A small group of people is changing the world for good

"The world, if left to its own devices, is balanced evenly between good and bad. Each of us has the ability to tip it." Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Especially today, with the horrific news of the Orlando mass shooting capturing people's attention, a ray of optimism is needed. … Continue reading A small group of people is changing the world for good

The U.S. runs with a devil

You may never have heard of the Oromo people, the largest single ethnic group in Ethiopia. You might be surprised to learn that if you are a U.S. taxpayer, you are subsidizing their oppression. On Tuesday, April 19, a Congressional commission named the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission conducted a hearing on human rights conditions … Continue reading The U.S. runs with a devil

Oromo Protests One Year On: Looking Back; Looking Forward

Oromos and others in the Ethiopian diaspora are on the edge of their seats. Not only are general elections in Ethiopia scheduled for Sunday, but today the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is reviewing Ethiopia's human rights record. Ethiopia under review at the UN Today, May 22nd, the United Nations’ Committee on … Continue reading Oromo Protests One Year On: Looking Back; Looking Forward

2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

December has been a terrible month for human rights—from the U.S. Senate’s report confirming the use of torture, to the slaughter of Pakastani school children, to two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Overall, 2014 has been an extremely troubling year. Some human rights … Continue reading 2014’s Lesson: Take Action. Lives Depend on It.

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

Building Momentum in Geneva with the Oromo Diaspora

This fall was a busy time for advocacy at the United Nations on human rights in Ethiopia. It was also a great time to see The Advocates for Human Rights' new toolkit, Paving Pathways for Justice and Accountability: Human Rights Tools for Diaspora Communities, in action. Universal Periodic Review Concludes with Some Fireworks In a … Continue reading Building Momentum in Geneva with the Oromo Diaspora