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UNPO: Oromo Demonstration in Brussels Demands European Union to take a Firm Stand against Ethiopian Government

Oromo Demonstration in Brussels Demands European Union to take a Firm Stand against Ethiopian Government

On 14 January 2016, Oromo communities based in Belgium, Netherlands and Germany staged a demonstration in front of the European Parliament to protest against the brutal crackdown on dissent in Oromia. In light of the harshest repression waged by the Ethiopian regime in the region since 2005, protestors urged the European Union to withhold financial aid to Addis Ababa until the Ethiopian government complies with its human rights obligations.  

Despite adverse weather conditions, more than a hundred demonstrators from the Oromo diaspora in Europe gathered at Place du Luxembourg, outside the European Parliament in Brussels, to express their condemnation of the most recent terror campaign launched by the Ethiopian regime against its own people. Since December 2015, massive anti-government peaceful demonstrations against the Addis Ababa Integrated Master Plan erupted in towns across Oromia. Fearing land grabbing and further repression, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Oromo took the streets to protest against the urban plan that allegedly would integrate infrastructure development in the capital with that of surrounding towns in Oromia. Notwithstanding the legitimate and non-violent nature of the manifestations, the Ethiopian security forces responded with heinous atrocities to punish unarmed civilians.

The demonstrations on 14 January 2016 in Brussels echoed the growing despair of the Oromo community towards the lack of a firmer stand of the EU against the Ethiopian government. A representative of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), member of the UNPO and one of organizations involved in the demonstration, expressed the need to raise awareness of the gross human rights violations committed by the Ethiopian regime. Despite facing merciless killings, massive imprisonments, severe beatings and torture, the Oromo community remains committed to a peaceful struggle to achieve the full exercise of self-determination, democratic rights and peace for all the nations and peoples in Ethiopia.

While the death toll reached 160 only in the last eight weeks, Ethiopian security forces remain shamelessly engaged in terrorizing the civilians. Against this challenging backdrop, demonstrators demanded that the EU withhold aid money to Addis Ababa and send a monitoring mission to Oromo to freely investigate the human rights situation.

UNPO strongly condemns the actions of the Ethiopian regime and calls upon the EU to ensure that Addis Ababa is held accountable for its crimes in accordance with international law. UNPO will continue to support the peaceful actions of the Oromo in their struggle to end decades of systemic and structural marginalization in Ethiopia.

Amnesty International) Dispatches: Government Backs Down, But Will Protests End in Ethiopia?

Dispatches: Government Backs Down, But Will Protests End in Ethiopia?

Women mourn during the funeral ceremony of Dinka Chala, a primary school teacher whom family members said was shot dead by military forces during a demonstration in Holonkomi town, Ethiopia on December 17, 2015.

Nine weeks after bloody protests broke out in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, the government has made a major concession to the protestors – halting a plan to expand the municipal boundary of Addis Ababa, the issue that sparked the crisis.

Protesters in Oromia region, Ethiopia, December 2015.

The announcement January 12 by the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), the ruling party’s local affiliate in Oromia region, is a rare concession from the government and a hard fought victory for protesters. But it may be too late to calm Oromia.

Initially the protesters said they feared the expansion of Addis Ababa would result in forced displacement of Oromo farmers without adequate compensation. But as security forces responded to the protests with mass arrests, use of live ammunition, and other brutality, the protests have become about so much more. While there have been some violent incidents, most of the protests have reportedly been peaceful. But the government’s heavy handed approach has shifted the focus of the protests towards the brutal crackdown and inflamed historical grievances against the government.

Despite the announcement, the security forces don’t seem to have changed their approach. The daily reports of killings by security forces and mass arrests continue, particularly of university students.

Many protesters say they are skeptical that the government will follow through and halt the plan. But with or without the plan, the displacement of farmers is likely to continue as it has in many parts of Ethiopia, unless the government fundamentally changes its approach to development. Until the government involves communities as meaningful partners in development, respecting their land and other rights, rather than just an obstacle to be removed, protest movements like this are likely to continue to flare up.

In the short term, if the government wants to calm the situation it should start by releasing those arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned. It should commit to establishing a credible, independent investigation into the killings and other violations that have taken place. And last but not least, it needs to listen to and begin to address the longer list of rights violations against Oromo that have fueled these tragic protests.

The United States Calls for Meaningful Dialogue About Oromo Community Concerns

The United States Calls for Meaningful Dialogue About Oromo Community Concerns

U.S. Department of State - Great Seal

Press Statement

John Kirby
Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
January 14, 2016

The United States is increasingly concerned by the continued stifling of independent voices in Ethiopia, including the detention of Oromo political party leaders. These arrests have a chilling effect on much needed public consultations to resolve legitimate political grievances in Oromia.

We support the Government of Ethiopia’s December commitment to public consultation with affected communities. For these consultations to be meaningful, all interested parties must be able to express their views freely.

We reaffirm our call on the Ethiopian Government to refrain from silencing dissent and to protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all citizens, including the right to gather peacefully, to write, and to speak freely as voices of a diverse nation. We call for the release of those imprisoned for exercising their rights, such as political party leaders and journalists.

Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/01/251256.htm?goMobile=0

Jurist: Rights groups urge international community to address protester deaths

Ethiopia rights groups urge international community to address protester deaths

Several human rights and civil society groups called on the international community [press release] Thursday to address the killing 140 protesters [JURIST report] in Ethiopia’s Oromia region. Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said that the protests over government plans to expand the capital of Addis Ababa into the region began peacefully, but, as they increased, military forces began to use excessive force against the protesters, labeling them “terrorists.” This has led several organizations such as CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project to rally together to attract the attention of the international community. In addition to the violent reaction to the protesters in the region, AI noted that many who were arrested were being held “solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly,” demanding that they be released immediately.

In December HRW reported that activists had witnessed security forces firing into throngs of protesters [HRW report]. That report came a day after Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn [BBC profile] warned [IBT report] of “merciless legitimate action against any force bent on destabilising the area.” Ethiopian officials have been claiming that the demonstrations are a front for those involved in the protests to insight violence and threaten the stability of the nation. Ethiopia has used its broad anti-terrorism laws to detain political opposition before. In October five Ethiopian bloggers were acquitted of terrorism charges [Zone9, in Amharic] relating to publications on their website. The publications, critical of the government, landed nine bloggers in jail [JURIST report], and one charged in absentia, in April 2014 for violation of the laws. That same month UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson [official profile] expressed concern [press release] over the rising use of counter-terrorism measures [JURIST report] around the world. Many nations have used counter-terrorism as an excuse to restrict public assembly and stop the activities of public interest groups, Emmerson said.

Amnesty International: Civil society groups urge the international community to address killing of Oromo protesters

Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge the international community to address killing of Oromo protesters

 

Amnesty International, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (DefendDefenders) urge Ethiopia’s development and international partners to address the killing of at least 140 protesters in the Oromia region since December 2015.

On November 12, 2015, peaceful protests started in the Oromia Region, southwest of the capital, Addis Ababa, in response to measures taken to transfer the ownership of a community school and portions of a local forest to private investors. The protests have since expanded in scope and size against wider grievances concerning the expansion of Addis Ababa into the Oromia Region under the government’s Integrated Development Master Plan. They have also turned violent, resulting in the killing of protesters, and arrests of protesters and opposition leaders.

The government announced on January 12 that it was cancelling the Master Plan, but protests continued the next day in parts of Western Hararghe, Ambo and Wellega where the police and the military used live bullets and beat protesters.

The government’s labelling of the mostly peaceful protesters as “terrorists” on December 15, 2015 further escalated the response of the police, and the military.

“The government’s labelling of the mostly peaceful protesters as ‘terrorists’ on December 15, 2015 further escalated the response of the police, and the military and resulted in more violations, including killings, beatings and mass arrests of protesters, opposition party leaders and members, and journalists” says Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

The police and the military responded with excessive force to the peaceful protests that began on December 1, 2015, including by use of live ammunition against protesters, among them children as young as 12. Estimates confirmed by international and national watchdog groups like Human Rights Watch indicate that at least 140 protesters have already been killed in the protests.

“Use of excessive and lethal force against protestors, coupled with mass arrests of peaceful demonstrators and human rights defenders represent a worrying escalation of the government’s on-going campaign to silence any form of dissent in the country,” said Mandeep Tiwana, Head of Policy and Research at CIVICUS. “The international community must take up the issue of accountability for these grave rights violations with the Ethiopian government.”

Scores of those arrested have been denied access to lawyers and family members. They are reportedly being held under the Anti-terrorism Proclamation and remain at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Journalists and opposition leaders, including Bekele Gerba (Deputy Chairman, Oromo Federalist Congress), Getachew Shiferaw (Editor-in-Chief of the online newspaper Negere Ethiopia) and Fikadu Mirkana (Oromia Radio and TV), have also been arrested while documenting or participating in the protests.

“The violent response to the Oromo protests represents perhaps the most severe crackdown on the right to peaceful assembly since the contested 2005 elections in which nearly 200 protestors were killed in the capital,” said Hassan Shire, executive director of DefendDefenders. “The international community’s worrying silence on this matter may further embolden the authorities to crank up their campaign of repression.”

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other organizations have also previously documented similar patterns of excessive use of force, mass arrests, torture and other forms of ill-treatment against demonstrators, political oppositions and activists. On October 28, 2014, Amnesty International published a report entitled “Because I am Oromo”: Sweeping Repression in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia.

All those being held solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly must be immediately and unconditionally released. The Ethiopian authorities must ensure that victims of human rights violations by law enforcement officials have access to an effective remedy and obtain adequate reparation, including compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction, and guarantees of non-repetition.

CIVICUS, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and Amnesty International appeal to Ethiopia’s development and international partners to encourage the government to:

  • immediately stop mass arrests, beatings and killing of protesters, journalists and opposition party leaders and members;
  • ensure access to family members, lawyers and review of detention by a court of law for protesters, journalists and opposition party members and leaders in detention; and
  • establish an independent inquiry into the use of excessive force during the protests. If the investigation finds that there has been excessive use of force, those responsible must be subject to criminal and disciplinary proceedings as appropriate.

VOA: Dhaabonni Mirgaa Siivilii Sadii Akka Hawaasni Addunyaa Waa’ee Ajjeefamuu Hiriirtota Oromoo Dubbatu Gaafatan

Dhaabonni Mirgaa Siivilii Sadii Akka Hawaasni Addunyaa Waa’ee Ajjeefamuu Hiriirtota Oromoo Dubbatu Gaafatan

  • Jaallannee Gammadaa

Loogoo Amnesty International

Dhaabbatoonni sadii jechuun WORLD ALLIANCE FOR CITIZENS PARTIPATION, EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS PROJECT fi AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, michoonni misoomaa fi michoonni sadarkaa Addunyaa kan Itiyoophiyaa waa’ee lammiwwan Oromoo yoo xiqqaate 140 Mudde bara 2015 asitti hiriira nagaa irratti ajjeesamanii akka dhiheessanii dubbatan waamicha godhanii jiran. Sadaasa 12 bara 2016 gara Kibba Dhihaati , lafa mooraa mana barnootaa fi Bosona naannoo investmentii dhuunfaaf kennuuf yaaliin godhame mormii uummataa hordofsiise.

Eega sanaa jalqabee magaalaa Finfinnee gara Oromiyaati babal’isuuf karoorri misoomaa ba’e mormii guddaa kaase, jedha, ibsi jaarmayaalee kanaan bahe.

Hookkarri uumamee hiriirtota ajjeesuu fi hidhuu hidhuu hordofsiise. Mootummaan Itiyoophiyaa, Amajjii 12, bara 2015 Maaster pilaanicha dhaabuu isaa ibsus, mormiin kun guyyoota itti aanu, Hararghee Lixaa, Amboo, Wallaggatti itti fufee, poolsoonni rasaasaa hiriirtotatti dhukaasan, hiriirtota reeban, jedha gabaasaan kun. Motummaan Mudde 15, bara 2015 ibsa baaseen kanneen hiriira karaa nagaa geggeessan shororkeessota, jechuun tarkaanfii poolisii fi humna waraanaa jabeessuu isaa illee dubbata. Itti fufuudhaanis, “hawaasni Addunyaa, dhimmi kun dhiittaa moirga dhala-namaa ta’uu hubatee, ka gochaa kanatti gaafatamaa tahe motummaa Itiyoophiyaa akka hubachiisu gaafatee jira.

My Experience of the Ethiopian Investigation Centre: Maekelawi

My Experience of the Ethiopian Investigation Centre: Maekelawi

12th January 2016  By Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa

To hold a pen is to be at war!
– Voltaire

My name is Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa. I am a 27 year-old poet and author. I am an Oromo, and I lived in my homeland, the Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia, for the most of my life. On January 3, 2012 I was forced to flee to Sudan in fear for my life. This is my story.

Ever since my teenage years, I have been involved in activities to bring changes in social issues. I brought awareness about HIV and AIDS to towns and in the deep countryside of Oromia. I also volunteered in helping homeless people. I worked with orphans and the disabled, supporting them through Oromo volunteer cultural clubs. I wanted to spread awareness about the Oromian culture and way of living by promoting awareness about the indigenous religion and administrative system called ‘Gadaa and Waaqeffannaa.’ In order to inspire and educate my people, I also organized and performed plays.

My disagreements with the cadres of the ruling party of Ethiopia, the TPLF (Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front), began early on. In 2004, when I was 16 years-old, more than 350 Oromo students were dismissed from Addis Ababa University. The Mecha and Tuluma Self-Help Association, an Oromo social movement, was banned and its leaders were arrested. More than 1500 Oromo students from the town of Moyale, including elementary and high school pupils, were forced to flee to Kenya. I was arrested in Moyale. I was beaten, tortured and accused of being a member of the Mecha and Tuluma Self-Help Association. But I had no clue about this association. I did not even know the name of the organization, at that time.

I joined Adama University in 2007 and started taking courses for a law degree. I was very involved in student life from start. I was the student representative of the law department. That brought me immediately under pressure from the authorities. The university was not a free place and the TPLF was not happy with my activities. There was constant pressure on the students to fill membership cards for the ruling party. Representatives from the party came to classes to tell the students they would not graduate or get job opportunities if they did not join the party. I opposed them and told them that we should not be forced to fill the forms or sign any documents. There was a lot of tension. I was followed all the time, and my interactions with other students became monitored.

For more than three months, I was held in the most horrendous conditions without having committed any crime. I was being persecuted only for being Oromo and actively working for the Oromo people.

In June 2009, I was one of the secretaries of an Oromo language, culture and history preservation club at the university. I tried to organize a democratic election of the members because I wanted the student’s council to be able to choose their representatives. However, when I put up the posters, I was taken to the University’s security office along with two of my friends. I was asked questions about what we were doing. I made it clear that I wanted to make a democratic election for the students so they could elect their own representatives. The TPLF agents commanded me not to pursue it, but I refused to change my position. When I returned to school in October, after the summer break, the registrar at the university refused to register me even though I was a third year student. I asked why they imposed such a decision on me, but the head of the campus security responded that this was an order from the federal security. I was arrested and the head of the campus security brought me to the Adama security office. They said that I was inciting the students against the TPLF regime. It worried them that the students were Oromo. I was accused of being a member of the OLF (Oromo Liberation Front). I was not, nor had ever been, a member of any organization or political party during that time. I was, however, involved in raising awareness about the traditions of the Oromo people. Following the arrest, I was put in a very dirty cell in Adama prison, where I was beaten by a member of the federal security.

I was released one week later on a bail bond of 10,000 birr, and went back to my studies and social and cultural activities. I published an Oromo poetry book with my own poems. In October 2010, I attended an Oromo thanksgiving festival, an Irreechaa, in the town of Bishoftu, but was arrested during the celebrations. I was told that my book opposed the government and that it was inciting civil war and unrest. They said the book incited a revolution for the Oromo people to overthrow the government. I was again accused of being an OLF member. While in prison in Bishoftu, I was slapped and kicked by a federal security policeman named Addisu Badhasa. I was put in a cell with sometimes more than 40 criminals, even though the cell was not more than 4×5 meters wide. After one week there, I was transferred to Adama, where I was interrogated for one day. I was beaten, verbally insulted and dehumanized in the Commanders Office. I was told that I would be tortured if I did not explain myself and my book. They then took me from the Commanders Office to a room with a public prosecutor and other commanders, and the interrogation continued. I was eventually released on a bail of 10,000 birr, but was required to live at a bail address.

I was arrested for the fifth time in August 13, 2011. The only reason was that I had worked with activities related to the Oromo culture, language, arts, literature and religion. The arrest greatly interrupted my life. I was trying to prepare for my final exams and was preparing my second novel for printing. The TPLF regime prohibited me from publishing it, and arrested me in Adama. One week after the arrest, I was taken to the Federal Police Investigation Center called Maekelawi. It is located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. For more than three months, I was held in the most horrendous conditions without having committed any crime. I was being persecuted only for being Oromo and actively working for the Oromo people.

Maekelawi

Chellema Bet: Cell 8

Maekelawi is like hell. It is divided into different sections where people are held depending on how much punishment the prison officials want to give them at the time. I was held in different cells during the imprisonment there. For the first eight days of my incarceration, I was held in cell number 8. Cell 8 is one of the cells in the block called Chellema bet, meaning “dark house.” Everyone fears of being put in this cell, because it is not more than 1×1½ meters wide. My hands and feet were shackled and the cell was so small I could not stretch my legs out. The cell was completely dark, as there was no natural or electric light in there. The walls were made of concrete and the door was metal. There were many insects biting me and it was freezing cold. I did not have a mattress to lie on, and nothing to cover me with. I only had the clothes I was wearing. I was only given food – dried bread and tea – on a very limited number of occasions. This was the prison diet. I was not allowed to go to the toilet except on one occasion when they allowed me to go on the way to the interrogation room. I was not eating enough to defecate.

A map of Maekelawi, the Federal Police Crime Investigation Sector, drawn from memory by Caalaa. B8 is Chellema Bet, where Caalaa was held in different cells. Drawing by Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa.

A map of Maekelawi, the Federal Police Crime Investigation Sector, drawn from memory by Caalaa. B8 is Chellema Bet, where Caalaa was held in different cells. Drawing by Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa.

I was beaten throughout the days I was in this cell. Sometimes someone would come to my cell just to beat me, even though the small size of the cell made it difficult for them. Because of this, the beatings usually took place in the interrogation room. When I was taken from the cell to the investigation room, I was often blindfolded and dragged. The prison officials wanted me to confess that I was conspiring with terrorists. They accused me of inciting Oromo people, especially the Oromo students, by my poems. After being held in cell 8 for a few days, I was taken to a first instance court. The first instance court is not a real court. I do not believe it had the jurisdiction to hear my case. I do not believe the judges who heard the case were real judges; I had seen them in the investigation centre acting like they were police investigators. I cannot believe what was happening was legal. There was no proper criminal procedure. We were deprived of the right to communicate with both families and lawyers. I do not know of anyone who was allowed to communicate with their lawyers during the time I was in Maekelawi. I had no right to ask questions. After I was released, my family told me that some of them had tried to see me. They came to Maekelawi with food and money for me, but I was never informed about this and they were not allowed to leave the food and money. Instead, they were questioned about me, why they wanted to see me and the purpose of their visit. They were ordered to give their addresses and phone numbers, and were questioned about many other things.

I was never charged with anything, but due to the length of time I was held, I believe I was held under the Anti-Terror Proclamation. They had also referred to the Anti-Terror Proclamation in court. I asked them to open a formal charge against me, but they had no evidence. All of it was rubbish. The judges were only hearing what the police reported to them. I had no representation. All they did was rubber stamp the request for more time in order to keep me at Maekelawi.

Chellema Bet: Cell 7

After eight days in cell 8, I was moved to cell number 7. It was dark, but some sunlight came in through a small hole. This cell was larger than the others. From what I can recall, the dimensions were about 7×8 meters. Still, it was completely overcrowded. Because of the lack of light and my poor health conditions, it is difficult to tell how much time passed. I think it was about 35 days in this cell. During this time, the number of people in the cell varied from 10 to 15. Most of them were Oromo, including Mr. Olbana Lellisa, the Vice President of the Oromo National Congress Party. There were also children as young as the age of 14. There were many political activists and well known figures being held in Maekelawi. I saw Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, the Swedish journalists who were arrested for entering Ethiopia to work as journalists. They were held in Tawla bet (the wooden house). I saw them from the court yard where prisoners were allowed to get a maximum of ten minutes of sunlight per week. They were inside of their cell and the door was not closed. They seemed very courageous. We exchanged facial expressions and gave each other moral support. I got menthol cigarettes from them. Seeing Martin and Johan renewed my hope of the future.

Next to our cell, there was a filthy toilet we were allowed to visit once a day; sometimes early in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon. Sometimes, we were ordered to go to the toilet after the ten minutes of sunlight. There was no regularity to it. If someone had to visit the toilet at other times, the only option was a bucket in the cell. It was filled with urine and the cell stank. I could not wash myself during my time there. It was freezing cold. There were no sheets or mattresses, and in the night we had to lie directly on the freezing cold concrete floor. This did, of course, make sleeping impossible. Also, there were disturbance coming from the interrogation room throughout the entire nights. It was very disturbing and frightening. We feared that the police would open the door and drag us to the interrogation room.

The interrogations were continuous. Sometimes they took place at night, sometimes during the day. They sometimes handcuffed and blindfolded me. I was exposed to an avalanche of ethnic slurs. They told me they had already collected enough tangible evidence against me and that it was better for me to confess my crime. Otherwise, I would be subjected to even more suffering. I continued to receive beatings and one time even passed out because of the ferocity of the beating. Another time I was hung upside down. Once, a pistol was placed in my mouth and they threatened to kill me. I suffered very badly in Maekelawi.

Chellema Bet: Cell 3

After 45 days, I was transferred to cell number 3. This cell was approximately 4×5 meters wide. During the time I was there, the number of people varied between 8 and 20. The cell had a very small and narrow hole on the upper wall, near the roof. The sun light came in through the hole, but only in the direction the hole was angled. Just as in the previous cell, we were only allowed out of the cell for a maximum of ten minutes per week to get some light and go to the toilet. The bucket in the cell, which was used to urinate in, sometimes flooded over onto the ground where we were sleeping and sitting. The smell was very bad and the cell often became waterlogged. It was very cold. I never as much as saw a mattress, but I did not wish for one; I could imagine what state it would be in. I was very sick by this time and had been denied any treatment from the clinic. I had abdominal pains and a severe headache. I could not see properly because I had such little access to light for such a long time.

3D model of Cell 3 in Chellema Bet, based on a description by Caalaa. Made for Untold Stories by Devmito.com.

3D model of Cell 3 in Chellema Bet, based on a description by Caalaa. Made for Untold Stories by Devmito.com.

When I had been detained in cell 3 for approximately three weeks, some Commissioners came to the prison. This was the first time I saw them. They said that they were government representatives and were there to solve the prisoners’ problems. The Commissioners said that they were neutral. This was rubbish. They behaved as investigators and were accompanied by the prison administrators. The Commissioners wanted the prisoners to tell them about our problems. They could see with their own eyes that we had problems, but if we told them a problem, they either ignored it or the information went straight back to the prison authorities. I know this because of their questions and the things they said. Directly after entering our cell, they said, “Why do you not cooperate? Do you want to spend your life here?” They did not listen to our questions or opinions. If they were neutral, they would at least have approached us in another way. I was severely sick when the Commissioners came to cell 3. I told them that I was really sick and needed treatment. One of the men asked my name and I told him my name. He immediately replied that I was an OLF-member. He told me to keep quiet, stop complaining and to not ask for treatment any more. It was at this time that I realized that they were not there to help us. I decided not to answer, ask or request anything more.

When I was later moved to Sheraton, another part of the prison, I continued to see them come to the cells now and then. They always had suggestions to the prisoners, such as “Why do you not cooperate with the police investigators by telling them that it is your fault?” or “Why do you not confess your criminal act?” or “Why do you not believe that you have committed the crime of which they have been investigating you?” I cannot believe that these people were from a human rights organization or wanted to help the prisoners in any way.

Sheraton

When a nurse finally saw me, I was moved to Sheraton. Sheraton is considered to be a better part of Maekelawi, and is therefore sarcastically named after the hotel. The nurse said she would try to report my case to get me treatment. My abdominal pains, back pains and eyes were very bad. Most of the time, I could not eat anything. My other cell members told me to eat or I would die there.

Sheraton has a place where one can move around. Natural sunlight came into the cells, but there was still no electric light. Even though Sheraton is considered better, the conditions were still terrible. There was still a lack of water, insufficient food, filthy rooms and poor hygiene. It was so overcrowded that I could not even tell the real number of prisoners because of the overcrowding. The cells in the Sheraton are approximately 3×4 meters wide and in many of them there were around 15-20 people, sometimes as many as 25. Mostly, people spent their nights standing as there was no place to sit or lie. It was cold and had no blankets or mats. I could go to the toilet when I liked, but there were so many people using it, and the hygiene was terrible. The toilets were filthy. It was in the Sheraton I had the first opportunity to wash myself. I could not, however, do this very often and could not do it properly. The only way of washing was using a tap on the toilet. The crowd made it very difficult to get the opportunity of using the tap, and it was often broken. I believe the prison authority intentionally damaged the tap.

The interrogations stopped to some extent when I was moved to this part of the prison, but not entirely. Instead, I was called to an office to put my signature on papers. I was not shown what the papers said, so I refused to sign. I told them that I will not sign without knowing what I am signing. For this, they beat me. When I was taken to the office again, they said they will release me and that I will graduate from the University – if I sign the documents. I refused. Once again, they told me to sign the papers, and once again I refused. One of the officers, named Tadesse Meseret, took out a pistol and said he would kill me if I did not sign. I refused again.

I was taken to the office one last time. A man came in together with a woman. I was beaten until I fell to the floor. As I was lying there the man walked all over me, stepping on my body. I had nothing left in me after this. I was so exhausted. I gave up and signed the documents and finally they released me. To this day, I do not know what I signed. There was no legal procedure for me. They could do, and did, exactly what they wanted.

Released

When I was released on November 10, 2011, I was told not to contact anyone of the Oromo ethnic group. I did not accept this. I was invited by Gumi Oromo to read my poems at an event organized to welcome new Oromo students to Adama University. My poetry was very appreciated by the students. When I later was at a celebration of the Waaqeffanna religion in the Olanchiti town, the federal police arrested me and six other people, one of whom was a woman. I was imprisoned in a big, very dangerous prison in the Walanchiti town. The men were put together in a cell and the woman was separated from us. We were not given blankets or mattresses, and we were not allowed to wash ourselves. I was detained for one week and then was released on bail.

When I was back in Adama University, a conflict took place on December 29, 2011 between the Oromo students and TPLF’s federal police, the liyu police. It resulted in the arrest of many of the Oromo students. Many of them were beaten and had severe physical injuries. I escaped arrest, but, fearing for my life, I fled to Addis Ababa. From there, I fled to Sudan where I spent 16 months in a refugee camp. At this point, my case as a political refugee was recognized by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and I now finally have permanent residence in Sweden. I had to leave all my documents from the university when I fled. It is my dream to one day be able to continue my education and law studies.

This was my short story, but one can never compare it with the stories of other Oromo prisoners regarding torture and mistreatment perpetrated by the TPLF. Maekelawi is a place of physical and psychological punishment, cut off from the outside world. Nearly all of the Maekelawi officers I had contact with were armed with a pistol or a Kalashnikov. I even saw a health personnel with a pistol. There were many spies in Maekelawi; either prisoners who had been induced to spy on other prisoners, or people like the aforementioned Commissioners. There were no trusted complaints channels at all, and we were totally deprived of our human rights. No one heard or took action on the complaints of the prisoners. They only tried to shut us up and get us to confess. Once you are there, anything can happen to you – and no one will stop it or even report it. You will not complain unless you are prepared to receive more punishment for it. You cannot trust anyone. Having experienced Maekelawi first hand, I am very fearful for the welfare of anyone sent there. There were, and with no doubt still are, many untold horrendous and unlawful acts happening there. The punishment is not only the interrogations and torture you are put through as a prisoner, but also the fear of it. The cell door opening sends fear through you – fear that they are coming to get you. The Ethiopian prison cells are a veritable hell on Earth.

I was forced to flee Oromia out of fear for my life. I was writing critical poetry about TPLF’s evil actions, and I performed and read them to my people. TPLF tried to stop me from doing that. Now I am forced away from my homeland, but I am continuing to do the same thing. They can try to stop me from writing what I think is just and right, or from speaking the truth, but they cannot stop me from thinking. Right now back home, hundreds of poets are still doing what I was deprived of. That gives my mind peace.

 

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are.
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

ABO: Ibsa Kijibaa fi Fakkeessaan Ummatni Oromoo Ammaan Booda hin Sobamu

Ibsa Kijibaa fi Fakkeessaan Ummatni Oromoo Ammaan Booda hin Sobamu

 

Motumman Wayyaanee waggoottan 24 darban kana dhaaba OPDO jedhee ofii akka fedhee ajajuu fi ergatu ijaarrate of fuuldura qabatuun labsiilee, ibsoota, murtiilee siyaasaa fi lolaa akkasumas biyya isaa Oromiyaa irratti murtii jajjaboo kan jireenya, qabeenyaa fi hiree Oromoo guddaa miidhan garuu ummatni Oromoo dhugaan kan bakka isa bu’u keessa hin qabne labsaa fi murtii dabarsaa bahe. Murtiileen kunii fi labsiin kun maqaa mishoomaa jedhuun samicha, biyya tiksuu jedhuun lola Oormoo hin ilaalle irratti ilaamaan Oromoo ficisiisuu, shororkeessitoota irratti duula jechuun Oromoo mataa isaa irratti loal labsuun hidhuu, ajjeesuu fi ukkaamsuu raawwataa bahe. Ammas dabni kun nu irratti hin dammaqamne jechuun ibsa kijibaa fi fakkeessaa waan Master Plan Finfinnee ilaaluu OPDOn akka labsu godhuun akkuma kana duraa daba dhaaba Kanaan qabatee Oromoo irratti hojjatu itti fufuuf kan of booda hin deebine tahuu agarsiisuu illee ummatni Ormoo ammaan booda lammata ibsaa fi labsii kijibaa fi fakeessaa akkasii akka hin sobamne diinaafi firaafis mirkaneessa. Labsii fi ibsi dhaabni OPDO kaleessa TV Oromiyaa irratti bahuun Master Plan magaalaa Finfinnee fi godinaan addaa Oromiyaa nannoo Finfinnee guutummatti akka haqamu; Oromiyaan faayidaa adda Finfinnee irraa argattuu kan jedhu seera keessaa jiru akka hojii irraa ooluuf OPDOn irratti hojjatuu; labsii bulchinsa magaalota Oromiyaa haaraa bahe keessaa keyyata ummatni hin feene irra deebihamee akka foyyaawuu kkf jedhee gara qabxii 8 baase OPDOn ofiifuu tohannaan diinaan fi hidhaa keessa kan jiru waan tahee fi dhimmoota kana irratti murtii dabarsuu aangu waan hin qabnee fi bakka ummata Oromoo bu’ee dubbahcuu waan hin dandeenyeef ummatni Oromoo fi ABOn ibsa kana tasa kan hin fudhatamne tahuu beeksisa.

Ummatni Oromoo waggoota dheeraaf qabsoo kan adeemsise mirga seeraa fi uumaan qabu kabajsiifatee hiree isaa murteeffachuu, sirna dimokraatawaa fi bilisummaan keessatti mirkanaawe argamsiisuu dhaan nagaa waaraa fi amansiisaan jiraatuufi. Kun guutummaatti fedhii fi hawwii ummata Oromoo tahullee akeekni eebbifamaa kun kanneen ummatoota hacuucaa fi saamaa jiraachuu murteeffataniin hin guutamiin jiran.

Bittootni Itophiyaa kaayyoo ummatoota ittiin saamaa fi hacuucaa jiraatuu irraa jijjiiramuu hanqatuun har’a iyyuu Itophiyaa biyyoota tarree hiyyeeyyii keessatti ittisaa jira. Lammiilee miliyoonotaan lakkaa’aman beela keessatti gaadi’ee dhoortoon akka jiraatan dirqisiise. Yeeroo ammaa ammoo haalli Itophiyaa keessaa waliigala addatti ammo haallii Oromiyaa keessaa daran hammaatee jira. Lammiileen beela’oo miliyoonotaan lakkaa’amu. Kan lafa isaanii irraa buqqafamanis akkanuma. Jiruudhablummaan kanneen mankaraaran kuma dhibbootaan herregamu. Kanatti dabalee bittootni bittaa isaanii itti fufsiisuuf karoorri eenyummaa ummata Oromoo irratti xiyyeeffate baafatuun ummata Oromoo caalaatti dheekamsiisee mirga isaaf akka falmatu taasisee jira.

Bittootni Itophiyaa jalqabaa hanga ammaatti, ummatni Oromoo mirga isaa akka hin gofatneef shira adda addaa fi hammeenya gara garaa raawwatuun of jireessan. Oromummaan akka keessatti hin dagaagne taasisuu, sabummaan xiqqeessuu, lafa isaa irraa buqqaasuun eenyummaa, seenaa fi aadaan isaa akka dhabamu taasisuun shiroota mootummoota Itophiyaan hojjataman bebbeekamoo dha. Ummata Oromoo magaalaa Finfinnee fi naannoo irraa buqqaasuun lafa isaa dhuunfachuu dhaan eenyummaa bittootaa irratti gadi ijaaruuf yaaliin godhamaa jiru qaama shira kanaa ti. Ummatni Oromoo daba diinaa kana hubatuun Master Plan karoorfame akka kaafamu karaa nagaa gaafatullee deebiin kennameef dhibbootaan ajjeechaa, kumaatamaan hidhaa fi reebichaa jumulaa ti. Karoora eenyummaa Oromoo irratti xiyyeeffate kana dura dhaabbatuu irrattis wareegamni lubbuu fi qaamaa baafame kan kanaan dura biyyattii keessatti mul’ate irra dachaa hedduun caala.

Master Plan dantaa bittootaa guutuu fi dhabama ummata Oromoon bittoota duroomsuuf raggaafame kun wayta labsametti jaarmayaan ummata Oromoo bakkan bu’a ofiin jedhu OPDO homaatuu akka irraa hin beekne ibsa hogganootni jaarmayaa kanaa kennaa turan irraa hubatamaa ture. Kun karoorichi Wayyaaneen hiccitiin wixinamee, Wayyaaneen raggaafamee akka hojii irra oolfamuuf itti kenname tahuu mirkaneessa. Karoorri Wayyaaneen baafame kun kan eenyummaa Oromoo dhabamsiisu tahuu irraa ummatni Oromoo wayta mormuu eegalettis, Wayyaanotni akkuma aadaa isaanii gaaffii ummataa tuffatuun ‘Jaallattanis jibbitanis hojii irra oolfama “ deebii jedhu kennan.

Ummatni Oromoo mootmmaa Wayyaanee keessaa bakka bu’aa fi qooda homaatuu akka hin qabne beekamaa dha. Kanneen isa bakka buuna jedhan kanneen kabajaa namoomaa hin qabne, tajaajiltuu fi ergamtuu tahanii jiraatuuf murteeffatan, jilbeenfatanii buluu kabajaatti fudhatan qaamaa fi qalbiin gabrooman tahuu irraa takkaahuu ummatni Oromoo akka bakka bu’aa isaatti hin fudhanne. Ummatni Oromoo isaaniin iyyuu bilisa baasuuf kan qabsaa’u tahuu hubachiisuun ashkarummaa jalaa akka of baasan gorsaa fi barsiisaa har’a gahe. Sabboontoonnii jarmyaa kana keessaas kana sirreessuuf wareegama baayyee baasan; ammas baasaa jiru.

Jaarmayaan Jalee Wayyaanee OPDO marii master plan wixinuu fi raggaasuu keessatti qooda homaatuu akka hin qabne, hojii irra akka oolchuuf olii itti dabarfamuun osoo ifatti beekamuu akka waan aangoo irratti qabu Amajjii 12, 2016 karoorri master plan guutummaatti haqamuu isaa ibsa baaseen beeksisee jira. Labsi maqaa Koree Gidduu OPDOn bahe kun Karoorri master plan kaafamuu ibsuu kun ummata ittiin gowwoomsuu fi sossobatuun haala qabaneeffatuuf akka tahe hubatamaa dha. OPDOn labsa kana baasuuf mirgas tahe aangoo waan itti hin qabneef haquu fi kaasuus mirga hin qabu.

Sadarkaa duraatti karoora master plan kan wixinee raggaasuun ifa godhe mootummaa federaalaa ti. Kan ibsa itti kennaa tures qondaalota mootummaa Federaalaa Wayyaaneen durfamuu ti. Karoora irratti hin mari’anne, wixinuu fi raggaasuu keessatti hirmaannaa hin qabne kaase jedhee labsuun OPDO qoosaa fakkaatu illee tahe jedhamee ummata Oromoo gowwomsuun sochii isaa tohatuuf kan qindaawe tahuun ifaa dha. Kan waan Master Plan qabatee rakkina siyaasaa fi waraanaa ummta Oromoo irra gahe gaafatamtama fudhatuu fi kaafamuu beeksisuu qabu mootummaa Federaalaa ti.

Kana waliin kan ilaalamu mormiin ummata Oromoo jabaatuu irraa murtii ummataa fakkeessuun karoorri kun akka hojii irra oolfamu taasisuuf, wal gahii duraa Caffee Oromiyaa irratti dhiheeffamee mariin alatti ajajaan murteeffame. Kanaaf murtii ajajaan Caffeen dabarse kan kaasuu danda’u Caffee malee OPDO miti. Kanaaf muddamsuu irraa ummata sossobatuuf ibsi jaarmayaa Amajjii 12 baafame kan seeraa fi tartiiba hin hordofne shiraa fi hammina ummata Oromoo irratti yaadame waan taheef fudhatama hin qabaatu.

Sochii ummatni Oromoo marraa kana bittaa gabrummaatti xumura godhuuf itti jiru jabaataa fi bal’ataa dhufuun, osoo addaan hin citne baatii lamaa oliif adeemsifamuun kan yaaddesse mootummaan Wayyaanee jaloota isaa ajajuun akka karoorri master plan kaafametti akka ibsa baasan ajajuun gaaffii ummata Oromoo gaaffi master plan qofa akka tahetti dhiheessuu barbaaduu irraa ti. Haa tahu malee gaaffiin ummata Oromoo gaaffii master plan qofa akka hin tahiin diddaa amma itti jiru keessatti qofa osoo hin taane isaan durattis yeroo gara garaatti agarsiisaa ture. Waan taheef hanga sirni gabrummaa Oromoo irratti waggaa 140 ol jaare kun xumura itti godhamuu mirkaneeffatutti qabsoon ummataa itti fufa malee hin dhaabbatu.

Gaaffiin ummata Oromoo gaaffii abbaa biyyummaa ti. Gaaffii biyyaa fi qabeenya isaa irratti, dhimmi siyaasaa, dinaggee fi lolaa irratti murteessaa fi ajajaa tahuu akka hin dhaabbatne diinaafis firaafis mirkaneessa. Oromiyaa biyyaa isaa irratti gaaffii dimokraasii fi bilisummaa ti. Kana waan taheef karoorri master plan kaafameef ummatni Oromoo qabsoo isaa dhiisee manatti dacha’a jedhanii eeguun of gowwoomsuu taha. Ummatni Oromoo gaaffii isaa kana ammo qabsoo isaatiin deebii argamsiisaaf malee, kanneen ofiif iyyuu bilisummaa hin qabne, xiqqaatanii fi salphatanii jiraatuutti hin qanfanne irraa hin eeggatu.

Injifannoo Ummata Oromoof!
Adda Bilisumaa Oromoo
Amajjii 13, 2016

–Ibsa Guutuu – Afaan Oromoo
–Full Document – Amharic version

Qeerroo: Labsiin Haqamuu Maaster Pilaanii Dh.D.U.O /OPDOn Labsame Gaaffii Abbaa Biyyummaa Duubatti Hin Deebisu Itti Fufsiisa Malee

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Labsiin Haqamuu Maaster Pilaanii Dh.D.U.O /OPDOn Labsame Gaaffii Abbaa Biyyummaa Duubatti Hin Deebisu Itti Fufsiisa Malee

Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo

Kaayyoon Master Pilaanii godina addaa naannowaa Finfinnee tooftaa ittiin duguuggaa sanyii Oromoo raawwatan tahuun hubachuun nama hin rakkisu. Karoorri kunis akkuma beekamu badii uummata oromoo irraan gahuu akka danda’u beekuu kan dandeenyu danqaa hin qabnu. Waggaa lama dura baatii Ebla bara 2014 keessa uummanni Oromoo ifatti bahee karoora kana dura dhaabbatee mormaa bahe lubbuu hedduun itti wareegamuu uummanni bal’aan Uummanni Oromoo sirnaan hubatee beekee jira. Gaaffii uummanni karaa nagaatiin bahee falmi dhageesisaa ture wayita sanas mootummaan Wayyaanee gaaffi dhiphoonni qabatanii ka’an, kan shororkeessitootaan hoogganamee deemu, jechuun uummata lubbuu isaa gaaffidhuma karaa nagayaatiin gaafate itti dhabaa jirun uummata Oromoo arrabsuu kan dhokate miti.

Kan hubachuu qabu waggaa lama dura yeroo mormiin dhimmi Maaster Pilaanii kun ka’es akka waan hafeetti dudubbachuudhaan afaanii fi harka mootummaa abbaa irree kan taate dhaabni OPDO mormii sana tasgabbeessuuf sobanii bira darbuun yeroo lammaffaa karoora kana galmaan gahachuuf bara 2015 gara dhumaatti mormii uummata Oromoo dammaqseen as bahee jira. Egaan mormiin Maaster Pilaanii ji’oota lama darban keessatti gaaffii seeraa fi haqa qabeessa tahe uummanni karaa nagaatiin gaafataa jiru kana irratti mootummaan Wayyaanee Ummata Oromoo irratti:-

Waraana labse, Duulli hidhaa ajajame, Uummata Oromoo fi dargaggoota Oromoo addatti barattoota qaama hir’uu taasisuun ajajni waraana Wayyaaneetti bahe.

Tahus akkuma jedhan waraana isaanii uummata nagaa fi barataa qalama qabatee jiru irratti akka labsan dhibbaan kan madaalamu lubbuun bahee, kumaatamatti kan lakkawamu madaa’ee fi qaama hir’uu tahe, kuma hedduuttis kan lakkawamu hidhaatti guurame kan ijaan hin argamin, tilmaama kan hin qabne tasa dhabamanis akka jiran haalaan hubatamaadha.

Egaan guyyoota sadan darban kana Amajii 10,2016 irraa kaaseeKoreen giddu galeessa DH.D.U.O/ walgayii magaala Adaamatti adeemsiseen gaaffii sirnaa fi mirgaa wayyaaneen armaan dura akka badii fi shororkeessatti lakkooftee lubbuu uummata oromoo hanga kana dhabamsiistee, dhiiga ilmaan Oromoo bakkeetti dhangalaastee boodaan FDG jabeeffamuu irraan gara FXG cehumsa taasifamee mootummaa abbaa irree wayyaanee hundeen buqqisuuf raasee booda ijaaraa fi arraba wayyaanee kan taate OPDOn gaaffiwwan ka’aa turan gaaffii sirnaati, gaaffii sirriidha jechuun fincila kana tasgabbeessuudhaaf karoora Maaster Pilaanii haqneerra jechuu labsuun yeroo ammaa kana dhageettii uummata oromoo keessa jira.

  1. Egaan kun tooftaa dulloomee fi Wayyaaneen ittiin uummata Oromoo bituu fi fincila sodaachise kanas tasgabbessuuf kaate tahuu uummanni Oromoo hubatee FXG kan duraan irra jiru irraa jabeessee itti fufuu qaba. http://www.Qeerroo.org
  2. Lubbuu hedduu akka bishaanii dhangalaate kanaaf, qabeenyaan manca’eef gaafatamni mootummaa wayyaanee fudhatuu qaba.
  3. FXG amma keessa jirru kana keessatti mootummaan wayyaanee wixxifannaa guddaa keessa jiru yeroo dhumaa isaaf ta’eef gaaffiwwan kana tasgabbeessuuf kan yaalamaa jiru tahullee uummanni oromoo keessaa fi ala jiruun jaallan lubbuu isaanii kanatti dhaban gumaa isaanii Bilisummaadhaan baasuu qabna.

Fincilli keenya kan warraaqsa Bilisummaa fi walabullaa akkasuma kan abbaa biyyummaa tahuu wal hubachiisuudhaan Labsiin KGG-OPDO haqamuu Maaster Pilaanii taasise kun tooftaa Wayyaaneen ittiin keessattuu dhiiga ilmaan oromoo dhuge kan bare Abbaay Tshaaheetiin tooftaa gadi bu’e waan taheef kun gowomsaa tahuu hubanne hooggansa Qeerroo Bilisummaa irraa ibsa kennameen kanaaf gurra keenya ergisnee duubatti akka hin deebine uummanni keenya akka hin gowomfamne ibsa laanna.

Yeroon Qeerroon Abdii Uummata Oromoo Mootummaa Wayyaanee Hundeen Buqqisu Amma Tahuu Wal Akeekna!

Injifannoon Uummata Oromoof
Gadaan Gadaa Bilisummaati
Amajjii 13, 2016
Finfinnee Oromiyaa

Boruu Barraaqaa: Labsi OPDO “karoorri Maastar Pilaaniin guutummaa guutuutti haqameera” jedhu seenaa Wayyaanee waggaa 24 keessatti injifannoo ummata Oromoo isa duraa ti!

Boruu Barraaqaa irraa*

Fincilli ummanni Oromoo lubbuu isaa kitimee baatii lamaaf odoo wal irraa hin kunne geggeesse kunoo injifannoo isa duraa mootummaa Wayyaanee irratti galmeeffateera. Sirni seenaa isaa ganna 24 keessatti waan hawwu hundumaa humna qawweetiin raaw’achiifachuu barate ammas akkasumatti karoora Maastar Pilaanii kanas kan raaw’achiifatu se’ee dhama’aa yoona gahe. Haa tahu malee murannoon ummata Oromoo yeroo jalqabaaf soda takkaa argee hin beeyneen isa jilbeenfachiise. Humna waraanaa Agaaziitiin kana booda Oromiyaa keessatti karoora cunqursaa ummata Oromoo irratti fe’anii milkaahuun akka hin danda’amne injifannoon kun agarsiiseera.

Haa tahu malee ibsa haqamuu Maastar Pilaanichaa dubbatu kana OPDOn baafteef qofa ummanni Oromoo amanee qabsoo isaa irraa dhaabbata jedhanii yoo yaadaniif of gowwoomsan. ‘Karoorri kun jaalattanis jibbitanis hojii irra oola, warra kana didu likkiitti galchina’ jedhee waggaa guutuu kan Oromootti dhaadataa bahe hogganni TPLF Wayyaanee guddichi Abbaay Tsahaayyee fi dhaabni isaa hanga ammaatti homaa hin xiixne. Yoo xiixanis aakkifata duraan tufan deebisanii arraabuu fi salphina fokkataa ummata duratti salphachuu yoo tahe malee gaaffiilee hafan ijoof deebii hin tahu. Qalbii ummata Oromoo cabes fayyisuu hin danda’u. Qabsoon ummanni Oromoo mirga abbaa biyyummaa isaaf geggeessaa jiru sabichaa fi TPLF gidduutti malee sabichaa fi OPDO gidduutti akka hin tahin beekamuu qaba. Kanaafuu haqamuu karoora kanaa kan gad bahee nutti himuu qabu dabballee karoorichaa isa guddaa kan tahe Abbaay Tsahaayyee fi fakkaattota isaati malee OPDO qooda ergamtummaa malee aangoo homaatuu harkaa hin qabnee miti.

Akkuma jedhametti karoorri kun haqameeras yoo taheef mootummaan Wayyaanee tarkaanfii armaan gadii fudhachuudhaan mirkaneessuu qaba.

  1. Abbaay Tsahaayyee, qondaalli sirnichaa guddaan tuffii ummata Oromoof irra deddeebi’ee agarsiise ilaalchisee miidiyaatti bahee ummata Oromoo akka dhiifama gaafatu,
  2. Karoorri kun karoora hamaa humnaan Oromoo fudhachiisuuf waggaa tokkoo fi walakkaa caalaa dhiibamaa dhufee dha. Kanaanis lubbuun ilmaan Oromoo 250 olii akka badu, dhibbooni hedduun akka madaahan, kumoonni kudhanoonni akka hidhaman, kumoonni hedduu akka ukkaamfaman sababa taheera. Kanaafuu:

– Ajjeechaa ilmaan Oromoo irratti raaw’atame kanaaf mootummichi imimmaan naachaa haqachuu osoo hin taane, ifatti bahee dhiifama akka gaafatu, warra dhukaasee falmattoota kana ajjeeses akka ifatti maqaa isaanii labsee adaba isaaniin gituun adabu,
– Maatii ilmaan Oromoo qabsoo kana keessatti wareegamaniif beenyaan dhiigaa hatattamaan akka kafalamu,
– Wareegamtoonni kun akka gootota biyyaatti maqaa guutummaa isaanii madaaluun guyyaan gaddaa 3 labsameefii guutuu biyyaa irratti, yoo xiqqaates Oromiyaa guutuu irratti akka kabajamu,
– Warra madaahee waldhaanamaa jiruuf baasii waldhaansa isaanii guutummaa guutuutti mootummaan akka aguugu,
– Warri sababa kanaan mana hidhaatti guuramee fi ukkaamfamee gara dabarfame hatattamaan akka gadhiifaman, beenyaan mooraalii akka kafaamuuf.

  1. Waraanni, polisni federaalaa fi humni Agaazii Oromiyaa weeraree jiru hatattamaan Oromiyaa gadhiisee akka godaanu,
  2. Gaaffiin ummata Oromoo haqamuu karoora kanaa qofaan deebii hin argatu. Kanaafuu sirnichi akka tasgabbiin Oromiyaa keessatti bu’u yoo barbaade moohama isaa kana irraa barnoota fudhatee akka gaaffiilee ummata Oromoo hafaniifis gurra isaa banu,
  3. Ololli nuffisiisaan ‘fincila ummataa kana duubaan humnoota gooliitu jira’ jedhu waltajjii walgahiis tahee miidiyaa mootummaa irraa hatattamaan akka dhaabatu,
  4. Ummanni Oromoos tahee saboonni biroo mormii sirnicha irratti qaban ibsachuuf gara fuulduaaf karaa nagaan hiriira bahuun doorsisa tokko malee akka eehamamuuf,
  5. Oromiyaan dantaa addaa Finfinnee irraa argatti jedhamee kan heera keessatti kaa’ame waggaa 24 guutuu hojii irra ooluu hanqachuun isaa ni beekama. Kun hanqachuu isaaf sirnichi ifatti dhiifama gaafachuu qofa osoo hin taane, dantaan silaa Oromiyaan waggoota 24 dabran Finfinnee irraa argachuun irra ture herregamee akka baramu.
  6. Dantaan Oromiyaan Finfinnee irraa argachuun irra turee fi gara fuulduraafis maluuf kunis Finfinnee Oromoo Oromoo urgeessuuf akka tajaajilu. Haaluma kanaanis Oromoon kutaa kamiyyuu irraa dhufee Finfinnee keessatti kafaltii tokko malee akka lafa argatee qubatuu fi manneen daldalaa banatee dalagatu mirgi addaa akka seeraan eeyyamamuuf,
  7. Gosoonni Oromoo Finfinnee keessaa dhiibamanii duguugamanii bahan seeraan lafa isaanii Finfinneetti deebi’anii maqaa gosa isaaniitiin gandoonni moggaafamanii akka qubatan, beenyaan lafa irraa buqqa’anii bara dheeraaf miidhamanis kafalameefii biyya isaanii Finfinnee irratti akka abbaa biyyaatti qananiin akka jiraatan,
  8. Afaan Oromoo afaan mootummaa federaalaa taasisuuf shaakalli jalqabaa Finfinnee irratti hatattamaan akka eegalamu,
  9. Ummanni Oromoo kana booda siyaasaa ‘anatu siif beekaa’tiin gowwoomfamuun dhaabachuu qaba. Sabni guddaan kun ammaan booda, dhaaba siyaasaa itti amanee fi kan guddina isaatiin gitu fedhu kan ala jiru galfatee, fedhu kan biyya keessa jiru jabeeffatee, fedhus hoggana siyaasa qaroo fi haaraya ofii isaa keessaa maddisiisuuf mirgi qabu guutummaa guutuutti akka kabajamuuf.

Gaaffiileen kunniinii fi kanneen fakkaatan hanga deebii quufsaa hin argannetti garuu qabsoon Oromoo dhiibee dhufee sadarkaa kana gahe jabaatee itti fufuu malee duubatti deebi’uun gonkumaa irra hin jiru. Ummanni Oromoo fincila kana irraa wanni barachuu qabu gurguddaan waan lama. Kan duraa, gabrummaa hadheeffatanii muratanii gamtaan sosso’uun xumurri isaa injifannoo tahuu isaa ti. Kan lammaffaa ammoo, yoo gamtaa dhabee waliif hin dirmanne, yoo murannoo dhabe, yoo sodaan ukkaamamee callisa filate ammoo kana daran kan diinni mataa isaa gubbaatti fincaanu tahuu injifannoo amma argame irraa barachuu qaba. Oromoon yoo kana caalaa wal gurmeessee sodaa tokko malee wareegama baasee qabsaaye injifannoo isa maayyiis akka gonfachuu danda’u homaa hin shakkamu.

Ammas injifannoo ummata Oromoof!

Qabsoon itti fufa!

Gumaan qabsaayota kufanii bilisummaa dha!

 

* Boruu Barraaqaa: gulummaa75@gmail.com

EU – EFAS: Press release on the meeting between the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom

Brussels, 13/01/2016
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Press release on the meeting between the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom

Today, the HR/VP Federica Mogherini met with MinisterTedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, in Brussels.

The meeting took place following the HR/VP’s visit to Addis Ababa last October where they decided to strengthen bilateral relations. Today, both agreed to move forward on EU-Ethiopia’s strategic engagement. In this respect, Minister Adhanom also met EU Commissioners Mimica, Stylianides, Avramopoulos, and Vice-president Katainen’s team, as well as members of the European Parliament.

HR/VP Mogherini and Minister Adhanom confirmed that the EU will remain the first partner of the country in its reforms for development and to promote social and economic growth. The EU will continue to support Ethiopia through its development cooperation programmes, including by organising an EU-Ethiopia Business Forum this year. Ethiopia also benefits from humanitarian support to help the local populations affected by two consecutive droughts and the current El Nino phenomenon.

The HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Minister Adhanom also discussed the follow up of the signature of the EU-Ethiopia Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM) on 11 November 2015, in the margins of La Valletta Summit. It was agreed that the EU and Ethiopia will work together to tackle irregular migration, including return, and to better take advantage of the opportunities provided by well-managed migration.

HR/VP Mogherini recognised Ethiopia’s significant effort in hosting more than 700 000 refugees. Both welcomed the fact that the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa had already started financing projects in Ethiopia.
The importance of a strong civil society, freedom of expression and association and inclusive politics was also discussed, as well as the measures taken by the Ethiopian government related to the recent unrest in Oromyia and Amhara regions.

The situation in the Horn of Africa and the wider Red Sea region was also on the agenda, including the situation in South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia. Ethiopia is playing a crucial role in the region in terms of peace and security and the EU will continue to support these efforts.

Deutsche Welle: EU asked to break silence on alleged killing of Oromo protesters in Ethiopia

EU asked to break silence on alleged killing of Oromo protesters in Ethiopia

 

Rights groups claim that Ethiopian security forces have killed at least 140 protesters. The Ethiopian foreign minister is in Brussels to answer questions by members of the European Parliament on the alleged offences.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) last week alleged that Ethiopian security forces had killed at least 140 protesters and injured many more. Opposition parties and activists asserted thousands of Oromo protesters had been arrested and injured since the protests started in mid-November.

In a surprise move on Wednesday (13.01.2016), the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) party, which is part of the ruling coalition, announced that it wanted to halt the so-called “Addis Ababa Masterplan” which is at the root of the ongoing crisis. The plan involves the expansion of the capital into the surrounding Oromia region. Government spokesman Getachew Reda told reporters that the government would respect this decision, but that they would still prosecute those who had participated in the protests.

The plans to expand Addis Ababa were hotly contested by members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group. Universities across the country turned into battlefields, with police firing live bullets to disperse the crowds. On social media, Ethiopians united under the hashtag #OromoProtests and Ethiopians of all ethnic backgrounds staged vigils all around the world.

On the eve of the hearing of Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom in Brussels, rights groups insisted that EU officials “should convey serious concerns about Ethiopian security forces against the Oromo protesters.”

Another topic on the Brussels agenda is the recurrent drought that has hit the country. Estimates say that as many as 15 million people could be threatened by hunger this year.

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Fatal clashes in Ethiopia 19.12.2015

Donor darling Ethiopia

With Ethiopia ranking fifth on the table of aid recipients globally, raking in some $3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros) in 2014, donor countries have a responsibility to follow up on how the government handles human rights issues, Daniel Bekele, Executive Director with HRW’s Africa Division, told DW.

His concern is echoed by EU advocacy director at HRW, Lotte Leicht, who says “[the] European Union should break its silence and condemn Ethiopia’s brutal use of force to quell the Oromo protests.” Being the single largest donor, the EU “should press the Ethiopian government to respond with talks rather than gunfire to the protesters’ grievances.”

The US State Department earlier urged the Ethiopian government “to permit peaceful protest and commit to a constructive dialogue to address legitimate grievances.”

The Ethiopian government denies the alleged death toll of 140. Government spokesman Reda instead accused the Oromo protesters of “terrorizing civilians.”

Ethiopian legal expert Awol Kassim Allo said he would like to see a space for all Ethiopians to participate in the political arena. “Only with such an approach can there be a possibility of paving a way to move forward,” he told DW. In the last general elections in May 2105, Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), won 100 percent of the seats in parliament.

Deutschland Oromo Demonstration Berlin In Berlin protesters demonstrated in front of the German chancellery in support of the #OromoProtests

‘Cultural genocide’

In a recent debate, Bekele Naga, Secretary General of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), told DW’s Amharic Service that “the constitution of the country proclaims that the land belongs to the people.” He added that the Ethiopian government “has been engaged in land-grabbing, leading to cultural genocide [of the Oromo people].” Another Ethiopian legal expert, Tsegaye Ararsa, complained that no government officials, including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, have publicly voiced regret over the loss of young protesters’ lives. He believes there should be an independent fact-finding committee to look into the case.

Letter of the Day: Seeking justice for the Oromo people of Ethiopia

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Letter of the Day: Seeking justice for the Oromo people of Ethiopia

I was born in Ethiopia and came here nine years ago. I am 19, and I go to Hillsborough Community College. I am writing because of the situations going on in Ethiopia.

I don’t know if you are aware, but the Ethiopian government is having a war with its own people. This war has been going on for over 25 years. The ongoing discrimination against the Oromo tribe has become too much to handle. Recently, the Ethiopian government set out a “Master Plan” — expanding the capital and building meaningless buildings that will only benefit the government. Their goal is said to be to develop the country.

Although this seems like a favorable act, there are many things happening behind the scenes due to this master plan. For one thing, farmers in neighboring cities of the capital will be stripped of their land, with no compensation. Ethiopia is known for having vast land for agriculture. Many people rely on farming to support their families. When the government takes the Oromo people’s land with little to no compensation, these people have nothing left. My family is a victim of this land grab.

Recently the government took my grandmother’s land, which was about half an acre. They said they needed to build a road. They gave my grandmother $50 for all the land she lost. My grandmother used to grow crops and sell them in the market to support her grandkids. Now she is struggling and reaching out for help.

These kinds of cases have been going on for years in Ethiopia. This is my ancestors’ land, and it is sad to see it all being taken away.

The Master Plan is just a fraudulent scheme to take the Oromo people’s land. If the government really wanted to develop the country, then it would have worked on other pressing matters. For example, the water system and electricity are horrible in Ethiopia, especially in the Oromo region. There are times when people don’t get water for a whole week. And there are times when electricity is shut down for days and days. Also, there is a huge drought going on in the Oromo region. Instead of working on these issues, the government decides to just ignore the public’s concerns. This shows that the so called Master Plan is not really taking into consideration the Oromo people and what they are losing.

Recently, many university and high school students went on a peaceful protest against the Master Plan. Many students were upset and wanted to show their frustration. With the democratic state that Ethiopia claims to be, peaceful protest should be allowed; after all, we all have the right to protest. Shockingly, the Ethiopian government did not like the protest so they sent out federal soldiers to kill and arrest protesters. There have been over 131 deaths and 3,500-plus arrests in just the past month. There were many people wounded due to the government throwing bombs at its people. When these innocent protesters tried to go to the hospitals, many were denied care and left there to die.

As an Oromo, I am deeply saddened with what is going on in Ethiopia. No government should ever do such cruel acts against its own people. This is not a democracy!

The Ethiopian government is controlled by the Tigray people, who account for only 15 percent of Ethiopia’s population. The Tigray region of Ethiopia is one of the most successful — industrialized — due to the government supporting its own tribe of people. The Oromo people account for more than 50 percent of Ethiopia’s population, yet they are the most discriminated against. They are seen as being inferior.

I would like to raise awareness about what is going on in Ethiopia. I want to get some justice for my people. They have been treated wrong for many years, and it is time for them to prevail and be free.

Hawi Fantaye

Tampa

Mapping the Deaths of Protesters in Ethiopia (Global Voices)

Mapping the Deaths of Protesters in Ethiopia

 11 January 2016
Oromo protesters gather in Addis Ababa. Flickr image uploaded by user Gadaa.com.

Oromo protesters gather in Addis Ababa. Flickr image uploaded by user Gadaa.com.

Warning: Interactive map contains graphic and disturbing images.

Since the beginning of November 2015, at least 140 peaceful protesters have been killed in Ethiopia according to Human Rights Watch. Photo and video evidence suggests that most of the people were killed by bullets fired at close range.

There are also reports by Oromo rights activists indicating that at least 10 individuals died from torture inflicted while they were in prisons.

University students, women, farmers and school teachers have all been victims of government violence.

Among the dead, more than 70% are male students. Male farmers account for about 20% of the deaths.

The remainder are women. A seven-month pregnant woman along with her sister-in-law were killed while they were running away to escape arrest.

It was reported their bodies were discovered in scrub-land days after their disappearance.

Below is an interactive map created by this author with help from Oromo activist Abiy Atomssa. The map lists 111 people that have died during the protests in recent months.

We ask anyone who has evidence of the deaths or disappearance of protesters to contact us via editor@globalvoicesonline.org.

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Despite all evidence to the contrary, the Ethiopian government and pro-government commentators say the number of dead is around five people.

In a radio interview, the head of a pro-government human rights commission, Addisu Gebregziabher said for the sake of security the government was forced to use violent measures against protesters.

The protests began when the government made plans for the expansion of the capital Addis Ababa into land inhabited by the Oromo ethnic group, which accounts for almost a third of Ethiopia’s population.

The decision compounded poor relations between the Oromo and the government dominated by members of the northern Tigrayan minority.

The culturally distinct Oromo people complain of a lack of economic opportunity in Ethiopia and regular state violence against Oromo communities.

The Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) Statement on the Current Situation in Ethiopia

The Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy Statement on the Current Situation in Ethiopia

The Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy Statement on the Current Situation in Ethiopia

The current situation in Ethiopia is no longer tenable and unless urgent measures are taken it will bring unmanage-able chaos in the Horn of Africa worse than the current situation in the Middle East.
In 1992 and 1994, the Ethiopian regime declared an all out war against the civilian population in many parts in Oromia, Ogaden and the rest of Ethiopia creating humanitarian and human rights Catastrophe, hundreds of thou-sands were killed, detained, tortured or forcefully dislocated from their lands.
Today the Ethiopian regime is embarking on campaign to commit grave violation of human rights and suppression of all democratic rights it even recognizes in its nominal constitution. The Oromo people whose democratic rights were never respected and subjected to consistent human right violations massively are now being systematically uprooted from their ancestral lands around Addis Ababa under the pretext of development. Similar atrocities are being committed against the people in Sidama, Gambela, Beni-shangul, Amhara,and other states.
The current popular uprising in Oromia is not only about the Addis Ababa Integrated Master Plan or about Oromo land and Oromo people’s demand alone. It is also popular uprising against the habitual and vicious atrocities com-mitted against all peoples in Ethiopia. It is a movement to achieve in practice the full exercise of the self-determination, democratic rights and peace for all other nations and peoples in Ethiopia.
The Oromo people have challenged the EPRDF tyrannical rule and demonstrated their readiness and ability that change is feasible in Ethiopia. What stands between the aspiration for freedom and democracy and its realization is the unwillingness of the authoritarian EPRDF regime to submit to the expressed will of the people. Instead, the re-gime perpetrates flagrant human rights violations and fails even to respect and abide by its own constitution.
Due to the grave and real danger posed by the current Ethiopia regime to all peoples in Ethiopia, PAFD calls upon all the peoples of Ethiopia, and all political forces both at home and abroad, to rise up in unison against the regimes injustice and crimes.
Furthermore, PAFD calls upon all political forces struggling for a democratic change in Ethiopia to work for the fundamental change and convening of an inclusive conference, which would facilitate a way towards the establish-ment of a transitional order in Ethiopia that will respect freedom, democracy and the right of nations to self-determination.
The Alliance call upon the ruling party to stop its brutal use of excessive force and bid to the realization of the yearning of the people for peace, freedom and democracy, otherwise they will be responsible for catastrophe that will result from coming genocide against the peoples in Ethiopia.
In addition, PAFD calls upon the international community to condemn the flagrant violations of the Human rights of the all peoples in Ethiopia and send an urgent fact-finding mission to Oromia.
PAFD strives for a political change and for a just and genuinely representative transitional democratic political or-der in Ethiopia.
Issued by PAFD
January 10, 2015

Hubachiisa!! Xalayaa Tooftaafi Karoora Diinni Torban Dhufuuf Baafate (Oromiapress/ Facebook)

Hubachiisa!! Xalayaa Tooftaafi Karoora Diinni Torban Dhufuuf Baafate

Hubachiisa

Akkuma beekamu Oromoon gamtaadhaafi tokkummaan FDG gaggeessaara. Kunis qabsoon ummattin keenyaa gaggeessa jiru gara gulantaa haaraatti ceesiseera. Amantaan, lagaan, ilaalchaa siyaasaaf dhimmoota gara garan walqooduu dhiissuun madda cimina qabsoo kana ta’uun isaa iraanfatamuu hin qabu. Dabalataanis gumaachii odeefannoo walidabarsuu, gara OMNfi Facebookn gaggeefamaarulle meeshaa qabsoo keenyaa cimaadha. Gama keennaan kana haa jennu malee diinni keenyas rafee bulaa hin jiru. Halkaniifi guyyaa nuratti hojjachaara.

Torbaan darbee asiifi torbaan dhufus baldhinaan haala biiroolee ykb waajjiraalee hunda hammateen walgahii irra deebi’anii gaggeesuudhaaf qophiin xumurameera. Sababni walgahiin amma gaggeefamaa jiruufis:

1ffaa: Walgahiin torbaan lamaan dura gaggeefame galma yaadame akka hin milkaa’in qorannoo waajjira Dhaabaatti gaggeefame irratti waligalameera, Akka kallatiin isaaniif gooftaawwaan isaani obbo Abbaayi Tsahaayyee irraa itti kennameef jeequmsi kun ABOfi farra misoomaattu qindesse jechuudhaan akka hojjataan hundii irratti waliigalu.

2ffaa: Walgahii gaggeefame irratti gaaffiiwwaan gara garaa hojjattoota irraa haala qindaa’een dhiyaatan yaani mormitootaa olaantummaa akka argate kan agarsiisuudha. Kun immoo hojiin Dhaabaa waan hin hojjaneef miseensooniis raafamaartuu jechudhaan qorataniiru. Dhimma kana irratti miseensooni cimoon mormii isaani kan ibsani yoo ta’u kan hafan immoo biyyi diigamuudhaaf jechuun afaan guutaniis dubachuu sodaataniiru. Asi irratti dhimma nama gammachiisu miseensoota OPDO ergaa gubbaa itti kename dabarfachuuf sodaa guddaa keessa galaniiru. Maqaa hojjatoota mormii cimaa dhiyeesaniis kennuuf sodaataniiru. Faallaa kana garuu hojjatooni yaada ciccimoo ifaaf haala qindaa’een dhiyeessuudhaan kaayyoo isaanii fashalsiisaaru. Ajeechaan, hidhaafi tumaan waan daa’imman keenya irratti gaggeefamaaruuf nuti kana sodaaf falmii keenyaa irraa boodatti hin deebinu jedhaniiru.

3ffaa: Miseensooni OPDO toora isaani akka ifaan ibsan taasisuuf. Kana jechuun miseensooni OPDO hedduun ragaa kenuun, gaafiiwwaan cimoo ta’an dhiyeesuun ergama dhaabaa akka iraanfataniif yeroo amma immoo ykn toraa Dhaabbatichaa deeggaruun waltajjii gara garaa irratti sagalee isaani ol kaasuun dubbachuu ykn immoo farreen nageenyaa waliin hojjachuuf kan filattanis daandii nagayaa isiiniif hawwina jedhaniiru.

Karoora Torbaan dhufuu

1. Guyyaa Wiixataan dura miseensoota Dhaabaa kophaatti walitti qabuun waadaa seensisuu. Yaanni kennamu qabu baldhinaan akka ta’u dhimmota ijoo keessaa muraasin lubbu namaa dabarteefi qabeenyaa mancaa’eef gaddineerra. Haa ta’uu malee farreen nageenyaafi shororkeessitoonni jeequmsa kana keessaa harka qaban seeratti akka dhiyaatan dhimma kana tasgabbeessuuf tarkaanfiin mootummaan fudhate sirriidhaaf seera qabeessa akka jedhani miseensoota dhaabaaf ergamni kennameera.

2. Guyyaa Wixataa (2/05/2008) Waajjiraaleen hunduu hojjatoota mari’achiisu qabu jedhameera
• Walgahii irratti hojjatoonni gamtaan akka yaada cimaa hin dhiyeessine galma gara garaatti addaan qooduun mari’achiisuu;
• Hojjatoota armaan dura yaada cimaa dhiyeessan akka dhimma kana keessa hin gallee hiriyyoota isaaniin akka gorfaman itti himameera. yoo ta’uu baate rakkoon akka muudatuniis akeekkachiifni keessa keessa kenameera;
• Akka hojjattooni bilisaan yaada isaani hin ibsineef sodaachisuufi TV akka waraabamu murteesuudhaan akka qaama biraatti ragaan darbee hin kennamneef namoonni dhimma kana hordofan moggaafamaniiru
• Miseensoonni yeroo dheera fudhachuun akka yaada kennan mari’atameera.
• Ragaalee guutuu (maqaa, teessoo, bilbilaaf kkf) hojjjatoota walgahii irratti dubbatan dabarsanii kennuuf waadaa seenaniiru. Dhimma kana kan qindeessan hooggantoota waajjiraaleeti.
• Qaama biraa irraa hojjatoota waajjiraale kan hin ta’in namoonni muraasaa haala walgahiin ittin gaggeefame akka madaalaniif ramadamaniiru.

Dhimmoota kana yaada keessa galchuudhaan nuti maal? haala kamiin? Yeroo kam raawwachuudhaan karoorri isaani akka galma hin geenne gochuudhaan dhukkubbi mataa itti cimsina? Daa’imman, shamarran, dargaggoota qeerroofi manguddoota keenya bira dhaabanna? Yeroo murteessaa irra geenneerra . taayitaaf biddeena tigireen akka hambaatti nuuf kennitu moo, dhiiga lammii keenyaattu nuuf caala?

Gaheen keenya

• Walgahiin osoo hin jalqabne lammiiwwaan keenya kan mirgaa isaaniif osoo haala nagayaan falmatan mootummaan abbaa irree rasaasaan ajjeeseef yaadanna(kadhannaa) sammuu akka gaggeefamu gaafachuu, harka keenya ol kaasuudhaan mormii agarsiisuu,
• Hojjatoota waajjiraa keessani malee kan biraa akka isinitti hin makaminee gochuudhaan kan isaan akka hordofaniif ramadatan baasuu( ari’uu)
• Waan gaggeefamu hunda maloota gara garaan sagalees ta’ee vidoo waraabuu;
• Akkuma isaan yaadan , nuttis ragaalee namoota OPDO deeggaruudhaan dubbatanii fotoo isaanis dabalachuudhaan qabachuu qabna
• Yeroo isaan dubbatan hundi keenya itti gungumuudhaan rifachiisuu, itti kolfuu fi kkf gochuudhaan akka isaan yaada isaani hin ibsane taasisuu
• Hojjatoota yaada isaani mormu yoo dubbatan harka rukutuudhaan hamilee isaani cimsuu

Xumura irratti tokkummaa saba keenyaa diiguudhaaf yeroo ammaa ballinaan irratti hojjachaaru. Kanaafu hojjataanis ta’ee hooggansi biddeenaaf jedhee dhugaa jirtu jallisuudhaan isaan waliin shubbisuu barbaadu jiraanaan.
Lafeen gootota keenyaa kan dhimma kanaaf wareegamanii isin haa waraantu, bishaan isin dhugdan akka dhiiga isaanitti isinnit haa hadhaawu, foon isin nyaatan foon isaani kan rasaasaan rukutamee cite lafa dhayee isintti haa ta’uu. Garaaf jetani sammuu keessan hin gurgurinaa. Sababa kanaan saba keessanis lubbu keessanis akka dhabuu dandeesan yaadaadhaa.

 

Online Petition of Oromo Communities’ Association in North America (OCA-NA)

Online Petition of Oromo Communities’ Association in North America (OCA-NA)

During the last four weeks, the Oromo students and farmers are protesting peacefully against the land grab policy of the (EPRDF) regime which is evicting and displacing millions of farmers from their ancestral land all over Oromia region. However, Ethiopian government responded to the protestors by using excessive force—killed about 125, injured hundreds of students severely, and jailed and imprisoned thousands of protesters who are still languishing in Ethiopian prisons and hidden concentration camps.

Bekele Gerba was advocated and voiced to the world why such barbaric action has taken on innocent civilians and Oromo protestors by the minority led TPLF Ethiopian regime. Bekele Gerba is the Deputy Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress party and a widely respected peace advocate. He is a renowned voice for nonviolence, urging only peaceful forms of resistance to violent oppression in Ethiopia.  He envisions peaceful struggle as the preferred means for attaining democracy, unity, and justice. He has become a significant voice of this generation.

 

Online Petition To:

The United Nations

405 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

The World Bank

1225 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431

 

RE:     Brutal Repression of the Oromo People by the Ethiopian Government

Stop the massacre of Oromo people and suppression of human rights in Ethiopia

 

Dear Sir/Madame,

We, members of the Oromo communities in Diaspora, write this urgent letter to bring to your attention the atrocities perpetrated on the Oromo people in Ethiopia. At this moment, the Oromo people are under siege; schools are closed, normal economic activities are disrupted and the farmers are confined to their homes, which are violated and searched by government agents without legal warrants. Over the last four weeks, over 86 students, teachers and farmers were killed by armed government forces. Mass arrest are going on daily and the government is terrorizing citizens. We are deeply concerned by the eviction of thousands of farmers from their lands in the name development and for the expansion of the capital city, Addis Ababa (Finfinnee). We are worried that, if unchecked immediately, the current state-sponsored killings, mass arrests and evictions could lead to unimaginable human tragedies and extraordinary regional crisis. We are appealing for urgent intervention of by the United Nations and the global community before it is too late, to avoid what had happened in Rwanda and other places earlier.

The Oromo communities in Diaspora are organized in communities on all continents where they are legally settled over the last forty years. Many of them left their homeland due to political repression by successive Ethiopian regimes, including the incumbent Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Front (EPRDF). We, citizens and permanent legal residents of the countries in which we currently reside, have many close relatives who are daily suffering in Ethiopia. We feel their physical torture and sorrows; and we, on our part, endure immense psychological pain every day. For this reasons, we are obliged to bring their sufferings to the attention of the global community. To seek relief from the daily violent crackdown on the peaceful protesters in Oromia and other regional states of Ethiopia.  The Oromo Communities’ Association in North America is a non-profit organization established to serve the Oromo Diaspora and advocate for the human rights of all Oromos and other peoples in Ethiopia.

During the last four weeks, Oromo students have peacefully demonstrated at their schools and on their college campuses. They came out on streets to express their opposition to the Addis Ababa Master Plan which the government is implementing aggressive against wide-spread opposition form the people. The students and farmers are protesting peacefully against the land grab policy of the (EPRDF) regime which is evicting and displacing millions of farmers all over the country. The current protests are reignited when the government announced its intention to implement the Master Plan at any cost. The plan proposes the annexation of Oromo towns and farm lands surrounding the capital city. Oromo student protesters reject this plan because it was prepared in total secrecy, and is now imposed on the people without their consent. The current round of peaceful protest started by elementary and high school students in a small district called Grinch on November 12, 2015. Since then, it has spread to other elementary schools, high schools and universities across the State of Oromia. Parents, farmers, factory workers, medical professionals and merchants have joined the protest.

The Oromia regional state, which endorses the controversial master Plan, is a puppet political institution that is filled with individuals who are serving the ruling political party, particularly the dominant Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). The regional state does not have any power or legitimacy outside the support it enjoys form its creators, the TPLF. But it does the dirty work for the ruling party by harassing and killing the Oromo people, and by collaborating with the Tigray-led army.  Student protesters and their parents are left without any support. For the Oromo people, the proposed urban master plan presents severe political, economic, cultural, social and environmental disasters.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the students and farmers are opposing the Addis Ababa Master Plant peacefully. A year ago, when the Oromo came out to oppose the controversial Master Plan, the Ethiopian government used excessive force—killed at least 78 people, injured hundreds of students severely, and jailed and imprisoned thousands of protesters who are still languishing in Ethiopian prisons and hidden concentration camps. Many students who survived the violence fled the country and went into exile to escape the repression. Despite the massive opposition, the government has arrogantly continued to implement the controversial master plan, which is displacing thousands of Oromo farmers from their ancestral lands and sacred groves around Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) and other places. The Oromo perceive this eviction policy as prelude to exterminate them by destroying their culture, history, language and land.

In response to the protests, the Ethiopian government has unleashed its armed forces throughout Oromia on unarmed students and citizens who are protesting peacefully against the Master Plan. Armed forces are firing live ammunition against unarmed people, killing and maiming them. Children as young as 8 year olds, women and elderly parents are among the murdered victims. Over 85 people have been killed so far and the number of casualties is rising. Thousands are being mercilessly beaten and herded into prisons. Federal armed forces are raiding university dormitories and private homes, and savagely beating and killing unarmed people. The Ethiopian government and its armed and security forces are committing the most heinous crimes against defenseless school children in all parts of Oromia and beyond. The peaceful protests involve elementary, high school and university students.  Students in Western and Eastern Wellega, Iluu Abba Boor, and Jimma; the central region of Shawa; Arsi, Bale and Hararge in the east; and Borana and Gujii zones in the south are participating in the protests actively. Parents of the students—farmers, workers, elementary and school teachers, and university lecturers have joined youth protesters. The people are facing violent government crackdown every day. The heavy-handed, excessive use of force has resulted in the death of at least eight five victims and critical injuries of hundreds of peaceful people. Thousands of students are taken into custody and facing torture and death.  Because of the government’s draconian press laws and criminalization of independent media, it is difficult to account for all victims of this brutal crackdown at this moment. But we have received credible reports of the death of the following students, teachers and farmers:

 

  1. Gezahegn Oliqa, University of Haramaya, murdered on December 1, 2015.
  1. Gutu Abera Dheressa, High School student, Guliso, Western Wellega, killed on December 2, 2015.
  1. Karrasa Chala, Guliso, Western Wellega, killed on December 2, 2015.
  1. Dabala Tafa Roba, Chancho, North of Addis Ababa, killed on December 2, 2015.
  1. Dajane Sarbessa, High School student, Tole, Western Shewa, killed on December 3, 2015.
  1. Muftah Junedi, High School student, Badano, Western Hararge, killed on December 5, 2015.
  1. Muraddin (Murad) Abdi Ibrahim, High School student, Haramaya, Eastern Hararge, killed on December 7, 2015.
  1. Bekele Soboka, High School student, Ada’a Barga, Western Shawa, killed on December 8, 2015.
  1. Bebele Seyfu, High sShool students, Inchini, Western Shawa, killed on December 8, 2015.
  1. Ebbissa Mebratu Bucho, father of four, Finchaa, Eastern Wallaga, killed on December 8, 2015.
  1. Habtamu Milkesa, 26 years old.
  1. Girma Xiruneh Saaqqataa, 34 , Mendi, Western Wallaga.
  1. Immiruu Nagawoo Jimmaa, 42, Western Wallaga.
  1. Shifarra Girma Sanbata, 23, teacher, Gindabarat , Western Shawa.
  1. Sajin Cala Fiqadu Abdata, 25, Eastern Wallaga.
  2. Dajane Fayisa Xaafa, 32, Sabbata, Central Shawa, near Addis Ababa.
  1. Komsisa Dhuguma Milkeessa, 23, Ambo, Western Shawa.
  2. Gammachu Tariku Ijjigu, 23, Qellem, Western Wallagga.
  1. Bekuma Tadese Sande, 23, Naqamte, Eastern Wallaga.
  1. Tasfaye Abate Damise, 32, Gindabarat, Western Shawa.
  1. Warqu Tariku JIren, 22, Manasibuu, Western Wallagga.
  1. Tamtime Bayane Nagari, 22, East Wallagga.
  1. Honiyaa Bushee, student, Admas University.
  1. Dajane Balay Magarsa, 28, teacher, Gindabarat, Western Shawa.
  1. Tadase Nagawo Gammada, 30, Gindabarat, Western Shawa.
  1. Abdi Tariku Irreessaa, 20, Giddaami, Qellem, Western Wallaga.
  1. Biniyam Rata Ijersa, 23, North Shawa.
  1. Addunyaa Waqjira Gutata, 31, Eastern Wallega.
  1. Bakkalcha Quufaa Beenya, 48, Arsi.
  1. Tolasa Badhadha Dabare, 25, 3rd Year student, Rift Valley University.
  1. Baru Ashuga Tuuchee, 23, Laloo, Qellem, Western Wallaga.
  1. Wagi Dabala Gadaa, 22, 3rd Year student, Ambo University.
  2. Abbomsa Akkuma Hundarraa, 28, teacher, Horro, Eastern Wallaga.
  1. Qabannessa Dhaba Ayansaa, 22 Ambo, Western Shawa.
  1. Makonin Gabisa Gaddafa, 25, Meetta Roobii,Western Shawa.
  1. Ebbisa, 21, Western Wallaga
  1. Gaddisa Mosisa, Jimma.
  1. Melkamu Tadese Biyo, 28, Yaya Gullalle, worker at Bole, North Shawa.
  1. Dawit Nagasa Wadaj, 20 Western Wallega.
  1. Ishetu Dhaba Nagawo, 20 Qellem, Anfilloo, Western Wallaga.
  1. Raggasa Dabare Guddisa, 20 Western Shawa.
  1. Abdisa Booka Tujuba. 26, Najjoo, Western Wallaga.
  1. Humnesa Badhasa Maqdasaa, 35 Ambo, Western Shawa.
  1. Taariku Boki Dabala, 24, Sulultaa, Central Shawa, Near Addis Ababa.
  1. Samson Abebe Tasama, 20, Gimbii, Western Wallaga.
  1. Baqqale Taresa Raggasa, 20, student, Ambo University, Western Shawa.
  1. Dhinsa Fufa Dirriba, 22, Ambo, Western Shawa.
  2. Daniel Tashome Tujuba, 25, Western Wallaga.
  1. Gammachu Marga Zallaqe, 23, Western Shewa.
  1. Nagasa Barsisa Dabare, 20, Student.
  1. Tsaggahe Bayisa Tufa, 26, Waliso, Western Shawa.
  1. Kasahun Mul’isa Mul’ata, 23, Road Construction worker, Western Wallaga.
  1. Takalign Bulcha Bayisa, 20, Western Shawa.
  1. Warqu Bayisa Tufa, 29, Western Shawa.
  1. Kusa Gizacho Amante, 28 years old.
  1. Bichaqa Buruna Adiga, 21 years old.
  1. Gammachu Tamiru Nagara, 22 years old.
  1. Baqqale Girma Tulluu, 27 years old.
  1. IIku Abona Makuriya, 24 years old.
  1. Sintayyoo Makuriya Gadaa, 22 years old.
  1. Kinfu Mokonin Tasama, 26 years old.
  1. Getinat Lammii Eyyoo, 26 years old.
  1. Biniyam Cala Garrasuu, 27 years old.
  2. Birhan Siyyum Sayila, 22 years old.
  1. Leelise Dirriba lnsa, 19 years old.
  1. Imabet Geta Baqqale, 22 years old.
  1. Gazzahany Oliiqaa, Horro, Eastern Wallaga.
  1. Guutu Abarra Dheeressa
  1. Karrasa Chaa
  1. Dabala Tafa Robi
  1. Dajane Sarbessa
  1. Miftah Junedin Bushura
  1. Murata Abdi Ibrahim
  1. Bekkele Sabbooqaa
  1. Eebbisa Bucho Finca’a

At this moment, as the protest continues, the government has escalated its brutal crackdown. Armed forces are roaming the villages and towns, forcing people to stay at home, disrupting their daily activities and starving them to death. Young men and women, the elderly and children are confined to their homes, which is violated routinely and searched illegally. Their properties are destroyed and their means of receiving information from outside such satellite dishes and cell phones are destroyed or confiscated. Thousands of innocent young men and women, community and political leaders are arrested. The while the Oromo people are dying while the government is refusing determined to silence any sign of dissent.

The Oromo, peaceful and generous people—the creators of the gadaa system, a genuinely democratic system of government, a remarkable contribution to humanity—are dying in the hands of a brutal regime. These defenseless people need and deserve the support of the international community. We understand that what happens to the Oromo people in Ethiopia does not make the headline news in United States. But the Oromo are very important people. They occupy the largest region in Ethiopia, both in terms of population size and land mass. Their land is endowed with rich natural and mineral resources and serves as the backbone of the Ethiopian economy. The well-being of the Oromo society guarantees the stability and peace in the Horn of Africa. We humbly warn that there is a substantial risk in ignoring the sufferings of such a large population in the Horn of Africa, and its growing Diaspora communities. The situation in Ethiopia is getting worse every day. Neglecting them and destruction of the Oromo society will definitely contribute to larger political, economic, social and security crises that will threaten regional and global peace. Saving them saving peace in the region.

The Ethiopian government is directly responsible for the loss of life and looming crises. It should be forced to account for the atrocities against young people. The global community should not ignore the undemocratic and brutal practices of an authoritarian-terrorist regime.

We, members of the Oromo communities in Diaspora appeal to:

  • The United Nations and the global community to end tragedy immediately.
  • The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to stop funding the Ethiopian regime which is utilizing financial assistance to evict farmers and inflict death on families.
  • The United States government and the European Union to stop economic and military assistance to Ethiopia.
  • The governments of Australia, Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom and all nations to stop supporting the government of Ethiopia until stops its brutal acts immediately.

We request the global community to:

  1. Condemn the brutal acts of the Ethiopian government, and ensure these acts stop immediately.
  2. Advises the US business community to limit or divest all investment projects from Ethiopia until the government ceases its violent behavior and treats citizens fairly and resolves differences peacefully.
  3. Condemn the violence and use political and diplomatic means to change the behavior of the Ethiopian government.
  4. Immediately stop the implementation of the controversial Addis Ababa Master Plan.
  5. Pressure the regime to release all political prisoners (including students and other protesters detained recently or earlier).
  6. Pressure the Ethiopian government to establish an independent commission to thoroughly investigate the killings, arrests and destruction of properties and bring the criminal perpetrators to justice swiftly.
  7. Demand the Ethiopian government pay adequate compensations to the families who lost relatives and property due to criminal acts of government forces.

Sincerely,

 

Oromo Communities’ in North America and their friends

 

Copies to:

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

The United States Government

The White House

https://www.whitehouse.gov/

 

The European Union

The African Union

The Government of Canada

The Government of Germany

Amnesty International

The Human Rights Watch

 

For more background information and media coverage, please refer to the following sources:

Amnesty International, “Because I am Oromo: Sweeping Repression in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia” at https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr25/006/2014/en/).

Human Rights Watch, “Yet Again, a Bloody Crackdown on Protesters in Ethiopia” at (https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/12/05/dispatches-yet-again-bloody-crackdown-protesters-ethiopia).

Deutsche Welle, “Outcry as Oromo protests in Ethiopia turn violent” can be accessed from (http://www.dw.com/en/outcry-as-oromo-protests-in-ethiopia-turn-violent/a-18912721?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf).

The Guardian, “Violent clashes in Ethiopia over ‘master plan’ to expand Addis” can be accessed from (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/11/ethiopia-protests-master-plan-addis-ababa-students).

The protests are covered in graphic details in Oromo and Ethiopian media networks which can be accessed from:

Finfinne Tribune, http://finfinnetribune.com/.

Oromia Media Network (OMN), https://www.oromiamedia.org/.

Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT), http://ethsat.com/.

Oromo Diaspora Solidarity Rallies documented by:

Finfinne Tribune, http://finfinnetribune.com/Gadaa/2015/12/complete-coverage-oromo-diaspora-ask-international-community-to-intervene-as-death-toll-of-oromo-peaceful-proterers-rises-by-the-day/.

Particularly heart-breaking funeral procession of murdered young protesters can be accessed at:

http://finfinnetribune.com/Gadaa/2015/12/funeral-processions-of-oromo-killed-while-protesting-against-the-master-plan/.

December 30, 2015

Online Petition To:

The United Nations

405 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

 

The World Bank

1225 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431

 

(Photo Credit: Mahafreen H. Mistry/NPR)

On the evening of Dec 23, 2015, Bekele Gerba, was at home, reading at his desk in the company of his wife and son when armed Ethiopian federal security forces surrounded his home, entered and searched his house against his will, and forcibly arrested him. His family and witnesses were told that he would be taken to Makalawi, an infamous high security prison where they could visit him in 24 hours. But they were not allowed to see him. The day he was scheduled to appear in court, he disappeared. Later, he was taken to a hospital where word got out that he had been beaten to unconsciousness during an interrogation at a military camp. He continues to be denied visitation. Right now, he is being held incommunicado, and we have grave concerns that his health is deteriorating.

Bekele Gerba is the Deputy Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress party and a widely respected peace advocate. He is a renowned voice for nonviolence, urging only peaceful forms of resistance to violent oppression in Ethiopia.  He envisions peaceful struggle as the preferred means for attaining democracy, unity, and justice. He has become a significant voice of this generation. 

His arrest late December was not his first. In August 2011, following a meeting with Amnesty International about Ethiopia’s human rights violations, Bekele was imprisoned, charged under the 2009 Anti-Terrorism proclamation and sentenced to eight years. Similarly trumped up charges are frequently used to silence any voice of opposition to the government. He was released in late March 2015 upon appeal, and upon his release, he was invited to the U.S. to deliver keynote remarks at an academic conference.  He spent a week in Washington, meeting with members of the diplomatic community. He met with Congress members, State Department officials, media outlets and human rights groups. He gave an interview to NPR’s Michele Kelemen about the lack of political space in Ethiopia and to Al Jazeera’s The Stream. Recently, he spoke to Al Jazeera about the Ethiopian government’s violent crackdown on widespread Oromo protests against proposed large-scale land takeovers that will displace millions of farmers.

For most of his life, Bekele was a professor of foreign languages. A few years ago, he declared that he could not simply witness the widespread and systematic oppression, ethnic persecution and grievances of his people, the Oromo, and the Ethiopian government’s merciless targeting and killing of the Oromo. Amnesty International reported, “between 2011 and 2014, at least 5000 Oromos have been arrested based on their actual or suspected peaceful opposition to the government.”  Dejene Tafa, the legal advisor to OFC, was also recently arrested, as was Addisu Bulala, Desta Dinka, Singer Hawi Tezera, Birra Gemedi, Hailu Adugna, poet Goshu Girma, journalist Getachew Shiferaw, young students Lomitu Waqbulcho and Hirut Tola, news anchor Fikadu Mirkana and many more. Right now, thousands upon thousands of civilians are being rounded up, arrested, tortured or killed by federal security for participating in peaceful Oromo protests.

 

http://www.cbc.ca: Winnipegger calls for funding cut to Ethiopia after nephew imprisoned amid protests

Winnipegger calls for funding cut to Ethiopia after nephew imprisoned amid protests

Government waging brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in Oromo, Amnesty International says

CBC News Posted: Jan 08, 2016 10:43 AM CTLast Updated: Jan 08, 2016 10:43 AM CT

Addisu Kello speaks with CBC Information Radio host Marcy Markusa in studio.

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A Winnipegger whose nephew was put in prison in the fall says Canada needs to stop funding the Ethiopian government, which is currently at the centre of a violent conflict and civil unrest in the Oromo region.

Activist Addisu Kello, a former Ethiopian refugee, said his nephew was kidnapped from his home on Nov. 27 in Ethiopia. Family members presume he was taken by government officials and put in prison, but they haven’t heard from him since and can’t confirm his whereabouts.

His 27-year-old nephew is one of a growing chorus of voices calling for an end to the Ethiopian government’s planned seizure of land and expansion of the capital city, Addis Ababa.

‘Money that is being sent to Ethiopia is being used in the suppression of the people, including the Oromos.’ – Addisu Kello, former Ethiopian refugee

Ethiopians are protesting peacefully in the streets of Oromo, “yet the government is using military and special forces to kill these people,” Kello said. Amnesty International has weighed in and characterized the conflict as a brutal crackdown against peaceful protesters.

In response to those concerns, Kello is organizing a protest at the Manitoba Legislature at noon on Sunday.

For Kello, the scene unfolding in his native land is a harsh reminder of his political past and the 10 years he spent in prison.

10 years in prison

He first served six years in prison in the late ’70s. There are similarities between the ongoing conflicts and those that inspired him and others to rise up in protest against the then-Communist government, Kello said.

“I was in prison in my life two times,” Kello said. “The first one was during the communist era from 1977 to 1982. I was set free — there was no charge.”

Kello was imprisoned again from 1997 to 2001. When he was arrested, about 15 soldiers arrived to take him away, he said.

“They surrounded the house and my two children, they were seven and 11, they were terrorized,” he said. “They put the gun, they aim at us ready to shoot. They searched the house and took everything.”

He was released after political pressure was applied by groups like Human Rights Watch, he said, and made his way to Canada, where other family members had resettled.

The conditions he and many others endured in prison were terrible, Kello said.

“You don’t get enough food. For the first three years, we didn’t have any visits from our family — our families didn’t know we were there,” Kello said. “After three years, they would allow our families to come only on weekends to visit us.”

‘Beating, torture’

Now, Kello worries the tight quarters, limited rights and lack of contact with the outside world are being repeated.

“There was beating, torture,” Kello said. “The first three months they do torture us to get information — who my contacts were, sympathizers of this movement.”

He fears his nephew, who has a wife and two children, is going through the same thing he did behind bars.

Canada is the third-highest donor to the Ethiopian government, Kello said, and he wants Canadians to know how some of those resources are being used.

“We want to make aware to the Canadian people, and government, that the money that is being sent to Ethiopia is being used in the suppression of the people, including the Oromos,” he said. “I think there should be a demand that the Canadian government [stop providing aid to Ethiopia].”

Kello hopes to rally the kind of political support against the Ethiopian government he once received to get them to release his nephew.

VOA Afaan Oromoo: Mormiin Barattootaa fi Uummataa Har’as Harargee Lixaa fi Shawaa Bahaa Keesstti Itti Fufe

Mormiin Barattootaa fi Uummataa Har’as Harargee Lixaa fi Shawaa Bahaa Keesstti Itti Fufe

Hiriira Mormii Xuuxxis, Oromiyaa

Magaalaa Finfinnee fi magaalaalee addaa Oromiyaa misoomaan walitti-qindeessuuf wixiname – ka jedhame Maaster Pilaanii Finfinnee mormuudhaan ka baatii Sadaasaa keessa Oromiyaa keessatti jalqabame mormiin barattootaa fi uummataa amma illee godinaalee adda addaa keessatti itti fufee jira.

Dhaadannoon hiriirtotaas maaster pilaanicha mormuu qofa otuu hin taane, “lammiwwan keenya hiriira mormii kana irratti humnoota mootummaan ajjeesamaniif mootummichi itti gaafatama haa fudhatu, kanneen ajjeesan seeratti haa dhihaatan! Kanneen kumaataman hidhaman haa hiikaman! Mirgi abbaa-biyyummaa keenyaa nuuf haa kabajamu!” kanneen jedhan dabalatee jira.

Godinaa Harargee Lixaa, magaalaa Asaboot irraa barataan dubbisne tokko akka jedhutti, “har’a ganama ennaa uummatni baadiyyaa gabayaaf jecha gara magaalaa dhufetti humnoonni mootummaa karaa irratti sakatta’anii ulee fi meeshaalee kaan uummatichi duruu hidhatu irraa hiikuu eegalan. Aarii sanaa irraa mormiin eegale walitti-bu’insa uumameen, humnoonni mootummaa dhukaasuu jalqaban.

Hiriironni immoo dhagaadhaan of irraa hari’an” jedha. Achuma godinaa Harargee Lixaa, aanaa Daaroo Labuu, magaalee xiqqoo Xuuxxis keessatti hiriirri mormii jiraattota magaalattii fi qonnaan-bultoota naannootiin geggeessame immoo nagaan xumuramuu isaa ka dubbatan, jiraataan magaalattii, “achii booda garuu, humnoonni mootummaa mana irra deemanii namoota hidhuu eegalan,” jedha.

Hiriira Mormii Asaboot, OromiyaaHiriira Mormii Asaboot, Oromiyaa

Shawaa Bahaa, aanaa Fantaalleettis har’a barattooti mana barumsa sadarkaa tokkeessoo fi sadarkaa lammeessoo Guddinnaa Tumsaa magaalaa Mataa-Haaraa keessatti uummata waliin hiriira bahan.

Guyyaan har’aa ayyaana Gannii waan ta’eef manni-barnoota cufamullee, akka jiraattoti jedhanitti guyyichi gabayaa waan taheef uummat hedduu tu hiira bahe.

Gaaffiilee ummataa gaafate jedhan keessaa “maaster pilaaniin haa dhaabbatuu,laftii seera malee ummata Karrayyuu irraa warra ollaatii kennamte haa deebi’u,qawween seera malee nama irraa guuramte haa deebi’u,abbummaan Warshaa Sukkaaraa Mataa-Haaraa ummata Karrayyuuf haa mirkanaa’u” kanneen jedhanii fi kana fakkaatan tu ture.

Guutummaa qophii keenyaa dhaggeeffadhaa

Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa: Hidhaa fi Ajjeechaan Furmaata Hin Ta’u, Qabsoo Uummataas Boodatti Hin Deebisu

Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa: Hidhaa fi Ajjeechaan Furmaata Hin Ta’u, Qabsoo Uummataas Boodatti Hin Deebisu

Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa

Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa

Namoo Daandii
VOA Afaan Oromoo

“Maaster Pilaaniin Finfinnee akka waan hin raggaasisamiinitti aangawoonni mootummaa dubbatan iyyuu karaa adda addaa hojii irra oolfamaa jira. Labsiin fooyyaa’ina bulchiinsa magaalaalee Oromiyaa Caffee Oromiyaatiin bahes harka lafa jalaatiin karooricha hojii irra oolchuuf kan hojjetame” ka mormii isaa dhageessisaa ture, Koongiresiin Federaalawa Oromoo, hiriirawwan mormii walakkeessa baatii Sadaasaa tii jalqabee guutummaa Oromiyaa keessaatti geggeessamaa jiru irratti lakkoobsi namoota ajjeesamanii dhibba tokko caalee jira, jedha.

Hoogganoonni paartichaa dhibba keessaa harka shantama ta’an akka hidhamanii jiran ka dubbatan, dura-taa’aan paartichaa, Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa, “mormitoota qabsoo karaa nagaatti bobba’anii jiran guuranii hidhuun furmaata ta’uu hin danda’u. Hoogganoonni keenya hidhamuun dhaaba keenya irratti miidhaa qaba. Garuu, kun qabsoo karaa nagaa irraa boodatti nu hin deebisu. Uummatni keenya kaka’umsa mataa isaatiin mirga ofii falmachuu jalqabe immoo, nuti hidhamnes dhiisnes boodatti hin deebi’u.” jedhu.

Gaaffii fi deebii Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa waliin geggeessame guutummaa isaa dhaggeeffadhaa

http://www.voaafaanoromoo.com/audio/3135674.html

HRW: Arrest of Respected Politician Escalating Crisis in Ethiopia

Human Rights Watch

JANUARY 7, 2016

Dispatches: Arrest of Respected Politician Escalating Crisis in Ethiopia

Felix HorneFelix HorneResearcher, Horn of Africa@felixhorne1

Over the past eight weeks, Ethiopia’s largest region, Oromia, has been hit by a wave of mass protests over the expansion of the municipal boundary of the capital, Addis Ababa. The generally peaceful protests were sparked by fears the expansion will displace ethnic Oromo farmers from their land, the latest in a long list of Oromo grievances against the government.

Bekele Gerba in Washington DC, December 2015.

Bekele Gerba in Washington DC, August 2015.

© 2015 Bonnie Holcomb

Security forces have killed at least 140 protesters and injured many more, according to activists, in what may be the biggest crisis to hit Ethiopia since the 2005 election violence.

The crisis has taken another worrying turn: on December 23, the authorities arrested Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Oromia’s largest legally registered political party. There had been fears he would be re-arrested as the government targets prominent Oromo intellectuals who they feel have influence over the population. He was first taken to thenotorious Maekalawi prison, where torture and other ill-treatment are routine. The 54-year-old foreign language professor was reportedly hospitalized shortly after his arrest but his whereabouts are now unknown, raising concerns of an enforced disappearance. Other senior OFC leaders have been arbitrarily arrested in recent weeks or are said to be under virtual house arrest.

This is not the first time Bekele has been arrested. In 2011, he was convicted under Ethiopia’s draconian counterterrorism law of being a member of the banned Oromo Liberation Front – a charge often used to silence politically engaged ethnic Oromos who oppose the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). He spent four years in prison and was only released shortly before the elections last May. The OFC ran candidates but the EPRDF coalition won all 547 parliamentary seats, a stark reflection of the unfair electoral playing field.

Bekele is deeply committed to nonviolence and has consistently advocated that the OFC participate in future elections, despite the EPRDF’s stranglehold on the political landscape.

By treating both opposition politicians and peaceful protesters with an iron fist, the government is closing off ways for Ethiopians to nonviolently express legitimate grievances. This is a dangerous trajectory that could put Ethiopia’s long-term stability at risk.

The Ethiopian government should release unjustly detained opposition figures including Bekele and rein in the excessive use of lethal force by the security forces. They should also allow people to peacefully protest and to express dissent and ensure that farmers and pastoralists are protected from arbitrary or forced displacement without consultation and adequate compensation.

These steps would be an important way to show Oromo protesters that the government is changing tack and is genuinely committed to respecting rights. Without this kind of policy shift, desperate citizens will widen their search for other options for addressing grievances.

በ28 ጥገኝነት ጠያቂ ኦሮሞዎችን ጉዳይ የመንግሥታቱ ድርጅት የስደተኞች ጉዳይ ከፍተኛ ኮሚሽነር – ዩኤንኤችሲአር የኬንያ ቅርንጫፍ መሥሪያ ቤት ጣልቃ በመግባት ጉዳያቸው በጥልቀት እንዲታይ እና ለአንድ ሣምንት እንዲራዘም ጠየቁ!

ኬንያ ያሉ ኦሮሞ ጥገኝነት ጠያቂዎች መብት እንዲከበር የመንግሥታቱ ድርጅት ጠየቀ


አንድ ሴት በኬንያው ዳጋሃሌ ዳዳብ የስደተኞች ሠፈር በሚገኘው የተባባሩት መንግሥታት የስደተኞች ጉዳይ ከፍተኛ ኮሚሽነር - ዩኤንኤችሲአር ቢሮ ውስጥ[ ፎቶ ሮይተርስ/REUTERS]ፋይል/

አንድ ሴት በኬንያው ዳጋሃሌ ዳዳብ የስደተኞች ሠፈር በሚገኘው የተባባሩት መንግሥታት የስደተኞች ጉዳይ ከፍተኛ ኮሚሽነር – ዩኤንኤችሲአር ቢሮ ውስጥ[ ፎቶ ሮይተርስ/REUTERS]ፋይል/

ሰሜን ኬንያ ውስጥ ተይዘው በፖሊስ ቁጥጥር ሥር ያሉት ጥገኝነት ፈላጊ የኢትዮጵያ ዜጎች መብታቸው እንዲከበር ኬንያ የሚገኘው የመንግሥታቱ ድርጅት የስደተኞች ጉዳይ ከፍተኛ ኮሚሽነር ቅርንጫፍ ጠየቀ።

ጉዳያቸው ዛሬ ፍርድ ቤት ሊቀርብ የነበረውን 28 ጥገኝነት ጠያቂ ኦሮሞዎችን ጉዳይ የመንግሥታቱ ድርጅት የስደተኞች ጉዳይ ከፍተኛ ኮሚሽነር – ዩኤንኤችሲአር የኬንያ ቅርንጫፍ መሥሪያ ቤት ጣልቃ በመግባት ጉዳያቸው በጥልቀት እንዲታይ እና ለአንድ ሣምንት እንዲራዘም መጠየቁን የድርጅቱ ቃል አቀባይ ዱክ ምዋንቻ ለአሜሪካ ድምጽተናግረዋል።

ባለፈው ሳምንት መጨረሻ በኬንያ 25 ጥገኝነት ጠያቂዎችን ለኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት አሳልፋ ሰጥታለች የሚለውንም ዜና የኬንያ መንግሥት አስተባብሏል።

ዩኤንኤችሲአር ባወጣው መግለጫ፣ ቁጥራቸዉ 28 የሚደርስ የኦሮሞ ተማሪዎች በሰሜን ኬንያ ማርሳቢት አካባቢ ታስረዉ እንደሚገኙ ገልጿል።

ዳዳብ በሰሜን ኬንያ የሚገኝ ከዓለም ትልቁ የስደተኞች ካምፕ ነው

ዳዳብ በሰሜን ኬንያ የሚገኝ ከዓለም ትልቁ የስደተኞች ካምፕ ነው

ተማሪዎቹ ወደ ኬንያ ተሰደዉ ጥገኝነት ለመጠየቅ ሲጠባበቁ የኬንያ ፖሊስ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ መልሶ ለማባረር ቁጥጥር ሥር እንዳዋላቸዉ ታውቋል። በዚህም መሰረት የዓለም አቀፋ የስደተኞች ድርጅት ኬንያ ቅርንጫፍ ጣልቃ ገብቶ ጉዳያቸዉን ለፍርድ ቤት ለማቅረብ ሳምንት ጊዜ እንዲሰጠዉ የኬንያን መንግስት መጠየቁን ቃል አቀባዩ ዱክ ምዋንቻ ለቪኦኤ ተናግረዋል።

“ይህንን ጉዳይ ለሳምንት እንዲቆይ ጠይቀናል። ምክንያቱም ጉዳዩን በጥልቀት እንድናይ፣ የህግ ባለሞያዎቻችንም ለጥገኝነት ፈላጊዎቹ እንድንልክ ግዜ ለማግኘት ነዉ” ብለዋል።

አክለውም፣ “ስደተኞችን በእንደዚህ አይነት ቦታ ተክተዉ ለመብታቸዉ የሚቆሞም የስደተኞች አካል በኬንያ ወይም እንደ(Refugee Consortium of Kenya) በመባል የሚታወቁ ድርጅቶችን ወደ ቦታዉ እንልካለን” በማለት መልስ ለቪኦኤ ሰጥተዋል።

ባለፈዉ ሳምንት ኬንያ ስደተኞችን ለኢትዮጵያ ኢሚግሬሽን አሳልፋ ሰጠች የተባለዉንም ጉዳይ ለኬንያ የስደተኞች ጉዳይ ቢሮ (Department of Refugee Affairs/DRA) አቅርበን የናይቢሮዉ ቃል አቀባይ ስታንሊ ኛሌ ስለ ጉዳዩ ለጊዜዉ አስታያየት መስጠት አልችልም ብለዋል። ነገር ግን ቢሮዉ ናይሮቢ ላለዉ የስደተኞች ድርጅት (UNHCR) ቅርንጫፍ መስሪያ ቤት ኬንያ ስደተኞችን አልመለሰችም በማለት አስተባብለዋል ።

“ለመንግስት ባለስልጣናት ስለዚህ ሁኔታ አንስተንላቸዉ ነበር ነገር ግን አስተባብለዋል። እኛ ደግሞ የምንመሰረተዉ ከመንግስት በምናገኘዉ መረጃ ነዉ በቂ መሳርያ በሁሉም የሃገሪቱ ቦታዎች ስላላቸዉ። ይህንን ጉዳይ በትክክል ‘ይህ ነዉ’ ማለት ባንችልም እዉነቱ ጋር ለመድረስ በራሳችን በኩል ጥናት እያደረግን ነው። ከመንግስት ያገኘነው መረጃ ግን ይህ ነገር በርግጥ አለመከሰቱን ነዉ። በአሁኑ ግዜ በእጃችን ያለዉ መረጃ በማርሳቢት አካባቢ ታስረዉ ስላሉት 28 የኦሮሞ ወጣቶች ነዉ። የእነርሱንም ጉዳይ ለመከታተል የአንድ ሳምንት ጊዜ ጠይቀናል” ብለዋል።

በቁጥጥር ይገኛሉ ስለተባሉ የኦሮሞ ስደተኞች ለናይሮቢዉ ኦሮሞ ማህበረሰብ መሪ ለአቶ ሸጋ አረዶ ዳግም አንስተን እስካሁን የጥገኝነት ጠያቂዎችን ማንነትም ሆነ ያሉበትን ሁኔታ ምንም አናዉቅም ብለዋል። በፊት ተያዙ የተባሉት 41 ጥገኝነት ፈላጊዎች አሁን 28 ብቻ ናቸዉ የተገኙት ብለን ስንጠይቃቸዉ በአካባቢዉ በቂ ለሰብአዊ መብት የሚቆሙ ድርጅቶች ባለመኖራቸዉ እንደሌሎቹ ሊመልሷቸዉ ይችላሉ በማለት ለቪኦኤ ተናግረዋል።

በተጨማሪም አቶ ሸጋ በማርሳቢት አካባቢ በተለይ በኦሮሞ ጥገኝነት ፈላጊዎች ላይ እየደረሰ ነዉ ያሉትን የሰባዓዊ መብት ረገጣ የዓለም ዓቀፉ ህብረተሰብና ጉዳዩ የሚመለከታቸዉ የሰብዓዊ መብት ተሟጋች ድርጅቶች መፍትሔ እንዲፈልጉ ተማጽነዋል።

ለአሜርካ ድምጽ ገልሞ ዳዊት ከናይሮቢ አጠንናቅሮ የላከውን ዘገባ ከዚህ በታች ካለው የድምጽ ፋይል ያድምጡ።

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