President Biden, Please Help Free  Jawar Mohammed and all

Political Prisoners in Ethiopia.

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Background

The Oromos are the single largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (34.5% of the population), numbering about 37 million. They are predominantly concentrated in the Oromia Region in central Ethiopia, the largest region in the country by both population and area, as well as natural resources. Despite the Oromo people being the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, as reported by Amnesty International and other organizations, the Oromo people have been the targets of significant human rights violations. The Oromo people were barred from speaking their native language until 1991, and even today, the Oromo people lack equal representation in government. The Oromo people are unable to practice their religions freely, and they have been the victims of extrajudicial killing. 

 

In 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed House Resolution 128, which among other things, condemned the use of excessive force by Ethiopian security forces and noted the reports of widespread human rights abuses against the Oromo people.  Sadly, House Resolution 128, so far, has not brought to bear the peace and safety the Oromo people crave.

 

As reported by Reuters on May 29, 2020, the Ethiopian security forces were accused of 39 extrajudicial killings in Oromo villages. Many more killings have been reported ever since.  Fortunately, these killings have not gone unnoticed. On August 22, 2020, 19 members of Congress, including Representative Eliot Engel (D: NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Karen Bass (D: CA 37th District), Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, expressed their grave concern to the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, about the Ethiopian Security force abuse and ethnic and religious violence against the Oromo people.

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Jawar Mohammed

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" -Dr. Matin Luther King Jr.

Jawar Mohammed (Amharic: ጃዋር መሃመድ) (Born in 1986) is an Ethiopian-born American political analyst and activist. In 2006, while a student at Stanford, Jawar founded the International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA), intended to serve as an umbrella organization for Oromo youth groups worldwide. The IOYA has engaged in advocacy in front of United Nations bodies in Geneva and held demonstrations to protest Ethiopian government policy. Jawar, seeing the suffering of his people. Jawar left his comfortable life in the United States and moved to Ethiopia to advocate for Huma rights for the Oromo people.  I Ethiopia, Jawar grew in prominence as he emerged as a leading voice among the Oromo people.  In April of 2020, the Ethiopian government postponed the general election, which had been set for August 2020. Jawar loudly criticized the government action as an attempt to circumvent democratic norms.  The Ethiopian government Jawar promptly filed terror changes against Jawar, and he was immediately arrested.  Jawar has been imprisoned ever since, and he could face life in prison if convicted.

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