Wednesday , June 16 2021

Wolaita supports Gurage Statehood in Ethiopia (Press Release: WCHR)

Press Release

After the Council of the Gurage Zone voted for the tendency of statehood (Kilil) for the people of Guragea, the corrupt People's Democratic Party of South Ethiopia (SEPDM) suddenly rejected its constitutional requirements. This unlawful action will trigger a more humanitarian crisis in southern Ethiopia. The Wolayta Human Rights Committee (WCHR) condemns this partial and dictatorial decision of the SEPDM to deny the people of Gurage; after the SEPDM Council had already approved the state of Sida less than three weeks ago. This is unfair, favouring and unconstitutional.

Although this action is strange to external observers, it is in line with the ruling regime's ruling regime in Sidamah, Havasi, which denied justice for hundreds of people from Wolaita who were burnt alive or were massacred by mafia in June 2018.

According to the Constitution, every nation, ethnicity and Ethiopian people has the right to self-determination and administration. Instead of continuing with the old TPLF tactics of dividing people by provoking Kebena, Silte, and other Guraga people among others, the ruling SEPDM party must apply the rule of law and give statehood to all ambitious people and respect the human rights of all Ethiopians in our multi-ethnic urban centers. Like the old TPLF tactics that shared Muslim Christian Oromos from the Muslim Oromos, the attempt by SEPDM Muferiat Kamil and pro-TPLF Silte cadres like Siraj Fegesse to exploit the dialect and religious diversity of the people who speak Gurage should be as soon as possible. Ignoring the religious conflict would lead to a more humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.

"Special Interest" Guragea over Adis Abeb

The WCHR also supports the application for the "Special Interest" of Gurage over Adis Abeb and Havas. This is in line with the Oromia-Addis presidency and previous practice. It would be unfair for the ruling party to deny Gurage's "special interest" to Addis Ababa after approving Oromi's "Special Interest" over Addis Ababa. The Wolaita Zone Council is also referred to its "special interests" over Havas due to the historical and economic role of the people of Wolaita in Havasi, as well as its large population in the city. Approval of the "special interests" of Wolaite over Hawaii will ease the xenophobic attacks that our people suffered in the city.

Similarly, the people of Gurage have a multi-dimensional economic, historical, political and social connection with Adis Abeb and the environment. In fact, the historical migration flows of Guragea in central Ethiopia and their settlement from the 8th century (Sultanates of Showa) predict the migration of Amhara from the 12th century and the migration of Oromo from the 16th century to the region. Over a million Gurages live in Addis Ababa and its surroundings today. The recent massacre in Burayu is a historical lesson for our country in order to end the sweetening and dehumanization of minorities in the urban regions of Ethiopia.

Just in 2018, nearly 2 million Ethiopians were displaced, and hundreds were killed due to misunderstandings and disputes with the current federal structure.

It is necessary that the governing party quickly approve the regional statehood and the special interests of the people of Wolaita and Guraga.

Whether the EPRDF allows Citizenship of Guraga and Wolaita, will be a measure of the legitimacy of the current multinational / ethnic federation. As recently reported by the media in Havasi, if the Ethiopian government forces Guraga to tell people to break down on the basis of dialects and religious divisions; then the regions of Amhara and Oromia must be separated as soon as possible.

If Gurage and Wolaita are not allowed to become independent regional states (with special interests), then all current regional states in Ethiopia must be dissolved right away until a new form of federalism is formed throughout the country.

Prime Minister Abhi Ahmed's office
SNNP Regional State Administration
Amnesty International (AI)
Human Rights Watch (HRW)

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