Oromo: Youth Appeal Sudan to Halt Deportation of Refugees
Below is an appeal of the International Oromo Youth Association, published on the Sudantribune website:
An Appeal against the Arrest and Forced Deportation of Oromo Refugees from
Nov 28, 2006 — The ruling minority regime in Ethiopia, namely the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), led by dictator Meles Zenawi has for the past 15 years proven to be tyrannical by ruthlessly killing, torturing, and imprisoning innocent citizens for peacefully expressing dissent and for a mere reason of consolidating power.
The TPLF government is engaged in denial of basic human rights to its citizens by resorting to violence in attempt to conceal political problems. As we speak Oromo youth and elders are being killed for demanding their basic rights defined as the right to life, liberty and security of person, the right to get an education, freedom of speech, and the right to a fair trial. These are inalienable rights which every human being are entitled to by birth but are denied to Oromos. Although these rights are clearly written in the Ethiopian constitution, Meles Zenawi has never abided by them. Accordingly Meles’ government has chosen to intensify a new wave of repression using deadly force against thousands of Oromo students who have been peacefully demanding their rights since the beginning of November 2005. This has led thousands of Oromos to flee and seek refuge in neighboring countries.
Taking all of this into consideration, The International Oromo Youth Association is asking the International Community to take action by showing support for Oromo refugees in
Sadly, since November 15, 2006 the Sudanese government has started a new wave of deportations against Oromo refugees. Hundreds of refugees have already been forcefully deported back to
Deporting innocent people that are in detention back to
We call upon the International Community, particularly the government of
Below is a list of some of the individuals who are waiting to be deported to
- Salmaa Abbaa Tamaam 2. Tamaam Dilbatoo 3. Muftaah Xaahir 4. Kamaal Nashaa 5. Muusxafaa 6. Abdullaxiif 7. Jeeylaan 8. Abdulqaadir 9. Muktaar 10. Nasraddiin 11. Zahraa 12. Abdullaakim.
Lastly, we call upon Oromo communities, civic associations and political organizations, to join hands to raise awareness about the systematic ethnic cleansing of the Oromo people by the current minority regime and the difficult situation Oromo refugees are facing in the neighboring countries. We, the Oromo youth living in different parts of the world, would like to assure our brothers and sisters who are suffering in prison, refugee camps and battlefields that we share your pain and suffering, and are committed to support you with whatever means possible and to air your voice to all concerned organizations and communities around the world.
Justice for Oromo People and Justice for All!!