Open letter to the UN Human Rights Council: A call for an independent investigation of targeted killings of innocent people across

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December 16, 2021

Member States,
United Nations Human Rights Council

We, the undersigned members of Oromo Scholars and Professional (OSP) and of Oromia Global
Forum (OGF), a global alliance of Oromo Civic, Professional and Faith-Based Organizations
residing in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa, are deeply saddened and angered
over the reported cold-blooded murder of Oromo elders, civilians, and leaders of the Gada
Council in their own homesteads throughout Oromia. The Gada system is an indigenous
democratic socio-political structure of the Oromo people, inscribed by UNESCO as Intangible
Cultural Heritage. The Oromo constitute 40% of the population of Ethiopia.

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