Monthly Archives: January 2015

Australia launches scheme to tackle domestic violence

Abused woman, stock photo

The new scheme will include a public awareness campaign to tackle domestic violence

Australia plans to set up a national scheme to address family violence and violence against women.

The aim is to establish uniform guidelines for prosecuting domestic violence cases across all states.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged the Council of Australian Governments, the peak inter-governmental forum, to reach agreement on a plan this year.

One Australian woman dies every week as a result of domestic violence, according to government statistics.

Mr Abbott’s announcement comes three days after a campaigner against domestic violence, Rosie Batty, was named Australian of the Year.

Ms Batty’s son Luke was killed in public by his father last February while playing cricket.

After her son’s death, Ms Batty emerged as an articulate and powerful advocate for the rights of women and children living in violent relationships, giving new force to efforts to prevent family violence across Australia.

Activists say Ms Batty’s ability to explain why so many women struggle to protect their children from violent partners helped make family violence a key campaign issue for all political parties in last November’s Victoria state election.

‘Terrible things’

Mr Abbott said at a press conference on Wednesday that Ms Batty’s advocacy had played a role in his decision to establish the national scheme. He said she was advising the government on how to make it easier for women to get help from the authorities.

He added that he did not want Ms Batty’s Australian of the Year award to be just symbolic. Rather, he said, she wanted “us to act as a nation to make a difference to reduce the scourge of domestic violence”.

Rosie BattyRosie Batty won Australian of the Year for her work as a campaigner against domestic violence

He said a national scheme would mean a domestic violence court order against an alleged perpetrator in one jurisdiction would hold in another. The violence should not be allowed to follow women from state to state, he said.

“I am a father of three daughters, and the brother of three sisters,” he said. “The last thing I want to see is violence against women and children.”

Mr Abbott said one of the issues that would be addressed was greater co-ordination between police, social services and mental health bodies.

The government would also consider launching a public awareness campaign similar to those launched to address illegal drink driving.

“If you are a repeat drink driver, you really have the book thrown at you,” said Mr Abbott. “But if you breach a domestic violence order, often there are hardly any consequences.”

“I tell you just because terrible things are happening behind closed doors doesn’t mean they are not terrible things.”

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-31014261

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Dr Martin Hill will be remembered for his ardent support to human rights in the Horn of Africa

Press Releases, 19 January 2015

Re: Great Loss to the Human Rights Community as Legendary Dr. Martin Hill Passes On

Dr Martin Hill

Dr Martin Hill

We are deeply saddened to hear the death of Dr Martin Hill, and we want to express our sincerest condolence to his wife and his family on behalf of the Advocacy for Oromia Association in Victoria Australia. Dr Martin was a long time friend and voice for the voiceless oppressed peoples of the world including the Oromo, and we greatly benefit from his support. Dr. Martin Hill passed away on Friday 9 January 2015.

Dr. Hill’s legacy at the Amnesty Secretariat office in London, as a researcher and a campaigner on the Horn of Africa in the human rights field for over 32 years, has many aspects. At sub-regional level where many human rights violations and suffering for the past three decades and lack of attention globally, Dr. Hill brought human rights issues and concerns in the limelight and earned the admiration and love of many people particularly Oromians, Eritreans, Ethiopians, and Somalis.

Dr. Hill worked with many voiceless people and individuals on the protection and promotion of human rights. Many of our friends particularly remember the first human rights defenders training for Somalis that Dr. Hill organized in 1997 in Kenya. He was instrumental in organizing sub-regional networks consultation meetings to the run up of the All Africa Human Rights Defenders Conference I 1998 and subsequently the global human rights summit in Paris in December 1998.

Dr. Hill will be remembered for his ardent support to human rights in the Horn of Africa. He inspired and mentored so many human rights activists who are now working with prominent human rights organizations around the world. He contributed to the fight against human rights violations and ending the culture of impunity in the sub-region.

Our thoughts are with his family and many friends around the world. The Advocacy for Oromia, a non-profit advocacy organisation working to ensure that the Oromo people’s rights and wishes are respected, extends its sincerest condolences to his wife, Dawn Hill and children. Dr Hill was a remarkable man, who made a difference in the lives of many voiceless people through his researching and campaigning activities on the Horn of Africa in the human rights field for over 32 years.

For more information: Advocacy for Oromia Oromia Press Release Dr Martin Hill
Advocacy for Oromia
19 January 2015

Great Loss to the Human Rights Community as Legendary Dr. Martin Hill Passes On

(Advocacy for Oromia) We are deeply saddened to hear the death of Dr Martin Hill, a long time friend and voice for the  voiceless oppressed peoples of the world including the Oromo. Dr. Martin Hill passed away on Friday 9 January 2015.

Dr. Hill worked at the Amnesty Secretariat office in London, as a researcher and a campaigner on the Horn of Africa in the human rights field for over 32 years.

I first met Dr. Hill in 1989 when he led the first Amnesty International delegation to Somalia during the period of military dictatorship. At sub-regional level where many human rights violations and suffering for the past three decades and lack of attention globally, Dr. Hill brought human rights issues and concerns in the limelight and earned the admiration and love of many people particularly Ethiopians, Eritreans and Somalis.

Dr. Hill was a friend to me and to my late uncle, Dr. Ismail Jumale Ossoble, (the only human rights lawyer who consistently defended prisoners of conscience in the dreaded national security court). Dr. Ossoble was a prisoner of conscience himself and was Amnesty International’s principle research contact in Somalia during the 80s and 90s. We subsequently established Dr. Ismail Jumale Human Rights Centre in 1996 and I co-directed the centre for 6 years starting in 1996 before I went into exile. During this period, I was the principle Somali contact for Amnesty International and I worked very closely with Dr. Hill.

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Dr. Hill worked with us on the protection and promotion of human rights for Somalis including a sign up campaign during the 50th UDHR anniversary celebrations where Dr. Ismail Jumale Centre was able to garner over 1.5 million signatures including first signature by the founding first President, the late Aden Abdulle Osman at his farm in Shalambood District of lower Shabale region, former Prime Ministers, faction leaders, and civil society groups among others.

I particularly remember the first human rights defenders training for Somalis that Dr. Hill organized in 1997 in Kenya and I was part of that training. He was instrumental in organizing sub-regional networks consultation meetings to the run up of the All Africa Human Rights Defenders Conference I 1998 and subsequently the global human rights summit in Paris in December 1998.

He also supported our research initiative during our initial mission, Africa Human Rights Defenders Project in the East and Horn of Africa while I was at York University. Dr. Hill was present as founding member of East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network in 2005 in Entebbe, Uganda.

Dr. Hill will be remembered for his ardent support to human rights in the Horn of Africa. He inspired and mentored so many human rights activists who are now working with prominent human rights organizations around the world. He contributed to the fight against human rights violations and ending the culture of impunity in the sub-region.

Our thoughts, and those of the wider human rights community, are with his family and many friends around the world. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project staff, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and the Pan Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, extend our sincerest condolences to his wife, Dawn Hill and children.

Source: http://www.defenddefenders.org/2015/01/great-loss-human-rights-community-legendary-dr-martin-hill-passes/

School Girl Killer

14-year-old Aberash was walking home from school when a group of horsemen thundered across the plain and kidnapped her. They beat her up, forced her over the back of a horse and took her to a hut where she was raped by a 28-year-old farmer. Only afterwards did she realise that the man who had taken her virginity by force now considered himself to be her husband.

In Ethiopia’s Wild South, when a man wants a bride he goes out and kidnaps one. It’s common practice for him to keep her hidden, raping her repeatedly till she’s pregnant. Then he can approach her family and arrange the marriage contract. Marriage by abduction has been going on so long that no-one can remember how it all began.

When Aberash was abducted, her older sister was already married by abduction, ruining her chance to run for her country at the Olympic Games. Now she lives with her husband and four small children in a tiny hovel from which they are scraping a living selling home-brewed liquor.

After she was raped Aberash thought about her older sister and made her mind up. She managed to steal a gun and escape. When her “husband” gave chase she fired in warning. He ignored her. Fearing for her future, Aberash aimed, fired and killed. She was arrested and charged with murder.

Now she is on trial for her life.

Aberash was the first girl to resist centuries of deeply-entrenched, male-dominated culture. The outcome of her trial will be crucial, not just for Aberash but for the future of teenage girls throughout Ethiopia.

http://truevisiontv.com/films/details/93/school-girl-killer

Oromo Voice Radio (OVR) broadcasts Oromia Insight program

Oromo Voice Radio (OVR) broadcasts Oromia Insight program every Monday for 15 minutes at 7:15 PM Oromia local time. This week Soreti Kadir,the host of Oromia Insight, talks with Afaan Publication founder, Toltu Tufa.

You can find more information about Afaan publication on http://www.afaan.com.au/.
Oromo Voice Radio broadcasts to Oromia on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:00 PM local time at 16 MB or 17850 kHz. Oromo Voice Radio is operated by Madda Walaabuu Media Foundation.

Oromia Insight will be launched on 5 January 2015

(Advocacy for Oromia, 3 January 2015) Madda Walaabuu Media Foundation will start Oromia Insight English program broadcast will be launched on 5 January 2015.

logoAccording to the Foundation press release the program will be aired every Monday for 15 Minutes from 7:15-7:30 pm Oromia Local time.

For the start Oromia insight program will be aired once a week and with time it hopes to increase the time and scope of the program.

MWMF’s Oromia Insight program is designed to address issues that impact on the life of Oromo people.

It broadcasts 15 minutes English Program every Mondays at 7:15 PM local time at 16 MB or 17850 kHz.

For more details 3 January 2015 MWMF.to start English program