By Hailu T., Melbourne, Australia
The Kemant struggle for identity recognition and self-rule is legal, but the response of the Amhar Regional government is illegal and unconstitutional. When I read the Kemant’s lawful and constitutional request and on the contrary the regional government’s unlawful action has drawn my attention to take side in favor of oppressed Agaw Kemant people. I am one of this ethnic group which is called south agaw? The action taken by the Amhara government doesn’t consist with the EPRDF’s political principle and the Ethiopian constitution. I feel that current Ethiopian constitution treats and recognizes the rights of all nations and nationalities on equal basis.
My question is why Kemant Agaw treated differently and sent prison for demanding their constitutional right? The action of the amhra govrnemnt is ridiculous trying to make people amhra by using excessive force against lawful request lodged by the people. It is fact that Kemant were treated as second class citizens in their own country, like all other Agaws similar to the indigenous Australian. Now the time has passed, the new generation should not accept derogatory life in their own country, Ethiopia. We all Ethiopians should be treated equally before the law and constitution.
The request lodged by Kemant Agaw to the Federal government of Ethiopia is to restore their basic human right and human dignity they had lost for centuries. They are not calming compensation for the past social and political inequality. The demand is for future to gain their political and social justice equally as other Ethiopian fellows. Those people were absolutely denied their human rights directly and systematically.
I also would like to urge all agaws to stand together with Kemant Agaws to gain more political and economic rights. We also should support our other brothers and sisters in Gondar whom struggling for their human dignity. It is also important condemning the brutality of the Amahar regime for committing gross human right violation against the Kemants. The current situation in North Gondar can create hostility between all Agaws and the regime in the Amhara region. Because the regime’s action against Kemant is concerns of all Agaw and freedom loving people in Ethiopia.
Historical documents have proved that the designation, Agaw or Beta Israel, or Ethiopian Jews is description of the same people in the land of Kush, as Eldad identified. So, that, all people named Beta Israel or Jews must join the struggle for liberty and dignity, to reclaim the federal status in Gojjam and Gondar. As the same time, all Amahras should stand with their Agaw brothers and sisters in north Gonder to avoid further brutality.
Respecting Agaw as human being and citizen as equal as Amhara is important to live in harmony and peace. I’m also disappointed on the federal government of Ethiopian for ignoring kemants demand for recognition and self-rule in line with the Ethiopian constitution. The federal government of Ethiopia also has a major responsibility to safeguard the constitution and to implement the constitution which is currently violated by the Amahr aristocratic regime. Our people have been denied political and social justice for decade in North Gondar due to imposition of Amharaization. The regime has to change political orientation, it has to accept diversity and multiculturalism in the region; killing and arresting cannot bring a solution, but a create problem in future co-existence. Agaw should not and can’t accept brutality in North Gondar any more.
Still I believe the main political principle of the current government and its constitution is recognizing the right of all nations and nationalities and granting self-determination. This right is set in article 39 in the current Ethiopian constitution published in 1995. I urge the federal government of Ethiopia to intervene immediately in crisis ongoing in North Gondar.
A joint committee is required which is comprises all Agaws to assess the situation and to plan what to do in the future. I also would like to thanks to the web, for giving this opportunity to discuss the matter concerning the Agaw people as a whole. I’m proud of Kemants, keep up millions are behind you.