HRLHAHRLHA Urgent Action

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2015

Even though the government of Ethiopia claimed 100% of the victory during the parliamentary election of   May 2015, harassment and intimidation through arbitrary arrests, kidnappings and disappearances of civilians have continued unabated in all corners of the Oromia Regional State under the pretext they voted for opposition parties and  did not give their voice for the EPRDF wing Oromo organization, the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO)

According to HRLHA correspondents in Oromia, the major target areas of these most recent government-sponsored human rights abuse include Bule Hora (Guji zone, Southern Oromia), Dambi Dolo (Western Oromia zone), Western and North Showa Zones (Central Oromia Regional State). According to the report obtained from Oromia, more than two thousand Oromo nationals have been arrested and many have been abducted since the May 2015 election.

In another incident, the Ethiopian federal police arrested over 400 farmers, men and women in the North Showa Zone Warra Jarso district from different communities on the pretext that they harbored rebels who fought against the government. The victims were picked up from their homes and confined in Warra Jarso district administrative offices and different local schools.

Although it has been difficult to identify everyone by their names, HRLHA correspondents have confirmed that the following were among those arrested.

No Name Sex Community
1 Motuma Hordofa M Qorqoro Lixu
2 Girma Adamu M Qorqoro Lixu
3 Motuma Addise M Qorqoro Lixu
4 Birre Mitike F Qorqoro Lixu
5 Girma Asefa M Qorqoro Lixu
6 Dhara Gidissa F Qorqoro Lixu
7 Gizaw Belachew M Qorqoro Lixu
8 Dama Bardassa M Qorqoro Lixu
9 Tarafu Negasa F Qorqoro Lixu
10 Dhine Ababaw F Qorqoro Lixu
11 Mergaa Mul’ata M Qorqoro Lixu
12 Hordofa Dofche M Qorqoro Lixu
13 Merga  kulku M Qorqoro Lixu
14 Merga Kababa M Qorqoro Lixu
15 Ijara Itissa M Qorqoro Lixu
16 Diribe Shiferaw F Qorqoro Lixu
17 Tabura Merga M Qorqoro Lixu
18 Birqii hordofaa F Taji Ejerssa
19 Habtamu Giddisa M Taji Ejerssa
20 Tolera Giddisa M Taji Ejerssa
21 Wayya Giddisa M Taji Ejerssa
22 Shumi Damma M Taji Ejerssa
23 Jorro Shumma M Taji Ejerssa
24 Dibabe Addise F Taji Ejerssa
25 Tenagne Tolessa F Taji Ejerssa
26 Dokku Waya M Taji Ejerssa
27 Tagay Talemma M Taji Ejerssa
28 Abate Damisse M Taji Ejerssa
29 Tabure Hailu F Taji Ejerssa
30 Girma Leta M Taji Ejerssa
31 Dheressa Wammi M Taji Ejerssa
32 Dhugassa Mengistu M Taji Ejerssa
33 Dadhi Nagawo M Taji Ejerssa
34 Xafa Bulto M Taji Ejerssa
35 Dinqitu Lemi F Taji Ejerssa
35 Bulto Fayyo M Taji Ejerssa
36 ,Shiferaw Merga M Lattu Walargi
37 Bedhadha Shiferaw M Lattu Walargi
38 Shifanu Birara M Lattu Walargi
39 Amare Negassa M Lattu Walargi
40 Takkatu Garedew M Lattu Walargi
41 Jitu Damu F Lattu Walargi
42 Kefyalew Jirru M Lattu Walargi
43 Mitiku Negassa M Lattu Walargi

All the arrestees are being held incommunicado without food and drink under very poor conditions and many of them have been severely beaten by the federal police- among them, Jarro Shuma has reportedly been seriously injured.

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) expresses its deep concern over the safety and well-being of these Oromo nationals who have been arrested without any court warrant and are being held at Warra Jarso district administrative offices and in different schools without any food and drink under appalling sanitary conditions. The Ethiopian government has a well-documented record of gross and flagrant violations of human rights, including the torturing of citizens who were suspected of supporting, sympathizing with and/or being members of the opposition political organizations. There have been credible reports of physical and psychological abuses committed against individuals in Ethiopian official prisons and other secret detention centers, including government offices and schools. This is what is happening currently in Warra Jarso District of North Showa Zone of Oromia Regional State.

HRLHA calls upon governments of the West, all local, regional and international human rights agencies to join hands and demand an immediate halt to these extra-judicial actions, and the immediate unconditional  release of the detainees.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to the Ethiopian Government and its concerned officials as swiftly as possible, in English and Amharic:

  • Indicate your concern regarding the apprehension and fear of torture of the citizens who are being held in different detention centers, including police stations, the infamous Ma’ikelawi Central Investigation Office, and call for their immediate and unconditional release
  • Urge the Ethiopian authorities to ensure that detainees will be treated according to regional and international standards on the treatment of prisoners, and that the whereabouts of the abducted citizens be revealed

Send Your Concerns to:
His Excellency: Mr. Haila Mariam Dessalegn – Prime Minister of Ethiopia
P. O. Box – 1031 Addis Ababa
Telephone – +251 155 20 44; +251 111 32 41
Fax – +251 155, 20, 30 , +251 15520

Office of Oromiya National, Regional State President Office
Telephone –   0115510455
Office of the Ministry of Justice of Ethiopia
PO Box 1370, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Fax: +251 11 5517775; +251 11 5520874 Email: ministry-justice@telecom.net.et

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Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Fax: + 41 22 917 9022 (particularly for urgent matters) E-mail: tb-petitions@ohchr.org . This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.

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African Commission on Human and Peoples‘ Rights (ACHPR)
48 Kairaba Avenue, P. O. Box 673, Banjul, The Gambia.
Tel: (220) 4392, 962 , 4372070, 4377721 – 23 Fax: (220) 4390 764
E-mail: achpr@achpr.org

Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, FRANCE
+ 33 (0)3 88 41 34 21
+ 33 (0)3 90 21 50 53

U.S. Department of State
– Short Echalar Julie A
shortJA@state.gov
– Trim, Vernelle X
Ethiopian desk officer
trimvx@state.gov

Ø Amnesty International – London
Claire Beston
Claire Beston” ,

Ø Human Rights Watch
“Felix Horne

3 thoughts on “Ethiopia: The endless suffering of Oromo Nationals continued even after the landmark victory claim of the EPRDF in the election of May 2015

  1. The ONLY solution for the Oromo people is stop crying and begging, instead fight. The fight is not only against the bloody tplf/woyane, but also the Oromos who serve the tplf/woyae as bandas and collaborators. These Oromo collaborators must be punished. Those who creat division amongst the Oromos must be punished. Those who divise the Oromo people and the organizations of Oromos are paid by the bloody tplf/woyane.

    Stop crying and Begging. Fight.

  2. Aba biya
    what the hell you think armed struggle could defeat the strongest army in africa and do not forget we are in 21th century which is absolutely different with derg and hailesslasie era. Let alone for rebels in ethiopia, this army can punish any power out side ethiopia like you see in somalia and eritrea. It is more than enough to avail two or three tanks to crush your back bone. Do not ever,ever think to try armed struggle. You are lazy and ignorant to forget our past history crushing enemies. At this time ,we don,t think about you and you are useless and insigificant to us. Our issue is with heavy weight like egypt and other super powers. Fesam hula

  3. TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA, THE HONORABLE, BARAK OBAMA. I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THE Ethiopia-the country that money worth more than the lives of Oromoo PEOPLE. Sinse ever the FASCIST TPLF took power by shrewd, they gave freedom for Eritria to become the independent country but occupied OROMO LAND OROMIYAA. Because of Oromiyaa is fertile land of all East Africa.
    Then their BRUTAL tyrant power with heavy hand, hardened heart, and mental cruelty.They boasted to change the majority of OROMOO to minority. NOW, literally practicing the eradication of OROMOO people and threatening to kill EVEN more if they are not be controllable by THEIR AGAZI FORCES.
    AS THEIR THREAT CONTINUE TO GRAB THE LAND OF OROMOO, DISPLACED OROMOO PEOPLE, EVICTION OF OROMOO FROM THEIR HOME AND MAKES THEM HOMELINESS,, FORCED OROMOO PEOPLE FAMILIES DISBURSED AND BECOME BEGGARS.ON THEIR FERTILE LAND.
    NOW THE WORSE GET WORST FOR OROMOO LIVING SURROUNDING ADDIS ABBAA-THE CAPITAL CITY OF THE SO CALLED ETHIOPIA-ON OROMOO LAND,. BY THE NAME OF DEVELOPMENT,THEY DESIGN THE PLAN KNOWN AS MASTER PLAN, WHICH IS IN REALITY A ‘MASTER KILLER’, TO REMOVE OVER 2, 000,000 FAMILIES FROM THEIR HOME. THIS EVICTING OF OROMOO FROM THEIR HOME, GRABBING THEIR INHERITED LAND FROM THEIR ANCESTRY ANGERED HIGH SCHOOLS, AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND FORCED THEM TO PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION IN ALL OROMIYAA. THE SO CALLED ETHIOPIA TYRANT GOVERNMENT ORDERED SHOOT TO KILL AND USING LIVE AMMUNITION AND MANY STUDENTS WERE KILLED, DISAPPEARED AND THE OTHERS WHO FLED THE COUNTRY DIED IN OCEAN WHERE THEIR BOAT SINKS AND THIS FASCIST GOVERNMENT FOLLOWED THEM EVEN IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES, FORCED THEM TO RETURN HOME, WHERE THEY ARE SUBJECTED TO MORE TORTURES AND BE KILLED OR DIE FROM THESE BRUTAL TORTURES.
    THE OROMOO PEOPLE ARE IN DIRE EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY INTERVENTION. I CALL TO ALL TO THOSE WHO ARE CARING FOR HUMAN LIVES, TO YOU ALL GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD, HUMAN RIGHT AGENCIES, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL,, COUNCILS AND AMBASSADRESS, AND INVESTORS, TO ACT QUICKLY TO HALT THESE MASTER KILLER PLAN FROM IMPLEMENTING AND SAVE, SAVE, AND SAVE MY OROMO PEOPLES’ LIVES, FROM THESE GREEDY GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA. Please note…these TPLF leaders are all criminalS and wanted by INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.

    CC 1 TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
    HONORABLE BARAK OBAMA

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