Statement by Ethiopian Diaspora Organizations on the Continued Incarceration of Fanno Leaders and Hunger Strike in London to Protest Amhara Genocide

The Gallant FANO are lined up (Photo: file/SM)

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We, the leaders of the organizations listed below, stand in solidarity with the brave Ethiopian women who have been on a hunger strike in London over the past two weeks to expose the ongoing Amhara genocide in Ethiopia to the world, primarily in Oromia Regional State, Wellega Zone; Benshangul Gumuz area; and the northern Shoa areas of Amhara Regional State.

The brave activists were forced to go on a hunger strike

because the media and international communities have so far chosen to ignore the plight of the Amhara people, who are brutally murdered daily for who they are by the barbaric and genocidal Oromo Liberation Front Army (OLF-A ) which is also supported by some elements of the federal and regional governments.

Surprisingly, to date the British government and international media have failed to respond to the protests of these courageous and selfless activists. This is another testimony to the prejudice of Western countries and their media against the Amhara people who have not received the same treatment as the Tigre and Oromo terrorist extremists. We strongly condemn the partisanship of the Western media for ignoring these dedicated Ethiopians who are on hunger strike and some of whom are now in intensive care.

We also denounce the Ethiopian federal government for continuing the incarceration of the following Fanno leaders after the Amhara Regional State Supreme Court ordered their release on bail:

∙ Dr Wondwossen Asefa

∙ Mr. Getahun Berie

∙ Mr. Esayiyas Demeke

∙ Mrs Shitayie Yetiwale

∙ Ms Sewasew Aragaw

∙ Dr. Tadesse Tesfa-Selasssie

∙ Major Daniel Asress

∙ Mr Abebe Mulatu

∙ Mr. Natinaiel Abebaw

∙ Mr. Eyobibied Alemayhu

∙ Mr. Sitotaw Melkie

∙ Mr. Tadese Fikir

∙ Mr. Atinkut Sertse-Dingil

∙ Mr Gebeyhu Mola.

They are leaders who put their lives on the line, when the Ethiopian federal and regional governments mobilized them to defend Ethiopia against the terrorist aggressors of the TPLF last year. Now the federal government is hunting them down as it treacherously prepares for negotiations with the same group it declared to be a terrorist organization two years ago.

We therefore ask:

∙ International media, governments and organizations respond to hunger striker petitions without bias or prejudice.

∙ The above-mentioned Fanno leaders be unconditionally released with immediate effect: ∙ Oromia Regional State security forces stop preventing Amhara citizens of Ethiopia from entering their capital, Addis Ababa.

∙ The Ethiopian Federal Government must end the Amhara Genocide in Ethiopia now. ∙ The federal government must release political prisoners such as Tadios Tantu, Temesgen Desalegn and other journalists and prisoners of conscience.

Signatories:

1. Association Adwa Great African Victory (AGAVA)

2. All Shewa Ethiopian People’s Multipurpose International Association

3. The Amhara Association in Queensland, Australia

4. Amhara Dimtse Serechit

5. Amhara Welfare and Development Association

6. Communities of Ethiopians in Finland

7. Worried Diaspora Amharas

8. Ethio-Canadian Human Rights Association

9. The Ethiopian Broadcast Group

10.Ethiopian Civic Development Council (ECDC)

11. Freedom and justice for Telemt Amhara

12. Global Alliance for Justice – The Ethiopian Cause

13. Amhara Global Coalition

14.Gonder Hibret for Ethiopian Unity

15. Major Lemma Woldetsadik Memorial Foundation

16. Ethiopian Academics Network (NES)

17.Radio Yenesew Ethiopia

18. Selassie Stand Up, Inc.

19.Vision Ethiopia

20. World Network of Ethiopian Civic Associations (WE-CAN)

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