hrlha_newEthiopia:  Murders and Mass Incarcerations Cannot Fix the Deep Human Rights Crisis

HRLHA  Press Release

December 4, 2016

The TPLF/EPRDF government boldly demonstrated its dictatorial behavior by arresting the Oromo Federalist Congress Leader Dr. Merera Giddina on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 under the pretext  that he had met with the other opposition political party-G7  leaders that the TPLF  labeled as a terrorist group.  Dr. Merera Gudina has been taken  to Maikelawi investigation Center with the other two men , Taye Negera and Kumala, both of whom live  in the same home, according to HRLHA Informants.  The Maikelawi Investigation Center In Addis Ababa is the TPLF  Torture – House   known as  “Ethiopian Guntanamo”

Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia

The Government spokesman Negeri  Lencho said in his briefing  to   journalists on December  2, 2016  “Dr. Merera  Guddina has been arrested because he violated   the State of Emergency rules  by contacting outlawed opposition party leaders in Brussels”.    Dr. Merera Guddina and Professor Berhanu Nega, the  G7 Leaders  had been invited by the EU parliament to  Brussels  to  attend the Conference  on the Ethiopian current political crisis sponsored by the European Parliament.  In the conference, many stakeholders participated and shared their  views on the  current Ethiopian political crisis. The TPLF/EPRDF has no legal grounds on which to criminalize Dr. Merera Guddina- unless the TPLF government labelled the  conference sponsor, the EU, as a terrorist group.

Meanwhile, the TPLF/EPRDF government of Ethiopia continues terrorizing the people  of Oromia and Amhara Regional States  by murdering and detaining them.  Since the mass movement began in Oromia in November 2015  and later spread to Amhara Regional state, thousands have been killed,  tens of thousands detained and other thousands have disappeared.  The TPLF government mishandled the peaceful  protests in both regional states where both nations demanded  their rights to   fair treatment, stopping the  land grabs and marginalization.

After ten months of unrest in the country, the TPLF/EPRDF declared a state of Emergency on October 8, 2016. The TPLF killing squad Agazi force was  deployed with full authorization into  Oromia and Amhara Regional States  to commit killings, incarcerations, rapes and steal money and valuables. Although there has been no single section of society that the Ethiopian TPLF/EPRDF regime has spared in the past one year, since last November Oromo youths in particular have become  the prime targets of  TPLF killing squad attacks. Several Oromo youths from universities, colleges and high schools have been disappeared by the TPLF killing squads. As a result, Oromia is losing many brilliant young men and women at the hands of TPLF murderers every day. This is putting future generations at risk.

HRLHA informants  report that the TPLF/EPRDF killing squad Agazi  force  continues to abduct  Oromo youths from  universities, colleges, highschools, homes and workplaces on a daily basis. The HRLHA  has received from its informants In south Oromia, Bule Hora District, Guji Zone  and Ada’a Berga District East Showa Zone information that  a number of Oromo youths have been picked up at  night and have been taken to  an unknown destination by the Agazi force.

The following are among the many Oromo youths abducted  by TPLF forces on November  29, 30, 2016 and taken to an unknown destination

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Human Rights Crisis in EthiopiaUnder remembering from the past, the HRLHA will try to highlight  the human rights violations reported by HRLHA and other human rights organizations against Oromo youths  in the past ten years which continue to the present.

The TPLF/EPRDF  government has been  targeting Oromo youth since  the Oromo youth  peaceful revolt against subjugation started in Oromia in 2005.

The following is a summary of  Oromo students  killed,  imprisoned, and disappeared  by TPLF/EPRDF security forces  in different universities in 2006

  • June 2006, Mekele, Tigrai: 44 Oromo Students of Mekele University Were Denied Certificates After Graduation
    Reason – In April, 2006 a Tigrean student, who was attending Adama University, committed suicide. However, Tigrean residents of Mekele were told that he was murdered by Oromo students of the university
  • August 2006, Haromaya University, E. Hararge: at Least 42 Detained and Then Dismissed
    Reason –  In August 2006, following clashes between Oromo and other students caused by a student wearing a t-shirt carrying a derogatory anti-Oromo slogan, security forces attacked Oromo  students at Haromaya University, E. Hararge. Only Oromo students were held for two months and dismissed from the university. At least 42 were detained and then dismissed, (OSG  Report, No. 43)
  • August 2006, Adama University: Clash Among Students Spread to Adama University and more Oromo Students Dismissed
    Reason – The clash has spread to Jimma University. In this clash, which was clearly instigated to pit Oromo students against Amhara students, at least 10 lives were lost, at least 30 students from Adama, and 23 from Jimma University, were expelled. (IOYA report, November 2006
  • September 17, 2006, Ginchi, W. Shoa: Two Students Abducted and Disappeared
    Students Bakala Dalasa and Habirru Birru were taken at night from their residence in Ginchi, W. Showa, around 7:00 PM local time, and have disappeared. (OSG report No. 43)
  • November 7, 2006, Mekele, Tigrai: A 3rd Year Student Strangled to Death
    Shibiru Demisse Bati, a 24 year-old Oromo third-year history student, was strangled to death at Mekele University in Tigrai. Shibiru, from Siba Yesus Peasant Association, Homa, near Gimbi, Wallega, was attacked on November 4, 2006, after being dragged out of his room when the power was turned off at the university. Tensions had been growing between security forces and Oromo students in Tigrai since graduation certificates were denied to those students who had been vocal about the government’s disregard of human rights in Oromia Region.(Ethio-Tribune, November 7, 2006, and Oromo Menschenrechts- und Hilfsorganisation (OMRHO), December 2006)
  • December 2006, Harar, Eastern Hararge: at Least 6 Students Detained
    The following Secondary School students were detained in September 2006 in and around Harar, E. Hararge. Known to be held in Harar were Murad Ahmedand Ramadan Abdella, whereas Ramadan Galile, Abdi Amma, Kadir Rabsa and Dhakaba Bakar were taken to an unknown location.(OSG report No. 43)

Source: Revisiting Oromian Students’ Resistance Against Tyranny

The HRLHA  tirelessly  continues  to  express its deepest concerns regarding the human misery taking place in Ethiopia in general and in Oromia and Amhara Regional  States in particular  and appeals to the world community to take tangible action to stop more bloodshed in Ethiopia by putting pressure on the TPLF- led Ethiopian government

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