Monthly Archives: March 2017

UNPO held successful conference entitled: “Women’s Inferno in #Ethiopia”

(Advocacy for Oromai, 27 March 2017) #UNPO in collaboration with the People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) and Liliana Rodrigues MEP (S&D) held successful conference entitled: “Women’s Inferno in #Ethiopia“.

The successful conference hosted a variety of high-level speakers, discussing the degrading #humanrights situation in Ethiopia today, especially for those from #marginalised communities.

The conference placed a focus on how women from these marginalised communities, namely #Ogaden, #Oromo, #Sidama, #Gambella and #BenishangulGumuz suffer from multiple layers of #discrimination.

The speakers shed a light on the use of #rape as a weapon of #war, and the necessity to provide women with the necessary care to recover.


Meet ONN: Dr. Trevor Trueman Chairman of Oromia Support Group Speaks

(Meet ONN, 24 March 2017) Dr Trueman shares his experience in human rights with Ob Rundassa Eshete of ONN. Dr Truman also discusses about the agony and the surrounding factors of the Oromo freedom struggles.

UNPO Releases Report on Human Rights in Ethiopia

(Advocacy4Oromia, 17 Marach 2017) UNPO has released a report on human rights in Ethiopia, shedding light on the worrying situation of the Oromo and Ogadeni peoples.

While international partners tend to hail Ethiopia as an African democratic role model and a beacon of stability and hope in an otherwise troubled region, the fundamental rights of the country’s unrepresented continue to be violated on a daily basis.
With the support of major international donors such as the European Union, Addis Ababa increasingly prioritises strong economic growth, development and a high degree of enforced political stability at the expense of human rights and civil liberties.
Ethiopia’s economy has been growing steadily in recent years, boasting a small emerging middle class and receiving continuously-increasing foreign investment. The country is seen as a key ally by Western powers in the fight against terrorism and the regulation of international migration.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with a third of the population living in abject poverty and the country’s regime is also one of the African continent’s most authoritarian in character, cracking down mercilessly on those who voice dissent.
Those living in the Ogaden and Oromia regions are most vulnerable to the State-sponsored persecution. Protests in Oromia were violently repressed by the government since they started in April 2014, and continue to be.
“Jail Ogaden” holds thousands of prisoners of conscience in overcrowding conditions and unhygienic facilities. Rape is systematically used as a weapon by the government and local polices such as the Liyu Police, combined with other forms of torture. And those are just a handful of examples. 
As of March 2017, 300 people have died of hunger and cholera in the Ogaden region, because of the restrictions imposed by the Ethiopian government. Limitations on freedom of movement bars access to healthcare facilities and the trade embargo causes critical food shortages.
UNPO calls on the international community to play its role in safeguarding human rights by putting an end to the financial flows fueling the Ethiopian State’s oppression and intimidation of the most vulnerable among its population.
To view the report, please click here.

Ancient Oromian community upholds Gadaa traditions and leadership

(Advocacy4Oromia, 11 March 2017) This is special series on the Borana community in southern Oromia. Under a system of governance known as Gadaa, representatives from five royal lineages prepare for leadership. Each cycle lasts for eight years.

At the start of a new era eligible candidates are judged on physical fitness, wisdom and cultural knowledge. The election process which is done at night and in secret has given the Borana community a new leader.

CGTN’s Coletta Wanjohi shines a light on the newly elected leaders who seeks to defend the communities’ ancient tradition.

Be the change you want to see in your people

(Advocacy for Oromia, 9 March 2017) This is Oromo Youth from DC. They advocating for Oromia.

A 17-year-old girl stabbed to death by ‘obsessed lover’ in busy street

(A4O, Finfinne, 6 Marach 2017) A man ferociously stabbed a 17-year-old girl- named Naomi Tilahun, 17, in Mexico Square, around Wabe Shebele Hotel last Tuesday – in broad daylight in a busy street in Addis Ababa.

The attack happened when the victim was walking home, after getting out of taxi, in an area packed with people. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, allegedly stalked and harassed the girl, who is in ten grade at Bole Community School, for about a year, according to her friends.Friends said the person was going after her, telling her that he loved her, though she tried to avoid him.

Last Tuesday, 4 PM in the afternoon, the suspect started following her and trying to pull her clothes. When she raised an alarm, the accused pulled out a knife and stabbed her on her neck, according to witnesses. Only then a passer-by confronted the suspect who was trying to stab his victim for the second round.

The victim was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, Balcha Hospital, where she died.

The victim’s mother, Woizero Woinshet, interviewed by Tadias Addis, a local FM, said she raised her daughter as single mother. She said she was not aware of the assailant and her daughter was shy and timid who kept things to herself.

Sexual violence against women in Ethiopia rose to the forefront internationally after the October 2014 death of a minor girl, Hanna Lalango, 16, who was abducted, gang-raped and left for dead.

Various research indicate that gender-based violence and rape are rampant crimes in Ethiopia and linked its prevalence to male chauvinist culture, legal loopholes, the inefficiency of different agencies in the criminal justice system, and “a deep-seated culture of silence”,according to Rediet Wegayehu, a senior fellow at Humanity in Action.

In October 2011, an Ethiopian Airlines flight attendant named Aberash Hailay lost her eyesight after her ex-husband, Fisseha, stabbed her in both eyes with a sharp knife.

And there’s the story of Frehiwot Tadesse, a mother of two, who was shot several times by her ex-husband in a daylight in Addis. Since the first reported case involving Kamilat Mehdi and her ex-boyfriend, acid attacks against women have also shown a disturbing increase, Rediet stated in a Guardian article.

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