Oromo Muslims Foundation of Washington Metro Area condemns the 3 August sentencing of 18 Muslim leaders, protesters and journalists in Ethiopia under the country’s widely criticized anti-terrorism law. As time goes by, the hate and plot of the TPLF regime in Ethiopia against Muslims and Islam is clearly manifesting itself.
The suffering of Ethiopian Muslims for the last 4 years where the government imposed its choice of Islamic doctrine that by all standards is out of the realm of Islam, the killing and imprisonment of hundreds of Muslims culminated with the mass sentencing of the leaders of the Muslim community and activist for leading a movement demanding religious freedom. This represents another low for fundamental rights in Ethiopia. While imprisoned bloggers were released in advance of President Obama’s visit to the country last month, Ethiopian authorities have once again demonstrated their contempt for civil society and human rights principles through this latest conviction.
We, at the Oromo Muslims Foundation deplore in the strongest terms the regime’s crackdown on Muslim activists and the ruling party’s larger crusade against Muslims and Islam.
We urge the peace loving Ethiopians, Muslims and Christians to stand together to confront the injustices committed by the government in Ethiopia against its population. It is time that we cometogether to confront these injustices. We must depart from the sense of paralysis we are in and actively join the peace movement.