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Most of the attacks and conflicts in Oromia region are ethnic based : EHRC 

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said it has been studying the human rights situation in Oromia region between the months of July and November this year

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Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRCO) on Wednesday released a statement regarding the human rights situation in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. 

It highlighted the statement it issued in July of this year, which talked about rights violations by armed groups in the Oromo region, the dangerous situation of the right to life, displacement and looting. 

EHRCO also said that it has recommended that the Federal and regional authorities pay compensation to the victims and find lasting solutions for recurring violence in the region and take proactive security measures to avert any more attacks on civilians. 

It is said that the rights group has also been following violence and attacks in the Oromia region between July and November of this year.  In the areas where the organization can not deploy investigators due to security reasons,  it gathered information from victims’ families, displaced people and eyewitnesses. 

Its finding is, based on the statement, that conflict and violence areas in the region are widening. The frequency of violence has been increasing. 

Horo Guduru, East Wollega, North Shoa, Qelem Wollega, Ilu Aba Bora, Buno Bedele, East Shoa, West Shoa, South West Shoa, Arsi zone, the two Guji zones and districts in there – have all seen violence or rights abuse situation. 

Kiramu, Gida  Ayana, Alge, Hurumu, Amuru, Horo Buleq, Jardaga Jarte, Bost, Gindeberet, Chobi, Dear, Kuye, Merti, Jeju, and Arsi zone neighboring areas are some of the areas that the report mentioned as having security problems and rights violations. ( To see the full list of the areas, consult  the Amharic report is available HERE )

Another key finding is that the type and number of armed groups in the Oromo region have increased and that there were times when the armed groups entirely controlled a locality or even district. 

EHRCO sees four armed groups in the region. Government security forces, groups armed by the government to protect themselves from armed groups’ attacks,  armed groups that are said to have come from Amhara region and Oromo Liberation Army are the major armed groups. 

EHRCO is saying that the situation has worsened the human rights situation.  Civilians have been killed and displaced as a result of fighting between armed groups and also as a result of direct attacks by armed groups. Some rural communities had been entirely destroyed. 

It cited what it called information it gathered from informants to report that there have been summary executions (by different groups), airstrikes by the government that failed to properly identify targeted armed groups, arbitrary arrest and torturing of suspects.  For EHRCO, some of the actions could erode trust in security forces. 

Residents in different parts of the region are also experiencing service disruption due to the security situation. 

Most of the conflicts and attacks in the region are ethnic-based attacks. Hundreds of civilians were killed in a horrifying manner. However, EHRCO did not employ the term “ethnic cleansing” or “genocide.  The Commission rather described them as “Grave violations of Human Rights.” 

The statement also talked about rights violations in areas where there is no violence and conflict.  Ransom kidnappings, looting and destruction of properties. 

EHRCO says protecting the security of civilians in the places mentioned above and coordinating the provision of humanitarian assistance to those displaced need urgency. 

It recommended an ad-hoc structure drawn from Federal and regional security officials, and relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations (including from representatives of victims) to create the security situation needed for the work. 

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Since Abiy Ahmed came to power ethnic Amharas everywhere are targeted and slaughtered. Ethnic Amharas have been complaining, crying and identifying the Genociders in all Oromia and Wellega all the time while Abiy was joking and mocking Amhara Genocide victims.

    Amharas stand and defend yourselves by preparing and using anything and doing exactly the same thing as your enemies are doing against you!!! Don’t just die in vain. Defend yourselves to see another day.

    Alas, Amharas must know there is no government to look for that will come and protect them from Blood and money thirst Oromia Zone Shimeles Abdissa, Adanech Abebe and Abiy Ahmed government and co. because the government itself is the culprit who are Oromo Liberation Army themselves that are massacring Amharas.

    Amhara have no option except to organize and defend themselves at any cost. The PP/Oromo Liberation Army aim is to once ethnically cleansing Amharas to swallow Addis Ababa and send everyone else into mass graves.

    There is no Amhara that has not tested the cruelty, callousness and viciousness of Abiy Ahmed and creating a country called Orommuma. To recreate Ethiopia totally without Amhara, Tigrea, Orthodox, Muslim, any and other Ethiopian’s race is the clear as a whisle message and action taken by the current criminal regime. It is to create the bigger Oromia out of Ethiopia as Jawar Mohamed protest slogan and chanting “Oromia out of Ethiopia”

  2. Following the most barbaric massacre committed by fanos, It is clear for all of us that enemies of Amhara are gangs within Amhara itself.

    Stop killing innocent civilians of all ethnic background.

    Bring all actors of mass killings in Oromia to justice. Rip all those victims and deepest condolences goes to famillies and friends!!

  3. FANO is nowhere in wollega but,the false accusations thrown around by Galla cadres to deflect the truth is definitely a sign the time FANO cross the border and take care of the subhuman Galla savages.

    No more pleading ,no more wailing. FANO must start killing the devilish Galla creatures with no mercy.

    Extremist, Neftegna, bla bal ….just kill these stone age subhumans. kill’em all!!!

  4. Justice for Amhara People. STOP MASSACRING INNOCENT AMHARAS IN OROMO ZONE by OROMO Special Police in collaboration with Oromo Liberation Armey/Shene designated as a Terrorist Group. The OROMO POLICE AND MILITIA are seen hugging and kissing with OROMO TERRORIST SHENE that proves their common agenda and collaboration and working together.

    Shaiful Adanech Abebe want to stain the well respected and brave patriot Fanno’s name who respect innocent lives as the coward beast OROMO LIBERATION ARMY TERRORIST GROUP aka Shene who has no conscious of knowing who to fight with. Massacring and stealing unarmed and peaceful innocent old and children and civilian Amharas in OROMO Zone is what it is known for.

    This OROMO TERRORIST GROUP has never been seen caught or charged with crime but actually seen being fed, armed and supported by the government of Abiy and Oromo zone administration. The evidences for this once was collection of riffraff cowards wasted in Eritrea to be empowered with freedom to massacre, abduct and loot Amhara people. as well as supplies of weapons, wigs, clothes, and money,

    Oromo Zone is washed in Amhara blood. Abiy Ahmed and PP party must be charged with Amhara Genocide.
    PM Abiy Ahmed, Shimeles Abdissa, Adanech Abebe and the Orommuma mafias and blood, money, and land thirsty dictators STEP DOWN .

  5. Justice for Amhara People. STOP MASSACRING INNOCENT AMHARAS IN OROMO ZONE by OROMO Special Police in collaboration with Oromo Liberation Armey/Shene designated as a Terrorist Group. The OROMO POLICE AND MILITIA are seen hugging and kissing with OROMO TERRORIST SHENE that proves their common agenda and collaboration and working together.

    Shameful Adanech Abebe want to stain the well respected and brave patriot Fanno’s name who respect innocent lives as the coward beast OROMO LIBERATION ARMY TERRORIST GROUP aka Shene who has no conscious of knowing who to fight with. Massacring and stealing unarmed and peaceful innocent old and children and civilian Amharas in OROMO Zone is what it is known for.

    This OROMO TERRORIST GROUP has never been seen caught or charged with crime but actually seen being fed, armed and supported by the government of Abiy and Oromo zone administration. The evidences for this once was collection of riffraff cowards wasted in Eritrea to be empowered with freedom to massacre, abduct and loot Amhara people. as well as supplies of weapons, wigs, clothes, and money,

    Oromo Zone is washed in Amhara blood. Abiy Ahmed and PP party must be charged with Amhara Genocide.
    PM Abiy Ahmed, Shimeles Abdissa, Adanech Abebe and the Orommuma mafias and blood, money, and land thirsty dictators STEP DOWN .

  6. please stop using derogatory words on both the Oromo and Amhara – it will only inflame nerves, and who is going to benefit from that? The threat of mob violence from both ends is of great concern – play it down please and prevent an unheard of massacre in human history (recall shashamane, stay, wolega…….Please please stop this nonsense

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