Press Statement

HRAG Launching Conference-Communities initiate to confront perpetrators of Human Rights Crimes in Ethiopia

Benshangul, Gambela, Ogaden Somali, Oromo, Shakacho and Sidama.

28 September 13

We, the peoples of Benshangul, Gambella, Ogaden Somali, Oromo, Shakacho and Sidama nations unanimously agree to form Human Rights Advocacy Group (HRAG) in order to advocate for the Human Rights of the member communities and other oppressed peoples by the Ethiopian government.

HRAG will tirelessly campaign harnessing the combined resources of the aforementioned communities and other support groups. It will expose the crimes the Ethiopian government is committing against the defenceless communities of these peoples, including land grabbing and displacement, mass executions, extra-judicial killings, rampant rape, mass detentions and use of aid as a weapon to gain compliance to the regime marginalization policies.

HRAG will conduct targeted advocacy campaign that includes data gathering, advocacy works directed at countries of the world, Human Rights defenders, the AU and the United Nations, and will encourage more vigorous and joint campaigns by all the communities concerned.

HRAG informs that the current situation in Ethiopia is very dire and unless urgent measures are taken, a crisis far worse than any seen so far in Africa will unfold. Therefore, HRAG calls the international community, in particular Donor countries, the AU and the UN and EU to make the Ethiopian government accountable for its flagrant Human Rights violations.

Finally, HRAG calls upon all peoples in Ethiopia to stand up together and confront the perpetrators.

Justice for all nations and nationalities.


September 28, 2013, London,


1 Comment

  1. Somali says:

    This is a step in the right direction, but to ensure the speedy downfall of the tyrannical regime in Addis Ababa, a common armed struggle is inevitable.


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