Your Excellencies,

 

We, the Ogaden Diaspora Communities,  are writing to draw your attention of the arrival [in the US and Europe] of perpetrators of crimes against humanity in the Ogaden Region. We are shocked and dismayed by US State Department’s decision to grant Visas to the following criminal whose crimes against humanity has been documented by human rights organizations. An article by the New York Times in 2007 described the situation in the Ogaden as a “widespread and longstanding reign of terror, with Ethiopian soldiers gang-raping women, burning down huts and killing civilians at will.” The individuals that arrived in the US and Europe have all been implicated in these killings. Among them:

•    Mr. Dau’d Mohamed, Current President of Somali Region (Ogaden), and former Deputy Chairperson of the Somali Peoples Democratic Party (SPDP). Mr. Mohamed has been implicated in most of the killings in the Ogaden.

•    Mr. Abdi Mohamed Omar, Head of regional Security Bureau. Mr. Omar has ordered hundreds of innocent people to be executed by his terrifying militia without trial. Hundreds of prisoners disappeared which had been killed for sure and thousands are in the infamous prisons and facing daily torture. He used to call on the prison in the night time where he sexually assaulted inmate women and beat them to extract information. The sight of him in jails in mid night is feared for either someone will be killed or raped or beating up the prisoners is a commonplace.

•    Mr. Abdifatah Sheikh Abdullahi, Head of the Somali Peoples Democratic Party (SPDP), the party that is a front for the EPRDF iron rule in the Ogaden. Mr. Abdifatah  is behind the massacre of 50 people in Moyaha at the beginning of this year and has been an active member of implementing the War crimes policies in the Ogaden.

We are deeply concerned by the fact that individuals who committed crimes against humanity are being rewarded with Visas to come to Western countries. We are also extremely concerned with the ongoing and widespread violations of human rights in the Ogaden, specifically the right to life, the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the right to liberty and security, the right to a fair trial and the rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression

Recommendations:
•    We ask all parties concerned with human rights to immediately issue a statement admonishing these individuals.
•    We request that US State Department cancel their visas and immediately and bring these individuals to justice.

Truly Yours,