Peaceful Protesters in London Call for Release of Political Prisoners in Ethiopia
Release Political Prisoners in Ethiopia
Ethiopia receives $3 billion in aid each year. Donors claim the country is on the road to democracy, but this is wrong. UK aid is denied by local officials to those who criticise the government. It is used as a tool of repression. Scores of thousands of political prisoners are being tortured today in Ethiopian prisons. Millions need food aid while millions of hectares of arable land are rented cheap to foreign investors. Ethiopia has one of the biggest and best-equipped armies in Africa but one third of its budget is from aid.
Over 100 Addis Ababa university students were arrested and severely beaten on 2 January 2013.
About 200 young Oromo were arrested at the annual Irreechaa festival in central Ethiopia on 30 September 2012. Hundreds of Muslims protesting at government interference are arrested in demonstrations every week. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the US State Department have corroborated these and other abuses over the last 22 years.
There are more Oromo refugees than ever before. Over one hundred thousand of us in Europe and America call for change.
– Oromo Community in the UK –http://www.oromocommunityinuk.webs.com
– Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa – http://humanrightsleague.com
– Oromo Studies Association – http://www.oromostudies.org
– Oromia Support Group – http://www.oromo.org
– Oromo Relief Association UK
– Oromo Students Union-UK
– Oromo Youth Association-UK