Three Days Campaign to bring the Consequences of Land Grabbing and Human Rights Violations in Oromia and Ethiopia to the Attention of the European Union (EU)
Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium, 26-28 April 2012
Attached herewith Letter to the President of the European Parliament
The three days campaign, conducted in the cities of Brussels and Antwerp by members of Oromo communities in Europe, started on the 26th of April 2012 with a visit made by the Organizing Committee’s delegates consisting of Mr. Mulugeta Mossissa from the Netherland, Professor Mekuria Bulcha from Sweden, Mr. Tesfaye Metta from Belgium and Dr Alemayehu Kumsa from Czech Republic to the European Parliament. The delegates were received by Mr. Marc Jütten, Advisor for External Policies in the Cabinet of the President of the European Parliament, on behalf of the President Mr. Martin Schulz. During the meeting which lasted for an hour the delegates informed Mr. Jütten about the human rights violations in Ethiopia in general and Oromia in particular. The discussions with Mr. Jütten covered various aspects of human rights violations in Ethiopia with a focus on the large-scale land lease to local and international commercial farmers, the eviction of Oromo farmers from their homes and farmlands, and the situation of Oromo refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Read more…
April 30, 2012 (Ogaden Today) – Ogaden National Liberation Front forces have stormed into a military Camp Located in Godey Zone Of Ogaden Region , the attack took place late on Saturday as A reliable source told OgadenToday Press. Boodh-Caano is a locality near to Godey and is place where attack took Place, a resident in Godey Told Ogadentoday Press Reporter over the phone. The source said, Ethiopian Military members including the Liyu Police wounded and were taken to Godey Military Hospital while the fighting killed total of 22 on both sides. He confirmed three of ONLF troops killed in the fighting, also, ONLF captured the Camp and tool ammunition and weapons. Liyu Police are pro-government forces under the command of Ethiopian Military officers in the Region, and accused of human right abuses, but the Ethiopian Somali Ogaden Region Administration rejects the accusation. Read more…
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April 29, 2012.
How much TPLF media, notorious liar, is far from what happened in Gedeb Assasa town. Listen to both and give your comments.
Fitih – Amharic weekly (April 27) A man set himself on fire in Finfinne near Birbirsaa/Menelik square not far from Saint George church on Tuesday, April 24 around 5:00 pm.
Eye witnesses told the newspaper that the man burned himself putting petrol on his body. ‘I have nothing to eat’ the man was shouting while setting himself on fire the eye witnesses said.
The sources say that police arrived at the scene a few minutes later and took him to Yekatit 12 hospital. Fitih newspaper reporter says he arrived at the scene minutes after the incident and reported that he saw the charred shirt of the man and he was told that the people around him quickly put the fire out. Read more…
April 29, 2012, ADDIS ABABA (onIslam) – At least seven people were reportedly killed in a new wave of Muslim protests against a government campaign to indoctrinate their community with Ahbashism ideology.
“All what you see is a result of a long time oppression of Ethiopian Muslims,” Haji Abdurahman Sadiq, a Muslim community leader, told OnIslam.net.
Ethiopian police shot dead seven Muslims in Assasa town in Arsi province of Oromiya regional state on Friday.
Witnesses say the Muslim victims fell when Ethiopian security forces surrounded a mosque to arrest Sheikh Su’ud Aman on accusations of prompting “terrorist” ideology.
When worshippers tried to stop the Sheikh’s arrest, security forces opened fire, killing seven Muslims.
Scores of people were also reportedly injured in the incident. Read more…
April 29, 2012 | oromopress
The Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area organized an educational forum on human rights. Read more…
Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said Sunday that the attackers wounded nine people as they shot indiscriminately late Saturday at workers on the vast farm. The property is owned by Mohammed Al-Amoudi, an Ethiopian-born Saudi businessman who is among the world’s richest men.
He said that among the dead were four Ethiopians and a Pakistani national. Five Pakistanis were among the wounded.
The official said six of the suspected assailants are now in police custody and that it is still unclear why the farm was targeted.
The farm produces cash crops such as rice. Read more…
Jawaar Muhaammad irraa
(Dandeettii Ijoolleen Oromiyaa Waa Dubbisuuf Qabdu) | Ebla 28, 2012
Barruu Hubannoof dhihaatte
Bara dabrerraa eegalee gocha gidiraa mootummaan Mallasaa muslimootarratti raaw’achaa jirtu qubaqabdan. Waan ummata muslimaa muufachiisaniifi mormiidhaafis kakaasu gochuu eega jalqabdees barri marmaare. Waldura-dhaabbonnoon haala kanaan uumamte tun dhawaataan hammaachaa dhufuudhaan sadarkaa lubbuu namaa galaafachuufi dhiiga obboleeyyan keenyaa qisaasurra geessee jirti. Dhihoo tana naannoo Oromiyaa, magaalaa Asaasaatti ilmaan Oromoo shan tu wayyaaneedhaan ajjeefame . Haala haaraya maqaa amantiitiin mootummaan Mallasaa dhandhaarte kana jaarmayoonni qabsoo Oromoo geggeessaniifi sabboontonni keenya dammaqiinsaan hordofanii tarkaanfilee dubbii tanarra aanuuf nama gargaaran fudhachuudha qaban. Sababni isaatiis;
1) Qaamni hawaasaa tarkaanfiin mootummaadhaa tun irratti aggaammatte wayyabni yookin irra jireessi Oromoo waan ta’eef,
2) Humni namaa waldura dhaabbannoo tana keessatti hirmaachuudhaan miidhamaa jiruufi miidhamuuf taa’us Oromoo ta’uusaatin
3) Falmiin tun guutuu guututti biyya Oromoo keessatti taasifamaa kan jirtu waan ta’eef
4) Akka armaan gaditti laaluuf teenyu sababni tarsiimoo ( strategic objective) mootummaan dubbii tana amma tuttuquuf qabsoo Oromootin miidhuuf waan ta’eef Read more…
Makiyaa Abdullahiin | Ebla 29, 2012
Yaa barbaadaa kiyya dhagayi siifiin himaa
Waaniin sirraa dhoysu hin qabu inumaa
An tarkaanfii takka sirraa fagoo jiruu
Na dararan malee an nama dararuu
Ana duraa kaasaa qoree dhaa fi gufuu
Qulqullaa’uu qabaa karaan irra dhufuu
Hallayaadhaas cufaa kan afaan banattee
Qabsaa’aa akka keetii kumaatama nyaattee
Waa laaftuudhaamitii dubbiin daba haftee
Dhagay siifiin himaa eega nagaafattee
Aangoodhaaf bololuu kutaan walqoqqooduu
Gandaa fi amantiin firaan walbarbaaduu
Olola dharaatiin maqaa wal-xureessuu
Walirrtii bobbahuu hayyuu ifii xiqqeessuu
The Demand of the Muslim Community of Ethiopia is Part of the Overall Demand for Respect of the Rights of the Population from the TPLF/EPRDF Regime
OLF Statement | April 28, 2012
The Muslim community have been demonstrating for sometimes now demanding respect for their religious democratic rights for several consecutive Fridays. Their demand is part of the right of faith guaranteed for anybody. The TPLF/EPRDF regime has been trying to force the Muslims to adopt, against their will, a recent version of a negligible minority interpretation taught by followers of Abdallah el Habashi. The regime is doing this through an imposed Islamic Supreme Council (Majlisul A’alaa). The regime is harassing the majority believers who demand that the government should not interfere in religious affairs and that they directly elect their representatives in the Supreme Council. Read more…
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April 27 2012, According to eye witness report to Radio Bilal, Security forces shot and killed seven Muslims of Asasa residence in the town of Asasa, Arsi Zone, Oromia Region those who refused to accept the indoctrination of the Ahbash sect. The incident took place when security forces approached a gathering right after the Friday Prayer when security forces approached a gathering and attempted to arrest a Muslim individual and the people asked an explanation and without any provocation the security foresees started clubbing the crowed and opened fire killing three individuals and seriously wounded seven others who are being treated in nearby health clinic. The corpses of the dead were denied to be handed to the victims’ families and the town of Asasa is totally closed down. No individual is allowed to enter or leave the town. International medias like Al-jazeera covered the peaceful demonstration.
In another development, the border conflict instigated by the TPLF/EPDRF between Oromos in Wollega Zone and Benishangual people has inflicted deaths. 22 Oromos were killed and many more wounded this week. Some of the wounded are being treated in Nekemte hospital. Tension is mounting and the conflict site has been sealed off. In the same way about 200 Oromos were killed in earlier conflict. What makes it different this time is that the TPLF/EPDRF regime is openly arming any nation and nationality against Oromo in all directions. Read more…
Inteviews with three prominent Oromo intellectuals:
1. Obboo Jemal Ibrahim, a brilliant and charismatic Oromo political analyst, talks about ‘Who is Amhara?’,
2. Obboo Abbaa Caalaa Lata, one of the leaders of OLF, interviews on current Oromo Politics,
3. Obboo Ahmed Hussein is one of the founders of the OLF. Currently, he is an Oromo Community activist in Washington DC Metro Area. Ahmed Hussein was political prisoner for 10 years for his role in OLF during Mengistu regime.
|Obboo Jemal Ibrahim, Apr 25||Obboo Abbaa Caalaa, Apr 27||Obboo Ahmed Hussein, Apr 27|
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A protest demonstration against current land grabbing and Human Rights violations in Oromia is being organized in Brussels by members of Oromo communities in Europe for 27 April 2012 followed by a conference on 28 April 2012. You are cordially invited to join the protest and attend the conference.
Date: April 27- 2012 April 28- 2012
Time: 10:00-12: 10:00-18:00
Place: Rue Wiertz 60/ Wierzstraat 60 Nationalstraat 111 2000
Brussels, Belgium Antwerp, Belgium
Thousands of Oromos have been affected by the sale of large-scale farmlands in the name of investment placing the survival of millions at high risk in the future.
Let us join and appeal to the European Parliament and the member States to put pressure on the Ethiopian government to stop land grabbing and Human Rights violations in Oromia. Read more…
Dear All Oromo Community:
The Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of the Washington D.C Metropolitan Area has planned to organize a forum on human rights issues on Saturday April 28, 2012 from 3:00pm-6:00pm at OCO. The Guest speaker on this forum will be Ms.Ilona M. Kelly of Amnesty International USA’s individual at Risk Campaigner-Africa and the Middle East.
The topic of this forum is “The role of Amnesty International (AI) and its experiences in protecting human rights violations in Ethiopia in general and in Oromia in particular”. It is also envisaged that the presentation of Ms.Kelly will be followed by question and answer sessions. Read more…
April 26, 2012 LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor today became the first head of state since World War II convicted by an international war crimes court, a legal landmark observers say sent a clear message to tyrants around the world that their days of impunity are numbered.
Taylor, 64, was found guilty on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for sending guns and bullets to Sierra Leone rebels in return for so-called blood diamonds mined by slave laborers and smuggled across the border.
The verdicts were hailed by prosecutors, victims and rights activists as a watershed moment in efforts to end impunity for leaders responsible for atrocities.
Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone said Taylor’s aid played a crucial role in allowing the rebels to continue a bloody rampage during that West African nation’s 11-year civil war that ended in 2002 with more than 50,000 dead. The rebels gained international notoriety for hacking off the limbs of their enemies and carving their groups’ initials into opponents and even children they kidnapped and turned into killers. Read more…
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ADDIS ABABA, 25 April 2012 (IRIN) – A lack of awareness of the importance of skilled hospital deliveries in Ethiopia, cultural beliefs, and transport challenges in rural areas are causing a high number of deaths during childbirth, say officials.
Only 10 percent of deliveries take place within health facilities, according to the Ethiopia’s latest (April) Demographic Health Survey results. Nevertheless, the figure is a significant improvement on 6 percent in the previous 2005 survey.
Commenting on the results, Health Minister Kesetebirhan Admasu said: “About 60 percent of mothers who did not attend health facilities while giving birth do not see the benefit of delivering in health facilities, while the remaining 30 percent abstain from going there by giving culture and beliefs as their reason.
“That [the] majority of women did not appreciate the value of institutional delivery, calls for a concerted effort to educate women and families about the importance of skilled birth attendance and postnatal care.”
Many women prefer delivering at home in the company of known and trusted relatives and friends, where customs and traditions can be observed, according to a 2011 study published in the Ethiopian Journal of Health. Read more…