During his first state visit to Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, Abiy Ahmed said: “Ethiopia without Tigray is as meaningless as a car without an engine.” On many occasions, Abiy Ahmed didn’t hide his admiration for the people of Tigray and their role in building the Ethiopia he inherited.
Tigrayans and those who care about the people of Tigray are calling for urgent action to put an end to human rights violations. Above all, the UNSC members must demand Abiy Ahmed to take concrete measures to stop the war before it is too late. He should not be allowed to hide behind “sovereignty and territorial integrity” and continue, unchecked, to violate the human rights of Tigrayans. If he as a head of government cannot protect civilians, someone else should.
After Abiy Ahmed declared war on Tigray, life has not been the same for Tigrayans. There were reports of harassment, discrimination, and abuse of Tigrayans by government officials. Tigrayan top military officers and members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) were not even spared. All ethnic Tigrayans who were serving ENDF have been disarmed, many of them are detained and unjustly imprisoned since the beginning of the war.
Alas! All these reforms were short-lived. Most of the released political prisoners are now imprisoned on bogus charges; hundreds of thousands of dissenters are incarcerated; many media organizations are forcibly closed. The internet and telephone services are used to suppress dissenting views, there is a war on all fronts in Ethiopia, and many regions are operating under a state of emergency.
Social media is awash with news of the atrocities committed in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Even with limited access to the region, some international media outlets such as Sky…
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