The Oromo Human Rights and Relief Organization based in Germany known as "Oromo Menschenrechts- und Hifsorganisation" (OMRHO e.V) received a sad information about the new wave of summary massacre of Oromos  in Ethiopia.

According to our sources, the Ethiopian government  came out with a “ New Master Plan ” to expand the city of Addis Ababa which will lead to the encroachment and eviction  of hundreds of thousands of farmers.

Making use of their constitutional rights guaranteed under Article 30 of the Ethiopian constitution, Oromo students from universities, primary and secondary schools, farmers and urban dwellers, staged peaceful demonstrations opposing the new round of Land grabbing under the pretext of modernizing the city of Addis Ababa. Once again violating its own constitution, the Ethiopian government met peaceful demonstrators with bullets. According to  information posted on several social medias and Internet forums, about 30 people were killedon May 1st and 2nd 2014 and several others wounded  in Ambo town alone. For example a 9th grade student Edale Dessalgn  and a 14 year old female student not yet identified by name were among the many  killed in Ambo.  In almost all other Oromia cities, the killing, beating and mass arrests of the demonstrators continued in a similar manner like in Ambo.   

 

 The following picture shows the student Edale Dessalegn killed in Ambo:

Edale Dessalegn killed in Ambo

According to the statement of Advocate Human Dignity and other human rights organizations, dozens have been killed and several hundred were wounded and mass arrests were conducted during the student demonstrations in  Ambo, Guder, Bale, Adama, Dire Dawa, Haromaya, Gimbi, Nejjo, Horro Guduru, Jimma Mettu and  Addis Ababa.

The OMRHO e.V. remembers similar human rights violations conducted against school children, university students, farmers and other civil servants in the last two decades under the EPRDF government. About 200 Sidama farmers were killed during a single peaceful demonstration in Awasa town in the year 2000. Hundreds of Oromo students of Addis Ababa and other Universities were arrested, tortured and dozens were killed during the peaceful demonstration that opposed the transfer of the Oromia Capital city from Addis Ababa to Adama in 2004. Several people from the Mursi and other native tribes were killed in 2012 and 2013 in connection with the Gibe hydro power project undertaken by the Ethiopian government.

Therefore, the Oromo Human Rights and Relief Organization expresses its deep sadness about the continuous killings of peaceful demonstrators, physical and psychological tortures by the Ethiopian government. Thus, OMRH condemns any arbitrary human rights violations perpetrated by the Ethiopian government and demands the release of innocent summarily arrested  demonstrators.

We further appeal to all concerned international communities and human rights organizations to use all possible pressure to end this agony.



 

OMRHO e.V.