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Extra-Ordinary Rendition Of Ogaden Refugees By Djibouti To Ethiopia

February 3, 2011 Comments off

The following is an official press release from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).
 

Extra-Ordinary Rendition Of Ogaden Refugees By Djibouti To Ethiopia
Source:  Ogaden National Liberation Front
February 3, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

The Djibouti government, in collaboration with Ethiopian security forces, has executed a Gestapo style operation resulting in the arrest and the extra-ordinary rendition to Ethiopia of nearly one hundred Ogaden refugees and legal residents living in Djibouti. This operation began on January 20, 2011, when Djibouti police joined by Ethiopian security officials raided more than thirty homes, businesses and workplaces in Djibouti City.

This joint operation forcefully detained ethnic Somalis from Ogaden and took them to a military camp on the outskirts of the city of Djibouti where they were placed on military trucks on the 23rd of January and taken to an unknown destination in Ethiopia.

Sources from Djibouti security confirmed that several detainees died from torture during their detention in Djibouti. The whereabouts of the rest these victims is now unknown even to their families.

Throughout this sweep up, Djibouti police specifically targeted Somalis from Ogaden in what was clearly a well-planned and deliberate operation resulting from what appears to be a new security arrangement between Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has sought to address this Gestapo style operation through Diplomatic channels, but the Djibouti government unashamedly resorted to fabricating fictitious plots purportedly committed by these innocent refugees and residents under its legal and moral protection.

The Djibouti regime has breached both the African Charter and international conventions on the rights of refugees. By doing Ethiopia’s bidding, the government of Djibouti has acted irresponsibly and recklessly. Those refugees and legal residents from Ogaden swept up and extradited to Ethiopia by the Djiboutian regime have a clear and well-founded fear of persecution in Ethiopia. The fate of those individuals is therefore the responsibility of the Djiboutian government.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front condemns this heinous crime and calls on the international community to hold the government of Djibouti and the Ethiopian regime to account.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front has sacrificed for the past sixteen years some of its most strategic interests in order to safeguard the National security of Djibouti due to the brotherly ties between the people of Djibouti and the people of Ogaden.

This act represents a clear indication that the Djibouti government does not value the relations of our two respective people.

As such, the message of ONLF to the Djiboutian government is that Ogaden people’s struggle will not be intimidated with ill advised and misguided acts of such as this extradition of our people. These acts will only increase the determination of the people of Ogaden to continue their legitimate struggle for self-determination.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)

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Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) Statement On South Sudan Referendum

January 14, 2011 Comments off

The following is an official statement from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

O.N.L.F Statement On South Sudan Referendum
Source:  Ogaden National Liberation Front
January 14, 2011  02:35

In 1981 the OAU committee mediating between Somalia and Ethiopia regarding the conflict in the Ogaden, declared that the Ogaden is part of Ethiopia. That decision was based on the 1964 resolution of the OAU promulgated in Cairo regarding the sanctity of the African borders left by colonialism. That unjust resolution in no way took into account the aspirations of the people of Ogaden and wrongly portrayed the Ogaden conflict as a border dispute between two States when it is in fact a conflict borne from the desire of the Ogaden people for self-determination.

Despite the AU [African Union] turning a blind eye to the plight of the Ogaden people and its lack of interest in addressing the root causes of the Ogaden conflict, the decision to allow the people of the South Sudan to take a referendum to decide their destiny is a great day for all people denied their rights to self-determination in Africa. President Bashir of Sudan is to be commended for agreeing to this bold and visionary step forward in the interest of justice and peace

This vote represents a precedent affirming that there is no longer a moral or so-called legal basis for denying the Ogaden people their legitimate rights to self-determination and that the AU bears a direct responsibility to address protracted conflicts which require a comprehensive political solution especially when those conflicts are based on the legitimate aspirations of African peoples to achieve
self-determination.

The fact of the matter is that the Ogaden people will achieve their rights through a protracted peoples’ struggle whether the current or future Ethiopian regimes like it or not. It would be appropriate for the AU and peace loving nations to be on the right side of history and address the Ogaden conflict with the same energy and interest afforded the South Sudan conflict. The AU should not wait for Genocide to take on unimaginable proportions before engaging itself in this conflict. The fact that the Ethiopian regime is engaged in war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ogaden is well documented. Ogaden warrants AU intervention now.

Ogaden National Liberation Front (O.N.L.F)

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More than 280 Ethiopian soldiers killed in Ogaden during the past few weeks

December 27, 2010 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from Ogaden Online. (Map added by Inteltrends.)

More than 280 Ethiopian soldiers killed in Ogaden
©  Ogaden Online
December 26, 2010  22:58

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) forces have carried out heavy attacks against Ethiopian troops in Ogaden. Heavy casualties, including deaths and injuries, were inflicted on Ethiopian troops in the attacks, which occurred in various parts of the Ogaden, and military equipment was captured from them.

Our correspondent in the region has reported major battle victories scored by the Ogaden liberation forces over the past few weeks, during which the enemy suffered massively. The Ethiopian army suffered more than 280 soldiers killed, many more wounded and weapons captured, among other losses.

On 22 Dec 2010, Reports received from the Ogaden National Army (ONLA) central command which were corroborated by reliable local, civilian eyewitnesses confirm the success of the ONLA attacks in inflicting heavy losses to the Ethiopian (Woyane) army in Garbo area, specially place called Badhiweynley which is part of Nogob Province.

First reports provided by the ONLA central command indicate the operations undertaken by the Halgan unit which operates in and around the area resulted the death of 110 Ethiopian soldiers including Eight high ranking military officials and the capture of huge caches of military supplies. The supplies included small arms, machine guns, sophisticated military radios, and a large cache of more modern medicines.

Shortly after leaving the garrison, eyewitnesses reported that this unit engaged Ethiopian (Woyane) reinforcements sent from Garbo. It is said that the Ethiopian (Woyane) reinforcements which were not expecting ONLA units in the area where the battle took place sustained major military losses.

Our reporter in Garbo confirmed that many Woyane dead and wounded have been brought to the city.

On the same date, the unflinching ONLA Commandoes forces carried out a well-executed attack on Ethiopian (woyane) troops in Degahbour, killing dozens soldiers and burning two military vehicles. The soldiers were watching TV when ONLA commando raided their base.

On 15 Dec 2010, Ogaden liberation fighters carried out nocturnal attacks on enemy Ethiopian army convoy in near Barajisaale, Qorahay province, destroying two Russian made (Ural) trucks and captured sizable quantities of Ammunition and weaponry. The Ethiopian casualties in these operations are over 80 dead and more than 40 wounded. On the same date, the ONLF forces carried out a heavy rocket propelled grenade attack on enemy troops stationed in one of the military bases in Madhaafaan Village, Shabelle province, killing 13 soldiers and wounding dozens more.

On 12 Dec 2010 forty-seven Ethiopian (Woyane) soldiers were killed and 53 others wounded in a similar attack in Kadiwa, near farmadow, Jarar/Degahbour province.

The fleeing Ethiopian soldiers burned down the Farmadow town. It is reported the soldiers have prevented the town dwellers from saving any valuables from their burning property. As a result many of the town dwellers are reported being destitute and are said to be squatting in the outskirts of the burnt town. Also, Ethiopian soldiers burned three people alive including 71 year old lady and Mentally challenged man.

On 14-12 Dec 2010, a heavy attack was carried out against Ethiopian (Woyane) troops at a place called Gabriile and Fiqi all part of Nogob and Qorahay province. Fourteen soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded in the attack.

There is constant fighting between Ethiopian troops and ONLF forces in the Ogaden region. Human rights organizations accuse the Ethiopian soldiers of violating the human rights by harassing the people in the Ogaden region.

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OGADEN: People burned alive in Farmadow Town

December 19, 2010 Comments off

The following article is reprinted with permission from Ogaden Online. (Map added by Inteltrends.)

People burned alive in Farmadow Town
©  Ogaden Online
December 19, 2010  15:51  administrator

Reports reaching our service desk from the Ogaden Online and Radio Xoriyo reporter in the city of Degahbour confirm the burning down of the town of Farmadow by the Ethiopian military and an associated militia on Dec 15th, 2010.

Reliable sources from the town and its environs report that a fierce battle took place in the outskirts of the town between the Ogaden National Liberation Army (ONLA) and the Ethiopian military stationed in the town.

Although no official reports are available yet however eyewitness accounts indicate that the Ethiopian military was defeated handily in this battle. As a result, it is reported that fleeing Ethiopian soldiers entered the town and started burning down the town.

At least 3 people who couldn’t escape were burned alive in their houses, among them are:

·  71 year old women whom we didn’t get her name
·  Cabdi Fiqi Yusuf
·  The Son of Dayib Salaad Faarax, who was a mentally challenged individual

The fleeing soldiers are said to have prevented the town dwellers from saving any valuables from their burning property. As a result many of the town dwellers are reported being destitute and are said to be squatting in the outskirts of the burnt town.

Many civilians interviewed by our reporter indicate that what the Ethiopians are doing is not new and it is something they said that happens every time these soldiers encounter defeat in the many battles they engage in with ONLA. These civilians admit however that what they are seeing now appears a more intense and organized campaign meant to exact maximum revenge against the Ogaden civilians.

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Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) Military communiqué

November 8, 2010 Comments off

The following statement is from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

ONLF Military Communiqué
Source:  ONLF
November 8, 2010  00:29:58

The Ogaden national Liberation Front Army- is continuing its offensive against Ethiopian Army troops in the Ogaden. During the months of October and the beginning of November It has conducted 34 tactical and strategic military operations, killing 267 Ethiopian Army Soldiers and wounding 157. Casualty on the ONLF side was minimal.

The latest fighting occurred on November 4, 2010 near the strategic town of Babile, which lies on the road between Harar and Jigjiga, a main supply route for the Ethiopian Army in the Ogaden. The liberation forces attacked and captured the Ethiopian Army garrison of Dhalac near Babile guarding that strategic route, killing 25 soldiers and wounding 32, while the rest retreated to Babile. The Liberation Army destroyed the garrison, burning a military vehicle and capturing large stockpiles of food, medicine and ammunition. In addition, the Liberation Army seized 24 Ak-47 assault rifles, 2 heavy machine-guns and 3 RT military communication Radios.

Since mid-2009, the ONLF liberation Army has seized the military initiative and Ethiopia has been forced to be on the defensive while trying to hide its military weakness by engaging in propaganda war, falsely claiming peace deals with surrogates it created, nicknaming them an ONLF faction.

The Ogaden National Liberation Army will continue pounding Ethiopian government establishments in the Ogaden until the rights of the Ogaden Somali people to genuine self-determination is implemented.

Ogaden National Liberation Front

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Press Release from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) concerning HRW report about Aid Abuse by Ethiopia

October 25, 2010 Comments off

The following Press Release is issued by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

Concerning HRW report about Aid Abuse by Ethiopia
Source:  O.N.L.F.
October 25, 2010

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) welcomes the recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report titled “Ethiopia: Donor Aid Supports Repression”. However, ONLF believes that HRW had been extremely conservative in regard to the level of abuse, to the extent of avoiding totally the Ogaden Somali territory where the level of repression is so rampant that the regime is unwilling to allow any body from the outside world to witness it.

In the Ogaden the regime is not only denying humanitarian assistance to civilians who refuse to actively cooperate with the regime’s security apparatus, but is using aid in every form not only for soliciting political support but for actively forcing people from every [walk] of life to take up arms as militias and fight ONLF.

Furthermore, Ethiopia has used the aid for military purposes to suppress the Ogaden Somali people’s demand for self-determination and to train and equip what they call special police which commit unprecedented crimes against humanity under the nose of the donor countries and organizations.

ONLF is convinced that the donor nations are aware of the fact that the Ethiopian regime is unhesitatingly using humanitarian assistance as a tool for repression. Thus, this report of HRW of the misuse of international aid by Ethiopia is not surprising. The reality is that donor countries are not paying any attention to the findings of reports like this one nor taking appropriate steps to ensure their [aid] reaches the beneficiary.

The indifference of the donors of the misuse of the humanitarian aid encourages Ethiopia to step up the gross human right abuses in Ogaden and it will continue to do so until the oppressed people assert their rights and deal decisively with this illegitimate regime.

Ogaden National Liberation Front

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Press Release from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) regarding the sale of Petronas assets to South Western Energy

October 7, 2010 Comments off

The following Press Release is issued by the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

Sale of PETRONAS assets to South Western Energy
Source:  O.N.L.F.
October 7, 2010

The Ogaden national Liberation Front sees the so-called sale of “PETRONAS” concessions in the Ogaden to South Western Energy (a Tigray TPLF owned enterprise) as a face-saving measure intended to hide Ethiopia’s incapacity to resolve the conflict in the Ogaden in a just way, peacefully through a negotiated settlement.

First, this act is a continuation of the previous practices of concessions granted to oil companies while systematically subjecting the Ogaden people to deprivation and inhuman crimes in order to force them to forgo any rights to their land and resources. However, the difference now is that multinationals from abroad had seen through Ethiopia’s false claims of controlling the Ogaden and had opted out of the Ogaden. Therefore, the regime had been forced to hide behind its own company in order to cover up its inability to guarantee to companies access to what it does not own or control. Ethiopia’s plan was to resort to scorched earth policy and mass transgression of the Human Rights of the Ogaden people, in order to loot and usurp the Ogaden Somali people of their land and natural resources. Ethiopia sliced the whole Somali territory into 21 blocks and auctioned it without regard to the wishes and wellbeing of the Ogaden people or the precarious ecology of the land. No other part of the so-called Ethiopia was subjected to such an inhuman and avaricious practice.

Secondly, South Western Energy is a company owned by the TPLF regime and its presence in the Ogaden is considered as an extension of the regime in the Ogaden and will not be tolerated. This regime has previously massacred innocent people civilians in the Ogaden in order to facilitate for South Western Energy to exploit Fossil fuel resources in the Ogaden and the Ogaden people hold this company equally responsible for the crimes committed against them.

Thirdly, the Ethiopian regime has closed all doors for a negotiated settlement of the Ogaden conflict, by engaging in deceitful practices, and claiming reaching meaningless peace deals with forged ONLF faction and other irrelevant groups. Consequently, the Ogaden will remain a war zone until Ethiopia changes its intransigent stand and accepts a genuine peace process under the auspices of a third credible international party. Therefore, companies that engage in oil exploration in the Ogaden are putting themselves in harm’s way, since collateral damages from the warring parties or other forms of insecurity are highly probable.

Finally, ONLF calls upon all interested parties in exploiting the natural resources of the Ogaden to invest in just efforts that could encourage the international community to take decisive actions that will protect the rights of the Ogaden people and bring peace instead of fuelling the conflict by replenishing the coffers of the aggressor, the Ethiopian regime.

Ogaden National Liberation Front

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