May 19, 2012 (QOL) The Ogaden
Youth and Students Union is highly opposed to the invitation
of Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, to the G8 Summit
in Camp David, Maryland. We urge President Obama to this is
golden opportunity to address the vicious human rights violations
that are transpiring in Ogaden under the rule of Prime Minister
Zenawi’s regime has implemented a scorched earth policy
against the people of the Ogaden. The Ethiopian regime is
responsible for the collective punishment of innocent civilians
in the Ogaden including killings, rape, and torture; forced
disappearances, burning of villages and countless inhumane
acts against the people of Ogaden. Ethiopia has imposed an
economic, media, and aid embargo in the Ogaden.The Ethiopian
regime is deliberately and systematically using food as a
weapon of war.
There’s a lingering conspiracy of silence surrounding
the human rights abuses in the Ogaden despite reputable human
rights organizations such as the Human Rights Watch, Ogaden
Human Rights Committee and Amnesty International having done
extensive research and reports on these human rights abuses.
We urge the International Community, particularly
the United States, and Donor Countries to refrain from being
tight-lipped on the Ogaden crisis and act on the following
· Ethiopian government allow all humanitarian and relief
organizations full and unfettered access to the Ogaden as
well as human rights organizations.
· International community refrain from aiding and supporting
the Ethiopian government as long as it violates human rights
and fundamental rights of the people of the Ogaden.
· Send an independent fact finding mission to investigate
abuses and hold the perpetrators accountable.
· Lift the economic embargo that has devastated the
· Unrestricted access to international press and independent
The Ogaden Youth and Students Union is a non-profit
organization founded on the fundamental principle that all
human beings are born equal and have a right to live in peace,
dignity, and freedom regardless of race, ethnicity, religion,
gender and other forms of overt and covert discriminations.
The Ogaden Youth and Students Union is committed to human
rights advocacy, awareness and protection everywhere.