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Ethiopia: Aid in the wrong hands: Ethiopia’s mass killing security forces misuse vehicles donated by the Global Fund in Ambo city, Oromia August 9, 2017

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To: The Global Fund Board of Directors

Cc: -The Global Fund Secretariat
– Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General
Geneva, Switzerland

Global Fund, as the 21st century partnership-based financing organization designed to accelerate the end of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics, is indeed contributing its fair share for the global health and wellbeing of millions of people.

As Ethiopia is one of the top recipients of support from the Global Fund, there is no doubt that many poor patients have benefited irrespective of the level of corruption and misappropriation of funds on the part of the ruling regime.
The country has received over $2 billion from 2002 to 2016, as per the report of the Global Fund itself. But the regime in power misused and misappropriated much of this money by manipulating and taking advantage of Global Fund’s good-intentioned principle called ‘Country ownership’ — at the heart of which is the golden idea that people determine their own solutions in fighting the diseases affecting their health, and take full responsibility for them.

However, the regime in Ethiopia has effectively manipulated this principle to use global fund resources for its own political end goals. The 2015 audit report of the office of the general inspector of the Global Fund itself briefly touched up on these problems.
For the malaria grant for example, the report rightly identified the following problems:
• Inadequate Monitoring and Evaluation and Poor Data Quality;
• Theft or Diversion of Non-Financial Resources;
• Poor Financial Reporting;
• Treatment Disruption;
• Substandard Quality of Health Products;
• Inadequate Principal Recipient Reporting and Compliance.

To illustrate the report’s important point on diversion of resources for wrong purposes, there is no better example than drawing your kind attention to a recent case in the city of Ambo, where the regime deployed its brutal security forces using the vehicles obtained by the Ministry of Health using foreign funding such to crack down on anti-government protesters who were on the streets protesting a newly introduced tax hike.

As a result, the protesters have torched one of the vehicles in mid-June but the regime continued using these vehicles to transport its security agents. Several evidences show that these vehicles which the tyrant regime in Ethiopia is using to transport its security forces to kill protesters, were procured by the Global Fund grants.

The Global Fund secretariat should therefore reconsider and submit to rigorous scrutiny its partnership with the corrupt and repressive regime of Ethiopia.
Financial supports from the Global Fund should not be used to enable the repressive security structures of the regime that kills its own citizens but to help the needy people of the country. To this end, the Global Fund has not only the moral responsibility but also the legal duty to make sure that all its financial supports to the regime are used solely for their intended purposes.
We are therefore kindly requesting the Board Directors of the Global Fund to undertake the necessary investigations on the misuse, misappropriation and diversion of resources that the regime in Ethiopia receives as grants from the Global Fund.

Jawar Mohammed

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Odaa OromooAddis StandardBekele Gerba translated Martin Luther King’s book  ‘I HAVE A DREAM’  into Oromo language while he was in prison.Free Bekele Gerba#OromoProtests in Bosaso, 7 April 2016

#OromoProtests against the Ethiopian regime fascist tyranny. Join the peaceful movement for justice, democracy, development and freedom of Oromo and other oppressed people in Ethiopia


Twenty two defendants, including four missing senior members of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) have appeared at the Federal High Court 19th Criminal Bench this morning. The court adjourned the next hearing, which will be a defense hearing, until May 10th.


Federal prosecutors have charged 22 members of the OFC on Friday April 22nd with several articles of Ethiopia’s infamous Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP). On the same day the court ordered the police to transfer all the 22 detainees from the notorious Ma’ekelawi, where they have been kept incommunicado for most of the last four months, to Qilinto, a prison cell south of the city’s outskirt under the administration of the Addis Abeba Prison Authority.


Following their transfer on Friday, however, news emerged that four of the 22: Bekele Gerba , first secretary general of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), OFC members Adisu Bulala, Gurmesa Ayano and Dejene Tafa, have disappeared after refusing to take “unknown pills” administered to them by prison authorities upon their arrival in Qilinto.


This morning, Bekele Gerba told the court that the four of them were “kept in an isolated, dark room for the last four days for refusing to take pills which we didn’t know about.”  Bekele also told the court they have been denied access to their family members and legal counsel. He then requested the court to arrange for public hearing as per their constitutional rights so that “journalists and family members can attend court hearings.” Dejene Tafa on his part said that he now fears for his safety and the safety of the 21 co-defendants.


All the 22 were arrested in connection with the recent #OromoProtestes that gripped the nation for the last five months. Unconfirmed reports put the number of people killed during the five month protests to more than 400, a figure the government disputes.

This morning a further 16 individuals, all from the Oromia regional state, and were detained at Ma’ekelawi were also brought to the same court. The court adjourned the hearing until this afternoon. It is expected that like the 22, the 16, under the file name of Tesema Regasa, will be charged with the ATP. According to lawyer Wondimu Ebbissa, who is representing the 22 defendants, so far 83 defendants, including Bekele Gerba et al, are held in Qilinto and a further 97 are believed to be either at Ma’ekelawi or the Addis Abeba police prison facility near Ma’ekelawi.


Among the charges the prosecutors have brought on defendants include statements that the defendants have participated in the recent #OromoProtests against the implementation of the Addis Abeba Master Plan, the immediate cause for the widespread protests within the Oromia regional states, the largest of the nine regional states that constitute Ethiopia.

However, a month after protests have erupted, in a rare gesture of concession to public demand, both the federal government and the Oromia regional state have said they withdrew the plan, something the federal prosecutors seem to negate with some part of their charges that indicted defendants for participating in the protest.

Join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the current human rights situation in Ethiopia April 13, 2016

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Odaa OromooThe Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the current human rights situation in Ethiopia. p2The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the current human rights situation in Ethiopia

Human Rights in Ethiopia – An Update

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – 11:00am
2255 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the current human rights situation in Ethiopia.

Home to the Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the region of Oromia was witness to mostly peaceful student protests in November of 2015 against the Ethiopian Government’s plan to take over territory to expand the nation’s capital. However, this spontaneous outcry has developed into the country’s longest and most widespread protest movement since the ruling party took power in 1991.  The government has since ceased border expansion plans, but the discontent has proven to transcend land rights and to extend beyond any one particular ethnic group.  The government’s authoritarian structure and tight controls on the media have led many to feel that they have no voice.  Peaceful opposition is frequently met with arrest and detention (using the country’s draconian anti-terrorist law) and police brutality too often results in death.   Human Rights Watch has received reports of over 200 people killed and several thousand arrested (including many whose whereabouts are unknown), since protests began. Although the documented turmoil threatens to disrupt Ethiopia’s fragile political stability, Ethiopia’s strategic state partners have been relatively quiet.

This briefing will examine Ethiopia’s current human rights situation in light of the recent events in Oromia.  Speakers will provide an overview of the human rights situation and challenges, including how Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law is misused to stifle dissent, and will make recommendations as to what role the U.S. government can play in promoting stabilization by advancing and protecting human rights.

This briefing will be open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and the media. For any questions, please contact David Howell (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 orDavid.Howell@mail.house.gov or Isaac Six (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 orIsaac.Six@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC



  • Anuradha Mittal , Founder and Executive Director of the Oakland Institute
  • Mohammed Ademo, Journalist formally with Al Jazeera America
  • Adotei Akwei, Managing Director, Amnesty International USA


  • Lauren Ploch Blanchard, African Affairs Specialist, Congressional Research Service

 Opening Remarks

  • Rep. Keith Ellison, Executive Committee Member, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commissio

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Das Berliner Missionswerk: Frieren Sie die Militärhilfe für Äthiopien ein, bis Äthiopien die Menschenrechte achtet! #OromoProtests March 30, 2016

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Odaa OromooDas Berliner MissionswerkSolidarity message to Oromo People and #OromoProtests#OromoProtests against the Ethiopian regime fascist tyranny. Join the peaceful movement for justice, democracy, development and freedom of Oromo and other oppressed people in Ethiopia

Freeze military and economic  aid to Ethiopia until Ethiopia respects human rights!

– The Berlin Mission for the Horn of Africa

Frieren Sie die Militärhilfe für Äthiopien ein, bis Äthiopien die Menschenrechte achtet!

Das Berliner Missionswerk, Pressenza Berlin,  March 30, 2016 –
Frieren Sie die Militärhilfe für Äthiopien ein, bis Äthiopien die Menschenrechte achtet!

Das Berliner Missionswerk setzt sich seit den 1970er Jahren für Menschenrechte und Gerechtigkeit in Äthiopien ein. Was sich gegenwärtig in Oromia abspielt, dem Landesteil Äthiopiens, in dem das Missionswerk über langjährige Partner verfügt, wird durch die hiesigen Medien kaum berichtet und ist darum auch nur Wenigen bekannt.

Das hat den Beirat „Horn von Afrika“ der Berliner Mission, Anfang des Jahres dazu veranlasst Briefe an alle im Bundestag vertretenen Parteien zu schreiben. Worauf sie sehr zustimmende Antworten bekommen haben, mit Ausnahme vom Außenministerium und vom Ministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung.

Als weiteren Schritt wenden Sie sich nun mit einer Petition an die Öffentlichkeit. Die darin enthaltene Erklärung des Europäischen Parlaments lässt an Deutlichkeit nichts zu wünschen übrig und hoffen mit dieser Aktion dazu beizutragen, dass die Resolution in praktische Politik umgesetzt wird.

Die äthiopische Regierung setzt die Armee gegen friedliche Demon­stranten ein. Mehr als 250 Menschen, die gegen Enteignungen und Vertreibungen sowie für die Selbstbestimmung Oromias demonstrierten, wurden bereits getötet. Das Parlament der Europäischen Union hat die äthiopische Regierung aufgefordert, die von ihr unterzeichnete UN-Charta der Menschenrechte zu wahren.

Sehr verehrte Frau Bundeskanzlerin Dr. Angela Merkel,
frieren Sie deshalb die Militär- und Budget-Hilfe für Äthiopien ein, bis die äthiopische Regierung die Menschenrechte, vor allem die Meinungs- und Versammlungsfreiheit respektiert.

Die äthiopische Regierung hat einen „Masterplan“ vorgelegt, der eine Ausweitung der Bundes­hauptstadt Addis Abeba auf Kosten des Bundeslandes Oromia vorsieht. Er hat bereits zur gewalt­samen Vertreibung von Tausenden von Bauern und ihren Familien geführt und hätte bei konsequenter Umsetzung die faktische geographische Teilung Oromias zu Folge. Dieser Plan hat seit November 2015 in Oromia zu zahlreichen Protest-De­mon­strationen geführt. Diese wurden von der äthiopischen Regierung unter Einsatz von Bundes­polizei und Militär blutig niedergeschlagen. Mehr als 250 Menschen wurden getötet. Hunderte wurden verwundet, Tausende verhaftet – Jugendliche, Aktivisten, Journalisten, Intellektuelle, Oppositionspolitiker. Menschen riskieren ihr Leben, wenn sie gegen Vertreibungen, Enteignungen und gegen die gewaltsame Einschränkung der in der Verfassung verbrieften Versammlungs-, Demonstrations- und Meinungsfreiheit demonstrieren.

Das Europäische Parlament hat am 21. Januar 2016 in einer Resolution zur Lage in Äthiopien (2016/2520 RSP) die äthiopische Regierung dringend und unmissverständlich aufgefordert, die von ihr unterzeichneten Menschenrechts­erklärungen und die eigene Verfassung der Demokratischen Bundesrepublik Äthiopien vom 8.Dezember 1994 zu respektieren und zu praktizieren, insbesondere die Grundrechte und Grundfreiheiten, die Menschenrechte und die demokratischen Rechte.

Stattdessen hat die äthiopische Bundesregierung am 24.Februar 2016 alle kommunalen und regionalen Regierungen im Bundesland Oromia abgesetzt und die zivile Verwaltung durch das Militär ersetzt. Die Regierung Oromias ist faktisch machtlos und die föderale Verfassung Äthiopiens vollends außer Kraft gesetzt. Immer mehr, vor allem gut ausgebildete junge Leute verlieren die Hoffnung und verlassen das Land.

Deutschland unterstützt Äthiopien mit Militärhilfe und mit Haushaltszuschüssen. Die deutsche Bundesregierung unterstützt damit direkt die Unterdrückung der Oromo, den Krieg der äthiopischen Regierung gegen das eigene Volk, die Missachtung der Verfassung Äthiopiens und die vollständige Einschränkung der politischen Freiheiten und der Menschenrechte.

Mit dem Einfrieren der Militär- und Budget-Hilfen aus Deutschland und anderen Geberstaaten könnten wir die äthiopische Regierung zum Einlenken bewegen.

Der Beirat des Berliner Missionswerkes für das Horn von Afrika

  • Pfr. i.R. Gerd Decke, Vorsitzender
  • Pfr. Dr. Reinhard Kees, Geschäftsführer

Die Petition kann hier unterzeichnet werden.