April 25, 2018

ODF Statement on the election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Chairman of Ethiopia’s ruling party

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The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) welcomes the election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Chairman of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and as Ethiopia’s incoming Prime Minister. He comes into office at a critical period when the country is facing many domestic and regional challenges. He takes over a divided country, a fractured political system, a broken economy, a frayed social fabric amid a complex regional environment. The biggest challenge would be bringing about national reconciliation, ensuring justice, citizenship rights and equality for all. Ethiopia has age-old issues as well as new ones and we hope the new EPRDF…

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Ummanni Oromoo Duula irratti Labsame Tokkummaa fi Gootummaan Mormuun ala Fala Biraa hin Qabu

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Ibsa Adda Demokraatawaa Oromoo (ADO): Ummanni Oromoo Duula irratti Labsame Tokkummaa fi Gootummaan Mormuun ala Fala Biraa hin Qabu Mootummaan abbaa-Irree Itoophiya gaaffii haqaa kan ummanni Oromoo karaa nagayaa fi seera-qabeessaan woggoota sadan dabraniif wareegama qaqqaalii itti baasuun gaafachaa turee fi itti jiru karaa qajeelaan deebisuu mannaa, Labsa Yeroo Muddamaa (LYM) irratti jigsee ilmaan sabaa ajjeechaa fi hidhaan alaakaa jira. Labsi kuni seeraa ala ta’uu daran rakkoo biyyattii kan hammeessu malee waan wayyeessu hin ta’u. Addi Demokraatawaa Oromoo (ADO) labsa kana ni balaaleffata; ni morma; duras ni dhaabbata. Carraa kanaanis ADOn ummata keenya kanneen murtii dabaa kana fuulaa-fuulatti dura dhaabbachuun…

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Another State of Emergency in Ethiopia?

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ODF Statement For Immediate Release: Another State of Emergency in Ethiopia? There is nothing more counterproductive than drinking salt water in order to quench one’s thirst. Similarly, re-imposing another state of emergency in Ethiopia in order to suppress society’s legitimate resistance against the imposition of an illegitimate coercive order can only exacerbate an already fragile security situation. When will Ethiopia’s rulers understand that the wielding of naked force is the root cause of the turmoil that has ravaged the country during the last three years? The people have no other option than stepping up their resistance until their rights as individuals…

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ODF Statement on the Release of Bekele Gerba and Colleagues from Detention

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We are relieved and elated to learn that Bekele Gerba and colleagues have been released from detention. Bekele in particular has established himself as a giant but gentle champion of nonviolent struggle for justice. To the vast majority of Ethiopians, Bekele Gerba represented the moral clarity of Martin Luther King Jr. and the defiance and steadfastness of Nelson Mandela. We congratulate his family, colleagues in the struggle and friends and the Oromo and Ethiopian populace at large for winning his freedom. We believe his release marks a major milestone opening the democratic space to resolve all the political, economic and…

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NEW: ODF on the just released statement by the Central Committee of OPDO_February 6, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ODF on the just released statement by the Central Committee of OPDO We have reviewed, with great interest and care, the just released statement of the just concluded meeting of the Central Committee of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), the governing party in the Oromia National Regional State, and a constituent member of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). In the statement, OPDO expressed its willingness and readiness to work with Oromo opposition groups, both inside the country and outside, in promoting the interests and wellbeing of the Oromo people and all the people…

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For Immediate Release: Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) Applauds the Release of Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa

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For Immediate Release: Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) Applauds the Release of Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa The Leadership and Members of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) applaud the decision to release Dr. Mararaa Guddinaa, Chairman of Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and the few other political prisoners from prison. We are cognizant that tens of thousands are still in detention—including notable voices of dissent and prisoners of conscience such as Bekele Garbaa, Dejene Tafa, Addisuu Bulaalaa, Olbaana Leellisaa, Ahmedin Jabal Muhammad Andualem Arage, and Eskinder Naga. We therefore urge the ruling party, in the spirit of promoting national reconciliation and creating a conducive…

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ODF Applauds Bekele Gerba’s Grant of Bail

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We learned with a great pleasure that prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Bekele Gerba has been granted bail on appeal and about to be released from Ethiopian prison. We applaud the move by the Ethiopian Supreme Court. Mr. Gerba should not have been imprisoned and charged in the first place. We hope the court acquits him on all the bogus and politically-motivated charges still pending against him. As we congratulate Bekele Gerba, his family and all human rights activists on this victory, we demand the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Dr. Merera Gudina, who is also unjustly…

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በ”የሶማሌ ክልል ልዩ ፖሊስ” አማካይነት በኦሮሚያ እና በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ላይ የተፈፀመዉን ወረራ በማስመልከት ከኦሮሞ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር የተሰጠ መግለጫ

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ባለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት ዉስጥ በሕወሐት የሚመራዉና ለስሙ “የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ነኝ” የሚለዉ ገዢ ቡድን የተስፋፊዉን የሶሚሊያ መንግሥት የ“ታላቋ ሶማሊያ” ምሥረታ ህልም ዕዉን ለማድረግ እንደሚሠራ የሚያመለክቱ የተለያዩ ደባዎችን “አስተዳድረዋለሁ” በሚለዉ የኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ለይ እየፈፀመ መሆኑን በግልፅ አሣይቷል፡፡ እንደሚታወቀዉ የኦሮሚያን መሬት እና ሌሎች የአካባቢዉ ግዛቶችን አጠቃሎ “ታላቋን ሶማሊያ“ የመመሥረት ሙከራ የተጀመረዉ በዚያድባሬ ዘመነ መንግሥት ነበር፡፡ የ“ታላቋ ሶማሊያ” ምሥረታ እንቅስቃሴ በኢትዮጵያ፣ በኬንያ እና በጂቡቲ ግዛቶቸ ዉስጥ የሚኖሩትን የሶማሊኛ ቋንቋ ተናጋሪዎች በወታደራዊ ኃይል በማንበርከክ እነዚህ ሕዝቦች የሰፈሩበትን መሬት ወደ ሶማሊያ ግዛት ለማጠቃለል የታለመ እንደነበረ አይዘነጋም፡፡ ይህ የ“ታላቋ ሶማሊያ” ህልም እንግዲህ በምሥራቅና ምዕራብ ሐረርጌ፣ በባሌ፣ በአርሲ፣ በጉጂ እና በቦረና የሚኖሩትን የኦሮሞ ብሔር አባላት እስከነመሬታቸዉ “ሶማሌ አቦ“…

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Waamichaa ADO Ummataa Oromoo fi Humnoota Oromoo Maraaf

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Weeyraraa “Liyuu Poolisiin” Mootummaa Naannoo Somaalee Biyyaa Oromoo fi Ummataa Oromoo irraatti Geessisaa Jiru Daddaffiin Dhaabuf Waamichaa ADO Ummataa Oromoo fi Humnoota Oromoo Maraaf: Bara sadeen dabaran kana keessa akka argaa jirrutti abjuun Somaaliyaa Guddittii (Greater Somalia) dhugoomsuu ykn daangaa naannoo Somalia baldhifachuu, gargaarsa mootummaa TPLFn hogganamuun dhugoomaa akka jiru ifaa dha. Akka beekamutti imammaanni lafaa Somalee baldhifachu mootummaa Ziyaad Barreen eegale. Abjuun Somaaliyaa Guddittii kun yaada ummata Afaan Somaalee dubbatu, kan Itoophiyaa, Kenyaa fi Jibuutii keessa jiraatan hunda mootummaa Somaaliyaa Guddittii keessatti walitti qabuu fi lafaa naannoo sana dhuunfachuu ture. Abjuun kun imaammata Oromoota Kutaalee Harargee Bahaa fi Dhihaa,…

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ODF Statement on EPRDF Proclamation on Oromia special rights on Addis Ababa (Finfinne)

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The Council of Ministers of the Ethiopian federal government released a statement on the long overdue legal assertion regarding the rights of the Oromia state on the capital. After careful reading and examination of the contents of the statement, we fail to see any substantial legal remedy that addresses the concern and the demand of the Oromo people. Contrarily, some of the rights that the statement tries to list are universal rights and basic freedoms that every citizen of a given country should have enjoyed in the first place and do not need a new proclamation. Moreover, we find the…

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