The following is an Appeal and Urgent Action statement from the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA).
HRLHA Appeal and Urgent Action
An end to the years of harassment and intimidation through arbitrary arrests, indefinite detentions, kidnappings and disappearances, etc. not yet in sight, many Oromo nationals in Oromia Regional State have been arrested and detained in this month of July 2012.
According to HRLHA correspondents in the Country, the major target areas of this most recent government-sponsored violence include the Capital, Addis Ababa, Dambi Dollo of Anfillo District in Western Oromia, Dire Dawa in Eastern Oromia, and Moyal of Borana Zone in Southern Oromia. Although it has been difficult to identify everyone by their names, HRLHA correspondents have confirmed that a lot of Oromos have been arrested and detained in the Capital City of Addis Ababa during the first two weeks of this month of July. Among them was Mr. Hunduma Bantii, an employee with Save the Children (NGO), who was picked up from his office on July 12, 2012 and taken to an unknown destination.
Out of other scores of Oromos arrested and detained in Dambi Dollo District, in Western Oromia, HRLHA reporters have been able to obtain the names of the following thirteen victims:
1. Mr. Batii Tilahun (Peasant)
2. Mr Garoma Hambisa (peasant)
3. Mr. Barsisa Ijigu Fromisa(peasant)
4. Mr. Geche Aragga (peasant)
5. Mr. Mosisa Abdisa (peasant)
6. Mrs. Thehayi Abiyot, (Teacher)
7. Mr. Bula Tariku (peasant)
8. Mr. Samua’el Lema (peasant)
9. Mr. Hika Abdela, (peasant)
10. Mr. siraji Bogino (peasant)
11. Mr. Bobo Idossa (peasant)
12. Mr. Getahun Shiferaw (peasant) and
13. Mrs. Gifti Surafi’el.
These Oromo nationals, all of whom are farmers, have been arrested detained arbitrarily on alleged political grounds since the 9th of July, 2012; and none of them have been able to communicate with families and/or friends since then.
Mr. Abdul Feta Yusuf, Mr. Mustafa Kamal Mumme and Mr. Bonaya Kalil were among the Oromo detainees from Dire Dawa locality in Eastern Oromia in a separate extra-judicial action jointly taken by members of the Federal Army and Regional Police on July 11, 2012. All of them were taken to the Ma’ikelawi Central Investigation Office, about 550 kilometers away from their hometown of Dire Dawa, are believed to have been kept in solitarily confinement with the risk of being subjected to torture.
The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa has also received a report from its correspondents in Borana Zone, South of Oromia, that seven young Oromo nationals have been arrested in the first week of July 2012 in the border town of Moyale up on their arrival from the Capital Finfine/Addis Ababa. They are:
|No||Name||Sex||Age||Level of Education|
|Alemu Waqjira||M||22||Grade 10|
|2||Yohanis Qadida||M||23||Grade 9|
|3||Tadele Dhinsa||M||19||Grade 9|
|4||Kumilacho Sima Gememo||M||23||12+2|
|7||Mohamed Negassa Tucho||M||25||Grade 11|
Their whereabouts are not known since their arrest, although they are believed to have been taken back to the capital city, and held in solitary confinement in Maikelawi detention center.
HRLHA calls upon governments of the West, all local, regional and international human rights agencies to join hands and demand the immediate halt of such kinds of extra-judicial actions against one’s own citizens, and release the detainees without any preconditions.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to the Ethiopian Government and its concerned officials as swiftly as possible, in English, Ahmaric, or your own language expressing:
concern regarding the apprehension and fear of torture of the citizens who are being held in different detention centers including the infamous Ma’ikelawi Central Investigation Office; and calling for their immediate and unconditional release;
urging the Ethiopian authorities to ensure that these detainees would be treated in accordance with the regional and international standards on the treatment of prisoners, and/to disclose the whereabouts of the detainees; and
Your concerns to diplomatic representatives in Ethiopia who are accredited to your country.