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Welcome Home Blog Series: Oromos organize and build bridges to hold Ethiopia accountable for human rights abuses

This is the third in the “Welcome Home” blog series featuring articles about groups that represent diaspora communities in Minnesota. Read additional posts here.  Minnesota is home to not only the largest Oromo community in the United States, but also the largest population of Oromo people outside of Ethiopia. The Oromo people have arrived in … Continue reading Welcome Home Blog Series: Oromos organize and build bridges to hold Ethiopia accountable for human rights abuses

One step forward, two steps back characterizes the “protection” of women in Ethiopia

Sixteen-year-old Hanna Lalango was kidnapped as she was returning home from school on October 1, 2014. Her kidnappers gang raped her for several days before throwing her out on a street where, later, she was found unconscious. Hanna’s parents sought the best medical care they could afford to save her life. Unfortunately, she passed away on … Continue reading One step forward, two steps back characterizes the “protection” of women in Ethiopia

Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

During the week of September 22, the International Oromo Youth Association’s (IOYA) president, vice president, and I were in Geneva—invited there to meet with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the treaty body that oversees implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. IOYA worked diligently to raise funds from … Continue reading Advocating for the Rights of Children in Ethiopia

UN Special Procedures Urged to Visit Ethiopia to Investigate Crackdown on Oromo Protests

Today, The Advocates for Human Rights, along with Human Rights First, the International Oromo Youth Association, Oromia Support Group Australia, the Oromo Community of Minnesota, the Oromo Studies Association, and World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law, sent a letter to six of the United Nations’ special procedure mandate-holders, urging them to request … Continue reading UN Special Procedures Urged to Visit Ethiopia to Investigate Crackdown on Oromo Protests

Diaspora Speaks for Deliberately Silenced Oromos; Ethiopian Government Responds to UN Review

Diaspora Speaks for Deliberately Silenced Oromos; Ethiopian Government Responds to UN Review

When students in Ethiopia started protesting last month against the Ethiopian Government’s proposal to annex territory from the state of Oromia to facilitate the expansion of the capital city Addis Ababa, diasporans mobilized to show their solidarity. As federal “Agazi” security forces cracked down, opening fire on peaceful protesters, placing students on lock-down in their … Continue reading Diaspora Speaks for Deliberately Silenced Oromos; Ethiopian Government Responds to UN Review

“Little Oromia” Unites to Advocate for Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia

Last Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of people poured into the Oromo Community of Minnesota’s meeting hall in St. Paul. They gathered for a forum to discuss how the Oromo people living outside Ethiopia–the Oromo diaspora–could show solidarity with Oromo students in Ethiopia, whose peaceful protests over the past two weeks have been met with … Continue reading “Little Oromia” Unites to Advocate for Justice and Human Rights in Ethiopia