shall be made on the basis of the poltical, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belngs, whether it is independent , turst , non -self governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
” Everyone has the right to life , liberty and security of person.”
In Amnesty intrnational ‘ reprt dated October 27, 2014 ,Ethiopia government ”resntlessly cnttinue to target and attack Oromo people in a large scale, massive , sweeping , and systematically institutional ized state repression purely on the bases of bening of Oromo , which can be construed as race or ethnicity / nationality . The report clearly established that the Etiopian government employs deliberate and systematic politices of arrest without due process of law, torture,and rape-including group rape , killings, terrorizing the Oromo public, psycholgical warfare, hate media, mass evictions and en forced disappearance of the oromo people.
This sustained pattern of systematic violence , attacke, and various froms of repression against the Oromo people by the Ethiopian state , reveals overt failure or unwillingness on the part of the Ethioia regime, to protect the Oromo people from mass atrcity . This situation leaves no avenue of redress or mechanism for self-defense for the Oromo people who live within the boundaries of current day Ethiopia. The current conditions are ripe for genocidal actions on the part of the regime.
These substantial , sweeping attacks and forms of repression specifically targeting the Oromo people are not isolated human rights violations aimed at particular individuals but rather systematic and institutionalized state actions against a people’s self-expression. Amnesty International documented that language , dress, music, cultural practice, social and religious gatherings, even celebrations-are all looked upon with suspicon and become an excuse for harassment and arrest/detention of Oromo individually and in groups.Amensty’s investigative research was carried out only from 2011 to 2014 . It established a prima facie case proving that Ethiopian government is committing all acts of persecution(torture, extra-Judicaial killing,mass arrest,extermination , disappearances, raping, etc.)with a clear intent to discriminate against the Oromo people. The regime is consistently engaged in an intentional deprivation of the fundamental existence of the Oromo people just because of the identity of the collectivity of the Oromo people.
In its detailed research that interviewed more than 240 Oromo victims in Ethiopia, in refugee camps and in exile ,Amnesty International successfully documented the regime’s intent to perscute and discriminate against the Oromo people.Amnesty International has received information and testimonies relating to several incidents over the last three years in which security services are alleged to have used unnecessary force against peaceful protestors, including firing live ammunition on unarmed protestors and allegations of beating of peaceful protestors and , in some cases, bystanders, resulting in deaths and injuries. The killing of protestors during several demonstrations since 2011,amount to extra-Judicical executions.It is commission beyond a reasonable doubt. According to the report, at least 5000 students, farmers and civil servants have been imprisoned between 2011-2014 with no charges or due process of law. Several thousand were forced to cross boundaries finding refugee to the neighboring countries.As a matter of fact , for some of us who lived the experience of the merciless and ruthless target of the regime, the report is just a reinstatement of the fact.Yet,Amensty has managed to shed light on the long hidden persecution of Oromo people by the Ethiopian government.
When I compare this declaration and what is really happening in Ethiopia today , I do have a lot of unanswered questions, for instance , did Ethiopia sign this declaration? Is the declaration universal ? IS Ethiopia not part of this universe ? Is not human right issue the concern of other countries ? Or the Oromo people iare not humans ?
Theoretically Ethiopia has signed this declaration , the declaration is of course universal, physically Etiopia is part of this universe, and there is no doubt that Oromo people are humans. So why no the world is not so much concerned on human right violations on Oromo ?
The TPLF led ethnic based party is controlling and ruling our land and property science 1991.The wests are coparing the TPLF regime with the socialistic Derg. The property in the Derg regime was openly state controlled . But in the TPLF regime property has been controlled by TPLF party . The party can give and sale natural and non-renewable resources, mineral including Gold mining . Land to idividuals (like shek Mohammed Hussein Ala Amuddi) and foreign stockholders to take the lion share behind curtain. It is really a paradox that the so called ‘ Christian state’ giving so much of its recourses and institutions to a single Muslim guy, and to Chinese, Indian and Saudi-Arebia investors.
The concern of the world today has been war on terror. The just cause of the Oromo becomes covered and terrorized by the barrel of the gun used by the TPLF led regime.Our resource become our enemy , we are suffering because TPLF need to exploit our natural resource. SO we are deprived all human rights, the right to speech and expression , the right to be organized , the right of property , the right of equality before law, the right of life , political right etc. The amnesty report is the reflection of all this.
The right of life is the source of all rights- and the right to self determination is their only implementation. Without the right of self determination , no other rights are possible in the current Ethiopia . Since man has to sustain his life by his own choice and effort, the man who has no right to the right to choose has no means to sustain his life . The man, who accept what the other impose on him , the man who produces while others dispose of his product, is
The TPLF regime will decide on the fate of Oromo , and they expect the Oromo to produce and they want to take the product. This is the wish of keeping Oromo in slavery. The Oromo those who fight against this Just cause has been tortured , extra-judicial killed , massively arrested , exterminated, disappeared, and raped.
In fact , this pattern of gross violation of human rights well-fits into the crime against humanity , as defined under Article 7 of the Rome Statute that established International Criminal Court . Ethiopia regime is fully committing all prosecutorial acts in a widespread,systemic and institutionalized from against Oromo people with the knowledge of the attack .
Did the world stand with this cause or against ? Did the tax paid by citizens should help the victim or such inhuman regime ? The politicians helping such a regime should hears the voice of the people and invest the property of the people for proper purpose. The people have to have control over his own leaders, not to misuse public property to strengthen dictators in Africa including Ethiopia.
I appeal to all human right activists, political leader, student, worker, civil right activists ,Journalists, lawyers, all human beings who are cocerned on human right issue, try to recognize the unnoticed but never ending problem of Oromo, Ethiopia and the horn and make significant material , social and psychological effort to stop in justice,
”Injustice somewhere is threat to Justice Everywhere”