Oromia Support Group Asutralia Statement on the Current Situation in State of Oromia

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By admin on December 10, 2015.

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To:  Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: + 41 22 917 9022

Oromia Support Group Australia (OSGA) extremely shocked about the killings and torture of innocent Oromo students including Primary School Children in Oromia. Oromo student peaceful protests are spreading throughout Ethiopia, Oromia region, as people demonstrate against the endanger that hundred thousand of Oromo farmers, residents and their families living near the capital, Finfinnee (Addis Ababa), could be evicted from their lands by the name of Addis Ababa expansion policy.

Since the first week of December 2015, horrifying, and heartbreaking images and videos of Oromo children peacefully marched on a street and voiced their anger being beaten to death and killed by shootings. There are credible reports of severe injuries and arbitrary arrests in many locations that the Ethiopian government armed forces and authorities are unable to deny and publicly admitted the killings of Oromo children.

Since the first week of December 2015, horrifying, and heartbreaking images and videos of Oromo children peacefully marched on a street and voiced their anger being beaten to death and killed by shootings. There are credible reports of severe injuries and arbitrary arrests in many locations that the Ethiopian government armed forces and authorities are unable to deny and publicly admitted the killings of Oromo children.

The Ethiopian Federal forces, racially affiliated and heavily armed, known as Agazi and part of the select force of the dominant Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), violently respond when Oromo students and children from various universities and institutions in the country protested against the Master Plan since the beginning of December 2015. (please see attached further statements and evidence).

Ethiopia’s tight restrictions on civil society and media make it difficult to external sources to verify the current, escalating killings, torture and mass arrest, and the exact details of the ongoing protests emerging from cities, towns and rural areas in Oromia.

It is OSG Australia’s fresh recall that the current Oromo students and children protests resounded the bloodshed events of the last year 2014 when the Ethiopian Federal forces fired into groups of largely peaceful Oromo protesters, killed and injured hundreds. Hundreds students were grossly arrested, tortured and remained behind bars. Both then and today, the demonstrators are evidently protesting not only the fear of displacing millions of Oromo from their land but Oromo are marginalised and discriminated against by successive Ethiopian governments and are unable to voice their concerns over government policies in their country, on their land.

Therefore, by covering the Master Plan with “industrialization” and “development” the Federal government has hidden a systematic genocidal agenda against Oromo people in the region. If it is for development, the Oromo people must be supported and included in the development scope and opportunities, instead of being evicted from their land and thrown them on the street to become homeless through the Ethiopian Government’s apparent militarised implementation of the ‘Addis Ababa Expansion Master Plan’.

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