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HRLHA Call for Urgent World Community Action to Stop Crimes against Humanity in Oromia

(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.

Ethiopia: War Crimes Against the Oromo Nation in Ethiopia

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
17 Kadiro Geda Guji/BuleHora 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.

Background:

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Copied To:

  • UN Human Rights Council
    OHCHR address: 
    Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    Palais Wilson
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  • Africa Union (AU)
    African Union Headquarters
    P.O. Box 3243 | Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) | W21K19 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44Webmaster: webmaster@africa-union.org
  • The US Department of State
    WASHINGTON, D.C. HEADQUARTERS
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  • UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    Parliamentary
    House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
    Tel: 020 7219 4055
    Fax: 020 7219 5851
    Email: hammondp@parliament.ukDepartmentalStreet,(DepartmentalStreet???)
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    Email: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk
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OSG Australia call for Urgent Action to stop further catastrophic in Oromia.

(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.

25158200_10213491621196645_365803328403505922_nAccording 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.

24909751_10100177680814464_8203953881505010291_n“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
Central committee

Calanqoo Massacre Message of Condolence

(Advocacy for Oromia, 12 December 2017) There are no words to express the horror at the evil that has occurred in Eastern,Oromia, Calanqoo yesterday, 11 December 2017.
As you mourn those who have fallen, that we are so so proud of you and your continued spirit of resistance for Oromo freedom and Oromo peace.
We feel great sorrow for the victims and families of these psychotic and barbaric attacks; we offer you all our deepest sympathy and condolences; and we stand united with you in defence of freedom, equality and justice.
Because those who lost their lives did not die in vain but are heroes to the great motto of Oromia: ‘Freedom, Equality and Justice’.
There is no greater crime than the suppression of freedom, equality and justice without it tyranny and their messengers are free to do their will.
Let this be a lesson to all of us that we need to fill our hearts with courage, determination and resilience.
The Oromo people of Eastern Oromia, #Calanqoo will be very much in our thoughts for many days to come. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember YOU!!
Stay strong. So many of us applaud your courage, your determination, your spirit of resistance. The TPLF military who have threatened Oromo freedom will never win.
Our thoughts are with the people of Eastern Oromia, #Calanqoo!!
Advocacy for Oromia!!

Champion marathon runner Zenash Gezmu who fled Oromia found beaten to death

(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.

Victim: Zenash Gezmu raced in France

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.

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/champion-marathon-runner-who-fled-ethiopia-found-beaten-to-death-by-refugee-in-paris-a3706076.html