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Leenco Lata

Individual and group rights: a dichotomy or a duality?

Apr 25, 2015

Whether the relationship prevailing between individual and group rights is a dichotomy or a duality centrally figures in the ongoing pre-election inter-party debates in Ethiopia. This would strike other democracies as rather strange because the settlement of this issue is normally part of the constitutional process that necessarily precedes scheduling and conducting periodic elections. The fact that such a basic principle is the subject of debate clearly demonstrates that the incumbent and some of the opposition parties hold differing opinions about the present Ethiopian constitution. Hence, those critical of the present constitution aim not only to unseat the incumbent party…

ODF Statement

ODF Statement On The Killings Of Innocent Ethiopians In Libya, SA and Yemen

Apr 22, 2015

The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) condemns in the strongest terms the killings and violent atrocities committed against Ethiopian immigrants in Libya, South Africa, and Yemen. The gruesome and extremely cruel murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya is an appalling terrorist violence that shocks human conscience. We denounce these senseless and heinous terrorist crimes meted against innocent lives without showing any mercy to fellow human beings. We are also disturbed by another tragic event that is taking place in South Africa. The xenophobic violence unleashed against African immigrants took the life of many who came to the country either in search…

Leenco Lata

The origin of ethnic politics in Ethiopia (by Leenco Lata)

Mar 21, 2015

The Reporter – March 21.2015 Controversy has been dogging the policy of structuring Ethiopia as a multinational federation ever since it was publicly aired almost twenty- five years ago. There are those who vociferously and persistently condemn the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) leaders for introducing the politicization of ethnicity by embracing this policy. On the other hand, there are those who like wise consistently commend EPRDF leaders for the same reason. However, putting the adoption of this policy in an historical perspective would prove that both stands are wrong.

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OLF Founder Leenco Lata Returns to Ethiopia

Mar 20, 2015

March 20, 2015 by William Davison (Bloomberg) A founder of a banned self-determination movement for Ethiopia’s most populous ethnic group, the Oromo, returned to the Horn of Africa nation to try and re-enter democratic politics, a spokesman for his splinter group said. Oromo Democratic Front President Leenco Lata arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday, Lencho Bati, a spokesman for the group, said in an e-mailed response to questions. The group held inconclusive talks with Ethiopian officials over the past two years, Beyan Asoba, the head of the U.S.-based ODF’s foreign relations department, said in a separate e-mailed…

Interview

ODF in Finfinne!

Mar 19, 2015

J/Leencoo Lata, Prezidantiin ADO, kara qabsoo nagayaatiin mirga Oromoo falmachuuf, akkasumas ammoo Federeeshina Sab Daneesa Itoophiyaa keessatti dhugoomsuuf qabsoo baqaa irra gara qabsoo biyyatti fuulefechudhaan biyya seenanii jiru!

Leenco Lata

Electoral absolutism in Ethiopia (By Leenco Lata)

Mar 14, 2015

Electoral absolutism in Ethiopia By Leenco Lata Passions are understandably rising as election time, once again, draws nearer and nearer in Ethiopia. This should not come as a surprise since the heating up of raw passions routinely accompanies elections elsewhere as well. What is distinctly Ethiopian is the fact that absolutist choices are inevitably pitted against each other during the upcoming elections, as has happened in previous ones. In Ethiopian elections, it is not right or wrong policy proposals that confront each other but supposedly absolutely “virtuous” and absolutely “evil” ones. Perhaps the underlying cause of offering electoral choices in…

Leenco Lata

NEW! Pr. Leenco Lata Interview with VOA

Jan 29, 2015

Listen below to VOA-Amharic Interview with ODF President Leenco Lata on ODF’s decision and readiness to relocate back home to pursue the Oromo people’s quest for democratic freedom through Peaceful Means. VOA Afaan Oromoo interview is between 18:45 – 27:45min. VOA Interview in Afaan Oromoo (18:45-27:45min) VOA Interview in Amharic  

Norway Meeting

Miseensotni Birkii ADO Awuropaa Walgahii Geggeeffatan!

Aug 27, 2014

Sadasa 16 biyya norway magaala Oslotti misoonsotini Ado walgahii waggaa bakka hoggantootni olaanoon Dhabicha argamanitt geggeeffamee jira. Walgahii kana irratti kan qooda fudhatan miseensetoo fi gafatamtoota sadarkaa addaa addaa kan biyya german, switzerland , Swedin , Holland, England fi Norway irraa kan keessatti argaman ta’uunis beekamee jira. Akeekni walgahii kanaas ,akkuma beekkamu ADOn erga akka jaarmaa/dhaaba siyaasaatti ijaaramee ganna tokkoo darbuu isaa sababeeffachuun dhaabni kun erga ijaaramee kaasee jechuun waggaa tokkoon kana keessatti maaltu godhame, maaltu raawwate, maaltu hir’atee fi maaltu ammoo guutuu akka qabu fuulduraaf akkeekkachuuf wal mari’achuu akka ta’e ibsamee jira. Walgahii kana kan dura taa’ummaan geggeessan miseensa koreegidduu fi gaafatamaa birkii awurooppaa kan ta’an…

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OMN Interviews Ob. Lencho Lata, ODF President

Jul 2, 2014

You can hear the three-part interview ODF President Obbo Lencho Lata made with Oromo Media Network (OMN) by following these YouTube links. OMN: Qophii Addaa (Ob. Leencoo Lataa Kutaa 1ffaa) Waxabajjii 27, 2014 OMN: Qophii Addaa (Ob Leencoo Lataa Kutaa 2ffaa) Waxabajjii 28, 2014 OMN: Qophii Addaa (Ob Leencoo Lataa Kutaa 3ffaa), Waxabajjii 29, 2014

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#OromoProtests Around the Globe

May 11, 2014

Oromos from every corner of the world came out yesterday (May 9) and days before, to stand in solidarity with our Oromo brothers and sisters that are being persecuted in Oromia for raising a legitimate and constitutional question regarding the Finfinne expansion. Here are collection of pictures from the many cities where peaceful protests were held.

Statements

ODF Statement

ODF Statement On The Killings Of Innocent Ethiopians In Libya, SA and Yemen

The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) condemns in the strongest terms the killings and violent atrocities committed against Ethiopian immigrants in Libya, South Africa, and Yemen. The gruesome and extremely cruel murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya is an appalling terrorist violence that shocks human conscience. We denounce these senseless and heinous terrorist crimes meted against innocent lives without showing any mercy to fellow human beings. We are also disturbed by another tragic event that is taking place in South Africa. The xenophobic violence unleashed against African immigrants took the life of many who came to the country either in search…

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ODF Press Release regarding the killing and arresting of peaceful Oromo protesters

Here is a statement released by ODF regarding the killing and arresting of peaceful Oromo protesters on the issue of Finfinne (in Afaan Oromoo, English and Amharic versions). Ibsa ADO Finfinnee Illaalchisee Statement of ODF on Finfinne (Addis Ababa) English version ODF Press Release on Finfinne (addis Ababa) Amharic Version  

ODF Statement

Walitti bu’insa dhihenyatti Oromoota Booranaa fi Gujii gidduutti ta’e ilaalchisee ibsa ADO

Addi Demokiraatawaa Oromoo ADOn walitti bu’insa dhiheenya goosota Oromoo Booranaa fi Gujii gidduutti ta’ee miidhama guddaa qaqqabeef gadda guddaa itti dhaga’amu ibsata. Sababa walitti bu’iinsa kanaanis lubbuu fi qabeenyi heedduun galaafatameera. Hundeen rakkoo kanaas hirdhina bulchiinsa gaarii fi sarbama mirga ilma namaa kan Ethiopia kessatti raawatamaa jiru ta’uun isaa mamsiisa mitti. Rakkoon akkanaa hawaasa giddutti akka hin dhalanne bulchiinsi moottummaa eeggannaa barbaachisu hunda gochuutu isarra ture. Mormii fi dhibdee dhalateefis gara lameenuu irraa dhageefachuudhan furmaata gama lachuu walitti harkisu lafa kaayutu silaa irraa eegama. Kun ta’uu dhabuu irraa dhiigni obboleewwan lamaan jiduutti dhangala’ee jira. Kun gaddisiisaa dha.

ODF Statement

ODF New Year Message

As the year 2013 gives way to 2014, we, members of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), wish our fellow Oromo as well as all the other peoples of Ethiopia a Happy New Year! The launching of the ODF in 2013 heralded the entry of the decades-old struggle of our people for self-determination into a brand new phase. This re-articulation of the objectives of the Oromo struggle for self-determination is predicated on forging a close relation between our quest for our national rights and the struggle for same rights by all those living in our proximate environment. We proceeded from the…