OACC/SMNE: Kenya must stop persecuting Ethiopian refugees

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) and the Oromo American Citizens Council (OACC) call upon and urge the Government of Kenya to immediately stop persecuting and harassing Ethiopian refugees, particularly the Oromo, Amhara and Somali Ethiopians currently residing in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) refugee camps in Kenya.


The ongoing persecution of Oromo and Somali refugees in Kenya is nothing more than the extension of persecution and repression they faced in their homeland, when they fled to Kenya to seek safe haven. There is clear evidence now that the Kenyan government is engaged in this egregious refugee rights violation at the behest of the Ethiopian government. It is truly shocking and dismaying to see the Kenyan government serve as the agent of the Tigre Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) regime of Ethiopia that is notorious for its human rights violations.


The Kenyan government, in flagrant violation of its commitment and obligation under the international refugee and human rights laws, particularly violating the non-refoulement principle is rounding up and handing over thousands of refugees to the brutal TPLF regime of Ethiopia. Some of these refugees were executed when returned to Ethiopia, while others were tortured and maimed by the Meles Zenawi’s regime.


The cases of two Oromo Engineers, Mesfin Abebe Abdisa and Tasfahun Camadaa Gurmessaa, are important to note here. They were both UNHCR recognized refugees in Kenya. They were abducted and handed over to the TPLF regime by the Kenyan security forces. After two years of torture, physical mutilation (including castration) and incommunicado detention in one of many TPLF secret torture chambers, the TPLF regime sentenced Abdisa to death and Gurmessaa to life imprisonment. The same fate is waiting thousands of Ethiopian refugees who are currently rounded up from various villages, towns and cities of Kenya and forcibly handed over to the Ethiopian regime.

Full Press Release in PDF : OACC – SMNE Press Release

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