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ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby Silk Da Shocker » 15 Feb 2012, 14:06

Ogaden Somalis seek Ethiopia abuse inquiry


The Ogaden Somali Community in South Africa has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging an investigation into the actions of the Ethiopian government against the Ogaden people.

In a statement released on Tuesday on behalf of the community, a South African media advocacy group, Media Review Network, called on ICC authorities to probe complaints of alleged crimes in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia.

The crimes include extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, rape, torture, disappearances, the destruction of livelihood, the burning of villages and the destroying of life stock, the statement said.

"South Africa is the best place in Africa to file this complaint, especially in terms of law and and human respect; we believe that South Africans still remember what they underwent during Apartheid, just as how we are under minority rule in our region," Mohamed Fadel Abdullahi, a Somali Ogaden activist based in Johannesburg, told Al Jazeera.

The complaint, comprising 700 pages of evidence, was also lodged with the director of public prosecutions.

'Open justice system'

Abdullahi said that the Somali Ogaden community would "not only bring more awareness of the injustice taking place in the region, but bring those offenders to justice, and help us stop the genocide and crimes against humanity in Ogaden".

"South Africa has an open justice system which allows us to exercise our right to search for international justice," he said.

The Somali-speaking Ogaden region in eastern Ethiopia, bordering Kenya, Djibouti and Somalia, is considered the principle source of tension between Ethiopia and Somalia.

While the region legally belongs to Ethiopia, the inhabitants are primarily ethnic Somali. The Ogaden region has been a site of struggle and separatist activity ever since Ethiopia gained the territory in 1954.

Somalia's descent into civil war in 1991 gave birth to a second wave of armed resistance from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which was formed in 1984.

Since 2007, thousands have been been killed, many of whom have been civilians, as Ethiopian armed forces battled the ONLF.

With the discovery of oil, the region's strategic and economic value has only increased.

'Enormously appalling'

The Ogaden community alleges that the Ethiopian army forcefully displaced Ogaden civilians, cleared large swathes of land and discouraged civilians from returning to the area by confiscating their livestock as they embarked on oil expeditions.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Somali journalist based in Nairobi told Al Jazeera that the people in the region had "been living under oppression and a bloody regime".

"Many of Ogadenian descent are in prison, tortured and even sentenced to death. Their plight is enormously appalling.

"There is a semi-autonomous government in place that is fully backed by the Ethiopian government. But, sadly, the vast majority of Ogadens - mainly diasporas - regard this government as a puppet to the regime and [is] quite unpopular," he said.

The press statement, released on Tuesday, alleges that around 20,000 Ogaden citizens are now languishing in 200 different jails, most of them in unknown Ethiopian military detention camps.

The group further claims that the International Committee of the Red Cross has not been allowed access to prisons holding Ogaden prisoners.

"The Ethiopian authorities use torture, rape and disappearances as a weapon of war. Women are routinely raped while in custody or at home, even sometimes in front of their husbands or relatives. Rape and torture are used simultaneously in prisons and pregnancies are very common," the statement read.

Human rights groups have raised concerns about alleged abuses in Ethiopia. Human Rights Watch reported last month that hundreds in the country had been arbitrarily arrested and detained during 2011 and remained at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

"Human Rights Watch continues to receive credible reports of arbitrary detention and serious abuses of civilians alleged to be members or supporters of ONLF. These civilians were being held in detention facilities in Ethiopia’s Somali region," it said in its 2012 world report.

Journalists sentenced

Ogaden Somalis accuse Ethiopian forces of torture and disappearances [Courtesy Mohamed Fadel Abdullahi]

According to the human rights group Amnesty International, reports of severe human rights violations being committed by the Ethiopian government troops and allied armed groups continue to emerge from the Somali region. Access to the region is also significantly restricted by the Ethiopian government.

In December 2011, two Swedish journalists were found guilty and handed two 11-year-jail terms for charges of "supporting terrorism" and violating Ethiopian territorial and political sovereignty after they entered the Ogaden region clandestinely and met with the ONLF rebel group.

An Ethiopian court ruled that Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye should serve "rigorous imprisonment", and said the verdict "should satisfy the goal of peace and security", the AFP news agency reported.

"There is nothing to suggest that the two men entered Ethiopia with any intention other than conducting their legitimate work as journalists. The government chooses to interpret meeting with the ONLF as support of that group and therefore a terrorist act," Claire Beston, Amnesty International’s Ethiopia researcher, said.

"Amnesty International believes there is no evidence that the men were supporting the objectives of the ONLF, or were guilty of any criminal wrongdoing. We believe that these men are prisoners of conscience, prosecuted because of their legitimate work," she added.

Three Ethiopian journalists are also currently facing trial on terrorism offences, and the human rights group believes that they are also being prosecuted for their legitimate work.

"This wave of arrests and prosecutions constitutes an assault on freedom of expression by a government determined to gag the reporting of stories it doesn’t want told," Beston said.

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Re: ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby Engida » 15 Feb 2012, 15:14

This injustice will eventually be visible for the international community and the International Criminal Court. This massacre will be exposed and brought to the forefront of justice seeking humans all around the world. They managed to massacre tens of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Somalis, and this will eventually be forced to be seen openly. We will not relent in seeking justice for communities that are targeted by one POWERFUL party supported by crime ridden minds toward weak and unprotected communities.

Re: ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby Adamu » 15 Feb 2012, 21:55

The Woyane Government can't hide the reality in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. Since 2007, humanitarian operations were affected by restriction of UN and NGOs operation in the Ogaden region. Violence, displacement and access problems have threatened lives of the civilians in the region. Currently, there are more than 1.1 million displaced people who depend on relief food, which is based on the June – July 2012 humanitarian requirement document released recently. The figure is expected to rise as the protracted dry season progresses into its peak. Food aid is the only source of income for the government security forces and Liyu Police Militias! The Ogaden crisis is the worst crisis in Africa and Middle East. Therefore, the international community must support the humanitarian operations and protect the local people in the Ogaden region. The donor community and also ICC should investigate the Woyane crimes in the Ogaden region and arrest the criminals.

Re: ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby Adamu » 04 Apr 2012, 10:03

[color=#008040]Ogaden people are native / indigenous people and under Weyane crimes. 1884 European countries met in Berlin (Berlin conference) and divided Africa among themselves. Abyssinians were there in this meeting and got their share. 1897 the British ceded the Ogaden to Ethiopia in a secret treaty. In the 1930s, Italy took over Ethiopia and annexed the Ogaden to Italian Somaliland. After the defeat of Italy in World War II, the British established rule in the Ogaden. However, Haile Selase relentlessly pursued the annexation of the Ogaden to his state. 1954, Britain ceded the Ogaden to Ethiopia. Up to now the Ogaden is under occupation of Abyssinians. The Ogaden freedom will be very soon.

The entire Horn of Africa region remains extremely unstable, and the Ethiopian military continue to occupy the Ogaden region and engage in brutal repression there. In addition, the Ethiopian military continues to create political chaos in neighboring Somalia by arming warlords and criminal entities as to prevent a viable government from forming that will politically challenge Ethiopian policies in the Ogaden. The Ethiopian military also continue to block the demarcation of the Ethiopia and Eritrea boundary through the Boundary Commission set up by the United Nations.

According to the human rights organizations and UN agancies there are severe human rights violations being committed by the Ethiopian government in the Ogaden region. Access and also trade and humanitarian operations to the region are restricted by the Ethiopian government. ICC initiative is vital for the regional good governance and peace building efforts.

Re: ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby Selamawit » 04 Apr 2012, 10:34

The plan is to squeeze out Meles to be replaced by Birtukan. She wil be expected to take orders from the same master. Siye will keep a close eye on her to make sure of her compliance.

Re: ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby Adamu » 04 Apr 2012, 18:10

Can we please talk about Weyane’s crimes, genocides and ethnic cleansing in Ogaden, Oromiya, Afar, Sidama and Gambella regions?

Re: ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby Adamu » 04 Apr 2012, 18:14

Civilians and local people in Ogaden, Oromiya, Afar, Sidama and Gambella regions have been displaced and killed by Weyanes. Therefore, can we please talk about Weyane’s crimes, genocides and ethnic cleansing in these regions?

Re: ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby YeSat-Nebelbal » 04 Apr 2012, 23:33

Selamawit wrote:The plan is to squeeze out Meles to be replaced by Birtukan. She wil be expected to take orders from the same master. Siye will keep a close eye on her to make sure of her compliance.

Siye Abraha is a funny guy with tremendous potential to be the next leader of Ethiopia, he forced himself in Birtukan's party and took over as soon as she was sent to jail, curtsey of Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice. They wanted her silence or buried, these two women met Meles Zenawi a combined of several times (may be some eleven times between them), and never once did they ask him to release Birtukan Mideksa.

Today, the two women are not ashamed of their contribution to her incarceration, if we catch Meles and have him take a couple of beatings, he will tell us the truth about their contribution toward Birtukan's incarcerations. When Ang San Suu Kyi was allowed to compete in the bi election polling in Myanmar, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice came to the scene as if they had helped her release.

Re: ICC To Investigate Dictator Meles Zenawi's Ogaden Genocide

Postby Aba-Dula » 15 Sep 2012, 17:08

The plight of Ogadeni people is in our heart and will not be forgotten, the crimes will be stopped and reversed and peace will be restored. The issue will not go away, many "important people" testified to the injustice. British World Food Programme Representative, Mr. Holms spoke of the injustice when BBC shone a light on the plight of Ogadenia. In that brief interview UK-WFP spoke of a deliberate starvation by blockading food from arriving in the areas where its urgently needed, and the man witnessed forces to TPLF returning back aid loaded trucks from delivering. They were claiming the area is under military blockade and food or medicine are not to be delivered in.

The UK-WFP personnel spoke on camera the injustice against the people of Ogaden, yet his political representative to EU (Catherine Ashton) was defending the GENOCIDE Meles Zenawi was committing as a mere killing that did not warrant such attention. This was in line with what Susan Rice was telling the US State Department under Madeline Albright on Rwanda that using the term "Genocide" may force the Clinton administration do something about the on going crimes and it was too risky for her taste to stop genocide. However, later she would recant herself and promises in front of the Rwandan families that lost family members that she would do everything to stop should she suspect anything like that taking place.

A years later she would find the opportunity to make up for her past recklessness to stop an ongoing GENOCIDE with all the indications suggesting it was a credible GENOCIDE going on in Ogaden, instead of honoring her past commitment she would ignore and abandon what she was promising, as a matter of fact, there are rumors that she may have been the obstacle to stopping a report from coming out seeing the light of day, a report written for UNHRC, and they mention Susan Rice and [deleted] Smith being the obstacle for the report from coming out. This is an impartial report that tells the truth about the human rights violations, yet she refuses to see it as what it is, instead she has been an enabler, and we can safely say if all those reports are true she may be taking part in the GENOCIDE giving the diplomatic protection to an open GENOCIDE.

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