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ABOUT US

Oromo-American Citizens Council (OACC) is a Minnesota non-profit organization established and functioning since 2002. We are made up of Oromo-Americans and others who are concerned about Oromo issues. Among others, we advocate for equal rights of Oromos in Ethiopia, expose human rights violations, and help initiate dialogue and reconciliation among various Ethiopian groups.

A, OACC activities Conducting public policy advocacy; B) Promoting awareness and strengthening the involvement of the Oromo-American community in the American political system through voter education and registration programs.

Accomplishments to Date Since its formation in 2002,

OACC has worked continuously to strengthen the voice of the Oromo Community of the Twin Cities through our education and advocacy efforts. • Since 2002, OACC has met with numerous US political officials to introduce them to the fundamental issues surrounding the Oromo people, such as human rights violations in Ethiopia, the plight of Oromo refugees in the neighboring countries, the widespread HIV/AIDS epidemic in Oromia, and other social and political problems that the Oromo people face on a daily basis. OACC continues to work with state and federal elected officials and other humanitarian organizations to increase awareness about Oromo issues and gain their support for American foreign policy to improve political, economic and social conditions for Oromo people.

Accomplishments

USA_SenateOACC worked with senator Colman and McCain to secure resolution 2005 Ethiopia Must held free and Fare election US Senate resolution. OACC facilitated Meeting Senator Colman with Oromo-American leaders regarding the relocation of capital city of Oromia and other human right issues.  OACC worked U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on H. R. 2003 (the Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007 Senator Russell D. Feingold, Chairman U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs. This bill discusses support to Ethiopia but also enables the U.S. government to withhold aid to the country unless it engages in human rights reforms including increased freedom of press, the release of political prisoners and independence of the judiciary. It also enforces a travel ban to the U.S. on Ethiopian officials and security personnel involved in human rights abuses.  Click Here to see H.R. 2003

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IIn 2005, OACC cooperated with the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights to conduct a fact-finding study that interviewed Oromo immigrants about human rights abuses of Oromos in Ethiopia, with the goal of raising awareness and providing information and advocating to improve the human rights situation in Ethiopia. The results of this major study were published in 2006. ( Ethiopian Human rights in the Eye of Oromo Diaspora) www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/…/oromo_report_2009_color.pdf

OACC also  involved in Conducting public policy advocacy;  Promoting awareness and strengthening the involvement of the Oromo-American community in the American political system through voter education and registration programs since its formation in 2002.

OACC worked with Ethiopian human right organization such as March for freedom, Ethiopian Advocacy council Solidarity for Ethiopian Movement, and Advocacy for Ethiopia. OACC has strong commitment to strengthen the voice of the Oromo Community of the Twin Cities through our education and advocacy efforts.

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