Target: His Excellency Mr. Jens Stoltenberg Prime Minister of Norway
Sponsored by: Oromo Action Group
Please sign this petition by clicking here
The agreement (memorandum of understanding) signed between the Kingdom of Norway and the dictatorial government of Ethiopia on the 26th of January 2012 provides ground for involuntary repatriation of Oromo nationals who were denied protection or asylum in Norway.
Given the records of human rights abuses of the Ethiopian government and its harsh treatments of Oromo activists, we are strongly concerned for the safety and well-being of these asylum seekers especially in view of the fact that Oromo nationals who were forcefully deported from the neighboring countries in the past have been mistreated, imprisoned, tortured, disappeared, sentenced to death and some executed.
We have no doubt that if Oromo nationals who were denied protection or asylum in Norway (and who have been actively participated in Oromo affaires in Norway as member of Oromo Community, taking part in fundraisings and meetings in support of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and staging demonstrations against Meles Zenawi and his government) are forced to return to Ethiopia, they will be subjected to persecution in the forms of harassment, imprisonment, physical beatings, and psychological torture or could even be killed without any due process of law.
International human rights organizations reports indicate that the human rights violations against Oromo nationals in Ethiopia have been worsened immensely in the last few years (for example see FIDH – Worldwide Human Rights Movement, http://www.fidh.org/ETHIOPIA-2010-2011: Date : Friday 27 January 2012 and HRW – Human Rights Watch: World Report 2012, 22 January 2012 http://www.ecoi.net/local_link/208805/314355_en.html (accessed 15 February 2012).
Kindly request His Excellency Mr. Jens Stoltenberg Prime Minster of Norway that until such a time when a government that believes in the rule of law, respects the human and democratic rights of the Oromo nationals is established in Ethiopia, Oromo nationals who were denied protection or asylum in Norway should not be forced to return to the country from which they fled in order to save their lives.