PAFD’s 1st Congress Press Release

Date: March 25, 2016

Ref No: STM01/PAFD/2016

Delegates from the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), the Gambela People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), the Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF), women and youth wings of the liberation fronts representing their respective peoples and the aspirations of all oppressed nations in Ethiopia convened in Asmara, Eritrea between 21st and 25th of March 2016 for the first General Congress of the Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy  (PAFD).

 The delegates have discussed the status of their collective struggle against the dictatorial regime in Ethiopia and their collective experiences. The delegates also deliberated on the current situation in Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa and the world in detail and have set up strategies and policies to hasten the already progressing struggle for freedom and democracy in Ethiopia.

 The Congress has elected PAFD’s Presidium, Executive Committee and Organization Bureau officials to serve its mission until the next General Council’s congress. In addition, the delegates thoroughly discussed and adopted the draft statute, bylaws and various documents of the Alliance.

 The Congress also called upon all the nations in Ethiopia to unite their rightful struggle against the current dictatorial regime. Furthermore, the Congress called upon the international community to stop supporting the current brutal regime in Ethiopia. The Congress unconditionally condemned the ongoing killings all over Ethiopia. In particular, the Congress strongly condemns the current brutal suppression of the unarmed protesters in Oromia by the TPLF forces.

 Finally, the Congress also condemned the wanton human rights violations and forceful displacements of rural people in Amhara region, Benishangul, Gambela, Konso, Omo, Oromia, Ogaden and Sidama. Specifically, PAFD’s Congress condemned multinational corporations that collude with the Ethiopian regime against the poor agro-pastoral communities in order to expropriate their natural resources by totally displacing them from their natural habitats in Ogaden, Omo, Gambela, Benishangul and in other parts of Ethiopia.


 Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy

 March 25, 2016

Asmara, Eritrea


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