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Ogaden European Diaspora Association’s Open Letter to Mr. Louis Michel

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An open letter to Mr. Louis Michel

European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60
BUR ASP 09G206
1047 Bruxelles
louis.michel@europarl.europa.eu

London, March 27, 2017.

Dear Mr. Louis Michel,

We, the Ogaden European Diaspora Association are writing you over your unconditional support of the brutal and minority leading group of Ethiopia. Besides the huge amount of aid money from the EU and other Western donors, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest country of the world. This is due to lack of good governance, democracy and basic human, social, economic and cultural rights.

Only 5% of Ethiopians, mostly from Tigrean ruling party get the benefit of 95% of aid given to this country. Since the EPRDF is on the power, poverty and marginalization of the majority nations have increased. Today, most of the Southern communities (Ogaden Somalis, Oromo, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and Sidamo) are subjected to an earth scorching policy, war, exploitation of their resources, rape, displacement and denial of aid from any independent organization.

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The case of Somali region is particularly alarming. In 2007, the late Ethiopian Prime Minister declared in a press conference in Addis-Ababa, that his army has launched a military and political campaign to contain the activity of the Ogaden National Liberation Front. Since then the civilians in this region experience killing, rape, destruction, forcibly eviction and closure of their region from the rest of the world.

Dear Mr. Louis Michel,

You grew up with, freedom, equal rights and personal liberty which does not exist in Ethiopia, how can you justify defending with beak and angle a merciless regime. A regime who since the last twenty-five years didn’t hear the will of his people and headed the country to an imminent explosion. A country, where any opposition party is allowed. Freedom of expression and assembly, free journalists, human rights organizations are also banned.

While the international organizations, civilians from the marginalized regions, human rights defenders as well as the political parties from Ethiopia are constantly asking for a legitimate change, besides that, you are eye witness and well aware of the suffering of the people, you are among the few who work for minority led regime and prevent any constructive change for this country.

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Change is coming in Ethiopia, it’s a question of time. We would like to see you on the side of the voiceless humiliated, dehumanized civilians in Ogaden, Oromo, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Sidamo. We ask you kindly to use all your possible to press Ethiopia to open the Somali region in order people affected by the famine, and cholera be helped by the international NGO’s, as well as unfettered access to all these regions to investigate the human rights and humanitarian abuses committed by the Ethiopian army and their allied militia.

We thank you for your attention.

Ogaden European Diaspora Association

communauteogaden@net2000.ch

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