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ORA-UK: Urgent Appeal regarding Oromo Refugees in Egypt

Posted by oromorefugees_egypt on June 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Your Excellency Hisham Mohamed Qandel

Prime Minister of Egypt

Magles El-Shaab St., Kasr Aini St. Cairo

14 June 2013


Re: Oromo Refugees in Egypt


I write on behalf of the Oromo Relief Association UK, for which I am the Office Coordinator in London. The Oromo Relief Association (ORA) is a legally registered non-profit and an indigenous Oromo humanitarian organization, working with refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people in the Horn of Africa.


We, members of the Oromo Relief Association in the United Kingdom, are very much concerned about the safety of Oromo refugees and asylum seekers, at our Management Committee meeting yesterday evening, it was decided that I should write expressing our concern regarding the recent upsurge in hostility against Oromo refugees from Ethiopia in Cairo.


Refugees from Ethiopia are fleeing from horrendous human rights abuses because of their real and perceived opposition to the EPRDF government. These abuses have been regularly documented by the Oromia Support Group (see, for example, the recently published information given at interview by 60 refugees in South Africa – http://www.oromo.org/OSG/pr_49.pdf). We would like to point out that, the Oromo asylum seekers flee from their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of persecution by the Ethiopian authorities, because of their nationality, or political affiliation to an opposition group. They are not economic migrants or a threat to any country’s security.


The Oromo people, who have been targeted in recent xenophobic attacks in Cairo, bear no enmity or ill feeling to the people of Egypt. We are convinced that if they are returned to Ethiopia at this time, their lives will be in considerable danger. We must emphasize that they will not have access to meaningful legal representation or a fair court hearing. The Ethiopian government will not allow the legal system to represent the interests of deportees or protect them from physical harm whilst in custody.


In the circumstance we strongly appeal to you to use your influence, to bring pressure to bear on concerned local authorities and community leaders to protect Oromo refugees in the country.


Refugees in Egypt are very grateful for the sanctuary they have been given there. The kindness shown to them is a good investment for future peace in north and northeast Africa. It is unfair that they should be targets for abuse by elements in Egypt as well as targets for abuse in their own country.


Please do what you can to ease the hostility in Egypt by sections of the population and by the health and security services against Oromo community in Egypt


Many thanks for your kind consideration.


Yours sincerely,


Leenca Aba-Gero

Office Coordinator

Oromo Relief Association UK




Mr. Antonio Guterres

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Case Postale 2500

CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt Suisse.

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]


His Excellency Mohamed Kamel Amr

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Masbero-Kornish El Nile St. Cairo


His Excellency Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Mostafa

Minister of Interior Affairs

El Sheikh Rihan St. Cairo, Postal Code 11641


His Excellency Ambassador

British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

7 Ahmed Rageb Street

Garden City, Cairo

Phone: (002) (02) 27916000

Fax: (002) (02) 2791 6130

Email: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of United States in Cairo, Egypt

8 Kamal el-Din Salah Street,

Garden City, Cairo, Egypt

Phone: [20] [2] 797-3300

Email: [email protected]


Mr. Bekele Geleta

International Federation of Red Cross

and Red Crescent Societies

P.O. Box 372

CH-1211 Geneva 19


Email: [email protected]


UNHCR Cairo: E-mail Address: – [email protected]

UNHCR Regional Representative – Mr. Mohamed Dayri, E-mail: [email protected]

Deputy Regional Represetative – Mrs. Elizabeth Tan, E-mail: [email protected]


Africa and Middle-East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), E-mail: [email protected]


AMERA- Egypt Regional Director – Hesham Issa, E-mail: [email protected]


International Organization for Migration (IOM), E-mail: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador

The Australian Embassy in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

Phone: +20 2 2770 6600

Fax: +20 2 2770 6650

Email: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of Canada in Cairo, Egypt

26 Kamel El Shenawy St., Garden City

Cairo, Egypt

Phone: (011 20 2) 2791-8700

Fax: (011 20 2) 2791-8860

Email: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador

German Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

Embassy of Germany in Cairo, Egypt

2, Sh. Hassan Sabri


Phone: (00202) 739-9600

Fax: (00202) 736-0530

Email: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

8 El Gezirah Street


City: Cairo

Phone: +20 2 2735 8046 / 2735 3340 / 2736 3955

Fax: +202 7370709

Website: http://www.norway-egypt.org/

Email: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador

Embassy of Sweden in Cairo, Egypt

13, Mohamed Mahzar Street

Zamalek, Cairo

Postal Address: P.O. Box 131

112 11 Zamalek

Cairo, Egypt

City: Cairo

Phone: +20 (2) 728 9200

Fax: +20 (2) 735 4357

Email: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador

Royal Netherlands Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

18, Hassan Sabri

11211 Zamalek

Phone: +20 2 2739 5500

Fax: +20 2 2736 5249

Email: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador

New Zealand Embassy Cairo, Egypt

8th floor, North Tower, Nile City building, 2005c Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac,

Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: +202 2461 6000

Facsimile: +202 2461 6099

Email: [email protected]


His Excellency Ambassador,


Tel.: +20 2 2736 3722, Fax. +20 2 2737 1376

E-mail: [email protected]

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