The Rulers of Ethiopia Should Face Justice for Crimes They Committed Against Amharas in Ethiopia BY: Zelalem Abate

April 19th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

One may ask why rulers commit genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing on the very people they rule. Although nothing would justify, heinous rulers always provide bizarre and incomprehensible justifications. The tyrants in Ethiopia, for example, say Amharas were evicted because they cut trees. For them cutting trees is enough reason to commit ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. As the world knows, these kinds of despicable crimes have been committed in Rwanda, Liberia, Sudan, Ethiopia and other countries. The star actors of genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda, Liberia and Sudan are already facing justice. The tribal and racist-primitive rulers who have been committing ethnic cleansing and crimes against Amharic speaking people (the Amharas) for the last 22 years in Ethiopia are still leaving lavish lives at the expense of the resources of their victims-the Amharas.

Would you please listen to these verses, Emama Ethiopia?

“My country, Ethiopia
You are fool, deceivable
You feed your murderers
While you starve your martyrs!”

No single spot exists in the mountains, plains, low lands, deserts, jungles, rivers and lakes, where Amharas did not spill their blood to protect the national integrity and sovereignty of Ethiopia. A lot has been said about the battle of Maqdala, Adwa, Mychew, and The Five-Year War with Facist where Amharas gave their chest for bullets and their whole body for mustard gas in order to transfer a proud and free country to us. Let’s just gaze at the very near past. It was the Amhara peasants who broke the back bone of invader Siad Barre. It was the Amhara militia who protected our natural sea ports until mama Ethiopia’s neck and breasts were butchered by her traitor children. What is the gladiator Amhara getting in return now? Systematic discrimination, frequent eviction, endless displacement, repeated ethnic cleansing, chronic crime against humanity, and genocide?

One of the leading Ethiopian online news papers on Ethiopian affairs, Ethiomedia, covered on its March 17, 2013 front page, that 59 uprooted Amharas were killed by car accident in Benishngul Gumuz, western Ethiopia while they were forcefully evicted after their property was confiscated. [1] Similarly the Ethiopian Satellite Television, an independent news outlet, reported that more than 3, 000 people were evicted from Benishangul area. [2] These crimes were also discussed in the Voice of America Amharic program. [3] The evicted people and the deaths include children and pregnant women. Mind you, the victims only crime was being born Amhara. Dr. Yakob Hailemariam, one of the Lawyers who investigated the Rwandan Genocide, call this act of the TPLF lead government ethnic cleansing. [4]

In this 21st century human traits such as age, gender, and ethnicity are protected human characters. In civilized societies (at least in theories), discriminating based on these protected traits is illegal and immoral. However, concepts such as legality and morality are not found in the dictionaries of the barbaric tribal rulers of Ethiopia. Unfortunately, the ruling party’s fundamental policy in Ethiopia dictates cadres to organize people based on ethnicity and the language they speak. Furthermore, this backward policy (The Wild-animals’ law as the distinguished scholar professor Mesfin woldemariam calls it)promotes the different ethnic groups to discriminate each other based on human nature such as race, language, religion and so on. The Amharas, who are mainly against this uncivilized jungle law, have been the prime victims of this brutal and retarded policy since the racist Tigrai People Libration Front (TPLF) took power through a Trojan horse- the Ethiopian Democratic Libration Front (EPRDF).

The Amharas are the second largest ethnic group in the country. Some, in fact, argue that Amhara could be the largest group in the nation if counted in unbiased manner. Ancient and modern history teaches that this population group existed with other ethnic groups in Ethiopia and the surrounding East African countries since humans started to live as society on this earth. However, the Amharas have never claimed certain regions of Ethiopia as their own sole state. Unfortunately, TPLF created a segregated area called Amhara killil (Killil -a local term for segregation) for these groups of people.

Many including former members of TPLF have stated that TPLF leaders have been labeling the Amharic speaking people as their enemies since they organized themselves as communist Guerilla fighters in the early 70’s. [5] The crimes committed against Amharic speaking people since this rebel group (formerly labeled as terrorist group by USA) took power are the practical applications of this former communist Guerilla fighters’ racist-jungle manifesto.

As mentioned above, systematic discrimination of Amhara has been on the making for more than two decades. As soon as the TPLF took power in 1991, it cleansed more than 42 intellectuals (almost all of them Amharas) from the teaching positions at Addis Ababa University. [6] It established a unique and effective contraception programs in the Amhara communities to reduce the number of births. No sane Amharic Speaking individual with viable conscience is allowed to take key positions in the government. Those individuals who claim to represent the Amharas in the government are either non-Amharas or Amharas who sell out their soul and conscience to money and other ephemeral advantages.

About two years after the TPLF took power, thousands of Amharic speaking people including women and children were massacred in the eastern part of the country called Bedeno. [7] It needs an outstanding historical film maker to document how these unfortunate people were thrown away from the top of the cliff as high as 100 meters. It takes Schindler’s List film director to document the suffering of the children of these victims. It takes the skill of a horror film maker to produce how women were repeatedly raped in front of their husbands during this crime against humanity. Similar crimes have been committed against Amharic speaking people in Central, Southern, Western and Northern Ethiopia. Such kinds of atrocities were relatively abated by the formation of the All Amhara People Organization. Unfortunately, this organization’s leader, Professor Asrat (the first surgeon in the country), was incarcerated and died because he was denied access to medical care by TPLF lead government.

As a continuation of “cleanse the Amharas motto”, thousands of Amharic speaking people were forced to leave from Gura Ferda (southern Ethiopia) in 2012. [8] These unfortunate people were forced to leave their houses and other property behind and no one really knows who exactly has robbed their possessions. Many have suffered and died during this disgraceful ethnic cleansing. Only God and the victims know about what happen to the cleansed victims who are not dead at this point. The officials who systematically conducted theses dreadful crimes still hold higher positions in the States and Federal Government. Such is the case in the current Ethiopia-you commit wicked crime, you get promotion.

Besides being forcefully evicted from their homes at the different regions of the country, Amharas also roam to different parts of the world even to the failed state Somalia to escape the systematic discrimination and ethnic cleansing. During this mass migration, Amharas die every day in hundreds from various causes such as flood, wild animals, hunger, diseases, etc. Still among those who are able to escape and live in the foreign land, many die of slavery and suicide.

In summary, Amharas were not born Amharas by choice. Their ethnicity or language is their protected identity. Above all, the evicted Amharas fathers’ and forefathers’ have spilled their blood in every corner of Ethiopia to defend the sovereignty and pride of our nation. The land currently cultivated by Indian, Chines and Arab traders is enriched with Amhara’s blood and flesh. Despite this glorious history of their ancestors, Amharas have been discriminated and cleansed by TPLF lead government which is composed of disloyal and treacherous individuals who sold out our sea access and fertile land. This act of the narrow-minded TPLF government is not just totally immoral but absolute crime that should not happen in 6000 BC let alone in 21st century. If the TPLF lead rulers continue the ethnic cleansing of Amharic speaking people with this rate, Amharas will be endangered species in the near future. Therefore, those people who have direct or indirect participation in systematic discrimination, evicting, and ethnic cleansing of the Amharas or any other ethnic group should face justice as soon as possible. Lawyers and Judges (especially of Ethiopian origin) have professional, moral, ethical, historical and national responsibility to force these horrendous criminals face justice.

End Notes

1. Ethiomedia :
2.Ethiopian Satellite Television
3.Eneman Neberu,
4.Scholar accuses Ethiopian authorities of “ethnic cleansing, Ethiomedia,
5.Ethiopian Review:
6.Ethiopia; Status of Amharas:
7.The Bedeno – EthioLion;
8.Ethiopian Review:

  1. Work
    | #1

    We must study hard more and more,what is the root cause,even there is no strong reason what amhara mean,is based on ethnic,launguge,religion or based on geography?pleas firstly we must ….

  2. Ketema
    | #2

    You know why this is happening? It the blood of the poor which is crying! The hate disseminated by feudal Amhara! Looking all ethnic group especially Oromo and southerners as non human! I don’t support what is going on, but it is that cruel did of your father( during and before the time H/Silase) Sorry

  3. aha!
    | #3

    Yes,the massacre and/or the ethnic cleansing aspect along those with the Annuak and the Afar tribes need to be looked at by the international court, since the peaceful struggle for political and economic freed of the individuals to super-cede ethnic and secessionist rights to restore Ethipian Nationalism, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ethiopia to establish a truly democratic government with independent executive, parliament, and judiciary and party alignments devoid of ethnic agenda capable of presiding over humanitarian, economic political and environmental crises perpetrated by the TPLF/eprdf regime along with ending party alignments along ethnic lines followed by ratification of the constitution with respect to Article 2, the flag, Article 46, ethnic federalism, “(ethnic homeland- the killil)”. The focus a priori should be on dismantling the ideologies of ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism built into the constitution and democracy and justice are a by product of the constitution based on individual rights ahead of of ethnic and secessionist rights, thus eliminating ethnic minority or majority rule as projected in OPDO/Medrek/EFDF/fdre and ODF, maintaining ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism.

    Any party/faction with its supporters can not have it both ways or campaign with the subset of the national agenda to bring about a radical change through a non violent uprising for freedom, liberty and equality of the individuals to super-cede ethnic and secessionist rights to establish a democratic government of one nation that maintains freedom of the individuals and its country with one official language and other languages and cultures, religions to develop freely and the individual moves and settles freely as owner of property anywhere in Ethiopia.

  4. aha!
    | #4

    Therefore “the rulers of Ethiopia”, the TPLF/eprdf regime not only be brought justice but also be denied of the ideologies of ethnic federalism “(ethnic homeland-the killil)”, secessionism and totaliarinism, as it relates to property ownership anywhere in Ethiopia in the constitution and party alignment along ethnic lines, which gives precedence of ethnic and secessionist rights ahead of individual rights in which ethnocracy (ethnic rule, minority or majority) prevails over democracy, a rule by the people, for the people and of the people. For that to happen, opposition parties with ethnic agenda have to coalesce over the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians with strategies to achieve those goals, rather than aligning themselves with the TPLF/eprdf regime with ethnic agenda and yet campaigning for democracy and justice.

  5. aha!
    | #5

    The current rulers of Ethiopia composed of ex-liberation fronts and the newly formed secessionist fronts of mainly OLF and ONLF do not conform to the ideology of Ethiopia as one Nation indivisible under God with liberties and justice for all, irrespective ethnicity, religion and gender, where individual freedom, liberty and equality have precedence over ethnic and secessionist right, where Ethiopiawinet comes before ethnicity, without compromising ones citizenship to Ethiopia with the national agenda/goals for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item refers to individual freedom, liberty and equality of the individual to have precedence over ethnic and secessionist rights.

    This ideology is in direct contrast to the current set up of the TPLF/eprdf regime of ethnic federalism “(ethnic homelands-the Killil), secessionism and totaliarnism, the last of which is carry over from the Derg regime and its own totalitarian inclination, supper imposed by the exploitation, economic, political strangle hold of TPLF/political, TPLF/EFFORT, TPLF affiliated enterprises, cadres, foreign non-humanitarian aid, and the initial manifesto of TPLF-declaration of breaking the backbone of the Amara ethnic group and the orthodox, the of literary and religious culture and the vanguard of Ethiopian territorial integrity, freedom of the country and its people and the flag represented in the above conceptual mathematical model with seven dependent variables.

    Under the existing scenario for the last 21 years, there two political forces in operation namely, the negative forces of integration with ethnic agenda, including TPLF/eprdf, the current rulers dominated by minority ethnic group and its mirror image OPDM/Medrek/EFDF/fdre, now ODF, dominated by the majority ethnic group and the positive forces of integration with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

    TPLF/eprdf, a regime composed of ex-liberation fronts spear headed by TPLF in the struggle against oppression of nations and nationalities by the previous regime of colonialist Ethiopia, as opposed to a struggle by the revolutionary movements for class struggle for land reform and workers rights, a call for individual freedom and social/liberal democracy, I presume, where democracy here has its true meaning of the people for the people and the people, people’s government.

    Therefore, to save Ethiopia from disintegration, the opposition parties who were in and out of the parliament and the others with national agenda and subset of the national agenda looking in need to unite over the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians to tip the balance away from the disintegrative forces to restore individual freedom over ethnic and secessionist rights, as the center piece of the constitution, to restore the original provincial boundaries of Ethiopia, ratify the constitution with respect to Article 2, the flag, Article 46 with respect ethnic federalism “(ethnic homelands-the killil)”, a prelude to secessionism and future boundary conflicts, Article 39 (1) with respect to secession up to independence, a pre-text to armed struggle to secede, Article 8 with respect to the question of the sovereignty and Ethiopia.

  6. Anonymous
    | #6


  7. aha!
    | #7

    Although uniting over the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians are the only alternative goals to save Ethiopia from disintegration, common strategies are required to achieve those goals as a scientific problem solving method to attain freedom of the individuals and the country, restore Ethiopian Nationalism, the sovereignty of Ethiopia and restore its national flag.

  8. umdda
    | #8

    The plan of hurting thousands of Amaras had been laid out by the robbers who were descendants of Bandas and Askaris that had been transformed into tenuous dust in the grave below that of their dead Italian Masters in the land that they are now ruling under the barrel of gun.

    Meles Zenawi,the dead robber and one of the dedicated bandas and mercinaries,quiet and lonesome in his dark grave has already transformed into fine,dark dust.Simply because Meles Zenawi is dead does not mean that he immune to standing trial and face the justice;well,dead or alive,Zenawi will face punishment while in his humongous casket.Worse,worse Hailemariam Deslagn’s fate is as worse as Sibhat Nega’s and Barakat Simon’s, as it will be the rest of the robber who are either dead or alive.

  9. aha!
    | #9

    Please Consider this note as an insert between #4 and #5 as way of defining the problem before the solution presented in subsequent commentary. Let the elites in those camps with ethnic agenda in collaboration with those with the subset of national agenda for democracy and justice ponder over it.

    The construction of political models to accommodate the various political parties and/or factions in terms of their alignments along ethnic agenda: namely ethnic rights, human right a common denominator to all parties and factions, democracy and justice in a coalition with UDJP with a subset of the national agenda, known as OPDF/Medrek/EFDF/fdre, a mirror image of the TPLF/eprdf regime (Yelfiwos Wondaya Beyan) in his article in Ethiolion .com and my own assessment, which is different to the alignment of parties with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item refers to individual freedom, liberty and equality have precedence over ethnic and secessionist rights as a pre condition to establishing democracy, free market capitalism with private ownership of lands by individuals anywhere in Ethiopia, reset to the original provincial boundaries, rather than ethnic federalism “(ethnic homelands-the killil), defines the political parties and/or the armed factions.

    Parralel to that, the construction of a conceptual mathematical model that defines/reflects the cause effect relationship of ethnic federalism “(ethnic homelands the Killil), secessionism and totaliarinism built into the constitution, exploitation, political, ecomomic stranlge hold of the country’s resources by TPLF/political the Orthodox Church, TPLF/EFFORT/ TPLF affiliated enterprises , cadres foreign corporations and non-humanitarian foreign aid and corporations, together with the lack of independent branches of government and declaration in TPLF manifesto to incapacitate of the Amhara ethnic group and the Orthodox Church as the vanguard of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ethiopia along with all ethnic groups and the source of Ethiopian literary and religious culture as a function of the dependent variables of:

    X1 (individual freedom, liberty and equality to supper cede ethnic and secessionist rights, free market capitalism and democracy) + X2 (humanitarian, economic, political and environmental crises (Binayam Mengesha, ESAT News, et al) + X3 (genocide and /or ethnic cleansing of the Amhara ethnic group at Bedeno, Arba Gigu, at wollo and Gondar, Graferda, Maji, the annuak’s in Gambella and Ben Shangul Gumuz and the Afar in the Afar in the Rift valley, together with ethnic displacements in Gambella and other “ethnic homelands” to make way for foreign corporations) + X4 (demolishing residential neighbor hoods in the pretext of urban development) + X5 (Unmitigated drought and flood incidences by irrigated farming system and afforestation and revitalizing the water catchment basins in the highlands of Ethiopia + X6 (Corruption, out flow of non-humanitarian foreign aid funds and stashing away of capital in foreign banks in foreign currency) X7(replacement of government workers, security forces, military high ranking officers with TPLF cadres in addition to laying off the National Army, Air Force of the Derg regime) X8(massive immigration of elites and
    others for a better life and employment) + X9 (using Anti-terrorism Law, derived from the current constitution as pretext to arrest to falsely arrest Journalist for reporting their observations and politicians for expressing their political opinions of the TPLF/eprdf regime, to say the least the charge is that of terrorism).

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