The Political Assassination of Mr. Haacaaluu Hundeessaa

July 23, 2020 Re: The Political Assassination of Mr. Haacaaluu Hundeessaa We at the International Oromo Lawyers’ Association (IOLA) were shocked to hear of the assassination of our brother Haacaaluu Hundeessaa and would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and admirers, as well as to the Oromo nation at large.   Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was an iconic Oromo artist and […]

Oromo Lawyers Association Letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee 07/19/2020

July 19, 2020 The Nobel FoundationP.O. Box 5232, SE-102 45 Stockholm, SwedenStreet address: Sturegatan 14, StockholmTel: +46 (0)8 663 09 20 Fax: +46 (0)8 660 38 47 E-Mail: Re: PM Mr. Abiy Ahmed  Dear Norwegian Nobel Committee,  Ethiopia, under your Nobel Laureate, Mr. Abiy Ahmed, is on the precipice of an all-out war laced […]


MARCH 20TH , 2020THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF ETHIOPIA Tel.: +251 111 226 767 | Fax: +251 111 226 292 P.O. Box: 1031 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Email: Lorenzo Te’azaz RoadTHE POPULATION IN WESTERN OROMIA DESERVE FREEDOM OF INFORMATIONDear PM Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali,It has been more than a year since Western Oromia, […]

Call for Paper – AGM of IOLA 2018

The International Oromo Lawyers Association – IOLA, will hold its Annual Conference on 3rd of August 2018 in Washington DC. This year’s theme of the Meeting will be – Federalism and National Question in the Ethiopian context. IOLA is soliciting for analytical papers to be presented at the Meeting. Potential presenters may choose one of […]

IOLA Press Release regarding Human rights and UNHRC effort in Ethiopia

The International Oromo Lawyers Association – IOLA, would like to commend the Ethiopian government for its initiative to invite the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – UN HCHCR, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to Ethiopia for an official visit. In the past, the Ethiopian government categorically refused to allow the High Commissioner and […]

London- II – Oromo Conference on National Consensus

The prevailing situation in Ethiopia in general and Oromia, in particular, has reached an alarming level, moving from bad to worse. The widespread killing and arbitrary arrest continue in all parts of the region. Following the Declaration of State of Emergency, which in fact, is a Declaration of Martial Law, the government deployed national defense […]

IOLA welcomes the decision by the Ethiopian government to release ALL political prisoners

The International Oromo Lawyers Association (IOLA) welcomes the decision by the Ethiopian government to release ALL political prisoners, and the subsequent release of the first butch of 150 political prisoners from different prisons nation-wide. Because the government was denying that there were political prisoners in the country, and refused for years to allow the United […]