The Legitimate Grievance of the Oromo


Human Rights Watch: “Such a brutal crackdown” – Jun 16, 2016

“State security forces in Ethiopia have used excessive and lethal force against largely peaceful protests that have swept through Oromia, the country’s largest region, since November 2015. Over 400 people are estimated to have been killed, thousands injured, tens of thousands arrested, and hundreds, likely more, have been victims of enforced disappearances.”

Amnesty international: ‘Because I am Oromo’: Sweeping Repression in Oromia Region of Ethiopia – Oct 28, 2014

“Between 2011 and 2014, at least 5000 Oromos have been arrested based on their actual or suspected peaceful opposition to the government. These include thousands of peaceful protestors and hundreds of opposition political party members. The government anticipates a high level of opposition in Oromia, and signs of dissent are sought out and regularly, sometimes pre-emptively, suppressed. In numerous cases, actual or suspected dissenters have been detained without charge or trial, killed by security services during protests, arrests and in detention.”

The Guardian: Ethiopia ‘ruthlessly targeting’ and torturing Oromo people, says Amnesty – Oct 28, 2014

“Damning report says thousands of people from country’s largest ethnic group are subjected to abuse including rape and killings “

August 24, 2016

Amnesty International – Help Release Asylum Seekers, Refugees at Risk of Deportation (Djibouti: UA 195/16)

August 13, 2016

HRW – Ethiopian Forces Kill ‘Up to 100’ Protesters

August 8, 2016

Amnesty International – Ethiopia: Dozens killed as police use excessive force against peaceful protesters

July 28, 2016

Human Rights Watch – Dispatches: Ethiopia’s Opposition Leaders on Hunger Strike

June 29, 2016

HRW – Dispatches: Ethiopia Ascends to UN Security Council Despite Dismal Rights Record

June 22, 2016

HRW – UN Human Rights Council: Item 4 General Debate

June 16, 2016

HRW [Commentary] – There is a violent repression in Ethiopia – so why is the UK government silent about it?

June 15, 2016

HRW – Ethiopia: Protest Crackdown Killed Hundreds

61 pages report of HRW – “Such a Brutal Crackdown”

HRW [Afaan Oromo] – Itiyoophiyaa: Tarkaanfiin humnaa mormii ukkaamsuf fudhatameen namoonii dhibbaatamaan lakkaawwaman ajjeesise

HRW [Amharic] – ኢትዮጵያ፤ በሰላማዊ ሰልፈኞች ላይ በተወሰደ የሀይል እርምጃ በመቶዎች የሚቆጠሩ ተገድለዋል።

HRW [Video] – YouTube or Facebook

HRW – Interview: Ethiopia’s Bloody Crackdown on Peaceful Dissent

OMN – Aisha Ali in Conversation with Felix Horne [Human Rights Watch Researcher, Horn of Africa]

June 13, 2016

OVR [Audio] – Oromia Insight: Dr Tsegaye Ararsa on Ethiopia National exam leak and Oromo Protest / Part 2

SBS Amharic – ዶ/ር ዲማ ነገዎ፤ የቀድሞው የኦሮሞ ነፃነት ግንባር (ኦነግ) መሥራችና ሊቀመንበር፤ ስለ ድርጅቱ አመሰራረት፣ የትግል እንቅስቃሴ ታሪክና ሚናዎች ይናገራሉ።

June 11, 2016

Social Media – NO TO IMPUNITY!!! [A response to the Right’s report] / By Dr Tsegaye Ararssa

June 6, 2016

OVR [Audio] – Oromia Insight: Dr Tsegaye Ararsa on Ethiopia National exam leak and Oromo Protest / Part 1

DW [Audio] – የ12ኛ ክፍል መልቀቂያ ብ/ፈተና መተላለፍ [Geresu Tufa]

June 3, 2016

Amnesty International – Ethiopia: Detainees beaten and forced to appear before court inadequately dressed

June 1, 2016

Social Media – On the ubiquitous moral talk these days and The Reporter’s Editorial / By Dr Tsegaye Ararssa

Social Media – Oromo students cannot sit for the exam they never took classes and studied for! / By Birhanemeskel Abebe Segni

Social Media – ለክቡር አቶ ሽፈራው ሽጉጤ፣ የትምህርት ሚኒስቴር ሚኒስት  / Source: Jawar Mohammed

“ጉዳዩ: የከፍተኛ ትምህርት ተቋማት መግቢያ ፈተና (EUEE) በተመለከተ ፍትሃዊ የሆነ የመርሃግብር ምክረ ሃሳብ (program proposal) ስለማቅረብ ይመለከታል። ”

May 9, 2016

HRW – Dispatches: Using Courts to Crush Dissent in Ethiopia

May 6, 2016

Amnesty International – Ethiopia: Release opposition politician held for Facebook posts

April 19, 2016

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission [U.S. Congress] – Human Rights in Ethiopia – An Update

Oakland Institute – Statement by Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute

April 12, 2016

HRW – Deafening Silence from Ethiopia

March 15, 2016

HRW – UN Human Rights Council: General Debate under Item 4

March 3, 2016

Social Media [Video] – Oromo Solidarity Project: Awareness Night [Ob. Baqala Garbaa’s speech at OSA 2015 Conference]

February 21, 2016

HRW –Ethiopia: No Let Up in Crackdown on Protests

February 17, 2016

Amnesty International – Ethiopia: Further Information: Detained Oromo protesters must be released

February 9, 2016

Addis Standard – Why Oromo protests isn’t just a protest against a “master plan”

January 27, 2016

Gadaa – Mr. Jawar Mohammed talks to Hiber Radio about Oromo Protests [Amharic]

January 21, 2016

UN Human Rights – UN experts urge Ethiopia to halt violent crackdown on Oromia protesters, ensure accountability for abuses

January 18, 2016


“As a response to the comprehensive Oromiya-wide resistance to the Master Plan, the officials of the Federal and the State governments have, rather inconsistently and half-heartedly, indicated that the implementation of the Master Plan is now stopped. The Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Federal Parliament, the Government Spokesperson, the Oromiya State President, and the Spokesperson of the Oromiya Government have all remarked that the Master Plan is not going to be implemented without the consent of the people.”

January 15, 2016

HRW – Dispatches: Government backs down, but will protests end in Ethiopia?

January 14, 2016

Amnesty International – Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge the international community to address killing of Oromo protesters

January 7, 2016

HRW – Dispatches: Arrest of Respected Politician Escalating Crisis in Ethiopia

January 6, 2016

Amnesty International – Ethiopia: Peaceful Oromo protesters must be released

December 28, 2015

OMN – Dr Ezkeil Gebissa in conversation with Dr Tsegaye Ragassa & Henok Gebissa on Master Plan and #OromoProtests [Part two]

December 26, 2015

OMN – Dr Ezkeil Gebissa in conversation with Dr Tsegaye Ragassa & Henok Gebissa on Master Plan and #OromoProtests [Part one]

December 23, 2015

OPride – The Struggle of Oromo protesters goes far beyond the master plan

December 21, 2015

Melbourne Youth [Video] – I stand with #OromoProtests

December 16, 2015

Amnesty International USA- Ethiopia: Anti-terror rhetoric will escalate brutal crackdown against Oromo protesters


December 12, 2015

Gadaa – 600 Oromo farming families evicted in Sululta for the master plan just last month

December 9, 2015

Global Voices – Why are students in Ethiopia protesting against a capital city expansion plan?

December 5, 2015

Human Rights Watch – Yet Again, a Bloody crackdown on protesters in Ethiopia

September 26, 2015

The Washington Post – Running for their lives, Ethiopians seek a safer track in Washington

August 20, 2015

AllAfrica – Ethiopia: Why resist the Addis Ababa master plan? A Constitutional Legal Exploration

May 4, 2014

OPride – 10 Questions about #OromoProtests


The Guardian – Human waves fall as war aims unfold

“Nothing illustrates its unsustainability like the horrors of Tsorona. If the conduct of war is a measure of a government’s fitness and ability to rule, then Tsorona is a terrible indictment of the TPLF. It was Oromo peasants it selected as human minesweepers, and Tigrayan officers who shot them from the rear. Yet it showed hardly less contempt for its own people. Local Tigrayan villagers were pressed into that suicidal baggage train, and mainly Tigrayan soldiers died in the tanks that were entrusted to no other nationality.”