To:  Mr. Jens Stolte

Prime Minister of Norway

P.O. Box 8001 dep.

(NO-) 0030 Oslo, Norway

Geneva, October 1 2011

Dear Mr. Prime Minister

We, the Ogaden European Diaspora Association write you to bring to your attention that we are disappointed to see Mr. Males Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia as one of the invited guest to the conference of Energy for All: financing access for the poor agenda in Oslo October 9-10 2011.

Since 2007, when Males Zenawi announced in a press conference in Addis-Ababa “We have launched a political and military operation to try to contain the activities of the Ogaden National Liberation Front [ONLF] in the region…As for the military plans, over the past few days they have started to be implemented,” is committing crime of war and crimes against humanity in Ogaden, Somali region of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian army and security forces translated the declaration into systematic campaign of genocide and initiated an unprecedented reign of terror the scale of which was never seen before. It hanged hundreds of civilians, including young girls and the elderly. Burned villages, nomadic huts, and food reserves in addition, the army uses the food aid and the rape as a weapon of war in Ogaden.

Mr. Meles Zenawi ordered the blockade all trade into and out of the Ogaden and his government barred food aid and medical supplies from the international community to reach the needy people and forced ICRC and Doctors without Borders (MSF) to leave. In addition, during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2010 in the United Nation headquarters in Geneva, the Zenawi government rejected dozens of recommendations including giving a fully access to the Ogaden so that the humanitarian and human rights organization can freely monitor and operate in the Ogaden.

The UN sent a fact-finding mission at the end of 2007 and discovered gross Human Rights violations by the Ethiopian military in the region and recommended an independent investigation be carried out which was also rejected by Meles government. The internationally well-recognized human rights organizations separately documented the Ethiopian human rights abuses in Ogaden. In June 2008, the Human Rights Watch issued a 130-page report

Collective Punishment: War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in the Ogaden Area of Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State,”.

According to the Genocide Watch President, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, and his government implicated in a pattern of widespread perpetration of serious human rights atrocities in Ethiopia.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

For the sake of the victims of this government and for the respect of human rights principals, we urge you not to welcome the Ethiopian Prime Minister in Norway as long as he violates the elementary human rights conventions and rejecting to lift the blockade in and around the Ogaden.

 

Thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to hearing from you

 

The Ogaden European Diaspora Association

CP 2064

2000 Neuchâtel

Switzerland

Contact us: communauteogaden@net2000.ch

 

 

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