September 15, 2012 ·12 Comments
15 September 2012.
On Friday (Ogadentoday Press) – The Genève based Ogaden Human Right committee has welcomed wholeheartedly, the new negotiation between Ogaden Rebel, Ogaden National Liberation Front and government of Ethiopia, In a statement sent via email to Ogadentoday Press.
According to an emailed press-release statement via to Ogadentoday Press, OHRC said that The Ogaden Region has been a virtually closed military zone for the last eighteen years, where bloody battles were being fought between Ethiopian armed forces and combatants of the Ogaden National Liberation Front.
Speaking of the Ethiopian policy to Ogaden Region, the Committee said, that government policy is; deliberate economic strangulation, political marginalization and use of brutal military force to suppress all legitimate demands from the population including the inalienable right to self-determination”
Adding that we believe there is strong correlation between human rights and peace/conflict as human rights abuses might cause armed struggle and armed conflicts exacerbate human suffering.
The committee has called on the International Community, American government and European Union to play a role, since there a little confidence between the two sides.
The Ogaden Human Rights Committee believes a negotiated settlement modeled on Naivasha agreements which solved the Southern Sudan conflict can be the best solution for the protracted conflict in the Ogaden, said in the statement.
However the Ogaden Human Right Committee has recommended 8 points.
The Ethiopian government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, declare immediate, comprehensive and unconditional cease-fire in the Ogaden.
Commit themselves to respect human rights and make part of their negotiation addressing grave human rights violation and war crimes that has victimized thousands of innocent people
The Ethiopian government should release all political prisoners in the Ogaden.
The international community exerts 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 to boost up the Kenyan role in order to put an end to the human suffering in the Ogaden as soon as possible.
The international community refrains 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 Ogaden Human Rights Committee urges the Ethiopian government and 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 sides should refrain from incitement and negative propaganda.
Both the ONLF and the Ethiopian government confirmed that these peace talks took place on 6 and 7 of September in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
U.S. has several times urged Ethiopian government to make peace with the ONLF and find the last peace solution volatile region of Ogaden.
The Ethiopian delegation was led By the Defence Minister of Ethiopia Siraj Fegessa and Abdirahman Mahdi, the Foreign Secretary of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, led the ONLF delegation from the Somalis in Ogaden.
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