According to the information reached the Oromo Human Rights and Relief Organization known as ‘Oromo Menschenrechts und Hilfsorganisation (OMRHO e.V. ) in German language mass arrest is being conducted in all parts of Oromia Regional state of Ethiopia and 59 Church buildings were burnt in the month of March 2011.
 
According to the reliable information of OMRHO e.V. Mr. Ittana Sanbato who represented the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OMFDM) and observed the 2005 election in Ethiopia was taken by the Ethiopian security forces from his home in Dembi Dollo Qellem Wallaga zone of Oromia region and his whereabouts is not known.  
 
Similarly the Ethiopian Security forces went to arrest another OFDM supporter, Mr. Mulatu Shiferaw in Ghimbi and could not find him. However they arrested instead his two under aged children of 14 and 15 years, Dabala Mulatu and Habtamu Mulatu in Ghimbi town. OMRHO was also informed that the Ethiopian Federal police searched the house of Mr. Gazahanyi Caalaa in Ambo and took him with his brother whose name we were not informed but who lives in Kebele 05 Ambo town of West Oromia and their whereabouts is not known. 

 
The Voice of America broadcasted on 15.03.2011 made its source the interviewed with the Oromo Congress party general secretary mentioned that the collective mass arrest covers most Oromia States, from Borana in the South to Dembi Dollo in the West of Ethiopia. Civilians including, farmers, teachers, students, evangelists and others were collectively arrested in Addis Ababa, Adama, Dambi Dollo and other towns of Oromia region. The Ethiopian government allegation of massive arrest is the civilians spreading propaganda against the Ethiopian government and having illegal guns in their houses. Such allegation is not new to human rights organizations. Since the Ethiopian legal system is not free from party politics, OMRHO is very much concerned for fair and free trail of these prisoners. 
 
Our organization was informed that at the beginning of March 2011, was due to a conflict instigated between Christians and Muslims in Asandabo area of Jimma Zone of Oromia 59 Church buildings of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus were burnt and one Muslim was killed. Ethiopia used to be the good example of peaceful coexistence between Christians and the Muslems. Especially the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and muslems have lived in Oromia without problem up until the current government came to power.
 
OMRHO e.V. is concerned for the civilian mass arrest and the religious conflict which shows the absence of individual and collective political and religious rights in the country. Therefore we call all concerned governmental and nongovernmental organizations and human rights activists to do all their best in putting up some pressure on the Ethiopian government so that the government abide to its own constitution and to the universal human rights declaration and stop collective mass arrest, respect the rights of prisoners, establish a court system that is free from party politics and racial discriminations that targets ethnic Oromos.
 
 
The Executive Board of OMRHO e.V.