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 […]

IOLA Statement regarding the ‘orchestrated’ displacement and killing at the Oromia – Somali Boarder, Ethiopia

The International Oromo Lawyers Association is deeply disturbed by the event surrounding the conflict between residents of the Oromia and Somali regions of Ethiopia as a result of which hundreds were killed, tortured or maimed, and more than 700,000 Oromos were displaced permanently. According to the information available to us, it is widely believed that […]

Statement of International Oromo Lawyers Association In Commemoration Of Irrecha Massacre.

It is one year ago that the world witnessed the naked brutality of the TPLF-led Ethiopian regime, when it carried out a large scale massacre against the Oromo people gathered at the annual thanks-giving festival – Ireecha, in Bishoftu, some 45 kilometers, south of the capital.   According to reliable information, close to 1000 civilians […]

International Oromo Lawyers Association (IOLA) Regarding the arrest of Professor Merera Gudina.

The International Oromo Lawyers Association (IOLA) expresses its deepest concern over the detention of prominent Oromo/Ethiopian opposition leader professor Merera Gudina, a Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and Vice-Chairman of the Coalition of Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (MEDREK)).   The Ethiopian government detained prof. Gudina, upon his arrival from Europe where he […]

OLA’s Observations of the Oromo Conference for National Consensus Held in London from 22 – 23 October, 2016.

Oromo Political and Civic Society Organizations, Oromo media and human rights activists as well as individuals coming from different parts of the world and participating in the two day “London Oromo Conference for National Consensus” hereinafter, the Conference, organized by International Oromo Lawyers Association – IOLA, in close cooperation with Oromo Community in the United […]