UNPO’s XII General Assembly Adopts Oromo Resolution
July 13, 2015
On 3 July 2015, Dr Shigut Geleta of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) presented a resolution to UNPO’s XII General Assembly, affirming his organisation’s abhorrence of the current situation faced by Oromo people in Ethiopia, and expressing a desire for moregenuine democracy, greater involvement from the international community, and an end to state-sponsored violence. UNPO adopted the resolution, thus affirming its support for the Oromos’ demands for justice and equality.
Below is the full text of the resolution:
The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) was established in 1973/1974 by Oromo nationalists in the heart of Oromia, Finfinne (Addis Ababa) to exercise the Oromo people’s inalienable right to national self-determination, to terminate a century of oppression and exploitation, and to form the independent republic of Oromia, or where possible, a political union with other peoples based on equality, respect for mutual interests and the principle of voluntary association. Today OLF has grown and expanded to all parts of Oromo land (Oromia). During the last 40 years, the organization has become of the leading political forces in the region. It has brought about or influenced several positive changes in the Oromo society where it has the unparalleled support of the whole population.
The Oromo constitute more than 40% of Ethiopia’s estimated 98.9 Million inhabitants. They maintain a distinct and homogenous culture, and a common language, history, descent, and separate territory from Abyssinians, who created the Ethiopian empire state. During their long history, the Oromos developed their own cultural, social and political system, known as the Gadaa. The Gadaa is a democratic, political, and social institution that governed the life of every individual in the society until its systematic suppression by the occupiers.
The UNPO General Assembly,
Underlining the persistent violation of human rights in Oromia, Ethiopia that includes arbitrary killings, disappearance, torture, beating, abuse and mistreatment of detainees by security forces, life-threatening prison conditions, arbitrary arrest and detention, detention without charge and lengthy pre-trial detention, violation of privacy rights including illegal searches; land grabbing, restrictions on academic freedom, restrictions on freedom of assembly and association, on freedom of expression and movement; alleged interference in religious affairs, violence and discrimination against women, and abuse of children; Visit More:- http://unpo.org/article/18372