April 8, 2014

Ogaden: European Parliament Hearing on Human Rights Violations

The European Parliament opened a hearing on Ethiopian prisons and human rights violations in the Ogaden region.

 

Below is an article published by Somaliland Sun:

The European Parliament opened a hearing about Ogaden Human Rights violations and Ethiopian prisons in Addis Ababa. Ogaden whistle-blower Abdullahi Hussein and Swedish Journalist Martin Schibbye were invited to participate in the hearing which was held on April 2nd by the group the progressive Alliance of Socialist and Democrats in European Parliament and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

"Ethiopia is one of the largest humanitarian and development aid receiver yet these donations are used incorrectly and corruptly. Western governmental Organizations and Western Embassies to Addis Ababa ignored the stolen donations and humanitarian aid that are being used as a political tool by the Ethiopian regime, which is contrary to EU rules on the funding", said Anna Gomes, MEP Head of international Unit party Socialist democrat.

Marita Ulvskog, MEP, in her part first thanked Abdullahi Hussein and Swedish Journalist Martin Schibbye speaking about the steps needed to be taken in order to stop the human rights abuses that are being committed against Ethiopian and Ogaden civilians. She said that the EU could use sanctions against Ethiopia or follow up documents and information like the one provided by Abdullahi Hussein to show the reality on the ground.

Abdullahi Hussein, who is the former regional Presidential adviser and head of the media in Ogaden presented a shocking footage that changed the EU's view towards Ethiopia.

Abdullahi Hussein, who gained the title of "brave man" and was nominated for the prize of Sweden's civil courage of the year 2014, "Antigone award", after he had put himself at risk for smuggling out over 100 hours of footage from the Ogaden Province requested the EU to put their words into action as the killing, gang-raping, and extrajudicial arrests still continue.

Speaking with Ogaden diaspora owned TV service of Ilaystv, Martin Schibbye stated that in conjunction with Abdullahi Hussein their purpose to reset was to tell the World what they had seen which is to fulfill a promise that he made to many people from Ogaden region, but also their co-prisoners in Kality Prison of Addis Ababa. Members of European Parliament, CPJ's Jean Paul Marthoz and Human Rights's Leslie Lefkow have also explained the human rights situation in Ethiopia in details to the EU Parliament.

Anna Lindy, chair of the hearing, presented the human rights situation in Ogaden and Ethiopia at the opening time of the session.