BREAKING NEWS – OLF in a new Mayhem – Galasa Dilbo returns to leadership

ADDA BILISUMMAA OROMOO OROMO LIBERATION FRONT

For Immediate Release 6 December 2016

Oromo Liberation Front proudly announces the election of Galasa Dilbo as its Chairman

At this critical juncture the Oromo people are facing ethnic cleansing and genocide. By declaring state of emergency, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) regime has authorized full-scale state terrorism, arbitrary mass arrest, detention, torture, and extrajudicial killing, in particular targeting the Oromo youth, to destroy the future of our nation.

The Oromo people are showing a strong resistance against the brutality of the regime. This united strong resistance of our people against tyranny, as necessary as it is, requires a solid Pan-Oromo political organization, which is fully capable of mobilizing human and material resources of the nation to guarantee the success of the struggle of our people for freedom.

The OLF Central Committee has thoroughly assessed the many challenges our liberation struggle has to overcome, including urgent need for strengthening the unity of purpose among Oromo political organizations, and mustering Oromo resources in order to halt and finally end the TPLF’s reign of terror and its colonial occupation.

With this understanding and being fully aware of the challenges ahead, the OLF found it necessary to reorganize itself and elect a new leadership whose commitments and dedications are to the service of the cause of the Oromo people.

Accordingly, the OLF is pleased to announce the election of Galasa Dilbo as Chairman and Mulugeta Mosisa as Deputy Chairman of OLF in a democratic process accordance to the constitution of the organization.

Galasa Dilbo is recognized all across Oromia, for his selfless dedication to the freedom of his people. He has a proven track record of leadership skills and utilizing participatory leadership style. He has the vision to win the trust of the great Oromo nation and lead our organization to victory in the struggle for liberation of Oromia.

The newly elected leadership team also includes, elected Deputy Chairman Mulugeta Mosisa, who is equally experienced, dedicated and capable leader, and other able leaders are also elected to other key positions.

The OLF Central Committee is confident that the newly elected team of leadership will be a unifying factor at this critical juncture in the history of the Oromo nation.

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The OLF extends patriotic invitation to members of the organization currently divided into different factions to reject division and unite under the new leadership to guarantee the success of the OLF. The OLF also calls upon inactive members disenchanted to re-join and revitalize the organization.

The OLF urges the Oromo people to embrace the newly elected OLF leadership and lend its fullest support for the success of the vision of liberating our county and bring the 140 years long dehumanization by successive Abyssinian regimes to an end.

The OLF is cognizant that the Oromo nation has risen in unison and shown a burning desire, not only to succeed in its struggle for survival but also to finally break the yoke of Abyssinian colonization, and build a secure future for itself. Herewith, the OLF reiterates, once more, its total commitment to use all that is at its disposal to contribute to the Oromo national struggle for emancipation.

The OLF calls upon Oromo organizations to wipe the slate of blaming each other clean, from today, and get on with the work we have got to do as we struggle for national survival in the face of a threat from the merciless occupying TPLF forces who are killing our people without fear of retribution.

The OLF Central Committee also calls upon the international community, the United Nations, international organizations and governments to support the Oromo people’s inalienable right to self-determination.

Oromia shall be free!

OLF Central Committee

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ዩናይትድ ስቴትስ የጉዞ ማስጠንቀቂያውን አራዘመች

ዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ለመጓዝ ላሰቡ አሜሪካውያን ዜጎቿ ቀደም ሲል አውጥታው የነበረውን የጉዞ ማስጠንቀቂያ አራዝማለች፡፡የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት “መሬት ላይ ያለው ሁኔታ ተሻሽሏል”ብሏል።

የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ የውጭ ጉዳይ መሥሪያ ቤት ጥቅምት 11/2009 ዓ.ም የወጣውን የሚተካ የጉዞ ማስጠንቀቂያ እንደሆነ በመግለፅ ትናንት ባወጣው አዲስ የጉዞ ማስጠንቀቂያ በኢትዮጵያ በኅዳር 2008 ዓ.ም የተቀሰቀሰው ፀረ-መንግሥት አመፅና አመፁን ተከተሎ የተፈጠረው የፀጥታ ሁኔታ ወዴት እንደሚያመራ መተንበይ አስቸጋሪ መሆኑን ጠቁሞ የአሜሪካ ኤምባሲ አገልግሎት በሚሰጥባቸው የተለያዩ አካባቢዎች ያለምንም ማስጠንቀቂያ የስልክና የኢንተርኔት አገልግሎት ሊቋረጥ እንደሚችል አመልክቷል፡፡በዚህም ምክንያት ቀደም ሲል ወጥቶ የነበረው የጉዞ ማስጠንቀቂያ እንደሚቀጥል አስታውቋል፡፡

የኢንተርኔትና የሞባይል ስልክ አገልግሎቶች በመላ ሃገሪቱ በየወቅቱ ያለማስጠንቀቂያ ስለሚቋረጡና ሙሉ በሙሉም ስለሚዘጉ ሁኔታው አዲስ አበባ የሚገኘው የአሜሪካ ኤምባሲ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያሉ ዜጎቹን የመርዳት አቅሙን እንደሚያደናቅፍ የውጭ ጉዳይ መሥሪያ ቤቱ ማስታወቂያ አብራርቷል፡፡

የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ዜጎች አማራጭ የግንኙነት ዘዴዎች እንዲኖሯቸውና ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ሲኖሩ እንዲህ ዓይነቱ ችግር ሊያጋጥም የሚችል መሆኑን ቤተሰቦቻቸውና ጓደኞቻቸውን እንዲያሳውቁ ማስታወቂያው መክሯል፡፡

መንግሥቱ ሰላማዊ ሠልፎችን ለመበተን ሰዎች ላይ በቀጥታ ሊተኩስ እንደሚችል፣ ሰላማዊ ሊሆኑ ለታሰቡና ለሚጠሩ ሰልፎች የኃይል ምላሽ እንደሚሰጥና ሰልፎቹ ያለማስጠንቀቂያ ወደ ሁከትነት ሊለወጡ እንደሚችሉ ዜጎቹ ማስታወስ እንደሚኖርባቸው የጠቆመው ይህ መልዕክት የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ዜጎች የደኅንነት ሁኔታቸውን እየተከታተሉ አስፈላጊ ከሆነም ፈጥነው ከሃገር መውጣት የሚያስችላቸውን የአደጋ ጊዜ ዕቅዶች እንዲያዘጋጁ መክሯል፡፡

የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ቃል አቀባይ ነገሪ ሌንጮ ለቪኦኤ በሰጡት ምላሽ “መሬት ላይ ያለው ሁኔታ ተሻሽሏል፤ የአሜሪካ መንግሥት ያወጣው ማስታወቂያ ግን የራሱ አቋም በመሆኑ ለአሜሪካ መንግሥት እንተወዋለን” ብለዋል፡፡

ጽዮን ግርማ ዝርዝር አላት።

ዝርዝሩን ከተያያዘው የድምጽ ፋይል ያድምጡ።

በኢትዮጵያ በአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጁ የሰብዓዊ መብት ይዞታ

ተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች እና ዓለም ዓቀፍ የመብት ተሟጋቾች፣ አዋጁ የህዝብ እንቅስቃሴን እና የመገናኛ ዘዴዎች ነፃነቶችን እንዲሁም ልዩ ልዩ ግንኙነቶችን ገድቧል ሲሉ ይተቻሉ። ከአዋጁ በፊት እንደነበረው ጋዜጠኞች እና የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶች መሪዎች እና አባላት መታሰራቸው ቀጥሏል ።

በአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጁ የሰብዓዊ መብት ይዞታ (ውይይት)

ኢትዮጵያ በአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ መተዳደር ከጀመረች ሦስተኛው ወር ሊገባ ጥቂት ቀናት ናቸው የቀሩት ። በተለያዩ የሀገሪቱ ክፍሎች ተቃውሞዎች ተጠናክረው ከቀጠሉ በኋላ የተደነገገው ይህ አዋጅ በሀገሪቱ ሰላም እና መረጋጋት እንዲሰፍን የዜጎችም ደህንነት እንዲረጋገጥ አድርጓል ሲል መንግሥት ይናገራል ። ይሁንና ተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች እና ዓለም ዓቀፍ የመብት ተሟጋች ድርጅቶች አዋጁ የህዝብ እንቅስቃሴን የመገናኛ ዘዴዎች ነፃነቶችን እንዲሁም ልዩ ልዩ ግንኙነቶችን ገድቧል ሲሉ እየወቀሱ ነው። ከአዋጁ በፊት እንደነበረው ጋዜጠኞች እና የተቃዋሚ የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶች መሪዎች እና አባላት መታሰራቸው ቀጥሏል። የአዋጁን አፈፃፀም እንዲመረምር የተቋቋመው ቦርድ  በተለያዩ የሀገሪቱ ክፍሎች በተቀሰቀሰው አመጽ ሁከት እና ብጥብጥብ በማስነሳት ተጠርጥረዋል የተባሉ ከ11 ሺህ 600 በላይ ሰዎች እንደታሰሩ ከ20 ቀናት በፊት አስታውቋል ። ተቃዋሚዎች ደግሞ የታሰሩት ቁጥር ከዚህም በላይ ነው ይላሉ ። የመርማሪ ቦርዱ አባላት ተጠርጥረው በቁጥጥር ስር የዋሉ ዜጎችን አያያዝ ለመመርመር በጎበኟቸው ማዕከላት እስረኞቹ የተለያዩ የመብት ጥያቄዎችን ማንሳታቸውም ተገልጿል። ከመካከላቸው ፍርድ ቤት አለመቅረባቸው እና ቤተሰቦቻቸው እንዲጎበኟቸው አለመፈቀዱ ይገኙበታል። ከተደነገገ ሁለት ወር ሊደፍን ሁለት ቀናት በቀሩት በኢትዮጵያ አስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ ወቅት የሰብዓዊ መብት ይዞታ እንዴት ይገመገማል? የዛሬው እንወያይ መነጋገሪያ ርዕስ ነው ።የድምፅ ማዕቀፉን በመጫን ሙሉውን ውይይት ይከታተሉ ።

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Ethiopia Kilinto prison inmates charged over deadly fire

 

A TV station based outside Ethiopia broadcast footage of the fireImage copyrightESAT
Image captionA TV station based outside Ethiopia broadcast footage of the fire

At least 38 prisoners have been charged in an Ethiopian court with causing a fire that killed dozens of fellow inmates in September.

The authorities say more than 20 inmates died when fire broke out at the Kilinto prison, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa.

Charges against the prisoners contradict earlier accounts by the authorities.

The 38 are also accused of trying to recruit inmates for banned groups.

Details of what exactly caused the fire at the prison in early September remain scarce.

At the time, the prison was holding hundreds of anti-government protesters and some prominent opposition figures.

Initially, the government said 23 inmates had died of suffocation.

But now, the charge sheet against the accused says the dead prisoners were beaten before being burnt to death.

Bullet wounds

The BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Addis Ababa says opposition figures and rights groups have constantly disputed the account given by the authorities.

Government critics say some of the dead bodies had bullet wounds, our correspondent adds.

Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, 2 October 2016.Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionDemonstrations in Oromia prompted the government to declare a state of emergency

The Ethiopian government declared a six-month state of emergency last month to deal with nearly a year of anti-government protests by two of the country’s biggest ethnic communities.

Demonstrations began in Oromia and then spread to the Amhara region.

Oromia and Amhara are the homelands of the country’s two biggest ethnic groups.

The charges against the 38 inmates also say they incited riots and tried to recruit from within the prison for extremist groups, including the Somali Islamist militant movement al-Shabab.

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Oromo: State of Emergency Is Systematic State Repression in Disguis

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In a press release by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) issued on 20 November 2016, the organisation warns that the state of emergency that was declared in Ethiopia in October 2016 is being used as a pretext for systematic state oppression. Ethiopia finds itself in a human rights and humanitarian crisis since 2014, as recurring protests in Oromia have been met with severe repressive action by the government in Addis Ababa. According to HRLHA, “millions of Oromo civilians […] have been forced to endure a life of hardship under siege” since the state of emergency has been declared back in October. The violence directed towards them includes indiscriminate shootings, rape and the looting of money and valuables. In addition to that, eighty-one Oromo youths have been forcibly disappeared while thousands of them have been detained. The state of emergency has made it almost impossible to obtain information about these incidents, as many information outlets have been suspended.

Below is a press release by HRLHA. The full document can be read here.

The March 2014 Oromo student protests, which began at Jima University and spread quickly to Ambo University then in a few days to all universities, colleges, high schools and elementary schools in Oromia and continued for two months, captured the attention of the world community for the first time. In those two months, over 81 Oromos, mostly university students, were killed and thousands detained by the crackdown on the protest by Agazi force and silenced. After eighteen months, the protest flared up again on November 12, 2015 in Ginchi Town in Western Showa 80 km south of the capital city. Since then, Oromia has remained in a human rights and humanitarian crisis. The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) lists over 2000 Oromo deaths, thousands of disappearances and tens of thousands of detentions. Many more thousands have left their homes behind and are now living in forests in order to escape the TPLF sponsored killing squads.

To calm the peoples’ anger- after indiscriminate shootings from both the ground and the air of innocent Oromos at the Irrecha festival in Bishoftu on October 2, 2016- the government declared a state of emergency on October 8, 2016. Since the State of Emergency was declared, millions of Oromo civilians across Oromia, including children, have been forced to endure a life of hardship under siege.

Oromo civilians of all walks of life continue to be at the receiving end of frequent indiscriminate attacks by the TPLF government killing force Agazi every day. Killings, rapings and the looting of money and valuables are common; every day people’s houses are broken into by government forces. The killing squad Agazi force also continues to commit other grave violations, including war crimes such as indiscriminate killings, arbitrary detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in Amhara region and Konso zone in Southern people regional state.

According to the HRLHA informants, many Oromo youths have gone missing on a daily basis from their homes, workplaces and universities. Oromos missing from West Shewa districts are listed in table 1 (see original document). About 149 people from Debre Markos town Gojjam zone in Amhara regional state (307 km distance from Addis Ababa) have been detained in Maikelawi Adis Ababa according to HRLHA’s informants.

The following are among the many Oromos detained in Showa zones, Central Oromia by TPLF forces in November 2016 (see original document).

Though it is difficult to obtain information from Ethiopia due to the government’s suspension of all information outlets including Facebook, the Internet and others, HRLHA’s documentation provide fresh evidence that group exterminations are taking place at night in Oromia. For example, on November 6, 2016 at 5:00 am, three brothers- Marabu Jamalo, Abdissa Jamalo and Tola Jamalo- were killed in cold blood by the TPLF killing squad Agazi force in their home in Easter Arsi Zone in Shirka district. Their father Mr. Jamalo Hussein said “my children have been killed by the fascist government killing squad, Agazi, not because they stole or did anything wrong, but only because they are Oromos”. Such crimes are widespread all over Oromia and Amhara regional states, especially at night, and are being perpetrated on an ever-increasing scale and as part of the State of Emergency policy. There is also evidence of the government targeting special groups such as youth, educated citizens and journalists.

Source: UNPO

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Ethio

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Ethiopia (2016/2520(RSP))
The European Parliament,–  having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in Ethiopia and to the most recent plenary debate on the matter, of 20 May 2015,

–  having regard to the statement of 23 December 2015 by the European External Action Service (EEAS) spokesperson on recent clashes in Ethiopia,

–  having regard to the joint statement of 20 October 2015 by Federica Mogherini, Vice‑President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (VP/HR), and Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,

–  having regard to the press release on the meeting of 13 January 2016 between the VP/HR, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom,

–  having regard to the statement of 27 May 2015 by the EEAS spokesperson on the elections in Ethiopia,

–  having regard to the declaration of 10 July 2015 by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, on the release of Ethiopian journalists,

–  having regard to the latest Universal Periodic Review on Ethiopia before the UN Human Rights Council,

–  having regard to the Cotonou Agreement,

–  having regard to the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia adopted on 8 December 1994, and in particular the provisions of Chapter III on fundamental rights and freedoms, human rights and democratic rights,

–  having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

–  having regard to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ratified by Ethiopia in 1994,

–  having regard to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights,

–  having regard to the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

–  having regard to Rules 135(5) and 123(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the most recent general elections were held on 24 May 2015, in which the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) remained the ruling party and won all the seats in the national parliament, owing in part to the lack of space for critical or dissenting voices in the election process; whereas May’s federal elections took place in a general atmosphere of intimidation and concerns over the lack of independence of the National Electoral Board; whereas the EPRDF has been in power for 24 years, since the overthrow of the military government in 1991;

B.  whereas over the past two months Ethiopia’s largest region, Oromia, home of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, has been hit by a wave of mass protests over the expansion of the municipal boundary of the capital, Addis Ababa, which has put farmers at risk of being evicted from their land;

C.  whereas, according to international human rights organisations, security forces have responded to the generally peaceful protests by killing at least 140 protesters and injuring many more, in what may be the biggest crisis to hit Ethiopia since the 2005 election violence; whereas, on the contrary, the government has only admitted the deaths of dozens of people as well as 12 members of the security forces;

D.  whereas on 14 January 2016 the government decided to cancel the disputed large-scale urban development plan; whereas, if implemented, the plan would expand the city’s boundary 20-fold; whereas the enlargement of Addis Ababa has already displaced millions of Oromo farmers and trapped them in poverty;

E.  whereas Ethiopia is a highly diverse country in terms of religious beliefs and cultures; whereas some of the largest ethnic communities, particularly the Oromo and the Somali (Ogaden), have been marginalised in favour of the Amhara and the Tigray, with little participation in political representation;

F.  whereas the Ethiopian authorities arbitrarily arrested a number of peaceful protesters, journalists and opposition party leaders in a brutal crackdown on protests in the Oromia Region; whereas those arrested are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment;

G.  whereas the government has labelled largely peaceful protesters as ‘terrorists’, applying the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (Law No 652/2009) and deploying military forces against them;

H.  whereas on 23 December 2015 the authorities arrested Bekele Gerba, Deputy Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Oromia’s largest legally registered political party; whereas Mr Gerba was taken to prison and reportedly hospitalised shortly afterwards; whereas his whereabouts are now unknown;

I.  whereas other senior OFC leaders have been arbitrarily arrested in recent weeks or are said to be under virtual house arrest;

J.  whereas this is not the first time that Ethiopian security forces have been implicated in serious human rights violations in response to peaceful protests, and whereas it is known that the Ethiopian Government is systematically repressing freedom of expression and association and banning individuals from expressing dissent or opposition to government policies, thereby limiting the civil and political space, including by carrying out politically motivated prosecutions under the draconian anti-terrorism law, decimating independent media, dismantling substantial civil society activism and cracking down on opposition political parties;

K.  whereas in December 2015 leading activists such as Getachew Shiferaw (Editor-in-Chief of Negere Ethiopia), Yonathan Teressa (an online activist) and Fikadu Mirkana (Oromia Radio and TV) were arbitrarily arrested, although they have yet to be charged by the Ethiopian authorities;

L.  whereas the Ethiopian Government imposes pervasive restrictions on independent civil society and media; whereas, according to the 2014 prison census conducted by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Ethiopia was the fourth-worst jailer of journalists in the world, with at least 17 journalists behind bars, 57 media professionals having fled Ethiopia in the previous five years and a number of independent publications having shut down as a result of official pressure; whereas Ethiopia also ranked fourth on the CPJ’s 2015 list of the 10 most-censored countries;

M.  whereas numerous prisoners of conscience imprisoned in previous years solely on the basis of the legitimate exercise of their freedom of expression and opinion, including journalists and opposition political party members, remain in detention; whereas some of them have been convicted in unfair trials, some face ongoing trials and some continue to be detained without charge, including Eskinder Nega, Temesghen Desalegn, Solomon Kebede, Yesuf Getachew, Woubshet Taye, Saleh Edris and Tesfalidet Kidane;

N.  whereas Andargachew Tsege, a British-Ethiopian citizen and leader of an opposition party living in exile, was arrested in June 2014; whereas Mr Tsege had been condemned to death several years earlier in his absence, and has been on death row practically incommunicado since his arrest;

O.  whereas Ethiopia’s Charities and Societies Proclamation law requires organisations engaged in advocacy to generate 90 % of the funding for their activities from local sources, which has led to a decrease in action by civil society organisation (CSOs) and to the disappearance of many CSOs; whereas Ethiopia rejected recommendations to amend the Charities and Societies Proclamation and the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, made by several countries during the examination of its rights record under the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review of May 2014;

P.  whereas the Ethiopian Government has de facto imposed a widespread blockade of the Ogaden region in Ethiopia, which is rich in oil and gas reserves; whereas attempts to work and report from the region by international media and humanitarian groups are seen as criminal acts punishable under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation; whereas there are reports of war crimes and severe human rights violations perpetrated by the army and government paramilitary forces against the Ogaden population;

Q.  whereas Ethiopia, the second-most-populated country in Africa, is reportedly one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, with an average growth rate of 10 % in the past decade; whereas it nevertheless remains one of the poorest, with a per capita GNI of USD 632; whereas it ranked 173rd out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index for 2014;

R.  whereas Ethiopia plays a key role in the region and enjoys political support from Western donors and most of its regional neighbours, mostly owing to its role as host of the African Union (AU) and its contribution to UN peacekeeping, security and aid partnerships with Western countries;

S.  whereas, as economic growth continues apace (along with significant foreign investments, including in the agriculture, construction and manufacturing sectors, large-scale development projects, such as hydroelectric dam building and plantations, and widespread land-leasing, often to foreign companies), many people, including farmers as well as pastoralists, have been driven from their homes;

T.  whereas Article 40(5) of Ethiopia’s constitution guarantees Ethiopian pastoralists the right to free land for grazing and cultivation and the right not to be displaced from their own lands;

U.  whereas Ethiopia is a signatory to the Cotonou Agreement, Article 96 of which stipulates that respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms is an essential element of ACP‑EU cooperation;

V.  whereas Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in decades, leading to increasing food insecurity, severe emaciation and unusual livestock deaths; whereas nearly 560 000 people are internally displaced owing to floods, violent clashes over scarce resources and drought; whereas the Ethiopian Government estimates that 10.1 million people, half of them children, are in need of emergency food aid owing to the drought;

W.  whereas Ethiopia is faced with permanent influxes of migrants and is a host country for approximately 700 000 refugees, mainly from South Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia; whereas on 11 November 2015 a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM) was signed by the EU and Ethiopia to reinforce cooperation and dialogue between the two parties in the area of migration;

1.  Strongly condemns the recent use of excessive force by the security forces in Oromia and in all Ethiopian regions, and the increased number of cases of human rights violations; expresses its condolences to the families of the victims and urges the immediate release of all those jailed for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression;

2.  Reminds the Ethiopian Government of its obligations to guarantee fundamental rights, including access to justice and the right to a fair trial, as provided for in the African Charter and other international and regional human rights instruments, including the Cotonou Agreement and specifically Articles 8 and 96 thereof;

3.  Calls for a credible, transparent and independent investigation into the killings of protesters and into other alleged human rights violations in connection with the protest movement, and calls on the government to fairly prosecute those responsible before the competent jurisdictions;

4.  Calls on the Government of Ethiopia to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter, including the right to peaceful assembly, freedom of expression and association; urges the government to immediately invite the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and other UN human rights experts to visit Ethiopia to report on the situation;

5.  Welcomes the government’s decision to completely halt the special zone master plan for Addis Ababa and Oromia; calls for an immediate, inclusive and transparent political dialogue which includes the government, opposition parties, civil society representatives and the local population, to prevent any further violence or radicalisation of the population;

6.  Stresses that free and independent media are essential in order to guarantee an informed, active and engaged population, and calls on the Ethiopian authorities to stop suppressing the free flow of information, including by jamming media broadcasts and harassing media, to guarantee the rights of local civil society and media and to facilitate access throughout Ethiopia for independent journalists and human rights monitors; acknowledges the recent release of ‘Zone 9’ bloggers and of six journalists;

7.  Requests that the Ethiopian authorities stop using anti-terrorism legislation (Anti‑Terrorism Proclamation No 652/2009) to repress political opponents, dissidents, human rights defenders, other civil society actors and independent journalists; calls also on the Ethiopian Government to review its anti-terrorism law in order to bring it into line with international human rights law and principles;

8.  Condemns the excessive restrictions placed on human rights work by the Charities and Societies Proclamation, which denies human rights organisations access to essential funding, endows the Charities and Societies Agency with excessive powers of interference in human rights organisations and further endangers victims of human rights violations by contravening principles of confidentiality;

9.  Calls on the Ethiopian authorities to prevent any ethnic or religious discrimination and to encourage and take action in favour of a peaceful and constructive dialogue between all communities;

10.  Welcomes Ethiopia’s 2013 human rights action plan and calls for its swift and complete implementation;

11.  Urges the authorities to implement, in particular, the recommendation of the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and to release British national and political activist Andargachew Tsege immediately;

12.  States that respect for human rights and the rule of law are crucial to the EU’s policies to promote development in Ethiopia and throughout the Horn of Africa; calls the AU’s attention to the political, economic and social situation of its host country, Ethiopia;

13.  Calls for the EU, as the single largest donor, to monitor programmes and policies effectively to ensure that EU development assistance is not contributing to human rights violations in Ethiopia, particularly through programmes linked to the displacement of farmers and pastoralists, and to develop strategies to minimise any negative impact of displacement within EU-funded development projects; stresses that the EU should measure its financial support according to the country’s human rights record and the degree to which the Ethiopian Government promotes reforms towards democratisation;

14.  Calls on the government to include local communities in a dialogue on the implementation of any large-scale development projects; expresses its concerns about the government’s forced resettlement programme;

15.  Expresses deep concern about the current devastating climatic conditions in Ethiopia, which have worsened the humanitarian situation in the country; calls for the EU, together with its international partners, to scale up its support to the Ethiopian Government and people; welcomes the contribution recently announced by the EU and calls on the Commission to ensure that this additional funding is provided as a matter of urgency;

16.  Recalls that Ethiopia is an important country of destination, transit and origin for migrants and asylum seekers, and that it hosts the largest refugee population in Africa; takes note, therefore, of the adoption of a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility between the EU and Ethiopia which addresses the issues of refugees, border control and the fight against human trafficking; calls also on the Commission to monitor closely all projects recently initiated within the framework of the EU Trust Fund for Africa;

17.  Is extremely concerned about the economic and social situation of the country’s population – in particular women and minorities, and refugees and displaced persons, whose numbers continue to increase – in view of the crisis and the instability of the region; reiterates its support for all humanitarian organisations operating on the ground and in neighbouring host countries; supports calls by the international community and humanitarian organisations to step up assistance to refugees and displaced persons;

18.  Stresses that major public investment plans are required, particularly in the education and health fields, if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be attained; invites the Ethiopian authorities to make an effective commitment to attaining these goals;

19.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Government and Parliament of Ethiopia, the Commission, the Council, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, the institutions of the African Union, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the Pan-African Parliament.

Source: European Parliamenthemicycle_str

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