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Finfinne Tribune

Finfinne Tribune

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FirstEDITION The 5th Annual OACC International Human Rights Conference to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota FINFINNETRIBUNE REPORTER The Oromo-American Citizens Council (OACC), a Saint Paul, Minnesota, based non-profit organization set up, among others, to expose human rights violations against the Oromo people and influence the policy Finfinne Tribune VVol. 01 | No. 01 | MAR. 2013 | Bitootessa 2013 | RESOURCE ON OROMIA & THE OROMO NATION Oromo-American Citizens Council Organizes Annual Conference of the US towards Ethiopia, anounced earlier in February that it would hold its 5th annual international human rights conference on March 16, 2013, at the University of Minnesota under the topic of "What's Next for the Oromo?" In a press release issued to the public, and published on Oromo online media outlets, OACC said the topic of the conference, "What's Next for the Oromo?" was a continuation of the national discussion that was brought up at its fourth annual conference in 2010. The press release indicated that OACC would seek inputs from Oromo individuals and political organizations for the March 16 national discussion in order "to understand differences and to seek consensus for the road ahead for the Oromo struggle and the Oromo people. Oromo Activists Rally for Justice in Oromia Human rights activists call for release of political prisoners in Oromia FINFINNETRIBUNE REPORTER On Friday, January 25, several hundreds of Oromo human rights activists, community leaders and scholars staged peaceful protest rallies in London, UK, and Washington, DC, in order to bring the human rights violations committed in Oromia by the current Ethiopian regime to the attention of the governments of the UK and USA, respectively. Prisons in Oromia have an estimated 20,000 Oromo political prisoners, who make up the roughly 99% of the prisoners of conscience population in the Ethiopian Empire. These political prisoners are detained without trials, and in the rare instances where trials are held, the courts rule without judicial independence from the ruling party, the Tigrean People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which seized the state power in Ethiopia in 1991 after toppling the previous regime, the Dergue, together with several other national liberation movements, such as the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). However, a year into the new Transitional Government in 1992, TPLF turned its gun against the OLF, which left the Transitional Government due to TPLF's escalated military attacks and targets on OLF's offices, and its members and supporters in rural Oromia. Shortly thereafter, the TPLF- Oromo human rights activists braved the cold January Washington-DC and London streets to call for the release of political prisoners held in Ethiopia (Photo: VOA/DC) led regime outlawed the OLF, and, since then, the regime rounds up innocent Oromo civilians without due process of law, and detains them indefinitely without trial. - Observers noting the significantly large number of The Oromo people make up the the largest nation in Ethiopia as well as in the Horn of Africa. Abyssinia, which used to make up most of the northwestern part of what is now known as "Ethiopia," invaded and occupied Oromia, which makes up most of the central, western and southern parts of today's Ethiopia, at the turn of the 20th century. The OLF leads the national struggle of the Oromo to be free from this colonial occupation of Oromia by Abyssinia/TPLF. THE PRISONS IN ETHIOPIA SPEAK AFAN OROMO Oromo political prisoners in the Ethiopian empire The organizers of the January 25, 2013 rally in Washington, DC, namely, the Oromo Studies Association (OSA), the Oromo Community Organization in Washington area (OCO), the Oromo Youth Self-Help Association (OYSA), the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA), the Oromia Support Group (OSG), had writtern a joint appeal letter addressed Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton. Joint Appeal Letter Dear Honorable Secretary [Hillary Clinton], The Oromo Studies Association (OSA), the Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, the Oromo Youth Selfhelp Association (OYSA), the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA), and (Continued on PAGE 4) The Gadaa.com Newsletter Released Monthly It is to be remembered that the 2010 OACC annual conference hosted prominent Oromo civic and political leaders as well as scholars as panelists. Panelists and speakers for the upcoming March 16 conference would be announced at a future date by OACC, the press release said. Ibsa Ejjennoo: Hirmaattota Ibsa Gamataa Araaraa fi Walhubannoo ABO, Melbourne, Australia Nuti miseensonn ABO fi hawaasti Oromoo magaalaa Melbourne fi naannoo isaa jiraannu, dhaabni ABO kaleessa bakka lamatti waamamaa ture ShG fi QC ABO wal-hubannoo tokko irra ga’anii araara buusuu isaanii yeroo dhageenyu gammachuu guddaatu nutti dhagahame. Ibsa waloon nuuf kenname kanatti boonuu keenya ibsachaa, nuti warreen ibsa gamtaa kana irratti argamne ibsa ejjennoo armaa gadii kana baafannee jirra. 1. Wal-hubannoon qabsaa’ota ABO garee lamaan gidduutti ta’e injifannoo guddaa waan ta’eef walhubanno fi araara qabsaawota ABO gidduutti ta’e hanga fiixa ba’insa isaatti deggersa guutuu qabnu ibsanna. 2. Dararaa fi miidhaan ummata Oromoo irra gahu, qabeenya isaa saamuu, ajjeessuu, hidhuu, biyyaa hari’uu, qe’ee isaa irraa humnaan buqqifamuun akkasumas qaabeenya uumamaa kan ta’an qilleessii fi laggeen summaa’uun, bosonni Oromiyaa gabbataan sun abidda itti qabsiifamuun gubamee Oromiyaan jiituun hongeetti jijjiiramaa jiraachuun hedduu nu yaaddessa; waan ta’eef Ummata fi biyya abbaa keenyaa badiinsa kana irraa baraaruuf qajeelfama dhaaba keenya ABO irraa kennamu fudhannee hanga Qabson bilisummaa Oromoo bakka gahutti waan nurraa eegamu mara ni raawwanna. (Gara Fuula 7tti)

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