OGF Letter To The United Nations Security Council’s Decision To Intervene In The Ongoing War In Ethiopia
(OGF ) We, the undersigned member organizations of Oromia Global Forum (OGF) are writing to express our full support for and appreciation of the United Nations Security Council decision to intervene in the ongoing war in Ethiopia. According to sporadic reports, the war has already cost thousands of lives and destruction of critical infrastructure and properties.
The underlying causes of the conflict are deeper and span far beyond the subject region with the possibility of degenerating into a full-scale civil war. We thus wish to take this opportunity to also appeal to the UNSC to push for an all-inclusive dialogue among all critical stakeholders in the country, including the eight regional governments, and to draw your attention to the simultaneous gross-human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings that is taking place in Oromia.
The extrajudicial killings and incarcerations of prominent Oromo opposition party members and the supporters of the Oromo public at large has been going on for the last two years. The conflict in the region has already claimed tens of hundreds of Oromo lives and displaced more than 2.5 million Oromos, the largest Internally Displaced Population in the country.
We cannot stress enough that any peace talks and dialogs need to address the root cause of Ethiopia’s vicious cycle of violence including representatives of the Oromo people through their independent political organizations. We wholeheartedly believe that addressing the Oromo people’s political demand is addressing the root cause of the country’s political problems. The Oromo people are the largest ethno-national population in the country, more than 40% of Ethiopia’s population. Oromia is host to the AU headquarter, diplomatic corps, and international organizations.
The Oromo people played a key role in the creation of the current Federal arrangements and the Constitution of the country. In the past, several attempts have been made to reconcile the country’s long-standing political problems without addressing the root causes that have ravaged the country for more than half a century.
Dr. Abiy Ahmed came to power for the most part on the backs of the Oromo people’s peaceful resistance against his former Party, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition dominated by the TPLF. Between 2014 and 2018 alone, more than 5,000 Oromos were murdered, and tens of thousands were incarcerated, resulting in the resignation of his ex-PM Hilemariam Dassalegne and replaced by Dr. Abiy in 2018.
Unfortunately, soon after assuming power, PM Abiy Ahmed aligned himself with those hellbent on dismantling the Federal arrangement that hundreds of thousands of people sacrificed their lives, to institutionalize, replacing the dreaded imperial unitary system that promoted Amhara hegemony at the expense of the rights of more than 80 Nations and Nationalities to use their own language, govern themselves and develop their culture in their geographic regions.
To this end, PM Abiy and his newly formed Prosperity Party declared war on the Oromo people. Currently, part of the region is under military rule while the remaining parts are under undeclared military rule. Disenfranchised Oromo youths are back on the streets. People are arbitrarily arrested, tortured and killed. Prominent Oromo activists, political leaders, and community leaders are either in jail or killed. A large number of former youth peaceful resistance are forced to pick up arms and fight for their people’s right. Today, a political turmoil is going on in Oromia. Independent International human rights watch groups and Amnesty International have repeatedly reported on this.
For the Oromo people, Abiy Ahmed’s administration does not represent their interests. Oromo political Organizations and activists with millions of supporters are in jail. When the Oromo Liberation Front’s leaders arrived in Addis Ababa on September 15, 2018, more than six million Oromos flooded the streets of Oromia to welcome them. Today, most of its leaders are in custody. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure that any peace talks designed to bring about peace and stability in a country includes all critical stakeholders, especially independent Oromo political organizations representing over 40% of the population of that country. The stability of Oromia is a cornerstone for the stability of the country and the region.
In conclusion, we once again wish to strongly appeal to UNSC to ensure that any peace talks and dialogues involving Ethiopia includes representatives of all nations and nationalities in that country, especially the independent Oromo political Organizations.
With highest regards,
H.E. Ambassador Zhang Jun
Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the UN
H.E. Ambassador Nicolas De Riviere
Permanent mission of France to the UN
H.E. Nebenzya Vasily Alekseevich
Permanent mission of Russian Federation to the UN
Her Excellency Dame Barbara Woodward
Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN
Ambassador Kelly Craft
Permanent Representative of U.S. Mission to the UN
H.E. Ambassador Philippe Kridelka
Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN
H.E Ambassador Christoph Heusgen
Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN
H.E. Ambassador Sven Jürgenson
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the UN
H.E Ambassador Jose Singer
Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to UN
H.E Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN
H.E Ambassador Moncef Baati
Permanent Mission of Tunisia to the UN
H.E. Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy
Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to UN,
H.E Ambassador Abdou Abarry
Permanent Representative of Niger to the UN
Bilal Oromo Dawa Center
Canaan Oromo Evangelical Church
Charismatic International Fellowship Church
DMV Oromo Islamic Center
Gaadisa Sabboontottaa KP
Global Gumii Oromial
Global Oromo Advocacy Group
Global Waaqeffannaa Council
Horn of Africa Genocide Watch
Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa
International Oromo Lawyers Association
International Oromo Women’s Organization
International Qeerroo Support Group
Network of Oromo Studies
Mana Kiristaanaa Fayyisaa Addunyaa
Oromo Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Oromo Communities’ Association of North America
Oromo Community of Bergen
Oromo Community of Columbus Ohio
Oromo Community of Oslo
Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Church of Los Angeles
Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Church of Washington DC Metropolitan Area
Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Mission Society
Oromo Human Rights and Relief Organization
Oromo Lutheran Church of Baltimore
Oromo Parliamentarians Council
Oromo Political Prisoners Association
Oromo Relief Organization, ORA in USA
Oromo Resurrection Evangelical Church
Oromo Scholars and Professionals
Oromo Seniors Welfare & Benevolent Association In Victoria (OSWBAV) Inc.
Oromo Society of Science and Technology
Oromo Studies Association
Oromia Support Group
Our Redeemer Oromo Evangelical Churc
Tawfiq Islamic Center
Tawhid Oromo Islamic Center in Minnesota
Tumsa Sochii Haqa Oromoo
Union of Oromo Communities in Canad
United Oromo Chirstian Church in Australi
United Oromo Evangelical Churc
Wabii Maccaa Association
Washington DC Metropolitan Oromo SDA Church
Hin beekneen haa bartu! The commander incheif of Oromia National Army
Gabaan Afaan Oromoo bakka hundatti dabalaa jira. Ameerikaa Kaabaa (VOA Afaan Oromoo), United Kingdom (BBC Afaan Oromoo), Eritrea (Sagalee Ummata Bal’aa), Tigray (Dimtse-Woyane Afaan Oromoo), Naannoo Amaaraa (Amara Mass Media), Naannoo Hararii, Naannoo Finfinnee, (Raadiyoo fi TV), Raadiyoo Faanaa….
Homaa hin jedhu, Afaan Oromoo Afaan Tarsiimoo Afrikaa bahaa ta’aa jira.
Amma EZEMA irraa eegaa jirra!
‘Sissiqaa goobana,’ jedhan.
Protecting Oromummaa is every Oromo’s responsibility