Oromos for Justice, Security, and Truth (O-JUST) May 3, 2024

“The domestic and international media headlines unscrupulously kept pushing the utterly false narrative that an Oromo had taken over power for the first time in Ethiopian history. In reality, at least six persons of Oromo lineage have served either as president or prime minister since the end of the imperial regime in 1974. But history was eclipsed by a false narrative, paving the way for the creation of the Oromo government myth, a sinister ploy designed to reduce the Oromo national movement to a quest for a political office.”

“Ethiopia is currently led by a fifth columnist who invited foreign forces to commit atrocity crimes against his compatriots and allowed the violation of his country’s sovereignty. It is led by a regime accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and possibly genocide. It is a pariah regime that has chosen to violate human rights with impunity, created non-state actors to commit horrific violence against innocents, and decided to militarize politics rather than search for workable solutions through dialogue.

The regime’s criminal record is documented by impartial and credible international organizations, including the United Nations International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE). Three years into the new prime minister’s tenure, Amnesty International published a report that established the mass arrests, lengthy detention without charge, and other infringements of citizens’ rights, including illegal searches, restrictions on assembly, expression, and movement, physical beating, torture, and even extrajudicial execution, have returned with a vengeance. The brutality and cruel efficiency with which opposition was dealt evinced that Oromia was strolling into the abyss of humanity, unchecked by reason, law, or self-restraint, under a regime many strove so fervently to present as an Oromo government.”

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