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Oct 28

Ethiopia: Ethnic Oromos Arrested, Tortured and Killed by the State in Relentless Repression of Dissent

(URJII ONLINE)

Thousands of members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, are being ruthlessly targeted by the state based solely on their perceived opposition to the government, said Amnesty International in a new report released today. Below is a full text of the report issued, today, October 28, 2014, by Amnesty International based on the findings by its Ethiopia researcher Claire Beston:

“Because I am Oromo” – Sweeping repression in the Oromia region of Ethiopia exposes how Oromos have been regularly subjected to Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

A Minor Convicted of Instigation Released from Jail

(URJII ONLINE)

A minor of fourteen, who was condemned to four years in jail at an adult court in a western province of the Regional State of Oromia in Ethiopian, has unexpectedly been released from prison and reunited with his parents. Below is a full text of a statement by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa on this matter:

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) is highly pleased with the news that Minor Abde Jemal has been release from the Bishari Jail in Mettu, Iluu Abbabor Province; and has re-united with his parents in Bilo Nopha. According to information obtained by HRLHA through its correspondents, Minor Abde Jemal was released from prison after being taken Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Ethiopian Authorities Convict Another Journalist

(CPJ, Nairobi, Oct. 15, 2014)

An Ethiopian court on Monday convicted a journalist and magazine owner Temesghen Desalegn of alleged defamation case of 2012, according to news reports and local journalists. The Federal High Court in the capital, Addis Ababa, found Mr. Temesghen guilty of incitement, defamation, and false publication in connection with Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

A Minor Gets Prison Terms for Alleged Instigation

(URJII ONLINE)

A fourteen-year old boy has been sentenced to four years in prison in a district court in Illu Abbabor Zone, western part of the Regional State of Oromia, for allegedly instigating political violence. Below is a full text of an urgent action issued by the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) regarding this minor’s case:

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) strongly condemns the sentencing of Abde Jemal, a fourteen-year old minor, in adults’ court to four years in prison and $700.00 Birr fine for allegedly inciting people to political violence. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Irreecha Baranaa (Bara 2014) Bishooftuu, Oromiyaatti

(Gabaasaa URJII)

Irressi baranaa (bara 2014) gama tokko tokkoon gaarii ture. Gaarii dha wanti nama jechisiisu qabxiin guddichi tokko ummatni amma illee haamilee qabaachuu isaa mullisuu dha. Lakkofsi ummataa tilmaamamuu hin danda’au. Tarii gara miliyoona 5 hin ta’uu laata? Magaalattiin namumaan guutamtee oolte. Namni maal akka fakkaatu hunda hubatta. Dheeraa, gabaabaa, qallaa furdaa, diimaa gurracha, magaala … kan hin jirre hin turre. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 07

Unusual Experiences at Irrecha 2014 Back Home

(URJII Reporter – Bishoftu, Oromia)

This year’s Irrecha Holiday (Oromo Thanks-Giving) celebration at its grand site of Hora Arsadi in Bishoftu, central Oromia has witnessed some unusual experiences than before, according to URJII reporter. Thanks to the ever strengthening unity of the Oromo People in terms of Irrecha, the whole city of Bishoftu not only looked, smelled, and tasted, but also sounded Oromo from one corner to the other along all streets in the City to the extent that showed Bishoftu is without the slightest doubt an Oromo city, despite the abandant presence of others, URJII correspondent reported. Read the rest of this entry »

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