our prodigious appetites must therefore be constrained by the higher-level dictates of “reason”, along with our social and ethical impulses, and by the collective actions of the community to protect and preserve itself. How can be a regime like TPLF call itself i am your government while killing children of age 8yr, 13yr, pregnant women and innocent civilians, burning the prisoners alive, smashing the public with a truck and harassing the peoples on the daily basis because of their identity Oromummaa????? The current TPLF junta lacks all factors of humanity (brain to think, moral, social and ethical values).

There is a diversity of talents among men; consequently, one man is best suited to one particular occupation and others to another…We can conclude, then, that production in our country will be more abundant and the products more easily produced and of better quality if each does the work nature (and society) has equipped him to do, at the appropriate time, and is not required to spend time on other occupations. So my advice to TPLF junta leaders: You are failed to lead the nations in Ethiopian empire, you are failed to implement your own constitution, you are failed to build a fair sovereign law unaffected by TPLF desire, Now it is an appropriate time for you to look other job which nature equipped you (maffia style bandit and robbery)

Successive Ethiopian regimes have never displayed humanity or respect for Oromo’s and denied opportunities to build their social, economic, political, cultural and organizational infrastructures. The current Ethiopian regime (TPLF junta) inhuman atrocities reach  uncomfortable degree, defined by the depredations and mass slaughters perpetrated by TPLF junta agazi commando. And thus far there are few indications  that this atrocities will end soon. More often than not, international institutions stand by while political rights are eviscerated and mass killings are committed by regimes desperate to retain power. International law is a patchwork of conventions that deal with issues raised by dictatorships in a piecemeal, ineffective fashion. The Convention Against Torture, for instance, addresses politically motivated degrading treatment and torture, while theGenocide Convention targets the worst abuses a dictator could commit. TheInternational Covenant On Civil and Political Rights delineates a base line of rights that must be protected but offers no clear mechanism by which to vindicate violations.

Our colonizers (TPLF junta) is committing genocide, thousands of Oromo peoples across Oromia are murdered, recent truck Irreecha Massacre is comparable to france Nice terror attack, millions of Oromo’s are languishing in diverse prison center, mass murder is still going on across Oromia and international community are failed to enforce their convention  against criminal regime of TPLF-junta. For more than centuries the Oromo peoples are fighting for justice! equality ! and peace! But still in the 21st century the reaction of our colonizers is worst than ever. My people as i have mentioned many times in my previous articles we have to empower ourselves and redouble our support to our gallant fighters WBO, our golden generation Qeerroo movement and our vanguard organization OLF in order to speak loudly with enemy language.

Eradicating criminal regime like TPLF would make the world safer for all. It would lift the yoke from the necks of millions still laboring under authoritarian and dictatorial rule of TPLF junta. And it would be the clearest vindication of the rights enumerated in the U.N. Charter in 1945.

Victory to the Oromo people!

Raayyaa ittisa biyyaa akkasumas poolisa federaalaa keessaa obboleeyyan, abbootii/haawwan manaa akkasumas firoottaniifii waayeellaan warra qabdan hundaaf

​#OromoRevolution #OromoProtests #AmharaResistance #AmharaProtests #Ethiopia 

Raayyaa ittisa biyyaa akkasumas poolisa federaalaa keessaa obboleeyyan, abbootii/haawwan manaa akkasumas firoottaniifii waayeellaan warra qabdan hundaaf:


(ለኣማርኛ ከታች ይመልከቱ)

Olaantummaa wayyaaneetiif ummata Tigree mirkaneessuudhaaf kan hojjatu TPLFin kan bu’uuramee ittisni raayyaa biyyooleessaa naannoo Oromiyaaf bakkeewwan adda addaa keessatti namoota barbaade hunda akka ajjeesuu danda’u labsiin yeroo hatattamaa (state of national emergency) har’arraa kaasee ji’oottan jahaaf kan turu mootummaa wayyaaneetiin labsamee jira. Labsiin kun ummata keenya fixuuf kan wixinfame waan ta’eef haaluma kamiinuu jalaa fashalaa’uu qaba. Kanaafuu warri raayyaa ittisa biyyaa akkasumas poolisa federaalaa keessaa obboleeyyan, abbootii/haawwan manaa akkasumas firoottaniifii waayeellaan qabdan hundi keessan bilbilaanis ta’ee SMSiidhaan ykn karaa dandeessan hundaan itti dhaamuudhaan qawwee isaanii ummata Oromootirratti osoo hin taane aangawootaaf ajajdoota raayyaa wayyaanee ykn bitamtoota isaaniitirratti akka garagalfatan itti haa dhaammanuu…ittis haa watwaatnu. Ummata wajjin akka dhaabbatan jabeessineetis haa gorsnu. 

Injifannoon kan ummataati!


በመከላከያ ሰራዊት እንዲሁም በፌዴራል ፖሊስ  ውስጥ ተቀጥሮ/ራ የሚሰራ/የምትሰራ እህት፣ ወንድም፣ ባለቤት፣ ጓደኛ ወይም በቅርበት የምታውቁት/ቋት ሰው ላላቹ ኦሮሞዎች/ኢትዮጵያዊያን በሙሉ፥


የወያኔንና የትግራይን የበላይነት በኢትዮጵያ ላይ ለማስፈን አላማ ይዞ ሲሰራ የኖረው ህወሃት ያደራጀው ጦር፣ በኦሮሚያ ውስጥም ሆነ በሌሎች የኢትዮጵያ አካባቢዎች ያለምንም ርህራሄ መንግስትን የሚቃወሙ ኦሮሞዎችንም ሆነ ሌሎች ኢትዮጵያዊያንን እንዲገድል የወያኔ መንግስት ከዛሬ ጀምሮ ለስድስት ወራት የሚቆይ የኣስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ (state of national emergency) አውጇል። ይሄ የገዳዮች ሴራ መክሸፍ ይኖርበታል። ስለሆነም በመከላከያ ሰራዊት እንዲሁም በፌዴራል ፖሊስ ውስጥ ተቀጥሮ/ራ የሚሰራ/የምትሰራ እህት፣ ወንድም፣ ባለቤት፣ ጓደኛ ወይም በቅርበት የምታውቁት/ቋት ሰው ያላቹ በሙሉ በስልክ በመደወልም ሆነ በSMS ወይም በሌላ በማንኛውም መንገድ  መልዕክት በመላክ ወታደሩ ጠብመንጃውን ወደ  ህዝብ ሳይሆን ወደ የጦሩ አዛዥ ወያኔዎችና ቅጥረኞቻቸው እንዲያዞር/እንድታዞር እንንገራቸው። በኣጽንዖት እናሳስባቸው። 

ድል የህዝብ ነው!