Meles Zenawi’s regime has been waging an ongoing hidden war against the people of Ethiopia.
This war is conducted in many forms: torture in concentration camps; extrajudicial executions and coldblooded killings; denial of humanitarian and development assistance; displacing poor farmers and giving farmland to the regime’s benefactors like China; denial of educational, business and work opportunities to the ethnic groups considered the regime’s enemies and; incarcerating people on doctored and vaguely defined crimes such as terrorism, treason, genocide, and crimes against humanity.
In recent months, the campaign of intimidation and humiliation to subjugate and break the free will of the Ethiopian people has grown in intensity and magnitude.
(London) – The Ethiopian government should end its widening crackdown against opposition politicians and dissidents, Human Rights Watch said today. In the past week, three well-known critics of the government – actor Debebe Eshetu, journalist Eskinder Nega, and opposition party leader Andualem Aragie – were arrested in Addis Ababa. Three other opposition party members were also detained.
Last month, a joint undercover investigation by the Bureau and Newsnight revealed sickening human rights abuses and the systematic misuse of aid by the Ethiopian government.
The response from officials working for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to the investigation was as expected: a vitriolic attack on our journalism with accusations of impartial reporting promoting the views of terrorists.
Recently released Wikileaks Ethiopia files expose how Ethiopian security forces planted 3 bombs that went off in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 16, 2006 and then blamed Eritrea and the Oromo resistance for the blasts in a case that raises serious questions about the claims made about the bombing attempt against the African Union summit earlier this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In a report from 2006 marked “Secret ; Subject: Ethiopia: Recent Bombings Blamed on Oromos Possibly the Work of GOE [Government of Ethiopia]” “Classified By: Charge [d’Affairs] Vicki Huddleston”, “An embassy source, as well as clandestine reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been the work of the GoE security forces.” (Cable reference id: #06ADDISABABA2708.)
Recently, President Obama sent an email to the American People advertising the "We The People" campaign. This is an opportunity for the public to submit petitions and get their voices heard by the president himself. The International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA) sees this as a wonderful opportunity to make policy impact on the Oromo condition in Ethiopia.
But the integral point that must be recognized is that it is the petition with the maximum signatures that will be chosen and addressed by the White House. IOYA would like to begin the petition and hopes that all age groups will join in and sign. We think that having multiple petitions will be ineffective and we as the youth want to make the largest impact possible. The petition is currently in the works, and you will hear about it soon.