December 30, 2005
Oromo: OLF Raises Concern over Attacks on Oromo Refugees
PRESS RELEASE - The OLF asks the Kenyan government, the UNHCR, and all other concerned government and non-government agencies to take immediate actions to protect Oromo and other refugees residing in Kenya
The Ethiopian regime, faced with a growing popular discontent
inside the country, and reproaching the large number of refugees in the neighboring
countries especially in Kenya for the crisis inside the country, is now reinforcing
its foreign-based security traps.
Just over the last few weeks, the EPRDF/TPLF security agents have killed or
kidnapped 25 Oromo refugees residing under the protectorate of Kenya and the
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
On December 27, 2005, hundreds of Oromo refugees staged a demonstration at the
UNHCR office at Westlands in Nairobi to protest against the killings, kidnappings,
and harassments by Ethiopian government agents. The demonstrators held slogans
that read: UNHCR save Oromo refugees, Kenya government should protect us, bring
back kidnapped Oromos …etc.
These outrageous offenses by Ethiopian government constitute a grave violation
of the international law, which guarantees the safety of refugees fleeing persecution.
The Ethiopian regime is stepping up atrocities against all segments of the Oromo
society including hunting down Oromo nationals across the border as a part of
a campaign designed to ease strong opposition made against the repressive government
of Meles Zenawi.
Contrary to its declarations and accession to International Human Rights Covenants,
the TPLF led Ethiopian Government is a tyrannical regime that has engaged in
gross violations of human rights and that has no respect for international treaties
that it ratified. The TPLF regime is anathema of human rights and rule of law.
The OLF is deeply concerned about this alarming development. Refugees are often
helpless and feeble relying on the legal protection of host countries. The Ethiopian
regime continues to defy international rules, blatantly disregarding the right
of refugees to live in peace.
We ask the Kenyan government, the UNHCR, and all other concerned government
and non-government agencies to take immediate actions to protect Oromo and other
refugees residing in Kenya, demand that the Ethiopian government free all kidnapped
refugees, and require that the Meles government refrain from cross-border criminal
Victory to the Oromo People!
External Information Division
Foreign Relations Department
Oromo Liberation Front