PAFD Press Release on the  EU’s resolution

December 23, 2016

The PAFD extends its most sincere gratitude to the EU Parliament in general and to those who were the sponsors of the Ethiopian resolution, including members from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the Al- liance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and Greens/European Free Alliance (G/EFA) of the EU parliamentary groups in particular.

The resolution the European Parliament has adopted on 21 January 2016 offers great support to the mil- lions oppressed in all parts of Ethiopia and gives them courage for a better democratic and just future.The multitude of committed genocides and unfolding atrocities in Oromia, Ogaden, Gambella, Sidama, Omo, Benishangul and other parts in Ethiopia will continue, unless the international community takes some ur- gent practical measures to stop them. The Ethiopian government has often ignored international calls for remedy of its human rights violations, knowing that that there would be no follow up or significant reper- cussions. In 2007, for example, the UN called for an urgent investigation into the Ogaden war crimes and crimes against humanity. However, the Ethiopian government embarked on an all-out campaign of exter- minationand collective punishment of civilians in the region and the international community looked the other way. Similarly, the killings in Gambella and Sidama, as well as those in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) were also condemned by the international community, while the regime shrugged its shoulders and contin- ued its massacres and curtailment of all democratic rights, while being rewarded with more money under the pretext of development.

History has shown that development at the expenses of democratic rights has ended in disasters and grave consequences. The Ethiopian situation is much more complex than other areas which aggravates the matter further because of unresolved historical injustices

 The PAFD calls upon the UN, AU and EU to follow up to their own resolutions and send independent commissions of inquiry to look into the massive human rights allegations that have been and are being per- petrated by the Ethiopian government against the civilian population and take appropriate measures to stop any further acts. All types of Ethiopian security forces must immediately withdraw from Oromia, Ogaden, Gam- bela and other areas into their barracks

The PAFD calls upon all peoples in Ethiopia to stand together and act in unison against the atrocities com- mitted by the regime, in order to regain their denied rights to democracy and true self-determination.

Issued by

The Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) January 23, 2016

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