Oromia: #OromoProtests: Gabaasa Fincila Xumura Garbummaa (FXG) Oromiyaa 2016 (September) September 23, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Gincii, Amboo, Jalduu, Gudar, Giddaa Ayyaanaa, Mandii, Najjoo, Laaloo Assaabii, Jaarsoo, Gullisoo, Bojjii, Gujii,Dambi Doolloo, Gimbii, Naqamtee, Buraayyuu, sabbataa, Dirree Incinnii, Adaamaa, Harammayyaa, Mattuu, Baale (Robee), Madda Walabu, Walliisoo, Tulluu Boolloo, Sulultaa (Caancoo), Horroo Guduruu, Buuraayyuu, Dirree Dhawaa, Calanqoo, Ada’aa Bargaa, Baddannoo, Holootaa, Shaashee, Awaday (E. Harargee), Hara Qallo (Goro Dola, Gujii), Gaasaraa (Baalee), Bulee Hora, Jimmaa, Arjo, Heebantuu, Giddaa Ayyaanaa ,Kiiramuu, Ciroo, Dodolaa, Anfilloo (Mugii), Walqixxee, Diillaa, Bishooftuu, Finfinnee, Yuniversiitii Finfinnee, Geedoo, Asallaa, Shaambuu, Agaarfaa, Sibuu Siree, Kotobee, Wacaalee, Saalaalee, Machaaraa, Ammayyaa, Tokkee Kuttaayee, Innaangoo, Baabbichaa, Laaloo Qilee, Hiddii Lolaa, .Mugii, Arsi Nagallee, Baabbichaa, Shukutee, Baakkoo Tibbee, Jalduu, Gindoo, Buun’dho Beddellee, Grawwaa, Gaara Mul’ataa, Qarsaa, Qobboo (Dardar, Eastern Oromia), Sinaanaa (Baalee), Jimmaa Arjoo, Bojjii, Kombolcha, Aggaaroo,Tajji (Iluu), Qilxuu Kaarraa, Baabboo Gambel, Daawoo,Tulu Milki (Warra Jarso), Hirnaa, Xuulloo, Masalaa, Galamso, Bordode, Mi’esso, Waheel, Diggaa, Arjoo Guddattuu, Guraawa, waamaa Adaree, Shabee Somboo, Limmuu Saqaa, Amuruu (Agamsa), Daroo Labuu (Gaadulloo), Yaabelloo, Aliboo (Jaartee Jardagoo), Saasigga, Magaalaa Dafinoo, Dhumugaa, Daroo Labuu (Buraysaa) Begii (Kobor), Mardida Halo Guba (Daroo Labuu), Qassoo, Bonayyaa Boshee, Baalee (Dalloo Mannaa), Jimmaa Raaree (Magaalaa Gobaan), Nophaa (Iluu), Bordoddee, Togowacaalee, Dooguu, Metekel (Wanbara), Asaasaa, Waabee, Heeraroo, Doguu, Quufanziq (Dadar), Boku Luboma (Miyo, Borana), Eddoo, Dirree (Ada’aa), Qilxuu Kaarraa, Shebel town, Bate, Walanchiti, Warra Jiruu, Boolee Bulbulaa, Diilallaa, Gannat Haaraa (dodolaa)……………
Gabaasa FDG Oromiyaa Sadaasa (November) 12, 13, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, Muddee (December) 1, 2, 3, 4,5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,14, 15, 16, 17/18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27,28, 29,30, 31…. 2015
Amajii (January) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,14, 15, 16, 17,18,19, 20,21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,30, 31……2016
Guraandhala (February) 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 10,11,12,13, 14, 15, 16, 17,18,19, 20, 21,22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28,29………… 2016
Bitootessa (March) 1, 2, 3,4, 5,6,7,8,9, 10, 11,12, 13,14,15, 16,17, 18, 19,20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2,28, 29, 30, 31 …………2016
Ebla (April) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7,8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,18, 19,20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30……… 2016
Caamsaa (May) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19,20, 21,22, 23, 24, 25, 26,27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2016
Waxabajjii (June) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 …………………………….2016
Adoolessa (July) 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7,8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31……..2016
Fulbanaa (September) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23,……. 2016
To the UN Security Council: a plea to intervene to Stop the Bloodshed in Ethiopia, Please click here and sign the petition
Daily Mail: Unrest mars Ethiopia’s New Year, Eid parties. #OromoProtests and the Market Boycott in Action
Human rights abuses in Ethiopia require congressional action, Congress Blog, 31 August 2016
Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge international investigation into ongoing human rights violations, 30 August 2016
Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights releases a second press statement calling on Ethiopia, the African Union and the United Nations human rights monitoring mechanisms to take steps regarding the gross human rights abuses in Ethiopia.
Labsa Ficincila Xumura Gabrummaa Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo Irraa Bahe: Renewed Declaration of Protest to Culminate Slavery
The Guardian: Olympic medallist Feyisa Lilesa’s gesture was a plea for justice for his people.Click here to read at Oromian Economist, 24 August 2016
ETHIOPIA MUST ALLOW OBSERVERS ACCESS AFTER DEADLY PROTESTS: U.N. RIGHTS CHIEF
UN calls for probe into Ethiopia protesters killings. #OromoProtests #Africa
UN Dispatch:A MASSACRE IN ETHIOPIA
Human Rights League: Ethiopia: Death Squad Killings in Oromia Continue as the World Community Responds with a Deaf Ear
The Tigran fascism: Its State repression, violence and genocide in Oromia
Waldaan Christian Oromoo Magaalaa Finfinnee. – Oromo Christian church in Finifinnee, Oromia, in solidarity with #OromoProtests, 11 September 2016.
#SilentProtest at teachers indoctrination conference continues. #OromoProtests September 2016
Fulbaana 21,2016 Godina Wallaggaa Bahaa Magaalaa Qassoo naannawaa mana barnoota sadarkaa lammaffaatti alaabaa Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo erga fannisanii booda, magaalicha guyya gabaa roobii waldaldalaa oolee wajjin ta’uun hanga halkan kanaatti mormii jabaa geggeessaa jiru.
Achuma Magaalaa Aanichaa Magaalaa Moxee irraa humnk waraanaa bakkichatti sochoosamaa fi tarkaanfii fudhachuu akka qaban ajjeechaa
ilmaan Oromoo irratti raawwachuuf tiki aanaa Waamaa Hagaloo Obbo Girmaa Gurmeessaa fi Tasfaayee Bantii akkasumas namni yeroo hedduu
uummatatti roorrisuun beekamu kaabineen tikaa Wayyaanee Takkaalliny Lammaa jedhama irratti walii galanii waraanni dhiiga uummata nagaa
akka lolaasuuf irratti walii galuu isaanii fi konkolaataan dhaqanii akka uummata goolan waajjira keessattiwal dhabuu. isaaniillee odeessi
waajjiricha keessaa ba’e dabalee addeessee jira.
#OromoProtests Fulbaana (September) 21, 2016: Guyyaa har’aa godina Aarsii Lixaa Aanaa Nansabooti magaala Garaambaamooti barsiisoonni wal gahii wayyanee dhiitanii bahaniiru.
“Barsistonni B/M/ Sabbataa leenjii keessan dura xalayyaa daballii mindaa keenyaa fi kan ji’a 3 dura isa ittin nusossobdan maalirra akka jiru nubeesiftan malee mata duree tokko nutti hinkaasiinaa jedhani didda isaani itti fufanii jiru. Akkuma siyaasa keessaniif dhimmitan dhimma keenyaafis xiquma dhama’aa hamma kun jala muramee nutti himamutti waan tokko illee waliin hindubbannu jedhanii addaan bittinanii jiru. Mana barumsaa sad. 2ffaa barattoota 1,000 maatriki kutaa 10ffaa fudhatan keessaa barattoota 86 qofaatu qabxii pp galchu fide jedhanii barsiisonni kun akkamitti ilaallama qormaanni bara kanaa akkamitti ilaalameet kan bara dhufuuf dubbanna jedhani OPDO cinqaa oolan.”
#OromoProtests, SilentProtests, Fulbaana (September) 20 bara 2016:
Barsiisonni YuunvaristiiFinfinnee walga’ii kaleessa eegalan!!
Jalqabuun dura yaada namoonni tokko tokko kennaniin warra walga’ii geggeessu hinqaban jenee harkaa buufne jedhan! Walga’ii eegaluuf jennaan, uummata keenya gochaa gara – jabeenyaan ajjeefamaniif yaadannoo sammuu gochuun yaa eegallu, waan biraa waan goonu hinqabnuu ishima kanallee nurraa yaa argatan jechuun yaadannoo taasifnee akka eegallu ta’ee jira!
Itti fufuun, namoonni hedduun gaaffii barsiisonni gaafatan qofa dhaggeeffachuun ennaa jarri waltajjiirraa deebii kennuu eegalan ka’anii deemu! Waggaa 25 f deebii nuuf deebisaa turtan har’as nutti himaa jirtu! Kuftanii jirtu waan ta’eef hatattamaan aangoo gadi dhiisuu qabdu jechaanii jiru barsiisonni Yunivarsiitii Finfinnee!
Qabsoon itti fufa!!
Jabaadhaa Hayyoota Oromoo!!
Denmark global solidarity rally with OromoProtests, 21 September 2016.
#OromoProtests Fulbaana 20, 2016: Arsii Lixaa Dodolaatti, qeerroon Ganda Qacama Caree guyya har’aa tarkaanif jajjaboo lukkeelee woyyannee irratti fudhannee jirra jedhu.
Fulbaana 18,2016 Godina Arsii keessatti Wayyaanen dargaggoonni ayyaana irreechaa irratti argamuuf akka hin yaanne jechuun maatii dargaggootaa doorsisuu eegaltee jirti.guyyaa har’aa fulbaana 17/2016 Magaalota akka Shaashamannee, Adaabbaa, Ajjee, Waabee, Nageellee, Seeruu, Dheeraa, Itayya, Hamdaa, Siree, Gobeessa fi kofaleen keessatti wal gahiin dhimma ayyaana irreechaa ilaallatu jechuun wayyaanen waamtee manguddoota doorsisaa oolte bakkoota heddutti manguddoonni dheekkamsaan ergamtoota wayyaanee salphisuun.erga yoomii as dargaggoota ayyaana irreechatiif jedhee galmeessuu eegale bakka ilmaan Oromoo itti wal gayanitti argamuuf galmeen maaf barbaachise.ummata oromoo ka lubbuun jiru dhiisaa ka ficcisiiftaniif waan yaadaa jirtan nutti himaa erga biyya bulchaa jirra jettan jechuun gaafilee ciccimoon Afaan qabsiisun addaan bayuun isaanii dhagayame.kuni kanaan osoo jiruu guyyoottan hafanittis maatii dargaggootaa doorsisuuf kaabinoota hanga gandoota baadiyyaatti bobbaasun isii dhagayamee jira.
Gama biraan Magaalaa Naqamtee Halkan kana dirree Waraanaa fakkaatti naannoo Ganda 05 tti dhikaasni dhaga’amaa Jira, qaama hin beekamnen Agaazii haleelaa Jira
Waldaan Christian Oromoo Magaalaa Finfinnee. – Oromo Christian church in Finifinnee, Oromia, in solidarity with #OromoProtests, 11 September 2016. The church held New Year prayer and solidarity with our people.
“Yuniavrsitii Wallaggaa Kampasii Shaambutti diddaan barsiisonni caldhisuun godhan itti fufee jira. Nama Dr. Balay Shifara jedhamuu mqaan waamtee dubbisuuf yaallaan waci eegalee achumaan dhiisan. Amma laaqana esheen qopheessites lagannee jirra.” #OromoProtests 15 September 2016
“Leenjii Barsiistota irratti Barsiistonni Kolleejjii Polii Teeknika Bishooftuu fi koolleejjiwwan dhuunfaa magaalichaa bakka yokkotti bakka leenjii koolleejjii poli Teeknika bishoftu keessatti hirmaachiseen Barsiistonni CALLISUUN DIDDAA giyyaa guutuu waan tokko otuu hin dubbatin hafanii waan ajaa’ibaati
Jarri nu teechisan keessaa obbo Caalii Xiiqii, Leggesee, fi itti aanaa diinii koollejjii pooli teeknika bishooftu kan ta’e Sulxaan ciigoo kan jedhaman dubbadhaa , yaada qabduu ……… cicci xumaaxum namni tokko dubbatu dhabamee jennaan kan duursanii warra afaan oromoo dubbatuuf hin dandeenye adda baasaanii otuu jiranuu waan jedhan wallaallan warri afaan hin dandeenye jirtu? Mee kan afaan oromoo dandeechan harka baasaa jechuun, Barssiisyonni afaan oromoo akka danda’an ibsachuuf otuu hin dubbatin harka baasan, eegas jedhan amma warri harka baastan maqaa waamanii dubadhaa jedhanii gara dirqiittis hoofuf jennaan Barsiistonni sagalee wal fakkaatun kolfa guddaa daqiiqaa walakkaaf ta’u kolfuun erga yokko deebisanii callisan guyyaan saa akka habashaatti 04/01/2009.” #OromoProtests 15 September 2016.
#OromoProtests 16 September 2016, SlentProtests: Dabballoonni Wayyaanee waan cinqii keessa galte fakkaatti.
Har’a Godina Arsii Aanaa Honqooloo Waabeetti, dabballoonni leenjii barsisootaa kennan waliin hasa’aa turan. Kunis barsiisoonni walgahii teechisaan nu jalaa dubbachuu didan jedhanii haasa’u.
☞yaada kennaa jennaan, cicci
☞waraqicha dubbisaa jennaan, cicci
☞gaaffii gaafadhaa jennaan, cicci
☞adeemsa jijjiirruu jennaan, cicci
☞qarshii 50,000 (kuma shantama) isiniif welcome qopheessine akka aanaatti jennaan, cicci
☞Mee anumaa arrabsaatii asii na ari’aa jennaanis, cicci,
cicciin cicumaan dhumte.
Kanaafuu,jarri rakkoo garaadha qabdi jenne, maal wayya? jedhanii mari’achaa jiru.”
“Barsiisonni magaala finfinnee kutaa magaala kirkos keessatti kan argaman keessaa Mana barumsaa qophaa’ina Abiyoot kirsi(jiisee). leenjii eegaluun dura wareegamtootaaf kadhannaa sammuu daqiiqaa tokko gochuudhaan jalqabani.Akkasumas barsiisonni mana barumsaa Misiraaggootti hirmaatani keessaa dareen tokko dhaggeeffachuu didanii rafnaan yookaan hirmaadhaa yookaan immoo gad bahaa jennaan barsiisotni jechoota ulfaataa itti lakkisanii of irraa arii’aniiru hanga ammaatti namni sadii ol itti jijjiiramus yaada kennuu hin dandeenye qondaalota Tplf harkatti fashaleessaniiru kun injifannoo guddaadha galatoomaa nuuf jedhaa.”
“Lenjii barsisota motumman wayyane qophesiite irratii caliisuun barsisoota univeristy science fi technology adama kessattis akkuma itti fufet jira. bayye kan nama aja’iibu yaada kenuu diduu barisoota qoffaa osoo hin ta’iin yeroo waltajii irra ergaamooni dina oddesituu barsisaan dhagefatuu tasuum hin jiruu. barsisoon bayeen walgahii kessa ta’iin mobile issan irra facebook fayyadamuu, gariin immo ni rafuu, gariin immo dabaaramani ta’uu, waluuma galaati walgahiichi bayye qoradha fi barsisooni waan nama gaddaara (taziiya) ta’aan fakkata, malee lenjii hin fakkatu.”
“Yunivarsiitii Wallaggaa campus Gimbiitti, yeroo amma kana qaamni ani OPDO dha jedhu waltajjii geggeessaa jirurratti waa’ee ajjeechaa lammii keenyyarratti raawwate hundee seerummaa itti uuffisuuf(uumuuf) yeroo yaaleetti iyya galma guutuu fi teessuma reebuun akka afaan hin saaqqanne waan beektu hin qabdu callisi dhiisii jechuun afaan qabsiisaniiru!!”
Oromia’s freedom flag everywhere in Oromia. #OromoProtests 11 September 2016
Commercial bank boycott in Arjo ( East Wallaggaa, Oromia). “Kuni hiriira baankii daldala xoophiyaa Arjooti”. #OromoProtests 10 September 2016
#OromoProtests in Sulultaa, Oromia
Fulbaana 10,2016 Wayita kana akkuma beekamu haalli ormiyaa keeysa jiru danqaa fi ummanni Oromoos yeroo itti bilisummaa isaa gonfatu fakkaatee jira.
Fooliin Bilisummaa kan urgaa’aa jiruudha. Torban kana sababan dirqama hojif bobbahee tureef caasaan odeesa sochiiwwan Qeerroo fi uummataa kan godinoota hundaa irraa yeroo kana sochiin hubatamu haala jabaa tahuun kan diina abdii kutanna dhumaa fi uummatas kan boonsu tahuun shakkii kan hin qabne tahee mul’ateera.
1. Godina Qellem wallaggaa irraa magaala Dambi Doolloo fi naannowaa ishee guutummaatti FXG dhowee uummanni magaalicha dhuunfatee kan ture Wayyaaneen humna lakkoofsa guuddaa fi meeshaalee gurguddaa bobbaasuun uummata irratti dhukaasni banamee kan jiru guyyoota muraasa asitti haga ammaatti namni 5n wareegamuun beekamee jira. ijoolleen lama magaala DD ganda 07 keessatti yoommuu tahu kaanis baadiyaattii miidha jabaan uummata irra gahaa jiraatuun odeessi dhufe addeessa. Uummanni FXG baadiyaa keessatti finiinsuun daandii cufuu, riqicha addaan kutuu fi kkf irratti hojeta jira. Fulbaana 6 kaasee magaalli Dambi Doolloo humni uummataa waan isaan sodaachiseef uummanni manaa akka gadi hin baane gootee jirti. Humna addaa daangaa irraa dhufe achi buusuudhaan Qeerroo dhabamsiisuuf meeshaa kanneen akka matiriyeesii fi kkf konkolaataa hedduudhaan magaalicha nannawuun uummata doorisaa turaniiru. Sababa kanatti uummanni guyyoota sadan kana mana keessaa gadi bahuu hin dandahu har’a garuu manaa bahuun garuu bittaanii fi gurgurtaan akka hin jirre magaalicha keessa gabaafamaa jira. Inni kun waggaa kana guutuu irratti hojjenna jechuun naggaadoni itti walii galaa jiran. Tajaajila geejjibaas kennuun itti fufiinsaan akka tahu uummanni ammallee waamicha isaa waliif dabarsaa jira. namoni hedduunis hidhaatti guuramaa jiru.
2. Magaala shawaa lixaati hojjettootni baatii tokkoon dura hojii dhaabanii jiru. Godina kana keessatti Amboo, Geeddoo, Gudar, Mugar, fi kkf keessatti duulli hojii dhaabuu milkaawee waan jiruuf Qeerroon caasaa isaa toohachuudhaan kan warraaqsicha butachuuf barbaadanis toohannoo caasaa tolchuudhaan hojii itti fufsiisanii jiru.
Konkolaattotni hedduun barbaadeeffamaniiru. Yeroo kana waraqaan Qeerroodhaan barreeffames ABO fi WBO kan leellesu Shggar lixaatti haalan bittimfamee argama. Inni kun halkan halkan waan hojjetamuuf humni waraana agaazii jedhamu magaalota sana keessa buufatee jira.
hojiin tikoota dina achi keessa buufatanii jiran halkan waraqaa Qeerroo faca’e bulu ganama osoo uummanni hirribaa hin kahin funaanuudha. Haala kanaan uummanni qabamee qabamee gadhiifamaa jira.
3. Wallagga lixaa Gimbii, Najjoo, Mandii, Hoomaa fi kkf keessatti FXG uummataa jabaatee itti fufeetu jira. godinoota kana keessatti haaluma kana wal fakkaataadhaan diddaa gibiraa, gabaa dhiyeessuu, walgahii diduu fi kkf kan wal irraa hin cinneen itti fufeetu jira. akka lixa Oromiyaa waluma gala injifannoo gurguddaatu jira gama FXGtiin gama tarkaanfii uummata keessaa fi humna FXG keessatti ijaaramee socho’u kan of duuba hin deebineen gumaa gootota waregamanii baasaa jiru, kan adaba basaastota diinatti kennaa jiru magaalota oromiyaa garagaraa keessatti haala wal fakkaadhaan itti fufee hojjetamee jira.
4. Naannoo FF fi Shaggar kaabaa dabalatee godinoota addaa keessattis Qeerroon uummanni keenya dhiyeessii garagaraa gara FF dhiyeessu irraa deebisaa jira. waggaa kana akkuma karoora keenyaatti dhiyeessii kutuu ,yeroodhaa yerootti daandii cufuu, tarkaanfii fudhachuu, walgahii diduu, gibira kaffaluu diduu, fi kkf mirkaniidha. Shawaa kaabaa fi naannoo amaaraa kan geessu daandiiwwan bakka hedduutti citanii jiru. Amma mootummaan wayyaanee kufaatii isaa mirkaneeffataa dhufeera. Godinoota biroo oromiyaa keessatti FXG sadarkaa baadiyaatti itti fufee jira waggaa dhufaa jiru kana manneen barnootaa kamuu oromiyaa keessatti akka hin gaggeeffamne akkuma murtii Qeerroo olaanaa irraa darbetti caasaadhan gadi buhee uummanni oromoos FXGf of qopheessaa jira.
A letter from Oromo political prisoners in Qilnxoo, #OromoProtests September 2016
Duula Diddaa Bittaa Gurgurtaa ilaalchisee xalayaa hogganoota mana hidhaa Qilinxoo irraa ergame.
DIINAGDEEN QAAMA QABSOO KEENYAATI.
Waggaan baranaa kun yoomiyyuu caalaa ilmaan keenya kan itti dhabane, kumaatamoonni kan itti hidhaman, hedduun as buuteen isaanii kan itti dhabame waan ta’eef lammiilee keenya kanneen yaadachuuf guyyoota gaddaa labsineef deebii ajaa’ibsiisaa kennitanii jirtu.Gocha kanaan diinni na’eera. Nutiifi sabni keenya boonneerra. Quuqamaafi jaalala ummata keessaniif jecha gatii guddaa kafaltanii deebii waamicha keenyaaf laattaniif kabaja isinii qabnuufii galata keenya isinii dhiheessuu barbaada Galatoomaa, ulfaadhaa.
Yoo waldhageenye, walitti birmannee, walbira dhaabbanne salphinni nurra jiru kun nurra hin bubbulu, bubbulus hin qabu. Tokkoon tokkoon qajjiisa funyoo morma keenyatti maramee jiru kukkunnee hanga bilisoomnutti waldhaga’uufii walbira dhaabbachuun keenya itti haa fufuu jechuudhaan waamicha biraa qabannee dhihaachuun dirqama nutti ta’ee jira.
Akkuma beektan har’as ajjeechan nurraa hin dhaabbanne, hidhaan itri fufee jira, Ambulaansonni deessotaaf kadhaan biyyoota alaa irraa argaman dargaggoota keenya akka allaattii butanii fiiguuf gandeen keenya keessa wal maruu itti fufanii jiru. Haati ilma deesse har’aas imimmaan ishee hin qoorre. Maqaan maastar pilaanii yoo ka’uu baateeyyuu har’aas ummata keenya lafa isaa irraa buqqisuun hin raawwanne.
Namoonni ilmaan keenya ajjeesan seeratti nuu haa dhihaatan jennee osoo gaafachaa jirruu dheengadda hagayya 16 Muummichi ministeeraa ifatti badhaafamanii jiru. Manni maree jiddu galeessa ADWUI hagayya 18 – 22 tti yaada yeroo irratti marii gaggeessen waa’ee daangaa Tigraayifii naannoo Amaaraa ilaalchisee hiika itti kennuuf murtii dabarsee jira. Karaa biraa garuu waggaa tokko guutuf nagaya dhabiinsaaf sababa kan ta’eefii wareegama lubbuu hedduu kan gaafate dhimmi maastar pilaanii daangaa waliin kan walitti qabate ta’uusaa osoo beekuu maqaallee osoon dhahin bira darbee jira.
Mata dureen kun osoo hin ka’in hafuunsaa yoo xiqqaate waan sadii nutti garsiisa.
1ffaa, Ajjeechaan ummata keenya irratti raawwate sirrii ta’uu isaafii akka itti fufu murtaa’uu isaa agarsiisa.
2ffaa, ummanni kun humaa fiduu hin danda’u jedhamee tuffatamuu isaa mul’isa.
3ffaa, paartii biyya bitu sana keessa bakka bu’aan ummata oromoo kan hin jirre ta’uusaa agarsiisa. Eeyyee kan nuu falmu hin jiru.
Yeroo ammaa kana bulchitoonni keenyaa fi ergamtoonni isaanii qabeenya nusaamaniin alaa fi mana isaanii guuttatanii waggaa haaraa sirbaafi gammachuun simachuuf qophaawaa jiru.
Nutimmoo akkamiin simachuuf deemna? Waggaan itti deemnu kun waan haaraa nuufidee akka hin dhufne mallattoo isaa argaa jirra.
Uffata haaraa bitannee nyaata gaarii nyaannee dhugaatii gaarii dhugnee ergaa “baga geessee” walii dabarsinee bakka bashannanaa deemnee gammachuun dabarsuuf sababa hin qabnu. Haala kanaan yoo dabarsine fooniifii dhiiga ilmaan keenyaa akka soorannetti lakkaawama. Ummanni bilisummaa hin qabne wantoota akkanaa raawwachuun irraa fokkisa, nituffachiisaas. Tokko tokkoon qarshii harka keenyaa bahu eenyu harka gala? Maaliif oola laata? Naanna’ee naanna’ee rasaasa ilmaan keenya ittiin du’an bita, mana hidhaa isaan itti hidhaman ijaara, abbootii irree aangoo irra tursa, nuun ammoo bilisummaa keenya dheeressa.
Kanaaf diinagdeen qaama qabsoo keenyaa ta’uu qaba. Diinatti ulee kenninee na hin rukutin jennee kadhachuu dhaabuu qabna.
Wanti bilisummaa keenyaf hin taane qarshiin tokkolleen bahuu hin qabu, homaa nugochuu hin dandeessan jedhee mootummaa nutti dhaadatu waa gochuu akka dandeenyu yeroon itti agarsiisan amma ta’uu qaba. Karaa diinagdee malli ittiin mootummaa kanarra dhiibbaa gahan hedduutu jira. Ammatti kanneen armaan gadii hojirra akka oolchitaniif lafee ilmaan oromoo nuuf jecha wareegamaniin waamicha isinii dabarsina.
1, GABAA LAGACHUU.
Jalbultiin ayyaanaa kun yeroo itti ummanni keenya fedha isaaniitin ofsaamsisaniidha. Saamicha kana baroota dheeraaf keessummeessinee jirra amma garuu raawwachuu qaba. Guyyaa ergaan kun isin dhaqqabee kaasee hamma bituu diduufii gurguruu diduudhaan humna harka keessan keessa jiru agarsiisaa. Gurraachonni Ameerikaa konkolaachisaan adiin tokko dubartii gurraattii tokko adiif akka iddoo gadidhiiftu ajajee isheen didnaan morma qabee gadi darbate. Gurraachonni salphina kana fala dhaabbachuuf guyyaa tokkoof otoobus yaabuu lagachuuf murteessanii garuu guyyoota 381ffaa miila isaaniin deemuudhaan ulfina isaanii deeffatan. Nutimmoo salphina kana caalu baannee maalif waan qabnu facaasaa deemna? Gaandiin ummanni Indiyaa uffata warra biritish lagatee jibrii foo’atee, dhahee akka uffatu gochuudhaan saba isaa bilisummaa gonfachiiseera. Nutis midhaan keenya, jimaa keenya, buna keenya, horii keenya, damma keenya, dhadhaa keenya, walumaa galatti oomisha keenya gabaa baasuu dhiisudhaan akkasumas meeshaalee , uffata , nyaataa fi dhugaatii bituu dhiisuudhan badiinsa nutti deemaa jiru haa hir’isnuu.
2, ITIYOO TELEKOOMII LAGACHUU.
Mee guyyatti keessumaa yeroo ayyaanaa, nama dubbisuuf , sirba filachuuf, gaaffii gaafachuuf , gaaffii deebisuuf , marii irratti qooda fudhachuuf , baga geessee namaa dhaamuuf, kkf qarshii meeqa akka baafnu yaadaa. Isaan kun ummata bilisummaa hin qabneef barbaachisoodhaa? Mee isa guyyatti baaftan kana ammoo ummata keenya akkuma kana raawwatan yoo xiqqaate miiliyoona 15 ta’u meeqa akka baasu tilmaamaa. Kun hundi rasaasa ittiin duunu bituuf ykn nama nu’ajjeesu badhaasuf ooluu danda’a. Kana duwwaa miti. Dargaggoota keenya maqaaf mana murtitti deddeebi’aa jiran irratti ragaa ta’ee dhiihaachaa kan jiru ragaa teeleeti. Kanaaf haalli humnaa olii yoo numudate malee teelee lagachuudhaan maallaqa keenya haa qusannuu, bilisummaa keenya haa saffisnuu, adaba irraas haa oolluu.
3, BAANKII DALDALA ITOOPHIYAA LAGACHUU.
Qooda baankii daldala itoophiyaa fayyadamnu baankilee biroo yoo fayyadamne , galii mootummaa hanga tokko xiqqeessuudhaan humna isaa laaffisuu ni dandeenya.
Lammileen keenya biyya alaa jiranis gara biyyaatti maallaqa wayta ergan filannoo birootti akka fayyadamaniif waamicha isaaniif goona.
4, LOOTORII LAGACHUU.
Karaalee mootummaan ittiin maallaqa saamu keessaa tokko lootorii bifaafii maqaa adda addaa qabaniini. Kanaaf lootorii biyyoolessaas ta’ee kanneen achumatti soofanii carraa ofii ilaallatan bituu lagachuudhaan qabsoo karaa diinagdee keessatti qooda fudhadhaa.
5, GEEJJIBA LAGACHUU.
Konkolaattota naannoo tokkoo gara naannoo birootti daangaa qaxxaamuranii deeman kanneen magaalattii gara baadiyyaatti ykn Baadiyyaatii gara Magaalatti Meeshaa fi nama deddeebisan, Baajaajotaa fi Taaksii qaammee 1-5 fayyadamuu dhiisuudhaan mana akka ooltan ykn lukaan deemuudhaan qooda akka fudhattan isin yaadachiisa. Konkolaachiftoonnii fi Abbootiin qabeenya konkolaattotas ummata keessaniif aantummaa akka agarsiiftan kabajaan waamicha isiniif dabarsina.
Akkuma hundumti keessan hubachuu dandeessan malli qabsoo nuti eegalle kun biyya kana keessatti baay’inaan hojirra kan oolee miti. Wareegama xixiqqaas kan nama baasisu ta’ee mul’achuu danda’a. Osoo uffata bitachuu danda’anii isuma duraan qaban qulqulleeffatanii yoo tarsa’es hodhatanii ittiin ayyaana oolun hin beekkamne. Waggaa haaraa ittoo lukkuu, Foon , dhugaatii malee simachuunis hin baratamne. Garuu jalqabamuu qaba. Wanti nurraa barbaadamu waan xiqqoodha, oftoo’achuu, fedhii ofii daangessuu, dhiibbaa aadaa fi ollaa jalaa bahuu, Qabsaa’aa kaayyoo qabu ta’uudha.
Mirga argachuuf wareegama kafaluun haaraa miti. Sabni aarsaa osoo hin baasin abbaa mirgaa ta’e hin jiru. Waggaa kana ummanni keenya tokko ta’ee seenaa hojjatee jira. Ammallee hanga cunqursaan nurraa kufutti malleen biroo heddutti fayyadamnee qabsoo keenya itti haa fufnuu. Har’aas borus diinagdeen qaama qabsoo keenyaa ta’ee itti fufa. Dhimma kana ummata hubachiisuuf dargaggoota irraa hedduutu eegama. Kan bilisummaa keenyaaf hin fayyadne qashii tokkollee hin baasnu!!
Hagayya 24 bara 2008
Warraaqsa biyyoolessaa FXG utuu wal irraa hin citiin ji’a sagalii oliif guutummaa Oromiyaa keessatti finiinaa tureen sirni Wayyaanee TPLF naasuu keessa seenuun waan qabdee lakkisu wallaalee uummata goolaa jira.
Guyyaa har’aa Fulbaana 5,2016 Baankiin daldala Ithiopiyaa magaalaa Naqamtee fi naannoo ishee keessa jiru guutummaan guutuutti duwwaa ta’uu irraan kan ka’e sirni Wayyaanee rifaatuu guddaa keessa seenuun uummata magaalaa Naqamtee goolaa jira.
Rifannaa isaa kana irraa ka’uudhaanis baankii keenya rakkoo konneekshiniitu mudate jechuudhaan maallaqa uummataa akka isaan hin fudhanneef dhorkaa jira.
Haaluma kanaan uummanni magaalattiis harki caalu maallaqni isaa waan dhowwatameef baayyee rakkachaa akka jiran bira ga’amee jira.
Uummannis morma keenya laanna malee maallaqa keenya fudhannu malee hin gallu jechuun mormii kaasaa jiraachuun dhaga’amee jira.
Hagayya 2 bara 2016 Gamtaan Awurooppaa Paarlaamaa Keessatti walgahii wa’ee yakka dhimma Oromo irraattii TPLF/EPRDF saba Oromoo fi Amahara akkaasumaan sabaa fi sabbonttotaa Ethiopia daballatee duguuggaa sanyii balleessuuf raawwatee fi Saamicha lafa Itoophiyaa keessatti gaggeffamuu keessumattuu Saamicha lafa Affaar irrati TPLF gaggessu irrati Marii guddaan gaggeeffameera.
#OromoProtests 31 August 2016: Cruelty of the TPLF
You might recall the report about killing of 15 farmers in West Hararge, masala District Choma village over the last four days. You also remember reading how the military prevented people from burying the dead and helping the wounded. Today they are dressing body of dead civilians in military uniform and video taping it. They want to make fake documentary claiming they killed armed combatants. Jawar Mohammed
Guyyaa hardhaa ilmaan Oromoo 15 Harargee Lixaa Aanaa Masalaa Araddaa Coommaa keessatti ajjeefaman san reeffa isaanii huccuu waraanaa offisuun fiilmii sobaatiif viidiyoo waraabaa jiran. Jawar Mohammed
The TPLF has continue indiscriminately mass killings of the peace loving Oromo people everywhere throughout Oromia.
The following 15 innocent Oromo people were killed by Agazi soldiers (Tigray People’s Libration Front) in Choma village , Masala District, West Hararge on August 27, 2016
Our thoughts are with all the victims relatives and families.
May their soul rest in peace!!
Oromia: Lola gooticha ummata Oromoo Baalee, Ona Beeltoo fi waraana wayyaanee jidduutti gaggeeffameen ummanni waraana wayyaanee irraa 25 ajjeesee, kanneen 18 ol ta’an madeessudhaan qawwee Kilaashii 18 hidhannoo waliin diinarraa booji’uun injifannoo gonfatee jira September 22, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in Uncategorized.
Tags: Injifannoo, Oromia, Oromo
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Lola gooticha ummata Oromoo Baalee, Ona Beeltoo fi waraana wayyaanee jidduutti Fulbaana 15 fi 16 guyyoota Lamaaf gaggeeffameen ummanni waraana wayyaanee irraa 25 ajjeesee, kanneen 18 ol ta’an madeessudhaan qawwee Kilaashii 18 hidhannoo waliin diinarraa booji’uun injifannoo gonfatee jira.
(SBO/VOL – Fulbaana 22,2016) Odeessi Kibba-Baha Oromiyaa irraa SBO dhaqqabe akka hubachiisutti Ummanni Oromoo murannoo jabaa fi gootummaadhaan Humnoota Waraanaa Murni Faashistii fi gabroomsaan gocha bineensummaa akka raawwataniif itti bobbaase dura gootummaan dhaabbachuun Ofirraa qolachuurra dabre, haleeludhaan injifannoo cululuqaa galmeessaa jira.
Godina Baalee Ona Beeltoo gandeen adda addaa keessatti ummanni Oromoo “Biyya keenna, Oromiyaa, falmataa irratti dhumnee dhabamna tasa Wayyaaneef dabarsinee hin laannu” jechuun falmaa hadhaawaa mirga abbaa biyyummaa fi bilisummaa Oromoof taasisaa jiru cimsee itti fufuun mootummaa gabroomsaa waliin kokkee hudhee wal qabee jira.
Akka odeessa nu gahe kanaatti, waraanni murna Faashistii Wayyaanee, Ona Beeltoo jiraattota gandeen Harree Kolooloo, Tulluu Daraarii fi Hara Ciirraa jedhamanii kan tikfattummaan jireenya gaggeeffatan hidhannoo hiikkachiisuuf wayta yaaletti dura dhaabbannoo jabaan isa mudate. Humnoonni diinaa meeshaa waranaa hamma funyaaniitti hidhachiifamuun ummata Oromootti bobbaafaman Ummanni Qawwee horii isaa bineensarraa tikfatuu fi ofis weerara miliishoota sirna Wayyaaneen bobbaafaman of irraa ittisuuf bitate akka hiikkatu ajaja dabarsan. Akkanaanis “Qawwee akka bitattan kan isin ajaje YKN isiniif dhaame ABO dha, qawwee wanni bitattaniif ammoo mootummaa loluuf akka ta’e qormaataan mirkaneeffannee waan jirruuf, warra qawwee qabdan hunda akka hiikkachiifnu dirqamni nutti kenname” jechuun yoo ummata gandeen Kudhanii naannawa sana jiraatu walitti qabanii dirqiin irraa hiikuuf yaalanitti ummanni akkaan dallanee diddaa fi mormii cimaa agarsiise.
Ummanni Oromoo doorsisaa fi ajaja humnoota wayyaaneef odoo hin jilbeeffanne akka qawwee hin hiikkanne ifatti itti himee jira. “Nuti qawwee horii/maallaqa keenyaan bitanne. Kan bitanneefis saamicha qabeenyaa fi gaaga’ama lubbuu hidhattoonni Somaalee leenjiftanii qawwee itti hidhuun nutti bobbaaftan ofirraa ittisuufi. Mootummaan erga lammiilee keenya dhibbootaan ficcisiisee fi nu saamsisee booda araara jedhee nu sossobuun ammas balaa biraaf lafa jalaan hojjetuu isaatti dammaqnee akka didannee mootummaa isin ergettuu himnee jirra, qawwee kan bitanneef ofii fi qabeenya keenya balaarraa ittifatuufi waan ta’eef hin hiikkannu” jechuun gootummaan ifatti itti himuudhaan murannoo qaban ibsan.
Doorsisaan qawwee hiikkachiisuuf kan bobbaafaman hidhattoonni wayyaanee murannoo jabaa ummatni agarsiiseen rifatuudhaan of duuba deebi’anii gooftolii isaaniitti himuudhaan waraana hedduun ummata Oromootti duulan. Ummata Oromoo qawwee hin hiikkannu jechuutti cichanii fi waraana wayyaanee kaayyoo diinummaa galiin ga’uuf bobba’ee ummatarraa humnaan qawwee hiikkachuuf tattaafate jidduutti Fulbaana 15 bara 2016 walitti bu’iinsi uumame. Waraanni wayyaanee gandeen Ona Beeltoo kanneen akka Harree Kolooloo, Tulluu Daraarii fi Hara Ciirraa keessa heddumminaan qubsiifame ummata marsee dirqamaan qawwee hiikkachiisuuf wayta yaaletti ummanni guutummaan dura dhaabbachuurraa lolli hadhaawaan Fulbaana 15 bara 2016 ganamarraa eegalee odoo addaan hin citin oolee, hanga borumtaa isaa, Fulbaana 16 bara 2016tti, deemuu maddeen keenya gabaasanii jiru.
Lola gooticha ummata Oromoo Baalee, Ona Beeltoo fi waraana wayyaanee jidduutti guyyoota Lamaaf gaggeeffame kanaan ummanni waraana wayyaanee irraa 25 ajjeesee, kanneen 18 ol ta’an madeessudhaan qawwee Kilaashii 18 hidhannoo waliin diinarraa booji’uun injifannoo gonfatee jira. Waraanni weerartuun wayyaaneen bobbaase gootowwan ilmaan Oromoo dura dhaabbatuu dadhabuudhaan reeffa loltoota isaa lafatti gatee baqatuun gara irra bobbaafame, magaalaa Beeltootti akka deebi’etu barame.
Lola hadhaawaa ummanni Oromoo waraana diinaa dura dhaabbatee falme kanarratti gama ummataatii goototni qaqqaaliin 20ni wayta wareegaman kanneen 25 ol tahan ammoo madeeffamuus odeessi arganne dabaluun ifa godha.
Kabajamuu mirga abbaa biyyummaa fi bilisummaa isaaf onnatee falmaa gaggeessaa kan jiru ummanni naannichaa duula wayyaaneen qawwee hiikkachiisuun dhumaatii caalu dhaqqabsiisuuf itti aggaame kanaan daranuu dallanuudhaan gamtaan sossohee weerartootarraa of ittisuu fi naannoo isaatii ari’uuf murannoo qabu agarsiisee jira. “Nuu fi wayyaaneen warra gumaa ti, ajaja mootummaa wayyaanee tokkollee hin fudhannu, hireen qabnu tokkichi hidhannoo qabnuun ofii fi biyya keenya ittisaa wareegamuu dha” jechuun hidhannoo isaanii gonkumaa akka hin hiikkanne firaafis diinaafis mirkaneessan.
Jiraattonni Godina Baalee Ona Beeltoo gandeen adda addaa wayyaaneen maqaa ABOtiin qabatee Oromummaan yakkee lafarraa isaan duguuguuf saganteeffatee akka jiru dursanii hubachuun hidhannoo hiikachuu didanii waraana wayyaanee dura gootummaan kan dhaabbatan yoo tahu, ABOn Kallacha keenya, ABOn dhiiga keenya waan taheef yoomiyyuu ni jaalanna ni deeggarra jedhanii wayyaaneetti himuun murannoo qaban ibsan jedha gabaasni arganne.
Kasaaraa ummanni gootummaan falmatee waraana isaarraan gahee fi ummanni jaalalaa fi deeggarsa ABOf qabu ifatti mul’ifattuutti kan shororkaawee fi baarage mootummaan wayyaanee xiyyeeffannaa ummataa kallattii isaa jijjiiree bifa sossobbiitiin ummata lolaan dadhabe shiraan jilbeeffachiisuuf “Wanni dhalate kun dogoggora guddaa dha, rakkoon ummata osoo hin tahin ABO dha jechuun afanfajjii uumuuf dhama’anis ummanni fudhatama dhabsiisee jira.
Ummanni diduudhaan dura dhaabbannoo fi fincila isaa itti fufuu kan hubate gartuun TPLF, waraana isaa Kumootaan naannichatti dhangalaasuun ummata Oromoo akka bosonuutti adamsee fixuu itti fufee akka jiruu fi ummannis harka laachuu didee murannoon falmataa jiraatuurraa wayta ammaa kana naannichi dirree lolaatti jijjiiramee akka jiru gabaasni arganne ifa godha.
Oromia: Kenyan Government is Held Accountable for Supporting Ethiopia TPLF Dictatorship and Hunting Freedom Fighters September 21, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in Uncategorized.
Tags: Africa, Genocide Against Oromo People, Kenya, OLF, Oromia, Oromo, Tyrannic Ethiopia, Widespread brutalities of Ethiopia’s Regime (Fascist TPLF) against the Oromo people in different parts of the State of Oromia
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By enlisting the assistance of the Kenyan government, the TPLF regime and the Kenyan government have finalized plans to launch a campaign of attacks against the OLA operating in the south. It has been known that Kenya is planning to participate in this anti-OLA campaign by mobilizing its Special Forces unit GSU (General Service Unit), and its infantry (Kenyan Defense Force) and specially KA1 to take action in Moyale area across the border. There is no doubt that Kenyans citizens opposing the action of Ethiopia totalitarian regime and Oromo refugees are going to be the groups that are going to be the most hurt by Kenya’s blind support for TPLF. This military action by the two forces is not new.
Despite the search and joint operation conducted by Kenyan army and Ethiopia regime military repeatedly before, it has been impossible to stop OLF activities in the south. And it is meaningless if it is thought to reverse the ongoing Oromia wide struggle to uproot the TPLF brutal regime once for all.
Like many failed joint past campaigns, there is no doubt that this campaign is also going to fail again. We believe that it’s clear to everyone at this juncture that as long as the Oromo questions ofbilisummaa (freedom) are not answered, the Oromo liberation struggle will not be contained.
The OLF strongly condemns military, security and other forms of assistance the Kenyan government provides to Ethiopia’s tyrannical regime. Because these acts target freedom fighters struggling for the just cause of their people and because it will contribute to depriving the Oromo of freedom and to perpetuating dictatorship and slavery for the majority, the OLF again strongly asks the Kenyan government to stop providing assistance to the Ethiopian regime. Kenya should not be fighting a proxy war in which it has no stakes just to prolong the life of a dictatorial regime of Ethiopia.
Kenya’s government’s participation in wars planned by Ethiopia has no use except expanding the conflict into a regional conflict. It is possible to learn from the long history of the Oromo people that the Oromo have practiced peaceful relations, respect, love and mutual co-existence with neighboring peoples. Violating this long history/code of brotherhood/ good neighborliness, the role of the Kenyan government should not be one of being a proxy war monger on behalf of the TPLF regime that is staggering to collapse because of concerted and unstoppable popular movements at home. The OLF would like to remind Kenya that it will be responsible for perpetuating dictatorship and injustice and slavery against the Oromo people in Oromia and Ethiopia if it proceeds with this an unwelcome alliance and proxy effort with the fragile military regime of Ethiopia. Kenya will be responsible for all the damages this unholy alliance will inflict on the Oromo people and the Oromo national liberation struggle. Kenya should not interfere in the domestic political affairs of Ethiopia by picking Ethiopia’s regime’s side against the will of the Kenyan people who would want a respected and sovereign Kenya.
We call on the Kenyan people to confront and protest repeated unjust and illegal actions by their government, which will negatively impact the relationships between the peoples of Kenya and the Oromo people and others fighting for freedom from military dictatorship in Ethiopia. Kenyan people have the obligation to hold the Kenyan government accountable; they have the responsibility to object to continued Kenyan interference in the domestic affairs of its neighboring country. This actions will harm Kenyan people, Kenyan history and the relationship of Kenyans with their neighbors.
Beyond silently watching the Ethiopian government shed the bloods of the peoples of the Horn of Africa who struggle for their freedom every day, if the Horn of African countries silently watch the military support Kenya gives to Ethiopia regime, history will judge these governments. We appeal to regional governments to stop the Kenyan government for acting as a proxy warrior for Ethiopia in a conflict that does not concern Kenya and its peoples altogether.
Victory to the Oromo People!
Oromo Liberation Front
September 20, 2016
George Soros Is Investing $500 Million in Refugees September 20, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in Uncategorized.
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Billionaire businessman and philanthropist George Soros announced on Tuesday his intention to invest $500 million in startups, existing businesses and initiatives founded by migrants and refugees. In an essay for the Wall Street Journal, Soros criticized the “collective failure to develop and implement effective policies” to address the global migration crisis, and argued that although…
Oromia: Athletic Nation World Report: Athlete Hajin Tola: Winner of Mississauga CanKen 5K race protests in support of Ethiopia’s Oromo people September 20, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
Tags: #OromoProtests, #Rio2016 Olympic Marathon: Oromo athlete Fayyisaa Lalisaa has demonstrated his Solidarity to #OromoProtests as he wins silver medal, Africa, Athletic Nation Report, Hajin Tola, Mississauga CanKen 5K race, Oromia
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Winner of Mississauga CanKen 5K race protests in support of Ethiopia’s Oromo people.
Ethiopia’s Hajin Tola won the inaugural CanKen 5K road race in Mississauga, Ont. on Sunday and performed a political protest by crossing his wrists to form an “X.” (Photo: Happy Films Photography.)
The inaugural CanKen 5K road race was held on Sunday in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada in an effort to strengthen Kenya-Canada relations through sport, business and community. The 5K was dominated by the Toronto Olympic Club as the event attracted some of southern Ontario’s top talent featuring Kenyan and Ethiopian teams.
At the front of the pack, Ethiopian Hajin Tola won in 14:45 and performed a political gesture crossing his wrists above his head in an “X,” done in solidarity with the Oromo people in his home country. The protest is the fourth such notable act by an Ethiopian at a race in the past month.
How the protests got started
Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa was the first to make headlines in August when he performed the protest in Rio in the men’s marathon. He feared for his life following the race as the protest was directed at the Ethiopian government.
RELATED: Quebec City Marathon winner Ebisa Ejigu replicates Olympic medallist’s political protest.
The protests are being done in response to the government’s displacing of Oromo people outside of Addis Ababa as the municipal boundary of the capital city is extended into neighbouring areas.
Why the “x” gesture?
The anti-government protest is meant to signify being handcuffed at the wrists. The Oromo people, with much of the population living in an area named Oromia, are the largest ethnic group in the Horn of Africa. As many as 500 people have been killed in the protests between November 2015 and June as reported by Human Rights Watch.
RELATED: Paralympic T13 1,500m silver medallist protests Ethiopian government.
Lilesa, the Olympic marathon silver medallist, performed the protest in Rio and said after the race that “If I go back to Ethiopia, I will be killed.” He has since arrived in the United States on a special skills visa and has not returned to East Africa though his family remains in Ethiopia. A GoFundMe page in his name has raised more than US$160,000 for travel and living costs.
RELATED: Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa lands in the U.S. after staging political protest in Rio.
Also in Sunday’s race was Ebisa Ejigu who won the Quebec City Marathon at the end of August and also protested against the Ethiopian government. Ejigu finished fourth on Sunday in 15:04.
At the Mississauga race, the first three positions were awarded cash prizes of $1,500, $750 and $500 in both the men’s and women’s categories. Jane Murage was the women’s race winner in 17:16. There were a number of notable figures on hand for the inaugural event including Deputy Kenya High Commissioner to Canada Ambassador Jane Onsongo.
The 1K kids dash encouraged the next generation of runners to participate with a medal being awarded to all participants and trophies going to the top three finishers.
The Toronto Olympic Club won the team trophy for fastest average time and Team Umoja won the largest turnout trophy. Team Umoja is mainly drawn from Kenyans living in Canada. Full results can be found here.
Star Tribune: Oromo Olympian draws big crowd at his Minneapolis appearance September 19, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
Tags: #OromoProtests, #Rio2016 Olympic Marathon: Oromo athlete Fayyisaa Lalisaa has demonstrated his Solidarity to #OromoProtests as he wins silver medal, Africa, Fayyis Leellisaa, Feyisa Lilesa, Olympic Games, Oromia, Oromo, Oromo Olympian draws big crowd at his Minneapolis appearance, Star Tribune
Star Tribune: Oromo Olympian draws big crowd at his Minneapolis appearance
TOM WALLACE, STAR TRIBUNE: Oromo (Ethiopian) Olympian Feyisa Lilesa entered the Minneapolis Convention Center Sunday, Sept 18, 2016 to a crowd of about 1000 well wishers. He won the silver medal in the 2016 Games in Rio and crossed the finish line with his arms crossed in an X, symbolizing the plight of the Oromo in Ethiopia.
Lilesa, 26, became a hero to his people and brought global attention to the plight of the Oromo in Ethiopia when he crossed his arms to form the letter X above his head as he crossed the finish line at the Rio Games.
He did the same as he entered the auditorium Sunday and the crowd erupted in cheers.
The Oromo Community of Minnesota said more than 100 Oromo people were killed in Ethiopia in August alone while peacefully protesting the government’s persecution of the ethnic group.
Lilesa, who faces jail if he returns home, has been granted a special skills visa to the United States so he can train and compete. His wife, 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter remain in Ethiopia.
His visit to Minneapolis was sponsored by the Oromo Community of Minnesota, headquartered in St. Paul. The group estimates that up to 40,000 Oromo people are living in Minnesota, but the state demographer’s office puts that number closer to 8,500.
CNN Connect the World: Marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa tells us why it was so important to highlight his people’s suffering at the Rio 2016 Olympics and #OromoProtests September 17, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Ibsa Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo: “Ayyaana Irreecha Guddicha Bu’aa Qabsoo Bilisummaa Oromoon Kan Argamee As Gahe Qabsoon Kunuunfanna” September 17, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in Irreecha Birraa, Irreecha Oromo, Irreessa.
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Ayyaanni Irreechaa kabajamaa fi jaalatamaan uummata Oromoo miliiyoona kudhanootaan kan kabajamu bu’aa qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo wareegama qaalii lafee gootota Oromoo fi dhiiga gootota Oromoon tikfamee hardha ga’ee , yeroo ammaa kanattis ayyaana Irreechaa fi aadaa Oromoo kunuunsanii tiksuun dhalootaaf dabarsuuf gootonni Oromoo wareeegama qaalii itti baasaa jiru. Baroota darban keessa ayyaana Irreechaa kabajuuf jecha ummanni Oromoo fi sabboontotiin hedduun waraana Agaazii fi Poolisoota sirna TPLFn hedduu dararamanii jiru, gariin qabsaawotaa fi dargaggoonni Oromoo bakka irreecha kabajatanii fi kabajuuf deemanitti reebamuun kanneen qaamaa hirdhatan hedduu dha. Warri hidhamanii hanga ammaa bakka buuteen isaanii wallaalalme dhibbootaa hedduu dha. Kanas ta’ee gootonni Qeerroo Bilisummaa hiraarsa kora bittinneessaan osoo hin jilbeeffatiin ayyaana Irreechaa Oromiyaa bakkoota adda addaatti kabajamu sirna miidhagaan kabajachuun aadaa Oromoo aduunyaatti muldhisaa turan. Haalleen dararaa fi gufaatii sirni Wayyaanee TPLF ummata keenya irraan gahu hunda keessa qaxaamuruun bu’aa gootota wareegamanii kan ta’e Ayyaana Irreechaa kana daran midhagsuu fi aduunyaatti muldhisuuf har’a sadarkaa UNESCO itti galmaa’aa jiraachuun qabsoo Oromootiif injifatnoo tokko.
Haala kana keessatti Qeerroon Bilisummaa Oromoo Ayyaana Irreechaa Birraa kan baranaa 2016 Hora Arsadiitti kabajamuuf yeroo jiru kana keessatti, Oromiyaa fi ummanni Oromoo bulchiisa waraanaa yoomyyuu caalaa suukanneessaa kan ta’e jala galtee jirti. Ayyaanni guddaan saba Oromoo biratti jaallatamaa ta’e kun duula waraana TPLF Oromiyaa fi Oromoo irratti labse kana cabsuun ummata miliyoona hedduun kabajamuuf Oromoota biratti qophii guddaa irra jirama. Bara kana ayyaanni Irreechaa kabajamu kun dhaadannoo ‘ Ayyaana Irreecha Guddicha Bu’aa Qabsoo Bilisummaa Oromoon Kan Argamee As Gahe Qabsoon Kunuunfanna”jedhuun kan kabajamuu waan ta’eef Qeerroon Bilisummaa Oromoo uummata isaa cufa waliin ta’uun ayyaana Irreecha 2016 kabajamu bifa adda ta’een kabajachuuf kan jirru ta’uu hubachisuun haala kabaja ayyaanaa Irreecha bara kana sadarkaa hundarratti kabajamu ilaalchisuun Qeerroon Bilisummaa Oromoo uummata Oromoo, sabootaa fi sabalammoota kabajaa fi jaalaala ayyaana irreechaa Oromoof qaban hundaaf Ibsa kanaa gadii dabarsee jira.
- Ayyaanni Irreechaa bakka uummatnı Oromoo Waaqa isa uume ıttı galateeffatu, kadhatuu fi wal arguun waliin İrreeffachuu Aadaa, Duudhaa, eenyummaa, Oromummaa , Sabboonummaa isaa itti jabeeffatuu fi tikfatu ta’uun gadi jabeessuun hubachiifna;
- Biyyaatti Impayera Ethiopia humna waraana mootummaa EPRDF/TPLF gaggeeffamaa jirtu keessatti ayyaanota gurguddoo kabajaman keessa ayyaanni Irreechaa qofti bara baraan loltoota EPRDF, TPLF fi ergamtoota isaaniin uummatni nagaan ayyaaneffachuuf bahuu daandii irratti goolamaa , reebamaa, hidhamaa, daraaraamaa fi hiraarsaa ulfaataan kan isa mudachaa ture. Ummatni Oromoo haala rakkisaa kana hundaa tokkummaa fi kabajaa fi jaalala eenyummaa isaa kan ibsuu ayyaana Irreechaaf qabu obsaa fi murannoon jala dhaabbatee wareegama baasaa kabajachaa har’a ga’ee. Bara kanas TPLF /Wayyaaneen Irreechaa 2016 karaa dhaaba jalee isaa OPDO maqaaf Aadaaf Turizimiin karoora danqaa tatta’an baafachuun ummati Oromoo ifaa fi bilisaan akka ayyaanicha hin kabajneef shira xaxaa jira. Karoorri OPDO kun hatattamaan ummata keenya irraa ka’ee Oromoon bilisaan ayyaana qabsoon argate kana akka kabajatu warra karoora shiraa wixinee ummata rakkisu karoora kana akka kaasaan gaafatna;
- Mootummaan Wayyaanee OPDOn ummata Oromoo waaqa uumaa kee illee eeyyama koo malee waaqeffachuu fi ayyaaneffachuu hın dandeessuu jechuun mirga uumamaan uummatni keenya qabu ırraa sarbuun anatu siif beekaa akkan jedhetti malee waaqeffachuu hin dandeessuu jechuun shoroorkaa uummataa keenyarratti gaggeessaa jiran hatattamaan akka dhaabbatu Qeerroon Bilisummaa Oromoo gadi jabeessuun ni hubachiisa. Jaarmiyaaleen mirga namummaa Idil-addunyaa hundii rakkoo ulfaataa uummatni keenyaa keessa jiru akka hubatanii fi dhiibbaa wayyaanee irratti akka jabeessus sabboontotni biyya alaa jirtan gadi jabeessitanii akka irratti hojjettan cimsinee gaafatna;
- Qeerroon dargaggootni Oromoo haamilee uummata keenyaa fi qabsoo bilisummaa bara dheeraa ummatni keenya irratti wareegamaa jiruuf kabaja fi jaalalaa qabnu muldhisuun jeequmsa kamuu osoo hin uumne Oromiyaa, gootota Oromoo qabsoof wareegaman faarsuun ummata haamlessuu fi diddaa sirna gabroomfataaf qabnu muldhisuu irratti jabaannee akka hojjennu hubachiifna;
- Ayyaana kana irratti hogganootii fi miseensotiin Qeerroon Bilisummaa Oromoo bakka jirtan hundatti tokkummaa, jaalalaa fi kabajaa ummata keenyaa fi gootota keenyaa wareegamaa qaalii kanfaluun asiin nu ga’an faarsuun eegumsa naamusaa,daa’immanii , Shamarranii fi Maanguddootaaf akkasumaas uummata keenyaa waliigalaaf akka goonu dhaamsa Oromummaa fi dirqama dhalootaa waliif dabarsina;
- Jalbultii Ayyaana İrreechaa barana Fulbaana 20-21, 2016 Wayyaanee TPLF fi ergamtooti isaa OPDOn muddamanii waan qabanii dhiisan dhabuun maqaa waldorgommii İspoortii jedhu gaggeessuun yaada ummataa hanga tokko warraaqsaa FXG irraa jallaisuu dandeenya jettee toftaa dulloomaa ishee butachuun olola afaan fajjii gaggeessuuf akka jirtu saaxilameera. Ummatni Oromoo dhumaa utuu jiruu, hidhaa keessatti dararaa hiriyyaa hin qabne irra gahaa osoo jiruu biyyi keenya Oromiyaan waraanaan shororkeeffamaa utuu jiruu shirri itti fakkeessi TPLFn wixinamee OPDOtti kenname kun salphinaa fi farrummaa qabsoo Oromoo waan ta’eef dargaggoonni Oromoos ta’e ummanni Oromoo bakka shiraa maqaa Ispoortiin qopaawee kana akka hin geenyee fi irraa akka of qusatan dhaamsa lammummaa wareegmtoota dabarsina;
- Ummatni Oromoo biyya isaa keessatti mootummaa hin qabu; Media Mootummaas hin qabu; poolisii isa eeguu , nageenyaa fi mirga isaa kan kabachiisu hin qabu; Oromoon wal malee homaa waan hin qabneef bakka jirtaan hundatti jaalala, tokkummaa fi kabaja Oromummaa waliif akka qabaattanii nagaan baatanii nagaan qe’ee keessanitti akka deebitaniif akka wal tiksitaniif waamichaa keenyaa dabarsina. Meidaleen walabaa Oromoo jalbultii ayyaana Irreechaa irraa eegaluun ayyaanichaa fi qophii isaa aduunyaatti muldhisuun akka miidhagsitan waamicha keenya dabarsina;
- Mootummaan Wayyaanee shiroota garaagaraa jalbuitii Ayyaana İrreechaa rawwachuuf jiru qindeessaa jira. Shiroota kanneen keessa ammaaf kan saaxilame Fajjii qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo alaabaa ABO har’a uummaatni Oromoo golee fi Oromiyaa cufa keessatti qabatee ittiin warraaqsa gaggeefataa jiru fi jaalaalaa, kabaja uummatni ABO faajjii qabsoo isaaf qabu argisiisaa kan jiru kana gaafa jala bultii ayyaana Irreechaa irraa kaasee basaasotiin Wayyaanee bal’inaan karaa irra dhaabbatanii gurguruun nama alaabaa bitu hordofuun qabuuf shira guddaa xaxaa jiru. Ummanni keenyaa fi dargaggoonni keenya kana hubachuun alaabaa Oromoo kan Wayyaaneen gurgurtaaf dhiheessaa jirtu akka irraa hin bitne gadi jabeessinee dhaamsa dabarsina;
- Ayyaanii Irreecha birraa 2016 sadarkaa godinaaleetti waan itti fufuuf qabxiilee ibsa kana irratti taarrifaman bakka iyyuutti yaadachaa muuxannoo Hora Arsadiitti argattan irraa kabaja Ayyaana Irreechaa godinaalee irrattis bifa ho’aa, naamusa ol aanaan fi qindaa’aan akka kabajamu waltaanee gamtaan kan irratti hojjennu ta’uu dhaamsa keenyaa dabarsina.
Injifannoon Uummata Oromoof!!
Gadaan Gadaa Bilisummaati!!
Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo!!
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Konso: #KonsoProtests Alert! #OromoProtests Alert! Fascist Ethiopia’s regime (TPLF) is conducting genocide against Konso people (indigenous people in Southern Ethiopia). September 17, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
Tags: #KonsoProtests, #OromoProtests, Africa, Governance: Ethiopia's clampdown on dissent tests ethnic federal structure. #KonsoProtests #OromoProtests, Indigenous People, Konso, Land Grabs, WHAT WAS TROUBLING KONSO?
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The current fascist Ethiopia’s regime also known as TPLF (Woyane), a criminal group from minority Tigray tribe, in northern Ethiopia is conducting genocidal mass killings against Konso people. TPLF has occupied Konso land, killing the people and burning the entire town and villages. The Konso are one of the very ancient people in East Africa and their historical villages are UNESCO World Heritage.
Agazi’s new tactic, burn homes to ground along inhabitants. This was done to Konso people in Aylota-Dokatu & Lulito towns yesterday September 13, 2016. Hundreds homes were destroyed and death is reported. All the Konso people are asking to be granted zonal status which their right enshrined within the constitution. The federation council accepted their appeal last week yet the federal army in burning their homes. Jawar Mohammed
SORRY BUT THE KONSO UNESCO REGISTERED WORLD HERITAGE SITE HAS BEEN BURNT TO ASHES
Xiixaa Buubaa Sardaa• with Darajjee M. Billii
Yesterday, we heard (Listen to VOA Amharic & Afaan Oromoo, transmitted on 9/15/2016 17:30-19:00 GMT), over the past 1 month, both the elected local Konso District leaders & leaders of the Regional State of Southern Ethiopian Peoples Nations & Nationalities (SEPNN) are counter-blaming one another for what they call “genocide on the Konso people”. The Konso People speak Afaan Oromo in its other southern Ethiopian Kushites accent/dialects and still retain the ancient Gada Socio-politico-theological System and Qaalluu Ancestral Spirituality. Moreover, they retain the eschatology of preserving in sarcophagus of the Spirits of the dead that we know in Ancient Kemet/Egyptian turned to a battle ground, the Konso District’s UNESCO registered world heritage site was burned into ash by government security forces of Ethiopia. Konso Cultural Landscape is a 55km2 arid property of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia. It constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment. The landscape demonstrates the shared values, social cohesion and engineering knowledge of its communities. Stone steles in the towns express a complex system of marking the passing of generations of leaders.
On April 2016, William Davidson wrote on the guardian as Protests sparked by the arrest of Konso leader Kala Gezahegn underlined growing tensions between Ethiopia’s central govelrnment and many ethnic populations. Now it has been over a period of 7 months since the Konso people has started protesting against the injustice and maladministration by the forcefully established Zone- Segen Area People’s Zone. The Konso people who were formerly administered under a Special District status in SNNPRS, had been unconstitutionally forced to form a zone with other neighboring ethnic groups, dropping from a ‘Special District’ status to a District in the newly formed zone. That sparked complaints from the people but no one gave an ear to the people that time. The zone government then grabbed three Kebeles from Konso to create a new city structure in Sagan town. This was also followed by the deduction of annual budget allocated to Konso District without being approved by the District council representing the people. This gave momentum to the silent and peaceful popular protests in every corner in Konso since then. Despite the loyalty of the people to the constitution of the country, the government in power at all levels has failed to give a constitutional answer to the people appeal for establishing a self-governed Zone as per the law of the country.
Now, the Konso people is under military siege some months ago. No freedom of movement, no education for children… all offices closed. Worst the innocent farmers are being shot to death by security forces. Konso cultural landscapes tell the incremental story of human progression—how regular people have taken the sum total of their knowledge and applied it to living in their natural surroundings. They are another way in which history comes alive through the built environment, and their importance is recognized by UNESCO. Beside their ten months long protests the indigenous people of Konso now lost both their life and heritage. After 400 years of conservation now Konso-world heritage site is destroyed with fire set by security forces of Ethiopian government, world community have to take part in identifying the cause and take measures on guilty body.
Oakland Institute: Ethiopia: The Time for Change is Now! #OromoProtests September 17, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
Tags: #OromoProtests, Africa, Ethiopia's colonizing structure and development problems in Oromia and Omo Valley, Oakland Institute, Oromia, Oromo, Tyrannic Ethiopia
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Last weekend on the eve of two large celebrations in Ethiopia—the Ethiopian New Year and the beginning of Eid al-Adha festivities—the Ethiopian authorities pardoned approximately 1,000 people, 135 of whom had been charged under the country’s draconian Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. Amongst those released were leaders of theEthiopian Muslim community, who have been in jail since July 2012 when they were detained for protesting against governmental interference in religious affairs.1
While the release of these political prisoners is welcome, we must not be fooled by this supposedly “generous” act. The Ethiopian government frequently issues pardons at times of international scrutiny. Before President Obama’s trip to Ethiopia in July 2015, for instance, numerous high profile political prisoners were released, including Bekele Gerba,2 Reeyot Alemu, and several of the Zone 9 Bloggers. Pardons like these are strategic. They are meant to make the Ethiopian government look reasonable, with the hope that the international community will be pacified and look the other way.
But the abuses continue, and cannot be ignored.
Just two days after the pardons, it was reported that two more Ethiopian opposition members had been arrested. On September 3rd, at least 23 prisoners died “under disputed circumstances” when a fire broke out in Ethiopia’s notorious Kilinto jail. Those jailed at Kilinto include numerous Oromo protesters, former World Bank translator Omot Agwa, and prominent Oromo opposition politician, Bekele Gerba. Local news reports allege that prison guards opened fire on the detained during the fire.
And let us not forget the thousands that remain behind bars, having not been included in what appears to have been an arbitrary set of pardons.
The Ethiopian government has good reason to worry about the growing dissent in the country. The past months have seen increased unity in the courageous fight for democracy and human rights. Community members engaged in the struggle told Oakland Institute staff “there will be no jubilation until all political prisoners, regardless of religious or ethnicity, are released.”
International pressure, too, has mounted. On September 12th, Rep. Chris Smith introduced House Resolution 861, entitled “Supporting human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.” The bill recounts the many abuses taking place in Ethiopia – from the impact of the villagization program on the Anuak in Gambella, to the numerous unlawful arrests made under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation; the crackdown on civil society organizations under the Charities and Societies Proclamation to the numerous extrajudicial killings that have taken place during this past year’s protests – and calls for strong action, both by the US and Ethiopian governments. One day later, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed deep concern in his opening remarks before the Human Rights Council regarding the “lethal use of force against protesters, enforced disappearances, and mass detentions” by Ethiopian forces. He reaffirmed his previous calls for an “independent, impartial, and international” investigation.
Solidarity actions are also taking root in the US. On Friday September 16th, the Oromo Renaissance Organization will hold a peaceful rally in Oakland to “denounce the deadly crackdown … on peaceful protesters in Oromia and other regions of the country.”3 Earlier this week, Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa held a high-profile press conference in Washington DC, bringing significant international media attention to the plight of not just the Oromo people, but those in Amhara and Gambella as well. Lilesa will hold another press conference on September 18th in Minneapolis, hosted by the Oromo Community of Minnesota.4
A Critical Moment for Ethiopia
This is a critical moment for Ethiopia. The US Government, United Nations leaders, and the international media are all paying attention to the abuses taking place, and finally giving these atrocities the attention they deserve. Now, more than ever, the international community needs to follow through on its responsibility. We must not accept the introduction of a bill or the pardoning of 1,000 as enough. Instead, we must continue to call for universal human rights, democracy, and justice across Ethiopia.
The time for change in Ethiopia is now!
-  Their sentencing was condemned by the Chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, who called the Muslim leaders “peaceful advocates for religious freedom.”
-  Bekele Gerba was rearrested in December 2015, and continues to languish in jail.
- The peaceful rally, coordinated by the Oromo Renaissance Organization, will be held on Friday September 16 from 11am – 2pm at 1301 Clay Street in Oakland, CA.
-  The press conference with Feyisa Lilesa, hosted by the Oromo Community of Minnesota, will be held at 12:00pm on Sunday September 18th at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S., in Minneapolis, MN.
RUNNING INTO TROUBLE: A life of discrimination and fear led an Ethiopian marathoner to protest on the world stage September 17, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests, Uncategorized.
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At night, Feyisa Lilesa and his friends hid in the farms to evade the security forces who were arresting people across the country. As a 15-year-old growing up in Oromia region, Lilesa says he was always aware that many of his fellow citizens didn’t approve of the government’s treatment. But the moment of awakening for…
VOA: Congressman Smith and Athlete Feyissa Lelisa at Capitol Hill. #OromoProtests September 13, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Press Conference to announce the introduction of a House Resolution “Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.” Oromo Olympic marathon runner who won silver in Rio, Feyisa Lelisa was invited to this event to make a remark and meet with U.S. Representatives.
Oromo Ethiopian diaspora community optimistic about human rights bill
Several dozen members of the Oromo Ethiopian diaspora community expressed support for recently introduced legislation aimed at curbing human rights abuses in that country during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Click here to read more.
CNS News: Rep. Smith on Ethiopia Rights Abuses: ‘Abomination When You Torture Your Own Citizens,’ click here to read more.
Related, Media reporting Fayyisaa Leellisaa:-
Al Jazeera: Feyisa Lilesa, who won silver for Ethiopia at Olympic Games in Rio, wants “superiority of one ethnic group to end”, click here to read.
Oromia: Athletic Nation World Report: The Rio 2016 Paralympic: Athlete Tamiru Demisse showed solidarity with #OromoProtests against the tyrannic Ethiopia’s regime as he claimed a silver medal, following a protest gesture made by Olympic counterpart Fayyisaa Leellisaa (Feyisa Lilesa). Gootichi Oromoo Atleet Taammiruu Demisee Paralympic Riyoo tti tibba injifate mallattoo mormii Oromoo agarsiise. September 13, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests, Athletic nation.
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Oromo athlete Tamiru Demisse has registered double victory in the Rio 2016 Paralympic as he stands with #OromoProtests on world stage.
Injifannoo dacha dachaa: Gootich Oromoo, Atleet Taammiruu Demisee Paralympic Riyoo irratti injifannoo irratti injifannoo galmeesse. Akkuma Fayyisaa Leellisaa FXG Oromoo Adunyaatti ibse.
Oromo athlete Tamiru Demisse (Center) shows solidarity in the world stage with #OromoProtests after the final of men’s 1500m of the Rio 2016 Paralympic.He is the silver medal winner at the event. Tamiru Demisse is 22 years old ( Born October 7, 1993).
Silver medalist Tamiru Demisse also refused to sing #Ethiopia national anthem in protest against the oppressive regime
Oromo Oromo athletes Tamiru Demisse (C), Megersa Tasisa (L) and sport journalist Adugna Angasu (R) who are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Paralympic 2016 show solidarity in a world stage to #OromoProtests, 11 September 2016.
Atleetiin Oromoo Damiseee Taammiruu ‘RioParalympic’ (Oloompikii qaama miidhamtootaa) irratti Fiigicha meetra 1500 irratti sadarkaa 2ffaan injifatee harka isaas waliin qaxxaamursee diddaa wayyaanee mul’isee injifannoo dachaa galmeessee jira.Kana kan raawwate Fulbaana 11 bara 2016 tti. Atleet Damiseen qaama miidhamaa yoo tahu ijji isaa takk0 hin agartu. Gootichi kun garuu addunyaa irratti saba isaa, saba Oromoof injifannoo guddaa fi boonsaa galmeesse jira . Wanti nama ajaa’ibu garuu atileetiin kun 1ffaa bahuu ni danda’a ture. Yoo sarara seenuuf xiqqo hafuuf mallattoo fincila xumura garbummaa Oromoo mul’isuuf jedhee hanga inni harka isaa ol qabu duubaa dhufanii bira dabranii saba isaaf jedhee 2ffaa bahuuf dirqame.
Itti dabaleesi Damisee Taammiruu yoo badhaasa fudhatuus alaabaan Itoophiyaa (wayyanee) akka ol hin baane dhoorkee yoo faaruun alaabaa Itoophiyaa faarfamtuus afaan qabatee jibba qabuuf mul’ise. Akkasumaas wayta baayyee harka isaa ol kaasuun mormii isaa irra deddeebi’ee mul’isaa ture. Atileetiin kun saba isaatiif jedhee wareegama qaalii injifannoo dachaa galmeesse. Innillee Itoophiyatti gale taanaan miidhaa hamaatu isa qunnama. Wayyaaneen aara Fayyisaa mara irratti dabalattee miiti. Kanaaf Oromoon addunyaarra jirtan akkuma inni daandii Fayyisaa Lalisaa baase irra deeme, nutiis daandii Fayyisaaf irra deemne irra haa deemnuuf. Isa waliin ‘RioParalympic’ irra kan turan Atleet magarsaa Taasisaa fi gazexeessaa Adunyaa Angaasuu isa waliin mallattoo fincila xumura garbummaa agarsiisaniiru.
Oromia: Athletic Nation Report: The winner of Quebec City Marathon, Oromo athlete Ebisa Ejigu crossed the finish line in an almost-identical fashion as Fayyisaa Leellisaa (Lilesa) did one week earlier in Brazil Rio Olympic Marathon, solidarity to #OromoProtests.
Athlete Fraol Ebissa Won the Germany 10Km race and shows his solidarity with #OromoProtestsSeptember 2016. p2
News Week: Ethiopian Paralympian Tamiru Demisse showed solidarity with Oromia protesters—who have clashed with the country’s government—as he claimed a silver medal, following a protest gesture made by Olympic counterpart Feyisa Lilesa.
Demisse, who competed in the men’s 1,500-meter T13 race for visually impaired runners, claimed a silver medal in the race on Sunday at the Olympic Station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As he crossed the finish line, Demisse crossed his arms above his head.The gesture has become widely adopted among members of the Oromo people, the country’s largest ethnic group. Oromo protesters have clashed with Ethiopian security forces in recent months, with Human Rights Watch claiming the unrest has seen more than 400 people killed.
The protest by Tamiru Demisse, the silver medalist in the men’s 1,500 m in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, comes after fellow Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa made headlines during the Olympics last month when he made a similar protest as he claimed silver in the men’s marathon.
Daily Mail: The protest by Tamiru Demisse, the silver medalist in the men’s 1,500 m in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, comes after fellow Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa made headlines during the Olympics last month when he made a similar protest as he claimed silver in the men’s marathon.
The gesture — a sort of X above the head — is a symbol of defiance against the Ethiopian government’s crack-down on anti-government protests that started in the Oromo region in November last year.
Africa News: An Ethiopian Paralympic athlete, Tamiru Demisse, crossed his arms above his head after finishing second in the Men’s 1500m race in Rio. He did same during the medal ceremony.
Tamiru finished behind Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka who took gold in the event. His gesture follows that of fellow athlete Feyisa Lilesa who also won silver in a marathon during the Olympic Games. Kenya’s Henry Kirwa won the bronze medal.
Crossing arms is a sign of protest against Ethiopian government’s treatment of the Oromo people, the largest ethnic group in the Horn of Africa. The protests were sparked after the government began extending the municipal boundary of the country’s capital, threatening parts of Oromia and the people’s land rights.
Beneficiaries of this fund are Oromo athletes Tamiru Demisse, Megersa Tasisa and sport journalist Adugna Angasu who are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Paralympic 2016. Mr. Demisse won a Silver Medal in the T13 1500 meter race and declared his support for pro-democracy movement in Ethiopia by raising his arms above his head X-style which is the symbol of #OromoProtests. Mr. Bayisa, an athlete, and Mr. Angasu, a sport journalist, from Ethiopia are also in Barzil for the Paralympic 2016. The three men fear persecution for supporting #OromoProtests if they go back to Ethiopia and are seeking political asylum. All fund raised will be used to support the beneficiaries. Please donate whatever amount you can. Thank you. Click here to go to the site
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Open Democracy: The ‘Ethiopian Spring’: “Killing is not an answer to our grievances. #OromoProtests September 10, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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There is every sign that Ethiopia is plunging into a crisis whose scale, intensity, and multiple and interdependent drivers are unprecedented since the founding of the regime in 1991.
The Ethiopian leadership remains in denial. The long meetings of its ruling bodies have culminated in a report on 15 years of national “rebirth”, in which it awards itself good marks, while acknowledging the existence of a few problems here and there.
Nonetheless, the odd warning signal may be heard – though very seldom – in counterpoint to the general complacency. Hailemariam Desalegn, prime minister and chairman of what is essentially the single party, has gone so far as to warn that the issues facing the regime are a matter of “life or death”,and that Ethiopia is “sliding towards ethnic conflict similar to that in neighbouring countries”.
Well, these neighbouring countries include Somalia, epitome of the ‘failed state’, and Sudan, which has split in two and where civil war is raging in the new Southern State. In this, unusually, he is in agreement with Merera Gudina, head of one of the main opposition parties still permitted to operate, whospeaks of the probability of “civil war […] if the government continues to repress”. There is every sign that Ethiopia is plunging into a crisis whose scale, intensity, and multiple and interdependent drivers are unprecedented since the founding of the regime in 1991, although the impossibility of field research precludes any in-depth and conclusive assessment.
The first, very discreet signs of this crisis appeared in the spring of 2014 in a part of the country where they were probably least expected: in Tigray, where the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), pillar of the quadri-ethnic party ruling coalition – the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) – seemed both unopposed and unopposable.
Yet the Tigreans loudly and clearly accused “their” Front of neglecting them by only looking after its own interests or, as Hailemariam Desalegn expressed it, of using “public authority for personal gain at all levels”.
The crisis erupted into the open a few weeks later in Oromya, with additional grievances. In the most populous of the nine states and two municipalities that make up federal Ethiopia, a state that is also the country’s economic powerhouse, students took to the streets to protest against the Addis Ababa Master Plan. Their suspicion was that this would inevitably lead to a transfer of sovereignty from the Oromo region to central government and be accompanied by “land grabbing”, the expulsion and dispossession of the local peasant farmers. Protests resumed in November 2015 and continue today at a larger scale that now includes the general population and almost the whole of Oromo State.
Turning up the heat
The heat was turned up a further notch in mid-July with the advent of protests in the historic heart of Amhara State. Together, Amhara and Oromo account for almost two-thirds of the country’s total population. The diversity of the ways of life that characterizes Oromo – farmers and pastoralists, of its religions – Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Protestant, animist, together with its very loose traditional structures, prompts Merera Gudina to emphasise “the chronic division between Oromo political forces”. By contrast, the homogeneity of the Amhara population – in its vast majority small farmers and Christian Orthodox – fosters unity, while its mobilisation is favoured by its sense of hierarchy and discipline. Finally, the parallel protests by Oromo and Amhara, with largely shared reasons and objectives, breaks with their historical antagonism: the dispossession and subsequent exploitation of the Oromo by an Amhara – and Tigrean – elite from the late nineteenth century onwards, embedded their relations in a system that the Oromo have described as colonial.
The toughest demonstrations that the regime had faced followed the contested elections of 2005. They were essentially confined to Addis Ababa, with the young unemployed playing a major role. In all, they lasted only a few days, in two surges. They came in response to a call from established political forces for a very clear outcome – respect for the verdict of the ballot box. The regime reacted in unison with violent repression – killing almost 200 and arresting tens of thousands – immediately followed by a large-scale strategy of political reconquest through the expansion of the quasi-single party and a rallying of the elites. The protests very quickly died down, and the opposition forces collapsed.
This time, the protests affect the country’s two main states. Despite the repression – hundreds killed, thousands arrested – it has been going on for nine months, with varying degrees of intensity. The attempts at dissuasion through fear have not been enough – at least for the moment – to demobilize the protesters, as evidenced by new forms of protest such as the recent “dead city” operations in the Amhara region and the just launched boycott campaign in Oromya.
This time, a whole generation of young people is in the forefront of the protests – the 15-29 age group represents more than a quarter of the population – starting with, but not confined to, all those who have benefited from mass education, who have carried their elders with them. This time, their anger derives from widespread discontent, focusing on three areas.
First, they are fed up not just with the regime’s authoritarianism, but more so with the way it is exercised: supervision and control that are stifling, intrusive and infantilising, imposed everywhere, all the time, on everyone, by a Party that has swallowed up the State. The second focus is the implementation of a federalism that is in theory equitable, but in reality profoundly unbalanced. Tigray, representing 6% of the population, was the epicentre of the rebellion, which threw out Mengistu Haile Mariam’s military-socialist junta in 1991, the Derg. It was headed by the Tigrean student elite that founded the TPLF. This historical role justified its initial primacy.
Twenty-five years on, however, this elite remains vastly overrepresented at the apex of political power, the army, the security services. In addition, through public and para-public companies, it controls two thirds of the modern economy, excluding traditional agriculture.In the specific Ethiopian case… a tentacular and increasingly voracious and arrogant oligarchy… has ultimately filtered down to village level.
The third focus of discontent is the backlashes of the “developmental state”. This system centralises revenues at the summit of power, which supremely decides on its optimal use for development across the country. This strategy has been decisive in the exceptional economic growth of the last decade – probably around 6% to 7% per year – and in the expansion of education and health services alike. However, the centralisation it entails is evidently incompatible with authentic federalism. Moreover, in the specific Ethiopian case, the fact that the functions of political leadership, economic decision-making and the management of public and para-public enterprises are concentrated in the hands of the same people at the summit of the party-state, free of any control and political counterweight, has led to the creation of a tentacular and increasingly voracious and arrogant oligarchy, which has ultimately filtered down to village level.
These flaws have had a cumulative and mutually reinforcing impact. In Oromya in particular, the implementation of development projects dictated from above and often controlled by nonindigenous oligarchs, has frequently been marked by authoritarianism, spoliation and ethnic favouritism. In the case of “land grabbing”, there are multiple instances of land being brutally appropriated and embezzlement of the compensation owed to evicted farmers. The triggering factor for the protests in Amhara region was the authorities’ refusal to tackle the dispute arising from the incorporation into Tigray of the Wolkait region – a thin strip of land in the north that was part of the imperial province of Amhara – imposed after 1991 without public consultation of any kind, together with the transfer of western areas to Sudan, a process conducted in total secrecy.
The demonstrators’ slogans and targets speak for themselves. They have attacked prisons to free the inmates. They have ransacked public properties, not just offices, vehicles, etc., but also health centres, unemployment offices and cooperatives, places they see as existing more to control the population than to perform their purported functions.They have ransacked public properties… they see as existing more to control the population than to perform their purported functions.
They have gone after local party bosses and their possessions – the lowest layer of the oligarchy – targeting government representatives as much as the despoilers. They have burned businesses owned by national and foreign investors (farms, factories, hotels, etc.) because they symbolise an external stranglehold over Oromya and the Amhara region. “Oromya is not for sale” was one favourite slogan. In short, the demonstrators are targeting both the persons and property of those they see as having obtained position and/or wealth at their expense, through the patronage of the ruling power. “Thief!” is one of the most oft repeated slogans.
In Oromya, the conviction of having remained second-class citizens in a system dominated by a “northist” minority, and in the Amhara region of having become second-class and of feeling permanently “humiliated and marginalized” because a part of the Amhara elite was dominant in the imperial era, is less and less tolerated. The assertion of ethnic identity and the demand for the full rights associated with it are at the heart of the demonstrations. “We want genuine self rule”, cry the Oromo, “We are Amhara”, declare the crowds in the historical capital Gondar, or in Bahir Dar, the new capital. However, these claims are also taking a very worrying turn. In Oromo, demonstrators have gone after Amhara and Tigreans, as well as their properties. Tigreans have been targeted in the Amhara region. However, distortions of every kind in the propaganda war make the reality difficult to grasp. In particular, were the rioters targeting arrivistes more than Tigreans, or vice versa? Anyway, Tigreans are even beginning to leave certain areas, notably in a “mass exodus” from Gondar. Some go so far as to speak of “ethnic cleansing”.
There are pressing calls for these practices to cease, both on social media and from the legal opposition. But as Beyene Petros, one of its leaders, explains:“we’re just watching… people are coming out spontaneously… political parties are bypassed”. By contrast with 2005, this popular protest is largely independent of the legal opposition, and even the illegal opposition groups, such as the Oromo Liberation Front, the oldest and most radical of the Oromo “nationalist movements”, and Ginbot 7, heir to one of the big opposition parties of 2005 and considered a pan-Ethiopian movement.There is no secret central command orchestrating events.
There is no secret central command orchestrating events, although there is no doubt that informal clandestine networks, with links to the diaspora, are contributing to basic coordination and the exchange of information. “These protests are at the level of an intifada”, claims Merera Gudina, or rather at the level of what could be called an “Ethiopian Spring” reminiscent of the “Arab Springs”.
In addressing this situation, the ruling power clings stubbornly to a binary, reductive and simplistic analysis. True, it quickly shelved the Master Plan, an entirely unprecedented turnaround. It also reaffirmed the self-critique that emerged from the congresses of summer 2015: beyond the immense benefits that it has brought – peace and development – its action has been marred by failures and deficiencies, notably with regard to corruption, bad governance, unaccountability and youth unemployment. The narrative is that these are the only failings that the “public” condemns, which makes them “legitimate”. It has undertaken to correct them and “to discuss with the people” in order to tackle them more effectively.
So the legitimacy of these “public” claims is accepted. But those who demand more are supposedly driven by a “destructive agenda” manipulated by “destructive”, “anti-peace”, “anti-development elements”, “bandits”, or even “evil forces” and “terrorist groups”, “extremist Diaspora members who have negotiated their country’s chaos for money”, which are puppets of “foreign actors” or “invaders”, starting with Eritrea. It is they who are “hijacking” peaceful demonstrations and turning them into illegal and violent protests. Websites close to the TPLF, among the few accessible in Ethiopia, are more explicit: according to them, the wave of protest is simply the outcome of an Arab plot, led by Egypt, in which Asmara, the OLF and Ginbot 7 are mere “foot soldiers”. Their real purpose? “To destabilise” Ethiopia, repeats the government, “the total disintegration of Ethiopia as a country”, according to these websites.
To attribute the crisis to external, foreign conspiracy is unjustifiable. Eritrea, still in an on/off state of war with Ethiopia, and Egypt, deeply alarmed by the construction of a colossal dam on the Nile, would undoubtedly welcome a weakening of Ethiopia. It may even be that they are trying to fan the flames. But they do not have the means to light the fire and keep it burning. And the ruling power’s claim that they have been able to do so is itself an admission of weakness: for them to succeed, the regime must already have been resting on weak foundations.
This externalisation also exempts the government from having to consider the grievances at the heart of the protests, going far beyond a few personal failings and deficiencies in implementation. Externalisation is also used to justify repression as the only possible response: there can be no compromise with the enemies of the motherland. It would therefore be pointless to move beyond the use of force and engage in the political sphere, as it did in 2005. Above all, however, the government rejects this option because a political response to the protesters’ demands would require it to question its whole political structure and policy.
The TPLF is a child of the student movement of the end of Haile Selassie’s reign, radically Marxist and above all Leninist. From its creation, it adopted the movement’s analysis of Ethiopian society. The peasantry – still 80% of the population today – backward and illiterate, the working class tiny and in any case ‘trade-unionist’, the ‘national’ bourgeoisie equally small and anyway indecisive, assigned an irreplaceable role to “revolutionary intellectuals”, as Lenin defined them. They are the only ones able to develop the path that would bring Ethiopia progress and well-being, and therefore the only ones with the legitimacy to impose it on Ethiopians, willingly or by force if necessary.
This conviction remains. Just a few years ago, Hailemariam Desalegn explained: “due to poor education and illiteracy, the Ethiopian public is too underdeveloped to make a well reasoned, informed decision”; so the “enlightened leaders” have “to lead the people”. At the other extreme, every local official is convinced that his position places him within the circle of “enlightened leaders” and that he has the right and duty to assume all the authority associated with that role.
This messianic vision creates an unbridgeable divide between a handful of ‘knowers’, an ‘intellocracy’, which alone has the legitimacy and the capacity to exercise power, and all the others, the ‘ignorant’, in other words the people, reified and bound to obey in its own interests, whatever it may think. It justifies a totalising ascendancy in every sphere, exercised through an age-old hierarchy on which the Leninist formula “democratic centralism” confers a modern and revolutionary dimension. Or, in this particular case, “revolutionary elitism” or “elitist centralism”. Of course, the outcome has been exactly the same: centralising excess and denial of democracy, culminating with the installation of a “strong man” at the apex of a pyramid of power. Meles Zenawi, the prime minister until his death in 2012, would become the acknowledged fulfiller of this role, drawing on immense rhetorical skills backed by an exceptional intelligence.
In this binary vision, the political spectrum is inevitably polarised at two extremes. The ruling power is the sole promoter of peace and development. Those who oppose or merely question it are assigned to the “anti-peace”, “anti-development”, “anti-federalist” camp, as “chauvinists” or “narrow nationalists”, threatening the Ethiopian state and the integrity of the country. Although masked in the early days of the TPLF by the collective operation of the leadership, this conception of ruling, monopolistic and exclusive to the point of extreme sectarianism, is in essence undemocratic. It legitimises the use of force whenever those in power deem it appropriate.
A new middle class
However, a growing section of the population is no longer prepared to be stifled, undervalued and marginalised. A new middle class has emerged, essentially in the public sector, in services and – largely unrecognised – in the countryside, where a rump of recently enriched farmers has emerged. 700,000 young people are in university, 500,000 have obtained degrees in the last five years. In a country of close to 100 million inhabitants, the number of mobile phone customers has reached 46 million, internet users 13.6 million, compared respectively with fewer than a million and 30,000 ten years ago. Satellite dishes have sprouted on the roofs wherever electricity is present, breaking the public television monopoly. It is estimated that 4 million Ethiopians live abroad, but still maintain close relations with their native country. Millions of Ethiopians are suddenly connected to the world. More globally, the demands society now places on the regime are commensurate with the upheavals brought about by the development it has driven. In this sense, the regime’s very successes have come back to bite it.
Ethnic faultlines are also imprinted in the regime’s DNA. From the mid-1980s onwards, the TPLF carried its combat against the Derg from the regional to the national level. At least within the country’s two major “nations”, Oromo and Amhara, it thus had to find ethnic political movements to join it. But rather than forming partnerships, which would have entailed power-sharing, it imposed its grip on them. That is the original sin of federalism ‘Ethiopian style’.
Rather than reaching agreement with the spearhead of anti-Derg struggle in Oromya, the OLF, it created the Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation (OPDO), drawn from among its Oromo or simply Oromifa-speaking prisoners. This structure would be confined to the rank of ‘junior partner’, even more than the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), the Amhara component of the EPRDF, although its initial nucleus had been an autonomous group. The new Oromo and Amhara elites that joined this structure did so more out of opportunism than by conviction, and in general at least without recognising their leaderships as legitimate representatives.
Federalism, which was supposed to achieve a harmonious balance in inter-ethnic relations, has in fact as practised led ultimately to their deterioration. It faced an insurmountable contradiction. On the one hand, it promoted new ethnic elites to political, administrative and economic functions; on the other, it continued to keep them subordinate, while sharpening ethnic identities. Large parts of these elites, and moreover large swathes of their nations, are no longer prepared to tolerate this.
Ultimately, the exclusiveness and top-down approach are having a negative impact on the economy. In the first phase, the party’s control over the State and the modern sector encouraged the mobilisation and effective use of resources. At this time, the ‘developmental state’ proved its worth by delivering remarkable economic growth. It has to continue if the regime wishes to tout it as a pillar of its legitimacy.
However, this model is on the wane. The developmental state has gone off the rails, diverted by the oligarchical dynamic. The onus is on private investors, in particular foreign investors, to take over from public investment to drive structural transformation towards a globalised market economy. However, the governing power’s obsession with maintaining control is stifling those investors.
Finally, the party political discipline imposed on the technocracy smothers its professional capacities and its confidence. This is one of the primary sources of frustration. It also hampers the effective use of the resources essential for growth in an increasingly complex economy. Yet even at its current rate, that growth is unable to absorb the two to two and a half million young people entering the labour market each year, including new graduates, contributing to the anger that is now exploding in the streets.
In light of these contradictions, the fault lines are deepening. The discontent of the Tigreans has triggered the emergence of a ‘reforming’, pragmatic and politicised current inside the TPLF, which wants to rally them by making the Front work for them again. It advocates breaking with the “rule of force”, an immemorial feature of Ethiopian history.
It underlines that the only way to achieve long-term stability, beginning with peaceful changes of government, is through the step-by-step introduction of the “rule of law” by full and integral application of the constitution, notably the separation of powers, the exercise of fundamental liberties and an authentic federalism. It would have to be “consociationalist”. The chief nations would be equally represented, with decisions taken by consensus, so each would possess an effective right of veto. The second “traditionalist” or “conservative” current rejects significant change and argues for continuity. Essentially, it takes the view that Ethiopia is not yet mature enough for democratic move, and still needs to kept under iron control. A website close to the TPLF argues:“the people are not ready yet in every aspect and meaning of the word (democracy). Any attempt to accelerate that process other than its natural course… can only lead to darker places”.
Reflecting the intensity of this division, these websites are full of heated debate between those who show real understanding of the protests and those who utterly condemn them, between those arguing for immediate political openness and those calling first and foremost for the crushing of the unrest. However, they agree on one point: an unprecedentedly virulent condemnation of the leadership of the Front, which is deemed inept and incapable of handling the situation.
This political division has also reached the ranks of the ANDM and OPDO, but here the focus is on federalism. The “ethno-nationalists” reject the asymmetries of the current federal system and are keen to assert their party’s autonomy from the TPLF. Their adversaries are considered too weak to fend for themselves and vitally in need of the TPLF’s support. So, the OPDO base has literally disintegrated. At its summit, there is overt opposition between Abadula Gemeda, who expresses understanding for the claims of protesters and is the only leader who enjoys real popularity, and Muktar Kedir, who is perceived as an insubstantial apparatchik imposed by the TPLF. The same applies to the problematic destiny of Gedu Andergatchew, President of the Amhara region, number two in the ANDM and the Movement’s real heavyweight in terms of popularity, and the official number one, Demeke Mekonnen, a much criticised figure who is nevertheless supported by the TPLF.
This ethnicisation of the political landscape is also apparent in the deterioration of relations between TPLF, ANDM and OPDO. Discussions with their rank and file members and a reading of their websites give an insight into their mutual mistrust.
In the TPLF, there is an iron belief that the “rotten chauvinists” and “revanchist”Amhara, controlled remotely by Ginbot 7, have “hijacked” the ANDM, are intent of restoring their former hegemony by “overtaking the position of TPLF in the Ethiopian politics” and are even once again forcing Tigreans “to defend our existence from extinction”.
In the ANDM, there is a conviction that the TPLF wants to continue to make Amhara pay for the former dominance of some of their elite, to marginalize them and to dispossess them of ancestral lands. For the ordinary OPDO party official, nothing has changed since the nineteenth century conquests: exploitation, oppression, marginalisation, or even quite baldly “genocide”. Hackneyed as it clearly is, the word is widely used, symptomatic of a paranoia that casts doubt on what remains of the unity at least at the base of the EPRDF.
These fractures were born since the initial formation of the ruling power. Meles Zenawi widened them, but succeeded in masking them by maintaining an iron grip over the tensions that they engendered. The present wave of protests has exacerbated them. They are splitting, not to say cracking, the party, from its summit to its 7 million member base, which is torn between loyalty and discipline, the material advantages of membership, and the ever-growing swell of popular aspirations within it.
In Oromya, part of the OPDO pushed behind the scenes for overt opposition to the Master Plan. The regional police were unable to cope or adopt a prudent ‘wait and see’ strategy. Today, they are virtually out of the game, and the federal police and army have had to intervene. The OPDO has essentially been relieved of the government of Oromya, which is under military administration via a “Command Post” based in Addis Ababa and headed by Hailemariam Dessalegn. In the Amhara region, at least the big initial demonstrations were held with the support or tacit approval of part of the ANDM, although officially forbidden. Out of their depth, the Amhara State authorities had to request army intervention. The region has been placed under military command.
The growing number of leaks of documents and recordings of discussions at the highest level of government and the State-Party are testament to the fact that frontline leaders now have one foot in the government camp and one in the protesters’ camp. Villages and entire local areas are taking advantage of the dilution or even disappearance of public authority to set up embryonic forms of self-government. In places, the State-Party’s local structures have placed their organisations at the service of the protesters. Armed men, who can only be village militiamen in principle strictly under local government control, have fired in the air alongside demonstrators. They are necessarily involved in fatal ambushes on soldiers and attacks on military depots. Desertions and overt acts of insubordination are taking place.
By contrast with 2005, when neither the federal nor regional governments lost control, today – at least at certain times and in certain places – they have lost authority over their own agents and even their monopoly on the use of force. Hailemariam Desalegn had to concede: “chaos” has broken out “in parts of Oromia and Amhara states”.. There has been a shift from demonstrations to riots, and then from riots to pockets of insurrection. Militiamen and farmers hold hundreds of thousands of weapons. The transition from unrest towards a scattered armed peasant revolt (a “jacquerie”), is a possibility.
The crisis is not only about a change of government, or even regime change. It is systemic, because it is rooted in the form in which contemporary power has been exercised since its bases were laid down in the middle of the nineteenth century. This has been theocratic, authoritarian, centralised, hierarchical, ethnically biased, monopolising the country’s resources.
“Intellocracy” has replaced theocratic feudalism, but other main traits have been more or less transposed in an updated form. The ruling power faces more or less the same demands as those it addressed to Haile Selassie’s regime forty years ago: rule of law; fair use of assets, beginning with land (“land to the tiller”, went the slogan; denunciation of “land grabbing’” now); the “national question”, in other words a balanced relationship between Ethiopia’s 80 “nations, nationalities and peoples”; and, at the crossroads of the land issue and the “national question”, the border conflicts between the states.“They want to rule in the old way, and people are refusing to be ruled in the old way”
“They want to rule in the old way, and people are refusing to be ruled in the old way”, is Merera Gudina’s concise summing up. What the protesters – and indeed the “reformists” – are demanding is huge: the shift from an imposed, exclusive and closed system, to an accepted, inclusive and open system. This would require a total reconstruction, an outcome that the successors of Haile Selassie, then of Mengistu, failed to bring about.
For the moment at least, this goal is well beyond the EPRDF’s capacities. Firstly, it is paralysed by its divisions. These range from personal conflicts to business rivalries, from old ethnic tensions to new political disagreements. Secondly, the Front would risk disintegration if the “reformists” tried to force through their views. Whatever side they are on, its leaders know that a split would be fatal to everyone. They are obliged to maintain unity, with the result that they seem for now condemned to immobility.
The majority of the Front perceives opening up as a leap in the dark and a fatal threat to its positions and its interests.
Opening up to the opponents of the Front would have to go hand-in-hand with an internal opening up. It would inevitably threaten numerous unfairly acquired positions.
Until now, the rule of winner-takes-all has reigned. In the general perception, or at least ‘Abyssinian’ perception, authority is either absolute or moribund: if it accepts concessions, it implicitly acknowledges that its end is imminent. To open up would therefore trigger a sharing of power, which could culminate in total loss of power.
Opening up would also mean a historic shift. For centuries, power has been “northern”, Abyssinian. A fair representation of the different ethnic components is inconceivable without the Oromo, the largest ethnicity, playing a central role, a role moreover that they are demanding.
That would be an even more hazardous leap for the TPLF, abandoning its domination and betting that a genuinely democratic federalism would emerge. In other words, that nations or a coalition of nations much more populous than the Tigreans would not impose majority rule, threatening the preservation of what for the Front is non- negotiable: Tigreans remaining in charge of Tigray.Finally, power and enrichment go together.
Finally, power and enrichment go together. From the summit of the state-party to its most modest ranks, official positions and oligarchical rents are mutually reinforcing. This material dimension is an overwhelming reason to preserve the status quo. In particular, the vast majority of the Front’s members think that it is right that their commitment and obedience should be rewarded with direct or indirect favours.
To open up, but to whom, in what domain, and to what point? Everyone agrees that the protest movement has neither a recognised leadership nor a clear programme, which is its major weakness. Would it consider itself authentically represented by the legal opposition, enfeebled through repression and its own divisions, or by the more radical illegal opposition, whose real representativeness is impossible to assess? Would these very diverse forces agree on a sort of shared programme of demands?
Up to now they have always stumbled over two crucial points: whether to maintain public ownership of land – far and away the primary asset – or to privatise it; and whether to accentuate or to temper federalism. For the moment, the voices making themselves heard cover a very wide spectrum of demands, from the launch of a national dialogue through to the total and immediate overthrow of the EPRDF. And history tells us that in such circumstances the extremists quickly prevail over the moderates.But the word compromise has no direct translation in Amharic…
Yet short of plunging the country into chaos, there exists no credible alternative to the existing authority, except in the long term. Supposing the EPRDF were to decide “to rule in a new way”, it would only do so on condition that it remained in control of a very gradual and therefore very long process of change. Which of its adversaries would accept this? On one side or the other, all-or-nothing politics have so far been the rule. But an inclusive and open system cannot be created unless all the stakeholders, without exception, are ready for compromise, in other words ready to make reciprocal concessions in order to reach an agreement. But the word compromise has no direct translation in Amharic…
Worst case scenario
So every scenario remains possible, including the worst-case. The regime may decide to continue on the same trajectory, relying on repression and the acceleration of its recovery plan for the state-party. It could be that the machinery of repression will stifle the protest movement. This machinery is extensive and experienced. It is even possible that the army could decide to take matters into its own hands, if it thought that the political leadership was failing. Its effective head, Samora Yunus, has always said that “the army is always vigilant to safeguard the constitutional order”.
But will it be able to, especially if protest intensifies, and in particular if it takes root in the rural areas? From a leaked record of a meeting of army chiefs, it seems that some are uncertain about the physical capacity of the troops to hold firm on multiple fronts, and above all about the risks of insubordination, or even mutiny, resulting from the ethnic divisions in their ranks.“Killing is not an answer to our grievances”
Even supposing that simple repression works, the probability is high that it would only offer the regime a period of respite before, sooner or later, a new – even more devastating – surge of unrest. To prevent this, it has just decided to put on the table the question of Wolkait and the relations between Addis Ababa and the Oromo lands around it, and above all to “sack and reshuffle party and government officials including Ministers” in the coming month, all through wide-ranging discussions “with the people”.
But even the legal opposition judges these reforms to be “cosmetic”. Up to now, these discussions have always consisted in a massive process of self-justification, with no genuine consultation of the people, which is unable – or does not dare – to make itself heard. Moreover, this promise is an old chestnut. The struggle against the dark triad of corruption, bad governance and unaccountability, on the agenda since the early 2000s, has had no impact. The campaign to “purify” the state-party of its black sheep, launched with much fanfare in the autumn of 2015, has been a damp squib. It touched only minor officials, while none of the senior figures – some are notorious for their corrupt practices – was affected, leading the population to conclude that the campaign was nothing but a smokescreen.
This triad of failings extends from top to bottom of the EPRDF. It is hard to see how the Party could put an end to them in response to what it sees as the main demand emanating from the people, without putting itself at high risk.
“Killing is not an answer to our grievances”, cry the demonstrators. For the moment, however, no other genuine answers are to be heard or seen, unless basic common sense, not to mention democratic aspirations, were to prevail in the ruling power.
Daily Mail: Unrest mars Ethiopia’s New Year, Eid parties. #OromoProtests and the Market Boycott in Action September 10, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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As Ethiopians ready to celebrate their New Year and the Muslim feast of Sacrifice, shops in the town of Burayu are shuttered and streets strangely empty amid fresh anti-government protests.
With New Year festivities set for Sunday and Eid parties scheduled the following day, in any other year Burayu’s sheep and cattle market would have been at its busiest this weekend.
But after months of on-off trouble in the central Oromo region — home to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group — this small town close to the capital, Addis Ababa, is in virtual lockdown after a call for a general strike against the government’s stance on Oromo demands.
Closed shops in Burayu town, about ten kilometres from Addis Ababa in Oromia regional state
“I’ve never seen the city like this,” said a grocer manning one of the few market stalls still open.
“The police came and said we have no right to close our shops and if we close, they’ll close us for good.”
But despite incessant police patrols up and down the streets, most of the shops have remained shuttered.
“The whole Oromo region is ruled by the military,” said 26-year-old Abdisa, who vows while chatting with a couple of friends that his family’s small cafe will stay shut until the New Year, as agreed by the shopkeepers.
“This boycott is a way of showing our disagreement with the government,” adds Abdisa, who gave no family name.
The lockdown, he says, is a sign of respect for those killed in the Oromo region since November, which rights groups say number in the hundreds.
With security forces readily using live bullets against demonstrators, there have been fewer protests in recent days.
– ‘People choice is my choice’
“We don’t want to celebrate the New Year with joy … They’re killing people with guns. We need the killings to stop,” said Falmata, a young university graduate unable to find a job.
And when talk focuses on Ethiopia’s last elections in May 2015, when the ruling EPRDF coalition — in power for a quarter of a century — won every parliamentary seat, Falmata’s anger boils over. “This result is totally false,” he says.
It was a government decision a few months later to appropriate Oromo lands for an urban development scheme — a decision now rescinded — that raised fears by Oromo farmers of expropriation, triggering months of deadly trouble.
“The plan brought a lot of blood, and that blood started everything”” said Falmata.
“We don’t want this regime to continue, it’s ruled by a few people dominated by the TPLF,” he added, referring to the Tigray Liberation Front that overthrew Mengistu Haile Mariam’s dictatorial regime in 1991 but is now also accused of monopolising political power.
The unrest, the first such protests in a decade, has spread to the northern Amhara region. In August, simultaneous protests took place for the first time in the two regions that together account for 60 percent of the country’s people.
The protests were violently suppressed by security forces who opened fire on crowds in several places leaving at least 100 dead, according to rights group Amnesty International.
In Burayu, the main bus station is deserted, with activists stopping all traffic to western Oromo, where the protests have been specially violent.
Civil disobedience appears to be growing in the region, with artists now openly joining the protest movement.
“I am on the side of the people,” popular singer Abush Zeleke said on Facebook. “People choice is my choice. I am not going to perform any concert.”
Local media says around 20 artists have decided to boycott New Year celebrations on Sunday.
closed shops in Burayu town, about ten kilometres from Addis Ababa in Oromia regional state.Most traders have closed their shops and called for a general strike against the repression of anti-government movement that affects the Oromo region.
Most traders have closed their shops and called for a general strike against the repression of anti-government movement that affects the Oromo region.
The Huffington Post: The Ethiopian Intifada is a Response to extreme Internal Repression September 10, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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The Ethiopian Intifada is a Response to extreme Internal Repression
Ethiopians cite disputes over land, ethnicity and indiscriminate killings of protestors as the real causes of the Ethiopian “intifada”. But if one believes the Ethiopian spokesman, Mr.Getachew Reda, the protests in Gondar and Oromia are somehow remotely orchestrated and stage managed from Eritrea. Mr. Reda, with his outrageous claims, is increasingly sounding as clownish as the late Saddam’s information minister, comical Ali. He rarely addresses the real causes of the protests: the forceful incorporation of Wolkayt region into Tigray or the daylight land robbery in Oromia― all in the name of “development”. The government spokesman attributes the Oromo, Muslim, and the Wolkayt protests to infiltration from Eritrea, Saudi Arabia or Egypt. This false claim is another example of utter contempt and disrespect for the people by an arrogant government official who is out of touch with the heartbeat of the people.
It is true that there is no love lost between the ruling regimes in Eritrea and Ethiopia but it is absurd to believe that Eritrea, even it so desires can stir up the kind of uprising occurring in Ethiopia. It simply has no such power to do so. The border between the two countries is one of the most militarized borders in the world and one under heavy surveillance. An uprising of this scale cannot be initiated by an outside force. Such a claim is an insult to the pride and intelligence of the Ethiopian people.
The overwhelming narrative in the Western media portrays Ethiopia as a source of stability in a troubled region, as an economic powerhouse with a potential to surpass Kenya and join the club of countries like South Africa as well as a pacifying regional force and a bulwark against terrorism. There is little critical reporting on the country which means international readers have a skewed and partial picture at best. Unless one has the time and the motivation to dig deeper, one would not know that the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), the dominant group within the ruling coalition, has in fact destabilized the region, rules over a deeply divided and aggrieved populace, which in actual fact is responsible for worsening terrorism in Somalia. The core of the TPLF is an ideological group which behaves like a chameleon depending on the audience and responsible for the atmosphere of tension and the expensive militarization of the region.
The TPLF has carried out egregious human rights violations; the regime has become even more repressive with each year by systematically limiting political space, taking 100% parliamentary seats in the lower house, detaining members, discrimination and harassment of Amharas, Muslims and the Oromo; it has all but blocked legal political participation for these groups.
Ethiopians of all stripes and not just the Oromo, are sick and tired of the regime in Ethiopia and the suffering they must endure challenging it while Ethiopia enjoys impunity and protection from the powers that be. The ongoing protests in different parts of the country are not connected or coordinated and appear to be spontaneous protests. Participants in the protests embody resistance to their increasing marginalization, which are ongoing and spreading. More recently, the protesters in Gondar proclaimed solidarity with the Oromo uprising in the South. For a regime that thrives on divide and rule, this solidarity is a worrisome sign and perhaps signals the beginning of its dissolution.
It also seems the tired scapegoating of Eritrea for its own domestic woes is increasingly ineffective. Imaginary scapegoats and bogeymen had served the regime well but there are now indications that ordinary Ethiopians are beginning to see that Eritreans are not natural enemies of Ethiopians, as the regime has depicted. This is a good sign that the populations are beginning to recognize the essential brotherhood of all the peoples of the region: this could be the leap of faith which was missing due to the influence of intensive propaganda by dictatorial rulers for the last six plus decades. Recent headlines also give hope that the era of impunity may end sooner than later. Headlines like these from major newspapers:
are new. The massacre that occurred over the first weekend of August may have jarred the radar of the international media but their overall failure to register the pattern of it has been the norm for almost as long as the TPLF has been in power. The genocidal policies towards the Anuak in the Gambella region received little international publicity. Rioting Muslims were effectively and brutally silenced. The TPLF marginalized both the legal and the extra-legal opposition arresting prominent leaders like Professor Bekele Gerba, a prominent Oromo intellectual and human rights activist. Professor Bekele Gerba and other prominent leaders are protesting their treatment in detention by staging a hunger strike.
Resentment to TPLF rule extends to the movement’s home base of Tigray, where most of the population feel left out by the TPLF elites interested only in making money and investing it in the capital or abroad.
Despite a dishonest attempt to externalize the issue, Ethiopian Muslims, who number anywhere from 40% to 50% of the population, and the Oromo have historically been marginalized, and the protest is very much homegrown and rooted in a long list of grievances. When it comes to the thugs running Ethiopia today, whatever happened to the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect? Rewarding the TPLF with a non-permanent membership in both the Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council, despite its dismal human rights record, is cruel and cynical.
This tribalist regime must go and the criminals at the helm must answer for their crimes. A first step is investigation by aindependent observers as recommended by the UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. Predictably and true to character, the TPLF regime is refusing to allow in neutral outside UN observers. The regime has a pattern of ignoring international norms and laws, when it doesn’t suit it.
The Ethiopian people desperately need relief and healing. The region needs to be spared from this dangerous and fanatical warmongers. Ethiopia deserves imaginative leaders who can prevent fragmentation and are cognizant of the complexity of the society, who can see beyond tribe, and discern and appreciate the mosaic of ethnicities that make the country beautiful and rich. The West should stop enabling this murderous thugs. China should stop bailing out this regime and other African dictators and begin to care about the human rights of Africans!
The regime in Ethiopia (Fascist TPLF) has lost any semblance of humanity September 10, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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“They killed my son, and they forced me to sit on his dead body while they were beating me.”
If there is any doubt in one’s mind that the regime in Addis Ababa would come to its senses and respect the dignity and sanctity of human life, what happened this week in a western town of Dembi Dolo should put that doubt to rest. An act so cruel, so abhorrent, not just humans, it makes the rocks weep. A mother finds her sixteen-year-old son’s lifeless body covered with blood in the middle of the street, shot by forces loyal to the regime. Arriving at the scene, a mother, as all mothers do, began wailing while holding her son’s body. What followed next was hard to describe and painful to comprehend to any one with a minimum degree of decency. The same forces loyal to the regime ordered the mother to sit on her sixteen-year old son’s dead body as they mercilessly hit her.
It is an act so savage, so devoid of any norms and values cultural or otherwise, it reflects the psychopathic behavior of forces that do the killings in Ethiopia. Ephrem Hailu, the sixteen- year old boy, was simply in his daily routine like any other sixteen-year-old, playing and doing what sixteen-year-olds do. His life was cut short for no apparent reason except the psychopathic killing machines called Agazi have to kill someone to satisfy their addiction of killing.
The regime in Addis Ababa is at war with the Ethiopian people, young and old, men and women are being terrorized and murdered in broad daylight for simply demanding freedom of expression, assembly and respect to the rule of law.
This is the dark and horrifying reality in the four corners of Ethiopia. Mothers are terrified to send their children to school because they have no guarantee they would return home safe. If they escape from the bullets they might not avoid the concentration camps where they are tortured and exposed to malaria infection without any proper medical service. The suffering of the Ethiopian people, particularly the young has reached an intolerable climax. While all peace and freedom loving people in Ethiopia and around the world mourn with Ephrem Hailu’s mother, it is also a reminder that the only way to have safety and security is by ridding the country from a brutal authoritarian rule once and for all.
Recently, I posted a piece titled “Refusing to be adversaries.” In this piece I was given a short poem which was written by a young man who lost his best friend to forces loyal to regime. I was moved by the poem because it describes the sorrow and pain of a mother whose child was gunned down. I have re-posted the same poem (below). It was originally written in Amharic. I translated it to English.
Tears of the moon
Gripped with an overwhelming sorrow
A mother says “I have no tears left
I have cried until I no longer see
I have wailed until I have no voice left
What is sight for, if I cannot see my child?
What is a voice for, if he cannot come to me when I call his name?
Here we have run out of tears.
Instead, our rocks, trees and fields are crying for us,
Here the birds no longer sing,
As they are mourning with us in silence.
The sun, too, weeps as we languish in the burning shadows of oppression,
And the moon sheds tears with us at night, as we hide in our blood stained forest.
When will this end?”
“When will we relearn to laugh again?
When will peace reign?
When will the true spirit of humanity return to this land of our ancestors again?
We are collectively tired of oppressionWe are people of an exhausted nation.”
Oromia: #OromoProtests Alerts! Crimes Against humanity:Fascist Ethiopia’s regime has continued with mass killings of Oromo children: “They made me sit on my son’s dead body & tortured me” said a mother: Reeffa Mucaa Koo Irra Taa’i Naan Jedhanii Achi Irratti Na Tuman: Haada Mucaan Duraa Ajjeefame September 9, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in Uncategorized.
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This is just sickening to hear what is coming out of Ethiopia. 16 years old Hailu Efram working as daily laborer in Dambi Dollo, Wallega, Oromia. He was shot by security forces. Kids run to his mom with bad news. She runs to see his lifeless body. She was carrying her daughter crying on her only son lifeless body.
He was working daily bringing home what he gets to feed his mother and younger sister. Security forces came and told this mother to stand on her sons dead body. They pointed gun at her daughter. She kneeled down crying not to shoot her daughter. She was beaten in her back with back of the their guns? She was on her knees begging this barbaric forces to spare her daughter.
Kun Boggee (Haayilu Efreem) kan waggaa 16tti waraana Agaaziin Dambii Doollootti ajjeefame. Haati isaanii isaa fi obboleessa isaa abbaa malee rakkattee guddifte. Haati takka wayyaa namaaf miiccaa, takka qoraan namaaf guuraa, takkammoo yoo argate buddeena mana nyaatatii toolchaa guddiste.
Haaluma kanaan Aanaa Anfilloo ganda Heenachee jadhamtu keessaatti jiraachaa turani. Booddana Boggeen gaafa guddatu haadha isaa waliin gara Magaalaa Dambi Dollootti galan.
Yeroo ammas kana haaati Boggee barbaree qooraa namaaf tumtee daaksisteefii waan argattuun jiraatti. Boggeenis haadha isaa hojiisheen hojjettus gargaaraa biraanis wantoot kaan yoo argates hojjettaa haadha isaa jiraachisa ture.
Garuu, amma mootummaa ummata oromoof gara jabina tokko ilee hin qabneen ajjeefame. Kan isa ajjeesan caalas, haadha isaa reeffa irra teessisanii tuman. Kana caala jiraa du’uun eessa jira?
Amma haalli kun haadha Haiyluu fi obbolaa isaatif hedduu ulfaataa jira; hedduu gaddisiisaadhas. kan dandaé akka nama tokkotti maatii kana jajabeessuu fi bayyanachiisuun barbaachisaa dha.
Garuu, kun ummata Oromoo daran kan jabeesuu dha; daran akka qabsoo waliigalaatti gamtaan seenan kan godhuudha.
Namuu bakak jirutti, waan kufaatii sirna kanaa ariifachiisu irratti xiyyeeffatee akka hojajtu dhaamsa Oromummaa dabarsinaaf!! Rakkoo kana keessaa tokko tokkoon akn baanuu miti; rakkoo garbummaa kana kan irra aannus furmaata gamtaatiin kan dhufu, Bilisummaa Oromoo dhugoomsuun ta’a!
Gamtaan haa qabsoofnu; hojjannu, ni Bilisoomnaa!
Reeffa Mucaa Koo Irra Taa’i Naan Jedhanii Achi Irratti Na Tuman: Haadha Mucaan Duraa Ajjeefame, Dambi Dolloo irraa
Godina Kelem Walaggaa magaalaa Dambi Dolloo keessatti kaleessa galgala namoonni lama rasaasa humnoota mootummaa biraa dhuka’een ajjeefamuu jiraattonni nuuf ibsanii jiru.
Namoota nagaa daandii irratti kaan immoo mooraa mana ofii keessatti itti dhukaasuun ajjeesan jedhu jiraattonni kun.
Kanneen dhukaasa magaalattii bakka garaagaraa keessatti baname jalaa utuu miliquu yaalanii rasaasaan dha’ame jedhan dargaggoo Haayiluu Efreem yoo ta’u ka biraan Ibsaa Rundee namni jedhamu immoo mana isaa cinatti ajjeefamuu dubbatu.
Haati Haayiluu mucaa koo ajjeesanii erga diriirsanii booda iyyaa ennaan achi ga’u intala koo durbaa waliinan ture jedhan. Achuman reeffa mucaa koo irra taa’i naan jedhanii intala koo illee ajjeesuuf natti dhaadatan jedhan. San booda miilla isaanii jala daa’imeetan maaloo ilmoo koo na jalaa hin ajjeesinaa inni du’ee ciisus kanuma kootii jedheen oolfadhe. Anaan garuu reeffa mucaa koo irratti na tuman jechuun imimmaaniin nuuf ibsasn.
The following are Oromo youths (Mohamamd Usmaan, Eebbaa Waaqjiraa, Kabbadaa Fayyisaa, Hailu Ephrem fi Ibsa Rundee) who were murdered by fascist Ethiopia’s regime in the 1st week of September 2016.
Partial list of Oromos that have been killed as a result of Excessive force by Ethiopian Government armed forces during Peacful demonstration on August 6,2016, Oromia, Ethiopia
Human Rights Watch: Civil Society Organisations: Joint letter to UN Human Rights Council on Ethiopia September 8, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Geneva, 8 September 2016
To Permanent Representatives of
Members and Observer States of the
UN Human Rights Council
RE: Addressing the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia
The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia, including the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.
As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to convene for its 33rd session between 13 – 30 September 2016, we urge your delegation to prioritise and address through joint and individual statements the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia.
An escalating human rights crisis in Oromia and Amhara Regions
The situation in Ethiopia has become increasingly unstable since security forces repeatedly fired upon protests in the Amhara and Oromia regions in August 2016. On 6 and 7 August alone, Amnesty International reported at least 100 killings and scores of arrests during protests that took place across multiple towns in both regions. Protesters had taken to the streets throughout the Amhara and Oromia regions to express discontent over the ruling party’s dominance in government affairs, the lack of rule of law, and grave human rights violations for which there has been no accountability.
Protests in the Amhara region began peacefully in Gondar a month ago and spread to other towns in the region. A protest in Bahir Dar, the region’s capital, on 7 August turned violent when security forces shot and killed at least 30 people. Recently, on 30 August, stay-at-home strikers took to the streets of Bahir Dar again and were violently dispersed by security forces. According to the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE), in the week of 29 August alone, security forces killed more than 70 protesters and injured many more in cities and towns across Northern Amhara region.
Since November 2015, Ethiopian security forces have routinely used excessive and unnecessary lethal force to disperse and suppress the largely peaceful protests in the Oromia region. The protesters, who originally advocated against the dispossession of land without adequate compensation under the government’s Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan, have been subjected to widespread rights violations. According to international and national human rights groups, at least 500 demonstrators have been killed and hundreds have suffered bullet wounds and beatings by police and military during the protests.
Authorities have also arbitrarily arrested thousands of people throughout Oromia and Amhara during and after protests, including journalists and human rights defenders. Many of those detained are being held without charge and without access to family members or legal representation. Many of those who have been released report torture in detention. The continued use of unlawful force to repress the movement has broadened the grievances of the protesters to human rights and rule of law issues.
The need for international, independent, thorough, impartial and transparent investigations
Following the attacks by security forces on protesters in Oromia earlier this year, five UN Special Procedures issued a joint statement noting that “the sheer number of people killed and arrested suggests that the Government of Ethiopia views the citizens as a hindrance, rather than a partner”, and underlining that “Impunity … only perpetuates distrust, violence and more oppression”.
In response to the recent crackdown, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has called for “access for independent observers to the country to assess the human rights situation”. Ethiopia’s government, however, has rejected the call, instead indicating it would launch its own investigation. On 2 September, in a public media statement, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights reiterated the UN High Commissioner’s call to allow a prompt and impartial investigation led by regional or international human rights bodies into the crackdown.
There are no effective avenues to pursue accountability for abuses given the lack of independence of the judiciary and legislative constraints. During the May 2015 general elections, the ruling EPRDF party won all 547 seats in the Ethiopian Parliament.
Ethiopia’s National Human Rights Commission, which has a mandate to investigate rights violations, has failed to make public its June report on the Oromia protests, whileconcluding in its oral report to Parliament that the lethal force used by security forces in Oromia was proportionate to the risk they faced from the protesters. The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions has rated the Ethiopian National Human Rights Commission as B, meaning the latter has failed to meet fully the Paris Principles.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, who met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the margins of the European Development Days in June 2016, has called on all parties to refrain from the use of force and for a constructive dialogue and engagement to take place without delay. On 28 August, after the EPRDF party’s general assembly, Prime Minister Hailemariam reportedly ordered the country’s military to take any appropriate measures to quell the protests, which he described as illegal and aimed at destabilising the nation. Following a similar call regarding the Oromia protests, security forces intensified the use of excessive force against protesters.
A highly restrictive environment for dialogue
Numerous human rights activists, journalists, opposition political party leaders and supporters have been arbitrarily arrested and detained. Since August 2016, four members of one of Ethiopia’s most prominent human rights organisations, the Human Rights Council (HRCO), were arrested and detained in the Amhara and Oromia regions. HRCO believes these arrests are related to the members’ monitoring and documentation of the crackdown of on-going protests in these regions.
Among those arrested since the protests began and still in detention are Colonel Demeke Zewdu (Member, Wolkait Identity Committee (WIC)), Getachew Ademe (Chairperson, WIC), Atalay Zafe (Member, WIC), Mebratu Getahun (Member, WIC), Alene Shama (Member, WIC), Addisu Serebe (Member, WIC), Bekele Gerba (Deputy Chair, Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC)), Dejene Tufa (Deputy General Secretary, OFC), Getachew Shiferaw (Editor-in-Chief of the online newspaper Negere Ethiopia), Yonathan Teressa (human rights defender) and Fikadu Mirkana (reporter with the state-owned Oromia Radio and TV).
Prominent human rights experts and groups, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, have repeatedly condemned the highly restrictive legal framework in Ethiopia. The deliberate misuse of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation’s overbroad and vague provisions to target journalists and activists has increased as protests have intensified. The law permits up to four months of pre-trial detention and prescribes long prison sentences for a range of activities protected under international human rights law. Dozens of human rights defenders as well as journalists, bloggers, peaceful demonstrators and opposition party members have been subjected to harassment and politically motivated prosecution under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, making Ethiopia one of the leading jailers of journalists in the world.
In addition, domestic civil society organisations are severely hindered by one of the most restrictive NGO laws in the world. Specifically, under the 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation, the vast majority of Ethiopian organisations have been forced to stop working on human rights and governance issues, a matter of great concern that has been repeatedly raised in international forums including at Ethiopia’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
This restrictive and worsening environment underscores the limited avenues available for dialogue and accountability in the country. It is essential that the UN Human Rights Council take a strong position urging the Ethiopian government to immediately allow an international, thorough, independent, transparent and impartial investigation into alleged human rights abuses committed in the context of the government’s response to the largely peaceful protests.
As a member – and Vice-President – of the Human Rights Council, Ethiopia has an obligation to “uphold the highest standards” of human rights, and “fully cooperate” with the Council and its mechanisms (GA Resolution 60/251, OP 9). Yet for the past ten years, it has consistently failed to accept country visit requests by numerous Special Procedures.
During the upcoming 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, we urge your delegation to make joint and individual statements reinforcing and building upon the expressions of concern by the High Commissioner, UN Special Procedures, and others.
Specifically, the undersigned organisations request your delegation to urge Ethiopia to:
- immediately cease the use of excessive and unnecessary lethal force by security forces against protesters in Oromia and Amhara regions and elsewhere in Ethiopia;
- immediately and unconditionally release journalists, human rights defenders, political opposition leaders and members as well as protesters arbitrarily detained during and in the aftermath of the protests;
- respond favourably to country visit requests by UN Special Procedures;
- urgently allow access to an international, thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigation into all of the deaths resulting from alleged excessive use of force by the security forces, and other violations of human rights in the context of the protests;
- ensure that those responsible for human rights violations are prosecuted in proceedings which comply with international law and standards on fair trials and without resort to the death penalty; and
- fully comply with its international legal obligations and commitments including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and its own Constitution.
Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Civil Rights Defenders
DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
Ethiopian Human Rights Project
FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights)
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative
Front Line Defenders
Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect
Human Rights Watch
International Service for Human Rights
Reporters Without Borders
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
The Independent: Kilinto fire: Ethiopian government accused of gunning down political prisoners as they flee burning jail September 8, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Kilinto fire: Ethiopian government accused of gunning down political prisoners as they flee burning jail
Exclusive: Rights groups raise concerns over fate of political prisoners held in facility at the time
By Adam Withnall, The Independent, Africa Correspondent, 6 September 2016
Felix Horne, Human Rights Watch’s senior researcher in the Horn of Africa, told The Independent: “Numerous witnesses describe hearing heavy gunfire during the fire at Kilinto, raising serious questions about the safety and wellbeing of the prisoners held there.
“Family members of those held at Kilinto also still do not know the whereabouts of their loved ones. The authorities should immediately account for the whereabouts of all prisoners to their families, and provide details about those who died during the incident.”
Amnesty International’s Fisseha Tekle said the charity was concerned about all prisoners held at the facility, including those detained on political charges.
“We call on the authorities to inform the families of prisoners of the situation of their loved ones,” Ms Tekle said. “They have the right to know whether their relatives are dead or alive.”
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The current Ethiopian government is widely recognized as a criminally organized group with high rates of human rights abuses.
THE LOCAL independent Ethiopian citizens’ news agencies are reporting outside the country that there is a huge popular mobilization against the government.
In January, 2016, Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom was nominated as Africa’s candidate for director general of the UN World Health Organization.
Just this past week, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was named global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by the WHO, a position in which he will serve under whoever is ultimately appointed as the WHO’s director general. While Bloomberg, with his impeccable record of public health advocacy and international philanthropy, is clearly over-qualified for this role, what frightens me is the potential appointment of Adhanom as his superior. A rudimentary comparison of these two men’s records highlights the latter’s extreme unfitness for the office he seeks to assume and the absurdity of his even being considered.
During his unprecedented three-term tenure, mayor Bloomberg took direct control of the troubled New York City school system and oversaw a marked increase in children’s test scores; he banned smoking in restaurants, bars, parks and other indoor and outdoor public arenas; he partnered with and empowered citizens of the city by calling upon them to notify authorities of suspicious happenings they observed; he established a comprehensive information hotline that provides vital factual data to city dwellers and visitors in more than 170 languages; he banned trans-fats and mandated the posting of calorie counts in New York restaurants, measures that have since been adopted in major cities throughout the nation toward combating rising obesity rates in both adults and children; he used his own private funds to pay for a Super Bowl ad promoting stricter gun control.
And this is a mere sampling of his contributions to the quality of life of the people he governed. Now that his terms as mayor have ended, he has expanded his health, well-being and justice initiatives to the broader global community and continues to work tirelessly, and to donate generously, to promote causes at the core of human flourishing.
No model of leadership could be more divergent from Bloomberg’s than the one Ethiopian Foreign Minister Adhanom, along with his political associates, represents. The current Ethiopian government is widely recognized as a criminally organized group with high rates of human rights abuses. According to The New York Times and Human Rights Watch, tens of thousands of peaceful protesters against the government have been incarcerated, and over 700 have been killed, in recent months. The Ethiopian athlete Feyisa Lilesa made a powerful public gesture in solidarity with his oppressed countrymen at the Summer Olympics in Rio last month and was warned not to return home afterward.
The International Committee to Protect Journalists reports that Ethiopia is among Africa’s leading jailers of journalists and has destroyed its own independent civil society. The UN Commissioner for Human Rights has requested an independent evaluation of the deaths of hundreds of peaceful civilian protesters in recent months at the hands of the Ethiopian army. However, Foreign Minister Adhanom and his government have refused external evaluation of human rights abuses complained of by large numbers of citizens.
THE LOCAL independent Ethiopian citizens’ news agencies are reporting outside the country that there is a huge popular mobilization against the government.
The local citizens are demonstrating peacefully, with the following complaints: that the government is killing them indiscriminately and robbing the country of power and economic resources, which are being funneled to one small, elite tribal group (known as the Tgria Peoples Liberation Front), and that their land is being sold to the Tgrian tribe, or that this tribe is selling their land to foreign investors.
On the day that the athlete Lilesa showed his support at the Olympics in Rio, there was a demonstration planned in the capital city of Addis Ababa, but the government deployed military force to put down the peaceful citizens who organized it. Only Lilesa could make his statement, safely insulated, for the moment, from the army’s threatened violence, by a couple thousand miles.
His fellow citizens at home were not so fortunate. Just this past week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced on national television that all military personnel would be ordered to open fire on peaceful demonstrators, which, on the first day following, resulted in dozens of civilian deaths.
Britain Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond recently warned, in a meeting with Adhanom, that Ethiopia’s “repeated failure to deliver on our basic requests” regarding an Ethiopian-born English citizen being held on death row simply because he is the opposition party leader had led him be begin “looking carefully at the bilateral relationship” between the two nations. This is yet another example of the current Ethiopian government’s pervasive corruption and lawlessness.
As a chief agent of this depraved, bloody government body, how can Adhanom be considered as a prospective director general of the WHO? How does his candidacy reflect on the WHO itself, or, more broadly, the UN’s role as the world’s moral anchor and arbiter? Clearly, there is no just way forward but for the UN to investigate the current Ethiopian government’s reported abuses and to renounce the candidacy of its foreign minister for the position he seeks at the WHO.
It is perhaps in the values that underlie the actions of Bloomberg and Adhanom, respectively, that the starkest contrast between these two men might be drawn. Bloomberg has often been quoted as saying, “The thing about great wealth is that you can’t take it with you,” by way of explaining why he is choosing to give so much of his private fortune away – a total of $4.3 billion thus far, including $510 million distributed by his philanthropies in 2015 alone. Adhanom, on the other hand, is a prominent member of the Ethiopian government whose former leader, Meles Zenawi (the man who appointed Adhanom to his position), had a reported net worth of over $3b., having amassed this amount entirely during his years in office.
He took power in 1991 with an officially listed salary of $220 per month, and had no private financial resources to his name at that point. Today, all the top leaders of the TPLF are billionaires, though their nation remains an impoverished member of the Third World. Sadly, the source of these leaders’ newfound wealth is not too hard to surmise.
I have lived, for years, under the governance of both mayor Bloomberg and Finance Minister Adhanom and can thus attest, on a personal level, to the disparate impact of their leadership on the people they’ve ruled. I know, first hand, what it has been like to live under the policies of Bloomberg’s and Adhanom’s administrations, and how each has affected the daily life of his constituency.
More than all the facts and figures I have cited above, these real-life, on-the-ground experiences have shaped my conviction that Adhanom and his cronies must go if my native land is ever to prosper as my adopted city has in the past few decades. The WHO’s recent appointments, within the broader context of rising unrest in Ethiopia, where my family resides, and my own relatively secure life in New York, have brought this realization home to me as never before. I can only hope that the world will begin to see things in kind.
The author, a social activist on behalf of the Ethiopian Jewish community, served in the Israel Police. He holds a master’s degree in community leadership and philanthropy from Hebrew University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and administration, while studying for rabbinic ordination.
EurActiv: European Commission: No Emergency Trust Fund money goes to Ethiopian government, Commission stresses September 8, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
Tags: #OromoProtests, Africa, EU, human, No Emergency Trust Fund money goes to Ethiopian government, Oromia, Oromo, Tyrannic Ethiopia
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Although no single event seems to have triggered the 10 months of demonstrations in Ethiopia, the Oromo people complained of a plan to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into their lands, and that they are disenfranchised by a government largely led by the Tigray grouping, from northern Ethiopia.
The EU follows the human rights situation in Ethiopia very closely.
No monies from the EU’s flagship Emergency Trust Fund (ETF) for Africa goes to the Ethiopian government or its agencies, the Commission stressed yesterday (6 September), as human rights groups say more than 400 people have been killed in clashes with the government.
The ETF was set up last year, at the Valleta migration summit, in an attempt to mitigate the ‘pull’ factors behind uncontrolled migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe, in the wake of the migration crisis.
Ethiopia, with a stable and West-friendly government in the Horn of Africa, is one of the major recipients of the trust fund, which aims to improve life chances and livelihoods in some of the world’s poorest countries.
However, the authoritarian government in Addis Ababa has long been the butt of accusations over its treatment of the Oromia people and their region – which surrounds the capital.
Since November 2015 – when Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed the ETF – some 400 people have been killed by Ethiopian government security forces during protests, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.
Thousands more have been detained.
Credit: Human Rights Watch
Amnesty International says over 100 people were killed at a demonstration in early August.
This week, the situation deteriorated further, with the deaths of at least 23 inmates in a fire at a prison believed to be holding detained protestors.
Pictures showed smoke billowing from the jail, but the BBC cited local media reporting the sound of gunfire from the Qilinto prison.
Pressed by EurActiv.com on whether the Commission had a view on the unrest in one of its key partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and whether the ETF contained a mechanism for either reviewing or even suspending payments through the Emergency Trust Fund, a spokesman was quick to point out that no monies were channelled directly through the government in Addis Ababa, or any government agencies.
In an emailed statement later, it added, “As far as the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa is concerned, it is important to know that no funding are decentralised to, or channelled through, the beneficiary countries’ government structures.
“This of course also applies to Ethiopia.”
Ethiopia, which is a close ally of Washington, is surrounded by failed states in the Horn of Africa, such as South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea. This year it has had to deal with one of its worst droughts in 50 years, worse even than that of the famine of 1984-85, exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon.
However, it has a difficult relationship with major aid agencies and NGOs, some of whom complain privately that operating in the country is dependent on not criticising the government in Addis Ababa.
The government in Addis Ababa, led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, has angrily dismissed the numbers cited by HRW, although admitting people have died in the protests, and blamed “illegal demonstrations and criminal attacks on property” for the unrest.
Desssalegn gave a press briefing on 30th August in which he made it clear that the government had a “responsibility to deal carry out its mandate to maintain law and order.”
“The government would never abrogate its responsibility to maintain peace, law and order. It would not allow the illegal demonstrations, violent clashes or criminal attacks on property that have been disturbing the country to continue,” he added.
Dessalegn stressed that peaceful demonstrations were allowed under the Ethiopian constitution – but must be agreed in time and in advance over location, be peaceful and “avoid disrupting day-to-day public activities or civic engagement.”
The PM also criticised the New York Times and the Financial Times, at length, for recent articles which he claimed romanticised the opposition or downplayed the country’s economic strengths, respectively.
Although no single event seems to have triggered the 10 months of demonstrations in Ethiopia, the Oromo people complained of a plan to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into their lands, and that they are disenfranchised by a government largely led by the Tigray grouping, from northern Ethiopia.
In a wide-ranging interview, Commissioner Neven Mimica tells EurActiv.com’s Matthew Tempest about the executive’s master plan for legal migration, as well as the limits of development aid to African states in the rough.
The cause of the Oromo people hit the headlines worldwide this summer, as Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finishing line at the Rio Olympics with his arms crossed in protest, before seeking political asylum abroad.
A spokesman for the Commission said, “The EU follows the human rights situation in Ethiopia very closely.
“Through high-level political contacts, the EU consistently raises concerns with the Ethiopian government.
“The EU also provides specific assistance to support human rights in the country, notably through the EU Civil Society Fund. We firmly believe that the combination of constructive dialogue and targeted development assistance will lead to positive changes in the human rights situation in Ethiopia and in the region.
“Key areas of concern are human rights, peace and stability in the country, as well as irregular migration and displacement.
Recently, the Ethiopian government began a big drive to increase its attraction as a high-end international tourism destination.
Press Statement of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Human Rights Situation in Ethiopia. #OromoProtests September 7, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Press Statement of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Human Rights Situation in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Protests reportedly began in the Oromia region in November 2015, opposing the Federal Government’s plan to expand the boundaries of Addis Ababa. Reports indicate that despite the termination of the expansion plan, the protests continued due to the detention of activists, the use of excessive force, and killing of protestors by law enforcement officers.
More recently, protests reportedly erupted in the Amhara region of Gondar in July 2016 when armed police arrested members of the Welkait Committee who called for the recognition of the Welkait community, currently within the Tigray region, as part of the neighbouring Amhara region.
Reports further indicate that from 6 – 7 August 2016, thousands of people around the country took to the streets calling for political reform, equality, justice and the rule of law. The Commission is seriously disturbed by reports which aver that law enforcement agents responded with excessive force, including firing live bullets at protestors in Bahir Dar killing at least 30 people, and beating protestors with batons in Addis Ababa. Reports indicate that nearly 100 protestors were killed from 6 – 7 August 2016.
The Commission has also received information that the Government completely blocked internet throughout the country for 48 hours in an attempt to stop the use of social media to organise further protests. It is alleged that most social media applications are still blocked, hampering communication.
Reports allege that following the first protests in November 2015, hundreds of protestors have been killed, and many more have been beaten, arbitrarily arrested and detained.
The Commission is equally concerned about reports that members and human rights monitors of the Human Rights Council of Ethiopia (HRCO) have been arrested and detained in the Amhara and Oromo regions, while allegedly monitoring and documenting the crack-down on protestors in these regions.
Without reaching conclusions on the above allegations, the Commission is concerned that if these allegations are correct they would amount to violations of Articles 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 19 of theAfrican Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), as well as other regional and international human rights instruments to which the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a party.
In view of the above, the Commission calls on the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to:
- Fully investigate or allow the African Commission and other international/regional human rights mechanisms unimpeded access to the concerned areas in order to carry out prompt and impartial investigations into the allegations, so that these reports can be verified;
- Ensure due process of law for those arrested and detained;
- Respect peoples’ right to freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and access to information;
- Ensure that perpetrators of the alleged violations are held accountable;
- Ensure that the victims and their families obtain full redress, including restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition; and
- Uphold its obligations under the regional and international human rights instruments to which it is a party, in particular the African Charter.
OROMIA: LEENCI BADDAA NUUNNUU WAREEGAMUUN/BOQOCHUUNSAA MIRKANAA’E!! September 4, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in Biraanuu Haroo Yadataa, Oromia, Oromo.
Tags: Africa, Biraanuu Haroo Yaadataa, Biranu Haro Yadata, LEENCA BADDAA NUUNNUU, Oromia, Oromo
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LEENCI BADDAA NUUNNUU WAREEGAMUUN/BOQOCHUUNSAA MIRKANAA’E!!
Barruu kana akkan barreessuufi qoradhuuf kan nakakaase maatiin Jaal Biraanuu Haroo Yaadataa barbaacha qaroo ilma isaaniif taasisan keessatti waggaa 25 oliif jiraachuf du’uusaa waan adda hinbaafatiiniif har’a gala yookaan bor galaadhaan imiimmaan isaanii soorachaa jiraachuu isaaniiti. Anis boqochuu hayyuu kanaa dhaga’uunkoo bubbulus akka maatiin garaa kutatanii hirmii baafataniif jecha ifa taasisuu murteesse. Akka nama seenaa hayyuu kanaa dhaga’aa guddateefi fira dhiigaa haad ha nadeessee tokkootti; akka Oromoo seenaa dhokate ifa baasuuf dirqama qabu tokkoottis odeeffannoo walitti qabachuufi jaallan waliin turan argachuuf yeroo natti fudhateera. Seenaa Jaal Biraanuun kan walfakkaatu kan jaallan qabsoo keessatti gaaffii abbaa biyyummaatiif wareegaman kumataman akka jiran wal nama hingaafachiisu. Akkuma yeroo arganneefi madden raga arganneetti seenaa gootowwan kufani kana galmee seenaa qabsiisuudhaaf Oromoon baranne jennu dirqama qabna.
Birhaanuu Haroo Yaadata jedhama. Kan dhalatees abbaasaa Obbo Haroo Yaadataafi Haadhasaa aadde Taamuni Qixxeessaa irraati. Maatii qotee bulaa keessatti bara 1970 kan dhalate Birhaanuun lafti dhalootasaafi maatiisaa godina Wallagga Bahaa Aanaa Nuunnuu Qumbaa jedhamutti. Yeroo ammaatti maatiinsaa Nuunnuu ganda 01 keessa jiraatu. Akkuma umuriinsaa barumsaaf gaheen mana barumsaa Nuunnuu Gabaa Roobii jedhamutti sadarkaa 1ffaa (1-8) achumatti barate. Barumsasaa keessatti adda duree ta’uurra darbee akka mana barumsichaatti urjii ta’uun waggoota maran barate keessatti badhaasaan xumure. Qorumsa minisitirii biyyoolessaa kan kutaa 8ffaa barasaas 100% galmessee akka godinaatti nama addaafi badhaafamaa ture.
Bifuma walfakkaatuun yeroo sanatti manni barumsaa sadarkaa lammaffaa aanaa Nuunnuu keessaa waan hinjirreef imalasaa gara wallagga bahaa aanaa Jimmaa Arjootti taasifate. Geejjibni konkolaataas waan hinjirreef miillasaan sa’a 4 ol deemuun aduuf qorra utuu hinjedhiin barnootasaa itti fufe. Kutaa 9-12 ttis akkasuma daree keessaa baratu keessatti utuu namaan hindurfamiin barnootasaa haaluma walfakkaataan xumurate. Maatiin Biraanuu Haroo qotee bulaa waan turaniifi baayi’ina maatiirraan kan ka’e harka qalleeyyii waan turaniif jireenya siqiqii maatiinsaa keessa jiran kana seenaa taasisuuf kutannoon ciniinnate barataa ture. Biraanuun kanaafi sanan dhabe jedhee nama maatiisaa hinrakkisne, nama rakkoo obsuufi mar’immaansaa hidhatee argatu nyaatee dhabus hagabuu kaayyoof cite nama dalagaa ture ta’uu hiriyoonnisaa qaamaan isa beekaan addeessaniiru. Maatiinis mudhii isaanii hidhatani tokkicha maatiisaarra darbee biyyaasaa maqaa dhoofsisaa ture kana gargaaruuf waan danda’an maraan itti daguuggatan.
Jaal Biraanuu Haroo Yaadataa nama hojjaan giddu galeessa; magaala ifaa, dhaabbii toluufi maatiisaatiif mucaa jalqabaati. Hayyuun qaroo kun yeroo maatii isaatti boqonnaadhaaf galu namoonni isa arguufi gorsaaf haasaasaa dhaggeeffachuuf mana maatiisaatti walga’u. Haasaafi gorsi Biraanuu kan hinquufamneefi dhaloota naannoo sana jiraataniif fakkeenyummaa guddaa kan qabu ture. Biraanuun maatiisaatiif kabajaa guddaa nama qabudha. Yeroo boqonnaasaas maatisaa hojii gargaaruufi daa’immaan quxisuuwwansaa nama fakekenyummaan guddisaa tureefi maatiisaan eebba qabudha. Barattoota naannoosaati baratan gurmBiraanuu 22eessuun kan barsiisuufi kan gorsu ta’uunsaa hawaasasaa biratti kabajaa addaa isaaf kennisiiseera. Biraanuun qabxii olaanaa kutaa 12ffaa tti galmeessiseen Yunivarsiitii Finfinnee seenuun ogummaa bulchiinsaan (Public Administration) digiriisaa jalqabaa bara 1987 ALA qabxii olaanaan xumureera. Akkuma digiriisaa jalqabaa fudhateen magaalaa Finfinnee keessatti hojiif ramadamee hojjechuu eegale. Hanga mootummaan Dargii bara 1991 tti barbada’uutti Biraanuun hojiisaa kana si’aa’ina guddaan dalaguun itti fufe.
Jaal Biraanuu Haroo muummee qorannoosaa kana kan fuuleffateef inni guddaan hanqina ogummaa bulchiinsaa akka biyyattiitti jiru furuuf akka ta’eefi itti fufinsaan barnootasaa baratee akka biyyaatti rakkoowwan jiran furuuf nama kutate ta’uu hiriyoonni isa faana baratan nidubbatu. Keessumattuu sirna faashistii mootummaa Dargii keessatti daba argaa guddate sana qajeelchuuf nama hidhatee halkani guyyaa hojjetaa tureefi Prof. Hayile Fidaa faana (hayyuu abbaa qubee baddaa Arjoo) faana quba akka walqabaniifi akka ijoollee naannoo tokkootti gara dhiha biyyichaarratti jijjiirama addaa argamsiisuuf kan hojjeta ture ta’uu ragaan xalayaa isaan waliif katabaa turan tokkorraa beekuun danda’ameera. Hayyuun biyya sanaaf akka qaroo ijaatti ilaalamu kun gaafa mootummaan Dargii galagalu qabsoo Addi Bilisummaa Oromoo (ABO) taasisaa turetti makamuun biyyicha harka Oromoo galchuurratti mul’atasaa godhatee kutannoon qabsootti dabalame.
Jaal Biraanuun hacuucamuu sabasaa nama balaaleffatuufi itti gaafatamummaan barnootaan fudhe kana hojiitti hiikuun qaba jedhee garaa qulqulluun nama sabaaf dalagaa turedha. Dalagaasaa mara keessatti dhaota qaruufi fuulduree Oromumama dhaloota agarsiisuu keessatti nama dorgomaa hinqabnedha. Jaal Biraanuun goota Oromoo qalbii qabuufi dubbiitti hin ariifanneef obsaa yaada bilchinaa dubbachuun beekamudha.
Jaal Biraanuu Haroo sabboonaa sabaafi biyyasaatiin boonu qaxalee du’a hinsodaanne ture. Erga Dargiin kufee bara mootummaan cehumsaa ijaarameeti kaasee sadarkaa ooggansaa garaagaraarratti muudamuun garaa guutuun sabasaaf dalagaa ture. Jaal Biraanuun sababa Oromummaasaatiif Magaalaa Finfinneefi laga dhidheessaa lafa jedhamutti hidhameera. Yeroo garaagaraattis du’a mootummaan Waayyaanee irratti xiyyeeffate jalaa miliquun Oromiyaa keessa nama naanna’aa ture ta’uu hiriyoonnisaa duraanii nidubbatu. Mana hidhaa Wayyaanee keessatti gidiramaa kan ture Biraanuun bara 1993 booda Oromiyaa keessaatti hinargamne. Akka keessa beektonni jedhanitti Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo faana ta’uun Keeniyaa keessa bosona akka tureefi gumaacha hayyummaasaati dhaabasaaf nama ba’aa ture ta’uu dubbatama.
Biraanuun maqaan qabsoosaati Ibsaa Jaawwee akka jedhamu hiriyoonnisaa nidubbatu. Biraanuun Oromoo Maccaa balbala warra Abbas Bil’ii Adaroo jedhamu keessaa dhalate. Nama ogummaa oogantummaa qofa utuu hintaane nama seenaafi aadaa gadi fagenyaan qoratee beekuufi galmeessaa ture ta’uunsaa nibeekama. Bara mana barnootaa ture keessatti barnoota qofaan utuu hintaane, dargaggoota sochoosuufi gumiilee akka naannoofi godinaatti qophaa’aan keessatti dorgomaafi adda duree nama turedha.
Abbaaf haati Jaal Biraanuu ilma isaanii kana rakkina guddaa keessa taa’uun kan barsiisan ta’uu imimmaaniin dubbataa nuuf himan. Ofii beela’anii qullaa adeemuun isa uffisuun, afaanii baasanii isa nyaachisuun ofiifi biyyaaf kana abdatan kun daraaraa bakkeetti hafe ta’uun garaa maatii qofa utuu hintaane saba naannoo sanaafi uummata Oromoo seenaa qabsoo Oromoo beeku mara kan dallansiisedha. Keessumattuu, maatiin akka jedhanitti gaafa kaassetta Abitoo Kabbadaa raadiyooniin darbu ‘fageenyaa nadhowwee malee siyaaduu hindhiisne deesseekoo…jedhu dhaggeeffatan imimmaan kan hinqabanneefi akka muka adaamii cobuudhaan Ilma isaanii waggaa 25 lafa inni jiru hinbeekne kana duukaa dararama seena hedduu baataniiru.Sababa kanaafis dhyukkubsatoo ta’anii sireetti galaniiru. Yeroo nama barate hunda arganitti boo’uufi cobuun amala itti ta’eera.
Haatiifi abbaan Biraanuu Haroo yeroo ammaa lubbuun kan jiraniifi haatiisaa akka waliigalaatti ijoollee torba (dhiira 6 fi dubara 1) kan qabaniifi abbaansaa haadha warraa biroorraa dabalataan ijoollee dubaraa 4 waliigalatti abbaa maatii ijoollee 11 ti. Hunduma isaaniif fakkeenyummaa gaarii dhiisee kan darbe Jaal Biraanuun ammas ijoolleen Obbo Haroo Yaadataa barnootaan jajjaboofi namoota hawaasa keessatti kabajaa qabanidha. Obboloonni Biraanuu marti isaanii lafa obboleessisaa kun jiru barbaachaaf waggaa 20 ol dhama’anii jirani. Akka obbolootasaa kana tokko tokko dubbisuuf yaalletti obboleessisaanii kun tarii jiraatinnaadhaan abdiin guutamaa ammoo shakkaa imimmaaniin seenasaa nuuf himani turan. Yoom obboleessa keenyaa kana ijaan argina jedhanis karaa ilaalaa akka jiraniifi isa argachuuf jecha miidiyaalee hedduu hordofaa akka turan quban qaba. Maal haagodhaniree obboleessisaanii akka isaan karaa eegan utuu hintaane akka lammata isaan arguu hindandeenyetti dhaammatee deemewo!
Dargaggoon utuu manallee hindhaabbattiin qabsoo barumsaarraa gara qabsoo sabaatti cehe kun utuu aara hingalfatiin addunyaa kana gadi lakkisee deemuun dirqama itti ta’e. Sabasaa qabsaa’uufi akka lubbuusaatti jaallatu; maatiisaa rakkatanii isa guddisaniifi barsiisan hunda karaa ilaalaa akka hafan ta’e. Duuti Jaal Biraanuu Haroo maatii qofa utuu hintaane Oromoo naannoo sana jiraatuufi akka waliigalaatti isa beekan hundaa garaa raase. Geeraraan Oromoo naannoo Nuunnuu;
‘’Marqaan gala ta’aaree,
Akka garaa taa’aree?’’ jedhu nidhugoome. Qaroon biyya bulcha jedhame eegamaa ture karaatti cituun wareegama qaalii kaffale. Utuu akka garaa ofiiti isa akkas lammii keessaa baratee ba’etu gaaffii sabaa haqaan deebisa ture. Magaalaan Nuunnuu Qabsaa’ota gurguddoo kaneen akka Nugusee Taaddasaa, Takkalenyi Dagoofi Geetinet Baqqalaa jedhamaniifi kanbiroo dhoksaafi mul’anitti biyya isaaniif qabsa’an hedduu magarsiteetti.
Keessumattuu rasaasa Wayyaaneetiin galaafattamuun Jaal Nugusee Taaddasaa kan uummata Oromoo keessaa baraan hinbannedha. Nugusee Taaddasaa, Geetinnet Baqqalaa,Takkaalinyi Degoo, Shifaa (maqaa abbaasaa hinbeeku) gandi isaa waalgaa Qacamaa, Nagaasaa Duulaa, Geetaachoo Dinqaa,Taammiruu Kabbadaa. Shifaafi Takkaalinyi Degoo amma eessa akka jiran hin beekamu. Barsiisaa Taammiruu Kabbadaa du’aan boqotaniiru. Nagaasaa Duulaa,Geetinnat Baqqalaafi Geetaachoo Dinqaa biyya keessa jiru. Gootichi Takkaalinyi Degoo goota cimaafi nama wayyaanee harkaa hidhaa kutee badedha. Akka wallagga bahaafi dhihaatti yeroo san baay’ee beekama ture.
Keessumattuu Nugusee, Geetinnat, Nagaasaa, Shifaa, Barsiisaa Taammiruu, Geetaachoo fi Takkaalinyi Degoo waliin turan. Isaan keessaa yeroo sana hoogganaa cimaa fi kan wayyaanee miliquuniifi tooftaa lolaa baasuun beekamu Takkaalinyi Degoo ture. Gaaf tokko aanaa jimmaa Arjoo naannoo mandaraa jedhamutti Wayyaanee halkan itti marsitee qabattee deemte, sibaagoo (foyaa cimaan) harkasaa hiitee osoo gara Arjootti geessaa jirtuu naannoo gabataa jedhamutti haada San harka isaa duubatti hidhamee jiru suuta suutaan laaffisuun of irraa hiikee citaa keessa harkaa miliqe. Wayyaanonni dhukaasa hedduu itti bantus hunda isaanii gidduu akka billaachaatti miliquun bakkeetti ishee hambisee kute. Salphinaanis harka qullaa manatti galan. Dhuguma inni dhiira.Leenca eenyuufuu hin jilbeeffanne. Amma garuu eessa akka jiru hin beekamu. Haatiifi abbaan isaa Nuunnuu Qumbaa ganda dur Daalattii jedhamtu ammammoo Horaa Baacaa jedhamtu keessa jiraatu. Oobboleessisaa yeroo har’aa kana magaalaa Nuunnuu keessa jiraata. Geetaachoo Dinqaa fi Geetinnat godina jimmaa jiru. Nagaasaan yeroo sana wayyaanee qabattee waggaa lamaa ol osoo itti xabattuu booda karchallee naqamtee geessitee achitti gatte. Achitti xiqqoo hidhamee waggaa lama booda gadi dhiifame. Amma magaalaa Finfinnee jiraata. Gootonni Nuunnuun Qumbaa magarsite hedduu waan ta’aniif irraa jalaan qindeessina…
Jaal Biraanuun dirqama dhaaba keessatti isatti kenname amanamummaan nama dalagaa tureefi hojii hundaa ija hayyummaatiin nama dirqamasaa ba’aa tureefi abbaa furmaataa jedhamuun nama beekamu akka ta’e jaallan isa faana turan nidhugoomsu.
Jaal Biraanuun dararaa bosonaafi jireenya qabsoo keessatti mudannoo qabaataa tureen dhukkubaachaa turee dandamachuu dadhabee Amajjii 2, bara 2000 tti du’aan addunyaa kanarraa godaane. Lafti awwalcha hayyuufi qaroo Oromoo kanaas Keeniyaa Magaalaa Nayiroobii bakka Laangaataa jedhamu akka ta’e keessa beektonni jaallan qabsoo waliin turan ifa nuuf godhaniiru.
Jaal Biraanuu Haroo Yaadata lubbuun keessaa ba’uun dura dhaamsa kanaa gadii dhaammate jedhu jaallan Qabsoo keessa waliin turan. Ani waanan fayyee maatiikoofi Oromoo qabsaa’eef deebi’ee argu miti. Kaayyoonkoo Oromiyaan dhala Oromootiin buluu, Oromoon abbaa biyyaafi kansaarratti hiree ofiin akka murteeffatu ture; hamma humnakoofi beekumsakooti dalageen jira. Obbloonnikoo quxisuuwwankoo gargaarsakoo eeggachaa turani anarra adhaban akka nan komanne; kaayyookoo kana ogummaa barataa jiraniifi toora irra jiraniin akka naa fdhugoomsan; maatiikoo anaaf jecha agartuun isaanii cabee cabani naguddisaniin garaa isinitti hinjaabaanne; roorrootu biyyaa nabaasee anaaf siniin gargar hambise waan ta’eef obsaan mudhii naaf hidhaa; abbaakoof haadhakoon imaanaan isin narra keessan uummata Oromoo qabsoon ani taasiseen marganin akka deebi’u haata’u naa jedhani jedhe. Keesumattuu, namoota barataniin ammoo, barumsi sabaafi biyya ofiif hintaane duwwaadha jechuun jaallan baratan ogummaa isaaniin imimmaaniifi gaaffii saba Oromoo jaarraa tokkoo ol ture akka deebisan jechuun imaanaa dabarfateera.
Maatifi firoottan Jaal Biraanuu Haroo Yaadataa, uummata wallagga Bahaa aanaa Nuunnuu Qumbaafii uummata Oromoo maraf jajjabina guddaa hawwina. Maatiifi firoottnisaa marti akka hirmii baafataniifi boqochuun qaroo isaanii kun akka ifatti itti himamuuf murteessinee gaafa qaammee 3,09,2016 akka boossifamaniif murtaeera’. Jaallan odeeffannoo hayyuu kanaa naaf kennitan marti maqaa uummata Oromoo kabajamaadhaan singalatoomfanna.
Seenaan Jaal Biraanuu Haroo Yaadataa yeroo ‘#OromoProtests’ kana keessatti ifa ba’uunsaa seena qabeessaafi hoj-mannee akka sabaatti qabnu kan nutti agarsiisu ta’uusaa kudhammachuun dirqam seenaa ta’a!!
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The Globe and Mail: Ottawa urged to advocate for human rights in Ethiopia. #OromoProtests September 3, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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When Ethiopian security forces killed dozens of peaceful protesters in a hail of gunfire last month, the Canadian government responded with a brief tweet to say it was “disturbed” by the deaths.
But Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan did not cancel his scheduled visit to Ethiopia.
Three days after the killings, he arrived in its capital and held a friendly meeting with Ethiopia’s defence minister and prime minister, making no public comment about the government’s actions.
Canada’s muted response to the lethal crackdown on the biggest protests in Ethiopia’s recent history is a sign of its continuing close relationship with the East African country.
Ethiopia is often among the first stops for Canadian cabinet ministers when they visit Africa, and it remains one of the biggest beneficiaries of Canadian foreign aid, receiving $108-million from Ottawa last year.
The Liberal government, which has promised a “re-engagement” with Africa, must decide how to engage with Africa’s human-rights abusers, of which Ethiopia is among the worst.
The government in Addis Ababa has a long record of jailing and killing its critics, manipulating elections and using Western food aid to reward its supporters and punish its opponents.
The question many are asking now is whether the Liberals will turn a blind eye to these abuses as it tries to revive Canada’s often-neglected relations with Africa.
The growing wave of protests against the Ethiopian government over the past 10 months, especially in the Oromiya and Amhara regions, has been the most significant in this authoritarian nation for more than a decade.
And they have spread to the Ethiopian diaspora around the world, symbolized by Ethiopian marathon runners who made protest gestures as they crossed the finish line at the Rio Olympics and elsewhere.
The protests reached Canada last Sunday, at the Quebec City Marathon, when the winning runner, Ebisa Ejigu, a Canadian resident of Ethiopian origin, clenched his fists and crossed his arms in an “X” sign above his head as he crossed the finish line.
The gesture is a sign of solidarity with the Oromo people, the largest ethnicity in Ethiopia, who have been demonstrating against government plans to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into traditional Oromo farmland.
A week earlier, Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa made the same protest gesture as he crossed the finish line at the Olympics.
He won the silver medal – and then refused to return home to Ethiopia, telling journalists that he is afraid of being imprisoned or killed for his protest actions.
“The Ethiopian government is killing my people,” he told journalists.
“My relatives are in prison, and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed.”
Ethiopian security forces killed more than 400 protesters in the Oromiya region – and arrested tens of thousands more – from last November until June, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
This was followed by the killing of a further 100 protesters last month, reports say.
Canada and other Western countries have long regarded Ethiopia as a useful ally in the fight against Islamist extremism in Somalia and elsewhere in East Africa.
Canada has been one of the biggest donors to Ethiopia in recent years, providing several hundred million dollars in development and humanitarian assistance.
The Liberal government could use this leverage to put pressure on Ethiopia to halt its killing of protesters, according to human-rights groups and Ethiopian-Canadian activists.
“We’ve been very concerned that the Ethiopian government has had a bit of a free ride from Canada and the international community,” said Alex Neve, secretary general of the Canadian branch of Amnesty International.
He said it is “utterly unacceptable” that Canadian officials and cabinet ministers don’t apply strong pressure on the Ethiopian government to halt the killing of protesters.
“It is absolutely time for Canada to make clear that this has to stop.”
Aside from the short tweet of disapproval from the Global Affairs department, there is no record of public statements by the Liberal government about the killings last month.
But a Global Affairs spokeswoman said Canada is “deeply concerned” about the reported deaths of the protesters.
“Canada has raised these concerns directly with the government of Ethiopia, and will continue to do so,” spokeswoman Jocelyn Sweet said in response to questions from The Globe and Mail.
“We continue to monitor the situation closely.”
Renée Filiatrault, deputy chief of staff to Mr. Sajjan, said the issue of the killing of protesters was “raised in private bilateral conversations” during the defence minister’s visit to Ethiopia.
“While I can’t go any further, I can say that the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms is key to our foreign policy and was a topic of discussion in every meeting that we had,” she said.
Some activists are urging the Liberal government to halt the flow of Canadian aid to Ethiopia and find ways to penalize the regime for its crackdown on protesters.
“Canada’s aid to Ethiopia has been a failed experiment in turning brutal dictators into democrats,” said Yohannes Berhe, an Ethiopian-Canadian human-rights activist.
“Spending taxpayers’ money without any measure of accountability and without demanding true political reform is, at the very least, a wasteful endeavour, and at worst, tantamount to encouraging one of the most repressive regimes in Africa.”
OROMIA: IBSA EJJENNOO GUMII TOKKUMMAA ABBOOTII GADAA OROMOO WALTAJJII MARII ABBOOTII GADAA GODINOOTA OROMIYAA MARA IRRAA WALITTI DHUFAN MARII GUYYAA SADIIF (HAGAYYA 24- 26/2008 A.L.H) Gaggeeffame. Statement by the Union of Oromo Gadaa Councils on Current Affairs in Oromia Statement by the Union of Oromo Gadaa Councils on Current Affairs in Oromia Issued following the conclusion of a three day extraordinary assembly held from 30 August- 1st September 2016 by Abba Gaddas representing all Oromia provinces September 2, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in Gadaa System, Irreecha Oromo.
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IBSA EJJENNOO GUMII TOKKUMMAA ABBOOTII GADAA OROMOO
WALTAJJII MARII ABBOOTII GADAA GODINOOTA OROMIYAA MARA IRRAA WALITTI DHUFAN MARII GUYYAA SADIIF (HAGAYYA 24- 26/2008 A.L.H) Gaggeeffame
BAKKA: – HOTEELA RIZORTII SOODAREE
Nuti Abbootiin Gadaa Oromoo rakkoolee hawaasummaa, dinagdee fi siyaasaa hiikuuf mootummaa fi uummata gidduu taanee hojjechaa turuun keenya ni beekama.
Keessattu rakkoolee nageenyaa biyya keenya keessatti uumame ilaalchisee yaada furmaataa akka mootummaaf dhiyeessinetti guutummaa guutuutti hojiirra oolee hin jiru.
Gaaffilee ummatni qabatee hiriira bahullee abbootiin taayitaa irra jiran gaaffiii uummataa kana seeraan dhiyaatanii deebii kennuurra humna waraanaa qofaan fayyadamuun rakkoo hiikuu hin dandeenye.
Sababuma kanaan yeroo yeroodhaan reebichi, ajjeechaan, hidhaan uummata keenya miidhaa jira. Kanaafuu, shakkii qofaadhaan hidhaa fi reebichi ajjeechaan hammaataa jira. Ammas irra deebinee yaada furmaataa kan kenninu haala armaan gadiitiin ibsa ejjennoo qabxii kudha sadii(13) qabuun ibsina.
- Ummatni Oromoo kamiyyuu godiinaan ,aanaan, gandaan, amantiinii fi ilaalcha siyaasaatiin osoo wal hin qoodiin gaaddisa Sirna Gadaa jalatti duudhaa Sirna Gadaa Oromootiin tokkummaa keenyaan Gadaa keenya ni jabeeffanna.
- Waraanni mootummaa Fedreraalaa daangaa biyyattii eeguurra taree , seeraan ala daangaa mootummaa naannoo Oromiyaa cabsee seenuun, ,kutaawwan oromiyaa adda addaa irra qubatee jiru, waraanni kunis aadaa , duudhaa fi afaan ummatichaa waan hin beekneef hubaatii fidee jira , akkaata Sirni Gadaa kaa’uun hogganaan waraanaa Abbaa Duulaa jedhamu dhaabbannee isa jalattiimmoo kuusaa, dabballee fi foolleedhaan rakkoowwan naannoo keenyaa kamirrattuu akka ofii keenyaan furannu ummata keenyaaf dhaamsa dabarsaa waraanni kun akka nurraa kahu mootummaa federaalaa ni gaafanna.
- Badii fi seera malee namoonni keenya mana hidhaatti guuraman yeroo dhihootti akka gadi lakkifaman sagalee tokkoon gaafanna.
- Namoonni dhiiga Oromoo taatanii lammii keessan ajjeestanii fi ajjeesaa turtan, waan hamaaf dabarsitanii kennitan sobaaf raga baatan, guyyaa har’aatii kaasee yaa’ii tokkummaa abbootii gadaa oromoo kun maqaa uummata oromoo kabajamaa fi guddaatiin badii darbeef dhiifama gaafattanii,dhugaa lammii keessaniitiif akka dhaabbatan isinii dhaamaa, kanarra kan darbe kana booda gocha kana irra deebitanii yoo raawwattan lafee fi dhiigni ilmaan oromoo, akka safuu fi safeeffannaa Sirna Gadaatiin kan isin gaafatu taha.
- Ilmaan Oromoo naannawaa Finfinnee lafarraa buqqaa’an akka deebi’anii manni jirenyaa kennamuuf ni gaafanna.
- Irreechi hora Finfinnee akka nuuf deebi’uuf fulbaana 24/2009 ummatni Oromoo fi Abbootiin Gadaa achirratti argamuun akka kabajannu beeksisaa akka nuuf mirkanaa’u ni gaafanna.
- Qotee bulaan sababa baballina masterpilaanii magaalaatiinii fi investimentiitiin uummata keenya lafarraa buqqisaa jiraachuun akka nurraa dhaabbatu ni gaafanna.
- Hojii dhabdummaa Naannoo Oromiyaatti babal’ataa jiruufi naannoowwan magaalotaa fi Finfinnee jirurratti dargaggoota yuniversitii fi koollejii irraa eebbifamaniif rakkoo hojiidhabdummaatiin dararaman haalli mijachuun deeggersi barbaachisaa tahe akka
godhamuuf ni gaafanna.
- Nuti uummatni Oromoo sabaa fi sablammiiwwan jiran waliin nagaan jiraachuu barbaadna. Sababa daangaan keenya sharafamaa jiruuf uummatni keenya sabaa fi sablammiiwwan ollaa jiruun walitti bu’aa jira. Kanaafuu ,mootummaaan kara lachanuu ilaaluun furmaata akka kennuuf ni gaafanna.
- Sirni Gadaa Oromoo safuu fi safeeffannaa isaa ganamaa eegee caasaa qabuun akka ijaaramuu fi kan ijaaramee jiru jabinaan akka itti fufu imaanaa guddaa saba keenyaaf kallattii hundaan cimsinee haa hojjennu.
- Sirni Gadaa Oromoo Sirna Bulchiinsa Oromoo karaa nagaa fi tasgabbii qabuun rakkoowwa hawaasaa hiikuun aadaa fi duudhaa hawasaa babl’isuun abbaa qabeenyummaa dinagdee hawaasichaa kan mirkaneessudha waan taheef sirni kun jabeeffamuu kan qabuu fi kan ittiin bullu tahuu uumata keenyaaf dhaamsa dabarsiina.
- Sirni Gadaa Oromoo faajjii mataa isaa:- Gurraacha, Diimaa Fi Adii kan qabu dha.kanaafuu ummatni Oromoo fi ummatni Ayyaana Irreechaa fuuldura keenyaa kamirratuu kabajamu irratti Faajjii kanaan ala alaabaa dhaaba siyaasaa kamiyyuu qabatee akka hin dhufne ni akeekkachiisna.
- Afaan Oromoo afaan hojii federaalaa akka tahu ni gaafanna.
Statement by the Union of Oromo Gadaa Councils on Current Affairs in Oromia
Issued following the conclusion of a three day extraordinary assembly held from 30 August- 1st September 2016 by Abba Gaddas representing all Oromia provinces
Place: Sodere Resort Hotel
We, Oromo Gadaa elders, have been working with the government and the community to solve the societal, economic and political predicaments facing the Oromo nation. Yet, none of the recommendations we presented to the government – particularly on issues that have caused lack of stability in the country- has been implemented. The government’s decision to violently suppress legitimate questions raised in peaceful rallies instead of dealing with them calmly and in accordance with the law has failed to solve the problem. Persecutions, killings and imprisonments as a result of this are worsening, even on mere suspects whose involvements in protest activities have not been established. In the light of this, and while having regard to our earlier recommendations, we have issued the following 13-point resolution.
- The people of Oromia- regardless of zones, districts or localities we hail from or our religious & political differences- will stand in unity under the umbrella of The Gadaa and uphold our customs, values and traditions.
- The national defense army that should be guarding the outside borders of the country has, in clear contravention of the constitution, entered into the territory of our regional state and stationed in different parts of Oromia. The army’s inability to communicate in the local vernacular and lack of awareness of the customs, culture and traditions has created a huge problem for the people. We would like to state our position that we should be able to resolve any problems within Oromia in line with the principles and structures of the Gadaa constituting the Abbaa Duulaa (a military commander with the highest authority), Kuusaa, dabballe and foollee. We would also like to call on the federal government to withdraw its army from the territory of Oromia.
- We demand that the government immediately release innocent people unlawfully held in prisons
- To Oromo agents of the government who collaborate/collaborated in killings, betray/betrayed and bore/bear false witness on your own people, we plead with you in the name of the noble people of Oromia to turn from your immoral ways, to plead for forgiveness and to stand with our people from now onwards. If you refuse and continue to stand on the wrong side of history, you will be held responsible for infringement of the moral and ethical order laid down in the Gadaa rules of governance.
- We request that the government return the Oromo who have been displaced from areas surrounding Finfinnee back to their land and dwellings.
- We demand for the ban on Lake Finfinne as a gathering point for Irreecha (thanksgiving) celebrations to be lifted and for our right to celebrate at this location be respected. We would also like to inform the authorities of the intentions of the Gadaa elders and people of Oromia to celebrate the upcoming Irreecha on the 24th of September 2016 at Lake Finfinne and request for this to be confirmed by the government.
- We request that the evictions of our farmers from their ancestral lands with the pretext of investments and city master plans be ceased.
- To keep rising levels of unemployment in Oromia, regional towns and Finfinnee in check, we request that the government provide the necessary support to college & university graduates struggling to make a living and create better opportunities for them.
- We –the people of Oromia- would like to live in harmony with other nations and nationalities in the country. However, encroachments on our borders are giving rise to skirmishes between our people and other nations and nationalities. We, therefore, call on the government to look into this matter and rectify the problems.
- We urge members of the Oromo public to strengthen and take a keen interest in the Gadaa system of governance, which plays a crucial role in terms of dealing with societal challenges in a peaceful and orderly manner, preserving and helping flourish the cultures and values of the Oromo as well as ensuring the society’s resource ownership.
- The Gadaa system has its own unique badge: Black, Red and White. We urge the people of Oromia and other Irreecha festival participants not to bring flags representing any political organization in future celebrations other than the Black, Red and White badge.
- We request that Afaan Oromo become a federal working language.
ADDIS STANDARD: ETHIOPIA: DEATH TOLL, TENSION RISE FOLLOWING PM HAILEMARIAM’S ORDERS FOR MILITARY TO TAKE MEASURES IN AMHARA STATE September 2, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in Uncategorized.
Tags: #AmharaProtests, #OromoProtests, Addis Standard, Africa, Ethiopia, Tyrannic Ethiopia
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DEATH TOLL, TENSION RISE FOLLOWING PM HAILEMARIAM’S ORDERS FOR MILITARY TO TAKE MEASURES IN AMHARA REGION
Several people are reported to have been killed in various parts of the Amhara regional state in Northern Ethiopia, where an ongoing protest by the people is intensifying. The VOA Amharic service quoted a resident in Debarq yesterday that four people were killed when security officers fired live bullets at protesting civilians.
Over the last few days several reports on social media indicated a rising death toll following security crackdown against a stay-at-home protests in Bahir Dar and Gonder, the region’s capital and a historic city visited by thousands of tourists respectively. Pictures coming from many cities and towns in the region also show protesting citizens, burning tyres and roadblocks. Reports also indicate that up to 50 civilians were killed in the past one week only.
Tensions are on the rise following a statement given to state owned media by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in which he announced that he has ordered the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) to intervene to control the situation in the region, home to the second largest ethnic group in the country. In his speech PM Hailemariam blamed Ethiopia’s “outside enemies” for being the instigators to disrupt the country by providing “radicals with sacks full of money.” He further stated that the government will use “its full forces to bring the rule of law” into the region.
A day prior to PM Hailemariam’s statement, Sheger FM, a private radio based in Addis Abeba, reported that the regional state has requested a military intervention by the Federal government. Talking to the station, Nigusu Tilahun, the regional government’s Chief spokesperson, conceded that lives were lost in the recent protests but declined to give numbers. As a result of intensifying protests, the regional government requested the intervention of the federal army, Sheger FM quoted the spokesperson.
Accordingly reports indicate that the region is now divided into five zones and is placed under a military command.
Pictures circulating around social media show heavy artillery moving towards the state capital Bahir Dar, 550 North of Addis Abeba, and the nearby town of Gondar where the recent wave of #Amharaprotests originated late last month. Addis Standard could not independently verify the authenticity of those pictures. Internet is shut off in the whole region while locals fear government sanctioned phone call monitoring.
The #Amharaprotests began in late July when security forces tried to arrest leaders of the Wolkayit committee, a committee formed by the people of Wokayit to find solutions related to the border and identity questions of the Wolkayit community.
In the last few days tens of thousands of citizens in several cities and towns in Gojam and Gonder areas of the region have come out to the streets to protest the government. In what many see as the ultimate test of the ruling EPRDF protesters are also showing solidarity with the #Oromoprotests which began in Nov. 2015.
In the weekend of 6-7 August region wide protests both in Amhara and Oromia regions were met by violent crackdown by security forces. It’s reported that more than 100 civilians were killed in that weekend only, according to Amnesty International. In Bahir Dar only, more than 30 people were killed when a security guard opened fire at protesters. The government disputes that number. The stay-at-home protests in Bahir and Gonder followed the deadliest weekend, however in the last few days that too turned violent when security forces began breaking into houses in an attempt to force citizens and businesses to stop the stay-at-home protests.
Roadblock in Bahir Dar. Photo: Social Media
Some reports claim that attacks against government institutions and party owned and affiliated businesses were witnessed in some cities and towns. There are also reports that young men and women are being arrested en mass by security forces.
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Tags: #OromoProtests, Africa, Ethiopia Is On The Brink Of Collapse, Genocide Against Oromo People, Tyrannic Ethiopia
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Northern Frontier Voice: Oromos face chilling oppression in Ethiopia as AU & UN watches August 31, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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It is happening again, sadly. The government in Ethiopia is back to its signature of killing, maiming and jailing its own people because they are exercising their chance of rejecting state excesses using the only means available: taking to the streets to protest.
Ethiopia is a country that has effectively obliterated several channels that normally help foster a healthy communication between citizens and the state .The sorry state of independent media and civil society organization is distressing; and every day lived experienced of Ethiopians and their contacts with authorities at any level is alarmingly toxic.
Authorities in Ethiopia should have therefore been the last ones to get started by the idea of citizens taking to the streets to make their grievances heard. Alas, that is not to be.
Hundreds and thousands of students and residents in more than 100 cities and towns in Oromiya Regional State (Oromiya for short), the largest and most populous state in Ethiopia, are in and out of the streets since early Nov. last year. Like every experience when Ethiopians were out on the streets protesting state excesses, every day is bringing heart breaking stories of Ethiopians suffering in the hands of security personnel. Since Nov.12th 2015, when the first protest broke out in Ginchi, a small town 80km west of Addis Ababa, countless households have buried their loved ones; young university students have disappeared without a trace; hundreds have lost limbs and countless others are jailed
Ethiopians are once again killing, miming and jailing Ethiopians.
The immediate trigger factor is the possible implementation of the infamous Addis Ababa and Surrounding Oromiya Special Zone Integrated Development Plan, popularly known as ‘the Addis Abeba Master Plan.’
The federal government claims it is a plan aimed at only creating a better infrastructure link between the capital Addis Abeba and eight towns located within the Oromiya Regional State Special Zone. But the reason why it is having a hard time selling this otherwise fairytale like development plan is the same reason why it is responding heavy handedly to any dissent against it: it is what it wants to do.
The current protest is led by the Oromos, who are the largest ethnic majority in Ethiopia. In all the four corners of the Addis Ababa surrounding localities, Oromos also make up the single largest majority whose way of lives have already been affected by mammoth changes Addis Ababa has been having over the last Century.
They are rejecting the central government’s top down plan because they are informed by a merciless history of eviction and dispossession. Several researches show that over the last 25 years alone about half a million Oromo farmers have unjustly lost their farmlands to give way to an expansion of a city that is xenophobic to their way to being.
Not the first time
Sadly, this is not the first time Ethiopians are pleading with their government to be heard in regards to the so-called ‘Master Plan.’ The first protest erupted in April-May 2014 when mostly Oromo student protesters from universities in Ambo and Jimma in the west, Adama in the east and Medaawalabu in south east Ethiopia, among others, expressed their disapproval of the plan. Like today, they have resorted to communicate with authorities the only way they possibly can: take to the streets to protest. And like today authorities have responded the only way they have so far responded to Ethiopian voices calling for justice: killing tens, maiming hundreds and incarcerating thousands.
As of 1991, when the current regime first came to power, students, mostly Oromo students, have staged several protest rallies calling for justice. Each time the end result has been nothing short of a disaster.
Although the 2014 Oromo students protest marked the first of the largest protest against the central government, a not so distant memory of Oromo students’ protests and subsequent crackdowns reveal a disturbing history of state brutality gone with impunity. To mention just two, in late ’90s Oromo Students at the Addis Ababa University (AAU) protested against a systematic expulsion of hundreds of Oromo students, who, authorities claimed, had links with the then rebel group, Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). But many of those who protested against the dismissal of their dorm mates soon joined the growing list of expulsion; hundreds of were also jailed. Today mothers speak of their kids who have disappeared without a trace since then. And in early 2000 Oromo students have taken to the streets to protest against the federal government’s decision to relocate the capital of the Oromiya regional state from Addis Ababa to Adama. Many of them were killed when police opened fires in several of those protests, including the one here in Addis Ababa.
Although in 2005 the federal government decided to relocate the capital of Oromiya back to Addis Ababa, fifteen years later Ethiopian prisons are hosting hundreds of students who were jailed following their protest against the decision in the first place; hundreds of them have left the country via Kenya and have become homeless in foreign lands. Less mentioned are also the lives that have been altered forever; the hopes that were dashed; the students’ quest to study and change their lives that were cut short; a country that is deprived of its young and brightest; and family fabrics that were shattered.
State impunity and all that
Following the 2014 Oromo students’ protest and the killing spree by the federal and the regional state police, Abadula Gemeda, speaker of the house of people’s representatives and former president of the Oromiya regional state, promised to bring to justice those who were responsible for the killing.
But two outstanding experiences explain why Abadula’s words were mere rhetoric. And the government in Ethiopia should address both if it wants to remain a legitimate representative of the people it claims to govern.
First, so far no one who represents the government has been held accountable for the killings, maiming, disappearances and unjust incarceration for countless Ethiopians following protest crackdowns. No matter how excessive the use of force by its security agents against unarmed protesters is, the government knows (and acts as such) it can simply get away with it, as it did several times in the past. This is wrong. A state that has no mechanism to hold its rogue agents accountable for their excesses is equally guilty.
In addition to that, in what came as a disturbing twist, the government has adopted a new strategy aimed at portraying itself as a victim of public vandalism. It is rushing to clean itself of the crimes committed by its security agents. Using its disproportionate access to state owned and affiliated media currently the government is presiding over the stories of victimhood more than those whose lives have been destroyed by it. In an act of shame and disgrace to the profession, these state owned and affiliated media are providing their helping hands to complete the act of state impunity.
Second, the central government’s first answer to the repeated cries of justice by Ethiopians is to communicate with them through its army. Like in the past, in the ongoing protests by the Oromo, which have largely focused on cities and towns within the Oromiya regional state, protesters are not only facing the regional state’s security apparatus but also the merciless hands of the federal army reserve. This is an act that not only trespasses the country’s constitutionally guaranteed federal arrangement but also makes the horrific crimes committed by necrophiliac security agents against protesters to get lost in unnecessary details, hence go unpunished.
Public protests in the past and the manner by which the current government dealt with them should teach the later a lesson or two. But the first and most urgent one is that it should stop killing, maiming and jailing its people’s questions.
In addition to the unknown numbers of those who have been killed by the police and the army in the wake of the ongoing protest, cities have seen their hospitals crowded with wounded Ethiopians of all ages; hundreds of individuals, including senior members of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), are already thrown into jails without due legal process. In clear violation of the constitution by none other than the state most of them are held incommunicado in places unknown to their loved ones
In the wake of his release after serving four years in prison, Bekele Gerba, the prominent opposition figure, told this magazine in April last year that prison was “not a place one appreciates to be, but I think it is also the other way of life as an Ethiopian.” Sadly, Bekele is once again thrown in to jail because that is Ethiopia does to its people’s questions. But an end to this is long overdue.
AI: Ethiopia unlawful killings: Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge international investigation into ongoing human rights violations August 31, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge international investigation into ongoing human rights violations
A group of civil society organizations are calling for an independent and impartial international investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia, including the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters and a recent spate of arrests of civil society members documenting this crackdown.
DefendDefenders (East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project), the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE), Amnesty International, the Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP), Front Line Defenders, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), are concerned about the levels of persecution and detention of civil society members in the country. Since last month, four members of one of Ethiopia’s most prominent human rights organizations, the Human Rights Council (HRCO), were arrested and detained in the Amhara and Oromia regions. HRCO believes these arrests are related to the members’ monitoring and documentation of the crackdown of on-going protests in these regions.
On 14 August, authorities arrested Tesfa Burayu, Chairperson of HRCO’s West Ethiopian Regional Executive Committee at his home in Nekemte, Oromia. Tesfa, who had been monitoring the protests for the organization, was denied access to his family and his lawyer, and released on 16 August without charge. Two days earlier on 12 August, Abebe Wakene, also a member of HRCO, was arrested and taken to the Diga district police station in Oromia. Abebe Wakene remains in detention with no formal charges against him. In addition, on 13 August, Tesfaye Takele, a human rights monitor in the Amhara region, was arrested in the North Wollo zone and is still detained without charge.
The lack of independent and transparent investigation of human rights violations in Ethiopia strongly implies that the Ethiopian government’s investigation of the ongoing human rights crisis will not be independent, impartial and transparent.
HRCO’s human rights monitors were arrested for attempting to document the large-scale pro-democracy protests and the following violent crackdown by the authorities in the Oromia and Amhara regions, as well as in the capital Addis Ababa on 6 and 7 August. Amnesty International reported that close to 100 protesters were killed and scores more arrested during the largely peaceful protests.
Three journalists were also arrested and detained by Ethiopian security officials for 24 hours on 8 August 2016 in the Shashemene area of the Oromo region. According to the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Ethiopia, Hadra Ahmed, a correspondent with Africa News Agency, was arrested along with Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) reporters Fred de Sam Lazaro and Thomas Adair, despite having proper accreditation. They were reporting on the government’s response to the drought in the Oromia region, where protests have been ongoing since November 2015. Their passports and equipment were confiscated and they were forced to return to Addis Ababa.
“Despite the systematic repression of peaceful protestors, political dissents, journalists and human rights defenders, the absence of efficient and effective grievance redress mechanisms risks plunging the country into further turmoil,” said Yared Hailemariam, Executive Director of AHRE.”
In response to the on-going crackdown, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has called for “access for independent observers to the country to assess the human rights situation”. Ethiopia’s government, however, has rejected the call and promised to launch its own investigation.
Ethiopia’s National Human Rights Commission, which has the mandate to investigate rights violations in Ethiopia, has failed to make public its own June report on the Oromo protests, whileconcluding in its oral report to Parliament that the lethal force used by security forces in Oromia was proportionate to the risk they faced from the protesters. Since November 2015, at least 500 demonstrators have been killed and thousands of others arrested in largely peaceful protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions and other locations across the country.
“The lack of independent and transparent investigation of human rights violations in Ethiopia strongly implies that the Ethiopian government’s investigation of the ongoing human rights crisis will not be independent, impartial and transparent” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. “It is time to step up efforts for an international and independent investigation in Ethiopia.”
DefendDefenders, AHRE, Amnesty International, EHRP, Front Line Defenders, and FIDH urge the Ethiopian authorities to (i) immediately and unconditionally release civil society members targeted for their work and (ii) facilitate access for international human rights monitoring bodies including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to conduct thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigations into the ongoing human rights violations in the Oromia, Amhara and Addis Ababa areas.
Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights releases a second press statement calling on Ethiopia, the African Union and the United Nations human rights monitoring mechanisms to take steps regarding the gross human rights abuses in Ethiopia August 31, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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|Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights releases a second press statement calling on Ethiopia, the African Union and the United Nations human rights monitoring mechanisms to take steps regarding the gross human rights abuses in Ethiopia|
The Ethiopian government has rejected the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (UNOHCHR) request that the government allow international observers to assess the human rights violation in Ethiopia. The government has stated that it would establish a domestic body to investigate the matter.
However, the findings of the commissions of inquiry established in the past by the Ethiopian Parliament (House of Peoples’ Representatives) have generated mistrust by stakeholders, human rights organisations and other bodies. In the past, instead of the main perpetrators of the violence that actually committed the arbitrary killings and detentions, individuals who took part in the protests have been held accountable on charges like incitement and terrorism. The commissions of inquiry have not implicated members of government forces and senior government officials, and as a result, they have not been held accountable. These commissions of inquiry have also lacked adequate participation of stakeholders and transparency.
Moreover, the fact that senior government officials have been, and continue to make statements threatening protesters from making peaceful protests amounts to approving the human rights violations. Such statements send a signal to the Ethiopian security and military forces to assume that the ongoing arbitrary killings, arrests and detentions are legitimate.
With a view to addressing these problems, making a credible, independent, impartial, effective and transparent inquiry is imperative. To this end, the Centre is convinced that international or regional inquiry mechanisms are better suited than domestic commission of inquiry in Ethiopia.
Therefore, the Centre for Human Rights makes the following requests:
For more information, please contact:
Prof Frans Viljoen
Oromia: Athletic Nation Report: The winner of Quebec City Marathon, Oromo athlete Ebisa Ejigu crossed the finish line in an almost-identical fashion as Fayyisaa Leellisaa (Lilesa) did one week earlier in Brazil Rio Olympic Marathon, solidarity to #OromoProtests. August 29, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Ebisa Ejigu of Ethiopia performed a sign of protest against his home country’s government as he won the Quebec City Marathon on Sunday.
Ebisa Ejigu est le premier coureur à franchir la ligne d’arrivée en 2:30:40! Bravo!
Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia made headlines last Sunday when he finished second in the men’s marathon at the Olympics with his arms crossed above his head. The gesture, which was done in solidarity with the Oromo people’s anti-government protests in his home region, led Lilesa to say “If I go back to Ethiopia, they will kill me.”
#mcm #ManCrushMonday goes to this brave man Feyisa Lilesa BBC: An Olympic marathon runner from Ethiopia staged a daring protest against his home government when he crossed the line in Rio on Sunday. As he took the silver medal, Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above – a gesture made by the Oromo people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns. New York-based Human Rights Watch says that more than 400 people were killed in clashes with the security forces in Oromia, although the government disputes this figure. Rule 50 of the Olympic charter bans political displays or protests and the IOC say they are gathering information about the case. #FeyisaLilesa #OromoProtests
On Sunday, the winner of the Quebec City Marathon crossed the finish line in an almost-identical fashion as Lilesa did one week earlier in Brazil. Ebisa Ejigu, who is from Addis Ababa, ran 2:30:40 to win the SSQ Quebec City Marathon and formed an “X” with his arms across the line and into the finisher’s zone.
Forming an “X” with their arms is a sign of protest against the government’s treatment of the Oromo people, the largest ethnic group in the Horn of Africa. The protests were sparked after the government began extending the municipal boundary of the country’s capital, threatening parts of Oromia and the people’s land rights.
The protests began in a small town named Ginchi, approximately 80 kilometres outside of the capital. Both Lilesa and Ejigu are from Addis Ababa or the surrounding area.
Ejigu is a regular on the Canadian running scene having run the Toronto Waterfront 10K in June and winning the Mississauga Marathon in May. According to Sportstats, Ejigu has listed his place of residence as Toronto since June 25. In Quebec City, he was wearing a Toronto Olympic Club singlet. He has a lifetime marathon best of 2:12:03.
Since November 2015, Human Rights Watch reports that 400 people have been killed by the government’s security forces as part of the protests. An additional 100 people are believed to have been killed in August, according to BBC News.
Lilesa, the Olympic silver medallist, did not return to Ethiopia as scheduled after the Rio Games and is seeking asylum. The decision to not board the flight came after the government said that Lilesa would get a “heroic welcome” in Ethiopia. A crowdfunding page has raised US$157,438 in the 26-year-old’s name to cover travel costs and provide support for his wife and two children in Ethiopia.
Ejigu’s sign of protest at the Quebec City Marathon
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As Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finish line to win the silver medal in Rio, he crossed his raised arms in an act of defiance against the Ethiopian government’s treatment of the Oromo people. We talk about Lilesa’s protest with Oromo activist, Seenaa Jimjimo.
The African Sports Federation (ASF): Feyisa Lilesa Heroic Race: ASF honoured the Olympic hero and named its 5k race ‘the Feyisa Lilesa Heroic Run’ August 28, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests, Athletic nation.
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East Africa has produced many great mid and long distance runners that have dominated for decades. Feyisa Lilesa became the first athlete to speak up against his oppressive government to show the world the injustice imprisonment and killings of the innocent Oromo people in Ethiopia.
The African Sports Federation (ASF) is honoring the determination, courage and the act of bravery by Feyisa Lilesa which took place in the Rio Olympics 2016. As he was crossing the finish line of the Men’s Marathon, winning his silver medal he raised his arms over his head, wrists crossed in gesture of solidarity with protestors against the killings of the Oromo people in his home country of Ethiopia. Beyond that he explained he was protesting for people everywhere who have no freedom. That defining moment at the finish line will forever live on as a gesture that defended human dignity on one of the biggest stages in the world.
ASF second annual 5k race will be named after Feyisa Lilesa, the Feyisa Lilesa Heroic Run. Not only do we want to display our gratitude to Lilesa but we also want to encourage other athletes to stand up for what they believe in.
The Feyisa Lilesa Heroic Race will take place during the championship game of the 2016 Seattle African Cup presented by African Sports Federation. The ASF would like to extend our invitation to all people out there to celebrate this heroic act.
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Oromia: Labsa Ficincila Xumura Gabrummaa Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo Irraa Bahe: Renewed Declaration of Protest to Culminate Slavery August 28, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests.
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Renewed Declaration of Protest to Culminate Slavery
From Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromo
August 26, 2016
The struggle of the Oromo people to regain the ownership of their country and to culminate a century old subjugation, marginalization, and slavery has reached a critical stage. The Oromo people are at a historical moment whereby the entire Oromo public in and outside of Oromia are waging a bitter struggle and are determined to regain their freedom and administer themselves and live in peace, stability, and freedom in their country, Oromia. The struggle of the Oromo people does not target any other peoples in Ethiopia. The fulfilment of the rights of the Oromo people does not infringe the rights of any other nation or nationality. More than any time in our history, the Oromo youth organization, Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo (or just Qeerroo), is working to make sure that the current Oromo protest is coordinated with the struggle of other nations and nationalities in the country by devising various tactics and strategies.
The Oromo student movement, Fincila Diddaa Gabrummaa (meaning Protest Resisting Subjugation), which started in a more organized way by the organization of Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo has over the years produced several small and big protests which gradually developed reaching its climax at this moment in time. These big and small protests have had enormous contribution for the current wave of mass protest that engulfed the entire Oromia and beyond. To reach this stage the Oromo youth paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thousands have left their precious lives. Tens of thousands have been critically injured and disabled. Hundreds of thousands have been jailed and brutally tortured in Ethiopian prisons. We, the Oromo youth, Qeerroo, would like to declare that we are completing the necessary preparation to retaliate the bloods of our brothers and sisters in every shape or form and realizing the freedom of our country and the dignity of our people.
At the moment, the leadership, all members and cells in the organizational structure of Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo are strongly making the necessary preparation to defeat our enemy by using a more sophisticated and modern struggle technics and strategies. As we speak, the structure and cells that are organized in the various levels of the TPLF/EPRDF government, Oromo students who have been waging bitter struggle for our freedom since November 2015, and the entire Oromo people are working day and night for another wave of grand Oromo protest for the realization of their rights and for the ownership of their country.
Therefore, the leadership of Qeerroo bilisummaa declare to the Oromo people that an Oromia wide protest will be waged on the TPLF/EPRDF government and details will be announced in a short time. We call on the Oromo public in and outside of Oromia to keenly follow the upcoming widespread protest and make yourselves ready, increase your support, and physically participate on these protests.
Victory to the Oromo people
Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo
August 26, 2016
NPR: Kojo Nnamni Show: Olympic Marathon medalist faces persecution in Ethiopia- And he is not one August 28, 2016Posted by OromianEconomist in #OromoProtests, Athletic nation.
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In recent years, Ethiopia has seen nationwide protests sparked by land rights issues and tension between the Oromos, its largest ethnic group, and the country’s government and ruling classes. While many in D.C.’s local Ethiopian diaspora have been following the unrest, a recent act of protest at the 2016 Rio Olympic marathon finish line brought the issue to an international stage. We talk with an Ethiopian blogger living in exile in the D.C. region and a U.S. journalist who faced challenges reporting from Ethiopia about the media landscape in the country and how censorship there affects perspectives in communities around the world, including those in Washington.
- Soliyana Shimeles founding member, Zone9 bloggers; human rights expert, Ethiopia Human Rights Project
- Fred de Sam Lazaro Correspondent, PBS NewsHour; Executive Director, Undertold Stories Project
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The Question: Can the Olympics ever be apolitical?
Feyisa Lilesa’s solidarity sign to Ethopians is the latest political act at a games
Feyisa Lilesa: the marathon runner’s gesture in Rio recalled the Black Power raised fists of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico in 1968.
On the final day of the Rio Olympics, as the Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finishing line in second place, he raised his arms above his head and crossed his wrists in an X.
The simple gesture was a highly political act, a sign of solidarity with the Oromo protests that have convulsed Ethiopia in recent months. The runner is from the Oromia region, where protests about land rights have mushroomed in to a larger civil-rights movement. This has prompted a ruthless government crackdown, leaving hundreds of unarmed protesters dead.
The crossed-wrists gesture has become a symbol of defiance.
As well as raising the international profile of the Oromo protests, the gesture has changed Lilesa’s life: he says he cannot safely return home, despite government assurances to the contrary, and has remained in Brazil as he seeks asylum elsewhere.
As well as raising the international profile of the Oromo protests, the gesture has changed Lilesa’s life: he says he cannot safely return home, despite government assurances to the contrary, and has remained in Brazil as he seeks asylum elsewhere.
Like Smith and Carlos before him, Lilesa has been criticised for “politicising” the games, which like to think of themselves as an apolitical sphere of human co-operation and goodwill. Indeed, the International Olympic Committee’s rule 50 imposes conditions on host nations prohibiting political signs and demonstrations.
After a number of peaceful protesters were ejected from arenas, a Brazilian judge ruled that the conditions were in violation of the Brazilian constitution. The organisers appealed the ruling.
Controlling which platforms can and cannot be used for political messages is a privilege of the powerful, of course. For Lilesa the moment he crossed the finishing line with the world watching is not merely the only platform he has but also by far the largest platform the Oromo people have.
Lilesa may have discomfited the IOC and put himself in danger, but in doing so he reclaimed part of that elusive Olympic spirit.
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