2018 MELBOURNE OROMO ANNUAL FORUM: OROMIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERSHIP AND COLLABORATION IN FOCUS

(OSGA. Melbourne) The annual Oromo community and human rights forum held from 5 January -7 January 2018 in Melbourne.

26219482_945498208946711_3408388569441061624_n 26731165_945498288946703_2955038394836499788_nThe three days Community Annual Forum headed by a member of Oromo community from four states: Victoria (Melbourne), South Australia (Adelaide), Queensland (Brisbane) and New South Wales (Sydney).

The Forum aimed at building an understanding of community issues and providing substantial and concrete effective actions that pursuing cooperative efforts with other similar-minded community organisations.

During the three days many Oromo activists took part in panel discussions on the current Oromo refugees and Asylum Seekers issues, Oromo political prisoners in Oromia, the escalations of human right violations in Oromia and the Oromo community concerns.

The Forum was the first event to network, share experiences and learn about the many community-based initiatives from each state to promote community engagements and connections.

The OROMO Annual Forum is the most significant annual gathering with more than 100 participants from Oromo community groups, activists, human rights and advocacy groups, Oromo women groups and Oromo media.

The form was collaboratively hosted by Oromo Association in Victoria, and supported by Advocacy for Oromia, Oromia Support Group Australia, Qeerroo Support Group and Oromo Relief Association Australia.

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