Ethiopia’s refusal over Ogaden war crimes issued at 26.11.2008
on: December 8, 2008, 4:20 am
Release Author: Ogaden Youth League
Release Summary: War Crimes and Crimes against humanity in Ogaden
Release Body: Ethiopia’s
refusal over Ogaden war crimes issued at 26.11.2008
and human rights abuses inflicted upon the Somali people in Ogaden
dated back to the Ethiopian occupation of Ogaden at the end of
World War II. This Occupation took place three periods. The last
part was handed over to Ethiopia in 1954 by Great Britain. who
was colonising Ogaden. Since then the Ogaden people are fighting
for their rights to self-determination and Ethiopian successive
governments including the current EPRDF/TPLF regime were committng
war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ogaden.
09th June 2007, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Zenawi, declared in
a news conference in Addis-Ababa that his army has launched a
political and military operation to contain the activities of
the Ogaden National Liberation Front. This was the beginning of
the genocide and ethnic cleansing which is still going on in Ogaden.
The war crimes and crimes perpetrated by the Ethiopian government
in Ogaden was first time witnessed by the United Nations mission
who visited Ogaden in 2007. This mission has recommended in vain
an independent investigation to be carried out.
Ethiopia declined to implement any recommendation of this international
body as UN and continue to blocked human rights organizations,
international media access to Ogaden with the aim of hiding the
suffering of the civilians. At the same time Ethiopian government
expelled from Ogaden several NGO’s, such as ICRC and MSF
while those who were allowed to go to Ogaden are confined in the
Garrison town at the discretion of Ethiopian government. In addition,
to the continuation of genocide in Ogaden, the Ethiopian government
wants to impose a new bill which bans the international NGOs work
in a number of fields, including conflict resolution, children’s
rights, disabled rights and criminal justice reform.
obvious, that the international community does not expect putative
answer to accept the crimes it committed against Ogadeni people,
instead of confessing they prepared such false report to once
more hoodwink international community. The Ogaden people are not
only suffering from human rights violation but also socially and
economically. With no aid from the international donors, the Ethiopian
authority would not be able to stay in the Ogaden and commit War
Finally, we request the United Nations, the EU, the AU and international
community to take their responsibility and force Ethiopian government
to open a corridor for aid to Ogaden and allow human rights organizations
and international media to operate in Ogaden freely. At the same
time we request that they set up international mission to investigate
human right situation in Ogaden and bring to justice the perpetrators
of this heinous crimes in our country, Ogaden, crimes witnessed
by the United Nations’ humanitarian mission at the end of
2007 confirmed by the Human Right Watch.
shall be free
Ogaden Youth League
office: Northampton Volunteer Centra,
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NN1 1JA, Northampton. United Kingdom.
Details: Ogaden Youth League
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