Oromo communities around the world wrote on January 5, 2004, an appeal
different diplomatic missions and international organizations to
pressure the Ethiopian government to reverse the decision to evict
Oromo institutions from Finfinne. The letter was sent to the United
Nations Secretary General, European Union Delegation in Finfinne,
African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD),
United States Senate and House Committees on Foreign Relations,
and many diplomatic missions based in Finfinne. Below is a copy of the
letter addressed to the United States Embassy in Finfinne.
Subject: Appeal by Oromo Community around the World against the Forced
Eviction of Oromos and Oromo
Institutions from Finfinne (
We are writing to bring to your attention the political machinations of the Ethiopian government to illegally and forcefully evict Oromos and purge Oromo institutions from Finfinne, which was renamed Addis Ababa over a hundred years ago by the Amhara-Tigrean dominated Ethiopia’s political establishment.
constitute over half of the population in
About three years ago the Ethiopian government hatched a sinister plan, in utter disregard to the letter and spirit of this constitutional provision, to move the capital of Oromia from Finfinne to Adama. This decision is made by hand-picked officials of the Oromia Regional Government whose legitimacy comes from sham elections and the barrel of the gun. These officials, however illegitimate, did not arrive at this unprecedented decision on their own but under the constant pressure of the Ethiopian government. There is neither economic nor administrative benefit to move Oromia's capital city from Finfinne.
Oromo people did not have a say in this grave decision
that is bound to negatively affect its political, economic, social and
life for years to come. Furthermore, the
By forcing Oromo civil servants and their families to vacate Finfinne, the government is denying the state of Oromia its natural and inviolable right to its own territory and also ghettoizing the Oromo intelligentsia outside the capital to better control Oromia. This is indeed the footing to further marginalize the Oromo nation and keep its grievances away from the watchful eyes and ears of the diplomatic and international community based in the capital. This is especially worrisome in the light of the severe violation of human rights of the Oromo people by the Ethiopian government as reported by various human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch/Africa, the US State Department, Survival International, The Committee to Protect Journalists, The International Commission of Jurors, the Oromia Support Group, and the Ethiopian Human Rights Council.
Oromia and the Oromo nation are fortunate to have a number of African and international organizations’ offices and their diplomatic community in the midst of their land. This avails both the Oromo people and the diplomatic community in Finfinne a unique opportunity to work together now and in the future in tackling local, regional and international problems and in advancing understanding between peoples.
We hereby humbly request your assistance in putting every pressure in your power on the Ethiopian government and demand that it stop the illegal, forceful and malicious eviction of Oromos and Oromo institutions from Finfinne without the will of the Oromo people.
Oromo Community of
Oromo community organizations