PREAMBLE:

WHEREAS the people of Ethiopia have been denied peace, justice, and universally recognized basic human, civil, and political rights;

WHEREAS Ethiopian people are currently conducting a resolute life-and-death struggle against the ethnocratic, tyrannical and extremely corrupt regime of the TPLF/EPRDF;

BELIEVING that a unified civic movement is as important, if not more, as the organized political opposition to ensure accountability and establishment of democratic governance;

TRUSTING that a consortium of pan-Ethiopian CSOs at home and abroad can play the role of catalyst, the formulation of a national agenda for change and post-TPLF/EPRDF transition to a democratic and sustainable political order is critical;

KNOWING that the purposes and missions of our individual organizations revolve around protecting, and promoting human rights, advocate for the unity of the Ethiopian people and Ethiopia’s territorial integrity, patriotism, rule of law, freedom of religion, advocacy for democratic rights, peace and reconciliation, developing civic institutions and civic engagement at the grassroots level, a sustainable economic development for the benefit of the Ethiopian people;

BELIEVING that our missions are best served through a consortium rather than through disparate and scattered organizational efforts engaged in silo operations;

RECOGNIZING that the benefits of working together outweigh the costs and increase the benefits at the same time thereby assuring members the best-value-for-money;

Therefore, we, the CSOs, find it necessary to establish a CONSORTIUM henceforth, referred to as TIBIBIR or the “Consortium.” The consortium is formed by the founding CSOs that adhere to the principles of:

  1. Uncompromising stand and commitment to respect the unity of the Ethiopian people and the territorial integrity of the Ethiopian state, and
  2. Commitment to uphold and promote all human, civil, democratic, and political rights of all Ethiopians as adopted and declared by various international conventions.

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Some pictures from TIBIBIR's conference in Dallas, TX 2017

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