Ethiopian Political and Civic Groups Call for Unified Action

Joint Statement in English & Oromiffa —

We, the undersigned believe that, the dictatorial single party rule of the minority ethnic-based Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) it dominates, faces the prospect of sustained popular resistance and inevitable demise that its oppressive predecessors also faced.

The Ethiopian people and the world community continue to watch an unfolding drama with anxiety and uneasiness emanating from the widely reported “critical illness” and disappearance of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the face of the governing party for the past 21 years. Ethiopian society is replete with gossips, rumors, widespread speculation concerning the closely guarded meetings and rivalry within the governing party, for succession. This occurs in an environment of fear, repression of all forms of dissent, gross human rights violations, hyperinflation, high unemployment and immigration among youth, nepotism, graft and corruption, uncertainty and an unpredictable future for the entire society, the country and the Horn of Africa. The level of uncertainty on the country’s future and on alleviating endemic poverty is evidenced by the 2012 Fund for Peace Index of Failed States that places Ethiopia under the TPLF/EPRDF regime 17th of 177 countries.

Against this ominous sign that poses enormous risks for durable peace and stability, Ethiopia’s territorial integrity, and sustainable and equitable development for 90 million people is widespread, and sustained through dissent and struggle in search of a modicum of freedom among a wide segment of the population: young women and men, students, teachers, journalists, human rights activists, professionals, business women and men, civil servants, ordinary soldiers, civic and political activists within and outside the country, the unemployed, farmers and pastoralists, leaders and followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox and Muslim faiths. We believe that this democratic trend is unstoppable.

The common thread that binds Ethiopia’s mosaic of people together includes rejection of the regime’s deliberate policy of ethnic, linguistic and religion based “divide and rule,” insatiable desire for a government that respects human dignity and honor, justice, fairness, equal treatment under the law and individual and group rights. . These common hopes and aspirations suggest that the vast majority of the Ethiopian people are ready and willing to do their part in getting rid-of the current dictatorship and replacing it with a genuinely representative form of government that is totally accountable to them.

In light of the above, the Ethiopian people as a whole expect all civic and political groups and democratic and patriotic activists within and outside the country to come together, pull their resources and adopt a common platform and chart a road map that will lead to justice, genuine equality of opportunity and a democratic form of government. All social, economic and political indicators suggest that the TPLF/EPRDF regime is no longer capable of resolving the country’s myriad of problems of its making. Popular sentiment suggests that the TPLF/EPRDF has lost legitimacy to govern. The followed outcome of a vacuum in inclusive, national and democratic organization and leadership reinforces our sentiment that opposition groups cannot afford to miss another window of opportunity for a democratic transition. Hence the urgent call to pull together.

Accordingly, we the undersigned, commit ourselves to the pursuit of lasting peace and stability that is based on justice, inclusion, equality of opportunity, freedom, the rule of law and the establishment of democratic governance that emanates from unfettered popular participation, free and fair elections. We call on all opposition groups and individuals to join this noble effort; and endorse the following five fundamental principles as our guide:

  1. We commit ourselves to secure the durability of Ethiopia’s unity, territorial integrity and independence by promoting the establishment of a genuine democratic system of government that reflects the will of all segments of the population;
  2. We pledge to promote and create favorable conditions for all democratic groups and individuals within and outside the country to engage fully; and to carefully, wisely and methodically arrive at Transitional Arrangements and Processes proactively. Such a process should lead towards effective and unencumbered participation of all segments of Ethiopian society and position them to discuss and approve a new democratic constitution and enjoy a new era of free and fair elections. The complexities and challenges ahead require that we:

    a) Establish a Coordinating Committee–drawn from participant groups–whose lead responsibility is to oversee and facilitate information and intelligence gathering, sharing and dissemination among partners within and outside the country; and

    b) The Coordinating Committee shall monitor and assess current developments, develop and or design meaningful interventions and strategies, craft positions that partner organizations will implement in common.

  3. We resolve to stand firm and speak with one voice against all forms of internal and external interferences that threaten and or compromise the territorial integrity and independence of the country; and derail the democratization process underway.
  4. We stand firm against and reject any form of ‘private or secret’ negotiations and short cuts for power by any individual person or group outside the process of genuine democratization of Ethiopian society that we intend to pursue collectively, collaboratively and vigorously in concert with willing partners.
  5. We call on all Ethiopians across the globe to transcend the politics of fear and division on the basis of, ethnic, linguistic, religious, gender, age and other differences and urge them to organize themselves as champions of change in a mutually respectful, tolerant and collaborative manner solely as Ethiopians.
    The crisis facing the country and its diverse population is real and systemic. For this reason, we feel strongly that only a just, all inclusive and democratic alternative will avert national disaster and pave the way for the protection of fundamental human rights and genuine equality of all citizens.. To this effect, we draw special attention to five critical areas to which each of us can contribute as catalysts of change:

    a) The role of Ethiopia’s Defense establishment is not to serve an individual or a single governing party or ethnic group. Its sole and prime responsibility is to defend and preserve the country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. We therefore call on the Armed Forces to side with the Ethiopian people.

    b) We call on democratic, patriotic and reform-oriented individuals and groups within the TPLF/EPRDF to overcome fear and division and join their compatriots who stand and struggle for a democratic transition.

    c) We condemn the regime’s desecration of religious institutions; and interference in all matters of religious freedom, association and organization. We support the democratic rights and freedom of all religious leaders and members in dissenting against any interference and repression by the state and government; and call on all faiths to be vigilant against the regime’s instigated religious divisions, intrigues and civil unrest.

    d) We call on the Ethiopian people to be cognizant of the TPLF/EPRDF policy and program of “divide and rule” that pities one ethnic or religious or ideological group against another on a recurring basis; and urge them to close ranks in pursuit of justice, the rule of law and democratic governance.

    e) We urge all segments of Ethiopian society: students, teachers, workers, civil servants, business women and men, professionals, political and civic leaders, farmers and pastoralists to come together, reject fear and division, and assert their fundamental rights for justice, freedom, equality and democratic governance in unison.

On our part, we pledge to the Ethiopian people as a whole that our primary goal is not to replace one form of dictatorship by another. It is to support them in their illusive quest for justice, freedom, equality and a democratic form of government that is totally accountable to them.

Sponsoring organizations:

Advocacy for Ethiopia

Alliance for Liberty, Equality and Justice in Ethiopia (ALEJE)

All Ethiopia Socialist Movement (ME’ISONE)

Biruh Ethiopia Democratic Movement (Biruh)

Ethiopian Border Affairs Committee

Ethiopian National Priorities Consultative Process (ENPCP)

Ethiopian National Transitional Council

Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo)

Global Civic Movement for Change in Ethiopia (Beka)

March 4 Freedom

 
Oromo Liberation Front (Led by Gen. Kemal Gelchu)

August 10, 2012

Ibsa Waloo Humnoota Siyaasaa fi Hawaasaummaadimookraaasii Itoopiyaa

Haallii yeroo ammaa hirreen mootummaan cunqursaa wayyaanee akkuma mootumoota cunqursaa kamiituu gara kufaatii fi faca’iinsa maayii cee’haa akka jiru mul’isa. Kufaatiin mootummoota cunqursaa yeroo hundaa kan walfakkaatu fi kan nagaha ummataa fi biyyaa booresuun balaa hinyaadamne geesisu ta’uu akka danda’u tilmaamuun durumaan fala balaa kana hanqisu yookaan xiqqeessuf durumaan itti qophaa’uun barbaachisaa ta’ee jira.

Sirni cunqursaa wayyaanee/EPRDF/ sirna abbaa irree nama tokkoo yookaan Muumicha Munisteeraa Mallasaan akka fedhe godhu waan ta’eef Mallasaan dhibamuu/miidhamuu/ irraa kan ka’ee rakkoon eennutti agnoo qabata’aafi sochii ummataatiin woliiqabatee haalli garmi deemaa jiraa ka jedhu nama yaachisaa jiraa.
Haalli biyya keessaa garam akka tarkaanfatu tilmaamun nama dhiba. Kufaatiin sirna woyaanee karaa kamiinuu taanaan waan hafu akka hin taane waan beekamuuf ammas akkuma sochiiwwan ummataa armaan duraatti humnoota hinbeekaminneen karaa irraa butamee cunqursitoota biroo harka akka hin seenne humnootin bilsummaa fi dimookraasii hundii dursanii waliigaluun itti qophaa’un murteessaa dha jennee amanna.

Haalli amma biyya keessa jiru miidhaa fi dararaan, hidhaa fi ajjeechaan walumaa gala hacuucaan mirga dhala namaa fi mirga dimookraasii guutee irraan jigaa akka jiru agarsiisa. Kanaan wal qabatee sochiin ummataa waan itti cimaa deemeef mootummaan abbaa irree TPLF/EPRDF biyyatti bulchuu gara dadhabutti gahaa waan jiruuf dhaabotiin mormitootaa ufi eegannaan cimmaan haala kana hordoofuu fi karaa qabsiisun barbaachisaadha. Haalli addaa dhalatee biyyaa fi ummata keenya gara badiitti akka hin geesinne ummata keenya tasgabeesu fi sochii ummataa qarrumaan hoogganuun gara injifaanoo maayitti geessuun dirqama gateettii dhaabotii mormitootaa irratti kufe tayee jira. Dirqama ulfaataa kana bahuun kan dandayamu humnootiin dimookraasii hundii yoo dandayame tokko ta’uudhaan yookaan ammoo wal- mariidhaan sochii ummataa hoogganuu yoo danada’an qofa dha.

Kanaaf,humnoonni dimookraasii fi biilisummaa ( dhaabota siyaasaa fi hawaasummaa) hundii dhimmoota armaan gadii irratti waliin hojjachuuf waldhageettii irra gahanii jiru.

  1. Kaayyoon waliif tumsaa fi waliin hojjachuu kanaa Itoopiyaa keessatti sirna dimookraasii fiduuf taya.
  2. Sirna dimookraasii fiduuf mootummaa cee’umsaa kan humnoota dimookraasii hunda hirmaachisu yookaan ammatu uumun sirna filmata bilisa fi ifa (free & fair election) kan humnootaa fi umanni hundii wal- qixummaan qooda irraa fudhataan taasisuuf ni hojjanna, ni qabsoofina. Qaama adeemsa kana hordofuu fi odeessaa barbaachisaa ta’e waliif dabarsu wal qunnamttii jaarmota kana jidutti cimsu humnoota biyya keessaa fi biyya alaa irraa kan walitti dhufe ni uumna. Qaamnni kunis haala yeroo hordofuudhaan ijannaa fudhatamu fi karoora hujii kan waloo yeroo yeroodhaan akeeka.
  3. Sochii buu’uurfama sirna dimookraasii fashalsu, tokkummaa biyyatti gaafatama keessa galchuu fi harka diigaa alagaa kamuu dura dhabanna.
  4. Maree sirna dimookraasii utubuu keessatti adeemsa karaa qurxaa kan humnoota dimookraasii mormotootaa kamuu moggeesu ni balaalefanna, dura dhaabanna.
  5. Lammiin hundu gosaa fi amantan osoo hinqoodinni akkaata itti jedhamee kanati tokkomma biyya jalatti: woliitumsuu, wolidanda’u fi woliin akka qabsawaan waamicha gonna.

Umanni keenya haaluma kanaan akka walitti dhufuu fi tokkummaan qabsaawu waamicha goona. Haaluma kanaan Itoopiyaa keessatti sirni dimookraasii haqaa akka utubamee,ol’aatumaan seeraa mirkanaawee, mirgi nam tokkee fi saba fi sablammoota woliqixatti ka keessatti tikfamu sirna dimookraasi dhugaa ummuu fi tikfamuu akka danda’ufi biyya keenya keessatti nagaha waaraafi guuddina biyyaa fiduuf ummanni biyyatti hundii tokkummaan akka qabsaa’u waamicha walii galaa yennaa goonu. keesumatti:

  1. Humnni waraana raayyaa gaaftamnni isaa nam tokkee yookaan murna bicuuf osoo hin ta’in nagaha biyyaa fi ummataa tiksuu waan tayeef gaafatama seenaa jalaa uf baasuun sochii ummataa cinaa akka dhaabattan waamicha lammummaa isiniif goona.
  2. Hunnoonni TPLF/EPRDF keessa jirataan jijjiirama barbaadaan akka huminatti ta’ee dhunfatti gara humnoota/sochi falimii dimookraasiifi fi mirgaaf godhamaa jirutti akka makamtaan waamicha isiin goonna.
  3. Sochii haqaa kan hawaasinni Muslima Itoopiyaa godhaa jiru keessatti rakkoo mootummaan abbaa irree ummata amantaa biraa qabu waliin walitti isin buusuu barbaadu hubachuudhaan sochiin kun sochii sirna dimookraasii haqaa biyya guutuu keessatti mirkaneesu akka ta’uu dandayu sochii keessaan sochii ummatootaa fi humnoota dimookraasii hunda waliin qindeefachuun gara sochii waloottti akka guuddiftaan waamicha isiniif goona.
  4. Umanni Itoopiyaa shira mootummaan abbaa irree ummata biyyatti ilaalcha amantii fi sanyiin adda qoodee bara bittaa isaa dheerefachuuf raawwachaa jiru gadi fageenyaan hubachuudhaan sirna mootummaa wayyanee kuffisuun sirna dimookraasii fiduuf tokkummaa fi murannoon akka qabsooftaan waamicha isiniif goona.
  5. Ummanni biyyattii hojjataan, daldalaan, qotee bulaan, barsiisaa fi barataan hundii sirna dimookraasii haqaa kan olaan’ummaan seeraa keessatti mirkanaawu biyya keenya keessati fiduuf waloon akka qabsoofnu waamicha biyyummaa isiniif goona.

Yaada bu’urra kana qabanne sochiin goonnu, Itoopiyaa keessatti heeraa fi seeraan, bilisummaan, woliqixximmaan mootummaan fedhii ummataatiin ijaaramu haga dhaabaatutti Ummata Itoopiyaaf wadaa seenna.

Sponsoring organizations:

Advocacy for Ethiopia

Alliance for Liberty, Equality and Justice in Ethiopia (ALEJE)

All Ethiopia Socialist Movement (ME’ISONE)

Biruh Ethiopia Democratic Movement (Biruh)

Ethiopian Border Affairs Committee

Ethiopian National Priorities Consultative Process (ENPCP)

Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ETNC)

Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo)

Global Civic Movement for Change in Ethiopia (Beka)

March 4 Freedom

Oromo Liberation Front (Led by Gen. Kemal Gelchu)

August 10, 2012

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