OMRHO report on human rights of the Oromo people
Published Feb. 11, 2022, 8:59 p.m. by FNN
OMRHO e. V. Board Remarks
In this annual report, OMRHO e. V. presents human rights violations committed against the
Oromo people by the government and state actors in Ethiopia in the past year 2021.
Overshadowed by the civil war in the Tigray region that began in November 2020, state-
sanctioned human rights violations in the Oromia region have received little media coverage.
However, a highly underreported "hidden war" is raging in Oromia. The Ethiopian state's
counterinsurgency against the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) shows all the signs of state-
sponsored terror with disastrous consequences for the Oromo population.
This annual report is not comprehensive. However, the cases reported herein are indicative of the
intent and systemic nature with which, extreme human rights violations conducted by
government security forces. They show how human rights violations are instrumentalized to fight
an insurgency and other perceived enemies to strengthen the ruling Prosperity Party’s grip on
power in the Oromia regional state of Ethiopia.
More extensive recordings of the human rights violations across Oromia can be found read in the
reports compiled by the Oromia Support Group. Investigations on other and some herein
mentioned cases can be found at Ija Oromia, OLLA and at Human Rights League of the Horn of
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The UN Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia concluded war crimes are committed by government forces