Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hundreds Dead By Ethiopian Government Initiated Conflict

100 People Dead by Wayyaanee-made Conflict Between Gujii Oromos and Sidamas

(OLF News, May 31, 2009) OLF News Correspondent reported from Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) that once again Wayyaanee orchestrated a conflict between Oromos and other ethno-national groups, this time between Oromos and Sidamas in the north eastern side of Awasaa town at a place known as Shelloo in which altogether 100 people have been killed from both sides several others have been wounded. It is to be recalled that OLF News has warned on May 20, 2009 that another Wayyaanee invented conflict is in the making between Sidamas and Oromos. OLF News warning has now become true.

The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), and the Sidama Liberation Front (SLF) and elders of both Oromos and Sidamas warned that the Oromo and Sidama population should not get into the trap of Wayyaanee-TPLF regime and should resolve their minor differences by negotiations and focus on their common enemy, which is the TPLF racist and fascist regime.

On several occasions over the last 18 or so years during the current administration different clans of the same Oromo communities such as Borana and Gabra, Borana and Guji, Borana and Gari have fought deadly, due to conflicts cooked by the TPLF regime, in which several people died from both and sides property has been destroyed in a massive scale. Moreover, there have been repeated incidents of conflict between Oromos and other people neighboring Oromia such as the Oromo and Somali, Oromo and Sidama, Oromo and Afar, Oromo and Harari, Oromo and Amhara, Oromo and Benishangul, Oromo and Gumuz, last week alone two rounds of conflict between Afar and Oromo, and this time another round of conflict between Oromos and Sidamas.

OLF News

Another TPLF Invented Conflict Between Afar and Karrayyuu Oromo: 21 Dead From Both Sides

(OLF News, May 29, 2009)
OLF news correspondent reported from Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) that another conflict, between Afar and Karrayyuu Oromo ethno-national groups, orchestrated by the cadres of the Tigrai dominated illegitimate regime of Meles Zenawi have taken 21 lives. It is to be recalled that OLF News has reported very recently on May 20, 2009 that a similar TPLF concocted conflict between Oromo, Afar, and Argobbaa has taken 14 lives around the same area of Eastern Shoa zone at a place called Summaa Dhangaddi.

The current deadly conflict is reported to have taken place at different places in Fantallee District of Eastern Shoa zone in which all in all 21 died from both sides instantly. In one such conflict alone which took place in the village of Haroo Qarsaa at a place called Hallam 13 people died from both sides. The number of those who have been injured is unknown. In addition to loss of lives, it is reported that a great deal of property is destroyed by the conflict.

The conflict is said to have started when the TPLF cadres went to the Afars and agitated them to chase the Karrayyuu Oromos from their land and confiscate their land and their property. The type of military equipment used by the Afar side is reported to have been heavy automatic weapons which individuals can not have in their own indicating that the forces of the regime not only armed the Afars but also have been fighting with Karrayyuu Oromos siding the Afars.

In related news, a similar conflict between Guji Oromos and Sidamas orchestrated by cadres of the regime is also reported to have taken the lives of 100 people. Stay tuned with OLF News for the details of this news.
OLF News

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Amnesty International Report 2009


Head of state Girma Wolde-Giorgis
Head of government Meles Zenawi
Death penalty retentionist
Population 85.2 million
Life expectancy 51.8 years
Under-5 mortality (m/f) 151/136 per 1,000
Adult literacy 35.9 per cent

Restrictions on humanitarian assistance to the Somali Region (known as the Ogaden) continued. The government engaged in sporadic armed conflict against the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and both forces perpetrated human rights abuses against civilians. Ethiopian troops fighting insurgents in Somalia in support of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) committed human rights abuses and were reported to have committed war crimes. Security forces arrested members of the Oromo ethnic group in Addis Ababa and in the Oromo Region towards the end of the year. Independent journalists continued to face harassment and arrest. A number of political prisoners were believed to remain in detention and opposition party leader Birtukan Mideksa, who was pardoned in 2007, was rearrested. A draft law restricting the activities of Ethiopian and international organizations working on human rights was expected to be passed by parliament in 2009. Ethiopia remained one of the world’s poorest countries with some 6.4 million people suffering acute food insecurity, including 1.9 million in the Somali Region.


The Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission completed its mandate in October, despite Ethiopia failing to implement its ruling, and the UN Security Council withdrew the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) in the wake of Eritrean obstruction of its operations along the Eritrea/Ethiopia border.

Thousands of Ethiopian armed forces remained in Somalia to support the TFG in armed conflict against insurgents throughout most of the year. Accusations of human rights violations committed by Ethiopian forces continued in 2008. Insurgent factions stated that they were fighting to force Ethiopia’s withdrawal from Somalia. A phased plan for Ethiopian withdrawal was included in a peace agreement signed by the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia-Djibouti and TFG representatives in late October. Ethiopian forces began to withdraw late in the year, but had not withdrawn from Somalia completely by the end of the year.

The government faced sporadic armed conflict in the Oromo and Somali regions, with ONLF members also implicated in human rights abuses against civilians. Ethiopian opposition parties in exile remained active in Eritrea and in other countries in Africa and Europe.

"Ethiopian forces attacked the al-Hidya mosque in Mogadishu killing 21 men..."

Divisions split the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) party, leading to the emergence of new opposition parties, including the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJP) led by former judge Birtukan Mideksa. She was one of more than 70 CUD leaders, journalists and civil society activists convicted, then pardoned and released in 2007.

Suicide bombers attacked Ethiopia’s trade mission in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on 29 October killing several Ethiopian and Somali civilians.

Prisoners of conscience and other political prisoners

A number of political prisoners, detained in previous years in the context of internal armed conflicts or following contested elections in 2005, remained in detention.

  • Bekele Jirata, General Secretary of the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement party, Asefa Tefera Dibaba, a lecturer at Addis Ababa University and dozens of others from the Oromo ethnic group were arrested in Addis Ababa and parts of the Oromo Region from 30 October onwards. Some of those detained were accused of financially supporting the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).
  • Sultan Fowsi Mohamed Ali, an independent mediator, who was arrested in Jijiga in August 2007 reportedly to prevent him from giving evidence to a UN fact-finding mission, remained in detention. Tried for alleged involvement in two hand grenade attacks in 2007, he was sentenced to 22 years’ imprisonment in May 2008.
  • On 15 January Birtukan Mideksa, Gizachew Shiferaw and Alemayehu Yeneneh, then senior members of the CUD, were briefly detained by police after holding party meetings in southern Ethiopia. Birtukan Mideksa was rearrested on 28 December after she issued a public statement regarding the negotiations that led to her 2007 pardon. Her pardon was revoked and the sentence of life imprisonment reinstated.

Prisoner releases

Many released prisoners faced harassment and intimidation, with some choosing to leave the country.

  • Human rights defenders and lawyers Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie were released on 28 March. They had been detained since November 2005 together with hundreds of opposition parliamentarians, CUD members and journalists. Unlike their co-defendants in the trial who were pardoned and released in 2007, Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie remained in detention, having refused to sign a document negotiated by local elders. They mounted a defence and were convicted by the Federal High Court of criminal incitement (although the presiding judge dissented) and sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment. When it became evident they would not be released, even after they appealed, they chose to sign the negotiated document, and were subsequently pardoned and released after serving 29 months of their sentence.
  • Charges of conspiring to commit “outrages against the Constitution” faced by Yalemzewd Bekele, a human rights lawyer who had been working for the European Commission in Addis Ababa, were dropped, without prejudice, before trial.
  • Abdirahman Mohamed Qani, chief of the Tolomoge sub-clan of the Ogaden clan in the Somali Region, was detained on 13 July after receiving a large public welcome when he returned from two years abroad. He was released on 7 October, and his relatives who had also been detained were reportedly released several days later.
  • CUD activist Alemayehu Mesele, who had suffered harassment since his release from prison in 2007, fled Ethiopia in early May after he was severely beaten by unknown assailants.
  • The editor of the Reporter newspaper Amare Aregawi was severely beaten by unknown assailants on 31 October in Addis Ababa. He had previously been detained by security officers in August.

In September, the government announced that it had released 394 prisoners and commuted one death sentence to life imprisonment to mark the Ethiopian New Year.

Freedom of expression

Independent journalists continued to face harassment and arrest.

At least 13 newspapers shut down by the government in 2005 were still closed. Independent journalists were reportedly denied licences to operate, although others did receive licences. Serkalem Fasil, Eskinder Nega and Sisay Agena, former publishers of Ethiopia’s largest circulation independent newspapers, who had been detained with CUD members, were denied licences to open two new newspapers.

Gizachew Shiferaw Fires Up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 December 2008.
Gizachew Shiferaw Fires Up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 December 2008.

In February the Supreme Court upheld a decision to dissolve the Ethiopian Teachers Association (ETA) and hand over its assets to a rival union formed by the government, also known as the Ethiopian Teachers Association. This action followed years of harassment and detention of union members. In December the union, under its new name, the National Teachers’ Association, had its application for registration as a professional organization rejected.

On World Press Freedom Day (3 May) Alemayehu Mahtemework, publisher of the monthly Enku, was detained and 10,000 copies of his publication impounded. He was released after five days without charge and copies of the magazine were later returned to him.

In November a Federal High Court judge convicted editor-in chief of the weekly Enbilta, Tsion Girma, of “inciting the public through false rumours” after a reporting mistake. She reportedly paid a fine and was released.

Human rights defenders

A draft Charities and Societies Proclamation was revised several times by the government in 2008, but remained threatening to the rights of freedom of assembly, association and expression.

Its provisions included severe restrictions on the amount of foreign funding Ethiopian civil society organizations working on human rights-related issues could receive from abroad (no more than 10 per cent of total revenues). It would also establish a Civil Societies Agency with sweeping authority over organizations carrying out work on human rights and conflict resolution in Ethiopia. It was expected to be passed into law by Parliament in early 2009.

Ethiopian troops in Somalia

Ethiopia maintained a significant troop presence in Somalia which supported the TFG until the end of the year. Ethiopian forces committed human rights abuses and were reported to have committed war crimes. Ethiopian forces attacked the al-Hidya mosque in Mogadishu killing 21 men, some inside the mosque, on 19 April. More than 40 children were held for some days after the mosque raid before being released .

Many attacks by Ethiopian forces in response to armed insurgents were reported to have been indiscriminate and disproportionate, often occurring in densely civilian-populated areas.

Internal armed conflict

The government continued counter-insurgency operations in the Somali Region, which increased after attacks by the ONLF on an oil installation in Obole in April 2007. These included restrictions on humanitarian aid which have had a serious impact on conflict-affected districts of the region. The government did not allow unhindered independent access for human rights monitoring.

Reports, dating back to 2007, of beatings, rape and other forms of torture, forcible conscription and extrajudicial executions in the Somali Region were investigated by a government-contracted body but not by an independent international body.

Torture and other ill-treatment

Reports of torture made by defendants in the trial of elected parliamentarian Kifle Tigeneh and others, one of several CUD trials, were not investigated.

Conditions in Kaliti prison and other detention facilities were harsh – overcrowded, unhygienic and lacking adequate medical care. Among those detained in such conditions were long-term political prisoners held without charge or trial, particularly those accused of links to the OLF.

  • Mulatu Aberra, a trader of the Oromo ethnic group accused of supporting the OLF, was released on 1 July on bail and fled the country. He had been arrested in November 2007 and reportedly tortured and denied medical treatment for resulting injuries while in detention.

Death penalty

While a number of death sentences were imposed by courts in 2008, no executions were reported.

  • In May the Federal Supreme Court overturned earlier rulings and sentenced to death former President Mengistu Haile Mariam (in exile in Zimbabwe) and 18 senior officials of his Dergue government. The prosecution had appealed against life imprisonment sentences passed in 2007, after they were convicted by the Federal High Court of genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated between 1974 and 1991.
  • On 6 April a court sentenced to death five military officers in absentia. They served under Mengistu Haile Mariam, and were held responsible for air raids in Hawzen, in the Tigray Region, which killed hundreds in a market in June 1980.
  • On 8 May a court in Tigray Region found six people guilty of a bus bombing in northern Ethiopia between Humora and Shira on 13 March and sentenced three of them to death.
  • On 21 May the Federal Supreme Court sentenced eight men to death for a 28 May 2007 bombing in Jijiga in the Somali Region.
  • On 22 May a military tribunal sentenced to death in absentia four Ethiopian pilots , who sought asylum while training in Israel in 2007.

Amnesty International reports

Ethiopia: Government Prepares Assault on Civil Society (1 July 2008)
Ethiopia: Comments on the Draft Charities and Societies Proclamation (1 October 2008)
Ethiopia: Draft Law would Wreck Civil Society (14 October 2008)
Ethiopia: Arbitrary detention/torture or other ill-treatment (14 November 2008)
Routinely Targeted: Attacks on Civilians in Somalia (6 May 2008)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Murtiilee Hirmaattota Seminaara Hawaasa Oromoo Godina Awuropaa


Seeminaara kana kan qindeesse koree hojii geggesitu ABO godina Awuropaa ti.

Seminarri hawaasa Oromoo godina Awuropaa Caamsaa 23 bara 2009 ganama kessaa saatii11:30 irraa egalee waaree booda haga saatii 20:00 itti biyya Beeljigii, magaalaa Antwerpen kessa itti geggefame. Seminaarri kun akka sirna aadaa saba Oromootti ebba manguddooliin ergii banameen booda mata duree gurguddoo gosoota shan (5) irratti xiyyeeffachuun hirmaattotaaf dhiyaate. Isaanis:

1ffaa. Deemsa Siyaasa Gaanfa Afrikaa fi Sochii QBO ABOn Hogganamtu irra itti ibsa kan kenne Jalle Dawud Ibsa, hayyu duree gumii sabaa ABOti;

2ffaa. Dhibdee Walabummaa Seeraa Impaayera Itoophiyaa irra itti ibsa kan kenne Jaale Tashaalee Abarraa, abbaa seeraati;

3ffaa. Garaagrummaa mooraa QBO keessatti dhalatan maddaa fi Furmaata isaa irra itti barnoota kan keenan Dr. Alamayyoo Birruu, ogessa Sayinsii Philosophaati;

4ffaa. Gufuulee ABO Mudatanii fi Bu’aa Galma’anii jiran irra itti ibsa kan kenne Jalle Dhugomsaa Dhugasaa, miseensa gumii saba ABO gadaa dabireeti;

5ffaa. Qooda Dubbartootaa QBO fi Tajaajila Hawaasaaf kan jedhu irra itti ibsa kan kennite, Jalle Angatuu Balchaa; fi

6ffaa. Adeemsa hojii waldaa gargaarsa Oromoo (ORA) irra itti Jaalle Lidiyaa Namarraa, miseensa gumii sabaan ibsi kennameera.

Mata duroota seminaara armaan olitti tuqaman kanneen irratti walduraa duuban jaallan qabsoo oromoo keessatti muuxannoo dheeraa qabaniin, hayyoota dhimma siyaasaa fi mirga dhala namaa naannoo gaanfa Afrikaa irratti deemaa jiruu fi ture irratti qorannoo geggessan, xiinxaltoota siyaasaa, fi ogeessota seeraan barnootaa fi ibsi gadi-fagenyaan kennamee jira. Hirmaattooti seminaara kanaas gaaffilee fi yaada ijaaroo dhiheessuun mariin ballinaa erga geggefameen booda yaada walhubannoo tokko irra gahuun dhuma irra itti murtii fi ibsa ejjennoo armaan gadhii dabarfachuun seminaarichi milkii fi injifannoo boonsaan xumuramee jira.

Ibsa Ejjennoo

Nuti miseensonni hawaasoota oromoo biyyoota Awuropa keessaa dhufne seminaara kana irratti hirmaachuun rakkoolee jireenya hawaasummaa, siyaasaa, fi dinagdee gaanfa Afrikaa keessa jiruu fi keessumattuu hacuuccaa mootummaan TPLF (Wayyaanee) saba Oromoo fi saboota Impaayera Itophiyaa keessa jiraatan irratti raawachaa jiru ilaalchisee ibsa hogganoota ABO, bakka bu'oota jaarmiyaalee mirgoota dhala-namaa ( human rights group), fi hayyoota siyasaa irraa kenname qalbii guutuu fi gaddaan dhaggeeffannee erga yaada waljijjiirree booda ummata Oromoo sirna gabronfannaa (kolonii) motummaa TPLF jalaa bilisomsuuf qabsoo hadhooftuu geggefamaa jiru tumsuu fi gumaata nu irraa barbaadamu gama hundaan kennuuf kutannee akka jirru ibsa armaan gadiin mirkaneessina.

  1. Ummatni Oromoo wareegama qaalii gumachuun qabsoo bilisummaa biyya isaa Oromiyaa kessatti geggessaa jiruu fi haala hunda keessatti qabsoo bilisummaa ABOn finiinsaa jiru daran jabeessuuf waan qabsoon nu gaafatu maraan deeggarsa keenya cimsinee akka itti fufnu ibsina.

  2. Wayyaaneen (TPLF) erga ol-antummaa meeshaa waranaan mootummaa Impaayera Itophiyaa bara1991 irraa eegalee dhunfatee jalqabee ummata Oromiyaa fi ummatooota cunqurfamoo kibba Itophiyaa irratti bifoota dhoksaa fi ifaan yakkoota dhittaa mirga namoomaa raawachaa turee fi jiruuf ni balaaleffanna!

  3. Mootummaan wayyanee (TPLF) seraan ala ummata oromoo qe'ee fi qabeenya isaa irraa maqaa investmenti jedhuun beenyaa tokko malee buqqisee arihuun lafa qonnaa Oromiyaa dureyotaaf hiruun qotee bultoota Oromiyaa hiyyummaa hiriyaa hin qabneef saxiluun umurii sirna gabronfannaa isaa tikfachuuf toftaa fi tarsimoo dirirfatee jiruf ni baalalefanna!

  1. Mootummaan wayyanee (TPLF) seraan ala lafa qonnaa Oromoo dhaabbilee sadarkaa addunyaatti ababoo daldalan (International flower companies) itti gurgurachuun bu`aa dinagdee argataa jiruun mooraa waraanaa gargaarsa mootumoota duromaniin ijaarate sana jabeeffachuun ummata Oromoo sababii gabrummaa kessatti ittisaa jiruuf ni balaalefanna!

  2. Mootummaan wayyanee (TPLF) tarsimoo faallaa misoomaa fi egumasa qabenyaa umamaa Oromiyaa kessa itti dirirsee jiruun: fakkenyaaf bishaan laga Awash fi haroo Qoqaa summii fayyaa dhala namaaf balaa ta`eef saxiluu, bosona umamaa dhabamsisuu, xaa´oo yeroon itti darbee hojii irra olchuun lafa-qonnaa borqaayina yeroo dheeraatti jijjiruu, jireenya ummata Oromiyaa balaa beelaa fi dhukkuboota daddarboof saaxiluu, fi kkf haala dhokasaa fi ifaan saganteeffatee waan raawachaa jiruuf guddifnee balaalefanna!

  3. Mootummaan wayyanee (TPLF) qabeenya biyya Oromiyaa saamuun galii dinagidee isaa karaa tokko jabeeffataa karaa biraan ammo ummati Oromoo akka tajaajila egumasa fayyaa, bishaan qulqulluu, midhaan nyaataa, barnotaa, fi misooma aadaa barbaachisaa ta`e akka hin arganne gochuun sadarkaa guddina hawaasummaa fi dinagdee Oromiyaa foyya´iinsa dhorkuun egeree saba Oromoo balaa hiyyummaa hiriyaa hin qabneef saxilaa waan jiruuf ni balaalefanna!

  4. Oromiyaan gargaarsa hawaasummaa karaa jaarmiyaalee miti motummaa (NGO) akka hin arganneef labsii sochii hojii misoomaa dhaabbilee miti motummaa ugguruu (danqu) motummaa wayyanee (TPLF) seraan ala waan dabarseef ni balaalefanna.

  5. Jaarmiyaaleen siyasaa qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo hogganaa jirtan hundi garaagarummaa xixiqqoo giddu kessan jiru mariin furachuun mooraa qabsoo bilisummaa angessuudhaan ummata Oromoo roorroo sirna gabronfannaa mootummaa wayyanee (TPLF) jalaa bilisoomsuuf akka waltumsuun qabsoo finiinsitan waamicha keenya isinii dhiyeesina.

  6. Lammileen Oromiyaa roorroo sirna gabronfataa mootummaa wayyanee (TPLF) jalaa gara biyyoota alagaatti baqachuun kooluu gallee jirru hundi keenya sadarkaa ijaarsa jaarmiyaalee hawaasotaa fi waldaalee Oromoo biyyoota ambaa jiran jabeeffachuun waan nu irraa barbaadamu maraan mooraa qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoo daran tumsuuf walqunnamtii cimaan sochoonee akka hojjennu waamicha Oromummaa irratti hundayee isinii dhiheessina.

  7. Humnootiin siyasaa impaayera Itophiyaa hundi keessan waltumsuu fi gamtaan qabsoo fininsuun akka sabootaa fi ummatoota dhaabbattaniif injiftannoo gonfachisuun sirna gabronfataa jaarmaya wayyaanee (TPLF) jalaa bilisa baaftan waamicha isinii dhiyeesina.

  8. Gochaa faashistummaa fi sanyii dhala-namaa ballessii mootummaan TPLF saba Oromoo, Ogaadeen, Anyuwaak, Sidamaa, fi saboota biroo irratti raawwateef Mallas Zenawii fi hordoftooti isaa tessuma mana murtii yakka

    addunyaa (ICC) irratti dhihaachuun yakkoota dhittaa mirga dhala namaa fi waraanaa ajaja angoo motummaan raawatameef akka ol-antummaa seroota adunyaan adabamaniif karaa jaarmiyaalee hawaasota addunyaa deeggersi barbaachisaa ta'e akka qaamota dhimma kana raawachisaniif godhamu

    maqaa ummata Oromoon iyyannoo keenya dhiyeefanna.

Injifatnnoon ummata oromoof !

Hirmaattoota seminaara Hawaasa Oromoo godina Awuroppaa

Beljigii, Antwerpen,

Caamsaa 23 bara 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009


22 May 2009, Brussels - Oromo activists from across Europe converged on Brussels today to raise international awareness of the ongoing human rights abuses being perpetrated in Ethiopia under the administration of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Marching from the European Commission’s Berlaymont building, demonstrators crossed the city of Brussels to bring their message to the embassies of both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Oromo representatives explained to international media the importance of the protest as a means of bringing scrutiny to bear on Ethiopia ahead of the 2010 elections and the environmental degradation that was going unchecked at the
same time as human rights were being eroded.

As part of the protest, letter of appeal were issued to the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific states, and the embassies of the United States and United Kingdom.

The appeal made the following calls:

  • That the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees initiate an inquiry into allegations of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Ethiopian Government;
  • That European Union (EU) member states to raise the issue of human rights in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian government;
  • That EU member states to express a collective and public concern at the human rights situation in Ethiopia, including a call for the release of all detained political prisoners;
  • That European companies, their Ethiopian partners, and the Ethiopian government adhere to international environmental standards and obligations;
  • That a mechanism capable of bringing together all stakeholders in resolving Ethiopia’s internal conflicts be established and supported.
  • That the Ethiopian government is held publicly accountable for all aid donated to, or channelled through, its departments.

For more information, including photographs and press releases, please refer to:

Photo: OLF InfoDesk & UNPO

Sunday, May 17, 2009

HRLHA Press Release No. 16, May 2009

Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia

Death from Brutal Torture

Two civilians have become the most recent victims of torture in Ethiopia. Mr. Abdurashiid Ibrahim Adam and Mr. Hassan Ibrahim Tule, both from Eastern Hararge Region in Oromia, have died from extreme torture inflicted on them by members of the Ethiopian Security Forces while they were in prison.

Mr. Abdurashiid Ibrahim Aadam, a 38-year old farmer, was subjected to torture that resulted in his death in Burqaa Tirtiraa Prison in Eastern Hararge. According to HRLHA reporter, Mr. Abdulrashid was suspended upside down with his hands and legs tied on his back and severely whipped and beaten everywhere on his body including the sole of his feet. The security agents subjected Mr. Abdulrahsid to such harsh torture to coerce him to confess that was a member of an opposition political organization, OLF in particular, and to reveal alleged secrets he knew about the Front. HRLHA reporters have confirmed that Mr. Abdulrashid died from this brutal torture on May 08, 2009.

Mr. Hassan Ibrahim Tuulee, also known as Hassan Lakku, was a 57-year old businessman and a father of seven, who used to live in Baddanno Town in Eastern Hararge. He had been in and out of prison so many times since 1992 on the same alleged political grounds – that he was a member of opposition political organizations. Mr. Hassan Ibrahim died in prison on unspecified day in Fabruary, 2009 from harsh torture he too was subjected to while he was in prison. The possessions of Hassan Ibrahim, money, a car and other valuable items, were confiscated by members of the security forces.

HRLHA reporters have confirmed that these are the very common types and systems of tortures most alleged political detainees face while in detention.

Back ground Information;- It has been being reported widely that thousands of members of the Oromo ethnic group have been killed, kidnapped, disappeared and/or detained, and many of subjected to different forms of torture in prisons in recent years for allegedly having links with the OLF. Also, thousands of Oromos have gone into exile. The OLF has been fighting the Ethiopian government in eastern and western Oromia Region and in other areas since 1992. The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa/HRLHA believes that those who were subjected to such harsh treatments, including killings and inhuman actions that resulted in death, were innocent citizens who had not used or did not advocate violence.

HRLHA calls upon governments of the West, all local, regional and international human rights agencies to join hands and demand the end of such inhuman treatments, and to pressurize the Ethiopian government to bring the culprits to justice and to immediately release its citizens who have been detained on alleged political grounds.

The HRLHA is a non-political and non-profit organization that attempts to challenge abuses of human rights of the people of various nations and nationalities in the Horn of Africa. It works on defending fundamental human rights including freedoms of thought, expression, movement and association. It also works on raising the awareness of individuals about their own fundamental human rights and that of others. It encourages the observances as well as due processes of law. It promotes the growth and development of free and vigorous civil societies.