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An Unindicted Ethiopian War Criminal at the G20 Summit

by Ogaden Youth Network

Toronto, Ontario - Ethiopia is neither a wealthy country nor is it democratic. Yet, its premier, Mr. Meles Zenawi, has been invited to the G20 summit. The invitation extended to the Ethiopian premier does send the wrong signal to the rest of the African dictators in that they can actually be rewarded for running their countries to the ground; and for perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity as is the case of the Ethiopian premier in the Ogaden region.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) classified the atrocities that the Ethiopian regime perpetrated in the Ogaden region as war crimes. Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch indicated that "These widespread and systematic atrocities amount to crimes against humanity. Yet EthiopiaĆ¢€™s major donors, Washington, London and Brussels, seem to be maintaining a conspiracy of silence around the crimes."

The Ogaden Youth Network, Canada Chapter, the Somali Canadian Diaspora Alliance, and a number of other Somali organizations are planning a huge, two day protest against the presence of Mr. Meles Zenawi at the G20 summit. The details of the planned protest as follows:

*Dates:* June 26 & 27

*Venues:* Queens Park Circle and the Convention Center

*Time:* 9:00 AM (Start Time)

We invite all media organizations to participate and cover the two day protest event. For more information about the planned protests, please contact the following individuals:

*Abdi Dirshe:* 416 899 8971  & *Mohamed Hassan:* 416 550 6653

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*Ogaden Youth Network, Canada Chapter* is a non profit organization established by Ogadenia students. Who support the people of Ogadenia and understand their hardships. These students are trying to education people about the issues and the facts in Ogadenia. These students are representatives of their families and friends in Ogadenia.

*The Somali Canadian Diaspora Alliance* is an independent group of like minded Somali Canadians comprised of men, women and youth, who are committed to a free and sovereign Somalia. SCDA members work on an altruistic basis and expect no personal gain from the realization of our vision. SCDA is a group that works towards the advancement of the national cause of all Somali citizenry and speaks out against tribal and regional oppression. The SCDA also works to advance individual and collective human rights and works with all other organizations and groups with a similar vision.

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