Dear Secretary Blinken,
The Oromia Global Forum (OGF) – a global alliance of Oromo civic, professional, faith-based organizations, prominent human rights defenders and activists, residing in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa welcomes your upcoming visit to Ethiopia. It is a country that has been undergoing significant political, economic and social turmoil over the past several years. We understand that you will have a critical role to play in ensuring peace, security and stability in Ethiopia, and we hope that you will use this opportunity to advocate for the human rights and dignity of the Oromo people, the largest nation in Ethiopia and Horn of Africa.
The Oromo people have long suffered political persecution, economic exploitation, social discrimination, dehumanization and marginalization at the hands of successive Ethiopian regimes. Under the current leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, thousands of unarmed Oromo civilians have been killed, over one million Oromos have been displaced by joint operations of Ethiopian armed forces, the security and extremist paramilitary Amhara Fano, and more than three million Oromos are suffering a devastating famine caused by a combination of natural drought and man-made, mismanaged policies. The Oromia Global Forum is calling on you to use your influence and position to pressure the Ethiopian government to take immediate action to address the following urgent concerns:
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