President of the French Republic
Elysee Palace
55, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore
75008 Paris

Secretary-General
Mr. Lawrence STEFANINI
Secretariat of the French Presidency of the G8 G20et
23 Avenue Marigny
75008 Paris
France

Geneva, 2011 13.octobre

Mr. President,
The Ethiopian government of Males Zenawi constantly violates human rights the most basic of Somalis from the Ogaden. In the province of Ogaden, summary executions, torture to death of prisoners, the rape of women, child molestation, arbitrary detention, looting, burning of villages and the illegal confiscation of the properties are practiced daily by Ethiopian forces, with impunity.

The people of Ogaden has suffered decades of repression and exploitation by the imperial and military regimes that have succeeded in Ethiopia continues to suffer under the current regime of Males Zenawi. The injustices and abuses of human rights inflicted on the Somali people of Ogaden back to a century, following the Ethiopian occupation of part of the Ogaden. Ethiopia annexed the second part of this province in 1955 following the departure of the British who colonized the Ogaden, from a war for freedom and for independence raged.

On June 9, 2007, Ethiopian Prime Minister said at a press conference in Addis Ababa that his army launched a military operation in Ogaden, to counter the National Liberation Front in the Ogaden. In this maneuver, the Ethiopian regime in Ogaden has sent thousands of heavily armed soldiers, along with thousands already stationed at making the province a closed military area, where the army has the power to kneel challenging these poor Somali Ethiopian domination in their homeland.

New venantes of this province are alarming and confirm the existence of massacre, the burning of villages, forced displacement and the prohibition of movement of people and vehicles of any kind.

Currently not only that the Ethiopian army has cut the Ogaden in the world, but also all the towns and villages of this province are cut to one another. Food and drinking water are scarce and the first sign of malnutrition and starvation begins to occur. To eliminate any evidence, Males Zenawi, the strongman of Ethiopia expelled from the Ogaden the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. In addition he refused some recommendations during the Universal Periodic Review including giving free access to NGOs working in Ogaden and accept an international commission of inquiry to shed light on abuses in the province.

Mr. President,

Some international institutions to defend human rights including the Human Rights Watch and Genocide Watch makes the Ethiopian Prime Minister guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. We are writing to ask you to respect the victims of the regime not to host the Prime Minister in this international conference as long time as it violates the most basic human rights.

Please accept, Mr. President of the Republic, the homage of our profound respect.

Association of the Ogaden Diaspora in Europe
CP 2064
2000 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

 

 

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