Bring back 23 kidnaps Amhara -Ethiopian university students, manly girls by OLF splinters

Bring back 23 kidnaps Amhara -Ethiopian university students, manly girls by OLF splinters

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Eyassu Ephraim started this petition to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) and

The dynamics in Ethiopia has drastically changed for the worst in the past year under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.  Ethnic violence, attacks against Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, repression of political opposition groups, and repression against freedom of expression has dramatically increased. 

In early December 17 Amhara university students, mainly girls were kidnapped by Oromo extremists and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, only acknowledge the kidnapping after mass movement and social media campaign.  To exasperate the fate of these students and families, the administration remained silent and did nothing to rescue these students and bring relief to their families.  The parents and family members did not receive an update on the status of the children.  It was only through the activism of the Amhara community and a mass protest on Tuesday, January 28th the government began to respond to this heartbreaking crisis. 

 

According to Amhara Students Association (ASA), 24 Amhara students have been killed in university campuses in the Oromia region and the violence has displaced over 40,000 Amhara students.

Ethiopia ranked first in internally displaced people.  According to Internal Displacements Monitoring Centre “About 2.9 million new displacements associated with conflict were recorded in 2018” and “In the first half of 2019, about 755,000 new displacements were recorded, 522,000 associated with conflict”.  These displacements were mainly due to ethnic conflict with a tacit response from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration.  

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has allowed law and order to deteriorate giving space for non-government actors and mobs to kill, rape, and destroy properties which belong to none Oromo people.

Since July 2018, over 30 Ethiopian Orthodox Churches have been attacked with more than 20 churches burned down to the ground.  Last week, during the Timket (Epiphany) celebration, organised mobs attacked Ethiopian Orthodox followers, closed roads during the procession, and in some cases, the crowds my the name of KERRO, were supported by local security forces.  The adherents of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are angered over Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s failure to protect Churches and their followers.

Sadly, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration has reverted to the old tactics of using the anti-terrorism proclamation to silence opposition voices.  After the June 22nd assassination of Amhara leaders, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed used this tragedy to arrest nearly 1,000 Amharas mainly members, supporters, or suspected supporters of National Movement of Amhara (NaMA) a legally registered party.  To date, there are still seven members NaMA and 6 Amhara activists, including leaders, are still in prison without formal charges.  According to Human Rights Watch, “13 detainees were still held on pre-charge detention, under a complex procedure that allows for indefinite pre-charge detention after the four months allowed under the ATP had elapsed. Twelve are members of the political opposition, seven of whom are members of the National Movement of Amhara (NAMA),”. 

Additionally, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration has rejected every permit in Addis Ababa requested by Amhara organisation to hold a press conference, public meetings, or peaceful demonstrations. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has clearly shown favouritism towards his ethnic Oromo people at the expense of other Ethiopian groups.

The internet has been shut down several times during Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s short tenure significantly impacting the free flow of information.  Additionally, journalists and media of those deemed to hold the government accountable have been threatened.

We are deeply saddened and troubled by the decline in law and order and an increase in violence and instability.  

Your office is the excellent support of Ethiopian people and government; hence we would like to ask you behalf of our community and our people with great humility to look at the case closely and take appropriate measure before it is late.

Amhara Association (UK)

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