Ilhan Omar denounces crimes against humanity being committed in Ethiopia

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jean Heyer
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Web: www.ilhanomar.com

April 25, 2016 – Ilhan Omar strongly condemns the brutal crackdown on innocent unarmed peaceful protestors during the previous and current Oromo Protests.

“I stand with the Oromo struggle for freedom, justice and democracy in Ethiopia,” said Omar. “I urge the United States Government to stand by peaceful protestors and sanction Ethiopia, in the event it continues the current state-led violence in Oromia.

“The current protests in Oromia are not new. In April 2014, students from the Oromia region began protesting against the new Addis Ababa Integrated Master Plan, which incorporates smaller towns surrounding Addis Ababa, displacing millions without compensation and endangering the economic livelihood of ethnic Oromo people in Oromia. This plan will ensure that millions of people in Oromia will be disposed of their land, their survival both in economic and cultural terms will be threatened. The Master Plan intends to expose Oromia’s natural habitat to risk, threaten economic livelihood and violate the Ethiopian constitution. As a result of the 2014 peaceful protests, over 140 people, mainly students, were mercilessly killed by Ethiopian security personnel. No independent investigation was conducted and civilians in Oromia were left burying their dead without any guarantee of justice.

“In November 2015, protests erupted again in the Oromia region. As a result, over 400 people have been killed in the past five months, thousands taken to detention camps, opposition leaders arrested and Martial Law was declared as a tactic to silence dissent. Ethiopia is an important strategic ally to the United States, but we must be wary of supporting governments that conduct in various human rights violations and condemn actions that equate to crimes against humanity.

“I call on public officials, the United States government and the international community to condemn the atrocities being committed against innocent unarmed civilians in Oromia, Ethiopia.”


20151027635815540899709895omarIlhan Omar is an experienced policy analyst, community educator and advocate. She currently serves as the Director of Policy Initiatives at Women Organizing Women.  Ilhan has worked at the University of Minnesota, Best Buy, Minnesota Department of Education and most recently was a senior Policy Aide for Minneapolis City Council Member Andrew Johnson. Through her work as a policy analyst and community advocate, Ilhan has advanced important issues, including restorative justice, homelessness, and racial equity.

3 Responses to Ilhan Omar denounces crimes against humanity being committed in Ethiopia

  1. Jalduu April 27, 2016 at 5:43 am #

    Ms. Omar,
    Thank you for firmly standing with the Oromo People and Voicing their cause at this critical time in the History of this Great People. The struggle to ensure the full natural human right of the Oromo people needs a relentless effort from all of us, the current generation and solidarity from friends of Oromo around the world. Your vision and contribution in this is immense !

  2. Teshome Yohannes K. April 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Hailemariam arrested more people than Meles arrested during the election protest of 2005 according to recent findings told at Shebelle Ethiopia Conference Services.

    Hailemariam killed more people than Meles killed during the 2005 election protest according to recent findings told at Shebelle Ethiopia Conference Services.

    If you look at the real data on the background of our leaders you realize Ethiopia has fallen more and more under Amara/Tigre the semitic people since 1991

    Tamrat Layne Prime Minister of the Transitional Government, in which capacity he served from June 6, 1991 until August 22, 1995, when President Meles Zenawi succeeded him as Prime Minister. Tamrat became deputy prime minister until October 1996. Tamrat Layne was 100% Amara .
    The only 100% Amara leader Ethiopia seen ever if the data about him was truthful like his “marriage” right now is, /&*NOT
    Tamrat was in power for 4 years.

    Meles Zenawi Asres (Ge’ez: መለስ ዜናዊ አስረስ mäläs zenawi asräs listen (help•info); 9 May 1955 – 20 August 2012, born Legesse Zenawi Asres)[2] was the Prime Ministerof Ethiopia from 1995 until his death in 2012 same as Mengiwstu hailemariam for 17 years ,he was 50% Tigrayan and 50% Eritrean

    Hailemariam Desalegn was born in 1965 in the Boloso Sore District of the . Hailemariam Desalegn father was amara and mother is ethnic Konso same as mengistu Hailemariam’s mother . Hailemariam was born in 1965 in the Boloso Sore District of the Wolayita Zone so he claims to be Wolaita not what his gene says.

    Haile Selassie’s mother was paternally of Oromo descent and maternally of Gurage heritage, while his father was paternally Oromo and maternally Amhara. So you can say Hailesselasie was more Oromo 50% Oromo , 25% Gurage and 25% the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974

    Mengistu Hailemariam’s father, Haile Mariam Wolde Ayana was an ethnic Amhara Mengistu’s mother, an ethnic Konso He was in power 1974 to 1991 for 17 years . So you can say Mengistu is half Amara 50% and half 50% konso but claims to be Amara only since he was born in Amara area.

    The Oromo emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 the grand father of the prince Ermiyas, EMPERROR HAILE MEKONNEN SELASSIE would expect his grandson the Prince Ermiyas Crown Council to take a stand in regards to the recent killings and mass arrest of Oromos by the Amara leader Hailemariam Desalegn . Silence speaks louder than words .

    • Tufaa April 28, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

      What is your point?

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