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Statement of Ethiopian Diaspora Organizations on The Continued Incarceration of Fanno Leaders

3 August 2022, Washington D.C.

We, leaders of organizations listed below, express our solidarity with the brave Ethiopian women who have been on a hunger strike in London for the last two weeks to expose to the world the ongoing Amhara Genocide in Ethiopia, primarily in the Oromia Regional State, Wellega Zone; Benshangul Gumuz Region; and Northern Shoa Zones of the Amhara Regional State.

The brave activists have been compelled to go on a hunger strike
because the international media and communities have so far chosen to ignore the plights of the Amhara people, who are brutally murdered on a daily basis for who they are by the barbaric and genocidal Oromo Liberation Front Army (OLF-A) that is also being supported by certain elements of the federal and regional governments.

Astonishingly, to date, the British government and the international media have not addressed the protests of these brave and selfless activists. This is another testament of the biases of Western countries and their media against the Amhara people who have

not been given the same treatment as the terrorist Tigre and Oromo extremists. We strongly condemn the partisanship of the Western media for ignoring these dedicated Ethiopians that are on hunger strike some of whom are now under intensive care.

We also denounce the Ethiopian Federal Government for continuing the incarceration of the following Fanno leaders after the Amhara Regional State Supreme Court ordered their release on bail:

Dr. Wondwossen Asefa
Mr. Getahun Berie
Mr. EsayiyasDemeke
Ms. Shitayie Yetiwale
Ms. Sewasew Aragaw
Dr. Tadesse Tesfa-Selasssie
Major Daniel Asress
Mr. Abebe Mulatu
Mr. Natinaiel Abebaw
Mr. Eyobibied Alemayhu
Mr. Sitotaw Melkie
Mr. Tadese Fikir
Mr. Atinkut Sertse-Dingil 1Page
Mr. Gebeyhu Mola.

These are leaders who put their lives on the line, when the Ethiopian Federal and Regional Governments mobilized them to defend Ethiopia from the terrorist TPLF aggressors last year. Now, the federal government is hunting them down as it treacherously prepares for negotiations with the same group it had declared as a terrorist organization two years ago.

We, therefore, demand:

The international media, governments and organizations address the petitions of the hunger strikers without bias and prejudice.
The aforementioned Fanno leaders be released unconditionally effective immediately: The Oromia Regional State security forces stop blockading Amhara citizens of Ethiopia

from entering their capital city, Addis Ababa.
The Federal Ethiopian Government must end Amhara Genocide in Ethiopia now. The Federal Government must release political prisoners such as Tadios Tantu,

Temesgen Desalegn, and other journalists and prisoners of conscious.

Signatories:

Adwa Great African Victory Association (AGAVA)
All Shewa Ethiopian People Multipurpose International Association
The Amhara Association in Queensland, Australia
Amhara Dimtse Serechit
Amhara Wellbeing and Development Association
Communities of Ethiopians in Finland
Concerned Amharas in the Diaspora
Ethio-Canadian Human Rights Association
The Ethiopian Broadcast Group
10. Ethiopian Civic Development Council (ECDC)
11. Freedom and Justice for Telemt Amhara

12. Global Alliance for Justice – The Ethiopian Cause
13. Global Amhara Coalition
14. Gonder Hibret for Ethiopian Unity
15. Major Lemma Woldetsadik Memorial Foundation
16. Network of Ethiopian Scholars (NES)

17. Radio Yenesew Ethiopia
18. Selassie Stand Up, Inc.
19. Vision Ethiopia
20. Worldwide Ethiopian Civic Associations Network (WE-CAN)

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