Joint Press Release
Oromo-Canadian Cultural Association of Ottawa
Ogaden Somali Community of Ottawa
The Oromo-Canadian Cultural Association of Ottawa and the Ogaden Somali Community of Ottawa are extremely shocked at the grave crimes against humanity being committed by the Tigrean People Liberation Front (TPLF) led Ethiopian regime and its armed agents, known as Agazi and the Liyyuu (Special) Police, who through the incitation of ethnic violence and hatred the two communities never had while living in harmony for many centuries. The Ogaden and Oromo communities living in and along the border regions of the two neighbouring nations are being attacked, killed, and displaced under the watch and with the encouragement of the regime and quite often through direct participation. The brutal TPLF commanding officers leading the two notorious armed forces, the Agazi and the Liyyu Police known for their terrorist tactics are committing horrendous crimes that now need the attention of the international community unabated.
The Oromo-Canadian Cultural Association of Ottawa and the Ogaden Somali Community of Ottawa strongly and unequivocally condemn these crimes, killings and evictions, which are tantamount to ethnic cleansing against peaceful communities that have lived together in harmony since time immemorial. Both Oromo and Somali are prosecuted nationalities in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian government is deliberately inciting ethnic violence in order to divide and rule and evict them from their ancestral land. Such abhorring action of the Ethiopian government against its own peoples must be condemned by the international community.
In light of this, the Oromo-Canadian Cultural Association of Ottawa and the Ogaden Somali Community of Ottawa strongly urge the government of Canada to raise the issue at international forums, including the United Nations. Additionally, we appeal to the government of Canada to consider providing relief and resettlement assistance to the victims of this criminal and involuntary eviction.