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Launching a Human Rights Organization in Washington Metropolitan Area

June 13, 2012

Oromo Torture Survivors are named “Giants of the Truth Speakers Project”. We have been recognized by many Human Rights Organizations, prominent leaders, writers, and distinguished scholars. To effectively continue giving meaning to our lives, we have decided to launch an Oromo Human Rights Organization in the Metropolitan Washington area.

We will brief the Oromo people in this region on June 24, 2012 about our accomplishments and about the need for advocacy in this important part of  the United States. By speaking truth to people of power, we managed to reach out to many Human Rights Organizations, religious organizations, educational institutions, politicians and ordinary citizens.

We would like to invite all Oromos to attend this historical day to advance the cause of the Oromo people through advocacy. We will continue to closely work with major Human Rights Organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UN Convention Against Torture, the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) – International and other Oromo Human Rights Organizations such as  Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA), Oromia Support Group (OSG), etc. Read more…

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Ethiopia Drafting New Diaspora Policy

Note: The Meles regime has encountered stiff resistance from the Ethiopians in Diaspora in recent months. His embarrassment started in Washington DC, when he was loudly called a dictator in front of world leaders and his boss, President Obama, who was in his White House office two blocks away from Reagan Building where the humiliation took place. Another humiliation, right after the first one, was his disinvitation from a scheduled speech in South Africa followed by a wave of demonstrations. The Ethiopians, around the world, are rather encouraged by these events, and chased Meles everywhere he travelled. The humiliations he suffered cannot be counted any more, the Arab satellite scandal, the reluctance of some investors, the intensification of struggle by Qeerroo in Oromia, the Waldeba in Amhara, Ogaden, Gambella, etc. He is reported to be, now, in Brussels’ hospital for severe mental instability. Read more…

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Repost: Join TASSC International in June to Commemorate Survivor Week

June 13, 2012 (



This June will mark the 15th anniversary of TASSC International’s June Survivor Week. We invite you to participate in our activities during the week, and to organize a local commemoration on June 26 in recognition of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. During the week, survivors will participate in a three day human rights training, visit Congress, speak on different panels, and vigil in front of the White House.

Schedule of activities for the Washington DC Metropolitan area include the following public events:

Tuesday, June 19: Rebuilding a Life After Torture

9 am – 5 pm, Catholic University, Pryzbala Center

11:15 am – 12 noon: VOICES OF SURVIVORS

Survivors will share their stories of rebuilding a life after torture.   Stories will highlight the pre asylum/ post asylum life, why torture occurs, and ongoing human rights violations worldwide including inside U.S. detention centers.

Advocates from torture and trauma treatment centers share experiences of guiding survivors through elements of the trauma story for the purposes of healing and social advocacy.


Repeat of the 1:00 – 2:30 workship.
Sponsored by Program for Advocates of Torture and Trauma (PSTT) with a Panel of Survivors from TASSC International

Wednesday, June 20: International Communities of Healing

Day of reflection for survivors of torture and International Communities of Healing.

Thursday, June 21: Justice for Survivors of Torture Read more…

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Israeli Leader to Deport African Asylum Seekers

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders South Sudanese and other African asylum seekers to leave the country.

June 13, 2012 (VOA News) – The leader of South Sudanese community in Tel Aviv says the recent decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deport 25,000 immigrants from Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and South Sudan is against the U.N. Charter on refugees and asylum seekers.

Simon Mayar said South Sudanese living in Israel are being threatened by Jewish hardliners to leave Israel or face trouble. Mayer said top Israeli officials are behaving as if they have never heard about the ongoing violence in South Sudan and border fighting between Sudan and South Sudan.

“They know exactly what is going on in South Sudan, because many officials, even the Israeli ambassador has been to South Sudan, so they know that [the South Sudanese] need more time,” he said. Read more…

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Taammanaa Bitimaa irraa | Waxabajjii 13, 2012

Dubbiftoota barreeffata kanaa jaalatamoo fi kabajamoo, hunda durseen nagaa fi nageenya isiniif hawwa! Mee kunoo hardha, mataduree kanaa olitti kaayame jalattin waa isiniif dhiyeessa. Isin immoo akka obsaan na dukaa-buutan abdiin qaba. Barreeffanni kun kanaan dura bara 2010 keessa mandhee ONA irratti bayee ture. Garuu, waan mandhee tana keessatti bawu warruma miseensota tahan qofaatu dubbisa. Amma akka abbaan fedhe martuu dubbisuu dandayuuf, dabalannii fi gulaaltiin erga godhamee booda kunoo isiniif dhiyaatee jira.

Dabaleesoo, yeroo amma kana waayeen impaayera bosobbofte sun, waayeen Toopphiyaa dimokiraatessuu faa namoota Oromoo kanneen qubaan lakkaawamaniin ka’eeti jira. Yaanni Toopphiyummaa kun akkuma eegee re’eetti, namoota keenya tokko tokko biraa hafuu hin dandeenye. Namoota kana keessaa gariin isaanii ganama-ganama OROMUMMAA fi WALABUMMAA galgala-galgala immoo Toopphiyummaa nuuf leellisu. Garuu, ee garuu isaan jaalatanis, jibbanis: na, si, isa, ishii, eekaa nuu fi dabrees uummata Oromoo guddicha warra sammuu keenya keessatti “OROMIYAAN WALABOOMTE MAXXANFAMTEE MULDHATTUUF“, bakki Toopphiyummaaf hin argamu. Oromummaa fi Toopphiyummaan wal-cinaa onnee fi sammuu keenya keessa jiraachuu hin dandayani. Kunis waan Toopphiyummaan: dandayee, dhiisee, obsee Oromummaaf of-cinaatti iddoo amma dugda indaanqoo wayillee hin kennineefi. Ganamumaa qabee, ee gaafa Habashoonni qawwee fi fannoon daangaa keenya, daangaa Oromiyaa cabsanii seenanii asii kaaseeti, Toopphiyummaan kan abbaa mancaasaa Oromummaa tahe. Read more…

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Protestors demand end of Ethiopian politician’s visit

June 13, 2012, Canada (Sidama Worancha) – A crowd of people chanted slogans against visiting Ethiopian regional governor Shiferaw Shigute Tuesday. He has been cited for numerous acts of corruption by his country’s own auditor. Shigute was at the University of Saskatchewan to discuss an agricultural partnership with the university.
The University of Saskatchewan should not be hosting an Ethiopian politician implicated in corruption scandals and the forcible removal of tens of thousands of peasant farmers from their homes, human rights groups say.

A group of 30 protesters from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta stood outside the U of S Administration building Tuesday at noon with placards and flags demanding the removal of Shiferaw Shigute.

“Saskatchewan university, send him back!” chanted the group. “Saskatchewan university, shame on you!”

Tom Wishart, the U of S special adviser on international initiatives, said he was not familiar with the allegations against Shigute, as the delegation arrived just a few days ago. He said the university takes such concerns seriously and the matter is being researched. Read more…

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Jailed Canadian a ‘significant irritant’ in Ethiopia relations: Baird

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird speaks to members of the media in Ottawa on April 24, 2012. (CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/QMI Agency)

June 13, 2012, OTTAWA (Toronto Sun) – A Canadian citizen languishing in an Ethiopian jail is straining relations between Canada and the east African country.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been the most high-profile champion for the release of Bashir Makhtar, an Ethiopia-born ethnic Somali who became a Canadian citizen in 1994.

Baird spokesman Rick Roth said Tuesday the minister “has made clear to the highest levels of the Ethiopian government that this case will continue to be a significant irritant in our relations.”

Makhtal’s family was in Ottawa Tuesday trying to raise awareness about the case they worry has fallen off the federal government’s radar.

Roth said Baird has spoken with both Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, and his counterpart Hailemariam Desalegn specifically about his case. Read more…

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