ORA’s Statement On Gross Violations Of Human Rights Against Oromo Refugees in Djibouti
(SBO/VOL – AUGUST 13, 2018) — The Oromo Relief Association (ORA) is very much concerned and alarmed about the safety of Oromo refugees and asylum seekers in Djibouti. We learnt that Oromo refugees are treated very harshly and being attacked in Arhiba, Duz, Negadh and other villages of Djibouti by Djiboutian police and local people. It has been reported that considerable number of Oromo refugees were forcibly deported to Ethiopia.
We have just learnt that, the Djiboutian police and local people looted their properties, beaten and violate basic human rights of the refugees and international law. We received a report from the Committee for Oromo Refugees Concern (CORC) in Djibouti, that 6 refugee communities were killed and hundreds were wounded in separate incidents, mostly during night time, by Djiboutians. Those owned shops were looted in Djibouti city but police did not intervene.
It has been widely reported that the country’s repeated actions against Oromo refugees in their soil. There are frequent records of harassment, humiliations, looting the refugees’ properties and forceful repatriation. The Djibouti authorities have committed repeatedly such inhuman actions against the Oromo refugee in front of the International Community. It is remembered that ORA has reported in September 2017, that the Oromo refugees were treated very harshly and being attacked in Ali Addeh refugee camp in Djibouti.
In general, thousands of Oromo refuges were beaten wounded and their properties or shops looted by the local people. Refugees’ children and women have been mistreated by the country’s authorities. This time, thousands of them are withered by hunger, thirsty and diseases in Arhiba, Duz, Negadh villages.
Oromo asylum seekers flee from their country of origin due to well-founded fear of persecution because of their nationality, political affiliation and membership of a social group, as well as the widespread border conflict between Oromia and Somali region. Nevertheless, they are not a threat to the security of any country.
Many independent human rights organizations such as UNICEF are reporting about the escalation of widespread attack by Liyu Police of Somali Region along the border of the Oromia and political repressions against the Oromo people. According to the UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report No 6, at the start of the year, there were 1.6 million people displaced by conflict and drought, including just over one million people internally displaced along the Oromia and Somali regional borders. However, renewed attack by Liyu Police of Somali Region along the border of the Oromia has increased the number of internally displaced peoples to 2.4 million.
Accesses to affected communities either due to security concerns or attack by Liyu Police of Somali Region along the border of the Oromia have been huge challenge to return to their places of origin at this moment due to community tensions along the Oromia and the Somali region remain high. As a consequence, we are convinced that if the claimants are returned to their original villages at this time, their lives will be in considerable danger.
We strongly appeal to International organizations, governments and others concerned groups, to use their influence to bring pressure to bear on the Djibouti Government, to protect Oromo refugees on their soil.
Oromo Relief Association
August 13, 2018