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Archive for May 26th, 2021

Tigrayans Told, ‘We’ll See if America Will Save You Now,’ as Hundreds Rounded up by Ethiopian & Eritrean Soldiers

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 26, 2021

Days after the United States announced financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Ethiopian and Eritrean officials, eyewitnesses told CNN that hundreds of young men were rounded up from displaced peoples camps in Shire, a town in Tigray, late Monday evening.

Witnesses speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity described how Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers invaded at least two IDP centers where they beat and harassed Tigrayans displaced by a conflict that is believed to have killed thousands of civilians since November 2020. The soldiers then took hundreds of people away, the witnesses said

Four military vehicles first encircled the Adi Wenfito and Tsehay camps, witnesses said, before soldiers began rounding up young men, forcing them onto buses and taking them to a location believed to be on the outskirts of Shire. As the soldiers broke into an abandoned school housing the refugees, witnesses said they shouted, “we’ll see if America will save you now!”

“They forced open the door, the men didn’t even get a chance to put their shoes on. The soldiers had their guns locked, [ready to shoot],” one witness said.

One woman said two of her sons — aged 19 and 24 — were dragged from their home at around 9:30 p.m. that night. “They didn’t say why they were taking them, they just rounded them up, beat them and took them away,” she told CNN, adding that she was too afraid of what would be done to her sons to ask any questions.

Several of the men who were rounded up were released late afternoon on Tuesday, after they identified themselves as aid workers. They told CNN hundreds of young men continue to be detained at the Guna distribution center, an aid and foodstuff storage facility which has now been converted into a military camp.

One man described hours of beatings by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers. “Many of us are young but there are people there who are much older who won’t be able to withstand the beatings much longer,” he said.

Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Ghebremeskel denied the reports and dismissed previous CNN reporting, saying, “For how long will you continue to believe at face value any and all ‘witness statements’ … We have heard so many planted or false stories.”

The UN’s high commissioner for human rights previously called for an independent investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, following CNN reporting on a massacre perpetrated against civilians there.

Elisabeth Haslund, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency that works with displaced people, told CNN, “we have also received very disturbing reports that Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers entered IDP sites taking a number of youths into several vehicles. The reports of how many vary from a few hundred up to 700 youths.”

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a statement on Wednesday that corroborated the eyewitnesses accounts given to CNN. “On Monday night, scores of people were forcibly taken by military from camps where internally displaced people are seeking refuge in Shire,” MSF East Africa tweeted.

200 days of violence

The conflict in Tigray has now raged for over 200 days pitting Tigray’s regional leaders, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), against the Ethiopian National Defense Force, Eritrean soldiers and Amhara ethnic militia. From the start of the conflict last year civilians have been targeted by Ethiopian government forces and allied Eritrean and militia forces.

This latest incident, however, is a significant escalation in what is described by humanitarian workers and witnesses in Shire as an ongoing, extrajudicial campaign targeting young men perceived to be of “fighting age.”

Aid agencies estimate the town of Shire has tripled in size, hosting up to 800,000 Tigrayans forced out of their homes in the far west of the region in actions by Ethiopian, Eritrean and Amhara ethnic militia forces described by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as “ethnic cleansing.”

Humanitarian workers told CNN Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers have been blocking a key aid route to Shire for months, restricting supplies even as displaced persons continue to flow into the town.

One aid worker told CNN tens of vehicles carrying aid to Shire were turned back on Saturday alone. A CNN team in the region in April was able to capture on camera Eritrean soldiers obstructing aid along this route.

CNN has reached out to the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office and the Eritrean Minister for Information for comment but has not received a response.

US sanctions

The United States late Sunday evening announced “far reaching” financial sanctions and visa restrictions against Ethiopian, Eritrean, Amhara and TPLF officials it finds to be “complicit” in abuses or obstructing the resolution of the crisis. A State Department spokesperson told CNN the sanctions would be enforced as a “unilateral action” by the US. CNN has sought comment from the State Department on the latest reports from Shire.

In a statement the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the US sanctions. Many witnesses see this latest uptick in violence as a statement of defiance in the face of growing international censure.

In videos sent to CNN on Tuesday morning, which were secretly filmed, desperate parents can be seen gathering in the compound of the local UNHCR office. In one video Ethiopian soldiers can be seen addressing the parents inside the compound.

CNN was able to geolocate the videos to a location in the center of Shire by examining the metadata in the raw files and matching key landmarks in the footage to the surroundings, such as the Kholafaa e Rashedeen mosque. The metadata also revealed the date and time the videos were filmed — May 25, 2021 at around 7:45am local time — which fits with the direction of the sunlight and the lengths of the shadows in the video, a CNN analysis shows. One of the videos also features an UNHCR logo supporting the accounts.

The audio in the video is indistinct but witnesses say parents were told: “We could kill you right here and the UN would do nothing to help but take pictures of you.”



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የትግራይ እናቶች በእንባ የታጀበ ጸሎት እና ምሕላ | Tears of a Tigrayan Mother’s Cry

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 26, 2021

✞✞✞መቀሌ/ ማክሰኞ፡ ግንቦት ፲፯/፪ሺ፲፫ ዓ.ም በቅዱስ እስጢፋኖስ ዕለት ✞✞✞

አዎ! እናቶቼ እየደረሰባቸው ላለው ከባድ ግፍ የሽብር ጥቃት ቦምብ እያፈነዱ አይደለም እንደ አህዛብ በግራኝ እና መንጋው ላይ ለመበቀል የሚመኙት፤ በቀል የእግዚአብሔር ነውና እንዲህ በጥልቁ እያነቡ ነው ድምጻቸውንና ለቅሷቸውን ለእግዚአብሔርላካቸው የሚያሰሙት። ቃኤላውያን ወዮላችሁ! ወዮላችሁ!


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Will US Restrictions Bring an End to Tigray Violence | Al Jazeera

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 26, 2021


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German TV ARD | Tigray Kommt Nicht zur Ruhe | Tigray Cannot Rest | ትግራይ ለማረፍ አልተቻላትም

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 26, 2021

🔥 Reise In Den Krieg – Tigray Kommt Nicht Zur Ruhe

🔥 Journey to war – Tigray Cannot Rest

🔥 ወደ ጦርነት የሚደረግ ጉዞ – ትግራይ ለማረፍ አልተቻላትም

የትግራይ ጦርነት ተጠናቋል”፤ ይላል የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት፡፡ በክፍለ-ግዛቱ ውስጥ በተጓዙበት ወቅት የመጀመሪያ ጀርመን “የዓለም መስተዋት”ፕሮግራም ቡድን የተለየ ነገር አጋጥሞታል፤ የኤርትራ ጦር አሁንም አለ ፣ አስገድዶ መድፈር የእለት ተእለት ተግባር ነው ፥ እናም በገጠር ያሉ ሰዎች በረሃብ ይሰቃያሉ፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ታጣቂ ኃይሎች ከኤርትራ አጋሮቻቸው ጋር በዋናነት በትግራይ ምስራቅ እና መሃል የሚገኙትን ዋና የትራፊክ መጋጠሚያዎችን ይቆጣጠራሉ፡፡ ከመንገዶች ባሻገር በማይንቀሳቀስባቸው አካባቢዎች ግን ውጊያው እንደቀጠለ ነው። የትግራይ መከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት ፥ የቀድሞው የትግራይ ህዝብ ነፃ አውጪ ግንባር (የህወሓት) ወታደራዊ ክንድ እዚያ እየተዋጉ ነው።

💭 ብዙ የጀርመን ሜዲያዎች ሰሞኑን ኢትዮጵያን “የጠንቋዮች ማሞቂያ ድስት/Hexenkessel„ (“ውጥንቅጧ የወጣ እና ስርዓት አልበኝነት የሰፈነባት ሃገር ማለት ነው።) ብለው በመጥራት ላይ ናቸው። የአቴቴ ድስትእየተሠራ ያለው ግፍ ከኢትዮጵያ ያልጠበቁት ስለሆነ በጣም ነው ያስገረማቸው

አዎ! የተፈለገው ይህ አይደል፤ ኢትዮጵያ ውጥንቅጧ ወጥቶ እና ተዋርዳ አህዛብና መናፍቃን የሚያልሙላትን “እስላማዊት ኩሽ ኦሮሚያን” ለመመሥረት። እነ ማርቲን ሉተር በተረጎሙት መጽሐፍ ቅዱሳቸው እኮ “ኩሽ” የሚለውን የኢትዮጵያን መጠሪያ ያቆዩት ለብዙ ዓመታት ሊፈጽሙት የተዘጋጁበትን ተግባር ለማስፈጸም ሕልም ስላላቸው ነው።

፪ኛ. ለዚህም ዋቀፌታን/ኦሮሞ ኡማን (እኛ የሙስሊም ኡማነን!” ሲሉ እንሰማለን፤ አይደል፤ አዎ! ‘ኡማየሚለው የአረብኛ ቃል፤ “የሙስሊሞች ማህበረሰብ” ወይንም “አንድ የሙስሊም ሕዝብ” ማለት ነው።

ሰሞኑን አረመኔው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ፤ “ሕዝብ እና ሕዝቦች” እያለ ሲቀበጣጥር ሰምተነዋል፤ አዎ! በአንድ ድንጋይ ብዙ ወፎች መግደል የለመደው ይህ እባብ ይህን ያለው በአንድ በኩል ይህን “የኦሮሞ ኡማ” (ታከለ ‘ኡማ’) ለመጠቆም በማሰብ ሲሆን፤ በሌላ በኩል ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት፣ በተለይ ዛሬ በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ እየተሠራ ያለውን ግፍ “በሁሉም ኢትዮጵያውያን የተሠራ ነው፣ ማንም ይሁን ማን አንድ የሆነው የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ነው ወንጀ እየሠራ ያለው፤ ማሳደዱን፣ ደፈራውን፣ ማፈናቀሉን፣ የሰው ልጅ ኩላሊት አውጥቶ መብላቱን፣ የእርጉዟን ሴት ማህጸን ከፍቶ ጨቅላዋን ማውጣቱን፣ የሰውን ልጅ በጅምላ ገድሎ በጅምላ መቅበሩን፣ ለዓለም ዓቀፉ ማሕበረሰብ ደግሞ ደጋግሞ መዋሸቱን ብሎም ሕፃናትን በኬሚካል ሳይቀር መጨፍጨፉን፤ ይህ አንድ የሆነው የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ እንጂ ኦሮሞ ተነጥሎ አረመኔ መባል የለበትም።” ማለት በመሻት ነው። የበሻሻ ቆሻሻው ግራኝ የኢትዮጵያን እና የኢትዮጵያውያንን ስምና ክብር በመላው ዓለም ማጠለሸትና ማዋረድ ከዋና ዋና ዕቅዶቹ አንዱ ስለሆነ ነው እንደ አበደ ውሻ ወዲያ ወዲያ እያለ የሚቅበዘበዘው። ገና ስልጣን ላይ ሲወጣ ኢትዮጵያውያንን መገድል የጀመረውና የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድንም እንዲከሰከስ ያደረገው ከዚህ ዕቅዱ ጋር በተያያዘ ነው።

ግራኝ በእንቅልፉም በውኑም የሚታየውና በመስራትም ላይ ያለው፤ “ሌላ ጊዜ ፈጽሞ የማይገኝ ወርቃማ ዕድል ለእኛ ኦርሞዎች ስለተሰጠን ኢትዮጵያን እናፍርሳትና እስላማዊት ኩሽ ኦሮሚያን እንገነባለን፤ የሕዳሴውን ግድብ ጨምሮ በኢትዮጵያ ስም አስፈላጊውን ገንዘብ፣ ጉልበትና ጊዜ ሰብስበን ይህን መተገበር አለብን።” የሚለው ብቻ ነው። አሁን ሊጣል የታቀደው ማዕቀብ በቅድሚያ የኦሮሞ ኡማን የጀርባ አጥንት ነው የሚሰበረው። መሰበርም አለበት!

የአህዛብና መናፍቃን ፍሬ የሆነ ግራኝ እና ኦሮሞ መንጋው ከኤዶማውያኑ እና እስማኤላውያኑ ጋር በማበር ኢትዮጵያን፣ ኢትዮጵያዊነትንና ተዋሕዶ ክርስትናን አጥፍተው የራሳቸውን ርዕዮተ ዓለማት ማስፋፋት ይሻሉና ነው። የፕሮቴስታንቲዝም አባት ማርቲን ሉተር ወደ ጀርመንኛ በተረጎመው መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ኢትዮጵያን‘ ‘ኩሽብሎ ነው የጻፋት። ይህ ቀላል ነገር እንዳይመስለን። እ..አ ከ 1837 እስከ 1843 .ም ባለው ጊዜ ፕሮቴስታንቱ ጀርመናዊ ዮኻን ክራፕፍ ኦሮሚያ የተባለውን ግዛት ለመመሥረት የተነሳሳው ክርስትናን ለማስፋፋት ሳይሆን፡ እንደ አንድ ፕሮቴስታንት የኢትዮጵያ ቀጥተኛ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስቲያንን ለመዋጋት ነው። ለዚህም በወራሪነት ባሕርይ ከጀርመኖች ጋር ይስማማሉ በሚል ሃሳብ “ጋላ” ተብለው ሲጠሩ የነበሩትን ጎሳዎች ለማደራጀት በመነሳሳት በ ኢትዮጵያፋንታ ኩሽየሚለው ትርጉም ያለበትን መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ይዞ ወደ ምስራቅ አፍሪቃ/ኢትዮጵያ ተጓዝ፤ በዚህም የኦሮሙማ እንቅስቃሴን ጀመረው። ተልዕኮው ፀረኢትዮጵያ፣ ፀረተዋሕዶ እና የክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ ተልዕኮ መሆኑን ዛሬ እያየነው ነው። ዋናው ዲያብሎሳዊ ዓላማቸው፤ ኢትዮጵያን አፍርሰው ኢትዮጵያ እና ኢትዮጵያዊነትንም በተለይ ከአማራና ትግሬ በመንጠቅ “መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ውስጥ የተጠቀሰችው ኩሽ እኛ ነን” የሚለው ነው።

💭 ለዚህም ሤራ ዛሬ በሥራ ላይ ከሚያውሏቸው ድርጊቶቹ መካከል፤

በትግራይ ላይ ጦርነት በመክፈትና የትግራይ ሕዝብም ትክክለኛዋንና የጥንቷን ኢትዮጵያ ሳይሆን ይህችን አፄ ምኒልክ የቆረቆሯትን ኢትዮጵያን ጠልቶ እንዲተፋት፣ ቤተክህነትም እንድትከፋፈልና ከጎናቸው እንዳትቆም አባቶችን በማስፈራራት ምርር ብሎትና ተስፋ ቆርጦ ከቤተ ክስቲያኗ እንዲርቅ በማድረግ “ኢትዮጵያን መንጠቅ”። “አማራ” በተባለው ኢትዮጵያዊ በኩልም በኦሮሚያ ሲዖል የሚገኙትን አማርኛ ቋንቋ ተናጋሪዎችና ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያኖች ቀስ በቀስ እየጨፈጨፉ መጨረስ፤ ከትግራይ ሕዝብ ጋር ማባላትና ቁጥራቸውን መቀነስ፣ በዚህ ግራ የሚጋባውን “አማራ” የራሱ “የአማራ ማንነት” እንዲፈጥር መገፋፋት፣ ለዚህም ይረዱ ዘንድ እንደ ታየ ቦጋለ፣ ታዲዮስ ታንቱ፣ ኤርሚያስ ለገሰ እና የመሳሰሉ ኦሮሞ ኡማዎች እንዲሁም የስጋ ማንነትና ምንነት ያላቸውን ደቡባውያን መልምለው አዘጋጅተዋል። ከአማራው በላይ አማራ ሆነው እንዲታዩና አማራው መስማት የሚፈልገውን እንዲቀልቡት ይሠሩ ዘንድ ሲቅበዘበዙ እያየናቸው ነው።

የዚህ ሁሉ መቅበዝበዝ ትክክለኛዎቹ ኢትዮጵያውያን የሆኑት ትግራዋያን እና ያልተዳቀሉት አማርኛ ተናጋሪ ተዋሕዶ “አማራዎች” ኢትዮጵያን እርግፍ አድርገው በመተው እንደ ያዕቆብና ዔሳው ብኩራና ለማስረከብ ብሎም እስራኤል ዘ-ነፍስ የተባለችውን መንፈሳዊቷን ኢትዮጵያን ለመስረቅና “እስላማዊት ኩሽ” በሚል ዲያብሎሳዊ ህልም መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ላይ የተጠቀሰችው ገናናው “ኩሽ/ኢትዮጵያ” እኛ ነን ለማለት በማሰብ ነው። የመሀመድ ሰይጣን የሺህ አራት መቶ ዓመታት ህልም እንዲሁም የማርቲን ሉተር የአምስት መቶ ዓመታት ህልም መሆኑ ነው። በጣም የሚገርም ነው፤ የዲያብሎስ ብልጠት እኮ በጣም አደገኛ ነው፤ ግን ኦሮሞ ኡማዎቹ ይህ ድፍረታቸው መጥፊያቸው እንጂ በጭራሽ ሊሳካላቸው አይችልም፤ በተለይ የስጋ ማንነትና ምንነት ያለው አንድ ሕዝብ የመንፈስ ማንነት እና ምንነት ያለውን ሕዝብ የመንጠቅ፣ የመቀማት ብሎም የማጥፋት መለኮታዊ ፈቃድ የለውምና ነው።

ሌባው ሊሰርቅና ሊያርድ ሊያጠፋም እንጂ ስለ ሌላ አይመጣም”[የዮሐንስ ወንጌል ምዕራፍ ፲፥፲]

💭 Der Krieg in Tigray sei vorbei, sagt Äthiopiens Regierung. Auf einer Reise durch die Provinz erlebt das Weltspiegel-Team etwas anderes: Eritreas Armee ist weiter präsent, Vergewaltigungen sind an der Tagesordnung – und auf dem Land leiden die Menschen unter Hunger. Äthiopische Streitkräfte mit ihren Verbündeten aus Eritrea kontrollieren vor allem die Hauptverkehrsachsen im Osten und Zentrum Tigrays. In den unwegsamen Gebieten jenseits der Straßen wird aber heftig weiter gekämpft. Dort kämpfen Mitglieder der “Tigray Defence Forces” (TDF) – der militärische Arm der früheren, abtrünnigen Volksbefreiungsfront von Tigray (TPLF).

💭 The war in Tigray is over, says Ethiopia’s government. On a trip through the province, the ARD ‘Weltspiegel’ team experienced something different: Eritrea’s army is still present, rape is the order of the day – and people in the countryside suffer from hunger. Ethiopian armed forces with their allies from Eritrea mainly control the main traffic axes in the east and center of Tigray. In the impassable areas beyond the roads, however, the fighting continues. Members of the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) – the military arm of the former, renegade Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – are fighting there.


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CNN | The Nobel Peace Prize Winner Who’s Presiding Over a Humanitarian Catastrophe

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 26, 2021


In 2018, after a two-year conflict, two historically warring nations — Ethiopia and Eritrea — at last signed a peace agreement. The following year, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who brokered the peace, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In the two years since, Abiy joins the ranks of controversial Peace Prize recipients and nominees, as his record now includes overseeing what may amount to war crimes. Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for example, was awarded the prize in 1991 “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights;” shortly thereafter, her government was accused of genocide against the Rohingya minority. Joseph Stalin, head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, was twice nominated for the prize.

When Abiy received his Nobel Prize, he faced two clear paths: the path of democracy that could reconcile deep-rooted internal ethnic divisions and bring lasting peace to Ethiopia, or that of authoritarianism and renewed ethnic grievances.

Sadly, he has failed to heal a persistent national rift. Ethiopia is in crisis, as an escalating armed conflict between Abiy’s federal Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and forces of the previously dominant political party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), has ballooned into a humanitarian catastrophe. This power struggle came to a boiling point last year during a constitutional dispute when the Tigray region held its own elections, refusing to recognize Abiy’s administration.

Following an alleged attack by the TPLF on an Ethiopian military camp, Abiy then deployed troops into the Tigray region and, as some international observers believe, joined forces with Eritrean troops, who slaughtered Ethiopian citizens. This act of betrayal fueled the Tigrayans’ long-simmering sense that Abiy had abandoned them. After months of denying the presence of Eritrean troops in Ethiopia, Abiy finally admitted to their involvement in perpetrating abuses against the Tigrayans, but couched their involvement in the conflict by stating that Eritrea had acted in self-defense of its border.

Gruesome accounts of decapitated bodies, the use of rape and starvation tactics as weapons of war, and mass extrajudicial executions have surfaced since November. More than 500 cases of rape — including rape by armed forces, gang rape, and forced rape of family members — have been reported in Tigray.

The ENDF, regional forces, and Eritrean soldiers have destroyed food supplies and targeted civilian areas with fire — bringing upon the Horn of Africa probable famine and incalculable death.

More than 2.2 million Ethiopians have been displaced by the ongoing conflict and violence. In one week alone last December, at least 315,553 Ethiopians were displaced. International pleas for a ceasefire by aid agencies, the African Union, and the United States have been rejected. This crisis could destabilize not only Africa’s second-most populous country, but the entire Horn of Africa.

After assuming power, Abiy made steps toward democratic reform, but in the face of renewed conflict, these have given way to increasingly repressive rule. In an effort to stifle dissent, for example, Abiy shut down phone and internet communication, and detained journalists and dissidents on politically motivated charges. His government also began a state-sponsored propaganda campaign to conceal abuses in the Tigray region.

Allowing Abiy to continue this repressive course sends a signal to other countries that authoritarian regimes can operate with impunity, perpetuating mass killings, rape, famine, and displacement — all of which we have a collective interest to end. But what can the international community do to avert further authoritarian ascendance and deescalate the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia?

👉 First, democratic leaders should refuse to engage formally with Abiy, and bar him from participating in global events such as the World Economic Forum while mass killings in Ethiopia continue. Democratic governments should boycott events — like World Press Freedom Day and the African Union Summit — hosted or sponsored by Ethiopia’s regime. Doing so will let authoritarian rulers like Abiy know that the international community will not tolerate their abuses. Notably, the US State Department imposed travel restrictions on Ethiopian officials on Sunday.

👉 Second, business leaders and institutions can refuse to trade with or provide financial bailouts to Abiy’s government, which would only grant Abiy undeserved legitimacy in global markets. As Africa’s second-most populous nation, Ethiopia is an important trade and investment partner. Refraining from further trade would represent a blow to Abiy’s propaganda campaign and increase pressure on him to end rights abuses in his own country.

Many business leaders consistently cite their commitment to human rights standards, while doing the bare minimum to enforce these standards. They need to ensure tangible actions by governments to address abuses before moving forward with partnerships with the likes of Abiy. They should follow the example of a number of companies that have called out China’s oppressive regime and refused to support the exploitation of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, whose forced labor supplies dozens of international brands.

👉 Third, international journalists must continue to report on the humanitarian disaster Abiy’s agenda has wrought, as Abiy attempts to portray an image of democratic reform abroad. Abiy helped create an information blackout in Ethiopia by jailing domestic journalists and restricting foreign reporting. The global media has a responsibility to expose human rights abuses and hold authoritarian rulers accountable.

Abiy has, of course, capitalized on the authority that the Nobel Peace Prize confers, to enhance his standing in the global community. Petitions asking the Nobel Committee to rescind the prize have garnered tens of thousands of signatures. But the Nobel Committee says the Prize, which is awarded for past accomplishments, cannot be revoked. It is essential, however, that anyone who prizes peace push to stop the displacement and killing of Ethiopian civilians immediately.



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