|Press Release - Ref: OHRC/PRO6/0907
Ethiopia: Attempts to render meaningless the UN Mission’s work in the Ogaden
In order to improve the human rights situation and to resolve the protracted conflict in the region, the Ogaden Human Rights Committee recommends and requests the following:
To: the International Community, Donor Countries, United Nations, Ethiopian Government and Ogaden National Liberation Front:
The international community intervene to stop human sufferings and senseless carnage in the Ogaden. The sooner the better.
United Nations Security Council designate a safe heaven for the civilian population fleeing from Ethiopian armed forces’ onslaught and atrocities.
The United Nations appoint a Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Ogaden.
The Ethiopian government should be held responsible for infamous mass killings; disappearances, rape, arbitrary arrests, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and perpetrators of those atrocities should be brought before an international tribunal.
The international community refrain from aiding and supporting the Ethiopian government as long as it violates human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Somali people in the Ogaden.
The Ethiopian government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, declare immediate, comprehensive and unconditional cease-fire in the Ogaden.
The international community exert more pressure on all the parties to the conflict in the Ogaden in order to reach a peacefully negotiated and just settlement.
Since there is no confidence between the warring sides the Ogaden Human Rights Committee urges the United States and European Union to act as mediators and facilitators in order to put an end to the human suffering in the Ogaden.
The international donor community helps the Ogaden people generously and directly through international NGOs in order to assure the reach of the food aid to the victims of the famine; otherwise the relief will end up in military barracks as usual.
The Ogaden Human Rights Committee urges the Ethiopian government, the Ogaden National Liberation Front to allow all humanitarian and relief organisations to operate freely in the Ogaden as well as international and local human rights organisations and the international press.
The Ogaden Human Rights Committee deplores the Ethiopian government’s decision to expel ICRC and MSF from the Ogaden and demands its reversal as well as allowing more humanitarian and relief organisations to operate in the Ogaden without restrictions, regardless of nationality or religion.
Ogaden Human Rights Committee
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