We protest against the ongoing human rights violations, inhuman killings, and the repression carried out by the criminal Ethiopian government.
The objective of the protest is to condemn the current unlawful and inhuman acts of the TPLF/EPRDF government against Oromos, and to call on the U.S. and the EU, and the Norway government in particular, to stop their relationship with the Ethiopian dictatorial regime; to review their strategy towards the oppressive brutal regime; instead to support the genuine struggle of the Oromo and other people’s for freedom and equality which could serve for lasting peace in the Horn African region; to act on behalf of justice for the sufferings of Oromos; and to put the necessary pressure on the Ethiopian government to release all political prisoners, of which the overwhelming majority is the Oromo.
We know that Mr. Bekele Gerba, the Oromo prisoner of conscience and former lecturer at the Addis Ababa University – who was thrown into prison on August 27, 2011, by the TPLF regime – is still suffering with poor health, and his life is in danger due to lack and denial of medical care in Qaallittii prison. While we are living abroad where human rights are protected, we must voice our protest against the TPLF killer machines and brutal killings. International human rights organizations have extensively documented the tortures, disappearances, extrajudicial killings of Oromo activists and lists of extensive chilling crimes against the politically oppressed Oromo people. With an estimated 25,000 Oromo political prisoners in official and secret prisons – simply because of their nationality and their resistance to injustice, it has been reported that Ethiopia’s overcrowded prisons speak the Oromo language. However, despite its well-documented dismal record on human rights, Ethiopia, a key western ally in the Horn of Africa, is being fueled by the $3-billion it receives annually from the EU and the United States, as reported by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI). While all of these violations are being committed against the Oromo humanity, it is completely unfair to keep silent and watch the injustices.
Nothing will change unless we stand united against TPLF’s inhuman actions, torturings and imprisonments. WE ARE THE VOICE OF VOICELESS OROMOS.
From the Oromo Youth Group, Rooba Pawelos