TO: INDIVIDUALS, LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND
The Ogaden Human Rights Committee requests individuals, local
human rights and humanitarian organizations to support its efforts
to promote and improve the human rights cause in the Ogaden,
and recommends the following:
write to your Foreign Ministry:
" Asking that your government exerts pressure on Ethiopia
to improve its human rights record.
" Urging that all political prisoners be either immediately
and unconditionally released or charged with recognized criminal
offences, and given fair trials; and be given unrestricted and
regular access to their family members and to, representatives
of the International Committee of the Red Cross (name some or
all from those listed in the report).
" Expressing concern at the disappearance of a large number
of suspected government opponents in the notorious military
detention camps throughout the Ogaden, and asking their whereabouts
(name some or all from those listed in the report).
" Asking your government to support the Ogaden Human Rights
Committee's efforts to appoint a UN Special Rapporteur on Human
Rights as well as sending a fact finding mission to the Ogaden
in order to stop and prevent more human rights violations in
copy your letter to diplomatic representatives of Ethiopia accredited
to your country as well as the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights. The address is:
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10
TO: GOVERNMENTS, UNITED NATIONS, INTERNATIONAL
HUMAN RIGHTS AND NON GOVERNMENTAL
prestigious international human rights organizations, such as
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch/Africa have issued
several reports about well-documented human rights violations
in the Ogaden by Ethiopia, the international community has remained
tight lipped about those violations for the last twelve years.
Nevertheless, the Ogaden Human Rights Committee has not given
up hope of the international community's help to force Ethiopia
to honour its commitments to internationally accepted human
rights principles. Hence, the OHRC requests and recommends that:
The international community publicly censure Ethiopia over its
human rights record.
2. Freeze all foreign bank accounts belonging to Meles Zenawi
and his entourage.
3. Impose visa and travel restrictions on Ethiopian government
4. The United Nations appoint a Special Rapporteur for Human
Rights in the Ogaden.
5. The Ethiopian government should be held responsible for infamous
mass killings, disappearances, arbitrary arrests, torture and
other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
6. Perpetrators of extrajudicial executions and other atrocities
should be brought before an international tribunal.
7. The international community intervene to stop human sufferings
and senseless carnage in the Ogaden. The sooner the better.
8. The Ethiopian government allow all humanitarian and relief
organizations to operate in the Ogaden without restrictions
as well as international human rights organizations and the
9. The international community refrain from aiding and supporting
the Ethiopian government as long as it violates human rights
and fundamental freedoms in the empire state of Ethiopia, including
Human Rights Committee (OHRC)