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Oromia: Seenaa Solomoon: “Akkamiin Diina Gombisu?” New #OromoProtests Music January 23, 2016

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Oromia: Dachii fi Daangaa Oromiyaa Ilaalchisee Labsa Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo Irraa Kenname. January 23, 2016

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Dachii fi Daangaa Oromiyaa Ilaalchisee Labsa Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo Irraa Kenname.

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Dachii fi Daangaa Oromiyaa Ilaalchisee Labsa Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo Irraa Kenname.

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Lafa, qabeenyaa lafa jalaa jiru fi qilleensa Oromiyaa guutummaatti to’annoo ummata Oromoo jala galchuu qofatu gaaffii ummata Oromoo deebisa.

Habashooti,afaan qawweetiiin itti duulanii, Oromoo lafa isaa irraa buqqisuun walii fi firoottanii isaaniitii eerga qoodanii booda ummata Oromoo hiyyummaa fi wal’aalummaa keessatti  darbanii hojiisifachuun lafa fi  dafqa isaatiin duuroomuu  kan eegalan jaarraa 14ffaa irraa yoo ta’e illee, kan ummata Oromoo miliyoonatti herregamu dachii/lafa isaa irraa buqqisee roobaa fi qabbana keessatti facaasuun kadhattuu fi waaridiyaa qeyee habashootaa taasisee jiruu, akkasumas ammo, jireenya maatiilee Oromoo fi ilmaan isaa  dhabamsiise mootummaa  Ixoophiyaa/wayyaanee ammaan tana Oromiyaa gabroomfatee jiruu dha.

Mootummaan Ixoophiyaa/Wayyaanee, ammaan tana Oromiyaa gabroomfatee jiru kun, “Tigraay akka mishoomtuuf, Oromoo fi Oromiyaan hiyyoomuu qabdi” imaammata jedhuun, lafa Oromoo saaamuu fi maqaa Investment’n saamsiisuu hojii duraa godhatee gannoota 25 darbaniif irratti hojjechaa jira.Qotee bulaa Oromoo kumoota hedduu irraa buqqisuun mootummaan:Miniliki, Haayilesillaasee fi Dargii magaalaa Finfinnee kan ijaaranii fi babal’isan oggaa ta’u, mootummaan Ixoophiyaa/Wayyaanee ammaan tana Oromiyaa gabroomfatee jirus, kan abbootiin isaa armana dura hojjetan daranuu itti fufuun, qotee bulaa Oromoo miliyoona hedduu dachii/lafa inni irraa: nyaatu, dhugu, daara bahu, wal’aanamu, ilmaan barsiifatu, irratti horii horsiifatuu, mana ijaarratu  fi  wal horu, akkasumas, yeroo du’u irratti awwaalamu fi madda jiruu fi jireenya isaa ta’e irraa buqqisee biyya abbaa isaa irratti : hiyyummaa, beela, daara, dhukkuba, akkasumas, jireenya salphinaa akka jiraatu taasifameera. Kana malees, mootummaan kun, dachii /lafa Oromoo kukutee qooduun fira ittiin bitatuu fi Oromoo irratti diina heddumessuuf shirri inni hojjetuuf tattaafate seenaa gabrummaa kamuu keessatti kan argamee fi dhagahamee hin beeknee dha. Walumaagalatti, akeeki mootummaa wayyaanee, tigroota dureessaa fi ummata Oromoo hiyyeessa manaa fi oobruu tigrootaa keessaa hojjetu uumuudhaan ummatni Oromoo kabajaa fi boonee jiraachuu bare irkattuu tigrootaa akka ta’u godhuu dha.

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Oromia: Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Honours the European Union Parliament that it stood up publicly against assaults on Oromo peaceful protesters. Ibsa ABO Murtii Paarlaamaa Awroppaa Ilalchisee January 23, 2016

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Oromo Liberation Front Press Release

ABOOn 21st of January all party Groups of European Parliament debated and passed a resolution on the current political situation in Oromia, Ethiopia. Since mid-November 2015 another round of enormous wave of mass protests that started over respect for the right of Oromo People in general and against the expansion of the capital Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) that triggered more to be demanded on the basic fundamental and democratic rights that have been supressed for the last century and half. Instead of looking for the solution the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF/EPRDF) led Ethiopian government declared war on the Oromo people and deployed its terrorizing special force (Agazi), the military and the federal police against peaceful Oromo demonstrators and the public at large. In doing so, it put Oromia under martial law tantamount to declaration of a state of emergency. The deployed forces have wantonly killed more than 180 people and wounded hundreds and detained thousands of Oromo farmers, students, teachers, merchants and government employees, including the medical staff trying to treat the overwhelming numbers of the brutalized mass.

 

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Oromia (WBO): Humni Addaa WBO Godina Kibba Bahaa Hidhattoota Wayyaanee haleele January 23, 2016

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(SBO) – Amajii 23, 2016) Humni Addaa WBO Godina Kibba Bahaa Hidhattoota Wayyaanee Maqaa Faxinoon Ijaaramanii FXG Godina Baalee Keessatti Geggeeffamaa Jiru Dura Dhaabbachuu fi Ummata Irratti Duuluuf Sagantaa Baafatan Adabee Jira. Meeshaalee Adda Addaas Irraa Booji’e.

Humni Addaa WBO Godina Kibba Bahaa miliishota wayyaanee Fooq-Umar/Sheekistaa jedhaman irraa ijaaramuun loltoota wayyaanee waliin ta’anii ummata Oromoo Godina Baalee Onoota Raayituu fi Daawwee Sarar irratti lola geggeessuu fi sochii FXG naannicha keessatti geggeeffamaa jiru dura dhaabbachuuf sochii irra turan Amajjii 11,2016 galgala keessaa sa’aa 9:00 irratti Godina Baalee Ona Eelkarree bakka Gola Hurrii jedhamutti haleeluun hidhattoota 4 irraa ajjeesee garii isaanii madeessuu Ajaji WBO Godina Kibba Bahaa hubachiisee jira.

Tarkaanfii haxii kanaan Humni Addaa WBO Godina Kibba Bahaa AKM 4 hidhannoo guutuu waliin, Rasaasa AKM -47 5000 ol, Uniformii waraanaa 150, Birrii Itophiyaa 120,000 fi mi’oota biroo gaalota sadiin fe’amanii deemaa turan guututti booji’uun qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoof akka oolche Ajaji WBO Godina Kibba Bahaa ifa godheera.

Hidhattootni/faxinoon wayyaanee kun kan haleelaman haxxeedhaan oggaa ta’u, humni kunis gaala sadiin rasaasota adda addaa, uffannaa waraanaa/uniformii fi mi’oota gara garaa fe’uun qaama murna miliishota kanaa naannoo qubsuma Fooq-Umar bakka Dhiboo jedhamu qubatee jiruuf geessuuf sochii irra akka tures gabaafameera.

Foreign Policy In Focus: Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis. #OromoProtests January 23, 2016

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Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn confers with President Barack Obama

“Badessa” was a third-year engineering student in western Ethiopia in April 2014 when he and most of his classmates joined a protest over the potential displacement of ethnic Oromo farmers like his family because of the government’s plan to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into the farmland.

The night of the first protests he was arrested and taken to an unmarked detention center. Each night he heard his fellow students screaming in agony as one by one they were tortured by interrogators. “I still hear the screams,” he told me later. Eventually his turn came to be interrogated. “What kind of country is it when I voice concern that my family could lose their farm for a government project and I am arrested, tortured, and now living as a refugee?”

Since mid-November, large-scale protests have again swept through Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region, and the response from security forces has again been brutal. They have killed countless students and farmers, and arrested opposition politicians and countless others. On January 12, the government announced it was cancelling the master plan, but that hasn’t stopped the protests and the resultant crackdown.

Although the protest was initially about the potential for displacement, it has become about so much more. Despite being the biggest ethnic group in Ethiopia, Oromos have often felt marginalized by successive governments and feel unable to voice concerns over government policy. Oromos who express dissent are often arrested and tortured or otherwise mistreated in detention, accused of belonging to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a group that has long been mostly inactive and that the government designated a terrorist organization.

The government is doing all it can to make sure that the news of these protests doesn’t circulate within the country or reach the rest of the world. Ethiopia’s allies, including governments in the region and the African Union, have largely stood by as Ethiopia has steadily strangled the ability of ordinary Ethiopians to access information and peacefully express their views, whether in print or in public demonstrations. But they should be worried about what is happening in Oromia right now, as Ethiopia — Africa’s second most-populous country and a key security ally of the US — grapples with this escalating crisis.

This may prove to be the biggest political event to hit Ethiopia since the controversial 2005 elections resulted in a crackdown on protesters in which security forces killed almost 200 people and arrested tens of thousands .

Although the government focuses its efforts on economic development and on promoting a narrative of economic success, for many farmers in Oromia and elsewhere economic development comes at a devastating cost. As one Oromo student told me “All we hear about is development. The new foreign-owned farms and roads is what the world knows, but that just benefits the government. For us [Oromos] it means we lose our land and then we can’t sustain ourselves anymore.”

It has become almost impossible for journalists and human rights monitors to get information about what is happening, especially in smaller towns and rural areas outside Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia is one of the most restrictive environments for independent investigation, reporting, and access to information, earning the country a top-10 spot in the global ranking of jailers of journalists. For the past decade, the government has limited access to information by regularly threatening, imprisoning, and prosecuting individual activists, bloggers, and journalists and sending a clear public message that the media must self-censor and that dissent or criticism of government policy will not be tolerated.

Independent media have dwindled—more than 70 journalists have fled the country since 2010 and five of the last independent publications closed down before the May elections. Meanwhile the state-run media parrot the government line, in this case claiming that the Oromo protesters are linked to “terrorist groups” and “anti-peace elements” who are “aiming to create havoc and chaos.”

Very few international journalists are based in Ethiopia. Those who have attempted to cover events on the ground since the protests began have braved threats and arrest, but these are a few lone voices.

Given restrictions on local and international media, you might think that ordinary citizens, local activists, and nongovernmental organizations would fill the gaps and document the events in Oromia. But Ethiopia’s human rights activists and independent groups have been crushed by draconian legislation and threats, and even ordinary people are often terrified to speak out. People who dare to speak to international media outlets or independent groups have been arrested. The government taps phone lines and uses European-made spyware to target journalists and opposition members outside the country.

Since the protests began, the restrictions have become even harsher. Authorities have arrested people, including health workers, for posting photos and videos or messages of support on social media. The state-run telecom network has also been cut in some areas, making it much more difficult to get information out from hotspots.

Radio and satellite television outlets based outside Ethiopia, including some diaspora stations, play a key role disseminating information about the protests within Oromia, as they also did in 2014 during the last round of protests. Last year numerous people were arrested in Oromia during the protests merely for watching the diaspora-run Oromia Media Network (OMN).

The government has frequently jammed foreign stations in the past, violating international regulations in the process. When the government is unable to jam it puts pressure on the satellite companies themselves. Throughout the protests government agents have reportedly been destroying satellite dishes.

Yet despite the clear efforts to muzzle voices, information is coming out. Some protesters are losing their fear of expressing dissent and are speaking openly about the challenges they are facing. Social media plays a key role in disseminating information as people share photos and videos of rallies, of bloodied protesters, and of expressions of peaceful resistance in the face of security forces using excessive force.

In the coming days and weeks Ethiopia’s friends and partners should condemn the use of excessive force by security forces that is causing tragic and unnecessary deaths. But they should also be clear that Ethiopia needs to ensure access to information and stop disrupting telecommunications and targeting social media users. The world needs to know what is happening in Oromia—and Ethiopians have a right to know what is happening in their country.

Felix Horne is the Ethiopia researcher at Human Rights Watch.

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Oromia:Ethiopia (All Africa): Update – European Parliament Adopts Powerful Ethiopia Resolution January 23, 2016

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Ethiopia: Update – European Parliament Adopts Powerful Ethiopia Resolution

The 751 Members of the European Parliament, the only directly-elected body of the European Union (EU), have debated and adopted a powerful motion presented to them on the current situation in Ethiopia. The motion included detailed descriptions about the Oromo protests that have rocked the nation from all corners, the country’s frequent use of the infamous Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to stifle “even mild criticism”, and the pervasive displacement and abuse of millions of Ethiopians in the name of development.

The debate and vote by the European Parliament took place yesterday during a first reading at a plenary session. “Ethiopia resolution adopted by EP plenary without amendments to the text supported by 7 Groups. Only extreme right wing voted against”, reads a tweet from Ana Gomez, a member of the European parliament.

Authored by more than 60 individual members of the European Parliament together with the Socialists and Democrats, S&D Group, the centre-left political group in the Parliament which has 191 members from all 28 EU countries, and supported by seven groups, the motion detailed a disturbing prevalence of human right abuses in Ethiopia perpetrated by the government.

Biggest crisis

The motion describes the recent Oromo protests as “the biggest crisis to hit Ethiopia since the 2005 election violence” and said “security forces used excessive lethal force and killed at least 140 protesters and injured many more.” It also accuses authorities in Ethiopia of arbitrarily arresting “a number of peaceful protesters, journalists and opposition party leaders in the context of a brutal crackdown on the protests in the Oromiya Region,” and “those arrested are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.”

The motion specifically mentions the arrest on December 23 of Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) Oromiya’s largest legally registered political party. It noted that Bekele was taken to a prison known for torture and other ill-treatment practices and “shortly after he was reportedly hospitalized”. It mentioned that the whereabouts of Bekele Gerba, were “now unknown, raising concerns of an enforced disappearance.” “The government [has] labeled largely peaceful protesters as ‘terrorists’ deploying military forces against them.”

The motion connects the current Oromo protests with “the bloody events of April and may 2014, when federal forces fired into groups of largely peaceful Oromo protesters, killing dozens; at least hundreds more students were arrested, and many remain behind bars.”

In an email interview with Addis Standard, a diplomat who is working at an EU member state embassy here in Addis Abeba, said the motion was “the strongest, detailed and straight forward motion that describes the current situation in Ethiopia.” The diplomat, who wishes to remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak, further said that reports from various embassies on the ground have helped inform member states about the “fragility” of the situation in Ethiopia.

Asked to comment on whether the Parliament is likely to pass the motion or reject it, the diplomat said, without specifics, that “the current situation in Ethiopia calls for a careful reading of events on the ground and this motion, more likely than less, is Ethiopia as we know it today.”

The motion blames Ethiopia’s government of accusing people who express “even mild criticism of government policy of association with terrorism,” and mentions the dozens of journalists, bloggers, protesters, students and activists who have been prosecuted under the country’s draconian 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. “Numerous prisoners of conscience, imprisoned in previous years based solely on their peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression and opinion, including journalists and opposition political party members, remained in detention.”

The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) won all 547 parliamentary seats in the May 2015 elections, the motion says, “due in part to the lack of space for critical or dissenting voices in the election process; May’s federal elections took place in a general atmosphere of intimidation, and concerns over the lack of independence of the National Electoral Board.”

However, the motion says, Ethiopia enjoys political support from western donors and most of its regional neighbors, “mostly due to its role as host of the African Union (AU) and its contribution to UN peacekeeping, security and aid partnerships with Western countries.” Ethiopia receives more aid than any other African country – close to $3bn per year, or about half the national government budget. But “the current political situation in Ethiopia and the brutal repression of dissent put a serious risk to the security, development and stability in the country.”

Call for action

In light with the detailed human rights violations by the government, the motion included a fifteen point recommendations including a call on the EU to “effectively monitor programs and policies to ensure that EU development assistance is not contributing to human rights violations in Ethiopia, particularly programs linked to displacement of farmers and pastoralists, and develop strategies to minimize any negative impact of displacement within EU funded development projects.”

The motion also condemns the recent use of excessive force by the security forces in Oromiya and “in all Ethiopian regions, the increased cases of human rights violations and abuses, including violations of people’s physical integrity, arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions, the use of torture, and violations of the freedom of the press and of expression, as well as the prevalence of impunity.”

The motion further for the immediate release of all those jailed for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, including students, farmers, opposition politicians, academics, bloggers and journalists. It also calls on the government in Ethiopia to carry out a credible, transparent and impartial investigation into the killings of protesters and other alleged human rights violations in connection with the protest movement and to fairly prosecute those responsible, regardless of rank or position. It also urges the government to “immediately invite the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly and other UN human rights experts to visit Ethiopia to report on the situation.”

But whether Ethiopia could heed the calls and recommendations remains to be seen.

Members of the European Parliament are elected once every five years by voters right across the 28 Member States of the European Union on behalf of Europe 500 million citizens.

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