HRLHA Urgent Action
The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) would like to express its deep concern over the negligence of both the federal and regional governments in Ethiopia regarding the violence that has been going on for about six months against the Oromos in Eastern Hararge Zone of Oromia Regional State.
According to reports obtained by HRLHA from different sources, this government-backed violence that has been going on in the name of border dispute around the Anniya, Jarso and Miyesso districts between the Oromia and Ogaden regional states has already resulted in the death and/or disappearance of 37 Oromo nationals and the displacement of about 20,000 others. Around 700 different types of cattle and other valuable possessions are also reported to have been looted. The reports indicate that the violence has been backed by two types of armed forces (the Federal Liyou/Special Police and the Ogaden Militia) from the Ogadenis side, while on the side of the Oromos, even those who demonstrated the intentions of defending themselves in the same manner were disarmed, dispossessed and detained. Despite these facts, the reports also dissociate the Ogadeni nationals from the violence mentioning that they have never made claims of ownership of the piece of land in the name of which the government-backed violence has been taking place. HRLHA has also learnt that the said piece of land was demarcated and declared to be part of Oromia Regional State during the 1996 referendum.
Among the 37 dead and/or disappeared Oromos Mohamed Kasim and Kadir Ali were local Oromo elders who were killed by the armed government forces in an effort to resolve the violence in a peaceful manner. According to HRLHA informants from Anniya, the hundreds of thousands of displaced Oromos from Rasa Harre, Marfata, Qillee, Mulqee, Dirraa, Waldayyaa, Biqqoo and Libee community fled to the highland areas in Eastern Hararge Zone in search of temporary shelters and other basic needs. The reports add that the displaced Oromos did not get any kind of help from any local, regional, or federal sources. More worrisome is that there are no hints as to when and where the violence against innocent civilians is going to end. Besides, the fact that the governments at various levels turned blind eyes and deaf ears toward such deadly and destructive violence for this all time strengthens the HRLHA is a non-political organization (with the UN Economic and Social Council – (ECOSOC) Consultative Status) which attempts to challenge abuses of human rights of the people of various nations and nationalities in the Horn of Africa.
allegations that the federal government and the ruling party are behind the conspiracy of clearing the area suspected of harbouring armed opposition groups of anything on it.
The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa urges the Ethiopian Federal Government and the Regional Government of Oromia to discharge their responsibilities of ensuring the safety and stability of citizens by taking immediate actions of interference to bring the violence to end facilitate the return of the displaced Oromos back to their homes. It also calls upon all local, regional and international diplomatic and human rights organizations to impose necessary pressures on both the federal and regional governments so that they refrain from committing irresponsible actions against their own citizens for the purpose of political gains.
His Excellency: Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn – Prime Minister of Ethiopia
P.O.Box – 1031
Telephone – +251 155 20 44; +251 111 32 41
Fax – +251 155 20 30, +251 1552020
His Excellency: Alemayehu Atomsa
Oromiya National Regional State President Office
Telephone – 0115510455
His Excellency: Birhan Hailu –Min. of Justice
PO Box 1370, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Fax: +251 11 5517775; +251 11 5520874
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
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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
U.S. Department of State
Tom Fcansky – Foreign Affairs Officer
Washington, D.C. 20037
Amnesty International – London
Fax number: +44-20-79561157
Human Rights Watch
Filix Horn/ Leslie Lefkow
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5 Responses to “Ethiopia: Loss of Lives and Displacement Due to “Border Dispute” in Eastern Ethiopia”
08/05/2013 at 2:43 am
Wayyo saba koo abba dhabde kanaaf gadheen sitti taphatti.
08/05/2013 at 5:07 am
Our civilians are dieying by evils, is it time to do the same to the civilians of the woyane backers? I think it is the point they should woried about invirtue of for ”every action there should an equal and opposit reacion” as stated by Newton’s law of nature approval we better start to send strong message to woyane and it’s backers and thereby show our determination and capability!
Mowdown the perpetratures! Death to woyanes and their collaborators!
08/05/2013 at 6:01 am
Shame to OPDO that is why I hate them!
Gurmu abdi says:
08/05/2013 at 6:16 am
Please…my God be help our oromo people.why devil governiment streangth on us.woyyane (Tplf) is devil .,.devil…setan… oromo jabadhu guyyaan jira.obboleeyyan keenya warri magaala husee jirtan rabbi isin haagargaaru.
08/05/2013 at 8:46 am
that is the point. Every time and year when Oromos are killed no price for the killers. We should turn death and cry to camp of killers.The only way our case and issue heared is when other side feel pain. The woyane tugs are all Tplf memeber and armed. No single Tigreans are civil. All Tigre in our land are a legetimate target.When they lose life and live, they reconsider thier action. We, oromos, are cowardice people on earth. Period. we have to clear Tegaru as Eirtrians had cleared Amharas from their land during thier liberation struggle. If we always cry, nobody consider as human being leave alone equal.Imagine, every resource, every route , water is in our land . Can`t we even win by economic saboutage alone? can`t we stop import and export?
While supporing OLF is crime in Oromia under woyanne Law, is that not right to make Woyanne memeber and its property a crime in Oromia? This is a legitimate response for woyyanee. Our cowardice even did not issue a decree that crimize woyanne in our land when woyanne proclaimed them as terriorist. Even they did not send a single letter for companies and country who loot our resource ( whlie ONLF warn any time the companies try to loot Ogaden resource). Woyannes are doing every thing to us becase they consider as dead humans.They do not care about dead people