Monthly Archives: February 2018

Anthony Byrne spoke about the ongoing persecution of the Oromo people

(Advocacy for Oromia, 26 February 2018) Anthony Byrne Member of MP for Holt, spoke in Parliament this afternoon about the ongoing persecution of the Oromo people in Ethiopia.




(Melbourne, Australia – 15 January 2018) The annual Oromo community and human rights forum held from 4-7 January 2018 in Melbourne.

continued protests in Oromia affect community life



The three days Community Annual Forum headed by member of Oromo community from four states: from four states: Victoria-Melbourne, South Australia-Adelaide, Queensland-Brisbane and NSW-Sydney also discussed about community concerns, Oromo asylum seekers and refugees’ issues, Oromo prisoners and Oromia human rights issues.

The Forum was aimed at building understanding of the community issues and providing concrete examples of successful action, engagement and collaboration from which other organisations could draw information and inspiration.

Over three days, more than 100 participants and Oromo activists took part in panel discussions on Oromo refugee issues, Oromo prisoners in Oromia, Oromo community concerns and human rights issues.

The Forum was the foremost event to network, share experiences and learn about the many community-based initiatives from each state to promote community engagements and connections.

The OROMO Annual Forum is the biggest annual gathering on community concerns and human rights with more than 100 participants from Oromo community groups, Oromo activists, Oromo human rights and advocacy groups, Oromo women groups and Oromo media.

The Forum was kindly hosted by Oromo Association in Victoria, Advocacy for Oromia, Oromia Support group, Qeerroo Support Group and Oromo Relief Association Australia.

2017 has been a challenging year for Oromo community in Australia due continued protests and persecution in Oromia


Oromo students graduate in style

(A4O, 16 December 2017) the annual Oromo graduation held to commemorate and celebrate the year six, twelve and university graduates on their completion of their respective schooling levels and courses.

The Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria (AOCAV) organised a graduation ceremony at Flemington Community centre on 16 December 2017 for Oromo students graduating from colleges and universities across Victoria.

Many of the members of Oromo community in Victoria were the volunteer organisers contributing to the success of the Oromo graduation ceremony.

The Oromo community members who attended the ceremony in sheer numbers to pay recognition and celebrate the achievements of
Oromo students indicates that Oromo people young and old, seem to have understood that education is the key to success.

The benefits of organising graduation ceremonies is being realised as it creates an atmosphere for appreciating achievements. Such
recognition has a potential for inspiring our young students to achieve excellence in their education.

Jitu Wakjira who graduates her year twelve completion found the program very useful. “Personally, I found it to be a great source of motivation and encouragement especially taking into account that the ATAR score had come out a day before the graduation.”

Above all, graduation ceremony brings people together and creates a joyous moment for all.

Many hope the strongest bonds that have been created over the years among Oromo graduates will continue to be stronger and more

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