Urgent Media Release
Ethio-American Muslim Ad-Hoc committee
Contact: Sadik Ahmed, Public Relations
E.Mail: [email protected]
No to Violations of Ethiopian Muslims Right by the Ethiopian Government!
We, the Ethiopian/American Muslim Community in the Washington Metropolitan Area, are gravely concerned about the Ethiopian government’s interference in Ethiopian Muslims’ religious affairs by imposing a religious sect of its choice.
According to different media outlets and Ethiopian government officials, the government sponsored Lebanese and Syrian nationals who are alien to Ethiopian Muslims’ religious cultures and ways of life started the indoctrination of the Muslim populace with the choice of theology of the government’s like. Lately, the violation of Ethiopian Muslims’ religious rights intensified in most public spheres. Officials who work closely with the government informed the media in Ethiopia about the plan to train (indoctrinate) close to 30,000 imams throughout the country by violating its own constitution as a secular government and forcing students and their parents sign documents agreeing not to wear the religiously mandated head scarf (Hijab) or perform the religiously mandated prayers even though the official stated policy permits them to do so. As part of this plan of intimidation, the government announced the arrest of over 500 Muslims religious leaders and activist in the town of Assandabo in Oromia region. || Read more