HRLHA Urgent Action
October 12, 2015
Harassments and intimidations through arbitrary arrests, beatings, torture and rapes were committed in Ada’a Berga district Western Showa Zone of Oromia Regional State against young Oromo nationals on September 24 and 25, 2015. More than 30 young Oromos were picked up from their homes at night by an Oromia paramilitary force.
According to HRLHA informants in Ada’a Berga, the major targets of this most recent District Administration officials-sponsored violence were mostly young Oromos working in the Dangote Cement Factory and university students who were there to visit their families in the summer break. HRLHA informants from the area confirmed that this particular operation against young Oromo nationals in Ada’a Barga was led by the local government official obbo Tolera Anbasse.
In this incident more than 30 young Oromos (16-25 ages) were arrested; more than 20 were severely beaten by the Oromia Paramilitary and confined in the Ada’a Barga district Police station for three days in violation of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Article 19 (3) “Persons arrested have the right to be brought before a court within 48 hours of their arrest. Such time shall not include the time reasonably required for the journey from the place of arrest to the court. On appearing before a court, they have the right to be given prompt and specific explanation of the reasons for their arrest due to the alleged crime committed”.
Although it has been difficult to identify everyone by their names, HRLHA informants have confirmed that the following were among the arrestees:
1) Rabbirraa Gaarradoo
2) Fiqaaduu Amaaraa
3) Tasfaayee Dalasaa
4) Biraanuu siyyumee
8) Abbush Masfiin
9) Daniel Taarraqany
10) Fiqaaduu Tolasaa
11) Biraanuu Dabalaa
14) Kaasahun Baqqalaa
15) Alamuu Ajjabii
16) Nuwaay Tasfaayee
17) Lataa Taaddasaa
18) Tolasaa Guutamaa
19) Muluu Balaachoo
20) Alamuu G/mariyam
21) Katanga Baayyuu
22) Fayyisaa Raggaanee
All arrestees were accused of what the police referred to as “instigating the public against the government”.
When the arrestees were brought to court, one man explained to the court that he had been beaten severely in front of his family members and his wife and his sister age 16 were raped by one of the paramilitary members.
The arrestees showed their scarred backs to the court to indicate the torture inflicted on them by the Paramilitary. Even though the court released all the arrestees on bail the police refused the court order and took them to jail.The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) expresses its deep concern over the safety and well-being of these arrested Oromo nationals and urge the Oromia Regional State Government to make sure that the bail conditions granted by the court are respected and release the arrestees unconditionally. HRLHA also urges the Oromia Regional State to bring the torturers and rapists paramilitary members to justice.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to the Oromia Regional Government and its concerned officials as swiftly as possible, in English and Afaan Oromo:
* Muktar Kedir
Office of Oromiya National Regional State President Office
Telephone – 0115510455
* Ibrahim Haji,
Oromia Police Commissioner
Office Near to LANCIA & Co.
Tel. (251) 114 702 144 or 011-416 40 22 Or 011-416 22 61
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
To Kenyan President Office
Nairobi – Kenya
Disappearance of Mr. Dabasa Guyo Saffaro in Kenya –
An Oromo cultural and religious Scholar
It is with great sadness that we learned the disappearance of Dabasa Guyo Saffaro – a prominent Oromo Cultural and religious leader residing in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Dabasa; a highly respected Oromo historian, thinker and cultural guru; was kidnapped on 27 September 2015 after the celebration of annual Oromo thanks giving day -Irreecha. He is an accomplished traditional expert who has dedicated himself for the revival of indigenous knowledge system in the Horn of Africa. In particular his profound knowledge of the Gada system – an indigenous Democratic system of governance- has placed him among the few irreplaceable Oromo experts in the Horn of Africa. His extensive knowledge and exposition of the Gada system – currently practiced among the Oromos, has contributed not only to the revival of the system but also to its wider diffusion among international scholars such that it is currently being reviewed for recognition by UNESCO as one of the world heritages. Thanks to his dedication and exposition that the Gada system has obtained the attention it deserves as purely indigenous African wisdom of Governance. The system has greatly contributed to socio-political peace and harmony among communities in the horn of Africa, but sadly so it appears that it has not offered Dabasa Guyo the peace he has preached all his life.
On the same footing, for his mastery of the wisdom of Waaqeffanna- a monotheist system of belief among the Oromos- and its practices, Dabasa Guyo was considered the Delai Lama of the Horn of Africa. He has an amazing memory of the indigenous knowledge of the Boran in particular and is indeed considered a walking encyclopedia of history, culture and belief and Oromo system of knowledge and philosophy in general.
He has travelled to different corners of the world to lecture about the importance of maintaining traditional wisdoms for the good of future generations and has created a network of similar traditions and is a well regarded by all.
Although finger pointing at this stage could be misleading, it is not difficult to point out that he had rough time with government of Ethiopia who was responsible for his eviction from the country some 35 year ago. Although he has never been a member of any political organization; his giant stature among Oromo scholars has always been seen with great suspicion by the Government of Ethiopia who shivers at any aspect of Oromo nationalism. In truth, Dabasa Guyo is just a free thinker and father of Argaa Dhageeti – a traditional oral knowledge system that embodies culture, tradition, history and belief among the Oromo in the Horn of Africa.
Mr. Dabasa Guyo was kidnapped; by no doubt evil forces; while he was doing what he likes doing in life:-preaching peace. On 27 September he took part in the celebration of Irreecha- an annual Oromo thanks giving day – where he delivered his annual thanks giving blessings to his fellow Oromo country men. On this day, he was kidnapped while on his way from the ceremony. Efforts to locate him have so far not proved successful. We are therefore appealing to the international community, the Kenyan government, the Kenya Police force, all communities in Nairobi to help us locate Mr Dabassa Guyo.
We appeal to you for he is also a father; a grandfather and a head of a family apart from his traditional wisdom.
He is a peace lover and preacher of harmony among communities all his life.
He does not deserve in any way any ill-treatment
We appeal to you to help us find his whereabouts.
Waqeffanna Oromo Religion
A Statement of Qeerroo Bilisummaa Opposing the Addis Ababa Master Plan Approved by Caffee Oromiyaa
Finfinnee (Addis Ababa)
The so called “Parliament of the Oromia Regional State” aka Caffee Oromiyaa has currently rectified the so called Addis Ababa Integrated Developmental Master Plan which is prepared by the TPLF led federal government to evict Oromo farmers from their ancestral land and control several Oromo towns and eventually dismantle the state of Oromia. The National Youth Movemnet for Freedom and Democracy (NYMFD) aka Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo strongly condemns this plan and hereby releases the following seven-point statement declaring to mobilize Oromo youth for an intensified resistance and protest to stop its implementation.
This so called Master Plan is declared as an organized campaign by the minority Tigrean led federal government of Ethiopia to exterminate and assimilate the Oromo as an indigenous people and destroy and dismantle our homeland Oromia and control our natural resources. The so called proclamation is exclusively prepared by the TPLF elite circles and presented to the so called Caffee Oromia Parliament, which is composed of members of the so called Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), an organization which is nominally considered as part of the ruling EPRDF party but in essence under the complete control of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). As expected, the Caffee Oromian Parliament, on its conference of October 1 – 3, 2015, has approved a more extended plan not only to expand the capital Addis Ababa to include several neighboring Oromo towns but also to put several Oromian towns beyond the reach of the capital under the TPLF/EPRDF federal administration. Nothing more is expected from this parliament as its members are cherry-picked from some Oromo speaking dummies by TPLF elites through the so called 2015 sham election in which the EPRDF declared 100% victory. Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo condemns this evil plan in the strongest possible terms and will wage a bitter and Oromia wide struggle to stop its implementation.
This declaration of “Master Plan” can be seen as a declaration of war on the Oromo people. It is intended not only to take away Oromo land and resources but also to destroy the Oromo culture, language, and identity and dismantle our ancestral land Oromia and eradicate the Oromo people from the face of the earth. The organization of Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo, Oromo youth, Oromo students and the Oromo people in general once again strongly denounce this plan and will do everything possible to stop its implementation.
The Ethiopian Federal government had attempted to pass this so called Addis Ababa Master Plan in 2014 to control and to incorporate several big towns such as Ambo, Jimma, Mattu, Nekemte, Ghmbi, Waliso, Adama, Shashemene, Haromaya and others. At that time Qeerroo Bilisummaa and Oromo students submitted a nine-point appeal to all concerned government bodies. Since our appeal fell on deaf ears, we opposed the plan by igniting an Ormia-wide protest in which at least 280 Oromo students have been killed hundreds more wounded and tens of thousands jailed and tortured. The current declaration approved by Caffee Oromiyaa is done on the graves of the lives hundreds of Oromo school children killed in 2014 in opposition of the same plan. It is a declaration intended to be implemented through the barrel of the gun and by way of terrorizing the Oromo public. It is a historical crime against humanity and Caffee Oromiyaa and the TPLF government will be responsible for its consequences.
It is imperative that the entire Oromo people throughout the world not only strongly condemn but also stand in unison and resist and prevent it from being implemented. Qeerroo Bilisummaa therefore is determined to stand on the way of this evil plan and fight for the right of our people and hereby declare the following seven-point resolutions.
- We members of Oromo youth and Qeerroo hereby declare to wage and intensify an Oromia-wide protest of the Oromo people opposing the so called Master Plan of the TPLF led Ethiopian regime currently approved by the so called Caffee Oromiyaa who claims to represent the Oromo people. We will strongly support the voices of the Oromo youth recently manifested at Lake Arsadi (Bishoftu) Irreechaa festival and at Malkaa Ateetee Irreechaa event in Burayyuu through various traditional songs and slogans denouncing the Master Plan and uphold the resolutions informally passed by Oromo youth on those events.
- We call upon the Oromian Regional Administration and Caffee Oromian Parliament to immediately nullify and stop the Master Plan and extended plan to give away and sell Oromian towns as approved on October 1 – 3, 2015. We hereby declare that the so called Caffee Oromian Parliament does not in any way represent the Oromo people and does not speak for the Oromo people. Therefore, any resolution passed, including the current master plan, is null and void. If Caffee Oromian Parliament doesn’t cancel this plan, the Oromo people should stand up and request for this body to be legally responsible for the historical crimes it committed on the Oromo generation.
- We reiterate that Caffee Oromian Parliament will be solely responsible for the crimes of killing, abduction, arrest, torture that have been committed by the TPLF/EPRDF government on the Oromo people and other oppressed people of the Ethiopian Empire and that are yet to be committed as a consequence of the resistance of the Oromo public.
- We call upon the Oromo youth, Oromo civil servants, Oromo farmers, Oromo students, Oromo health professionals, members of Oromian police, Oromos who serve in the military of the regime to hold members of Caffee Oromian Parliament represented in your area responsible for their actions of crimes in the name of being their “representatives”.
- We cannot keep silent while our homeland Oromia is dismantled; our land is sold to transnational investors; our people are incarcerated, tortured and killed in mass on a daily basis; our students are dismissed from school, our farmers are evicted from their ancestral land; and the lives of millions of Oromos are taken away by man-made famine and disease. Therefore, we call upon the entire Oromo people to stand in unison and struggle for our rights and stop this evil so called Master Plan.
- We call upon all Oromo political and civic organizations, Oromo intellectuals and Oromo business men and women to join the Oromo people and the Oromo youth and avert this evil plan approved by Caffee Oromiyaa. We reiterate that it is your responsibility to liberate your homeland and your people from subjugation and save your country Oromia from being dismantled and dismembered into several pieces.
- We call upon members of the Oromian Police and Oromian militiamen and Oromos serving the regime in the military to join your people and oppose the master plan approved by Caffee Oromia for the intention of controlling the Oromo people and our homeland Oromia.
Victory to the Oromo people!
Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo,
October 15, 2015
Washington wants a stable partner in the Horn of Africa. But cozying up to the repressive regime in Addis Ababa isn’t the way to go about finding one.
(Foreign Policy) — Later this month, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to ever visit Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, and a nation viewed by many as a bastion of stability in a region otherwise beset with civil strife. The trip — which will also include a stopover in Kenya — is being billed as part of the Obama administration’s regional efforts “to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security.”
These are indeed laudable goals and should be actively pursued by the U.S. government. But the timing and tenor of the visit to Addis Ababa sends a worrying signal that Washington’s priorities — not only in Ethiopia, but on the entire continent — are actually at odds with the president’s oft-repeated rhetoric about advancing human rights and strengthening African democracy and institutions.
Let’s be clear: Ethiopia is not a model of democracy that should be rewarded with a presidential visit.
Let’s be clear: Ethiopia is not a model of democracy that should be rewarded with a presidential visit. The long-ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, or EPRDF, now in power for 25 years, claimed al andslide victory in legislative polls held in May, winning all 547 parliamentary seats, which places it among the ranks of North Korea and Saddam Hussein’s Baathist Iraq in terms of the sheer efficiency of its electoral sweep. The results should not have come as a surprise: The ruling party swept the last four elections, including in 2010, in which it took a whopping 99.6 percent of the vote. This time around, Washington and the European Union did not even bother sending election observers, knowing full well that an EPRDF victory was a foregone conclusion.The lead up to the May 24 vote saw a widespread crackdown on journalists, human rights activists, and opposition supporters. What’s worse, Obama’s trip was announced on June 19, the same week it was revealed that threeopposition party members weremurdered in the country, all under highly suspicious circumstances.
So why is President Obama visiting a country where democracy is in such a sorry state and where human rights violations remain systemic and widespread? Because, despite the obvious lack of political rights and civil liberties in Ethiopia, and its status as one of the top jailers of journalists in the world, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is palatable to Washington and other Western donors precisely because of who he is not: a retrograde dictator in the mold of his regional counterparts, Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea or Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. The brutal and often heavy-handed oppression exhibited by the latter two regimes is brazen, whereas Desalegn and the ruling party work within the (regime-controlled) judicial system, giving their repression a veneer of legality.
A former academic, Desalegn’s elevation to the highest office in Ethiopia came courtesy of thesudden death in 2012 of Ethiopia’s strongman, Meles Zenawi, who had ruled the country for two decades. Zenawi was a favorite in Washington: Though he brutally crushed political opponents and implemented a series of draconian laws meant to muzzle the press and stifle dissent, he also managed to establish an image of Ethiopia as a stable and growing economy in the troubled Horn of Africa. Zenawi’s Western allies, particularly the United States, applauded the country’s modest economic growth and the regime’s willingness to endorse the so-called “War on Terror.” As a result, leaders in Washington routinely turned a blind eye to the EPRDF’s rampant human rights abuses and its ongoing suppression of civil society, the media, and political opposition.
Several key Obama advisors were close associates and personal friends of the late prime minister. Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor and former top diplomat at the United Nations, for instance, made no secret of her esteem for and friendship with Zenawi, whom she eulogized as “a servant leader.” Another top Obama aide, Gayle Smith — the current nominee to lead the United States Agency for International Development, which provided Ethiopia nearly $500 million in 2013 — was also never shy about her admiration for Zenawi.
Desalegn, largely seen as a compromise candidate for the shaky, ethnicity-based EPRDF coalition, has continued to rule in the same mode — and Washington’s perverse need to embrace a dictator in technocrat’s clothing has continued. In April, one month before Ethiopia’s sham elections, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman publicly praised Ethiopia’s “democracy” during a visit to the country, which State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf further bolstered by saying “her statements fully reflect the U.S. government’s positions.” Even a cursory glance at Ethiopia’s abysmal human rights record would turn this bogus claim on its head.
On June 25, the State Department released its annual human rights reporton Ethiopia, citing widespread “restrictions on freedom of expression,” “politically motivated trials,” “harassment and intimidation of opposition members and journalists,” “alleged arbitrary killings … torture,” “limits on citizens’ ability to change their government,” and restrictions on freedom of assembly, association, and movement. Yet Ethiopia’s donors, including the United States, which provides nearly half of Ethiopia’s national budget, have continued to ignore these signs of trouble. The facade of economic growth and the West’s eagerness for a “development success story” to tout on the international stage has seemingly precluded genuine diplomatic pressure to reform.
To be sure, deeply afflicted countries surround Ethiopia. Despite recent progress, Somalia faces credible and ongoing threats from the al Qaeda affiliated militant group, al-Shabab. South Sudan has devolved into an intractable civil war with no end in sight. Kenya has yet to fully overcome the ramifications of post-election violence in 2007–2008, not to mention its inability to ward off al-Shabab’s cross border attacks. Eritrea, dubbed by some as the North Korea of Africa, remains a highly repressive police state from which hundreds of thousands continue to flee. Further afield, Yemen is in a state of bloody lawlessness. By contrast, Ethiopia has remained largely stable.
Despite this outward veneer of stability and progress, Ethiopia’s current system is unsustainable. A onetime vocal opposition has been systematically weakened. Ethnic discontent is rife. Religious revival has been met with brutal state repression. Economic prosperity is not widely shared and inequality continues to rise. Nepotism and corruption plague an already bloated bureaucracy. Youth unemployment is a persistent and serious challenge. Independent media, the human rights community, and civil society writ large have been decimated. And countless citizens are being displaced from their ancestral lands under the guise of development. These factors, taken together, may ultimately sow the seeds of a tangled conflict that could reverberate across an already troubled and tense region.
In this context, Obama’s upcoming visit to Ethiopia sends the wrong message on Washington’s stated commitment to strengthening democratic institutions — not strongmen — in Africa. What is more, turning a blind eye to widespread human rights abuses for the sake of counterterrorism cooperation and so-called “regional stability” may prove to be a self-defeating strategy that is bad in the long term for the United States, as well as for citizens throughout the Horn of Africa.
If the United States wanted to help strengthen democratic institutions and stand in solidarity with Africans, who are now more than ever demanding democracy, then Nigeria would have been a much better alternative model. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and its largest economy, held landmark elections this March, in which an opposition candidate ousted an incumbent who then graciously accepted defeat. In Ethiopia, this scenario remains a pipe dream for its 96 million citizens. The ruling party is now set to lord over the country at least until 2020, allowing it to further entrench its repressive machinery and to extend its dominance long beyond its current mandate.
It is unlikely that Obama and his handlers will change the itinerary of his upcoming trip. However, it is not too late for the president, and for the United States government, to speak honestly to the people of Ethiopia, making it clear that the historic visit is not intended to validate or otherwise endorse the EPRDF’s autocratic dominance. Rather, Obama should be clear with EPRDF leadership, both in private and most importantly, in public that the United States appreciates the complex challenges facing the country and that repression is not an acceptable means of addressing them.
Obama and his staff should also meet openly with Ethiopia’s political opposition and civic leaders, including those based in the country and abroad in Kenya, where many have been forced to relocate due to increasing oppression at home. Obama should additionally raise the issue of the recently murdered opposition members, as well as the many cases of journalists, activists, and political prisoners who have been wrongly jailed and arbitrarily detained under a raft of draconian laws that have criminalized dissent.
In the long term, the U.S. government should redouble its commitment to Ethiopia’s beleaguered civil society. Obama’s 2016 budget request includes more than $400 million in assistance to the country, of which less than 1 percent is allocated for democracy and human rights programming — an actual improvement from last year, when zero was devoted to this vital sector, much of thespending going towards health and humanitarian aid. A robust, reenergized, and empowered Ethiopian civil society, in which human rights groups are free to operate, is central to deepening democratic principles, not only in Ethiopia but also throughout the East and Horn of Africa.
Overall, Obama must firmly reiterate that stability and security, and respect for basic human rights, and the legitimacy of civil society are not mutually exclusive objectives in Ethiopia or elsewhere. Rather, he should be unequivocal — in both rhetoric and in practice — that, together, these issues help form an unshakable and long-term pillar for U.S. engagement on the African continent.
TPLF’s ‘democratic election’ an oxymoron
By Alem Mamo
It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.” – From Tom Stoppard’s philosophical play Jumpersfirst produced in 1972* * *
“It doesn’t matter who votes; it matters who counts the votes.” – Joseph Stalin
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“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy
Most international and national political analysts and observers of political discourse in Ethiopia weren’t the least surprised that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) regime would declare itself a winner in the May 24, 2015 ‘election’. What surprised most observers was the brazen nature and audaciousness of the regime to claim 100% of 547 seats in the parliament. This, even by the standard of Africa’s electoral practice, is unprecedented. In recent years, authoritarian regimes in Africa (with a few exceptions) have given directives to their electoral commissions to trim election victories away from the traditional 99.9 – 100% victory. In this regard, the TPLF’s ‘victory’ defies any form of mathematical algorithm and logic including common sense.
In effect what this means is that TPLF has officially removed its democratic mask and joined the rank and file of North Korea’s Workers Party that declared 100% in 2014 election, Iraq’s Bath Party under Saddam Hussein, which claimed 100% victory in a 2002 referendum on whether or not to continue Saddam Hussein’s decade long rule. Raul Castro and the Cuban Communist Party earned 99.4% votes in the 2008 Cuban election. Syria’s Bashar al-Assad claimed 97.6% of votes for his 2007 presidential referendum. Turkmenistan’s Saparmurat Niyazov and the Communist Party of Turkmenistan declared 99.5 % in the 1992 national election, and most recently Sudan’s Al – Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), declared 94 % victory in national election.
The political reality in Ethiopia can no longer be described as a ‘nation at a crossroad’. The fact is that Ethiopia has crossed the road into a path of inevitable conflict involving multiple players, groups and citizens disenfranchised and excluded from the political, economic and social discourse of the country. For those who have been keenly following the political atmosphere in Ethiopia over the last two decades. This new emerging direction of conflict, unfortunately, is by no means a surprise. In fact, some would argue that it is long overdue. As we have seen in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt over the last few years when citizens are denied of their dignity, fundamental human rights and stake in the political and economic process of their country they are left with no option but to rise up. Thus, it is a choice imposed on the people of Ethiopia by the TPLF led regime that makes a mockery of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Twenty four years is a very long time to promote national reconciliation, build democratic institutions and guarantee citizens’ rights under the rule of law, and most importantly to create a political environment where citizens determine in a free and fair election which political party should govern them. Sadly, TPLF has squandered the last twenty four years for personal gain, ethnic nepotism and belligerent authoritarianism.
The rumblings of conflict in Ethiopia has been on the horizon for a long time, including sporadic skirmishes between different resistance groups and TPLF defense army. This time, however, the dynamic and nature of conflict has different complexities and magnitudes. This unfolding situation could have a reverberating effect for the country, as well as the entire Horn of Africa/East Africa region.
No one for certain can predict when and how the emerging path of conflict would be resolved. What is certain is the proud people of this ancient land have been humiliated, abused and collectively traumatized under the TPLF rule of the last twenty four years. This humiliation and suffering has led them to the place where they are now, which is full out resistance to reclaim their dignity and change the meaning of citizenship to its true definition.
No one should celebrate conflict, but one must also remember the wise and powerful words of President John F. Kennedy: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” In the end, the historical autopsy of the last twenty four years will show the fact that TPLF’s criminality and belligerence. TPLF is not known for resolving conflicts through peaceful negotiation and diplomacy, and it’s not in the regimes DNA to do so. However, the regime must be forced by the international community not to lead the country into the abyss of conflict with serious and unpredictable consequences. Regardless of the regime’s opposition to peaceful conflict resolution and national reconciliation, all peace loving citizens and the international community must realize and advocate for a comprehensive national reconciliation.
Nuti Qeerroon dargaggootni barattootni Oromoo dhaabbilee barnoota ol-aanoo biyyatti garaagaraa irraa ogummaa garaagaraan eebbifannee fi kanneen barachaa jirru haala qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo ABO durfamuu fi Warraaqsaa FDG; ilaalchisuun,haala rakkoo siyaasaa biyyatti, dawwannaa Peresidentiin Ameerikaa Barak Obamaa Adooleessa 2015 dhumaa gara Ethiopiatti gochuuf jiru, rakkoo diaspora Oromoo fi qabsoo Oromoo fi akeekaa Maaster Plaanii Finfinnee ilaalchisuun sadarkaa garaagaraa fi mooraalee dhaabbiilee barnoota olaanoo Yuunibarsiitota kanneen akka Jimmaa, Wallaggaa, Amboo, Finfinnee, Adaamaa, Harammayyaa,Dirree Dawaa, Maddaa Walaabuu , Wal-Qixxee, Mattuu, Gimbii, Walisoo, Shaambuu , Arsii fi Bolee Horaa akkasumas kolleejjii barsiisota Jimmaa, Neqemtee, Shaambuu, Mattuu, Baalee Roobee, fi Allaagee irratti torbee tokko guutuu marii qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo daran jabeessuu fi Oromoo gara tokkotti fiduun humneessuu irratti erga godhannee booda Mootummaa Wayyaanee abbaa irree EPRDF/TPLF/’n durfamuu, fi fedhii uummata Oromoo fi lammilee cunqurfamoo biyyatti malee humna waraana afaan qawween mirga uummata keenyaa ukkamsuu fi oloa filannoo marsaa 5ffaa 100% injifadhe propaganda sobaa olola garbummaa labsachaa jiruu balaaleffachuu fi tarsiimoo sochii warraaqsa FDG irratti jaabeessuun kan dura dhaabbannu tu’uu murtii keenyaa dabarfachuun Ibsa Ejjennoo qabxii toorba(7) dabarfanne jirra.
- Adeemsa dawwaannaa peresideentii Amerikaa Baarak Obamaa yeroo ammaa imala gara Ethiopiatti taasisuf jiru Mootummaa abbaa irree Uummata Oromoo fi sabaa fi sab- lammoota biyyatti mirga namummaa, dimookiraasii fi mirga abbaa biyyummaa mulquun afaan qawween ukkamsee bitaa jiru kan jajjabeessuufi daran olaantummaa fi abbaa irrummaaf kan aangawoota Ethiopia kakaasuu waan ta’eef akka saba cunqurfamaa hin fayyadne hubachiifna.Hawwii uummata cunqurfamaa haamlee dheebuu fi fedha bilisummaaf qaban kan faallessu waan ta’eef mootota diktaatera akka Ethiopia do’achuun abbootii irree daran jabeessuu waan ta’eef jabeessinee balaaleffatna.
- Adeemsa Diaspora’n Oromoo Mootummaa abbaa irree EPRDF/TPLF/OPDO’n mookfamuun walitti dhufeenya, sossobanii biyyatti galchuun qabeenyaa isaanii fi guutummaa mirga isaanii waliigalaa ajajuu irratti aangoo guutuu argachuuf toftaa fi tarsiimoo abbaan irree Wayyaanee hawaasa keenya irratti diriirsaa jiru jabeessinee kan balaaleffannu ta’ee Ummatni keenyaa ilmaan Oromoo diaspora tatanii biyyoota ambaa garaagaraa keessatti argamtan adeemsa Wayyaanee kana duukaa kanneen fiigaa jirtan mootummaan Wayyaanee yeroo amma kana Oromoo dhibbootaan lakka’aman gaaffii mirgaa waan gaafataniif ajjeese, kumootaan kanneen lakka’aman ukkamsee badii tokko malee hidhaatti darbaa jira, kumootaan kanneen lakka’aman biyyaa,hojii fi barnoota irraa arii’achaa jira; addatti immoo Maqaa Maaster Planii Finfinnee jedhuun tarsiimoo fi karooraa garboomsaan uummata keenyaa dhabamsiisuu fi geographical location Oromiyaan qabdu balleessuuf utuu diinni fiigaa jiruu, ololli diinaa dhugaa isinitti fakkatee utuu beektaniis utuu hin beekinis abbootii irree fi diktaateroota akka Wayaanee jala fiiguun seenaa keessan gorrachessitanii akka dartanisin beeksina.
- Ammas Filannoon waliin dhahaa fi sobaa marsaa 5ffaa Wayyaanee EPRDF/TPLF/OPDO’ n caamsaa 24/2015 gaggeeffame abbaa irrummaa Wayyaanee kan ibsu kan afaan qawwee fi sirni milishaa, waraannii fi poolisiin federaalaa sagalee uummataa qawween ukkamsee, fallaa dimookiraasii fi adeemsa siyaasaa olaantummaa fi abbaa irrummaan dhuunfatame waan ta’eef sabni Oromoo alaa fi keessaan dimokraasii fakkeessaa fi filatnoo kijibaa Wayyaaneen goyyomuu dhiisee qabsoo jabeessuun furmaata.
- 4. Dhaabbileen Siyaasaa maqaa Oromoon ijaaramuun (KFO) qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo karaa nagaa fi Dimookiraasii Wayyaanee EPRDF/TPLF waliin mormii gochuun aangoo fudhachuun ni danda’ama jechuun tilmaama turtan mootummaan Wayyaanee dhiigaa lammiileen biyyattii mootummaa darguu kuffisuuf dhangalaseen aangoo qabatee irratti of ijaaree marsaa 5ffaaf gowwomsaa fi sobaan waan aangoo qabateef jedhcha dhaabonni siyaasaa wayyaanee irraa filmaataan mootummaa fudhanna jedhtan irra deddeebi’anii goyyomuu irraa akka of qusattan dhaammatna.
- Uummaatni Oromoo: Qotee bulaan, barataa fi barsiisaan, hoojjetaan, daldalaan, poolisiin, milishaan, hojii dhabdootni, fi kanneen waraana wayyaanee keessatti argamtan mootummaan sirna cunqursaa fi saaminsaa gaggeessaa jiru kun jireenya saba Oromoo fi cunqurfamtoota biro gaaffii guddaa jala galchee biyyattii gara badiinsaatti oofaa waan jiruuf yeroon dammaquun qabsoo mirgaa fi dimokraasiif ta’utti makamuun uumata Oromoof nagaa,dimokraasii fi mirga dhala namummaa akkasumas guddinaa fi badhaadinni akka maluufiif qabsaawuun yeroon isaa amma jenna.
- Nuti Qeerroon dargaggootni barattootni Oromoo dhaabbilee barnoota ol-aanoo irraa eebbifamnee fi barachaa jirruu qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo galmaan geenyee mirga abbaa biyyummaa fi bilisummaa uummata keenya gonfachiisuuf warraaqsa FDG gaggeessuun wareegama qaalii baasaa turre jabeessuun kallattii hundaan FDG jabeessuun mootummaa Wayyaanee dura kutannoo fi murannoon kan dhaabbannuu ta’uu waadaa keenya haaromsinerra.
- Sabboontotni Ilmaan Oromoo kumootaan lakkaa’aman Oromummaan yakkamuun mooraalee mana hidhaa Wayyaanee keessatti kanneen dararamaa jiran, kanneen barnoota isaanii irraa arii’ataman waan qabnu fi dandeenyu hundaan cina akka dhaabbannu dirqama lammummaa waliif dabarsina, akkasumas kanneen rasaasa wayyaaneen wareegaman matii isaanii jajjabeessuu fi cina dhaabbachuun dirqama keenya ni baana kan jedhuu fi qabxiilee armaan olii irratti gadii fageenyaan erga marii guddaa gochuun marii keenyaa milkii guddaan xummuratne.
Injifannoon Uummata Oromoof!!
Gadaan Gadaa Bilisummaa Oromooti!!
Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo
Studies Association (OSA) annual conference to be held at Howard University, Washington DC from August 1-2, 2015. The theme of this year’s annual conference is Expanding the Frontiers in Oromo Studies: Pathways into the Future” A well-known academic and human rights leader, Mr. Bekele Gerba brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that has direct bearing to the theme of this conference and the objectives of the Oromo Studies in general. What is more exciting in the field of Oromo studies than the highly respected Bekele Gerba delivering this years’ featured speech along with the well-known Professor John Markakis.
The presentations of these two luminaries along with those by both established as well as emerging scholars will make the 2015 annual conference another landmark in the three decades history of our scholarly association. OSA members, friends and all interested parties are warmly welcomed to attend this annual Conference. The conference will provide a wonderful opportunity for learning from the experience and wisdom of the likes of Mr. Bekele Gerba and Professor John Markakis. Such very rare golden opportunity should not be missed by OSA members and all those who are interested in the future and wellbeing of all the people of Ethiopia and the horn of Africa.