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We call all Oromo and Oromo friends to support the Oromo students to save their life.

Ethiopia - HRLHA Urgent Action and Appeal

Public - August 8, 2011

Kidnappings and Disappearances of University Students in Oromia

It has been a nightmare for families that the whereabouts of their children is not known since the end of the school year of 2011. Among Oromo students left their campuses up on the closure of the Universities at the end of the school year in June 2011 some were not returned to their home of birth place according the information the HRLHA reporter received from the families and friends of the victims. Some of the family members even traveled more than 800 Kms to seek information about their missing children from the Universities where they were used to attend.

However, non of them obtained a credible information about of their children until this report is compiled.

The HRLH reporter managed to get the following nineteen names among many Oromo students believed kidnapped by the Ethiopian Security force at different places and time on their way to their home in June 2011.

No Name                        Gender            University

1 Gamachis Yosef         M                    Adama    University

2 Abdisa Mengesha       M                    Adama University

3 Obse Bekele               F                      Adama University

4 Selemon Indalu        M                       Adama University

5 Kumessa                   M                       Ambo University

6 Mo’I Oljirra             M                        Ambo University

7 Tariku Murmur        M                       Haromaya University

8 Kumsa                     M                       Haromaya University

9 Ibsa Gamachu         M                       Haromaya University

10 Getu Rabirra         M                       Hawassa University

11 Lalise Joba             F                       Hawassa University

12 Lami Tasisa           M                      Tepi Mizan University

13 Ahimed Mohamed M                      Jima University

14 Anwar Jundi           M                     Jima University

15 Lami Garoma         M                    Jima University

16 Akalu Kebede       M                     Jima University

17 Damara Kajela      M                     Wallaga University

18 Shitaye                  F                      Wallaga University

19 Malka                   M                      Arba Minch University

Background Information;- HRLHA has been repeatedly reported hundreds of Oromo

Students have been abducted, kidnapped, detained, and many of them tortured and killed, in thisyear/2011 with unfounded allegation on suspicion of links with the OLF.

 HRLHA calls up on the Ethiopian Government to immediately halt racial and discriminatory

human rights abuses against Oromo young generation and disclose where they are detained and also urges unconditionally release of these students. HRLHA also calls up on regional and

international diplomatic, democratic, and human rights agencies to make a pressure on

Ethiopian TPLF/EPRDF regime to stop its persistent brutal, dictatorial, and suppressive actions against innocent Oromo students who attempt to exercise their democratic rights granted in the Ethiopian constitution (1995), article 29, .

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to the Ethiopian Government and its

concerned officials as swiftly as possible, in English, Ahmaric, or your own language expressing:

Urging the Ethiopian Government to disclose the whereabouts of the kidnapped Oromo


Your Concerns at the apprehension and fear of Torture

Urging the authorities of Ethiopia to ensure that these detainees are treated in accordance

with regional and international standards on the treatment of prisoners,


Your concerns to diplomatic representatives of Ethiopia accredited to your country.

His Excellency: Mr. Meles Zenawi – Prime Minister of Ethiopia

P.O.Box – 1031,Addis Ababa

Telephone – +251 155 20 44; +251 111 32 41

Fax – +251 155 20 30 , +251 1552020

His Excellency Birhan Hailu –Min. of Justice

PO Box 1370, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Fax: +251 11 5517775; +251 11 5520874 Email:

v Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Office at Geneva 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Fax: + 41 22 917 9022

(particularly for urgent matters) E-mail: This e-mail address is

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International Committee of the Red Cross


19 Avenue de la paix CH 1202 Geneva

Tel: +41 22 734 60 01

Fax: +41 22 733 20 57


African Commission on Human and PeoplesRights (ACHPR)

48 Kairaba Avenue, P.O.Box 673, Banjul, The Gambia.

Tel: (220) 4392 962 , 4372070, 4377721 – 23 Fax: (220) 4390 764


U.S. Department of State

Tom Fcansky – Foreign Affairs Officer

Email;>Washington, D.C. 20037

Tel: +1-202-261-8009

Fax: +1-202-261-8197

Amnesty International – London

Tom Gibson

Telephone: +44-20-74135500

Fax number: +44-20-79561157

Email;- TGibson@amnesty.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots.

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Human Rights Watch – New York,

Leslie Lefkow;


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