Ethiopian-American Muslim Community in the Washington Metropolitan Area Will Commemorate the Year Long Anniversary of the Peaceful Ethiopian Muslims Movement for Religious Freedom, Equality and Justice in Ethiopia.

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The Ethiopian-American Muslims of the Washington metropolitan area announces its plan to of public gathering on January 26, 2013. The gathering is to show our support to the peaceful struggle of the Muslims in Ethiopia as well as a condemnation of the violent government repression against them.

(PRWEB) January 26, 2013

The Ethiopian-American Muslim community in the Washington metropolitan area is dismayed with what is taking place in Ethiopia regarding outright violation of the basic human right of its citizenry. The yearlong peaceful demands of Ethiopian Muslims had been ignored but in fact the government had chosen more repression as an answer to their demands.

According to the reports of the US Council on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) dated November 8, 2012, it reported that it is deeply concerned about the increasing deterioration of religious freedoms for Muslims in Ethiopia. It reported that since July 2011, the Ethiopian government has sought to force a change in the sect of Islam practiced nationwide and has punished clergy and laity who have resisted. The report continued to say that Muslims throughout Ethiopia have been arrested during peaceful protests: On October 29, the Ethiopia government charged 29 protestors with terrorism and attempting to establish an Islamic state. “These charges are only the latest and most concerning attempt by the Ethiopian government to crush opposition to its efforts to control the practice of religion by imposing on Ethiopian Muslims a specific interpretation of Islam,” said USCIRF Commissioner Azizah al-Hibri. “The individuals charged were among tens of thousands peacefully protesting the government’s violations of international standards and their constitutional right to religious freedom. The Ethiopian government should cease interfering in the internal affairs of its Muslim community and immediately and unconditionally release those wrongfully imprisoned.”

Other news outlets such as VOA, Al-Jazeera, ESAT and many other international media had reported the abuses of Ethiopian Government and its total disregard to the basic human rights of its citizens. Tens are killed and thousands are incarcerated for merely rejecting the government’s attempt to impose a religion of its own on the Muslims.

Therefore, the Ethiopian-American Muslims of the Washington metropolitan area announces its plan for public gathering to commemorate and show our solidarity with Ethiopian Muslims on January 26, 2013. The public gathering will focus on the yearlong peaceful movement by having guest speakers, video presentations, and other activities.
Links about the Muslims struggle:

http://www.uscirf.gov/news-room/press-release

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AFR25/016/2012/en/17ccd118-26bf-447a-a875-42df354ce753/afr250162012en.pdf

http://www.ethiotube.net/video/19719/List-of-people-killed-and-detained-in-Arsi-zone-Assassa-town

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/africa/456710-ethiopia-muslims-decry-ahbashism-campaign.html

http://www.ethsat.com/

Join the public gathering in support of the oppressed and against the Ethiopian government:
Place: TC William High School
3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
Date: January 26, 2013
Time: 3:30 pm till 9:00 pm

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