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AFRICAN UNION & Ethiopian Prime Minister ABIY AHMED ALI
PLEASE SIGN ON TO STOP THE ATROCITIES AND GENOCIDE COMMITTED BY THE ETHIOPIAN STATE
The present MainStreamMedia hype about the peace drive of the new Prime Minister is not warranted. Daily many people are killed or detained by "governmental" forces in Oromiya, in the Somali Region and the Southern Region States. The oppression continues and so must the struggle for freedom!
LAND GRABBING IN ETHIOPIA & ABYSSINIA MUST STOP
Criminal Court (ICCt)
announced on 15 September 2016 it will now hold corporate executives
and governments legally responsible for environmental crimes.
The court's new focus
on land grabbing and environmental destruction could help put a dent in
corporate and governmentalimpunity. Politicians and corporate bosses who are chasing
communities off their land and trashing the environment will find
themselves standing trial in the Hague alongside war criminals and
dictators. However, far‐sighted covers by USAmerican corporate investors
through corporate fronts from e.g. India restrict the ICCt, since
neither the USA nor India ‐ as other rogue states like Sudan or Israel ‐
are parties to the Rome Statute of the ICCt.
16. July 2018: The killing of innocent Oromo people, executed by the
LIYU Police (trained by British Forces), at the borders of Oromiya and
the Somali Region of Ethiopia as well as Kenya continues. Likewise deployed Federal Military Forces continue with their atrocities in the Southern Nations State and in Oromiya.
July 2018: After 20 years finally a peace treaty is signed between Ethiopia and Eritrea, but the peace remains fragile.
Though the "state of emergency" was lifted the atrocities continue.
2018: HaileMariam Desalegn is forced to resign as PM and Abiy Ahmed Ali
sworn in. The Ethiopian DeepState continues to rule despite public peace
2017: The uprising of the Oromo Youth (Qerroo) brings the TPLF/EPDRF regime to it knees.
01. Dec. 2016:
Ethiopian forces from the command post of Ethiopia’s sweeping State Of
leading Oromo ethnic group and government opposition figure Prof. Dr. Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), upon his
arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport after returning from Brussels, where he testified at the EU parliament on
the current situation in Ethiopia alongside with Prof. Berhanu Nega of Patriotic Ginbot 7 (G7), an armed freedom fighter group, and
Rio Olympics marathon silver medallist ‐ athlete Feyisa Lellisa. Also four relatives of Prof. Merera were detained.
23. Nov. 2016:
Oromo asylum seeker and UNHCR registered refugee
Yaazoo Kabbabaa ‐ the prominent leader of ‘Qeerro‘ (The Oromo youth
group who is leading the protests in Ethiopia) ‐ was attacked in Cairo during the evening while he was returning home from visiting friends,
by people described as Ethiopian state agents following him. During the
incident Mr. Kabbabaa was injected in the neck with a toxic substance.
Luckily he was rescued and brought to a hospital, where he regained
consciousness in the meantime. It is, however, not yet clear if he will
remain paralyzed. His medical bills are being covered by a campaign:
https://www.gofundme.com/yaazoo‐kabbabaas‐medical‐fund . Please chip in!
Ethiopian dissidents who fled the country live in constant fear from agents sent by the Addis regime after them.
* 14. Nov. 2016:
Oromo Leadership Convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, November 11 ‐ 13
Oromo United and Steadfast to Continue Revolution Against TP
* 20. Oct. 2016:
As we predicted: The brutal regime felt empowered by Merkel's visit and
the promised millions of Euro for "police training" and "to try to quell
the unrest". In just the one week after her ill‐conceived visit almost
3,000 Oromo women and men were rounded up in different locations and
thrown in jail. Reportedly Ethiopian agents were sent to neighbouring
countries to hunt down dissidents. Ethiopian authorities admitted to Reuters on Thursday they had detained 1,645 people
* 15. Oct. 2016:
The Dictatorial Regime proclaims
STATE OF EMERGENCY
* 11. Oct. 2016:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel travelled to the Ethiopian capital of
where she was welcomed by the PM of the corrupt
regime with military honours. Amid protests in Germany against the
insensitive visit, Merkel offered millions of Euro in bilateral
agreements, to train the police and mediation to try and quell the
rising unrest in Ethiopia. Just two days prior to Merkel’s visit, the
declared a six‐month state of emergency in order to undertake even more
brutal measures to suppress popular protests.
* 02. Oct. 2016:
At least 52 people directly killed by police action against protesters during Oromia religious festival of Irreechaa, the Oromo Thanksgiving, in Bishooftuu. Others died in the ensuing stampede. 175 dead bodies have been loaded and taken to Addis Ababa according to
a police source. That’s in addition to over 120 at Bishoftu hospital. ECOTERRA Intl., Human Rights Watch and the UN called for an independent investigation.
* 01. Oct. 2016:
ECOTERRA Intl. demands the immediate and unconditional release of illegally arrested Ethiopian scientist and blogger Seyoum Teshome.
Police arrested the prominent writer and commentator Teshome today, who writes for
and lectures at Ambo University.
* 16. June 2016:
Ethiopian security forces killed at least 500 people in the recent
wave of anti‐government demonstrations, US‐based Human Rights Watch
(HRW) says in its most comprehensive report into
the Oromo protests.
Even government officials admitted that over 170 Oromo protesters were killed.
Meanwhile the atrocities against the Mursi and other aboriginal nations of Ethiopia continue unabated.
Foreign investments through the present Ethiopian governance are
unethical and taxpayers all over the world must ensure that their
governments, who are
state‐sponsors or donors to the Ethiopian governance, stop immediately
any support until these crimes against humanity end.
Land Grabbing is the purchase and lease of vast tracts of land
from poor, developing countries by wealthier nations and international
private investors. It has led to unprecedented misery especially in Africa,
South‐America and India.
African Food Security is in jeopardy and lands half the size of Europe have already been grabbed.
The Ethiopian government has forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of indigenous people from their ancestral lands. It has rendered formerly sustainably living small‐scale farmers and pastoral communities dependent on food aid, which is paid for by the taxpayers and well‐wishers from donor countries, while the profits of these industrial agriculture‐, oil‐ and gas‐ventures go into the pockets of private investors and corrupt officials.
THIS MUST STOP
The recently enacted Kampala Convention ‐ an
Africa‐wide treaty and the world’s first that protects people displaced
within their own countries by violence, natural disasters or large‐scale
development projects ‐ is violated blatantly and with impunity by
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The African Union Convention for the Protection and
Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa must be enforced!
Indian investors are forcing Ethiopians off their land
By John Vidal (TheGuardian)
Thousands of Ethiopians are being relocated or have already fled as their land is sold off to foreign investors without their consent
Ethiopia's leasing of 600,000 hectares (1.5m acres) of prime farmland to Indian companies has led to intimidation, repression, detentions, rapes, beatings, environmental destruction, and the imprisonment of journalists and political objectors, according to a new report.
Research by the US‐based Oakland Institute suggests many thousands of Ethiopians are in the process of being relocated or have fled to neighbouring countries after their traditional land has been handed to foreign investors without their consent. The situation is likely to deteriorate further as companies start to gear up their operations and the government pursues plans to lease as much as 15% of the land in some regions, says Oakland.
In a flurry of new reports about global "land grabbing" this week, Oxfam said on Thursday that investors were deliberately targeting the weakest‐governed countries to buy cheap land. The 23 least‐developed countries of the world account for more than half the thousands of recorded deals completed between 2000 and 2011, it said. Deals involving approximately 200m ha of land are believed to have been negotiated, mostly to the advantage of speculators and often to the detriment of communities, in the past few years.
In what is thought to be one of the first "south‐south" demonstrations of concern over land deals, this week Ethiopian activists came to Delhi to urge Indian investors and corporations to stop buying land and to actively prevent human rights abuses being committed by the Ethiopian authorities.
"The Indian government and corporations cannot hide behind the Ethiopian government, which is clearly in violation of human rights laws," said Anuradha Mittal, director of the Oakland Institute. "Foreign investors must conduct impact assessments to avoid the adverse impacts of their activities."
Ethiopian activists based in UK and Canada warned Indian investors that their money was at risk. "Foreign investors cannot close their eyes. When people are pushed to the edge they will fight back. No group knows this better than the Indians", said Obang Metho, head of grassroots social justice movement Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE), which claims 130,000 supporters in Ethiopia and elsewhere.
Speaking in Delhi, Metho said: "Working with African dictators who are stealing from the people is risky, unsustainable and wrong. We welcome Indian investment but not [this] daylight robbery. These companies should be accountable under Indian law."
Nyikaw Ochalla, director of the London‐based Anywaa Survival Organisation, said: "People are being turned into day labourers doing backbreaking work while living in extreme poverty. The government's plans ... depend on tactics of displacement, increased food insecurity, destitution and destruction of the environment."
Ochall, who said he was in daily direct contact with communities affected by "land grabbing" across Ethiopia, said the relocations would only add to hunger and conflict.
"Communities that have survived by fishing and moving to higher ground to grow maize are being relocated and say they are now becoming dependent on government for food aid. They are saying they will never leave and that the government will have to kill them. I call on the Indian authorities and the public to stop this pillage."
Karuturi Global, the Indian farm conglomerate and one of the world's largest rose growers, which has leased 350,000 ha in Gambella province to grow palm oil, cereals maize and biofuel crops for under $1.10 per hectare per year, declined to comment. A spokesman said: "This has nothing to do with us."
Ethiopia has leased an area the size of France to foreign investors since 2008. Of this, 600,000 ha has been handed on 99‐year leases to 10 large Indian companies. Many smaller companies are believed to have also taken long leases. Indian companies are said to be investing about $5bn in Ethiopian farmland, but little is expected to benefit Ethiopia directly. According to Oakland, the companies have been handed generous tax breaks and incentives as well as some of the cheapest land in the world.
The Ethiopian government defended its policies. "Ethiopia needs to develop to fight poverty, increase food supplies and improve livelihoods and is doing so in a sustainable way," said a spokeswoman for the government in London. She pointed out that 45% of Ethiopia's 1.14m sq km of land is arable and only 15% is in use.
The phenomenon of Indian companies "grabbing" land in Africa is an extension of what has happened in the last 30 years in India itself, said Ashish Kothari, author of a new book on the growing reach of Indian businesses.
"In recent years the country has seen a massive transfer of land and natural resources from the rural poor to the wealthy. Around 60 million people have been displaced in India by large scale industrial developments. Around 40% of the people affected have been indigenous peoples," he said.
These include dams, mines, tourist developments, ports, steel plants and massive irrigation schemes.
According to Oakland, the Ethiopian "land rush" is part of a global phenomenon that has seen around 200m ha of land leased or sold to foreign investors in the past three years.
The sales in Africa, Latin America and Asia have been led by farm conglomerates, but are backed by western hedge and pension funds, speculators and universities. Many Middle East governments have backed them with loans and guarantees.
Barbara Stocking, the chief executive of Oxfam, which is holding a day of action against land grabs on Thursday, called on the World Bank to temporarily freeze all land investments in large scale agriculture to ensure its policies did not encourage land grabs.
"Poor governance allows investors to secure land quickly and cheaply for profit. Investors seem to be cherry‐picking countries with weak rules and regulations because they are easy targets. This can spell disaster for communities if these deals result in their homes and livelihoods being grabbed."
While DFID, GIZ etc. failed and fail to act on Human Rights violations ‐ see also: http://www.anywaasurvival.org
‐ and please note that many believe the Indian companies act simply as straw‐men for USAmerican land‐grabbing interests Incl. AGRA and Monsanto), who are competing now with similar Chinese interests in Africa.
In the harsh Ogaden region of Eastern Ethiopia,
impoverished ethnic people are being murdered and tortured,
raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces.
Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of
donor countries, seemingly content to turn a blind eye to war crimes and
crimes against humanity being committed by their brutal, repressive
ally in the region; and a deaf ear to the pain and suffering of the
Ogaden Somali people.
Meanwhile the Ethiopian GIBE III dam project is devastating the lives of remote southern Ethiopian ethnicities. Pastoralists living in the Omo valley are being forcibly relocated, imprisoned and killed due to the ongoing building of a massive dam that shall turn the region into a major centre for commercial farming ‐ mostly by foreign ventures. War is in the making.
see also: http://www.genocidewatch.org/ethiopia.html
Since mid‐November 2015, large‐scale protests have again swept through
Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region, and the response from security
forces has again been brutal. They have killed countless students
and farmers, and arrested opposition politicians and countless
Since then Ethiopia has been shaken by a global wave of
anti‐government protests over the controversial “Addis
Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oromia_Special_Zone_Surrounding_Finfinne , which is just
another form of grabbing land from the Oromo people. The regime had
insisted on escalating its violations of human rights through the
implementation of this very dangerous policy of land grabbing in
Oromia. While the Oromo people were peacefully protesting against
the unfair land use policy at least over 180 innocent Oromo
civilians were killed in the three months from mid November 2015 to
mid January 2016.
After two months of global protests, the Ethiopian government
finally announced the cancellation of this development
plan https://www.oromiamedia.org/tag/finfinne‐master‐plan/ for Addis Ababa (Finfinne) http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/IPeoples/WG/IGFM1‐oromo‐4b.doc
and its expansion into neighbouring Oromia state. But the problem
hasn’t gone away.
In violation of the EU resolution and despite international
pressure, reports are confirming now that the regime’s loyal armed
forces continue to attack the civilian population in many parts of
Oromia. Though these violations of civil rights during the process
of land grabbing have reached a new climax, the capacity of human
rights organizations to access data of extra‐judicial killings and
disappearances in the region is at an unprecedented low.
There is a war of ethnic cleansing officially declared against
the Oromo people and implemented across Oromia. Though it has been
difficult even to keep up with reports of the death toll some
confirmed records are
now showing that more than 400 civilians have been killed as of 19.
of state terror must end!
‐ see also the
previous HRW report https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/22/ethiopias‐invisible‐crisis
On January 12, 2016 the Ethiopian government announced it was cancelling
the master plan, but that hasn’t stopped the protests and the
Although the protest was initially about the potential for
displacement, it has become about so much more. Despite being the
biggest ethnic group in Ethiopia, the Oromos have often felt
marginalized by successive governments and feel unable to voice
their concerns over injust government policy. Oromos who express dissent are
often arrested and tortured or otherwise mistreated in detention,
accused of belonging to the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a group
that has long been mostly inactive and that the government
designated a terrorist organization.
The government is doing all it can to make sure that the news of
these protests doesn’t circulate within the country or reach the
rest of the world. Of recent the Ethiopian Government has even resorted to use their Cyber‐crime Act to treat bloggers as terrorists. Ethiopia’s allies, including governments in the
region and the African Union, have largely stood by as Ethiopia
has steadily strangled the ability of ordinary Ethiopians to
access information and peacefully express their views, whether in
print or in public demonstrations. But they should be worried
about what is happening in Oromia right now, as Ethiopia —
Africa’s second most‐populous country and a key security ally of
the US — grapples with this escalating crisis.
Sons and Daughters
By Maya Angelou
If my luck is bad
And his aim is straight
will leave my life
On the killing field
You can see me die
As you settle down
To your evening meal.
But you’ll turn
As you often do
Yet I am your sons
And your daughters too.
the city streets
Where the neon lights
Turn my skin from black
My hope soaks red
On the pavement's
And my dreams die
For my life is through.
But you’ll turn your back
As you often do
Yet I am your sons
And your daughters too.
In the little towns
Where you close your eyes
To my crying need
I strike out
And my brother falls
Turn on your news
You can watch us bleed.
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