Several being arrested in Oromia region


November 18, 2014

Weeks after the mass arrest of people in Oromia region saw the light of international media; several people are still being detained and sentenced in the Region.

According to the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA), more than 20 Oromos students, teachers and farmers from different villages were arrested since November 11, 2014, in Ambo town and the villages of Mida Qagni district in the Eastern Shewa Zone of Oromia.

The arrests came after people protested the sale of land for investors. According to HARLHA some of the people arrested include Kitata Regassa, Tolessa Teshome, Dirre Masho, Tarku Bulsho, Yalew Banti, Biyansa Ibbaa, Tesfay Biyensa, and Mangistu Mosisaa.

Ahead of the May 2015 election, “the TPLF/EPRDF government of Ethiopia has started the campaigns of intimidation against whom it suspects are members of the other political organizations running for the election.” the presser stated.

The League noted that three members Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) Mr. Ahjeb Shek Mohamed, Mr. Mohamed Amin Kalfa and Mr. Naziv Jemal from Jima Zone were sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment charged with terrorism and dissemination of false and hateful information against the Ethiopian government.

Bekele Nega’a, Main Representative of OFC, told ESAT that the men were wrongly sentenced for hiding weapons while they do not at all have any weapon.

Mrs Adanech, the wife Ahjeb Shek Mohamed, told ESAT that she has been unable to leave her house since her husband has been wrongly charged and sentenced. She has been denied of even getting a scratch of fire and stones are often thrown to her house. Adanech said her brother-in-law had moved to the town after he faced similar discrimination and attacks.

It is to be recalled that Amnesty International revealed early in November 2014 that at least 5000 Oromos were imprisoned

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