Press Release: Oromo Call for Justice in Ethiopia and for Bringing to Account Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Democracy, justice and pluralism remained illusory in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government, led by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), continues to intimidate opposition parties and the civil society whilst muzzling a mass media that, as a result, is neither free nor fair. Heavy-handed state responses to legitimate protests have left scores dead and many more injured – and their families have no recourse to adequate justice.
To bring these abuses to the attention of the European public and decision makers, the Oromos residing in Europe will hold a demonstration on Friday 22 May 2009 – beginning at the Schuman station at 10AM (10:00), and moving to the European Commission (Berlaymont Building), the European Parliament (Place Jean Rey), the UK Embassy and the final stop at the USA Embassy, where activists will stay until 1pm (13:00).
The demonstration will urge the European Union and advocates of justice around the world to take note of, and act against, the atrocities being committed against the Oromo people and other nationalities of Ethiopia.
Activists will also call on all nations and nationalities in Ethiopia to stand in unity on behalf of the country’s innocent and voiceless peoples, whose lives and livelihoods are being constrained by an unrepresentative and minority government.
Note: There will be media opportunities during the demonstration and activists with first-hand experience of the situation in Ethiopia will be available for comments.
About the Event Organizers
The Union of Oromo Students in Europe (UOSE) or Tokkumma Bartoota Oromoo Awurooppaa (TBOA) is a student organization founded in 1974 in Europe. UOSE played the biggest role with its brother organization UOSNA (Union of Oromo Students in North America) in nurturing the language and culture of the Oromo people, and protesting against successive Ethiopian regimes since its formation.
UOSE held its 27th annual congress in July 2000, which was attended by delegates of the Union’s branches in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The congress also received solidarity and mandating messages from branches of the Union in Greece and Norway.
In July 2008 it gathered its members in Brussels to condemn the human rights abuses carried out by the Ethiopian government upon the Oromo and other nations in Ethiopia and to solicit support for the OLF. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them. The Oromo nation joined UNPO on December 19, 2004.
Past Event: The 2008 March in Brussels
Members of the Union of Oromo Students in Europe (UOSE) congregated in Brussels on 30 June 2008 to expose the Ethiopian government atrocities against the Oromo people. Coming from all over Europe, they brought the issues of Oromo human rights to the doorsteps of the major European institutions with demonstration in the Place Jean Rey and outside the European Commission Berlaymont building.