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Oromo Prisoners of Conscience, Bekele Gerba, Olbana Lelisa, et al., Convicted in Ethiopia’s Kangaroo Court

Posted: Sadaasa/November 2, 2012 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (4)

    Bekele Gerba in Court: "I am Honored to Struggle for the Oromo People."

VOA reported on November 1, 2012 that Oromo prisoners of conscience, Bekele Gerba, Olbana Lelisa, et al. were convinced in Ethiopia’s kangaroo court because of their political views.

In his statement in the court, Obbo Bekele Gerba said that he was honored to struggle for the Oromo people.

Here are the VOA reports (Afan Oromo and Amharic):


Afan Oromo:

Their Arrests After Meeting with an Amnesty International Delegation
On August 27, 2011, Oromo political leaders, Obbo Bekele Gerba and Obbo Olbana Lelisa, were thrown into prison by the TPLF regime, which has militarily occupied Oromiyaa since 1991. They were put in prison after meeting with an Amnesty International delegation, which was also expelled from the Empire afterwards.

Two of the estimated 20,000 Oromo nationalist political prisoners in the Ethiopian empire, Obbo Bekele Gerba was the deputy Chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM), and Obbo Olbana Lelisa a leader in the Oromo People’s Congress party (OPC) at the time of their arrests.

Please read here about Amnesty International’s report about the two prisoners of consciousness. The Amnesty International delegation was in the country to collect information for its report, which was later published in Dec. 2011: “Dismantling Dissent – Intensified Crackdown in Ethiopia


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  1. ismail abdullahi mohamed

    Nov 2, 12 at 4:27 am

    obbo Bekele garba and Obbo olbana lelisa are ture prisoners of consious. The present government could not differentiate it self from their predessoers. Inprisoning people for asking their rights. killing people for standing up againest injustsis. So what is improved from the Ethiopia I know thirty years ago. It is my openion to say that there is nothing. The Ethiopia I know thirty years ago with one party rule, If there is an opposition, it is an oppostion that dose not have a voice. The people who are imprioned are not the enemy of
    the state these people are people who have worked for the peace, development and peace of that country. please free these people, and stop lebelling with a name that does not belong to them.

  2. kasebaw

    Nov 3, 12 at 4:52 pm

    Mr. Bekele Gerba is the young Oromo generation hero who is going to be a symbole for millions of young Oromos. He is the Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, or Xanana Gusmao of Oromia.

  3. Miinya

    Nov 9, 12 at 3:44 pm

    Here is a petition to see if we can get a response from the White House. Please pass along so others may sign. I noticed White House responses came through on some petitions with
    Farramuu dandeesuu? Yoo maqaa ofii galchuu hin barbanee, makaa warraa oofii lakkoftaani galchuu daandessu.

  4. Kooraa Bonaya

    Nov 9, 12 at 7:50 pm