Ethiopia’s Minority Regime Committing Atrocities Against its Own Citizens

brutality of the Ethiopian regime
The Organization of Eritrean Americans condemns the brutality of the regime in Ethiopia against its own citizens and stands alongside the people of Ethiopia during these trying times.


By Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA),

The Organization of Eritrean Americans condemns the brutality of the minority regime in Ethiopia against its own citizens and stands alongside the people of Ethiopia during these challenging times. Our thoughts are with the victims of these unacceptable crimes committed against the Ethiopian people. The Ethiopian people have continued to witness acts of violence against protesters in the Gambella, Ogaden and Oromia and now the Amhara regions of Ethiopia without accountability.

On 20 April 2016, the United States Senate sponsored a resolution that called for a full, credible, and transparent investigation into the killings and instances of excessive use of force that took place as a result of protests in the Oromia region and hold security forces accountable for wrongdoing. The Senators were unanimous in their condemnation of the regime’s brutality:

  • “…I am shocked by the brutal actions of the Ethiopian security forces, and offer condolences to the families of those who have been killed. The Ethiopian constitution affords its citizens the right to peaceful assembly and such actions by Ethiopian government forces are unacceptable. The government’s heavy-handed tactics against journalists and use of the 2009 Anti-Terrorism and Charities and Societies Proclamations to stifle free speech and legitimate political dissent demonstrate a troubling lack of respect for democratic freedoms and human rights…” – (Senator Cardin)
  • “…Peaceful protestors and activists have been arrested, tortured and killed in Ethiopia for simply exercising their basic rights. I condemn these abuses and the Ethiopian government’s stunning disregard for the fundamental rights of the Ethiopian people. I urge the Obama Administration to prioritize respect for human rights and political reforms in the U.S. relationship with Ethiopia…” – (Senator Rubio)

Since the 2005 election, violent crackdowns, unlawful arrests and displacement of individuals have been carried out by the regime’s “Liyu” special police and security forces. Journalists, members of the various opposition groups in exile have been the scapegoat for the Ethiopian regime’s continued authoritarian control over the nation. Just over a year ago, during the national elections, the minority regime in Ethiopia claimed it had won 100% of the vote to lead the country. A percentage not witnessed anywhere in the world. Not long after the elections the regime began its campaign of killing and maiming the very same people whom it has claimed voted for it.

A few months ago a large number of Ethiopians in the Oromia region started a peaceful protest against the government’s decision for displacing them from their farmlands. The regime brutally killed many innocent citizens; and is still pursuing similar actions against other groups all over the country.

Currently the regime’s military powers have spread across the country to contain the people’s revolution against the crimes and atrocities being committed against them. This brutal regime blinded by its hidden agenda of Greater Tigray will not hesitate to kill as many Ethiopians as it can in order to stop or contain the people’s movement.

These incidents, along with many others, have gone unaccounted for by the international community. Now, with over 1000 killed and many more injured by the regime security forces, it is clear that the Ethiopian regime is committed to policies of violence and harassment against all who oppose its authoritarian practices.

The minority regime’s 14 yearlong occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories in violation of over a dozen UN Security Council resolutions, the African Union and United Nation’s Charters, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission’s final and binding delimitation and demarcation decisions are further evidence of the regime’s belligerence and contempt for international law. It should be recalled that the bigoted minority regime deported over 80,000 Eritreans and Ethiopians of Eritrean origin at the height of its 1998-2000 aggressive war of invasion, expansion and occupation, and confiscated their belongings, in violation of international human rights laws and the UN Geneva Conventions.

It is indeed ironic that the very same minority regime that kills and maims its own citizens has been rewarded with seats on the UN Security Council and UN Human Rights Council. This government cannot be expected to carry its responsibility at the UNSC and will not be trusted to uphold a neutral position nor decision that benefit international peace and security.

OEA calls upon all friends and allies of the suffering Ethiopian people to stand up for justice. We also ask peace-loving people everywhere in the world to bring the brutal regime to its senses for the sake of innocent civilians who are currently suffering at the hands of the very government that should be protecting them.

OEA demands that all violence and unlawful arrests, as well as the unending harassment, cease immediately toward peaceful protestors across Ethiopia, and calls upon the UN Security Council to declare the situation in Ethiopia, a threat to international peace and security.

Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA)

16 thoughts on “Ethiopia’s Minority Regime Committing Atrocities Against its Own Citizens

  1. Ethiopia: Riots in Gonder claim casualties

    At least 10 people have been killed in Gonder northern Ethiopia in clashes as locals with security forces. The government blames Eritrea for the unrest but residents cite disputes over land and ethnicity.

    According to several reports, the unrest in Gonder began earlier this week when armed police entered the city to arrest members of the “Wolkayit committee” who had been protesting against the government’s decision to merge the Wolkayit community and its land into the neighboring Tigray Regional State. The Ethiopian government spokesperson Getachew Reda on Friday accused the members of kidnapping, murder and being in possesion of arms with an intent of staging terrorist attacks. He also rejected any notion that the clashes was being spearheaded by the Amhara community.

    “What happened is that there were individuals suspected of engaging in crime. So to arrest those individuals the Federal Police moved into this area,” Negusu Tilahun, Head of Communication Affairs with the Amhara Regional Government told DW.

    “As result there was a clash between residents and the police. There was also an exchange of gunfire which resulted in the deaths of federal police officers and civilians as well. Besides that, there were also damages to property. The government and the public are now working together to bring the town back to its normal situation,” Tilahun said.

    Ethiopian government officials have blamed opposition groups based in Eritrea for the unrest in Gonder. However, residents say ethnic tensions are the real reason behind the skirmishes.

    Over the last two decades, the Welkait community has been fighting to become part of Amhara saying it identifies more with the Amharas than Tigrayans.

    One local resident who spoke to DW on condition of anonymity said the government should stop labeling civilians as terrorists. “That is a very cheap political propaganda. Every freedom fighter is linked to Eritrea or terrorism,” the resident said.

    He accused the government media of ommitting to mention that those who were detained were committee members of the Welkait community. “The more the government labels them as terrorists or bandits, rather than responding to the real question, the more things will get worse,” he added.

    The Welkait region was under Gonder province until it was handed over to Tigray State in 1991 by the current EPRDF government. The Amharas and Tigrayans had previously lived peacefully side by side but analysts blame the ethnic-federalism system which introduced ethnic ownership of lands for triggering the current dispute.

    The US has issued a temporary travel advisory on Gonder and warned its citizens and those travelling to the city to be cautious. US citizens have also been advised to avoid large crowds and the ongoing protests.

    The clashes also forced Israel to evacuate a group of 23 young Israeli volunteers from Gonder. The city has about 6,000 Ethiopian Jews who are waiting to be flown to Israel. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the Ethiopian Jews were not in any immediate danger.

    1. Yerasua siarbat yesew tamaslilach……why don’t you save you poor citizens drowning in the Mediterranean Sea…they are fleeing their country because it is hell to live in it thanks…to sabiya….

  2. Let me make sure i understand, an org calling itself Eritrean Americans are worried about people in Ethiopia? If thats not a joke, dont know what is. Ethiopia no longer allows Eritreans to voice any concern about anything Ethiopia if you have a refugge status or live outside. The “minority” regime is good at identifying those eyes clolors. You can live, pay taxes and when you get a chance to leave for Euro or US, just please leave.

    1. We are not concern about you or agamish regime ,go to your own site weyanne beggar ,Are you happy the Ethiopian people killed by your regime?

    1. ኣስመሮም
      ኣበየናይ ዓለም ዲኻ ትነብር ዘሎኻ? ኩነታት እንዳተጠናነገ ይመጽእ ከምዘሎ ንምዕዛብ’ባ ኣእሙሮካ ክፈቶ!! ወያነ እኮ ዘራያት ሒዘ ኣለኹ ኢላ ኣብዝኣመነትሉ እዋን “ወይ ንሕና ወይ ሻዕብያ” ኢላ ከምዝፈከረት ዘንጊዕካዮ ዲኻ? ንምዃኑ ህዝቢ ብጠያይቲ እንዳተቐልወ ክሃልቕ ዓገብ ምባል ስለምንታይ ነውሪ ዝቑጸር? ኣብ ኣእሙሮኻ ድሮ ዝግንፍል ዘሎ ስምዒት ነቦበዮ ኣለኹ። ብቐደሙ’ውን “ ናትካ ገዲፍካስ. . .ክትብል ደርጒሕካዮ እንዲኻ፡ ደሓን ኣይትሻቐል፡ መቓልስትና ወያነ ዘይኮኑስ ፍርዙናት ሓይልታት ምኳኖም እንተተረዲኡካ ውሽጣዊ ጸገማትና ሓደ ካብቲ ክንከፍሎ ዘሎና ዋጋ ምዃኑ እዩ ክትግንዘቦ ዘለካ እሞ ዓቕሊ ይሃብካ።
      እንተ ኣብ ልዕሊ ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ዝወርድ ዘሎ ህልቂት ግን፡ ይዓጠናን ፈረቓን። ምስ ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ጸገም የብልናን፡ ምስ ስርዓት ወያነ እምበር። ኣብ መንጎና ዘሎ ዘራጊቶ ምእላይ ድማ ናይ ኩሉ ኣብ ዞባና ዝርከብ ደላይ ሰላም ዝኾነ ህዝቢ ዛዕባን ጉዳይን ስለዝኾነ፡ ስለዚ እንተኺልካ ሃየ ኣበርክቶኻ ኣወፊ፡ እንተዘይኪኢልካ ድማ “ ዓቕሊ” ይሃብካ። መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝርህዎ ኣብ ጎረባብትና ዘላቒ ርግኣትን ምክብባርን ምስዝህሉ ኣሚኑ ብመትከል ይሰርሓሉ ስለዘሎ፡ ብእዋናዊ ማዕበላት ኣንፈቱ ከይዘንበለ ስለዝጸዓደ፡ ካልእ ይትረፍ ርብዒ ዘመን ከም ሃገር፡ ኣብ መንጎ ዜጋታት ርግኣት ፈጢሩ ጠጠው ከብላ ምኽኣሉ ጥራሕ ከይኣክል ንወለዶታት ምዕባለ ዘንጽፍ ባይታ ከንብር ምብቅዑ፡ ነቶም ፖለቲካዊ ብስለት ዘጥረዩ ትእንግርቲ ክኾኖም ከሎ ፡ ነቶም ንፖለቲካ ዓለምና ብየዋህነት እንዕዘብ ድማ ግዳይ ናይቲ ረቂቕ ስልቲ መርበባት ገይሩና ስለዘሎ ኣስፊሕና ንነገራት ምዕዛብ ከድልየና እዩ። እንተ እቶም ንዓና ተመሲሎም ሓድነትና ንምልሕላሕ ተቖጺሮም ዝሰርሑ ዘለዉ ዕሱባት ግን ክሳብ ዕርበት ወያነ ስርሖም ከየቛረጹ ክነብሑ እዮም። ጊዜ ባዕሉ ይበስል ስለዘሎ ግን መንባሕቶም ንጊዜ ክንሓድገሉ ኢና።
      በዚ ኣጋጣሚ ማሕበር ኤርትራውያን ኣሜሪካውያን ( OEA )እዋናዊ ዝኾነ ኣብ ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ዝወርድ ዘሎ ህልቂት ዓገብ ምባልኩም ሞራላውን ታሪኻውን ሓላፍነትኩም ኣልዒልኩም ስለዘለኹም፡ ሓበን የሰማዕኩም።
      ዓወት ንሓፋሽ።

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