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MARCH FOR PEACE
MARCH FOR JUSTICE
MARCH FOR DEMOCRACY
MARCH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS


THE INTERNATIONAL OROMO YOUTH ASSOCIATION
(IOYA)
APRIL 20TH, 2009 - WASHINGTON, DC

THE MARCH STARTS AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT & ENDS AT THE US CAPITOL
(210 SOUTH CAROLINA AVENUE SE, WASHINGTON, DC 20515)
FOR MORE INFO: CONTACT 612-237-9993 (PRIMARY) OR 678-357-9419

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Gadaa.com OROMO MARCH IN WASHINGTON AGAINST ETHIOPIAN REPRESSIVE REGIME
According to VOA’s Horn of African Service, Oromo youth from schools and colleges around the United States, some dressed in traditional clothes, stood in the rain outside the U.S. Capitol to protest against the Meles regime on Monday - April 20, 2009.
They called for world leaders and the international media to urge the Ethiopian government to stop killing, harassing and detaining Oromo children, students, intellectuals and farmers in Oromia and neighboring countries.
Their protest was organized by the International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA), an umbrella for Oromo youth associations and student unions around the world. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington declined to comment on the youth’s peaceful demonstration.
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IOYA: CALL FOR A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION
The International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA) hereby calls upon the international public, international media and government officials of powerful nations to join hands with the oppressed to push for a democratic change in Ethiopia that will usher in respect for human rights and also upholds good governance.
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INTERVIEW WITH IOYA PRESIDENT, MR. KITESSO CHIRI
"We need to be persistent. Unless you are persistent and hold a rally annually, bi-annually, quarterly, or however many times you are able to do, no one will know about the issues you stand for. That is exactly what we are trying to do in IOYA: to hold a minimum of two rallies a year, one around the month of March/April in Washington, DC, and the second one during the Oromo summer annual gathering."
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Gadaa.com: What does IOYA want to get out of this year’s March in DC? Will you get to speak with US government officials?
Kitesso Chiri: IOYA hopes to raise awareness about the continued gross human rights violations in Ethiopia, to put media spotlight on the plight of the Oromo people, and to send a message to the people at home that we will not back down from doing all that we can until their living situation improves.
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Listen also to Obbo Chiri's interview with the Voice of Oromia.



IOYA: LETTER TO CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Mr. President, we trust that under your leadership, an institution that discriminates against, beats, tortures, imprisons, and dismisses Oromo students should not continue to receive the cooperation and support of your great University. On behalf of the victims of the Ethiopian government brutality, we appeal to you to pull off the deal made with such regime and suspend assistance to the Bahir Dar University until the regime stops its practice of ethnic segregation and discrimination against Oromo students.
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»» TOP STORIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN ETHIOPIA UNDER TPLF'S REGIME - 2009


GENOCIDE WATCH CALLS ON UN TO INITIATE ACTION AGAINST MELES
Genocide Watch, the international campaign to end genocide, has called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Justice Navanathem, to initiate an investigation against the government of Meles Zenawi. Genocide Watch cited the atrocities committed in Gambela against the Anuaks and ethnic Somalis in the Ogaden as examples of the crimes that have not been seriously investigated by the UN body.
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OROMO PROTEST AGAINST ETHIOPIA'S MELES ZENAWI AT THE G20 SUMMIT
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THE UNHEARD SAGA OF OROMO REFUGEES: THE UNVOICED WEEPS FROM NAIROBI TO MOGADISHU
Right to life, absolute prohibition of tortures, or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatments/punishments, and protection against genocides and crimes against humanity are also considered as some of the fundamental state obligations on the international plane. More importantly, these state obligations and international human rights instruments prohibit refoulement, sending back the refugee to the country where he/she fears persecution. Every country in the world, whether de facto or de jure state, (including Kenya, Somaliland, Puntland, Djibouti, Sudan…), has the duty to honor their international obligations by protecting individuals (Oromo refugees) from persecution. Hence, these countries cannot refouler Oromo refugees to Ethiopia since their lives and freedom can be threatened because of their race, religion, political opinions, and membership to particular social group.
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TPLF REGIME INCREASINGLY INSTIGATE CONFLICTS AMONG VARIOUS ETHNIC GROUPS, DEFECTING SOLDIER SAYS
The soldier, chief inspector of the south western Jimma federal police, Hussein Osman, stated that the regime is fomenting disagreement and differences among the ethnic groups under various guises so as to suppress any opposition of the Ethiopian people. It is particularly committing grave atrocities against members of the Afar ethnic group, he added.
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THE LIFE OF AN ETHIOPIAN JOURNALIST: NUHAMINE BIQILAA
Gadaa.comDisappointed! Shocked! Worried! I went home and rested for a while. It was late evening, I was breastfeeding my four-month baby, and a heavy knock at my door almost made me leap! “Open! We are the security!” someone shouted. Quite nervous, I opened. Three armed policemen entered. One of them, pointing his gun at me said, “Where have you hidden the explosives?” I told him that there was no explosive in my house. They searched, searched, re-searched and found nothing! They left at last after issuing me some warnings.
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JAILED - THE JUDGE WHO REFUSED TO SAY SORRY
Birtukan Mideksa has been sentenced to life in prison. She spends her days and nights in solitary confinement in a two-metre by two-metre cell. She cannot leave it to see daylight or even to receive visitors. Previous inmates say the prison is often unbearably hot.
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ESAC: WILL MAKHTAL GET FAIR TRAIL?
The evidence of war crimes in Somali Region of Ethiopia is a challenge to universal justice: will Ethiopian official perpetrators ever stand trial as the Sudanese authorities have been brought to book? To depict the general condition of human rights abuses of Somali Region will give us a glaring description of the miserable condition that the innocent young Ethiopian, Makhtal is incarcerated.
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ETHIOPIAN SOLDIERS KILL, INJURE HIGH SCHOOL OROMO STUDENTS
Ethiopian soldiers enjoy impunity after carrying out brutal and segregationist attacks. In fact, they are known to have been rewarded for discriminating and killing Oromo students and opponents of the Ethiopian government over the last 18 years. The rewards take forms of promotion to higher military ranks, salaries and reassignments to other areas.
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»» REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES


HRLHA PRESS RELEASE: HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION AGAINST OROMOS CONTINUE
According to information gathered by HRLHA agents in the capital Addis Ababa, the Oromo detainees have been subjected to the newly introduced form of torture described as “Silent Torture”. Upon their first appearance in court on January 9, 2009, Mr. Dachasa Marga and Mr. Sileshi Dagafa complained before the judges that they themselves and other Oromos detained with them have, at different times, been forced to spend about fifteen hours in standing position. The two have been scheduled to reappear in court on the 22nd of January, 2009.
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THE 2008 US STATE DEPARTMENT'S HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT: ETHIOPIA
In late October, officials arrested at least 53 ethnic Oromos (some reported as high as 200), including university lecturers, businessmen, and housewives, many with no apparent political affiliation, for alleged support to the banned OLF. Many supporters of the mainstream political opposition OFDM were also arrested during the same time period for the same charges.
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THE 2009 Human Rights Watch Report: ETHIOPIA
The Ethiopian government’s human rights record remains poor, marked by an ever-hardening intolerance towards meaningful political dissent or independent criticism. Ethiopian military forces have continued to commit war crimes and other serious abuses with impunity in the course of counterinsurgency campaigns in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali Region and in neighboring Somalia.
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ETHIOPIA: HUMAN RIGHTS FACTSHEET
Since 1991, the TPLF has violated numerous international human rights laws. Political opponents of the TPLF and members of other ethnic groups, especially the Oromo, have been targeted. Many have been subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, disappeared, or been detained without due process.
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THE NOVEMBER 2008 CRACKDOWN ON OROMO
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PRISON CELL IN OROMIA: Each Mattress, Seen Here on the Floor, Belongs to One Inmate - Prisoners of Conscience Are Jam-Packed Into Such Cells
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OVER 5,000 PERSONS LANGUISH IN TPLF'S SECRET PRISONS, DEFECTING SOLDIERS SAY


     
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