March 30, 2017

Ethiopia Silences Last Legal Independent Oromo Opposition Voice

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For Immediate Release December 1, 2016 Ethiopia Silences Last Legal Independent Oromo Opposition Voice Statement of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) condemns in the strongest terms the detention of prominent Oromo and Ethiopian opposition leader Dr. Merera Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and Vice-Chairman of the Coalition Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum, known by its Amharic acronym as MEDREK. The Ethiopian authorities detained Dr. Gudina, a vocal critic of the ruling party, upon his return from addressing the European Parliament in Brussels. The arrest is allegedly for transgressing the country’s two-month old…

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Declaration of the Founding of the Ethiopian National Movement (ENM)

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Declaration of the Founding of the Ethiopian National Movement (ENM) It cannot be lost on anyone at this juncture that the struggle of the peoples of Ethiopia for freedom, democracy and justice has entered a critically decisive stage. The fact that the popular struggle, born of the injustice and repression visited upon the population for a quarter of a century by the TPLF-led regime, is sustained for over a year in the face of mass killings and massive detentions unambiguously tells us that it has opened a new chapter. Due to the population’s refusal to be ruled as before and…

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ODF PROPOSAL: SEEKING THE NEXT BREAKTHROUGH IN DEMOCRACY AND MULTINATIONAL FEDERATION IN ETHIOPIA

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Issued October 21, 2016 A PROPOSAL OF OROMO DEMOCRATIC FRONT Our Common Future: A Proposal INTRODUCTION Ethiopia stands at a crossroads, once again. But this time the prospects facing it are much more starkly contrasting than during past instances of change. If it is put on one course of change, achieving a final breakthrough to a common democratic future looks distinctly promising. If such a course is blocked or not pursued by the stakeholders, on the other hand, the breakdown of order appears threateningly possible. The time to put the country on the right course is now. Unless a country-wide…

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Statement by the allied Oromo liberation forces on the official declaration of a State of Emergency by the TPLF shifta regime in Finfinne/Addis Ababa

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The declaration of a State of Emergency by the lawless TPLF regime in Ethiopia is a blatantly egregious act making a bad situation a lot worse. Statement by the allied Oromo liberation forces on the official declaration of a State of Emergency by the TPLF shifta regime in Finfinne/Addis Ababa While Oromia is in mourning, burying the dead and still counting victims of the October 2 Irreecha Massacre, the lawless regime that perpetrated that Irreecha tragedy has declared a state of emergency in the country. “State of emergency” primarily aims lawful protection of life and property. But this is TPLF…

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ODF Statement on Bushooftu Irreechaa Massacre

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Oromo Democratic Front Statement on Bushooftu Irreechaa Massacre The Ethiopian security forces fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse millions of Oromo youth peacefully calling for an end to authoritarian rule triggering a melee in which hundreds attending the annual Irreechaa (thanksgiving) died in the most gruesome manner. The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) expresses its deeply felt condolences to the Oromo nation that suffered its worst one-day calamity in its long and tortured history. To the families and loved ones of the martyred, we and the entire nation mourns with you. To those sustaining wounds and injuries, both physical…

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Public Statement by the Coordinating Committee of Oromo Liberation and Independent Organizations

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Public Statement by the Coordinating Committee of Oromo Liberation and Independent Organizations The Coordinating Committee of the four Oromo liberation organizations announce the successful conclusion of its meeting from 15-17 September 2016 held in Farmington, Minnesota. In its deliberations, the Committee noted with satisfaction successes in executing joint projects and identifying and adopting innovative ways to further quicken the pace in carrying out the objectives set out in the agreement concluded earlier in May 2016. The Committee also resolved to build on the positive experiences this far and to draw lessons from issues encountered in the pursuit of common national…

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ODF Statement on the burning of Kilinto high security prision by Ethiopian regime

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September 5, 2016 It is now three days since the unexplained fire gutted the high security prison at the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa, where high profile political prisoners, including prominent Oromo dissident Bekele Gerba, were detained following months of protests through the vast Oromia region, now joined by the Amhara region, the Ethiopian government has not updated families and relatives the status of their loved ones. The situation was already volatile, following the killings by the security forces of over 1000 protesters and the detention of tens of thousands in concentration camps across the country and the uncertainty…

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ODF and Patriotic Ginbot 7 (PG7) – Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) and Patriotic Ginbot 7 (PG7) August 11, 2016 After several candid discussions and careful considerations of the current political, social, economic and humanitarian situations in Ethiopia, and all the damages caused by successive regimes and the TPLF/EPRDF regime in particular on the welfare and national interests of the peoples of Ethiopia and the security and sovereignty of our country, the ODF and PG7 have made important observations and conclusions. The longer the current regime is allowed to stay in power, the harsher will be the pain, suffering and humiliation endured by the…

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Statement of the Central Committee of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) – August 2016

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Statement of the Central Committee of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) On organization The Central Committee of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) held an historical meeting from July 29 to August 4, 2016. The meeting was held at a time when people from all over Oromia were intensifying their uprising to demand democratic rights and genuine self-government in unison. The meeting recognized that the peaceful political struggle the Oromo people are waging inside the country is entering a new phase, gaining resilience and continuity. After listening to the organizational report presented by the Executive Committee, the Central Committee thoroughly discussed…

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ODF Statement on continued people’s struggle in Ethiopia

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July 18, 2016 Reiterating our unwavering support for non-violent resistance by the Oromo people and others in Ethiopia for human rights, freedom, and democracy we want to make one thing abundantly clear: No amount of violent suppression by the TPLF junta can longer hold the peoples of Ethiopia into submissions. Now the people of Gondar are joining their Oromo brothers and sisters, determined to end the TPLF junta’s marginalization, rises in their millions demanding legitimate rights, there can be no force that can derail it from its course towards certain victory.

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