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


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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