The Right Honourable Dr. Joseph Muscat
Prime Minister of Malta
Auberge de Castille
Valletta VLT 1061
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
We, the members of the Oromo Community of Malta, are outraged with the Ethiopian government, led by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and their recent massacre of Oromo student demonstrators and civilians who were peacefully protesting against the so-called ‘Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan’. This plan outlines the expansion of the municipal boundaries of the city of Addis Ababa by displacing about three million Oromo farmers from their own land.
The Ethiopian regime has a long history of committing crimes against Ethiopian peoples in general and the Oromo people in particular. Since the regime came to power in 1991 tens of thousands of innocent Oromo’s have been murdered, detained and tortured in the country’s notorious prisons. Most of the youngsters have been detained in hidden and remote locations including Dhidhessa, Awaasa, Huurso, Asoosa, Afar, and Tigray region, where there is no media, food or medical treatment available. Millions of Oromos have been displaced as internal refugees, or forced to flee to neighbouring countries; some have been kidnapped in neighbouring countries or refugee camps and taken back home by the regime’s security forces and subsequently killed in jail. Some of the refugees were killed in the desert or perished in the Mediterranean Sea or the Red Sea while escaping the regime agents.
The current wave of violence by this regime is part of the long-term scheme of systematic destruction and elimination of Oromo populations in general and Oromo students, teachers, businessmen, and farmers in particular.
The protest is at its critical stage; several young students are killed every day without media coverage. Most of the Oromia regional administration powers have been transferred to military administrative orders, headed by the defence minister. The junta is attempting to create a clash between various ethnic groups to initiate civil war, to divert the world’s attention from democracy and justice questions. Almost all Oromia regions are under the control of state sponsored terror including Addis Ababa, Afar, Gambela, Southern Nations Nationalities and People,Benishangul-Gumuz, and Somali (Ogaden).
Since the government in Ethiopia has blocked independent media and human rights monitors from gaining access to the protests, it is difficult to corroborate the government killing, arresting, torturing and displacing in Oromia. Based on our own independent sources,( After the European, and the African leaders Valletta summit) from early November 2015 up until today, 173 places in 21 districts (zones) have seen demonstrations by all levels of students staged around universities, high schools, and elementary schools. The regime security forces (Agazi) and special commando forces responded with deadly force and killed hundreds of innocent students, leaving several hundreds injured. Similar protests took place in over twenty-eight Oromia cities, mainly around universities and high schools and the security forces responded with deadly force, with several students killed and thousands of people arrested.
These young kids are independent of any political factions or religious belief. They just came out to express their feelings on poor governance, a humanitarian crisis, and the violation of human rights by the current dictator’s self-appointed junta. These peaceful young student demonstrators did not deserve bullets and harsh imprisonment.
The dictator’s self-appointed Ethiopian regime has been enjoying unconditional aid from western countries in the name of an alliance against extremism (terrorism) in the Horn of Africa and this blank cheque has kept the regime in power for the last 25 years. This regime has demonstrated again and again not only human rights violations, but also violation of the current Ethiopian constitution.
As Malta is one of the active members of European state, we appeal to you and your government to evaluate the crimes committed by the Ethiopian regime for the last twenty-five years and to use your good offices to apply appropriate pressure on the junta to stop arbitrary arrest and detention, the killing of innocent people, and the torturing of detainees, and to abide by the rule of law.
In the past, the European Union and the Government of Malta has demonstrated support for human rights, democracy, and good governance and it is time for European member state to stand with the people of Oromo, Ethiopia instead of supporting an armed criminal political regime. We feel the military, economic, and strategic aid to Ethiopia should be tied to respect for human rights, democracy and good governance.
Yours very truly,
The Oromo Community of Malta
The Honourable Louse Coleiro Preca
The republic of Malt president
Minister Dr George Vella
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Minister Mr Carmelo Abela
Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security
201, Strait Street
Valletta VLT 1433
Minister Dr Owen Bonnici
Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government
30, Old Treasury Street,
European Commission Representation in Malta
Dar l-Ewropa 254, St Paul Street
Valletta – VLT 1215
U.S. A Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-
Ta’ Qali National Park
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Commissioner Mr. Mario Guido Friggieri
37/39 Rue D’Argens Msida
Address: 72 Market Street (72, Triq is- Suq)
Floriana FRN 1080 Malta