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Petition to Thank Al Jazeera’s The Stream for Giving the Oromo Nation Voice

Posted: Adoolessa/July 7, 2013 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (8)

The following is a petition initiated by concerned Oromo human rights activists to thank Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’ for giving the Oromo nation voice. To sign the petition, click here.



Al Jazeera The Stream/English: We Appreciate Al Jazeera for Airing Oromo’s Persecution in Ethiopia

Oromo, the single largest [over 40 million population] ethnic group in Ethiopia, is under repression of successive Ethiopian regimes for more than a century. Generally speaking, Ethiopia is a prison of Oromo people. Over the last 130 years, in Ethiopia, the power is under two minority ethnic groups [namely, the Amhara and Tigre]. The Oromo and other southern nations (Ogaden, Gambela, Afar, Sidama, etc) are repressed by the northern, better known as Abyssinian [Amhara and Tigre], regimes. The Oromo people are uniquely targeted by consecutive Ethiopian regimes because of their resources, geographic strategy, and fear from their majority in number.

Oromos are languishing countless human rights abuses and yet untold stories of persecution. As human rights activists, we are advocating for the God-given rights to human beings and their dignity as the United Nations identified in its The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,”

We are witnessing the fate of Oromo under the successive Ethiopian regimes since it becomes our crucial concern. True media like Al Jazeera should be appreciated to show the countless untold stories committed against the Oromo people. In Ethiopia, there are more than 25,000 political prisoners, of which 90% are Oromo prisoners.

According to the Oromia Support Group (OSG), a non-political organization which attempts to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Ethiopia, as of May 2012, it has reported 4,407 extra-judicial killings and 992 disappearances of civilians suspected of supporting groups opposing the government – where most of these are Oromo.

The current regime has sold out more than 3 million hectares of fertile land to the foreigner investors after forcefully displacing Oromo farmers from their ancestral land. The grabbing of land ended the indigenous people without shelter and foods. This displacement of the Oromo people accompanied by limitless human rights violations set the Oromo to be the vast number of immigrants in the Horn of Africa.

Currently, there are situations that engaged in genocidal cleansing in East Hararge zone of Oromia by the armed forces of the Ethiopian regime. In Central Oromia, thousands of people and their livestock died due to the industrial pollution directly released to rivers and lakes. Forests, including a UNESCO’s registered and privileged as diversity of living habitat located in Ilu Aba Bora zone of Oromia, are dismantled by the TPLF’s company (EFFORT).

Successive Ethiopian regimes developed lofty discrimination that mainly targeted the Oromo people. This trend apparently observed among, both the past and current, Ethiopian regimes and affiliates. Since the current regime is reassuring the subjugation, marginalization and repression policy of the old regime, both systems are incorporate and consent among each other on the Oromo cause.

We very appreciated your recently broadcast story “Oromo Seek Justice in Ethiopia” on June 25th, 2013. There are countless human rights abuses against Oromo. We urge all media like Al Jazeera to dig out and show to the world. We believe Al Jazeera The Stream will continue to be the voice of voiceless people. We thank all the Al Jazeera teams.

To sign the petition, click here.

The Stream : Oromos seek justice in Ethiopia


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  1. Qabso Oromo

    Jul 7, 13 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you Aljazeera for being voice for voiceless Oromo society.But please we also need additional time to expose what more inhuman operations are doing on Oromo population with evidence

    Again thank you

  2. Qabso Oromo

    Jul 7, 13 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you Aljazeera for being voice for voiceless Oromo society.But please we also need additional time to expose what more inhuman operations are doing on Oromo population with evidence

    Again thank you

  3. Qabsoo Jabeessa

    Jul 7, 13 at 6:41 pm

    free oromia

  4. Tesso Masaraa

    Jul 8, 13 at 2:00 am

    It is not only the Oromo that has been persecuted. The Oromo as the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia do not feel the same sentiment expressed by the guests. Those in Ethiopian prison are OLF supporters. They were misguided by the very OLF that has been changed to ODF now calling for united Ethiopia. As to Jawar and the other guy who appeared on Aljazeera, their knowledge of about the problems and solutions for the Oromo is very limited and they really can not speak about it. Aljazeera should should invite intellectuals and those capable to say better. The bottom line is I can tell you as an Oromo and Ethiopian, separation of the people from the rest of Ethiopians will not happen unless it is for the sake of talking the same old story for the past 40 years. The ODF is on the right track. Please stop talking too much that the Oromo are majority weak victims. On the contrary, the Oromo nation is the bravest of all Ethiopian ethnic groups that sacrificed a lot to shape the present day Ethiopia.

  5. Buurisso Odaa

    Jul 8, 13 at 4:30 pm

    The Al Jazeera Journalist made a wonderful discovery, “the Oromos are persecuted for speeking thier langauge in the present day ethiopia”. They were excited to share the story with he rest of the world. What they failed or didnot want to know was who was the source of information and if they represent the majority, they do not represent me, I am proud Oromo with my future in One Ethiopia. They shared wrong information soon they will have to face the truth, they referenced and talked to the campions of skewed argument

  6. Fayyis

    Jul 12, 13 at 3:17 pm

    This is Oromummaa par excelence! The currently ongoing campaign of Ethiopiawinet (Ethiopian nationalism) to dilute Oromummaa (Oromo nationalism) is a futile excercise. If the territorial integrity of the empire is to be kept intact, then the Oromo people now need to move on and struggle to realize the following five important virtues:
    – Afaan Oromo to be the primary working language of the federal government
    – Democracy to be the future rule of the political game in the federation/union
    – Odaa to be the centeral part of the flag of the republic, replacing the present Ambasha
    – Freedom from any sort of national domination, after removing the hegemonist Woyane
    – Great Oromia (land of the braves) to be the name of the future true federation, replacing Ethiopia (the derogtory name given to us from the Greeks)
    Only the fulfillment of these five parameters can be the garantee for the future multinational federation of the country. If the other nations including the Abyssnians fail to accept this demand, the push for an independent republic of the Core Oromia is inevitable. It is up to them to choose an integrative Great Oromia in order to avoid the disintegration of the empire, which will be caused by an eventual independent Core Oromia.

  7. Bariisoo

    Jul 16, 13 at 2:02 am

    Those who are thinking positively and feels the suffer of their people to the heart, try their best directly or indirectly to dismantle the Habeshan social and political structure by any means they found proper.The high caliber young nationalists used, their.knowledge and wisdom to introduce oromia and its people to the world which is one part of our struggle against colonizers.those who are serving habeshans and ready to serve regrets one day.Jawhar and mohammed are the few educated generation from their area. what will happen to the habeshans,next???

  8. dhufu

    Jul 18, 13 at 10:13 pm

    Oromo are persecuted by hundered of thousands. As we speak three administrative anna from eastern Oromia are punished by TPLF junta and displaced. Where is your word of condolance for these people. How about 40, 000 oromos suffering in prison? Weather you like it not, Oromo are slowly getting to modern education, the privelage you took to hide these people identity using thier own resource is gone for good. You have to face it, hiding behind ” I am oromo” can’t solve it. If you are also then what, is that a crime to speak out injuistice? Today even Melese Zenawi is an Oromo, who killed many. You cannot cheat people. Speaking about injustice doesn’t need you to be an oromo.