Addis Ababa International Movement (AIM) Launch
This is a statement of establishment of the Addis Ababa International Movement (AIM). AIM firmly believes that Addis Ababa belongs to all and every citizen of Ethiopia. To that effect, it will work in organizing and supporting movements that will address the social, political, and economic rights of Addis Ababa residents.
Addis Ababa has been serving as the political and economic capital of Ethiopia for more than a century. Throughout the century, it has hosted a multitude of identities from all corners and merged those into an overarching unique character with a common destiny creating a melting pot that respects humanity, togetherness, and friendship without the limitations of ethnicity and religion.
However, EPRDF’s constitution with its language based Ethnic Federalism, completely ignores the multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan nature of Addis Ababa. It lacks coherent and legitimate ideological underpinning to administer the city and her people. It is a well-known fact that, the ruling party, TPLF/EPRDF has long denied the plular identity of Addis Ababa and reduced her administration to a matter of ethnic political calculus and her fate at the hands of ethnonationalists. Due to this constitutional betrayal, Addis Ababa can not decide anything of consequence by herself. Her residents have lost their democratic rights and have been denied ownership of their city. Official appointees are beholden to the party and not to the people.
Moreover, ethnonationalists have been waging war by labeling Addis Ababa residents as settlers. This has marginalized them from fully exercising their democratic rights as citizens.
The solution to remedy the disenfranchisement is to organize. This is why we have established Addis Ababa International Movement (AIM). Its main objectives are: to work on true representation of the interests of its residents socially, politically and economically; to reaffirm that Addis Ababa belongs to all Ethiopians and not any one specific group; organize intellectuals to research on various fields and make available their works to the public; to provide intellectual and moral backing to groups working on values that align with AIM.
Currently, AIM has about 2000 registered members worldwide. We call upon all Ethiopians to register as members and help the movement.
For additional information about Addis Ababa International Movement (AIM), please use the following emails depending on the chapters closest to your residence.
Addis Ababa International Movement (AIM)