EU holds discussion on Ethiopian human rights in Ogaden and Kality Prison Ahmed Abdi European Parliament opened hearing about the Ogaden Human Rights
violations and the Ethiopian prisons in Addis Ababa. The hearing,which was invited
to participate in the Ogaden whistle-blower ,Abdullahi Hussein, and Swedish
Journalist,Martin Schibbye,was held on April 2nd by the group the progressive
Alliance of Socialist and Democrats in European Parliament and Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ).
“Ethiopia is one of the largest humanitarian and development aid receiver yet these
donations are used incorrectly and corruptly.Western governmental Organizations and
Western Embassies to Addis ababa ignored the stolen donations and humanitarian aid
that are being used as a political tool by the Ethiopian regime,which is contrary to
EU rules on the funding”,said Anna Gomes,MEP Head of international Unit party
Socialist democrat. Ahmed Abdi
Marita Ulvskog,MEP,in her part first thanked Abdullahi Hussein and Swedish
Journalist,Martin Schibbye speaking about the steps needed to be taken in order to
stop the human rights abuses that is being committed against Ethiopian and Ogaden
civilians,she said that the EU could use sanctions or words against Ethiopia or
follow up documents and information like the one provided by Abdullahi Hussein to
show the reality in the ground. Abdullahi Hussein,who is the former regional
Presidential adviser and head of the media in Ogaden presented a shocking footage
that changed the EU’s view towards Ethiopia.Abdullahi Hussein,who gained the title
of “brave man” and nominated of the prize of Sweden’s civil courage of the year
2014, “Antigone award”, after he had put himself at risk for smuggling out over 100
hours of footage from the Ogaden Province requested the EU to put their words into
action as the killing,gang-raping,and extrajudicial arresting still continues.
Speaking with Ogaden diaspora owned TV service of Ilaystv, Martin Schibbye stated
that in conjunction with Abdullahi Hussein their purpose to reset was to tell the
World what they had seen which is to fulfill a promise that he made to many people
from Ogaden region,but also their co-prisoners in Kality Prison of Addis
Ababa.Members of European Parliament,CPJ’s Jean Paul Marthoz and Human Rights’s
Leslie Lefkow have also explained the human rights situation in Ethiopia in details
to the EU Parliament.Anna Lindy,chair of the hearing, presented the human rights
situation in Ogaden and Ethiopia at the opening time of the session.