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Ethiopia decimating free press ahead of elections

Read more...(OPride) Ethiopia's systematic repression and harassment of independent journalists has created a bleak media landscape ahead of the May 2015 elections, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Wednesday.

Meet Sadam Haska, founder and producer of the popular Oromo vine

Read more...On Nov. 10, 2013 Sadam Haska, 23, started his popular Facebook-based Oromo Vine with a simple post: “Hey guys plz pass these to your friends.” The page now commands more than 6000 likes.

Minneapolis may soon get a commemorative Oromo Street

Read more...(OPride) The Minneapolis City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Jan. 12 to decide on Council Member Abdi Warsame’s application for commemorative street names along the city’s Cedar riverside area. Warsame’s proposal calls for 4th Street South between Cedar Avenue and 15th Avenue South to be named “Oromo Street,” and for the stretch between 6th Street and Cedar Avenue to 15th avenue South to be called “Somali Street.”

Because I am Oromo: a sweeping repression in Oromia, Ethiopia

Read more...(OPride) At least 5,000 Oromos have been illegally detained since 2011 based solely on the suspicion that they don’t support the Ethiopian government, Amnesty International said. Many of the victims are held without charge for months or even years and subjected to repeated torture, it said.

Oromia at Federation Square: a celebration of Oromummaa

Read more...(OPride) –  On Dec. 21, 2014, more than 2,000  Oromo-Australians and friends of Oromo people floked to  Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square, braving dank and steamy spa-like weather conditions for the 7th annual “Oromia at Federation Square.”

OPride’s Oromo Person of the Year 2014: Oromo Student Protesters

Read more...(OPride) For energizing and unifying the Oromo public both at home and in the Diaspora, for keeping the beacon of liberty from being extinguished, for selfless sacrifice to advance Oromo rights and for bringing international media attention to the plight of Oromo people, Oromo Student Protesters are OPride’s Oromo Person of the Year.