Monthly Archives: December 2017
(HRLHA, Immediate Release, Dec 13, 2017) The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) strongly condemns the brutality of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front / Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (TPLF/EPRDF) Government’s military force who massacred 15 Oromo farmers who were harvesting their crops on 10 Dec, 2017 in Chalanko district, EasternHararge zone.
This comes after two weeks of the TPLF/EPRDF commanders restarting fresh attacks on Oromos living in border areas near Somali State in which over sixty Oromos were killed in two weeks- since the last week of Nov 2017 to the present- in Arero district (Borana zone), Cinakseen (Easter Hararge zone) ,and Bordode(Western Hararge zone). Currently the TPLF/EPRDF led Ethiopian government has deployed thousands of heavily armed military forces all over Oromia regional, state zones and committed extrajudicial killings, and detentions in Kelem and HoroGuduru, western Oromia zone, in Bale, Arsi, Guji and Borana in southern Oromia zones and in Ambo, Walisso, and Yaya Gullale Central Oromia, Shewa zones.
Among the recent Victimsof theTPLF/EPRDF military forces:
|#||Name||Zone/District||Date of Attack||Status|
|1||TajuYasy||East Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|2||AbdiSaliIbro||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|3||Mhamed Abdela||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|4||SaniYuya||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|5||AbdelaYisak||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|6||Abdumalik Uso||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|7||Haru Hasen||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|8||Fesal Yisak||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|9||Michael Abdo||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|10||Mumeadam Hasen||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|11||Tofik Abdo||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|12||Sali Hasen||Hararge/Chalanko||Dec 10, 2017||Killed|
|13||Sabaoy Haji Sani, (7th grde student)||West Harage/ Hawigudina district||Dec 7, 2017||Killed|
|14||Jamal Hasan (Milicia)||West Harage/ Hawigudina district||Dec 7, 2017||Killed|
|15||three people, no names||Borana/Moyale||Dec 7, 2017||Killed|
|16||Hasan Basaa||Guji/BuleHora||Dec 6, 2017||Killed|
|18||13 people||Borana/Arero||Nov. 24, 2017||Killed|
|19||Dejen Belachew||Shewa/Yayagullale||Nov, 23, 2017||Killed|
|20||Dirriba Hailu||Shewa/YayaGullale||Nov, 23, 2017||Killed|
|21||Girma Shifera||Shewa/Yayagullale||Nov, 23, 2017||Injured|
|22||Adane Tibabu||Shewa/Yayaullale||Nov, 23, 2017||Injured|
|23||Insa Megersa||Shewa/Yayagullale||Nov, 23, 2017||Injured|
HRLHA has expressed its concerns several times to the world community in general, to Western donor governments (the USA, the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden), governmental agencies (UN, EU & AU) in particular regarding the systematic and planned killings targeting educated Oromo men and women, outstanding university students, Oromo nationalists by the Ethiopian government killing squad, Agazi force which has been deployed by the government deep into community villages of Oromia.
Advancing its plan of systematic killings of Oromos, the TPLF/EPRDF government trained another group of killers, the Liyu Police in Somali Regional State, Eastern neighbor state of Oromia and deployed them along the border between Oromia and Somali State where they have killed thousands of innocent Oromo farmers-since 2011 to the present- invading the border Oromo areas. The well trained and armed Liyu Police led by TPLF/EPRDF commanders entered into the OromiaState territory from East and West Hararge, Bale, Borana, Guji Zones and killed, evicted, abducted Oromos and occupied some areas in Bale, Hararge, Borana and Guji areas permanently. Oromos and Somali are, respectively, the two largest regions in the country by area size, sharing a border of over 1,400 km (870 miles). The attacks of the Liyu Police on Oromos took place not only across the border, they also killed many Oromos living in Somali Regional State towns of Jigjiga, Wuchale, Gode, forcefully disappeared over two hundred Oromo business men and women and displaced over seven hundred thousand (700,000) others including women, children and seniors.
The 700,000 evicted Oromos from the Somali Regional Statepushed out by the government of Somali state have been deported to Oromiaand are currently suffering in different concentration camps, including in Hamaressain Harar town, Dirredawa and other areas. They are mostly without shelter, and food and are in poor health.
Sadly enough, these displaced Oromos did not get the attention of the TPLF/EPRDF government and did not receive any humanitarian aid from the federal government of Ethiopia and other sister federal states or from international donor governments and organizations in the past over six months. They depended only on their fellow Oromo brothers and sisters. The Federal Government of Ethiopia which highly depends on Oromia resources (about 70%) for its annual income has failed to provide even emergency funding to Oromos who have been displaced and chased from Somali Regional State leaving behind their all belongings. The TPLF/EPRDF government and the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), the member of ruling party, the EPRDF deliberately hides the suffering of 700,000 displaced Oromos from the world society, a move equal to genocide.
Based on the violations against the Oromo nation by the Ethiopian government over the past twenty-five tears, the HRLHAhas found that the serious gross human rights violations committed by the Ethiopia Government against the Oromo nation since 1991 to the present constitute crimes against humanity under international law. Crimes against humanity are certain acts that are deliberately committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack or individual attacks directed against any civilian or an identifiable part of a civilian population. The crimes against humanity act include: a) forced population transfers and deportation, b) murder, c) rape and other sexual violence, and d) persecution as defined by the Rome Statute article 7 of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the ad hoc international criminal courts.
The World community has witnessed in the past four or more years, since the Oromo mass movement had begun in 2014 to the present,that the Ethiopian people in general and the Oromo people in particular have suffered or are still suffering under the EPRDF government:
- Over4500 Oromos, from young to old, have been brutalized, tens of thousands have been incarcerated and other thousands have been forcefully disappeared during the Oromo protests and over 700 hundred were massacred on October 2, 2016 at the Irrecha Oromo thanksgiving Festival
- For the past 26 years, the world has seen that this Ethiopian government does not believe in finding peaceful and sustainable solutions through negotiations with opposition political organizations or in finding solutions for the grievances of the people.
- The EPRDF government pretends in front of the world community it is practicing democracy, while the facts on the ground show that the Ethiopian government is committing a crime, a systematic campaign against Oromos that causes human suffering, or death on a large scale-a crime against humanity.
Therefore, the HRLHA urges the international community to act collectively in a timely and decisive manner – through the UN Security Council and in accordance with the UN charter on a case-by – case basis to stop the human tragedy in Oromia, Ethiopia.
The international communities and agencies (AU, EU & UN) can play a decisive role by doing the following:
- Provide humanitarian aid to the displaced 700,000Oromos immediately to save the life of the people before it is too late
- Put pressure on the TPLF/EPRDF government to allow neutral investigators to probe into the human rights crisis in the country as a precursor to international community intervention
- Put pressure on the Ethiopian government to release all political prisoners in the country
- Intervene to stop crimes against humanity by the Ethiopian military force using the principles of R2P adopted in 2005 by the UN General Assembly
- Demand thatthe Ethiopian government return its military forces back to their camps from Oromia villages and towns
- UN Security Council
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(Advocacy4Oromia, 13 December 2017) Oromia Support Group Australia extremely shocked about the killings of innocent Oromo civilians at the gross civilian killings in Chalanko of Eastern Oromia by the ‘Agazi’, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated Ethiopian Federal militant forces.
According to Oromia Support Group Australia (OSGA) statement of 13 December 2017, the Ethiopian Federal forces violently opened fire and killed more than 50 and wounded hundreds of people including kids on Monday, 11 December 2017 in Chalanko of Eastern Oromia.
“Particularly, since 16 September 2017 every day we are seeing and hearing heartbreaking images and videos of hundreds of Oromo civilians (including children) being beaten to death and killed by shooting in Eastern Oromia by the Somali regional state of Ethiopia’s special military in collaboration with the Ethiopian Federal Forces.”
Oromia Support Group Australia (OSGA) express its grave concern that if the wave of killings and mass execution in Oromia is ignored it fuels further catastrophic in the region.
“It is critical that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urgently act on the severity and scope of the Ethiopian Government Federal military’s ethnic cleansing campaign with effective action.”
Please read full press release from the following link: http://www.osgaustralia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Oromia-Support-Group-Australia-Statement-in-the-relation-to-Chalanko-killings.pdf
United We Stand Together to Mourn and Commemorate the Fourteenth Years Anniversary of Anuaks Genocide
(Press Release (Gambella), December 13, 2017) In commemoration to the 14th year Anniversary of the Anuaks’ Genocide of December 13/2003, GNUM would like to rekindle the memory of all the entire Anuak community and the sympathizers in all over the world, the causes behind the genocide which include racist conspiracy, hate speeches, isolations, and ethnic architect campaigns launched against the tribe by the TPLF/EPRDF government, that resulted in the massacre of 424 of civilian Anuak men (as official confirms), but in reality more than 1500 civilians Anuaks were massacred in three days’ time in the Gambella soil.
While we are commemorating this day, we should remind ourselves the causes are still growing active against our people, and the massacres as we have experienced in the past, as many they were, will still continue until our people are wiped away systematically from their ancestral land. Our brothers and sisters of whom some were buried alive in mass grave, were gunned down and mutilated by the civilian highlanders who were supported by the TPLF/EPRDF soldiers in uniform, chanted “today is the day of Anuaks massacre, there will be no Anuaks to be left in this land”. These civilian highlanders and soldiers who carried out the massacre should be reminded that, they were the very settlers of 1984/5, of whom we warmly welcomed and embraced with our arms during the famine that hit the Northern part of the country, and we gave them safe haven in our land to share our resources as human. Should they recuperate and picked up machetes, pangas, and guns against our people and killed them in massive, brutally? This should make us rethink of what sociopolitical and economic environment we are going to construct as far our freedom and prosperity are concerned for our struggle.
We don’t revenge and we should not be discouraged to show our God gifted hospitality to our neighbors, but we ought to confirm our right to choose for better future that will ensure peaceful and secured livelihood for our peoples throughout the current political struggle. It must be known that December 13, 2003 Anuaks’ genocide give us a turning point to choose for our destiny between slavery and freedom, poverty and prosperity, lies and honesty/truth, dehumanization and humanity, colonization and self-respect/honor, for the Anuaks and the entire indigenous communities in the region. It marks the climax of the Ethiopian brutality and cruelty against our people not to allow them to leave in peace, freedom, and prosperity in their homeland. For this reason, we need to take strong political vision for our future, and GNUM as unifying political party embraces the values that preach out unity, equality, and solidarity to ensure freedom for our peoples.
As we commemorate this horrific episode we remind ourselves the responsibility taken by our ancestors and heroes to control and manage our land. We therefore, need to give due attention to unite our efforts toward unity with purpose to protect the oppressed indigenous peoples. It should be known that the event of genocides in Gambella has changed its color into land grabs, refugee settlement and forced villagization to eliminate systematically the indigenous populations from their ancestral lands. The Ethiopian government has engaged itself in ditching our land to foreign multinational and Ethiopian highlander companies, to allow the highlanders influx into our regions to occupy our land indirectly and to extinct our peoples. The resettlement programmes and land grab policies of TPLF/EPRDF government being implemented throughout the southwestern regions are totally against the will and interest of our indigenous peoples.
The live of our peoples in Gambella and to Southwestern Nilotic and Omotic peoples at a large is at high risk. Many of genocidal massacres carried out by the TPLF/EPRDF soldiers against our peoples are being reported: in Lower Omo Valley of SNNPR and Gambella for instance people are being killed and tortured. Other regions including Ogaden, Oromiya, Afar, Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz are experiencing the same atrocities. Many of our peoples are fleeing the country to find refuge in east Africa countries, to escape the ongoing atrocities and killings inside the country. As of today Anuaks are entering into refugee camps every year since then. Majority of our youths, children, elders, children, mothers, fathers, and elite groups are now finding themselves in the refugee camps of South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and some fled to unknown places of Africa in a trouble life condition. As we grieve today we also remember our fellow brothers and sisters who are also in the field struggling for our freedom. We are calling upon all people of Gambella again that, the best way to achieve our goal toward freedom and victory is only through unity and we should stand as one.
The Gambella Nilotes United Movement will continue its struggle to ensure freedom and justice for the oppressed Gambella people and the Southwest Nilotic-Omotic people. Finally, we are calling the TPLF/EPRDF to stop harassing the indigenous people, detention, tortures, and killing of the civilians inside the country. Our indigenous members and the communities, who are suffering in the hands of the TPLF/EPRDF soldiers including prisons, should be released without conditions. May God Bless all people of Gambella and neighboring the Southwest Nilotic-Omotic people.
United We Stand Together to Mourn and Commemorate the Fourteenth Years Memorial Day of Anuaks Genocide December 13th 2017
Gambella Nilotes United Movement/Army
(Advocacy4Oromia, 2 Dec 2017) A champion marathon runner who fled Oromia , East Africa, six years ago for a better life in Europe has been beaten to death by another refugee on a housing estate near Paris.
The Oromo marathon runner Zenash Gezmu’s body was found by police called to her flat in Neuilly-sur-Marne early yesterday after neighbours heard screaming.
Officers arrested a 28-year-old Eritrean man who admitted murdering Ms Gezmu, 27. She was 4ft 9in and weighed less than six stone.
Police are now attempting to contact her next-of-kin, who include a brother said to have settled in London.
They are also trying to establish Ms Gezmu’s links to the suspect, with one friend telling Le Parisian newspaper she was thought to have been single. He said: “She always told me that if she started a relationship, it would be to start a family, and I have never been aware of anyone.” The suspect provided no details of the attack to police, apart from admitting through an interpreter that he carried out the murder.
Ms Gezmu trained every morning and evening but also took hotel cleaning jobs, earning less than £200 a week.
Her body was found surrounded by her trophies and medals, including one for the 16th annual marathon in nearby Senart, which Ms Gezmu won for the second time in May.