Press Statement on the outcome IOLA organized Oromo Conference for National Consensus

 International Oromo Lawyers Association, IOLA, hereby announces the successful completion of   the conference it hosted under the title of “Oromo Conference for National Consensus” from October 22 – 23, 2016 in the city of London, UK. The participants of the conference included various Oromo political Organizations, Civic society and as well as Oromo individuals from all over the world.

On the conference, delegates of Oromo Political Organizations, representatives of the civic organizations and contributors discussed on a range of issues surrounding the dire political situation in Oromia and the need to deliver more unified and robust political leadership. The need for unity and collaboration among Oromo political organization has been discussed in depth. Both the audience and representatives of political organizations not only emphasized about the need of such unity and collaboration but also unanimously agreed to keep working hard on it. 

On this conference, unexpected number of Oromos residing in different parts of the world turned up to attend and took active part in sometimes heated debates and discussions following presentations by the participating political organizations, activists and experts.

The unanimous demand from the public coincided with the ongoing undertakings by some of the participating political organizations which already began to forge coalition for collaboration and unity. As such the seven Oromo political organizations which took part in the conference have agreed to a Conclusion containing sets of commitments and ways forward.

Given the high need for further discussion on the ongoing Oromo resistance racking the very foundation of the current one party state in Ethiopia, and the indispensability of robust discussion and  planning for the post TPLF/EPRDF period, IOLA premises to continue with its efforts to organize similar forums whereby political organization, scholars and activists shall chart out their vision for the future of Oromia and on how to work with other peoples, nations and nationalities in Ethiopia, and with the international community.

October 25, 2016

London, UK

Executive Board of International Oromo Lawyers Association – IOLA

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