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Friday, August 31, 2012

Press Statement
By Sidama Civil Servants from Hawassa City Administration and Sidama Zone, 31 August, 2012

English Version

From Hawassa, Sidama, August 31st 2012
We, the Sidama civil servants are deprived of our fundamental rights to leading our daily lives in peace and harmony due to an increased intimidation, harassments and imprisonments that the regime pursues against the Sidama nation for claiming its constitutional rights to regional self administration. The regime's regional cadres with federal forces brutalize Sidama people changing their tactics on daily basis. Despite these, the Sidama nation's continued claims to assert their aforementioned rights further created an atmosphere where the regime deliberately and systematically crushes Sidama civil servants and others members of the Sidama society under the pretext of violating constitution. We express our utter disappointments to doing so. Therefore:-
1. We all the sons and daughters of the Sidama nation unwaveringly support the constitutional quest of the Sidama nation to regional self administration; the demand that's so important to our nation's futurity and all round interest!
2. We urge the incumbent regime to stop harassing, intimidating and persecuting Sidamas for claiming their legitimate and constitutional rights to regional self administration and further urge the regime to appropriately and constitutionally respond to Sidama people's constitutional quest for regional self administration without further delay!
3. We demand that our rights to be unconditionally respected so that we can work and live peacefully in our lands as others Ethiopians do in their respective regions!
4. We demand unconditional releases of Sidama civilians who are arbitrarily arrested for raising Sidama people's constitutional demand to regional self administration!
5. We won't be able to peacefully discharge our professional obligations in a productive manner to develop our region under the status quo where our basic rights are continually abused! Therefore, we will not have any option, but be obliged to take further actions in our protest of the unconstitutional treatments of the Sidama people by the regime for claiming their 100% legitimate and constitutional rights!
6. We strongly believe that the light of victory must shine on behalf of the victims without prejudice and discrimination!

Amharic Version

ካላ ኡጋሞ ሃናጋ የተባሉ ግለሰብ በሲዳማ ዞን በማልጋ ወረዳ የወረዳው ነዋሪዎች በመንግስት የጸጥታ ኃይሎች ሰዎችን መታሰራቸው እና በወረዳው ያለው የእስረኞ ኣያያዝ ኣሳሳብ ደረጃ ላይ መሆኑን እና ወደ 56 የምሆኑ እስረኞች በኣንድ ጠባብ ክፍል ለመቆሚያ  እንኳን የምሆን ቦታ በሌለበት ሁኔታ ታስረው እንደምገኙ የምገልጽ መልዕክት በፌስ ቡክ ገጻቸው ላይ በማስቀመጣቸው የተነሳ መታሰራቸው ብሎም በመከሰሳቸው ተነግሯል።

ካላ ኡጋሞ ሃናጋ

Arrest and torture have been commonplace occurrences in Sidamaland and it has been worsened since last June when Sidama public pressed the demand of Self adminstration right. Since then, many Sidamas are languishing in jails illegally. Charges brought up against them are fake and fabricated. For instance, Ougamo Hanaga, who is an employee of Save the Children, made the following comment on facebook about the ordeal of innocent Sidamas and he was arrested few days later. He then charged with terrorism.


አዲስ አበባ ነሃሴ 25/2004 የአሜሪካ ፕሬዝዳንት ባራክ ኦባማ በጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር መለስ ዜናዊ ሥርዓተ ቀብር ላይ የሚገኝ የልዑካን ቡድን ዛሬ ይፋ አደረጉ። በኢትዮጵያ የአሜሪካ ኤምባሲ ለኢትዮጵያ ዜና አገልግሎት በላከው መግለጫ እንዳስታወቀው የፕሬዝዳንቱ ልዑካን በተባበሩት መንግስታት የአሜሪካ ቋሚ ተወካይ በአምባሳደር ሱዛን ራይስ መሪነት ነሐሴ 27 ቀን 2004 ዓ.ም በሚፈጸመው ሥርዓተ ቀብር ላይ ይገኛል። የፕሬዝዳንቱ ልዑካን አባላትም በኢትዮጵያ የአሜሪካ አምባሳደር ዶናልድ ቡዝ፣ የአፍሪካ ጉዳዮች ረዳት ፀሃፊ ጆኒ ካርሰን እና የፕሬዝዳንቱ ልዩ አማካሪና የብሔራዊ ደህንነት ከፍተኛ ዳይሬክተር ሚስ ጋይሌ ስሚዝ ናቸው።