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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 the arrest, the Somalian parliament officially designated a body of 15 members to open investigation on behalf of Mr Abdikarin.  23 August 2017: a...

Sep 22, 2017

Timeline: Human Rights Situation in Ethiopia

Photo courtesy of the BBC Sparked by the Ethiopian Government’s plan to incorporate parts of the Oromia region surrounding Addis Ababa to the capital municipality in 2014, the Oromo people, the...

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Sep 20, 2017

Oromo: Human Rights Watch Publishes Report on...

Read the full report and watch an explanatory video here: HRW.org  Below is the summary of the report, published by HRW: On October 2, 2016 scores of people, possibly hundreds, died at the annual...

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Sep 07, 2017

Oromo: Charge of Seven Artists with Terrorism...

  Below is an article published by Freemuse: Ethiopian authorities charged seven artists – musicians and dancers – with terrorism in late June 2017 for producing and uploading “inciting”...

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Aug 25, 2017

Oromo: Bomb Explosion Injures 13 People, Further...

  The article below was published by Africa News:   A bomb explosion in the town of Jimma, located in Ethiopia’s Oromo region has injured about 13 people, local media portals have reported. The...

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Aug 16, 2017

Oromo: Life Still Under Emergency

The article was published by The Hindu: Military helicopters circled above a crowd of thousands during a festival in Ethiopia’s Oromia region in October last. “Down, down TPLF!” one...

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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 04, 2017

Oromo: Ethiopia Lifts State of Emergency After...

  Below is an article published by Reuters Ethiopia on Friday lifted a state of emergency imposed last October following months of protests that killed hundreds of people. More than 29,000 people...

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Jul 19, 2017

Oromo: Musicians Charged with Terrorism

Below is an article published by The Wire Seven producers and performers of a popular YouTube music video were charged in Ethiopia in late June with terrorism for producing ‘inciting’...

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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 30, 2017

PAFD Press Release: TPLF/EPRDF’s Regime Must...

Below is a press statement published by the PAFD: Article 49 (5) of the current Ethiopian constitution recognizes the Oromia’s special interest in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa). According to these rights,...

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Jun 28, 2017

UNPO’s XIII General Assembly Adopts Resolution...

The UNPO General Assembly, Having met at the XIII UNPO General Assembly in Edinburgh, Scotland from 26-28 June 2017; Concerned about the Ethiopian government’s extension, on 30 March 2017, of its...

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Jun 21, 2017

Oromo: Federal Prosecutors Ask Court to Dismiss...

  This article was published by allAfrica: Federal prosecutors have today submitted their objections against the statement from Dr. Merera Gudina. Last month, Dr. Merera' lawyers have submitted...

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Jun 09, 2017

Oromo: Alterations of Afan Alphabet Raise Concerns...

This article has been published by Global Voices   Authorities in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest state, have infuriated language experts and Oromo nationalists with their decision to re-arrange...

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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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May 08, 2017

Oromo: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Renews...

Below is an article by DW: The Ethiopian government has rejected requests by the United Nations and the European Union to investigate months of anti-government protests that left hundreds dead. Prime...

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May 02, 2017

Oromo: Falsely Accused Activist Merera Gudina...

  This article has been published by Africa News: Dr Merera Gudina, a leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has presented preliminary objections...

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Apr 21, 2017

Oromo: Controversial Report on Protests Downplays...

  This article has been published by The World Weekly: This week the Ethiopian government released a controversial report dealing with one of the largest protests in the country’s recent history....

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Apr 07, 2017

Oromo: Human Rights in Sharp Decline, No Scrutiny...

  The article below was published by The Huffington Post: She spoke to me with tears in her eyes describing the calculated execution of her own people. Even though Atsede Kazachew feels relatively...

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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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Apr 03, 2017

Oromo: Violent Oppression and Disregard for Human...

  Below is an article published by OPride: The Ethiopian parliament on March 30, 2017 voted to extend by four months the state of emergency it declared in October 2016 to suppress...

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Apr 02, 2017

Ethiopia: Will Extending the State of Emergency...

Below is a press release published by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa: The Ethiopian government has reaffirmed to the world community once again its strong commitment to killing and kidnapping...

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Mar 30, 2017

Oromo: 16 OLF Dissidents Arrested and Sentenced...

    Below it is an article published by International Business Times: Ethiopia has sentenced to prison 16 people accused of trying to create a separate state in Oromia region. The defendants...

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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 14, 2017

Oromo and Other Minorities Further Marginalized...

  Below is an article published by the Guardian: Drive out of Addis Ababa’s new central business district, with its five-star hotels, banks and gleaming office blocks. Head south, along the...

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Mar 02, 2017

Ethiopia: Merera Formally Charged of Support to...

  Below is an article published by Ogaden news Agency:  Three months after Ethiopian security forces arrested opposition leader Dr. Merera Gudina upon his return to Ethiopia, following his...

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Mar 01, 2017

EU Sets Human Rights Priorities for 2017

This year, the Council of the EU promises to engage in facilitating the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives in meetings of relevant UN bodies. This certainly underpins the work that...

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Feb 15, 2017

Oromo: Marathoner Feyisa Lilesa and his Family...

  The following article was published in Sports Illustrated:   Ethiopian marathoner and Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa was reunited with his family after months of separation following...

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Feb 13, 2017

Oromo: Political Conviction Endures, while Communities...

  The article below was published by The Guardian: In a muted show of defiance near Ethiopia’s capital city, a tall farmer glanced around before furtively crossing his arms below his waist...

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Feb 03, 2017

Oromo: Empowered Youth of Oromia Will No Longer...

The article below was published by the Diplomatic Courier: Mohammed Ademo, an Ethiopian journalist and editor of the OPride news platform, had a difficult time choosing the 2016 Oromo Person of the Year....

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Feb 01, 2017

Oromo: Call for Support for Media Platform

  The article below was published by Gadaa.com:   Let’s show our solidarity and support to Daandii Bosontuu. The wider Oromo presence on media in the Horn of Africa makes the Oromo...

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Jan 27, 2017

Oromo: Leader Merera Gudina Arrested for Speaking...

  The following article was published by Africanews:   Dr Merera Gudina, leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has been denied bail by...

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Jan 19, 2017

Oromo: Human Rights Watch Denounces Grave Human...

The report below was published by Human Rights Watch: Large-scale and unprecedented protests swept through Ethiopia’s largest region of Oromia beginning in November 2015, and in the Amhara region...

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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 10, 2017

Oromo: Feyisa Lilesa Has ‘No regrets’ over...

  Click here to listen to the BBC’s interview with Feyisa Lilesa

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Jan 04, 2017

Oromo: Study Identifies Strategies Ethiopian Government...

The full article, titled “Violence Against Free Media and Knowledge Dissemination in Ethiopia: An Analysis of the Mechanisms of Restrictions on Information Flow”, can be read here.

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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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Dec 08, 2016

Oromo: Refugees Protest Being Denied Asylum in...

  Below is an article published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation: In Egypt, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been the target of bitter criticism and even violent protest...

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Dec 06, 2016

Oromo: UNESCO Recognizes Indigenous System of...

  Below is an article published by walta info: Ethiopia hosted the 11th session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage last week [28...

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Dec 02, 2016

Oromo: Amnesty International Italia Denounces...

  Below is an article published by Amnesty International Italia: Merera Gudina, leader dell’opposizione del gruppo etnico oromo, è stato arrestato il 1° dicembre appena...

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Dec 01, 2016

Oromo: Opposition Leader Arrested in Ethiopia

Below an article published by The Washington Post: A top opposition politician from Ethiopia’s restive Oromo ethnic group was arrested after he spoke out against the country’s state of emergency...

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Nov 22, 2016

Oromo: State of Emergency Is Systematic State...

Below is a press release by HRLHA. The full document can be read here. The March 2014 Oromo student protests, which began at Jima University and spread quickly to Ambo University then in a few days to...

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Nov 08, 2016

Oromo: First Anniversary of Demonstrations in...

Below an article published by The Hamilton Spectator:  Hamilton's Oromo community may be small, but they want it known they are standing with their brothers and sisters back home. A group of...

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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 21, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopian Authorities Detain over 1,600...

  Below is an article published by the BBC: The most recent protests were sparked by the deaths of at least 55 people at a religious festival. The Ethiopian authorities have detained more than...

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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 10, 2016

Oromo: State of Emergency Declared in Response...

Below is a press release by the HRLHA: The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailamariam Dessalegn has informed the public through the state run TV that a six-month state of emergency has been declared as of October...

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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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Oct 03, 2016

Oromo: Deadliest Mass Killing During Irrecha ...

Below is a press release by HRLHA The HRLHA deeply condemn the mass killing by the Ethiopian Government-sponsored killing squad “Agazi Force” near Bishoftu, Oromia, where over 4,000,000 Oromos...

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Sep 27, 2016

Oromo: Quad City Marathon Winner Joins Athletes...

The article below is courtesy of Geeske Afrika As Hirut Guangul, of Ethiopia, crossed the Quad Cities Marathon finish line as the first woman overall for the fourth consecutive year, she crossed her arms...

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Sep 26, 2016

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy...

In addition to a focus on the urgent theme of migration and refugees, which has affected Europe throughout the past years, some of the main world-wide challenges identified in the Annual Report of 2015...

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Sep 23, 2016

Oromo: Athlete Feyisa Lilesa Cannot Return to...

  The following article was published in FloTrack:   Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa knows he can't quit, and there's a sort of desperation to that. The silver medalist sealed his fate...

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Sep 20, 2016

Oromo: Several Self-Immolations in Front of UNHCR...

 Please find below an article published by Worldpost: CAIRO – On July 21, Getu Ayana, a 26-year-old Oromo asylum seeker self-immolated in front of the city’s United Nations refugee agency...

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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 14, 2016

Oromo: Feyisa Lilesa’s Powerful Gesture to Shed...

Below is a statement published by The Washington Post: On Aug. 21, when I reached the finish line of the men’s marathon at the Olympics in Rio, I crossed my fists above my head. This...

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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 30, 2016

Oromo: Feyisa Lilesa’s Protest Sign Replicated...

The article below is published by Running Magazine Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia made headlines last Sunday when he finished second in the men’s marathon at the Olympics with his arms crossed above...

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Aug 25, 2016

Feyisa Lilesa: From Olympian to Symbol of Proud...

Following his gesture, the athlete might face problems if he goes back to Ethiopia, where the authorities have been violently repressing protests for months. The protests began several months ago as peaceful...

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Aug 24, 2016

Oromo: UN Urges Ethiopia to Ensure Independent...

  Below is an article published by UN News Center:  Voicing concern over serious human rights violations in the Oromia and Amhara regions of Ethiopia earlier this month [August 2016], the United...

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Aug 22, 2016

Oromo: Finish Line Protest of Olympic Marathon...

The article below is published by the BBC An Olympic marathon runner from Ethiopia staged a daring protest against his home government when he crossed the line in Rio on 21 August 2016. As he took the...

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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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Aug 16, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopia Rejects UN Request for Observers...

The article below is published by Zegabi.com Ethiopia has denied a United Nations (UN) request to send international observers to investigate reports that many people have been left dead in parts of the...

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Aug 10, 2016

Oromo: Nearly 100 killed by Security Forces During...

The Article below is published by Amnesty International At least 97 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia...

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Aug 08, 2016

Oromo: Nationwide Protests Against Continued Marginalization...

  Below is an article published by African Arguments: Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, have staged nationwide rallies today to protest their continued marginalisation and persecution...

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Aug 02, 2016

Oromo: Self-Immolation of Asylum Seekers in front...

The Article below is published by Daily News Egypt The UNHCR released a statement on Wednesday expressing condolences to an Ethiopian Oromo woman who died during the protest, although the statement did...

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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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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

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 20, 2016

Oromo: Over 400 Killed Since November 2015

  Photo courtesy of Hassan Isilow/Anadolu Agency. Below is an article by Jurist:  Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 citizens since November, and arrested tens of thousands...

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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

Oromo: Procedural Delay for Students Prosecuted...

Below is an article published by Ayyaantuu News The 20 Oromo students of Addis Ababa University who were arrested for protesting in front of the US embassy last march were brought to court today. The...

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Jun 01, 2016

Oromo: Protesters Achieve Postponement of University...

  Below is an article published by Oromia Press:  Ethiopia’s university entrance exams, due to start today [30 May 2016], have been cancelled because one of the papers has been leaked...

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May 09, 2016

HRLHA Condemns Ethiopian Government’s Continuing...

  Below is the press release published by HRLHA:  The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) strongly condemns the TPLF/EPRDF Government’s endless manipulations of the justice...

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May 04, 2016

Oromo: White House Condemns Human Rights Activist’s...

Photo courtesy to www.bilisummaa.com Below is an article published by JP Updates.   The White House said Monday it is “deeply concerned” by the Ethiopian government’s filing...

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Apr 29, 2016

Oromo: 22 Accused of Terrorism Appeared in Co...

  Photo courtesy of Mohammed Ademo/Al Jazeera/AMA. Below is an article published by All Africa:   Twenty two defendants, including four missing senior members of the opposition Oromo Federalist...

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Apr 25, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopia Charges 22 with Terrorism

  Below is an article published by Addis Standard:   Prosecutors have today (22 April) charged 22 individuals, including prominent opposition member Bekele Gerba, first secretary general of...

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Apr 14, 2016

Oromo: Tensions Continue to Spill Over in Pro...

  Below is an article published by nazret.com:   The Ethiopian government’s most serious domestic political crisis in more than a decade began over a scruffy football field appropriated...

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Mar 30, 2016

Oromo: Frustration Grows While Abuses Continue...

Below is the link for the video by France 24, To watch the video please click here. 

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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 24, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopia’s Construction Boom Marred by...

  Below is an article published by Mail & Guardian Africa:    WHEN Ethiopian farmer Mulugeta Mezemir ceded his land three years ago to property developers on the fringes of the expanding...

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Mar 16, 2016

Oromo: Addis Ababa Master Plan – a Recipe for...

  Below is an article by Human Rights Watch. A human rights crisis is taking place in Ethiopia. It has received little attention internationally but is the biggest political crisis to hit Ethiopia...

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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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Mar 11, 2016

PAFD Releases Statement on Ethiopian Gas Deal...

  Below is a statement by People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy,   The Ethiopian government’s “development strategy,” is founded on its policy of leasing millions...

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Mar 09, 2016

Oromo: Journalists Detained for Covering Oromia...

  Below is an article published by Newsweek: Updated | Press freedom in Ethiopia is dwindling in light of recent anti-government protests and the severe drought in the Horn of Africa state, according...

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Feb 23, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Choses to Deny Violent...

  Below is an article by BBC,    About 200 people have been killed in the protests since November, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. The unrest began over government plans to expand the...

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Feb 22, 2016

Oromo: Unity Found Between Oppressed Groups in...

  Below is an article taken from DissidentVoice.org:   Division and fear are the age-old tools of tyrants; unity and peaceful coordinated action the most powerful weapons against them. Frightened...

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Feb 15, 2016

Oromo: Children’s Books Keep Language Alive

  Below is an article by The Guardian; Toltu Tufa grew up in Australia, so she couldn’t understand why her father insisted on teaching her Oromo, a macrolanguage spoken in parts of Ethiopia,...

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Feb 11, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Resumes Oppression...

Photo courtesy: ©Serge Tenami Here is an article published by: AllAfrica.com It is happening again, sadly. The government in Ethiopia is back to its signature of killing, maiming and jailing...

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Feb 11, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Resumes Oppression...

  Photo courtesy: ©Serge Tenami Here is an article published by: AllAfrica.com   It is happening again, sadly. The government in Ethiopia is back to its signature of killing, maiming...

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Feb 11, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Resumes Oppression...

Photo courtesy: ©Serge Tenami Here is an article published by: AllAfrica.com   It is happening again, sadly. The government in Ethiopia is back to its signature of killing, maiming and jailing...

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Feb 03, 2016

Oromo: Torture and Abuse in Ethiopian Prisons

  Below is a press release published by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa:   The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) would like to express its deep concerns regarding...

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Feb 02, 2016

Ethnic Cleansing in Gambella Region, Ethiopia:...

  On January 27, 2016, around 2:00 am local time, ‘special police’ from the regional administration of Gambella aided by local militia attacked Anuak civilians all over the region. Subsequently,...

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Jan 26, 2016

Oromo: Urban Expansion Plan Halted, but What is...

  Below is an article by The World Post   In November 2015, discontent intensified in Ethiopia's Oromia region over a government plan to expand the borders of the country's capital, Addis...

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Jan 25, 2016

Oromo: Civil Society and International Bodies...

  Below is the statement published by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa: The tireless voices for the voiceless spoken by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International (AI),...

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Jan 25, 2016

European Parliament Resolution on Ethiopia Brings...

A recent plan by the Ethiopian Government to expand its capital city, Addis Ababa, into surrounding Oromo lands has caused mass demonstrations among the Oromo community over the past months. Since November...

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Jan 15, 2016

Oromo Demonstration in Brussels Demands EU to...

Despite adverse weather conditions, more than a hundred demonstrators from the Oromo diaspora in Europe gathered at Place du Luxembourg, outside the European Parliament in Brussels, to express their condemnation...

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Jan 13, 2016

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Drops Plan to Expand...

Below is an article published by: BBC Ethiopia's government has abandoned plans to expand the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa, which have caused months of deadly protests. Demonstrations by people...

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Jan 11, 2016

Oromo: Death Toll Rises to 140

Below is an article published by NAIJ: About 140 people have been killed in Ethiopia’s Oromo state after security forces launched an attack during anti-government protests. According to Human Rights...

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Jan 07, 2016

Oromo: Documentary on Oromo Struggle Attracts...

  Below is an article by Metro News According to Mohammed, last year, around 100 young Oromians — mainly students — were shot by the Ethiopian army. They were killed for protesting...

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Jan 04, 2016

Oromo: US Urges Ethiopia to End Arrests of Journalists,...

   Below is an article by allAfrica:     In a statement by the US National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price the White House said it was "deeply concerned" by Ethiopia's recent...

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Dec 17, 2015

Oromo: Anti-terror Rhetoric Behind Brutal Crackdown...

Protesters have been labelled ‘terrorists’ by Ethiopian authorities in an attempt to violently suppress protests against potential land seizures, which have already resulted in 40 deaths, said...

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Dec 16, 2015

Oromo: Economic Growth Leading to Inevitable Ethnic...

  Below is an article from Bloomberg Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth needs a burgeoning capital and less dependence on traditional farming. That’s pitting the government against members...

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Dec 15, 2015

Oromo: HRLHA and SNLF Statements Report Regional...

Below is the press statement published by Human Rights League Of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA): 15 December, 2015 The brutal crackdown against Oromo protesters by the Agazi Special Squad and Liyu Police...

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Dec 04, 2015

Oromo: Attack on Protesting Students by Government...

The following video shows as the Ethiopian Federal Police, known as Agazi and part of the elite force of the ruling Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), shooting at Haromaya University’s...

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Nov 12, 2015

Oromo: ACHPR Investigates Dabassa Guyo Saffaro’s...

  UNPO has been following this story, to learn more follow this link    The below article was published by Finfinne Tribune: The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights...

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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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Oct 21, 2015

Oromo: Worst Drought in Over a Decade Hits Et...

  Follow the story here Below is an article published by the New York Times:      Every day, Yasin Mohammed Aliye stakes out a spot on his small farm to chew khat leaves, a stimulant,...

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Oct 14, 2015

Oromo: Enforced Disappearance of Prominent Community...

A prominent Oromo wisdom keeper, oral historian and spiritual leader, who spent more than 30 years teaching the Oromo culture and cosmology, has been missing since September 27, family and friends said. Dabassa...

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Oct 07, 2015

Oromo: Say No to the Master Plan

  The below article was published by the Finfinne Tribune:   Hundreds of Oromo (and friends of the Oromo) Facebook and Twitter users have changed their ‘profile pictures’ to the...

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Sep 18, 2015

Oromo: Diaspora Calls for BBC Afaan Oromo Radio...

Below is the Preamble and Petition itself: Preamble We, the Oromo Diaspora in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world, the Oromo people in Ethiopia and the Horn of African Countries, and the friends...

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Sep 03, 2015

Oromo: HRLHA Releases Statement Condemning A...

August 29, 2015 Even though the government of Ethiopia claimed 100% of the victory during the parliamentary election of May 2015, harassment and intimidation through arbitrary arrests, kidnappings 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 13, 2015

UNPO's XII General Assembly Adopts Oromo...

  Resolution The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) was established in 1973/1974 by Oromo nationalists in the heart of Oromia, Finfinne (Addis Ababa) to exercise the Oromo people's inalienable right to...

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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 09, 2015

Oromo: Planned Obama Visit Sparks Anger and Controversy...

  Below is the statement issued by the Oromo Liberation Front Obama’s Planned Visit to Ethiopia is Incompatible with Claims of Democratic Principles of the US Government Statement from...

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Jun 22, 2015

Oromo: Struggle Expressed Through Music

  On June 4, 2014, renowned Oromo artist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa released an intoxicating single track, Maalan Jiraa. The song condenses within itself the story of the Oromo people with...

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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 01, 2015

Oromo: White House Protest against Ethiopian ...

  Dear All Oromos in the Washington DC Metro Area and living in other states of USA The Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the Oromo Youth Self-help Association...

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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

Oromo: Human Rights Violations in Ethiopia and...

  The Oromo community in the Netherlands organized the Oromo Human Rights Day on the 18th of April 2015 where the cultural and political life of the Oromo in the Netherlands as well as back in Oromo...

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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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May 13, 2015

Oromo: OCC in Minnesota Celebrates First Ann...

  Below is an article published by MinnPost: With East African ethnic markets flourishing in the Twin Cities metro area, the Oromo community has come together to create a group aimed at helping...

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May 08, 2015

Oromo: HRLHA Reports Arrest of 50 Students

Below is a statement published by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa:   Harassments and intimidations through arbitrary arrests, kidnappings and disappearances have continued unabated...

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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 02, 2015

Oromo: Prisoner of Conscience Released A Few Weeks...

UNPO is organizing a conference entitled 'Cartoon Democracy – Authoritarian Rule and Elections in Ethiopia' that will be hosted at the European Parliament on 23 April 2015. Below is an article published...

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Mar 03, 2015

Oromo: Students Write Appeal Letter to University...

  Below is an article published by Finfinne Tribune To: The Administration of Jimma University We, the Oromo students of Jimma University, are deeply disturbed by the multifaceted repression,...

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Feb 25, 2015

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Official Threatens...

  Below is an article published by O Pride:    The Oromo social media have been buzzing over comments attributed to senior Ethiopian official, Abay Tsehaye. In a leaked audio Tsehaye...

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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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Jan 06, 2015

Oromo: Thousands of Nationals Detained for Protesting...

Photo courtesy of Rod Waddington@flickr Below is the Appeal from the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa, also available in .pdf format: Since the March-April 2014 crackdowns against the peaceful...

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Dec 05, 2014

Oromo: Only One Opposition MP Left in Ethiopian...

Below is an article published by AllAfrica: Few political rights exist in Ethiopia and even fewer voices criticise the government. The right to remain silent is one liberty not denied to critics...

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Oct 28, 2014

Oromo: Ruthless Repression of Oromo People by...

Thousands of members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, are being ruthlessly targeted by the state based solely on their perceived opposition to the government, said Amnesty International...

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Jul 07, 2014

Oromo: Protests Ignored, Addis Ababa Continues...

Below is an article published by Somaliland Press: The Addis Ababa master plan will continue despite protests from some Oromo opposition, an OPDO official told local media in the capital. The OPDO now...

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May 23, 2014

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Denies Claims By International...

Below is an article published by The Guardian: Over the past 15 years, Ethiopia has become home to one of the world's fastest-growing higher education systems. Increasing the number of graduates...

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May 19, 2014

Oromo: Addis Ababa Residents Upset About Ship...

Below is an article published by Somaliland Press: Residents of Addis Ababa city are angry after the Ethiopian government used the Oromo name “Finfine” to label a massive new ship purchased...

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May 15, 2014

Oromo: Amnesty International Condemns Violence...

Below is a public statement published by Amnesty International Amnesty International condemns the use of excessive force by security forces against peaceful protesters in a number of locations across...

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May 01, 2014

Oromo: 30 Student Protesters Killed

Below is an article published by CNN iReport: Ethiopian security Forces opened fire during the Oromo students nonviolent protest rally at Western Oromia Ambo town. Eye witnesses said more than 30 people...

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Apr 28, 2014

Oromo: Nonviolent Student Protests Against Addis...

Below is an article by Gadaa: After almost a decade of relative dormancy, Oromo students across universities in Oromia return to staging brazen rallies across Oromia and Ethiopia defying the presence...

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Apr 22, 2014

Oromo: Refugees Arrested and Detained by Kenyan...

Below is an article published by OPride: Since Kenya began its security operations on March 31 [2014], nearly 6,000 foreigners and some Kenyan citizens of Somali origin have been arrested. So far, close...

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Apr 15, 2014

Oromo: Farmers Evicted From Ancestral Land

Below is an article published by the Finfinne Tibune:  The TPLF-led Ethiopian Habesha Government controlling Oromia militarily is stepping up its abuse of the Oromo people. About six months ago [November...

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Apr 04, 2014

Oromo: Human Rights Activist Reaches Out To Community...

Below is an article published by Gadaa From Ob. Jawar Mohammed’s Facebook Note: The ugly verbal and physical attacks on Team Oromia at the Bahir Dar Games should not be surprising to anyone who...

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Mar 31, 2014

Oromo: High School Students Arrested

Below is an article published by Gadaa: Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) would like to express its deep concern over the safety and fates of Shakiso High School Oromo students who became...

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Mar 27, 2014

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Spies On Opponents...

Below is an article published by Mashable The Ethiopian government is using European and Chinese surveillance technology to spy on its political opponents, a new report suggests. The Human Rights Watch...

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Mar 24, 2014

Oromo: Beloved Oromo Singer Almaz Tafara Dies

Below is an article published by OPride:   Almaz Tafara, famed Oromo singer and songwriter, died on March 22 [2014] at Police Referral Hospital in Addis Ababa after long illness with blood cancer....

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Feb 17, 2014

Oromo: Leader And Activist Dies At Age 80

Below is an article published by the Finfinne Tribune:Bekele Nadhi, a prominent lawyer and fierce Oromo rights activist, who was among the pioneer founders of the Macha Tulama Association (MTA) passed...

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Feb 04, 2014

Oromo: Amhara Elites Condemn Ethiopia’s Ethnic...

Below is an article published by the OPride:  There is an ongoing coordinated attack on the right of nations and nationalities to self-determination in Ethiopia. This campaign is led exclusively...

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Jan 27, 2014

Oromo: The Threat Of Blindness

Below is an article from the BCC: "My mother has lost vision in one eye and the other is causing her big problems," says one boy. "She can't see where she's going." Another child says her grandmother...

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Jan 21, 2014

Oromo: OSA Sends Letter To U.S. Secretary Of ...

Below is the letter as published on Gadaa.com: January 17, 2014 The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street N.W. Washington, DC20520 Dear Mr. Secretary, I...

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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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Jan 13, 2014

Oromo: HRLHA Calls for Ending Violence and Di...

Below is a press release published by the Human Rights League Of The Horn Of Africa:  In the past twenty two years, the peoples of Ethiopian and the outside world have witnessed the EPRDF Government’s...

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Jan 06, 2014

Oromo: Union of Students in Europe-Germany Submits...

Below is a letter published by Gadaa: Deutsche Welle (DW) Broadcasting Board, Herrn Klaus Bergmann Leiter Internationale Angelegenheiten Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3 53113 Bonn Letter of Complaint...

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Dec 16, 2013

Oromo: Successful Crowd-Funding Campaign To Save...

Below is an article published by the Herald Sun:  A crowd-funding campaign launched from Noble Park to save an African language ended yesterday with more than $50,000 in the bank. Called simply...

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Dec 13, 2013

Oromo: OLF Plead For End To Hostilities Along...

  Below is a statement by the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF): http://gadaa.com/oduu/23416/2013/12/13/olf-condemns-the-ethiopian-state-terrorism-along-the-oromia-kenyan-border/ The Ethiopian regime...

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Dec 10, 2013

Oromo: Conference for Emerging Leaders

Below is a press release from the Oromo Professionals Network: As a nation, the Oromo people are at historical transition between the gallant and revolutionary generation of the 70s and the rising leaders...

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Dec 02, 2013

Oromo: Brutal And Repressive Anti-Terror Law In...

Below is a press release by the Oromo Liberation Front: The research and information unit of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has conducted a study on the allegiance that accounted for some political...

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Nov 25, 2013

Oromo: Locals Subjected To Irresistible Abuse...

Below is a press release published by: Oromo Press  It is rare to come across any other nationality groups like the Oromo from the Horn of Africa who are as subjected to overwhelming abuses at home...

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Nov 18, 2013

Oromo: Report Highlights One Year of Arrests,...

Below is an article published by Gadaa: The current Ethiopian government has continued widespread mass arrests, unlawful killings, and disappearances of innocent civilians its citizens over the last 21...

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Oct 22, 2013

Oromo: Melbourne Initiative Aims At Reviving Oromo...

The video can be found at SBS Australia: A Melbourne woman is embarking on an ambitious global bid to revitalise her native tongue. The Oromo language is the fourth-most widely spoken on the African continent,...

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Oct 21, 2013

Oromo: Call For Peaceful Rally In Norway

Below is an article by: Gadaa.com. A statement from the Organizing Committee of the peaceful rally. We, members of the Oromo community residing in Bergen, Norway, neighboring communities and friends...

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Oct 17, 2013

Oromo: Oromo Studies Association Expresses Concern...

Below is the letter published by Gadaa.com:   Re: Oromo Studies Association’s Concern about the Decision by Africa’s Heads of States Madame Bensouda: Humanity has a duty to defend...

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Oct 04, 2013

Oromo: Heritage World Tour Gathers Attention

Below is an article published by Urjii Online:  The world tour underway by two Oromo nationals under the title “I AM OROMO, FIRST” was convened in Toronto, Canada over the weekend. The...

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Oct 01, 2013

Oromo: Irreecha Celebrated Worldwide

Below is an article by: Oride. The 2013 Irreecha, Oromo thanksgiving holiday, was joyfully celebrated over the weekend [28-29 September 2013] with millions of people flocking to parks and riverbanks around...

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Sep 11, 2013

Oromo: OSA Engages In Establishment Of Media ...

Below is the statement by the Oromo Studies Association: Dear Oromo People, Dear OSA Members, Dear Members of the Oromo Free Press, Dear Friends of the Oromo People, It is to be recalled that members...

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Sep 06, 2013

Oromo: Farmer from Ethiopia Mmay be the Oldest...

Below is an article published by O Pride: At an estimated 160 years of age, Dhaqabo Ebba, a retired farmer and well-known community elder from the Oromia region in Ethiopia, could be the oldest living...

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Aug 30, 2013

Oromo: Human Rights Activist Dies In Ethiopian...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com : The following is a statement from the Oromo Community in the Netherlands. —————————– We, members...

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Aug 27, 2013

Oromo: Engineer Tesfahun Chemeda Is Latest Vi...

Below is a statement by The Oromo Liberation Front: Short Biography Engineer Tesfahun was born in 1976 from his father Mr. Chemda Gurmessa and his mother Mrs. Giddinesh Benya at Harbu village, Guduru...

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Aug 26, 2013

Oromo: Germany Diaspora Calls For Peaceful Protest...

Here Below is an article published by gadaa.com: Over the past 21 years, the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF)-led and dominated Ethiopian government has imprisoned tens of thousands of political...

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Aug 21, 2013

Oromo: Ogaden and Oromo Refugees At Severe Ri...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com : Fifty-eight Oromo and two Ogadeni refugees from Ethiopia were interviewed in Johannesburg, Alexandra township and Randfontein, in Guateng province, and in...

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Aug 19, 2013

Oromo: 21 Sentenced On Collaboration Charges

Below is an article published by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa: The Federal High Court of Ethiopia sentenced 21 Oromo Nationals (most of whom are university students) to as much as 2-8...

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Aug 16, 2013

Oromo: US College To Offer Afaan Oromo Classe...

Below is an article published by OPride Adjunct Instructor Mathias Gudina will be teaching a two-level course, Afaan Oromo I and II, starting this fall to introduce students to one of the ancient and...

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Aug 13, 2013

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Using Violence Against...

Below is an article published by Amnesty International: The Ethiopian government must end its use of repressive tactics against demonstrators, following initial reports of widespread arrests of Muslim...

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Jul 26, 2013

Oromo: Call For Protest By US Diaspora

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com: To All Oromo nationals and friends of the Oromo in the Diaspora, The Oromo Youth Self-Help Association (OYSA), in collaboration with other sisterly associations:...

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Jul 24, 2013

Oromo: Prominent Academic And Former Diplomat...

Below is an article written by Ambassador Ahmed and published by Al Jazeera:     In August 2011, Bekele Gerba, an English teacher at Addis Ababa University and prominent politician, met with...

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Jul 16, 2013

Oromo: Art Exhibition On Display At The American...

Below is an article published by Minneapolis Public Radio: When it comes to African art exhibits, for many people, the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis likely would not be the first venue that...

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Jul 02, 2013

Oromo: Minneapolis/St. Paul Mayors Declare Oromo...

Below is an article published by OPride: In recognition of Oromos growing importance to their community, mayors of Minnesota’s Twin Cities on Thursday proclaimed the week of June 29 to July 6, 2013...

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Jun 24, 2013

Oromo: Demanding UN Protection Amid Dam Dispu...

Below is an article published by Al-Jazeera For months, Gutama Gallatobati, a proud farmer and mechanic of Oromo descent languished in an Ethiopian prison over accusations he burned an Ethiopian flag....

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Jun 14, 2013

Oromo: Third Day Of Oromo Demonstration In Eg...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com : Oromo refugees gathered for a third day outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office near Cairo, protesting alleged harassment...

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Jun 11, 2013

Oromo: Refugees Protest in Egypt Against Mist...

Below is an article published by Al Jazeera: Ethiopian refugees gathered for a second day outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office near Cairo, protesting alleged harassment from...

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Jun 07, 2013

Oromo: Statement Of Peaceful Demonstration Led...

Below is the statement published by gadaa.com We, members of the Union of Oromo Students in Germany (UOSG), protest against human rights violations of the criminal Ethiopian regime known as the Tigray...

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Jun 06, 2013

Oromo: Ethiopian Week In Norway Opens High-Profile...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com: The Oromo community in Oslo and its surroundings has a long tradition of boosting the Oromo identity (Oromummaa) that highly empowers the Oromo nationalism...

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May 28, 2013

Oromo: Statement By OLF On The Death Of Dr. Mohammad...

Below is a statement by the OLF published by Gadaa.com: The passing away of Dr Mohammed Rashad Abdulle, one of Oromo’s religious, linguistic and historical scholars is received with great sadness...

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May 17, 2013

Oromo: Appeal Sent To UN Regarding Conflict In...

Below is the Appeal Letter published by Gadaa.com. The following is an appeal letter to the UN Secretary General from the Oromo Studies Association. ====================================== P.O Box...

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May 15, 2013

Oromo: Stateless And Deprived Of Basic Human ...

Below is an article published by Gadda.com: Successive Ethiopian regimes worked against the Oromo. A comparatively larger population, wide geographic area and immense economic resources of Oromia have...

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May 03, 2013

Oromo: Media Not Free On World Press Freedom ...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com: As the world marks the UNESCO-adopted World Press Freedom Day today, May 3, 2013, activists of press freedom in the Horn of Africa highlight how...

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Apr 25, 2013

Oromo: “Jeans and Martò” Presented...

Below is an article published by OPride: “You have a nice pair of jeans,” I tell Roba in midtown Manhattan on a recent Sunday afternoon. “I brought my Martò too,” he responds...

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Apr 11, 2013

Oromo: WikiLeaks Reveals Origins Of Struggle

Below is an article published by O Pride: The whistle blowing website WikiLeaks has just published 1,707,500 U.S. diplomatic and intelligence documents from 1973 to 1976. While most of the latest documents...

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Mar 20, 2013

Oromo: What Does Being Ethiopian Mean To You?

Below is an article published by This is Africa: “I am Bekele Gerba” reads an image created by OPride, Oromo news and analysis website based in the United States and run by diaspora activist...

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Mar 15, 2013

Oromo: Appeal Letter To The President Of Addis...

Below is an article published by Gadaa: March 13, 2013 Open Letter to: Dr. Admasu Tsegaye President, Addis Ababa University P.O.Box 1176 Email: commoffice@aau.edu.et Tel: 251 111 239705 Addis...

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Mar 06, 2013

Oromo: HRLHA Calls For Urgent Action Against Students...

Below is an article published by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa: HRLHA Urgent Appeal The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) strongly condemns the academic dismissals and...

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Feb 27, 2013

Oromo: First Assembly Of The Ethiopian Women’s...

Below is an article published by All Africa: The first assembly of Ethiopian Women's Federation was held in Adama, in Oromia Regional State at the weekend. Speaking as the opening Deputy Prime Minister...

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Feb 26, 2013

Oromo: End Of Division Within OLF

Below is an article published by Gadaa:  Prof. Mekuria Bulcha and Mr. Odaa Xasee, the representatives of the Oromo Liberation Front, conducted a town hall meeting with members, supporters of the...

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Feb 04, 2013

Oromo: Activists Rally For Justice In Homelan...

Below is an article published by Opride.com     On Friday Jan. 25, several hundred Oromo immigrants staged concurrent demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and London calling for the release of...

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Jan 28, 2013

Oromo: Appeal To Stop Human Rights Violations

Below you can the joint appeal letter published by Gadaa:   January 25, 2013 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton US Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520   RE: Joint...

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Jan 24, 2013

Oromo: US And UK To Protest Over Oromo Political...

Below is an article published by OPride: Ababa Itana’s phone rings nonstop. Activists call to inquire about plans for making placards for upcoming rally at the U.S. State Department to protest...

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Jan 23, 2013

Oromo: Human Rights Activists Dies At 73

Below is an article published by O Pride:   Social anthropologist, human rights activist, and a much-loved friend of Oromo and other Horn of Africa immigrants, Virginia Rose Luling, died of lung...

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Jan 18, 2013

Oromo: Militia Attacks Villages In Eastern Or...

 Below is an article published by The Gulele Post: It has been reported that the Ethiopian-Somali regional state militia known as ‘Liyu Police’ has attacked the town of Qumbi in Eastern...

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Jan 08, 2013

Oromo: Mass Arrest And Torture After Student ...

Below you can find an article published by Gadaa:   Oromo students at Arat-Killo and Amist-Killo Campuses of Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) University have been protesting since January 2, 2013. This is...

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Dec 13, 2012

Oromo: Two Politicians Imprisoned Over Secession...

Below is an article published by Awramba Times: Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement was sentenced to 8 years in prison and Olbana Lelisa of the Oromo People’s...

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Nov 30, 2012

Oromo: Ethiopian PM Appoints Oromo As Deputy ...

  Below is an article published by Bloomberg:   Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn appointed two new deputy premiers to share the leadership of the government between the four ethnic-based...

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Nov 19, 2012

Oromo: Historical Finding Of A Restored Ancient...

Below is an article published by Gadaa:   On November 15, 2012, Gadaa.com finalized the restoration of one of the oldest Afan Oromo-English (English-Afan Oromo) dictionaries; the dictionary was...

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Oct 25, 2012

Oromo : Low Internet Access

Below is an article published by Oromo Press: Social media usage in political and civic engagement in nations like the United States is at an all-time high, as shown by the high volumes of tweets and...

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Oct 10, 2012

Oromo: HRLHA Remains Concerned About Arrests

Below is an article published by Bikyamasr:   The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) is highly concerned about the safety and well-being of hundreds of Oromo Nationals who were arrested...

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Oct 08, 2012

Oromo: Fears About Well-Being After Arrests

Below is an article published by Gadaa:   The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) is highly concerned about the safety and well-being of hundreds of Oromo Nationals who were arrested...

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Oct 05, 2012

Oromo: Irreechaa Celebration Succeeds In Spite...

Below is an article published by OPride: Bishoftu, a small town 50 kilometers east of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, has become the site of Irreechaa, one of the premier Oromo traditional holidays....

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Oct 03, 2012

Oromo: Massive Arrests During Irreecha Festiv...

Below is an article released by the Oromo Liberation Front, published by Gadaa.com; Oromos have been annually celebrating Irreecha festival, one of the pillars of Oromo cultural identity, at Harsadee...

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Oct 02, 2012

Oromo: Restoring The Spirit Of Oromummaa

Below is an article published by Oromocentre;   Irreechaa is a national Thanksgiving Day celebration that repeats once or twice in a year and involves special activities or amusements. The 2012...

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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 15, 2012

Oromo: Kidnappings By Ethiopian Security Agen...

Below is a press release from the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA):   The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa is highly concerned about the safety and whereabouts...

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Aug 09, 2012

Oromo: Writers Contribute To The Cause

Below is an article published by Gadaa: Many individuals, journalists, politicians, historians, academicians and leaders from Ethiopia and neighbouring countries, and from different corners of the world...

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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 17, 2012

Oromo two-day event held in the Netherlands to...

On Friday 13 July a large crowd gathered in a demonstration in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, in order to raise awareness of the human rights violations facing Oromo people...

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Jun 26, 2012

Oromo: Music’s Role in a Struggle for Righ...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com: Afran Qalloo, named after the four major Oromo clans in Eastern Oromia, was one of the earliest social movements that facilitated the birth of the Oromo national...

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Jun 18, 2012

Oromo: Report Reveals Extent of Land Grab

Below is a press release published by Human Rights Watch: The Ethiopian government is forcibly displacing indigenous pastoral communities in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo valley without adequate...

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Jun 06, 2012

Oromo: Households On Solar Powered Electricit...

Below is an article published by 2Merkato: Ethiopia is set to select companies to award a 16 million US dollar project to supply 25,000 households in rural parts of the country with solar powered electricity....

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May 31, 2012

Oromo: Heritage Demonstration in Ireland

Below is an article published by Gadaa: The Africa Day was celebrated colourfully on 26 and 27 of May 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. Many African embassies and communities across the country came together in...

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May 21, 2012

Oromo: Peaceful Protest Against Ethiopian Prime...

Below is an article published by Seattle Pi: Ethiopian Oromo immigrants protest[ed] against Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Friday, May 18, 2012 in downtown Seattle. Human rights groups allege...

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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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Apr 30, 2012

Oromo: Belgian Advocacy Campaign Successful

Below is an article published by Gazaa.com: A successful three-day campaign to bring awareness about land grabbing and human rights violations in Oromia and Ethiopia was conducted from 26-28th of April...

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Apr 25, 2012

Oromo: Tourism Creates Opportunities

Below is an article published by Ethiosports: The Oromia State Culture and Tourism Bureau said it has raked over 46 million birr income from tourism during the last 9 months [2011-2012]. Bureau Deputy...

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Apr 05, 2012

Oromo: New Education Facilities Constructed

Below is an article published by the Ethiopian News Agency: [The] Public in North Shoa Zone of Oromia State have constructed education facilities valued at more than 12 million birr in the last nine months,...

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Mar 21, 2012

Oromo: Language Rights Not Respected In Schoo...

Below is an article published by Oromeida: In some cities of Oromia Afaan Oromoo classes are substituted by Amharic languages by dividing the school system into three categories as a means of abridging...

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Mar 13, 2012

Oromo: New Dam Raises Environmental Concerns

Below is an article published by Al Jazeera:   Ethiopia is pursuing a massive dam building project that it hopes will generate alternative sources of power, but critics have said the endeavour will...

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Mar 12, 2012

Oromo: Artists Play Key Role In Political Res...

Below is an article published by Oromo Centre: The Oromo artists have been playing an important role in explaining the oppression and exploitation of the Oromo people through their...

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Mar 06, 2012

Oromo: Youth Movement Spreads OLF Flag Despite...

Below is an article published by Qeerroo:   In a clear defiance to the anti terror law, The National Youth Movement of Qeerroo Network have hanged the OLF flag in different part of many cities in...

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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 13, 2012

Oromo: Great Support For OLF

Below is an article published by Gadaa As the euphoria, over a wishfully anticipated division inside the Oromo nationalist political camp, is reaching fever-pitch on Ginbot7 (G7)-controlled media outlets,...

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Jan 11, 2012

Oromo: Terrorism Trial For Politicians

Below is an article published by VoA News Two politicians who had been rising stars in Ethiopia's ethnic Oromo opposition movement have pleaded “not guilty” to terrorism charges in Addis Ababa...

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Jan 05, 2012

Oromo: Peaceful Exercise of Free Will for Rig...

Below is an abridged press release issued by the OLF: […] The group that calls itself OLF and issued a ‘press release’ on Jan. 1, 2012 to the effect of amending the organization’s...

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Jan 02, 2012

Oromo : OLF Press Release Signals Historic New...

Below is a press release published by the Oromo Liberation Front  The Oromo Liberation Front (the OLF) National Council has held its historic meeting on December 30 and 31, 2011.   The...

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Dec 19, 2011

Oromo: Amnesty Report On Crackdown In Ethiopi...

Below is an article published by Gadaa Since March 2011, at least 108 opposition party members and six journalists have been arrested in Ethiopia for alleged involvement with various proscribed terrorist...

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Nov 29, 2011

Oromo: Ethiopian Journalists Worry

Below is an article published by Arab News Dawit Kebede, managing editor of Awramba Times, spent two years behind bars until 2007 over treason charges, alongside dozens of opposition officials who were...

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Nov 24, 2011

Oromo: Addressing the Causes of Migration

Below is an article published by IRIN: Ethiopians are on the move. Not only are more rural people relocating to towns and cities, but the number of Ethiopians leaving the country has also ballooned in...

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Nov 22, 2011

Oromo: Anti-Terror Law Used To Silence Journalists...

Below is a press release  published by Human Rights Watch:   (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government should cease using its overly broad anti-terrorism law against journalists and peaceful...

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Nov 15, 2011

Oromo: First Ethiopian People’s Forum held in...

Below is an article by the Abugida Information Center: Seattle had its first Forum meeting last Saturday November 12, 2011. This meeting was highly anticipated mainly due to its unique nature of trying...

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Oct 07, 2011

Oromo: Indigenous Groups Arrested Over Opposition...

Below is an interview by Indigenous Peoples Issues: Survival International has received reports that around one hundred Ethiopian tribespeople have been arrested and jailed for opposing Ethiopia’s...

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Sep 23, 2011

Oromo: Severe Droughts In The Region Force Locals...

Below is an article published by UNICEF: The women and children of Melbena Village anxiously await the arrival of a water truck in the drought-stricken Borena zone of the Oromia Region in southern Ethiopia,...

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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 08, 2011

Oromo: Addis Ababa Using Bombs to Justify Cra...

Below is an article published by UNPO:   Classified U.S. documents released by Wikileaks have demonstrated an ongoing concern by the American administration of George W. Bush regarding the Government...

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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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Sep 05, 2011

Oromo: Ethiopian Government Detains 29 People

Below is an article published by Voice of America. The Ethiopian government says it has detained 29 people, including several opposition members, across the country on terrorism-related charges.   Government...

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Sep 01, 2011

Oromo: Detained After Telling the Truth of Today’s...

Below is an article published by Amnesty International: Two Ethiopian opposition leaders have been arrested after meeting an Amnesty International delegation, which was afterwards expelled from the country,...

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Aug 25, 2011

Oromo: South African Activist Discovers Indigenous...

Below is an article published by BBC: When Neville Alexander used to visit his maternal grandmother Bisho Jarsa as a boy, he never suspected the extraordinary story of how she had come from Ethiopia...

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Aug 23, 2011

Oromo: Global Land Grab Makes The Poor Poorer

Below is an article published by In These Times:   A 21st-century land rush is on. Driven by fear and lured by promises of high profits, foreign investors are scooping up vast tracts of farmland...

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Aug 22, 2011

Oromo: OLF Urges International Community to Channel...

Below is an article published by Gadda.com. The Ethiopian regime dominated by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) continues using every opportunity to dehumanize and control the Oromo...

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Aug 15, 2011

Oromo: WEF Should Petition Ethiopia over Oromo...

Below is an article published by the East Africa Investor Magazine. Ethiopia is set to host the next World Economic Forum's 22nd annual conference in May 2012. Among the reasons for holding its African...

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Aug 10, 2011

Oromo: Kidnappings and Disappearances of University...

Below is an article published by Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa: It has been a nightmare for families that the whereabouts of their children is not known since the end of the school year of...

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Jul 26, 2011

Oromo: Drought Takes Lives of Immigrants

Below is an article published by Suna Times: Eighteen Oromo immigrants from Ethiopia have died of thirst and starvation along the border between Djibouti and Somaliland in the past few days. Lowya’ade...

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Jul 22, 2011

Oromo: Opposition Officials Detained

Below is an article published by Jimma Times: According to local newspaper Sendek, the main opposition party Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (better known as MEDREK) has announced the imprisonment...

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Jul 21, 2011

Oromo: Blacklist Released As Ethiopia’s Freedom...

Below is an article published by the Jimma Times: Meles Zenawi has ruled Ethiopia for 20 years. According to local newspaper Sendek, the main opposition party Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum...

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Jul 08, 2011

Oromo: Horn of Africa Conference Condemns Ethiopian...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com: A consultative conference, held on 2nd of July, 2011 and organized under the theme of “Stop Tolerating the Ethiopian Dictatorship; Let’s Work for...

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Jul 07, 2011

Oromo: Refugees Need Protection, Not Punishme...

Below is a statement released by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa: The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) would like to express it deep sadness over the indiscriminate attacks...

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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 14, 2011

Oromo: 36% of the Land Given Away by the Meles...

Below is an article published by Gadaa: The California-based think tank, the Oakland Institute, published its latest report on Ethiopia: “Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa; Country Report:...

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Jun 09, 2011

Oromo: Meles May Still Marginalize But Australia...

Below is an article published by Gadaa: Greens MP Adam Bandt of Melbourne made the following statement in the House of Representatives on May 26, 2011 on Oromo Australians; MP Bandt met with hundreds...

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May 31, 2011

Oromo: Generations from Subjugation to Libera...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com: In Oromo society, a generation is defined as one term of the Gadaa administration. Since a single Gadaa administration lasts eight years and has its own name,...

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May 17, 2011

Oromo: Students Admitted To Hospital After To...

  Below is an article published by: Qeerroo.In a statement released on May 13 Qeerroo, the National Youth Movement, says the Oromos in general and the Oromo Students in particular have obviously...

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May 02, 2011

Oromo: Call for Embargo with Impact

Below is a press release published by Oromo Parliamentarians Council: Even if the regular mass arrest, kidnapping, torture and inhuman treatments are not new in the current Meles Zenawi led Ethiopian...

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Apr 26, 2011

Oromo: OSA Letter To Obama - Alleviate Human ...

  Below is a letter published by: Gadaa.April 24, 2010President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20500Subject: The attack on the Oromo and other people of EthiopiaDear...

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Apr 11, 2011

Oromo: Mass Arrests Appear Politically Motiva...

Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch: The Government of Ethiopia should immediately release members of the ethnic Oromo political opposition detained without charge after mass arrests,...

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Apr 07, 2011

Oromo: Over 200 Detained in Politically Motivated...

  Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch:   The Government of Ethiopia should immediately release members of the ethnic Oromo political opposition detained without charge after...

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Mar 30, 2011

Oromo: Ethiopia Denies Arrest of Opposition Party...

Below is an article published by Bloomberg Businessweek:  Ethiopia’s government denied claims by the opposition that political activists in state of Oromia have been arrested in recent weeks...

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Mar 25, 2011

Oromo: Activist Detained As Popular Discontent...

  Below is an article published by Voice of America:   Ethiopia has detained dozens of political activists as part of what opposition groups say is a crackdown aimed at preventing a North...

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Mar 21, 2011

Oromo: Crackdown on Opposition to Prevent Pro...

Below is an article published by Afrol News: The Ethiopian opposition reports that over 250 of its central members have been arrested during the week. The arrests are seen in connection with a planned...

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Feb 25, 2011

Oromo: Fear of Return for Refugee in UK

   Below is an article published by the Islington Tribune:   A City and Islington College student who works for the Town Hall’s children’s department and dreams of becoming...

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Feb 24, 2011

Oromo: Crime Against Nature Continues at Koka...

    Below is an article published by The Ethiopian Reporter:   Tigist Bekele, 28, a mother of two, often gets to work on her farming field of about one hectare that is located at the...

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Feb 15, 2011

Oromo: Thousands Affected As Drought Hits Both...

Below is an article published by ReliefWeb: The prevailing drought and water shortages in lowland areas of Ogaden and Oromo regions continue to challenge access to education, with school dropout rates...

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Nov 01, 2010

Oromo: Japanese Organisation Facilitates Development...

Below is an article published by WaltaInfo: The inauguration of [the] Mekedella Kelina Health Post and Water Supply Project funded through the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects...

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Oct 25, 2010

Oromo: Decades of Irrecha Prohibition End

  Below is an article published by Agence France Presse: Cheered by the throng, Oromo dignitaries in traditional headdresses, lion skins and brightly-coloured velvet made their way to the edge...

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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 08, 2010

Oromo: Bekele Jirata Calls For The Release Of...

  Below is an article published by Gadaa:   The news about UDJ leader’s, Ms. Birtukan Mideksa’s, release from the Kaliti Prison is good news, which is the result of the continuous...

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Oct 05, 2010

Oromo: Irreechaa Celebrations Overshadowed by...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com: Becoming the largest religious and cultural festival in the Horn of Africa, the major annual Irreechaa (Thanksgiving) holiday of the Oromo people was celebrated...

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Sep 03, 2010

Oromo: Kidnapping and Disappearance in Ethiop...

  Below is an urgent action  published by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa:   The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) is highly concerned about the safety of...

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Aug 05, 2010

Oromo: Capital Addis Ababa Eludes Oromia Stat...

  Below is an article published by Nazret.com:   There is a privilege guaranteed nearly fifteen years ago for Oromia when a proclamation establishing the constitution was ratified. Addis...

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Jul 15, 2010

Oromo: Conference examines Impact of Land Gra...

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com:The 4th annual London International Oromo Workshop (LIOW), held in London on the 3rd of July 2010 and attended by researchers, human rights activists, journalists,...

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Jun 25, 2010

Oromo: The Quest for Liberation Shall Continu...

  The Continuation of Death Sentences and Long-term Imprisonments on Oromos shall not deter the Oromo Quest for LiberationOromo Liberation FrontPress ReleaseThe Tigrai Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF)...

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Jun 14, 2010

Oromo: Abduction And Disappearance Of Refugees...

  Below is an article published by Gadaa.com: The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) expresses its deep concern about the safety of six Oromo refugees who were abducted from various...

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Jun 07, 2010

Oromo: International Workshop in London

 Below is an article published by Gadaa.com : The 4th London International Oromo Workshop will be held on July 3rd, 2010 at City University of London – Details of the programme are presented...

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Jun 03, 2010

Oromo: Ethiopian opposition reports mass detention...

   Below is an article published by Ethiopian Review: While most of those held have been released, supporter intimidation hasn’t stopped, Merara Gudina, a leader of the ethnic...

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May 20, 2010

Oromo: Ethiopia's Biggest Electoral Prize Divided...

    Below is an article published by VOA News: Of those, a third are in Oromia, a vast farming region that stretches almost all the way across the nation's midsection, south to...

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May 19, 2010

Oromo: Tension High in Key Ethiopia Election ...

  Below is an article published by Reuters: Forty policemen march two-by-two through a remote Ethiopian town drawing stares from local farmers for their incongruous high-tech stab vests, body...

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Apr 22, 2010

Oromo: Ethiopia opposition activist beaten to...

    Below is an article published by IOL:  Bulcha Demeksa, a leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), told Reuters the activist, Biyansa Daba, was attacked at home by...

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Apr 19, 2010

Oromo: Getting water to Ethiopia's poorest

Below is an article published by Belfast Telegraph : Deborah McAleese visited Ethiopia to find out about the work that the Japanese International Co-operation Agency is carrying out to bring clean water...

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Mar 08, 2010

Oromo: Women To Make Elections Democratic, Pe...

  Below is an article published by Walta Information Center: Speaking at the 4th Oromia State Women’s Conference held here yesterday in connection with this year’s International...

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Mar 02, 2010

Oromo: OSA Brings Land Grab To UN’s Attenti...

  Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: I am writing this open letter on behalf of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA), a scholarly, multi-disciplinary, nonprofit  international organization,...

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Feb 09, 2010

Oromo: Youth Pledge for Increase in Developmental...

   Below is an article published by Walta Information Centre : Participants of the 3rd Oromia Youth Conference vowed to scale up development efforts and make upcoming elections peaceful....

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Feb 08, 2010

Oromo: Over 150 Oromo Opposition Officials Detained...

 Below is an article published by Jimma Times:Atleast 150 representatives and members of the opposition party Oromo People's Congress (OPC) have been arrested in Ethiopia in less than five months,...

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Jan 25, 2010

Oromo: Mass Arrests of Oromos in Many Parts of...

  Below is an article published by Gadaa.com:As the Ethiopian national election is approaching, another wave of mass arrests is intensifying in various parts of Oromia region. According to OHRRO’s...

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Jan 06, 2010

Oromo: Conference To Ask What Future Might Ho...

Below is a press release issued by the Oromo-American Citizens Council: What: 4th Annual International Human Rights Conference Presented by OACC When: Saturday, March 13, 2010 Time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m....

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Jan 04, 2010

Oromia: Former Nigeria President Investment

 Below is an article published by Africa News: The former Nigerian President has taken the land two months a go and he is now about to implement his investment on the land located 50 Kilometers east...

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Dec 17, 2009

Oromo: Refugees Facing Serious Violence

 Below is an article published by The Jimma Times:Reports from Johannesburg’s community of Oromo refugees reflect the continuing violence experienced by refugees in South Africa. Jalene Gemeda...

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Dec 09, 2009

Oromo: Diaspora Casts Light on Abuses

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com:The Advocates for Human Rights’ report, Human Rights in Ethiopia: Through the Eyes of the Oromo Diaspora, documents the experiences in Ethiopia of members...

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Dec 03, 2009

Oromo: OLF Opposes Farmland Deals

  Below is an article published by Jimma Times: As the Oromo Liberation Front has repeatedly stressed, the current Ethiopian regime has, since it came to power in 1991, dispossessed, displaced,...

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Oct 19, 2009

Oromo: Election Board Refuses to Recognize OF...

   Below is an article published by Gadaa: The Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) is a coalition that was formed by the Oromo People’s Congress (OPC), led by Dr. Merera Gudina, and the...

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Sep 17, 2009

Oromo: Innocent Oromo Nationalists Arrested

  Below is an article published by Oromo Liberation Front : Several innocent Oromo nationalists have been apprehended from their homes in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) by the current Ethiopian...

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Sep 04, 2009

Oromo: Annual Conference on Human Rights to C...

Below is an article published by Gadaa :  Oromo American Citizens’ Council (OACC) Press Release What: 4th Annual International Human Rights Conference presented by OACCWhen: Saturday...

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Sep 04, 2009

Oromo: MP Explains Grievances

Below is an article published by Jimma Times :Oromo Opposition leader Bulcha Demeksa said most Oromos do not want secession from Ethiopia and his party has declared its opposition to the corresponding...

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Aug 05, 2009

Oromo: Mass Arrests in Addis Ababa

 Below is a press release issued by HRLHA:  HRLHA Press Release No. According to documents obtained by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) from its informants in Addis...

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Aug 04, 2009

Oromo: Time of Ending Double Alienation

Below is an article published by Jimma Times : The Oromo are a historically alienated people in Ethiopia. They are alienated because of the myths, falsehoods, half-truths, and erroneous assumptions that...

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Jul 28, 2009

Oromo: Plight for Political Prisoners

Below is an article published by Gadaa.com According to a document recently received by HRLHA (the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa), not only the political and legal system, but also the prison...

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Jun 22, 2009

Oromo: Ethiopia Water Shortage Affects Livest...

  Below is an article published by Ethiopian Review: This week’s [June 22 to June 29] humanitarian situation update by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)...

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Jun 10, 2009

Oromo: Protesting Students Imprisoned

  Below is an article published by Jimma Times:Mostly Oromo and other Ethiopian students protesting against a government holiday reportedly have remained in prison for days. According to JT sources,...

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Apr 27, 2009

Oromo: Demonstration in US Against Ethiopia’s...

   Below is an article published by Gadaa: According to VOA’s Horn of African Service, Oromo youth from schools and colleges around the United States, some dressed in traditional clothes,...

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Mar 13, 2009

Oromo: 287 Development Projects Underway

  Below is an article published by: Walta Info Some 287 development projects are being carried out in east Hararge zone of the Oromia state with more than 18 million birr this budget year [2009],...

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Mar 10, 2009

Oromo: Students Beaten

   Below is an article published by: Jimma Times Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) StatementThe Woyane regime of Ethiopia once again targeted the Oromo students learning at colleges and universities...

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Feb 11, 2009

EES Week 1: Blossoming Trade Conceals Roots of...

By Maggie Murphy   There is more than one reason to smile come Valentine’s Day in Ethiopia. The young delight in exchanging cards and red roses on February 14th, a practice unheard of in...

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Dec 19, 2008

Oromo: Civilian Attacks

  Below is an article published by the Jimma Times: The Wayyaanee [Ethiopian] […] army […] is reported to have killed two Oromo nationals in Western Harargee zone around a place...

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Dec 11, 2008

Oromo: Increased Repression

  Below is an article written by Matthew Stein, published by the World Politics Review :Surrounded by unstable regimes and beset by national conflicts, the current Ethiopian government has long...

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Nov 20, 2008

Oromo: Concern Over State of Detainees Contin...

 Below is an excerpt from an appeal by Amnesty International:At least 15 members of the Oromo ethnic group […] have been arrested in the capital Addis Ababa and also reportedly in eastern and...

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Nov 19, 2008

Oromo: 15 Detained in Ethiopia

  Below is an article published by Amnesty International in Ethiopian Review: At least 15 members of the Oromo ethnic group, including those named below have been arrested in the Addis Ababa,...

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Jul 16, 2008

Oromo: Food Security Critical

Below is an article published by Reuters : Critical and serious levels of acute malnutrition are reported in Borena zone of Oromia Region and Wolayita, Guraghe, Silti, Kembata Tembaro, Hadiya and...

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Jul 01, 2008

Oromos Bring Appeals For Justice To Heart of ...

Brussels, 1 July 2008 - Ethiopia’s government, led since 1991 by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, has used the nature of the diverse multiethnic state to muzzle opposition to the incumbent Tigrayan People’s...

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Jun 02, 2008

Oromo: UNPO General Assembly Member Resolutio...

 IX UNPO General Assembly16 - 17 May 2008, Brussels Belgium Member Resolutionintroduced by: Oromo Concerned about the following human rights violations in Ethiopia, which include mass...

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May 03, 2008

Oromo: Struck By Worst Drought For Years

Below is an article written by Coco McCabe, reported by Oxfam and published by ReliefWeb: Drought often grips Ethiopia, but the latest stretch of dry months broken only by sparse rains has pushed...

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Apr 21, 2008

Oromo: Rigging Mars Elections

Below is an article reported by Tsegaye Tadesse and published by Reuters: Ethiopians cast their ballots in the final round of council and parliamentary elections on Sunday [20 April 2008] with the...

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Apr 09, 2008

Oromo: Faced With Drought and Incompetence

Below is an article written by Tesfalem Waldyes and published by Addis Fortune: They were about 16 women, scattered on half of the road on the highway not far from the town of Wassa, 276km south of...

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Mar 27, 2008

Oromo: Oromo Liberation Front Calls for Self-...

Below is a statement issued by the Oromo Liberation Front:  STATEMENT FROM THE OROMO LIBERATION FRONT (OLF) The National Council of Oromo Liberation Front has successfully completed its regular...

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Jan 31, 2008

Oromo: When Migration Results in Degradation

Because of a denial of basic human rights Oromo’s flee their country to escape persecution and violence. They continue to live in poverty and encounter hardship. Below is an article published in...

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Dec 05, 2007

Oromo: Appeal for Refugees Handed to Ethiopi...

The Oromia Support Group in Australia appeals to the Sudanese authorities to pressure on Ethiopia to release the fifteen refugees returned to the Ethiopia authorities after a short stay in Sudan. Below...

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Sep 07, 2007

Oromia: Activists Remain in Detention

Opposition politicians and lawmakers have protested against the detention of over one hundred Oromians, claiming the arrests are illegal and politically motivated. Below is an article published by Peter...

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Jun 22, 2007

Oromo: European Parliament Passes Resolution

The Hague, 22 June 2007 – The European Parliament, during its Plenary Session in Strasbourg on 21 June 2007, has passed a resolution expressing serious concern at the prevailing human rights situation...

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May 31, 2007

Oromo: New Schools In Construction

The German NGO Menschen fur Menschen has been building seven new primary and secondary schools in Oromo, thus giving an education opportunity to youths. Below is an article published by All Africa.com: Menschen...

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May 18, 2007

Oromo: Rural Agents Trained in Democracy and...

In an effort to ensure economic growth the Oromo Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau is offering training in democracy and development to its rural agents. Below is an article published by All...

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May 01, 2007

Oromo: Concern at School Drop-Out Rates

Local experts and NGOs point out that rapes and abductions could be the cause of Oromo’s increasing school drop-out rates. Below is an extract from an article written by Endale Assefa and published...

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Apr 18, 2007

Oromo: Ensuring Healthy Pastoralism

Below is an article published by Reuters AlertNet: Jemal Adem, a 20-year-old pastoralist, has spent every night in the last seven months away from home, often sleeping on dusty ground, and always surrounded...

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Apr 16, 2007

Oromo: Parliamentarians Speak Out

Below is an article published by Sudan Tribune: To: European Union, UNO, USA Congress, Human Rights Watches, Amnesty International, ICRC, and UNHCR. Dear Sirs: I am writing you behalf of the Oromo...

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Apr 10, 2007

Oromo: Event Addresses Democratic Growth

Below is an article written by Kathryn Nelson published by The Minnesota Daily: During the past two decades, rebel leaders and regimes have taken control of several African countries promising positive...

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Mar 30, 2007

Oromo: Community Strengthens Use of Land Righ...

Below is an article published by All Africa: Media coverage on land tenure and administration should be strengthened with a view to raising the awareness of the public, State Minister of Agriculture and...

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Mar 27, 2007

Oromo: Projects Target Food Production

Below is an article published by All Africa: Various development projects aimed at ensuring food self sufficiency have been underway in 21 woredas of Oromia State at a cost of nearly 67 million birr [approximately...

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Feb 15, 2007

Oromo: Health Care Programme Promoted

Below is an article published by UN News Service:                                                    ...

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Feb 14, 2007

Oromo: Encouraging Development

Below is an excerpt from an article published by All Africa.Com: Various development activities carried out in Oromia Zone of the Amhara State during the first half of this Ethiopian year are encouraging,...

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Jan 30, 2007

Oromo: National Pastoralist Day

Below is an article published by The Ethiopian Herald: The Oromia State Pastoralist Development Commission said that it has finalized preparations to observe the National Pastoralist Day in Borena Zone...

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Jan 16, 2007

Oromo: Refugees No Longer Safe in Somalia

Below is an extract from a statement by the Oromo Relief Association released in 13 January 2007; Over the last four decades thousands of Oromos who fled from successive repressive regimes in Ethiopia...

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Dec 13, 2006

Oromo: OLF Urges Ireland to Press for Democratic...

Dec 10, 2006 (DUBLIN) — The Ethiopian opposition OLF urged Ireland to put pressure on the Ethiopian government in order to hold a conference with the participation of the opposition forces, stressing...

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Dec 04, 2006

Oromo: Declaration of War Will not Lead to Security...

Declaration of war will not lead to security but rather spark more chaos in the Horn Statement by the Oromo Liberation Front   The Ethiopian parliament on its session of November 30, 2006 ratified...

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Dec 01, 2006

Oromo: OLF Concerned by Somali-Ethiopian Border...

Below is a press release from the Oromo Liberation Front on the current Somali-Ethiopian conflict:   Thursday 30 November 2006.   OROMO LIBERATION FRONT   The current conflict in...

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Dec 01, 2006

Oromo: Starbucks ‘Dragging its Feet’ over...

Addis Ababa - International aid agency Oxfam on Wednesday urged Starbucks, the World’s leading coffee roaster, to stop dragging its feet and recognises Ethiopia's right to own trademarks of coffee...

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Nov 30, 2006

Oromo: Youth Appeal Sudan to Halt Deportation...

Below is an appeal of the International Oromo Youth Association, published on the Sudantribune website:  International Oromo Youth Association An Appeal against the Arrest and Forced Deportation...

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Nov 28, 2006

Oromo: UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues...

Below is a press release issues by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ms. Gay McDougall, the United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues, will undertake a...

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Nov 17, 2006

Oromo: EU Passes Resolution

The European Parliament has passed a Resolution strongly critical of the Ethiopian Government’s treatment of opposition leaders and civil society activists, with particulate focus on its violent...

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Nov 16, 2006

Oromo: Ex-MP Exposes Atrocities

Below is an article published by allAfrica.com: Asmara - An Ex- member of the TPLF regime's parliament, Dr. Getachew Jiggy, stated that a number of innocent civilians killed by the regime for voicing...

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Nov 14, 2006

Oromo: Former Judge Reveals Ethiopian Killin...

Below is an article from Legalbrief Africa: The Ethiopian Government is responsible for the killing of tens of thousands of students and other critics over the past 15 years, one of the country's most...

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Nov 02, 2006

Oromo: Oxfam GB Executing 30 Million Pound Development...

Oxfam Great Britain, a non-governmental organization, has reportedly been executing a programme which would improve the livelihood of farmers in three states with 30 million pound. Speaking at a workshop...

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Nov 01, 2006

Oromo: Electoral Violence Caused 193 Deaths,...

Finally, the most anticipated and controversial report produced by an Inquiry Commission established by parliament in January 2006 is out: in addition to the 193 people died, it estimated the loss on property...

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Oct 31, 2006

Oromo: Ethiopian Repression of Opposition Su...

October 30, 2006 — In his recent speech in parliament, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi threatened for an increased campaign in Oromia State to imprison and severely deal with opposition supporters and...

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Oct 27, 2006

Oromo: Starbucks Costing Coffee Farmers Millions,...

Global coffee giant Starbucks is denying Ethiopian coffee-farmers of $132 million a year by refusing them ownership of their coffee brands, international agency Oxfam says. The Ethiopian government filed...

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Oct 20, 2006

Oromo: The Meles Regime Massacred Protesters,...

October 18, 2006 (AP) - Ethiopian security forces massacred 193 people -triple the official death toll - during anti-government protests following elections last year, a senior judge appointed to investigate...

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Oct 10, 2006

Oromo: Children of Ethiopian Minorities Igno...

The 43rd Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child was held from 11 to 29 September 2006. The Committee is a UN Human Rights Treaty Body constructed to monitor the implementation of the Convention...

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Oct 06, 2006

Oromo: Elite Force Scandal at the Annual Thanks-Giving...

October 5, 2006 — On the first week of October every year, there is an Oromo thanks-giving festival called ‘Irreechaa’. Hundreds of thousands of Oromos and friends of Oromo come together...

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Sep 21, 2006

Oromo: Education Service Coverage Grows Ninety...

A significant achievement has been registered in the education sector in Oromia State over the past three years, the Central Committee of the Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organization (OPDO) said. OPDO Chairman...

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Sep 08, 2006

Oromo: OLF Says Government Continues to Rob Food...

September 6, 2006 — It is a public secret that more than 10 million people are starving in Ethiopia. This is mainly the result of TPLF’s failed economic policies and lack of personal freedom....

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Sep 04, 2006

Oromo: Ethiopia Detains over 250 Oromia Civi...

Ethiopian authorities have arbitrarily detained over 250 civilians from Oromia region in recent days, among those arrested are high secondary school students and at least two elders people over the age...

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Aug 31, 2006

Oromo: Detention Without Charge - Fear of Torture...

Below is a press release from Amnesty International Over 250 civilians from the Tukur Inchinni district of the Oromia region have apparently been arbitrarily arrested by the Ethiopian government in...

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Aug 30, 2006

Oromo: Student Protests Spreading

Student protests spreading: Teaching-learning process halted at three universities Article by EthioTribune, August 30, 2006 Reliable sources from Hara Maya, Jimma and Adama Universities report...

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Aug 12, 2006

Oromo: Statement at the Working Group on Minorities...

Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, Working Group on Minorities 12th Session, August 8 - 11, 2006, Geneva, Switzerland. ...

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Jul 31, 2006

Oromo: Oral Intervention on Political Prisoners...

An Oromo representative called upon the WGIP today at the UN headquarters in Geneva to act to end the suppression of Oromos, in particular appealing for the release of Oromo Political Prisoners Oral...

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Jul 28, 2006

Oromo Prisoners Are Suffering In Maikalawii and...

It is known that several Oromo nationalists who have been arrested in connection to the popular uprising since November 09, 2005. Reliable sources from Oromia reported that many of the prisoners in the...

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Apr 19, 2006

Oromo: Enquiry Commission Commences Activities...

The Enquiry Commission, which was recently established to investigate the atrocities perpetrated on life and damages on property in Oromia state, has officially begun activities by electing...

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Apr 19, 2006

Oromo: Students Uprisings Against Ethiopian R...

Below is a press release by Oromo Liberation Front published on Sunday 16 April 2006. On April 14, 2006 (Oromia), an 18 year old and 9th grade student, Mohaammad Suufii, who lived in district...

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Apr 10, 2006

Oromo: Protest over Ever-Increasing Crime of Ethiopian...

The Oromo Liberation Front ( OLF) has issued several press releases and communiqués since November 2005 regarding the brutal repression of the Oromo people by the Ethiopian government....

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Apr 06, 2006

Drought Emergency in Somali and Oromiya Regio...

Most of Oromiya Region and northern parts of Somali Region have been receiving rain in the last fortnight as well as western and southern areas of Afar. Southern and south eastern Somali...

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Apr 04, 2006

Oromo: UN Comes to Aid of Disease-Threatened ...

The United Nations is set to launch a major campaign to help tens of thousands of Ethiopian children facing an outbreak of lethal diseases, from diarrhoea to malaria, after rain showers...

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Mar 21, 2006

Oromo: Oromo Liberation Front(OLF) Fights Against...

Since its ascension to power the Wayane (TPLF/EPRDF) regime has been terrorizing the peoples under its brutal rule by murdering, torturing and imprisoning. The regime demonstrated, beyond any...

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Mar 20, 2006

Oromo: The popular Oromo People's Uprising Added...

The popular Oromo uprising that has counted more than four months continued with more commitment and a new dimension. The Oromo people’s struggle is now incorporated withholding any trade...

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Feb 22, 2006

Oromo: UN Sounds Alarm over Pre-Famine Conditions...

Untitled Document A United Nations aid coordination agency said Monday the drought gripping the Horn of Africa had reached a critical stage in eastern and south-eastern Ethiopia...

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Feb 16, 2006

Oromo: Popular Uprising Reaches a Critical St...

Below is a Press Release from the External Information Division, Foreign Relations Department, Oromo Liberation Front “15 February 2006 - The popular uprising that has been raging throughout...

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Feb 14, 2006

Oromo: Protect the Defenceless in Ethiopia

Feb 10, 2006 — The continuing reports of arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and random killings of students, farmers, and political activists by the Ethiopian Government authorities...

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Feb 07, 2006

Oromos Deserve Attention of Ethiopias PM Supp...

Feb 5, 2006 — Egregious abuses and violations of fundamental human rights of Oromos in Ethiopia, by agents, institutions and instrumentalities of the Federal and State Governments of Ethiopia...

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Feb 03, 2006

Oromo: Ethiopia Denies Holding Thousands of Oromo...

Ethiopia has denied a report that it has detained thousands of students from the Oromo ethnic group in a crackdown on anti-government protests. In an interview with VOA correspondent James Butty,...

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Feb 03, 2006

Oromo: Amnesty International Urgently Appeals...

Amnesty International is appealing to the Ethiopian government against the unlawful detention of thousands of students from the Oromo ethnic group following a series of anti-government demonstrations...

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Feb 01, 2006

Oromo: Amnesty International Concerned About ...

Amnesty International expressed its serious concern on Monday about the conditions of 11 university students from Oromia region who were being held incommunicado. In a press release dated...

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Jan 24, 2006

Oromo: Ethiopia Accepts UK Proposal to Probe Rights...

The British secretary of state for international development, Hilary Benn announced that Ethiopia Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has accepted to probe the alleged human rights violations in Oromia...

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Jan 23, 2006

Oromo: Uprising Nearing Three Months

The Oromo people have continued the popular uprising that started on Nov. 9, 2005 in protest to the Ethiopian regime’s gross violation of fundamental human rights. To date we have issued...

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Jan 18, 2006

Oromo: State Intensifies Crackdown in Rural Areas,...

Untitled Document The government is using intimidation, arbitrary detentions and excessive force in rural areas to suppress post-election protests and all potential dissent, a global...

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Jan 03, 2006

Oromo: Abductions Cause Panic Among Refugees in...

The recent protests in Nairobi by Oromo refugees may have uncovered a spill into Kenya of the often downplayed conflict in Ethiopia. Extension of that conflict to northern Kenya, along the border...

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Dec 30, 2005

Oromo: OLF Raises Concern over Attacks on Oromo...

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...

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Dec 28, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopians Demonstrate at UN Refugee O...

Hundreds of refugees from Ethiopia Tuesday staged a demonstration at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR offices at Westlands to protest against alleged harassment by Ethiopian...

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Dec 16, 2005

Oromo: TPLF, Another Word for Cruelty

Alamaayyo Garbaa is a handicapped, but exceptionally gifted Addis Ababa University (AAU) student. Among his peers he was known as curious for knowledge, never bothered by his physical limitations,...

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Nov 17, 2005

Oromo: Protest in Oromia on its Fifth Day

As has been widely reported over the past week, the Oromo people are engaged in a nation-wide protest against the Ethiopian repressive government. The popular uprising is ignited as a response...

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Oct 24, 2005

Oromo: Weighs Plan for Peace in Ethiopia

Top leaders of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which has waged an armed struggle against the Ethiopian government, held a community forum in Minneapolis on Saturday to discuss a possible change...

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Oct 09, 2005

Oromo: The OLF on a Mission in Brussels

Two members of the central committee of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF , Ethiopian opposition in exile), Hassen Hussein and Shigut Geleta have had meetings with officials from the European Commission...

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Sep 14, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia PM Willing to Open Talks with...

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says he is willing to open talks with the main guerrilla movement fighting his government, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). In an interview with the BBC,...

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Sep 12, 2005

Oromo: UNICEF Receives Funds for Work with AIDS...

As the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) struggles to help a growing number of AIDS orphans in Ethiopia, it has received today nearly $5 million from Sweden which it will use for the well-being...

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Jul 21, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopian Opposition Says Fraud Probes...

Untitled Document Ethiopia's two main opposition groups said on Tuesday that probes into alleged mass fraud in disputed May elections had been a "total failure" ...

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Jul 04, 2005

Oromo Excluded From Political Process in Ethi...

Untitled Document Statement of the OLF Executive Committee 30 June, 2005 The Executive Committee of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) conducted its regular session from June 18-...

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Jun 30, 2005

Oromo Official Kidnapped in Ethiopia

Untitled Document Deputy Chairperson of the Oromo National Congress (ONC), Almaz Seifu says she was kidnapped by some individuals in a private auto, and the matter was not...

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Jun 19, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia Releases Provisional Results of...

Untitled Document Ethiopia’s National Electoral Board has announced the provisional results of the election for state councils. The board says it has responses from more than...

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Jun 18, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia's Ruling Party Extends Vote S...

Untitled Document Ethiopia's ruling party has won control of four powerful regional legislatures, widening its success after polls last month that led to bloodshed, according to...

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Jun 10, 2005

Oromo Oppositions Under Government's Control in...

Untitled Document In a further clampdown by the Ethiopian government following last month's controversial parliamentary elections, opposition officials say security forces have begun...

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Jun 09, 2005

Oromo Liberation Front will not Accept Ethiopian...

Untitled Document ASMARA, June 8 (AFP) - The chairman of Ethiopia's rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) said Wednesday that his group would not accept the government's victory in...

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Jun 08, 2005

Oromo Students Face Risk of Torture as Crisis...

Untitled Document After three days of mass arrests and shootings of demonstrators in Addis Ababa, leaving at least 26 dead and over 100 injured, Amnesty International today said...

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May 31, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia Ruling Party Consolidates Poll...

Untitled Document Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies secured a clear majority in May 15 parliamentary elections, according to the latest provisional results released on Monday,...

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May 23, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia Orders Re-election at Six Polling...

Untitled Document Ethiopia will hold re-elections on Sunday at six polling stations where ballot boxes were stuffed or votes were otherwise held improperly, the state-run Ethiopian...

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May 16, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia Opposition Claims Big Win in ...

Untitled Document ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's main opposition coalition said on Monday it had won around 20 out of 23 seats in the capital Addis Ababa during Sunday's ...

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May 15, 2005

Ethiopia Ruling Party Claims Win in Contested...

Untitled Document Sunday's election in Ethiopia saw a large voter turnout, maybe up to 90 percent, according to the National Electoral Board. While obververs expect Prime Minister...

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May 13, 2005

Oromo: Union of Oromo Students in Europe Condemns...

Untitled Document The minority ruling TPLF-EPRDF regime in Addis Ababa marks a distinct barbaric record in the history of the Ethiopian empire. Since the last thirteen years, state...

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May 11, 2005

Oromo: Rights Group Accuses Ethiopian Government...

Untitled Document ADDIS ABABA - Repression and rights abuses by the Ethiopian government make voting in this week's national elections a "hollow exercise" for ...

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May 02, 2005

Oromo: Intimidation Claims Precede Election

Untitled Document The Ethiopian opposition said Wednesday 27 April 2005 its supporters are being killed, arrested, tortured and intimidated in the run-up to next month's parliamentary...

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Apr 29, 2005

Oromo: Opposition Complains of Abuses ahead of...

Untitled Document Ethiopia’s third-ever democratic elections have been marred by random killings, mass arrests, torture and intimidation, five main opposition groups alleged...

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Apr 19, 2005

Oromo: OLF Statement Following the Briefing Trip...

Untitled Document “All Ethiopian regimes lack the good-will to disentangle themselves from their past authoritarian political traditions” said Mr. Dawud Ibsa, the chairman...

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Apr 15, 2005

Chirac Asked to Press for Journalist Release

Untitled Document Reporters Without Borders has asked French President Jacques Chirac to take advantage of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's official visit to France on 14-15...

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Apr 12, 2005

Oromo: No Illusions About the Elections

Untitled Document No illusions about the elections The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF, Ethiopian opposition group supported by Eritrea) has no illusions about the outcome of the Ethiopian...

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Mar 28, 2005

Oromo: Attack on Government Troups in Western...

Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), armed wing of Oromo Liberation Front, (OLF) operating in western Oromia, western Ethiopia - eastern Sudan, has attacked and scored victories against Ethiopian forces. On...

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Mar 24, 2005

Oromo Community in Canada Critizes Ethiopian ...

Untitled Document On March 10, 2005 the Ethiopian television reported that the Ethiopian ambassador to Canada briefed members of Oromo community here and, reportedly, they expressed...

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Mar 23, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia Arrested Two Journalists

RSF has voiced concern that, with general elections due to take place in just two months, on 15 May 2005, two journalists, Shiferraw Insermu and Dhabassa Wakjira, continue to be detained. Insermu...

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Mar 11, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopian Agents Arrested in Kenya

Authorities in Kenya said on Thursday they had deported four men claiming to be secret Ethiopian government agents as President Mwai Kibaki visits neighbouring Ethiopia amid new border tensions....

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Mar 09, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia Defends Rights Record After US...

Ethiopia defended its human rights record on Tuesday in the wake of a U.S. State Department report accusing it of illegal killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's...

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Feb 24, 2005

Oromo: Ethiopia Clashes Kill Six in Dispute over...

At least six people were killed in a conflict sparked by disagreements over a referendum held to apportion areas contested by Ethiopia's Oromo and Somali ethnic groups, a U.N. aid agency said on...

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