URGENT ACTION: OROMO OPPOSITION LEADERS AT RISK OF INTIMIDATION

(A4O, 29/02/2020) Five Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) executive committee leaders have been arrested in Addis Ababa.

Gamtessa Boru, OLF economic advisor,

Dr Shigut Geleta, OLF Advisory Head,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abdi Regassa, OLF Executive Committee member,

Kenessa Ayana, OLF CC member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Boran, OLF Executive Committee member,

Among those detained today are Gamtessa Boru, OLF economic advisor, Abdi Regassa, OLF Executive Committee member, Dr Shigut Geleta, OLF Advisory Head, Michael Boran, OLF Executive Committee member, and Kenessa Ayana, OLF CC member.

According to reliable sources, police broke into their home in Finfinnee, Oromia on Saturday 29/02/2020 and arrested them.

The house of five OLF leaders have been surrounded by security forces.

The OLF is a major political force in Oromia.

The return of mass arrests of opposition leaders and supporters is a worrying signal for opposition leaders in Ethiopia.

Just months ahead of the elections, the Abiy’s regime intensifies mass arrest and detention in Oromia.

  • Parts of Western Oromia have been shut off from the internet and phone services since late 2019. At a press conference in mid-January, EthioTelecom CEO Frehiwot Tamiru acknowledged the shutdowns and said they were “connected to peace and security” in the area, according to the Addis Standard.
  • Several Ethiopian media houses have reported that OLF-Shane, the military splinter wing of the OLF, has been waging war against the government in the Kelem Wollega region.

Amnesty International has documented for decades government control over the judiciary. Mass mobilization is needed to ensure that the Ethiopian authorities allow independent monitoring of his trial to ensure that it is fair.

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The aim of Advocacy for Oromia-A4O is to advocate for the people’s causes to bring about beneficial outcomes in which the people able to resolve to their issues and concerns to control over their lives. Advocacy for Oromia may provide information and advice in order to assist people to take action to resolve their own concerns. It is engaged in promoting and advancing causes of disadvantaged people to ensure that their voice is heard and responded to. The organisation also committed to assist the integration of people with refugee background in the Australian society through the provision of culturally-sensitive services.

Posted on February 29, 2020, in News. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The government of Ethiopia is diverted to dictatorship ruling in the late one and half years that most of the opposition parties of Oromo have complained by the government for no reason. The government diverts results of struggles of ‘Kero Oromo’ Oromo youth to unwanted conflict and discouraging situation following fault advisors. Oromo opposition parties were/are accepted and recognized as leaders of the people so the regime is afraid of the coming election will make it out of the game.

  2. We as Oromians should absolutely stop fragmented struggle against imperial Ethiopia. Stop and make call to Oromo freedom or all to jail

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