Join Press Release by: East African Human Rights Coalition & Solidarity Movement for new Ethiopia

October 3rd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

For immediate release : Call on US and Canadian Authorities to Deny Visit by Ogaden Genocide Perpetrator (more…)

For immediate release : Call on US and Canadian Authorities to Deny Visit by Ogaden Genocide Perpetrator

Da’ud Mohamed Ali, governor of the Ogaden region of eastern Ethiopia, is heading up a delegation that is expected to tour North America, which includes a planned visit to Minnesota this weekend and on to Canada next week. Why Minnesota? Minnesota is now home to more Somali Ogadens than anywhere else outside of Ethiopia.

We believe that if the US and the Canadian public knew more about this man and his central complicity in committing massive atrocities against his own people, they would not only be outraged; they would never allow him entrance into either of these free countries. In March of 2009, Dr. Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, has called Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles’s regime “serial killers” and has referred the case on to the International Criminal Court to consider doing an in-depth investigation, particularly citing the case of the Ogaden regon. Base on Da’ud’s perpetration of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Ogaden region (Somali Regional State), we are hoping—that the US and Canadian Governments will deny him a visa.

Da’ud has been connected to massive crimes against humanity, war crimes and the destruction of livelihood, as documented by human rights organizations and humanitarian groups working in the area. Food, medical aid and other humanitarian assistance have been blocked and thousands were displaced by Da’ud’s orders. Recently 42 international organizations have been kicked out of the country, allegedly for providing information on the human rights situation, later used in the US State Department’s disparaging human rights report on Ethiopia.

The genocide and dictatorship by a corrupt and brutal government under the leadership of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, known for using tactics to suppress the people while pretending to be a partner in the War on Terror. Zenawi uses ethnic “puppets,” like Da’ud, to carry out schemes usually attached to the exploitation of natural resources; in this case, the large gas and oil reserves in the region. Americans and Canadians should shun any support of such genocide perpetrators and not give them a voice or a platform to intimidate and silence those among us.

This coalition of concerned American and Canadian are asking that the both goverments exercise their established laws against human rights violators in respect to Da’ud and his delegation, excluding them from entry. Indeed it will give voice to the silenced victims in Ethiopia—something that would indeed be an encouraging source of hope to some who have been discouraged by US and Canadian quietness of this terrorist regime.

Ethiopians have been divided by ethnicity, region, political view, religion and other differences, but those in this new coalition hope that by coming together in solidarity around principles of putting “humanity before ethnicity” or any other difference; that they can better create society that is free, democratic, just, reconciled and prosperous. we are working together to bring about the transformation based on the principle that “no one will be free until all are free.” This is the only way to break the cycle of dictatorship, injustice, ethnic conflict, poverty, exploitation and corruption that is now rampant on the continent.

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The face of the Ogaden Genocide


Some of the crimes that Da’ud is directly linked to include:

• Forcible mobilization of civil servants to pick up arms and fight the ONLF. Da’ud Mohamed, as a party deputy leader, was in charge of the campaign to mobilize untrained civil servants to face highly trained armed groups. In an article in the New York Times, see http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/15/world/africa/15ethiopia.html , it was written “Anybody who works for the government — teachers, doctors, clerks, administrators — has to join a militia,” In the same reported that “Several Western officials say they are alarmed about this new strategy, especially when the first signs maybe emerging of a humanitarian crisis that aid officials predicted over the summer.”

• In May 2007, Da’ud Mohamed called for and chaired all civil servant staff meeting which was held at Abdulmajid Hussein Teacher Training Collegall, and in that meeting, ordered all the present civil servants to be transported to the frontline to fight armed groups. Some of them have been killed, others have fled to neighboring countries and those who refused to fight were jailed.

• In October 2008, Mr Daud, accompanied by the head of the regional security Abdi Omar, (also known Abdi Iley), toured Fiq, Korahe and Degahbour zones, to implement similar operations. In Degahbour, he ordered the salaries of Gunagado district to be frozen until they captured or killed the leader of ONLF, whom he believed was in the area at that time.

• In December 2008, the army and the militia, with the approval of the Regional Security Council Chair Mr. Daud Mohamed, massacred 37 unarmed civilians and politicians including Qanyare, a member of Gursum district parliament, Ali Heydar- head of Biyo Ade Kebele administration and Omer Aw Ibrahim- a known elder in the village. Mr Mohamed as the head the Security Council that leads and overseas the military and militia operations in the region approved all these operations.

• In January 2009, hundreds of civil servants were dismissed for not taking up arms against rebel groups by the order of the regional president.

In its 130 page report supplemented with satellite images of the burnt villages, the Human Rights Watch said “During the peak of the army’s counterinsurgency campaign from June to September 2007, witnesses described how Ethiopian troops forcibly displaced entire rural communities and destroyed dozens of rural villages; executed at least 150 civilians, sometimes in demonstration killings to terrorize those communities suspected of supporting the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF); and arbitrarily detained hundreds of civilians in military barracks where they experienced beatings, torture, and widespread rape and other forms of sexual violence.” (http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2008/06/12/collectivepunishment

Buildings in Labigah town, in the Ogaden, are seen before their destruction in this handout satellite image taken February 2008. Satellite images confirm reports that the TPLF/EPRDF military have burned towns and villages in the remote Ogaden region of eastern Ethiopia, the American Association for the Advancement of Science reported on eight sites in the rocky, arid region, which borders Somalia, have clear signs of burning and other destruction, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program said. REUTERS/American Association for the Advancement of Science/Digital Globe/Handout.

The destruction, and damage, to Labigah town’s structures is seen in this handout satellite image taken February 2008. Satellite images confirm reports that the Ethiopian military has burned towns and villages in the remote Ogaden region of eastern Ethiopia, the American Association for the Advancement of Science reported on eight sites in the rocky, arid region, which borders Somalia, have clear signs of burning and other destruction, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program said. REUTERS/American Association for the Advancement of Science/Digital Globe/Handout (Ethiopia).

Amnesty International, Ogaden Human Rights Committee, the US state department and other international institutions have also documented the severe human rights violations in Ogaden
(Seehttp://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2008/af/119001.htm, http://www.amnesty.ca/resource_centre/news/view.php?load=arcview&article=4046&c=Resource+Centre+News, http://www.ogadenrights.org/THE_DIRE.htm, ).

In October 2008 Douglas Alexander, the international development secretary, visited Ogaden and experienced human rights violations in Ogaden first hand after malnourished children and mothers were forcefully removed from the Hospital he visited in Kabridehar region (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4965305.ece)

For more information please contact

Mr. Yassin Kassim;
Executive Director
East African Human Rights Coalition
Email, Yassin@solidaritymovement.org

Or
Mr. Obang Metho
Executive Director
Solidarity Movement for new Ethiopia
Email: Obang@solidaritymovement.org

  1. jeberti from north
    | #1

    I CAN SEE HIS FACE AND A CRIMINAL PERSON. WE WILL BE THIRE IF HE COME. WE WILL TAKE A DIMONSTRATION.

  2. jj
    | #2

    Bluchers should be held accountable for all crime they committed. They should never be allowed to infest the free world. Great jobs guys.

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    ሰላም

  4. . g.Abera
    | #4

    Please, don’t let merderer to US and Canda’s soil.

    thanks,

  5. ali omar
    | #5

    THanks alote all Ethiopian as we know him he is criminal

  6. Ahmed
    | #6

    Daud Mohamed has committed crime against humanity in Ogaden. Allowing him to visit in the United States is like inviting Darfur crime perpetrators.

    However, according to a reliable source I received from Jigjiga, the aim of Daud’s visit is create chaos and conflict among Ogadeni Diaspora in the United States. Interesting, this is Destabilizing peaceful communities in the United States.

  7. jeberti from north
    | #7

    yehe hodam yeejun yagegnal yemtana yayenal men endemenaderge. long live OGADEN ppl. God bless mama Ethiopia forever.

  8. Yeqoraw Kassa
    | #8

    He is not criminal. He is a hero, who did his natioal duty as an Ethiopian and Africa. ONLF is waging a war of secession using terroris methods. ONLF massacared 7 chinenese mine workers and many Ethiopians. ONLF serves the interests of foreing countries like Egypt and Europe/USA. We have to support eritrean Woyane when they fight secessionis forces. We have to oppose eritrean TPLF because it is against the strategic interest of Ethiopia. ONLF, OLF, Shaebya, EPPF are all anti-Ethiopia and have to be opposed and eliminate. If the job of elimination of secessionist forces could be done by the eritrean-TPLF in power, we have to support or at least not oppose their actions. Obong Metho is showing his true colurs. He is anti-Ethiopia and has to be seen as our enemy.

  9. Ethiopia
    | #9

    Ethiopia,

    Please tell us who to call and post the phone numbers of the authorities.

    I will keep exposing the crimes of this inhuman criminal. Death to Da’ud Mohamed Ali, Genocide Perpetrator.

  10. Hassan dibitaati
    | #10

    ogaden butcher should’t be allowed to visit USA AND CANADA in order to intimated those who got chance to escape the massacare of melez & his crime collaborators in generally in Ethiopia particularly in ogaden. thanks to all Ethiopians who love peace and democracy

  11. adel
    | #11

    release all political persioners
    http://eppfonline.org/index/

  12. Jama
    | #12

    He is worse than Hitler

    Criminal, monster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stop him from USA and Canada

  13. jj
    | #13

    Yeqoraw Kassa
    Go and get help my dear brother. It is natural to go insane after committing so much crime. If you can, visit psychologist if worse, go up a sky scrapper and take a dive.

  14. ogadeni
    | #14

    da,ud mohamed is criminal, he’s not wellcome in U.S.A

  15. alemu
    | #15

    we ethiopian must fight and destoy TPLF from the face of the earth. now it is a time to do it.
    http://96.30.29.245/Post/2009/10/01/video-interview-with-an-ethiopian-freedom-fighter

  16. 16
    | #16

    I am sure he is criminl,at moment he has arrested several peole.so let him come north America,He will sing in the prison like his Friend Mohamed (Indhabur)

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