July 24, 2013 | Washington, DC
To All Oromo nationals and friends of the Oromo in the Diaspora,The Oromo Youth Self-Help Association (OYSA), in collaboration with other sisterly associations: the Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of Washington D.C. area, and the Oromo Studies Association (OSA), has organized a peaceful protest to be held in Washington, D.C., in front of the White House and the US State Department, on Friday, August 02, 2013 to request the US administration put pressure on:
OYSA/WWDO: We Are Oromos First Too! | July, 20, 2013
Oromummaa or Oromo nationalism has achieved successive victories and reached a higher level to mobilize the untapped Oromo human resources for a just cause – Oromo national movement that had been continuously and viciously attacked by successive Ethiopian regimes.
Even though Oromummaa has proved its maturity, firm stand, commitment and readiness to pay the necessary sacrifices back in Oromia, the recent minor retreat in the Oromo struggle has given the old empire builders in the Diaspora the courage not to accept the truth, just cause and strong Oromo nationalism. Instead they have wrongly convinced themselves that this would be a right time to rehabilitate and wage counter attack on Oromumma – which is altogether a futile attempt to begin with. Read more…
United Nations Human Rights Council
23rd Session, Geneva, Switzerland
June 4, 2013
Oral Statement: by Mr. Garoma Wakessa
Executive Director the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA)
Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention – Ethiopia
Thank You Mr. Chairman,
Human rights violations in Ethiopia are gross, are of all kinds and widespread. Due to the limited time allotted to this Oral Statement, I will focus on the most crucial components. Read more…
Ayyaantuu.com | June 02, 2013
It is to be recalled that Azeb Mesfine, mother of corruption, and widow of the former prime minister of Ethiopia has been openly and publically denying that the Meles family had nothing in their personal bank account. However, according to Celebritynetworth, organization that traces and exposes the official properties of political and other celebrities, Meles Zenawi’s networth is $3 Billion. This amount is a fraction of the resources that Meles looted from peoples of Ethiopia, particularly from Oromo People. The above figure does not include the networth of Azeb Mesfin (Mother of Corruption) & family. One can imagine how much money the TPLF gangesters had been accumulating in different official and secret accounts while millions are suffering from poverty and lack of food in Ethiopian empire.
Meles Zenawi Net Worth = $3 Billion
Meles Zenawi was Ethiopia’s former Prime Minister with a net worth of $3 billion. Before becoming a prime minister of his native country, Zenawi was the president Ethiopia in the nineties (from 1991-1995). He was also the chairman of Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the head of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) during the eighties. Taking the position of Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 1995 (until his death in August 2012), Zenawi heavily involved in the US’ War of Terror, helping to eliminate military organisations such as Al Qaeda. Furthermore, Zenawi received praised for his work towards a stable relationship with the African Union, playing an important role in improving continent’s position on climate change. However his leadership came under serious attack, as he was accused of abusing a string of human rights issues and repressing the freedom of press/speech.
Following a brain tumour operation in Brussels, Zenawi died contracting an infection on August 2012. He was 57.
Oduu Qeerroo, Finfinnee | Waxabajjii 01, 2013
Jiraattota magaalaa Finfinnee kanneen ta’an Oromooti jireenya nagaa jiraatanii fi sabboonummaa qaban humna ergamtoota Wayyaaneen adamfamaa akka jiranii fi hidhaa hin beekamnetti geeffamaa akka jiran gabaasi Qeerroo Finfinnee addeessa. Hanga ammaatti Oromooti maqaan isaanii argamee fi bakka amma jiraatanii irraa hidhaman keessaa gariin akka armaa gadiiti: Read more…
ULFO Press Release | May 24, 2013
The current ruling party of Ethiopia has intensified yet again its war of ethnic cleaning on the Oromo people. Lately, it has targeted Oromo communities in Eastern Hararge. The communities directly affected in the recent campaign include those who live in the districts of Anniyyaa, Jaarsoo, and Mi’eesoo.
This latest incident of ethnic cleansing that is being perpetrated against the Oromos in Eastern Hararge zone is a continuation of a grand design of the TPLF-led regime of Ethiopia to undercut the demographic weight of the Oromo and the territorial expanse of Oromiya. This design, one which its leaders in many occasions in such a blatant bravado have spoken about, is framed to fulfill its long-term political and economic objectives. Read more…
Human Rights Due Diligence: Land grabbing as a human rights violation – Both government and TNC are accountable
By Garoma B. Wakessa | April 12, 2013
Prior to the annexation of the Southern part of today’s Ethiopia (Oromo, Kambata, Sidama and others) into the Abyssinian heartland, the Abyssinians developed a communal system of landownership known as “rist.” The communal system “rist” applied to all Abyssinian lands. The “rist” system guaranteed an entitlement share to all the Abyssinian descendants (both male and female), and individuals had the right to use a plot of family land known as “rist” (Land). “Rist” was hereditary, inalienable, and inviolable. In all Abyssinian heartlands such as the provinces of Gojjam, Begemdir, and Semien (Gonder), Tigray and in the highlands of Eritrea, the major form of land ownership was the “rist” system.
When the Abyssinian King Menelik II declared war against the neighboring people of Southern Nations and Nationalities in the early 1880s to control the areas of the Southern Highlands of Oromo, Kambata, Sidama and Walaita and others, he had two major motives. The first motive was to establish ethno/national/racial hierarchy of Abyssinians over the people who were conquered. The second was to exploit human and natural resources in the conquered regions. After several years of bloody war in which more than five million Oromos and others were killed, Abyssinian forces gained the upper hand in 1889 and then controlled most of the southern highland regions. Read more…
The Saudi Weyane Ambassador says :”The Ethiopian refugees are Eritreans”
The weyane saudi amabssador is saying “They are Eritrean refugees that came from yemen, and they claim to be Ethiopians to get paper” Read more…
March 6, 2013 (Saudi Gazette) — Suddenly the Ethiopians have become the greatest danger to our society!
The issue of the illegal foreigners has been narrowed down to a single nationality. Nobody asked how the Ethiopians were able to enter our country in such large numbers. Nobody questioned how they were able to stay all these long years in the bottom of the valleys and the backstreets of major towns and cities without being noticed.
Furthermore, overstayers from various nationalities are seen in broad daylight along intersections of major streets and roads in the main cities without any action to curb this phenomenon.
We are, however, very fond of the following scenario: We become angry all of a sudden and then become quiet and pacified. The conditions have remained the same for many years with no one enlightening us with a radical solution. Read more…
HRLHA Appeal and Urgent Action
March 3, 2013 (HRLHA) — The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) strongly condemns the academic dismissals and suspensions of ten students of Addis Ababa University from their studies on February 21, 2013 upon their return to the University to resume their studies after a two-week break following the end of the first term exam. According to information obtained through HRLHA informants, this purely racial and politically motivated decision handed down by what is known as the discipline committee of the University was connected with the incident that took place in January 2013 between the Tigre and Oromo students. Various sources, including the HRLHA, have reported that the clash between the two groups of students was triggered when some students of Tigre nationals posted posters containing derogatory messages that aimed at the Oromo people. Read more…
February 1, 2013 (hrw.org) — The sudden death in August 2012 of Ethiopia’s long-serving and powerful prime minister, Meles Zenawi, provoked uncertainty over the country’s political transition, both domestically and among Ethiopia’s international partners. Ethiopia’s human rights record has sharply deteriorated, especially over the past few years, and although a new prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, took office in September, it remains to be seen whether the government under his leadership will undertake human rights reforms.
Ethiopian authorities continued to severely restrict basic rights of freedom of expression, association, and assembly in 2012. Thirty journalists and opposition members were convicted under the country’s vague Anti-Terrorism Proclamation of 2009.The security forces responded to protests by the Muslim community in Oromia and Addis Ababa, the capital, with arbitrary arrests, detentions, and beatings.
The Ethiopian government continues to implement its “villagization” program: the resettlement of 1.5 million rural villagers in five regions of Ethiopia ostensibly to increase their access to basic services. Many villagers in Gambella region have been forcibly displaced, causing considerable hardship. The government is also forcibly displacing indigenous pastoral communities in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley to make way for state-run sugar plantations. Read more…