A petition to get the new PM of Ethiopia —Dr Abiy Ahmed — to pay attention to the need of the non Afan-Oromo speaking communities living in the Oromia regional state of Ethiopia is underway.
In what a number of activists call a double standard as well as an outright deprivation of the human rights of the non Afan-Oromo speaking communities living in the Oromia regional state enforced since 1991, Ethiopians living in Nazreth, Debreziet, Jimma and other cities are suffering from a draconian induced marginalization.
The majority of the residents in Nazreth, Jimma and Debreziet — who from time memorial are non-ethnic Oromo and have Amharic as their first , or the most convenient language — are deprived of their linguistic rights which includes, among others, the right to one's own language in legal, administrative , judicial acts, language education, and media in a language understood and freely chosen by those concerned.
Linguistic rights in international law are usually dealt in the broader framework of cultural and educational rights.
Important documents for linguistic rights include the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights(1996), the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (1992), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities(1988), as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966).
Residents in the aforementioned cities are asking that their rights get restored so that they could enjoy their full civic rights in the city they were born.
If such proven gross transgression of human rights by draconian design is pitched to the UN, ICC, EU and US , then the regime would automatically get sanctioned unless the perpetrators are brought to justice , and the rights taken since 1991 get restored.
One thing is imperative that the current leadership of the Oromia regional state — OPDO — respond to the causes of the Amharic speaking civic nationals which haven’t only been living in the state befor the creation of ‘ the Oromia regional state” but also founded those cities from time memorial, according to historical information recorded.