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Oromo Studies Association’s (OSA’s) Appeal Letter to the President of Addis Ababa University

Waldaa Qormaata Oromoo
P.O. Box 32391, Fridley, MN 55432

March 13, 2013


Open Letter to:
Dr. Admasu Tsegaye
President, Addis Ababa University
P.O.Box 1176
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 251 111 239705
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Dear President Admasu:

On behalf of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA), a scholarly organization that promotes studies relevant to the Oromo people, I am writing to protest the dismissal and suspension on February 21, 2013 of 33 Oromo students from Addis Ababa University (AAU). We understand from the press accounts that 1student was expelled, 7 students were barred from study for two years and 25 others similarly suspended for a period of one year. The action of the administration of AAU was reported to have been on the grounds that the students took part in a conflict between Tigrean and Oromo students at the beginning of January, instigated by a posting on the wall of the student dormitories denigrating the Oromo people. Now we learn that 22 other students are reported to have been dismissed from Ambo University on March 1, 2013, when Oromo students at that campus protested the treatment of Oromo students at AAU.

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