Statement from the Government of Tigray on the Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

The Government of Tigray would like to once again request the unfettered delivery of emergency assistance by air and the opening of all possible humanitarian corridors - including a corridor through western Tigray - that allows for the safe and fast delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need not only in Tigray but also to parts of the Afar and Amhara regions currently under the control of our forces.

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Tigrayans: from Saudi Detention Centers to Ethiopia’s Concentration Camps

Federal and Afar police started raiding their hotel rooms, beating them, confiscating their property and money and detaining them without any reason. Many eyewitnesses told Tghat police stormed into their rooms at 1 PM, while they were sleeping. They gathered them around Semera Stadium without food, shelter and water. Some 500 first detainees from them have been taken to SNNP concentration camps. Another 500 people are still inside what they have been told is a Red Cross Compound at the side of Semera Stadium.

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Twitter ought to Suspend Abiy Ahmed from its Platform

If Twitter was worried about Trump’s tweets being used to justify violence in a country with strong guardrails against civilians turning on one another and where there’s no specific ethnic minority that the tweets targeted, it should be horrified by Abiy’s tweets for two reasons. First, Abiy is very blunt in his tweets in a way that Trump never was, and never could have been. Abiy is clear about who the target is and about what needs to be done. The target is ethnic Tigrayans and what needs to be done is left to each person’s discretion, which means anything goes. This has all the hallmarks of a call to genocide. Second, there’s no independent body in Ethiopia who can say “this is wrong”. So, if Abiy orders an attack against Tigrayans, which has done in multiple tweets, ethnic Tigrayans have no one to appeal to.

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