By Getinet Dinkayehu | Januray 27, 2014
continuous arrests, detention, torture and disappearance of people in
Oromia should indeed be a cause for concern to every Oromo people living
in the country and abroad. The past 22 years have been the most painful
period in Oromia. A week hardly passes without someone being picked up
and detained by the TPLF security agents for one unexplained reason or
another. The Last couple of weeks I have received a lot of messages from
Oromo nationalists residing in western parts of Oromia through my
emails, which I preferred not to mention their names here because of
their security. Here is the message I received from one friend in “Afaan
Oromo” and I wanted to put it in English as follows; “I am in deep
tensions and annoyed because of the case associated with my family. My
father was a respected businessman in our local area. Now about two
weeks are passed since my father left his home and his whereabouts still
unknown. Following his disappearance the TPLF Trojan horse better known
as OPDO imprisoned one of my family members and coercing to reveal
where my father is. What I knows about my
father is, after he openly started criticizing the evil doings of the
TPLF led Ethiopian regime and the Puppet OPDOs on different public
meetings; he was continually harassed and even received several death
threats including the family. He was arrested at different times
suspected of OLF member without due legal process and without family
visitations, tortured and interrogated at gunpoint to reveal the agents
he was working with for OLF. The reason why he was mainly targeted as
criminal and went to jail at different times is not because he was a
criminal or have done anything wrong against anybody, but only because
he protested that why his Oromo brothers and sisters were cold-bloodedly
killed by TPLF securities without any reasons and because he protested
against the widespread injustices being committed by the regime agents
in Oromia. When my father was in woyanes secret detention center, the
inhuman treatments he experienced at the hand of the torturers were
horrible and even some part of his face was disfigured because of the
Indeed this is a daily practice of the regime against many Oromo in
wider scale. I personally know many Oromo; outstanding students,
teachers, business men who were unlawfully detained by woyane securities
or disappeared and their families are not informed of their
The most worrisome situation still going in various parts of western
Oromia is that, people always branded as criminals and unlawfully
detained only for being an Oromo and alleged association with the OLF or
sympathizing with Oromo opposition political organizations. Despite a
lack of any evidence against those people, the security agents
continuously torture them in secret detention centers. Also other
friends from the same area said that, to pick up peoples at night and
take to prison is still a daily practice of woyane securities. Imagine
sitting with your family waiting to have the dinner only to receive a
knock on your door that you are wanted for questioning. You are then
whisked away from your beloved family without anyone knowing your
whereabouts, condition of detention or what crime you might have
committed. This is exactly what peoples in many parts of Oromia still
going through. Many people disappeared or been killed in a very
systematic way simply because they exercised their fundamental rights.
Diverting the mobile phone to their security forces and internet
censorships are being practical on many people. The current human rights
situation in western Oromia is terrible and repugnant. There is woyanes
rule that does not tolerate any form of criticism in the area at all.
Even the very slightest criticism of the government in the area could
land a person in jail and charge with terrorism or “shororkeessumma”(in
puppet OPDOs definition). Now this situation is highly forcing people to
live under great fear and uncertainties than ever. It has become normal
for the people in western Oromia to simply disappear into thin air;
especially those who dare to criticize the government or who are
reported by their adversaries to the regime securities.
It is very annoying when the TPLF minority led regime blatantly
continues through its security forces to unlawfully arrest and detain
anybody they perceive as an opponent. To add insult to injury, Most of
the detainees are seldom informed of their rights and/or reason for
their arrest or detention and are often held beyond the time limit
without charge contrary to the edicts of the so called constitution.
Several productive youths are running away to escape the difficult life
that controlled the area. Activism for democracy, human rights and
justice are being met with secret killings, torture, arbitrary arrests
and detention. The name TPLF security or “Dehninet” has brought a great
fear to every Oromo hearth, whenever someone is picked up. Some remain
silence because they are afraid to speak up against what is going on.
We have seen that On the beginning of this year January 2014, when
people on the world joyfully celebrated the New Year and wished peace,
security improvements and prosperity to their own people, in contrary
the Ethiopian Federal Court gave a prison sentence to 45 people, Most of
them are Oromo nationalist political prisoners sentenced to three to
twelve years in prison. Without committing any crime against anybody,
they were unlawfully arrested in 2010 and were accused of being members
or sympathizers of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). This alone can
publically tell that TPLF/EPRDF regime has totally cracked down on
political freedoms and continued committing widespread human rights
violations with total impunity. Ethiopia today is ;the only country
where the government publically labeled genuine dissents as terrorists
and criminals, the worst kept secret killing field and the most
politically intolerant regime in Africa. It is the country where the
rule of law, good governance and the sanctity of human life are alien
concepts. It is the country where torture, enforced disappearances,
extra-judicial executions, detention without trial, statutory murder and
extra-judicial convictions has become officially rooted as normal
governance practices and intensifies its containment of democracy each
day, and rules strictly through the instrument of paralyzing fear and
the practice of brutality against ordinary citizens.
We have seen that when told the reality of Oromo, they call it
anti-national or terrorism. For long we have seen that the TPLF owned
Media distort the truth of Oromo for their own cause. For long we have
seen that their Media created false and fabricated stories on Oromo
nationalists. For long we have seen that several Oromo nationalists who
were unlawfully detained And languishing in prison have been denied
justice by TPLF court judges who were hired by a regime whose sole aim
is to brutalize, torture and silence anybody against their tyrannical
style of governance. For long we have seen that many innocent people
unjustly sentenced to life term and death.
The TPLF minorities are all the leaders of the executive the
legislative, judiciary and military branch, their words are final and
anyone who goes against their authority is doomed. They are all the
lawmen’s, the judges, the jury and the executives. They act as the
‘Creators’ of the people in Ethiopia, They decides who walks freely or
shackled in jail, live, work and/or die. Judges are hired and fired by
the TPLF cadres without any explanation. They owe their entire
livelihoods to them and they determine who comes before these judges and
the sentences they receive. Now, getting justice for Oromo in Ethiopia
under TPLF is compared to hunting for a dinosaur in this day and age. It
is very dangerous for the people when a single party members from one
minority group has all such powers and even more dangerous if there is
no accountability and no limit. No single party or leaders should have
absolute power to run a nations single handily and with iron fist.
What is the future for Oromo? Will there be any conductive
environment where all Oromo people will be free from such kinds of fear,
intimidation, torture, arrest and humiliation to express their
legitimate rights and fundamental human rights which remains Unthinkable
under TPLF gangs? No family, groups and businesses should count
themselves safe from persecution, arrest, humiliation, detention without
trial and torture under this brutal regime. We Oromo should be brave
enough to come out from every corner and fight against the ever
worsening injustices that continue to bedevil our motherland. Everyone,
irrespective of party or group, is duty bound to act. In our journey to
Demand our freedom, we must be ready to use every Avenue. The
injustices meted on us are enough.
We should not expect the westerners to bring about the change we are
seeking for in our Land, it’s we” Oromians ” who has to come together
under one umbrella with a sole purpose of eradicating Dictators and
liberating our people. We might not be united in the same political
party but we should be united in the same course in fighting
dictatorship. Look at the likes of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. It’s the
voices of the people that brought about change from the streets of Tunis
to Tripoli to Benghazi and from the Cairo to Alexandria. It has come to
a point in which we also need to do anything to get our freedom. For
any meaningful political change to take place, the people must take it
upon themselves to effect the change. As a result, we must not expect
that an angel will descend from heaven and liberate us from Dictators.
But the onus of liberating Oromia from oppression is every Oromians
Fellow Oromians, Let us ask ourselves these simple questions. With logic, we understand how our people are dying in silence.
Why TPLF led Ethiopian regime mainly targets Oromo people;
intellectuals, Businessmen, teachers, university students, artists and
Why many Oromo on a daily basis are being arrested and detained without genuine reasons?
Why many Oromo are missing and their whereabouts remain unknown by their family and love ones?
Why many Oromo are still languishing in jail without trial or have had their trials delayed?
Why many Oromo Nationalists were shot dead in their home and in public by TPLF securities?
Why many people have been fired from their jobs and schools for no apparent reasons?
Why many lands and properties have seized and looted from Oromo under this regime?
Why many Oromo on daily basis are fleeing TPLF/EPRDF persecution and suffering in neighboring countries and dying in deserts?
How on earth one can be sentenced to life term or death penalty only
for demanding his Freedom without committing any crime against anybody?
Tsunamis of Human right violations of the above are well documented and are available online.
Do we as a people only have to speak the truth and or condemn
injustice only when it affects us directly and or personally? This is a
question that I am posing to some people who are in a position of this
regime today. To those dummy OPDO leaders who continue to carry out
TPLFs dirty works be warn that you will all be going down with them. The
world is now a global village and war crimes and crimes against
humanity committed by any person or party will never go free. The choice
To those who think they have no say or voice on the atrocities
committed against our people, Martin Luther King Jr. In the end, we will
not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Oromia is under silenced bleeding by this evil regime. If we see
injustice and remain silent, we have sided with evil. We have seen that
Killing Oromo is the trade mark of this regime. These killings are not
spontaneous or accidental they are done intentionally to silence the
Therefore, to prevent further injustice and sufferings there needs to
be a collective response to the giant atrocities in Oromia. We all have
a duty to ensure that we free our land from TPLF/EPRDF dictatorship.
This should be done with united front and sincere commitments. I hope
the sooner we all look at freedom as an inherent human right that is a
prerequisite for any society to progress, and not as a “gift” to be
given to only to the deserving, the sooner we will face this challenge
as one nation UNITED in the destruction on tyranny! Oppression cannot
stand forever, and it shall be replaced with freedom.
So, Fellow Oromians at home and Diaspora, Let us all rise up in
unison and demonstrate against this brutal regime and fight for our
freedom and for the freedom of all political prisoners who are inhumanly
suffering in Ethiopia.