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Oct 09, 2017

Ogaden: ONLF Calls for Peace, Unity and Harmony Between Somali and Oromo Peoples.

Below is a press release published by the Ogaden News Agency TPLF regime has created deadly conflict between Somali and Oromo nations in Ethiopia. Hundreds of innocent civilians have been reported dead and many others have been displaced. The cause of the conflict is not about land dispute as the regime and its puppet administrations claim. The TPLF regime in Addis Ababa has been working to instigate...

Oct 09, 2017

Ogaden: ONLF Calls for Peace, Unity and Harmony...

Photo courtesy of: Reuters 2015 @BBC The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) condemns the ongoing violence between Somali and Oromo in Ethiopia. The ONLF claim that hostility has been orchestrated...

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Oct 04, 2017

Ogaden: US Surveillance Sprawling Power in Ethiopia...

Recent stories from Edward Snowden’s disclosures show how the US government’s involvement with Ethiopia presents a case study in enabling repressive regimes to carry out surveillance...

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Sep 22, 2017

Timeline: Human Rights Situation in Ethiopia

18 September 2017: Somalia’s parliament took action on the unlawful transfer of ONLF party leader and Somali national, Abdikarin Sheikh Muse, to Ethiopia. After weeks of international outrage surrounding...

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Sep 19, 2017

Ogaden: Somalia’s Parliament Takes Action on...

Below is an article published by Africa News   Somalia’s parliament, the House of the People, has instituted a body to investigate the government’s decision to handover a Somali...

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Sep 15, 2017

HRC36 Side-Event: Freedom of Religion or Belief...

UNPO Programme Director Mr Tommaso Nodari delivered opening remarks briefly introducing the cases of the Nations and Peoples represented during the event. While freedom of religion or belief is one of...

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Sep 15, 2017

HRC36 Side-Event: From Humanitarian Crisis to...

The event began with opening remarks by UNPO Programme Officer Julie Duval. She explained that the Ogaden has been a UNPO Member since 2010 and since then, the UNPO has repeatedly condemned the violence...

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Sep 14, 2017

HRC Side-Event: From Humanitarian Crisis to Human...

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 17:00 to 18:30 Palais des Nations, Room XV, Geneva, Switzerland Side-event to the 36th Session of the UNHRC   Adding to an already dire human rights situation in the...

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Sep 14, 2017

HRC Side-Event: Freedom of Religion or Belief...

  Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11:00 to 12:30 Palais des Nations, Room XV, Geneva, Switzerland Side-event to the 36th Session of the UNHRC   In May 2017, the United States Commission on...

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Sep 14, 2017

HRC36 Side-Event: Freedom of Religion or Belief...

UNPO Programme Director Mr Tommaso Nodari delivered opening remarks briefly introducing the cases of the Nations and Peoples represented during the event. While freedom of religion or belief is one of...

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Sep 11, 2017

Ogaden: ONLF in a Stranglehold: In Between Security...

Below is a press release issued by the ONLF: On September 6, 2017 the minister of information of Somalia read a statement in which he claimed that ONLF has a relationship with Al-Shabab and was involved...

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Aug 31, 2017

Illegal detention and refoulement of Somali refugee...

Below is a press release published by the Ogaden National Liberation Front: The regional security of the Galkacyo, Galmudug regional state in central Somalia detained on August 23, 2017 Mr Abdikarin Sheikh...

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Aug 11, 2017

HRLHA Denounces Use of Torture and Systematic...

  Below is an excerpt of HRLHA’s press release:   Ever since the TPLF/EPRDF came to power in 1991, Ethiopian government forces have used torture, forced disappearances, intimidation...

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Aug 07, 2017

22nd Annual Conference of Ogaden Diaspora Held...

The annual 22nd conference of Ogaden Somali communities Worldwide was held from 4 to 6 August 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. The three-day conference was organized by the Ogaden community in Germany was...

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Jul 10, 2017

38 MEPs Sign Letter Raising Concerns on Ethiopia...

During the protests that occurred in the Ethiopian regions of Oromia, Amhara and the SNNPR in 2016, government security forces used aggressive repression against the peaceful protesters, causing the protests...

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Jun 28, 2017

UNPO’s XIII General Assembly Adopts Resolution...

Having convened in Scotland from 26 to 28 June, 2017; Concerned about the deliberate policy of the Ethiopian government of using collective punishment against the Ogaden civilian people since 2007,...

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May 18, 2017

European Parliament Resolution Condemns Crackdown...

The last eight months have been a synonym of political repression and humanitarian distress for Ethiopia’s most vulnerable peoples and particularly for the inhabitants of Oromia and Ogaden. On 8...

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Apr 13, 2017

Ogaden: Youth & Student Union Issue Update...

  Below is an article published by the Ogaden News Agency: The Ogaden region continues to be affected by the humanitarian crisis currently impacting the rest of The Horn. However, the strict restrictions...

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Apr 05, 2017

Response to Ethiopian Embassy in Belgium’s Statement...

As a rejoinder to the press release published shortly after the conference, the Ethiopian Embassy in Belgium issued a response alleging that participants of the conference “accused the Ethiopian...

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Mar 24, 2017

Urgency of Addressing the Plight of Women Belonging...

    After welcoming speakers and participants from across the globe, the conference’s host, MEP Liliana Rodrigues, opened the event by expressing that the responsibility to stop the...

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Mar 22, 2017

European Parliament Conference: Women’s Inferno...

  Despite being a party to most United Nations human rights treaties and having specific provisions for minority rights in its Constitution, human rights in Ethiopia are still jeopardised. Fearing...

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Mar 16, 2017

Ethiopia: Human Rights Watch Denounces Ethiopian...

  Below is the full transcription of the speech, as published by Human Rights Watch:   Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, members of the Subcommittee: thank you for holding this important...

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Mar 15, 2017

Ogaden: Restrictions by Ethiopian Government Exacerbate...

  The article below was published by Ogaden People’s Rights:    The Ogaden region is currently experiencing one of the severest droughts alongside neighbouring Somalia and other...

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Mar 08, 2017

Ogaden: More than 300 People Killed by Cholera...

  Below is a press release published by ONLF:  More than 300 people died of the cholera epidemic in Ogaden during the last 72 hours. Thousands are also at life-threatening stage with no...

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Feb 10, 2017

Ogaden: ONLF Representative to Deliver Keynote...

  Below is a press release published by Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta Residents (OSCAR): At 9:00 am, on Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12, 2017, Concordia University Edmonton and the...

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Feb 09, 2017

Ogaden: Looking back at the War Between Ethiopia...

  The following article was published by The Royal Gazette:   February is Black History Month. Throughout this month The Royal Gazette will feature people, events, places and institutions...

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Feb 08, 2017

ONLF Delegation to Washington DC Discusses State-Sponsored...

During their 4-day visit to Washington DC in January 2017, the UNPO delegation met with Members of Congress and the US Senate, as well as experts of various think tanks. The delegation’s visit was...

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Jan 31, 2017

Ogaden: ONLF President Moves Toward Bridging the...

Below is an article published by the Awramba Times: It is a well-known fact that large Diaspora communities of Ethiopia live in many countries of the World. The Diaspora communities of Ethiopia do have...

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Jan 19, 2017

HRW World Report 2017 Reminds Global Community...

According to the World Report’s emphasis, the most egregious human rights violations against indigenous populations in 2016 can be seen in the crackdowns on Oromo in Ethiopia, the lingering human...

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Jan 13, 2017

Ogaden: Chinese Company Continues Drilling despite...

Below is an article published by ezega.com: A Chinese firm, Poly-GCL, yesterday [10 January 2017] began drilling the 6th petroleum and natural gas well at Hilal- 7 gas field in Ethiopian Somali regional...

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Dec 10, 2016

Democracy and Rule of Law Are Human Rights

  On international Human Rights Day, UNPO reiterates its commitment to the promotion of democracy, rule of law, and human rights everywhere. The first United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy...

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Dec 09, 2016

Oromo/Ogaden: Authoritarian Government in Ethiopia...

  The following article was published by The Irish Times: No longer are bands of young men marauding on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, trying to set fire to foreign-owned factories....

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Nov 29, 2016

UNPO Side-event to UN Minority Forum Highlights...

  In his opening remarks, Marino Busdachin, General Secretary of UNPO, shed a light on the fact that since the independence of East Timor, the UN has failed to advance the fulfilment of the right...

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Nov 07, 2016

Ogaden: ONLF Calls for Unity in Face of Worsening...

Below is an article published by The Daily Vox: Since October 6th [2016], Ethiopia has been in a nationwide state of emergency. To help understand the situation, the Daily Vox spoke to members of the...

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Oct 12, 2016

European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights...

Recent mass arrests and killings of people who dissent from Ethiopian Government policies culminated  in the proclamation of a state of emergency for the Oromia region on 8 October 2016. In light...

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Oct 06, 2016

Ogaden: ONLF Sends Condolences to Oromo Community...

The article below is courtesy of Ogaden News Agency The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) sends its condolences to the Oromo people and the families of the victims massacred at the Irrecha cultural...

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Oct 05, 2016

UNPO Expresses Disappointment Following EEAS Statement...

Below is the EEAS statement: The events which took place during the annual Irrecha festival in Bishoftu were a tragedy and our first thoughts and condolences go to the victims and to their families. We...

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Sep 15, 2016

On the International Day of Democracy, UNPO Vice-President...

On this year’s International Day of Democracy, UNPO would like to draw particular attention to the case of Ethiopia. Despite its complete lack of democratic setup, the country is generally hailed...

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Sep 07, 2016

Oromo: EU Commission Insists No ETF Money Goes...

The article below was published by Euractiv: No monies from the EU’s flagship Emergency Trust Fund (ETF) for Africa goes to the Ethiopian government or its agencies, the Commission stressed yesterday...

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Aug 17, 2016

Ethiopia: The Story Behind the New Wave of Anti-government...

  Below is an article published by Watertown Daily Times:  Is Ethiopia about to crack? For the past decade, it has been one Africa’s most stable nations, a solid Western ally with a...

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Jul 29, 2016

Ogaden: Activists Highlight Continued Atrocities...

  The article below is published by African Rights Monitor: In 2007, the late Ethiopian Premier Minister, Melez Zenawi stated in a press conference in Addis-Ababa “We have launched a political...

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Jul 05, 2016

Ethiopia: Seat on UN Security Council Albeit a...

  Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch:  Ethiopia has a horrendous human rights record – but that didn’t stop its election this week to the United Nations Security...

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Jul 05, 2016

Somaliland: Journalist Arrested by Ethiopian ...

  Below is an article published by Geeska Afrika Online:  Ethiopian authorities should immediately release a television journalist from the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland, Muktar Nuh...

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Jun 29, 2016

European Parliament Offers Platform for Oppressed...

The latest in a series of initiatives and events on human rights in Ethiopia jointly organised by UNPO and Julie Ward MEP, this roundtable sought to introduce the PAFD – a pan-Ethiopian alliance...

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Jun 28, 2016

Introducing the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and...

28 June 2016 | 15:30 – 17:00 | European Parliament, Brussels | Room ASP 5G 315 A key ally to the West, Ethiopia is generally hailed as an African democratic role model and a beacon of stability...

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Jun 24, 2016

Ogaden: Documentary Sheds Light on Ethiopia’s...

  Below is an article published by Dissident Voice: Ethiopia is regularly cited as an African success story by donor nations; the economy is growing they cry, more children are attending school...

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Jun 24, 2016

UNPO Side-Events at UN Human Rights Council Raise...

On 22 June 2016, a conference entitled ‘Business and Human Rights in Ethiopia: Double-Digit Growth at What Cost?’ looked at the systematic and large-scale violations of human rights committed...

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Jun 22, 2016

UNPO Announces UNHRC Side-Event - Business and...

Ethiopia is generally hailed as an African democratic role model and a beacon of stability and hope in an otherwise troubled region. The country is a darling of the developmental community and has become...

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Jun 10, 2016

Horn of Africa: Pressing Need to Raise Awareness...

  Below is an article published by the Minnesota Post:  While the Syrian refugee crisis continues to capture the world’s attention, the Horn of Africa has been forgotten. Between 2010-2012,...

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Jun 08, 2016

ONLF and UNPO Condemn Gruesome Massacre of Civilians...

  Below is the press release published by the Ogaden National Liberation Front: The Ethiopian Army wantonly massacred 51 civilians in Jama’ Dubad village near Gashamo town on June 5, 2016....

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May 18, 2016

Ogaden: Refugees Suffer from Worsening Situation...

  Below is an article published by Mareeg:  The Ogadeni refugees living in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a and Al-Kharaz camp, about 120 kilometers of the Southern town of Aden are suffering...

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May 11, 2016

ONLF's Foreign Affairs Secretary Addresses...

Mr Mahdi decried the government’s perpetration of mass human rights violations in the region and the systematic marginalization of Ogadenia, pointing in particular to the lack of basic services and...

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May 03, 2016

Ogaden People’s Rights Organization Advocacy...

The delegation focused on the case of Ogaden, where civilians have been subjected to systematic human rights violations such as mass murder, torture and rape. More than 400,000 internally displaced civilians...

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Apr 12, 2016

Ogaden: Over 25 People Killed in Floodings Around...

  Below is an article published by the Mareeg:  Heavy rain and flash floods have killed at least 25 and left 84 others injured on Sunday [2 April 2016], along the Fafen river in the occupied...

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Mar 30, 2016

Asmara Hosts the First Congress of PAFD

  Below is a press release by PAFD,   Delegates from Benishangul Peoples Liberation Movement (BPLM), the Gambela Peoples Liberation Movement (GPLM), the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF),...

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Mar 23, 2016

Ogaden: OPRO Urges UN to Avert Oil Deal Between...

  Below is an appeal published by the Ogaden People’s Rights Organization: Ladies and gentlemen, We would like to draw your attention towards the oil deal that has been reached by the Chinese,...

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Mar 15, 2016

UPDATE: DANGEROUS GAS DEAL EXPOSES OGADEN POPULATION...

  Last year [2015] Ethiopia signed an agreement with a group of Chinese investors and Djibouti, committing to lease a vast amount of Ogaden land in the south-east of the country for natural gas exploitation....

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Jan 07, 2016

Ogaden: Community Expresses Support to Oromo ...

  Below is a press release by OYSU The Ogaden Youth and Student Union condemns the systematic genocidal massacres taking place in Oromia and Ogaden, and stands with student protesters fighting...

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Nov 26, 2015

Ogaden: Journalists Fear Persecution in Ethio...

The managing editor of one of Ethiopia's few remaining independent Amharic-language newspapers publishing critical analysis of local politics said he left the country last week for fear of arrest, a U.S.-based...

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Oct 26, 2015

UNPO Welcomes the Founding of Peoples Alliance...

Although the founding document of the PAFD has just been signed, the initiative already represents a crucial milestone in the struggle for human rights and democracy in Ethiopia.  Against the backdrop...

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Sep 21, 2015

Ogaden: ONLF Officers Cold-bloodedly Murdered...

  Below is an article published by Ogaden News Agency:   Mr Abdiasis Muhumed Dahir, a central committee member and Mr Maki Omar Abdi, an officer responsible for orphans who were traveling...

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Sep 08, 2015

Ogaden: ONLF’s 31st Anniversary

  Below is an article published by Mareeeg:   By Ahmed Abdi – Thousands of Somalis from occupied-Ogaden, South-Eastern Ethiopia celebrate the Ogaden National Liberation Front or ONLF’s...

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Aug 17, 2015

Ogaden: Italian Company Found to Have Trained...

Hacking Team failed to take effective action to investigate or stop reported abuses of its technology by the Ethiopian government against dissidents, according to Human Rights Watch. A review of internal...

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Jul 27, 2015

Ogaden: Obama Urges Ethiopia to allow opposition...

Below is an article published by Voice of America President Barack Obama says the United States and Ethiopia are "strong partners" on many issues, but is urging the government to allow journalists and...

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Jul 20, 2015

Ogaden: Human Rights Abuses Sidelined as President...

Below is a Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa open letter to President Obama on his Ethiopia visit. A copy may be found at, Ayyaantuu News:   Dear Mr. President Obama, The Human Rights...

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Jul 10, 2015

Ethiopian Courts Free Imprisoned Journalists and...

  Below is an article published by The Guardian After more than a year of imprisonment, two Ethiopian women had no idea they were about to be released until a prison loudspeaker informed them...

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Jul 06, 2015

Ogaden: The Government has Found Non-violent Means...

Ethiopia holds general elections every five years; the most recent one was held on May 24, 2015. The ruling TPLF/EPRDF party, which has been in power for the past twenty-four years, officially announced...

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Jul 06, 2015

Ogaden: The Government has Found Non-violent Means...

Ethiopia holds general elections every five years; the most recent one was held on May 24, 2015. The ruling TPLF/EPRDF party, which has been in power for the past twenty-four years, officially announced...

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Jun 11, 2015

Ruling Party’s Victory And Crackdown On Dissent...

  Below is an article published by The Guardian: On the very day Ethiopia’s ruling party celebrated another crushing electoral victory, a young blogger on trial under anti-terrorism laws...

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Jun 04, 2015

Ogaden: Release of Negotiators by Ethiopian G...

  Below is a press release published by ONLF:   The Release of the ONLF Negotiators Abducted by the Ethiopian Government  The Ethiopian government has released the two ONLF negotiators...

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Jun 01, 2015

Ogaden: Killing and Destruction of Communities...

  The Special killing squads of the Ethiopian Regional Administration in Ogaden called the Liyu police, which is funded, trained and armed by the Ethiopian government has committed genocide in the...

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May 27, 2015

24 May Election Delays Stable, Secure and Democratic...

In 2010, the EPRDF won 99.6% of the parliamentary seats, with various election observation missions (EOMs), including that of the European Union, saying the election was marred by intimidations and harassment...

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May 22, 2015

African Union Only International Observer of Ethiopian...

  Below is an article published by The Voice of America: The only international observers during Ethiopia’s elections Sunday will be from the African Union, with opposition parties already...

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Apr 27, 2015

United in Opposing Ethiopian Cartoon Democracy:...

Ms Julie Ward MEP opened the conference by stressing her strong commitment to giving a voice to those who do not have one. She reflected on the questions of cultural identity, citizenship and media freedom,...

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Apr 24, 2015

According to US Official, Ethiopia is a Democ...

Below is an article published by Gizeyat:   The U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs, who was in Addis Ababa to discuss mutual interests with Ethiopian officials, called Ethiopia a democracy...

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Feb 27, 2015

Ogaden: OYSU Holds Mourning Ceremony for Civilians...

Below is an article published by the Somaliland Informer:   A mourning for the massacred Civilians in Ogaden region was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday [25 February 2015], which...

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Feb 24, 2015

Human Rights Watch Condemns World Bank Actions...

Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch: The World Bank should fully address serious human rights issues raised by the bank’s internal investigation into a project in Ethiopia, Human...

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Feb 06, 2015

Getting United, Bold, Loud and Active Key to Uncover...

  In his introduction UNPO Secretary General, Marino Busdachin, raised the hypocritical stance of the western world towards Ethiopian governance and the Ethiopian people – a theme that would...

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Feb 02, 2015

Ogaden: Refugee Council Requests Extra Protection...

Below is a report published in Waagacusub Media: Mr Sadik called on the government of Kenya to be aware of Ethiopian assailants and those conspiring with them to ensure that they would not harm anyone...

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Oct 03, 2014

Ogaden: Demand for Humanitarian Support and UN...

  Below is the press release published by ONLF:   The Ogaden National Liberation Front would like to inform the international community of a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Ogaden. People...

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Sep 12, 2014

UNPO General Secretary Speaks at Annual Ogaden...

Due to the Ethiopian government’s total disregard for the right to freedom of speech, the Ogaden diaspora has played a crucial role by providing evidence and insight to the deplorable human rights...

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Aug 04, 2014

Ogaden: Extra-Judicial Killings Continue Causing...

Below is a story published by Sabahi Online: ONLF is a rebel group that has been fighting with the Ethiopian government since 1984 for independence of the Ogaden region, a territory contested with Somalia...

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Jul 16, 2014

Ogaden: ONLF Accuses Ethiopia of Extra-Judicial...

Below is an article published by Somaliland Sun:  The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) accused the Ethiopian regime of assassinating refugees from Ogaden region of Ethiopia and Kenyan. Nationals...

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Jun 17, 2014

Ogaden: Widespread Use Of Sexual Violence As A...

Below is an article published by Oromia Times: As the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict opens in London next week [Global Summit was held 10-13 June], thousands of miles away in the Ogaden...

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Apr 08, 2014

Ogaden: European Parliament Hearing on Human Rights...

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...

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Apr 04, 2014

Ogaden: ONLF Gets Support From Ogaden Community...

Below is an article published by Waagacusub Media The Somali Ogaden Community in South Africa concluded its fourth day conference on Thursday [27 March 2014] electing its new leadership and condemning...

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Mar 31, 2014

Ogaden: Meeting the Victims of the Ogaden Reg...

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: It was dark when I arrived at Wilson Airport, Nairobi for the 7am United Nations charter flight to Dadaab. I was in Kenya to meet refugees from the Ogaden...

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Mar 12, 2014

Ogaden: Desperate Call Through Demonstrations...

Below is a statement released by the Ogaden European Diaspora Association:   Geneva, March 10, 2014 Currently, the Ethiopian army and their militia Liyu Police are conducting a campaign of terror,...

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Mar 10, 2014

Ogaden: New Accountability Requirements for Human...

Below is an article published by the Ogaden News Agency: The U.S. Department of State’s 2013 report has revealed the human rights violations in Ethiopia. The reports states that one of the major...

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Feb 26, 2014

Ogaden: Growing Tensions Over Oil Extraction Activities...

Below is an article published by allAfrica: New allegations of scorched earth evictions of the Ogaden people have raised concerns that a lack of benefit sharing could escalate instability in the region...

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Jan 20, 2014

Oromo: OLF Convenes Solidarity Conference

Below is the full speech of the OLF representative: Dear Mr. Chairman, Dear Honorable representatives of People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)...

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Dec 05, 2013

Ogaden: Appeal Made To EU To Withhold Ethiopian...

The following is the letter from the Ogaden European Diaspora Association:   Geneva, December 3, 2013.   Appeal to EU to withhold aid to Ethiopia.   We, from Ogaden and Europeans citizens...

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Dec 02, 2013

Ogaden: Innocent Civilians Arrested and Forcefully...

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: Reliable reports that reached Ogaden Online service desk today [27 November 2013] from our reporters in Ogaden confirm the arrest and forceful removal of...

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Nov 29, 2013

UNPO Members Attend Sixth Session Of The Forum...

More than 20 representatives of nine Members (Uyghurs, Sindh, Khmer Krom, Ahwazi, Assyria, Chin, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Tibet and Ogaden) attended the sixth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues held...

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Nov 20, 2013

Ogaden: Swedish Prosecutors To Investigate Human...

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: After years of human rights abuses in Ogaden region without international independent investigation, Ogaden region seems to finally have a good news story....

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Oct 31, 2013

Ogaden: Civilians Executed By Ethiopian Paramilitary...

Below is an article published by Somaliland Sun.                Ethiopian Paramilitary forces in Ogaden have executed three civilians in Godey Zone in Eastern Part...

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Oct 09, 2013

Ogaden: ONLF Responds To Unfounded IGAD Criti...

Below is an article published by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) The Secretary of IGAD gave an interview to Geel TV which was placed on YouTube on October 4, 2013 and subsequently published...

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Jul 22, 2013

Ogaden: Massive Incarcerations Of Civilians

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: Our reporters throughout Ogaden continue to report extra judicial killing sprees and mass detentions carried out by the Ethiopian military throughout Ogaden....

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Jul 18, 2013

Ogaden: Victim Of Ancient Weapon Of War

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online:   Hamdi Siyad Kahin, a teenage girl in Danod town, was gang raped by Ethiopian soldiers and its Luyu militias on June 26, 2013. Eyewitnesses...

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May 07, 2013

Ogaden: Death Of Poet Abdullahi Mo’alin

Below is an article published by the Ogaden Online: On Friday April 26, 2013 a well-known Somali poet Abdullahi Mo’alin Ahmed “Dhoodaan” passed away at the age of 72 in the city of Harar....

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Apr 22, 2013

Ogaden: Civilians Transported To Jigjiga's...

Bellow is an article published by Ogaden Online: The reporters throughout Ogaden continue to report extra judicial killings and mass detentions carried out by the Ethiopian military throughout Ogaden....

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Mar 27, 2013

Ogaden: NGOs Denounce Human Rights Violations...

Below is an article published by Media With Conscience News: “Every night, they took all of us girls to [interrogations]. They would separate us and beat us. The second time they took me, they raped...

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Mar 25, 2013

Ogaden: International Unawareness About Genocidal...

Below is an article published by CounterPunch: “Every night, they took all of us girls to [interrogations]. They would separate us and beat us. The second time they took me, they raped me…...

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Mar 07, 2013

Ogaden: Illegal Tax Imposed On Ogaden Populat...

Below is an article published by Ogaden News:     Since many Ogaden civilians have not much to pay for this illegal head tax, it is reported that the Tigrian militias and their local Somali...

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Mar 04, 2013

Ogaden: Ethiopian Army Occupies Water Wells

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: Since mid-February (2013), the Ethiopian Army and its Associated militia-the Liyu Police has occupied most of Ogaden well during the rainy season and has...

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Feb 19, 2013

Ogaden: African Oil Corporation Furthers Conf...

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online:  For the last few Months, African Oil Corporation, an upstart oil company has been engaged in a propaganda stunt conspiring with the tyrannical Ethiopian...

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Jan 11, 2013

Ogaden: UK Funding For Special Police Accused...

Below is an article published by the Guardian: Millions of pounds of Britain's foreign aid budget are to be spent on training an Ethiopian paramilitary security force that stands accused of numerous human...

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Jan 09, 2013

Ogaden: Global Meetings Reinforce Determination...

Below is an article published by Horn News:  High profile members of the Central and the Executive committees, ONLF Bureaus Staff and the regional coordinators of Ogaden National Liberation...

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Dec 06, 2012

Strong Presence Of UNPO Representatives At Fifth...

More than thirty representatives of twelve UNPO Members (Afrikaner, Ahwazi, Assyria, Crimean Tatars, East Turkestan, Haratin, Hmong, Iranian Kurdistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Khmer Krom, Ogaden, and West Balochistan)...

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Oct 30, 2012

Ogaden: Ethiopian Military Loots Businesses in...

This article was published by Ogaden Online.   Reports reaching Ogaden Online service desk from the town of Degahbour confirm massive looting of businesses in the town by the Ethiopian military...

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Oct 22, 2012

Ogaden: How To Overcome Starvation

Below is an article published by The Ogaden National Liberation Front: #mce_temp_url# The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) had designed October 16, 1976 as World Food Day. This...

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Sep 27, 2012

Ogaden: Historic Steps Towards New Agreement

Below is an article published by AllAfrica.com:    On September 6 and 7 [2012], new Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn sent officials to Nairobi to meet with the ethnic Somali secessionist...

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Aug 28, 2012

Oromo: History Of Human Rights Calamity Should...

Below is an article published by Gadaa: Only three heads of state exchanged hands over power in Ethiopia during a period of time that is about a century. This fact by itself is indicative of the non-existence...

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Aug 21, 2012

Ogaden: Zenawi's Death Opportunity For New...

Below is an article published by Ogaden National Liberation Front: The death of the Ethiopian dictator may usher a new era of stability and peace in Ethiopia and in the Horn as a whole. Meles Zenawi’s...

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Aug 06, 2012

Harassment of Activists Remains Problematic in...

Below is a press release issued by Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa(HRLHA):  The Ethiopian TPLF/EPRDF Government has given the local and international community another huge shock by imposing...

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Jul 24, 2012

Ogaden: UN Commissioner Denounces Human Rights...

Below is an article published by United Nations Human Rights: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday said she is seriously alarmed about the current climate of intimidation against...

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Jul 09, 2012

Ogaden: Another Victim Dies In ‘Jail Ogaden...

Below is an article published by Ogaden News Agency: The late Abdirisaq Nur Cise was incarcerated in the infamous ‘Jail Ogaden’ prison in Jigjiga for more than four (4) years. On Monday, July...

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Jul 02, 2012

Ogaden: Freedom of The Press Deteriorating

Below is an article published by the Ogaden National Liberation Front: One year ago, the Ethiopian army shot and then illegally detained Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, two Swedish journalists who...

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Jun 22, 2012

Ogaden: Convictions Raise Fresh Concerns

Below is an article published by the BBC: A court in Ethiopia has sentenced a United Nations guard to seven years in prison for communicating with what authorities say is a terrorist group. Abdurahman...

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May 18, 2012

Q&A About Pollution In Lake Koka, Ethiopi...

Below is the question made to the European Commission by Mr David Martin MEP of the S&D Political Group at the European Parliament: Subject: Pollution in Lake Koka (Ethiopia)              On...

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Mar 23, 2012

Ogaden: Media Regulation Violations Condemned

Below is an article published by Qorahay Media Journalists Group (QMJG):   The Journalist Group called Qorahay Media Journalists Group (QMJG) is a not-for-profit independent journalist organization...

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Mar 20, 2012

Ogaden: Action Needed In Ignored Crisis

Below is a press release published by the Resolve Ogaden Coalition :   Resolve Ogaden Coalition condemns the ruthless genocidal campaign the Ethiopian regime and its sponsored militias are committing...

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Mar 05, 2012

Ogaden: Demonstration To Denounce Killings

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: On Sunday March 04th, 2012, hundreds of members of Ogaden Community in UK staged a well organized protests in front of the Ethiopian Embassy in London where...

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Mar 01, 2012

Ogaden: Negotiations To Free Journalists In Final...

Below is an article published by Voice of America: A senior European diplomat said Wednesday that negotiations for the release of two Swedish journalists imprisoned in Ethiopia are in the final stage.  European...

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Feb 23, 2012

Ogaden: ARM Condemns Violence in Gunagado

Below is a statement released by the African Rights Monitor: African Rights Monitor-ARM condemns the mass killing in Gunagado and demands donors to pressure Ethiopia to open the Ogaden. Following the...

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Feb 20, 2012

Ogaden: New Spate Of Killings By Ethiopian Ar...

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: The Ethiopian Army had staged a new wave of genocide in Ogaden .On February 12, 2012 the Ethiopian Army in Ogaden opened fire on a local assembly of called...

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Feb 15, 2012

Ogaden: Group Files ICC Complaint

Below is an article published by Aljazeera: The Ogaden Somali Community in South Africa has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging an investigation into the actions of the...

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Feb 13, 2012

Ogaden: Prime Minister Defends Anti-Terror La...

Below is an article published by Voice of America: Ethiopia has launched a vigorous defense of an anti-terrorism law that has been used to imprison journalists and opposition politicians. The law's critics...

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Feb 03, 2012

Ogaden: UN Concern over Anti-Terrorism Law

Below is an article published by the United Nations: A number of UN human rights experts on Thursday [2 February 2012] expressed their dismay at the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb...

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Jan 31, 2012

Ogaden and Oromo: The Silencing Of The Media

Below is an  article published by The New York Times: In a filthy Ethiopian prison that is overridden with lice, fleas and huge rats, two Swedes are serving an 11-year prison sentence for committing...

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Jan 11, 2012

Ogaden: Swedish Journalists Seek Pardon

Below is an article published by CNN The two Swedish journalists convicted as terrorists in Ethiopia have opted to seek a pardon rather than appeal the verdict and their 11-year sentences, a Swedish official...

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Jan 10, 2012

Ogaden: Swedish Journalists Convicted

Below is an article published by Human Rights House The prolonged series of arrests and prosecutions indicates systematic use of the anti-terrorism law by the Ethiopian government to silence opposition...

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Dec 05, 2011

UNPO Representatives Prominent At UN Forum On...

  Photo: UNPO and Minority Rights Group participants pose for a photograph at the close of the first day of the UN Forum on Minority Issues Close to thirty representatives of nine UNPO Member...

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Nov 11, 2011

Ogaden: Foreign Journalists’ Arrest Sheds Light...

  Below is an article published by Think Africa Press:   Too often it takes the man-handling of Europeans by an African judicial system for certain issues to gain exposure.   The reporter...

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Nov 07, 2011

Ogaden: Ethiopia Reduces Swedes’ Charges

Below is an article published by BBC An Ethiopian court has dropped charges of participating in terrorism against two Swedish journalists. But Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye still faced charges of...

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Nov 01, 2011

Ogaden: World Watches As Trial of Journalists...

  Below is an article by Associated Press published by ABC News:   A witness in a terror trial against two Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia told a court on Tuesday [1 November 2011]...

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Oct 25, 2011

Ogaden: Swedish Journalists Arrested Pleaded Not...

Below is an article published by the Washington Post Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye were captured by Ethiopian troops in July during a clash with rebels in the country’s restive eastern region....

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Oct 19, 2011

Ogaden: Swedish Journalists Face Terrorism Tr...

Below is an article by Voice of America: It was standing room only Tuesday [18 Oct. 2011] as a three-judge federal panel began hearing the case of Swedish journalists charged with terrorism by Ethiopian...

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Oct 13, 2011

Ogaden: Zenawi Labels Jailed Journalists As ...

Below is an article published by Sudan Tribune: An international press freedom watch dog has accused Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, of prematurely calling two jailed Swedish journalists “partners...

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Oct 11, 2011

Ogaden: Swedish Journalists Refused Visa’s To...

Below is an article published by Stockholm News. No Swedish journalists have gotten visa to Ethiopia as they intend to be present in the trial against the two Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan...

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Oct 10, 2011

Ogaden: Zenawi Met By Huge Protests In Oslo

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: Crowds of Ogaden Scandinavian Communities estimated between four and five hundred protesters blockaded in front of the Radisson Plaza in downtown Oslo,...

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Sep 29, 2011

Ogaden: Peaceful Opposition Harassed, Expelled,...

Below is an article published by Reuters: When Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's ruling party was re-elected in 2010, analysts said he could take two paths: give the opposition scope to grow and...

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Sep 23, 2011

Ogaden: Demonstration In Brussels Calls For Conditions...

  Below is an article published by the Ogaden European Communities:   Ogaden European Communities across Europe gathered in Brussels on the 19th of September 2011 to raise international awareness...

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Sep 14, 2011

Bureau of Investigative Journalism Joins Ogaden...

  Below is an article published by UNPO:   UNPO, the Society for Threatened Peoples, Human Rights House Foundation and African Rights Monitor presented a parallel event Tuesday [13 September...

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Sep 13, 2011

Ogaden: San Diego Diaspora Press for Humanitarian...

Below is a statement released by Ogaden Online: Millions of people today face the worst humanitarian crisis in East Africa due to consistent drought, lack of food, medical care and ongoing violence....

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Sep 08, 2011

UNPO To Highlight Abuses In Ethiopia And Pakistan...

  Below is an article published by UNPO:   UNPO aims for these two events, occurring in parallel to the Human Rights Council, to raise awareness on the international stage of the alarming...

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Sep 07, 2011

Event At United Nations: Oppression In Ethiopia's...

  The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and African Rights Monitor (ARM) have recently conducted extensive research and advocacy work on the ongoing violations of human rights...

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Aug 09, 2011

Ogaden: MEP Questions Western Commitment to Meles...

Below is an article published by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: The EU Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) in Ethiopia assessed in 2010 that ‘the electoral process fell short of international...

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Aug 08, 2011

Ogaden: Ethiopia 'using aid as weapon of...

Below is an article published by the BBC. Posing as tourists the team of journalists travelled to the southern region of Ethiopia. “ We are just waiting on the crop, if we have one meal a...

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Aug 05, 2011

Ogaden: Victims of Abuse and Terror

The article below was published by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism An ongoing struggle for autonomy is being fought between the outlawed Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and...

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Jul 27, 2011

Ogaden: Drought Made Worse by Blockade of Ogaden...

Below is an article published by Oromsis: The international community is well aware that the drought and famine engulfing the Horn of Africa is by far the worst humanitarian disaster to hit the region...

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Jul 22, 2011

Ogaden: Swedish Journalists to Remain in Cust...

Below is an article published by The Local: “They were remanded back into custody,” said Anders Jörle, head of the ministry’s information department to news agency TT.  The...

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Jul 20, 2011

Ogaden: Stop the Regime of Meles Zenawi from Using...

Below is an article published by Ginbot 7: Since 2005, the brutal regime of Ethiopia led by Meles Zenawi has displaced and killed thousands in the Ogaden Region. Recently the region is affected by severe...

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Jul 13, 2011

Ogaden: Diaspora Demonstrate Outside UN Headquarters...

Yesterday [11th July 2011], on the occasion of 102nd session of the Human Rights Committee, the Ogaden Diaspora in Switzerland gathered outside of United Nations Headquarters in Geneva for a demonstration...

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Jul 11, 2011

UNPO General Secretary Condemns Ethiopian Arrest...

  The Hague, 8 July 2011 – It is with great condemnation and disappointment that UNPO has learnt of the arbitrary arrest of the Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye. Their...

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Jul 07, 2011

UNPO Condemns the Arrest and Continued Detention...

According to officials the two were arrested after an attack on 15 members of the ONLF, in the course of which both reporters were injured. However, the ONLF has denied these claims, countering that the...

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Jul 05, 2011

Ogaden: Swedish Reporters Covering ONLF May Stand...

Below is an article published by The Local: The two Swedish reporters being held in custody in Ethiopia may face a court on Tuesday, but according to the Foreign Ministry it is not yet known what they...

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Jun 29, 2011

Oromo: Germany Threatens Withholding Development...

Below is an article published by Society for Threatened Peoples: In view of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), the forthcoming government negotiations with Ethiopia about development assistance...

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Jun 03, 2011

Ogaden: San Diego Diaspora Condemns Mass Murd...

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: On Sunday May 29th, 2011, hundreds of people from the Ogaden American Community of San Diego gathered to pray and condemn the mass killing of civilians...

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May 03, 2011

Ogaden: Ethiopia Denies ICRC Permission To Resume...

  Below is an article published by: VOA News. ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger says talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi yielded no progress on the organization's return to the eastern...

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Mar 28, 2011

Ogaden: Corruption Aggravates Drought

Below is an article published by Think Africa Press: On Tuesday March 22 the 18th World Water Day took place amidst negligible media coverage. Its theme was “Water cities: responding to...

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Mar 21, 2011

Ogaden: Urgent Draught Mitigation Appeal

Below is an appeal published by the Ogaden National Liberation Front: 15 March 2011 The Ogaden as with most Horn of African regions is under the grips of severe draught.  The Deir rains had failed...

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Mar 08, 2011

Multiple Discrimination Faced by Somali Women...

This article was written by: UNPO.   UNPO alongside the African Rights Monitor (ARM) convened an afternoon seminar to run parallel to the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, convened...

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Mar 08, 2011

Multiple Discrimination Faced by Somali Women...

This article was written by: UNPO.   UNPO alongside the African Rights Monitor (ARM) convened an afternoon seminar to run parallel to the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, convened...

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Mar 07, 2011

Ogaden: Ethiopian Human Rights To Be Discussed...

Below is a draft agenda from the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Committee on Development: Subcommittee on Human Rights and Committee on Development Exchange of views...

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Jan 03, 2011

Ogaden: New Reports of Abuse by Government Tr...

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: On Sunday, December 26 [2010] a 70-year-old man was mercilessly beaten by Ethiopian soldiers in Dhagaxtur Village, near Degahbour. The Man who is well respected...

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Dec 20, 2010

Ogaden: Villages Burnt By Ethiopian Troops

Below is an article published by Ogadentoday: Ethiopian Troops alongside with the Liyu Police Militia burned the Farmadow and the Gaba-Gabo Villages in Qorahay Zone, a source said.The incident happened...

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Nov 23, 2010

Ethiopia's Stalled Democracy: A Spotlight...

Ethiopia’s Stalled Democracy:   A Spotlight on the Ogaden 16.15 - 18.15  7 December 2010 Room ASP3H1, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium ________________________________________________________ PROGRAMME Opening...

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Oct 20, 2010

Ogaden & Oromo: Donor Aid Supports Ethiopian...

  Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch:   The Ethiopian government is using development aid to suppress political dissent by conditioning access to essential government programs...

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Oct 11, 2010

Ogaden: Coercion Towards Joining Security For...

Below is an article published by the Lethbridge Herald: Ethiopian refugees in Kenya say they are being tricked into joining a government security force in a violent region of Ethiopia, and that their...

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Sep 02, 2010

Ogaden: Call To Action In The Ogaden To Resolve...

  Below is a statement published by Resolve Ogaden Coalition:   Located in the eastern province of Ethiopia, the Ogaden region continues to be a hotbed for conflict between the Ethiopian government...

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Aug 26, 2010

Ogaden: Government-Funded Militias Terrorize Ogaden...

  Below is an article written by a volunteer with African Rights Monitor:   Since 1994, when formal fighting between the Ethiopian government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)...

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Aug 09, 2010

Ogaden: Ethiopia’s False Treaty with False ...

Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: The Somali speaking population in the Ogaden region have suffered enormously under the tyranny of successive Ethiopian regimes. This region was transferred...

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Jun 11, 2010

Ogaden: A New Massacre At Malqaqa

 Below is an article published by ONLF:  Since May 18 2010, as a continuation of Ethiopian regime's policy ofcollective punishment of the Ogaden people, a large contingent of its armyhad...

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Apr 28, 2010

Oromo: Huge Protests Greet Ethiopian Delegation...

  Below is an article published by Ogaden Online: The Ogaden and Oromo communities of Ontario staged well organized protests in front of a venue where a delegation said to be visiting from Ethiopia...

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Apr 12, 2010

Ogaden: Condemnation of the Killing of A British...

  Below is an article published by Ogaden Online :The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) condemns the cowardly killing of a British citizen in Ogaden as reported by media outlets. The Ethiopian...

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