Brussels, 20 May 2009 – In two days Oromos who have fled Ethiopia will bring to the heart of Europe an
appeal for the United State, United Kingdom, and European Union to present a united front and urge the
Ethiopian government to protect the country’s environment and the human rights of its citizens from
irresponsible corporate activity.
The appeal comes as Ethiopia’s land and water face more and more stress from a growing economy and
cities that are swelling with new workers. The economy is expanding as investment in the flower, leather,
and agricultural sectors draws, arguably unsustainably, on Ethiopia’s valuable human and natural resources.
Legislation exists to protect the Ethiopian environment but it is frequently unenforced or circumvented, to
the detriment of workers’ lives and those of their dependents. The demonstration will therefore call on the
United States, United Kingdom, and European Union to ensure that their companies observe international
standards in their Ethiopian operations and that the Ethiopian government enforces its legislative obligations.
The demonstration will be held on Friday 22 May 2009 and will begin at the Schuman metro station from
10.00am before moving to the European Commission (Berlaymont Building), Place Jean Rey, British
Embassy and the American Embassy where activists will stay until 1.00pm.
Note: There will be media opportunities during the demonstration and activists with first-hand experience
of the situation in Ethiopia will be available for comment.
THIS EVENT IS ORGANIZED BY:
Union of Oromo Students
Flories de Cuyper Straat 31/3,
2640, Morstel, Belgium.
Tel/Fax: +32 (0)34 480459
Unrepresented Nations and
P.O. Box 85878, 2508 CN,
The Hague, The Netherlands.
Tel: +31 (0)70 3646504
Fax: +31 (0)70 3646608
When: 22 MAY 2009
Rond-point Schuman Brussels
Ends: 1.00pm at American Embassy Brussels
For media enquiries, please contact
Mr. D. Gabissa
+32 (0) 485 597 255 / firstname.lastname@example.org