‘Don’t betray women of Tigray’: calls grow for international action against rape in war

(Source: The Guardian, Zeinab Mohammed Salih, Sat 19 Jun 2021 07.00 BST) –  Politicians among signatories of two open letters urging investigation into reports of sexual violence in Ethiopian conflict   The former prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, and Zimbabwean author and 2020 Booker prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga are among the signatories of […]

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Protesters in Washington and across US bring attention to Ethiopia’s Tigray region

(Source: The National) –  Ethiopian delegation visiting the US capital met Biden officials on Thursday as UN announced cases of gender violence and rape Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the US State Department in Washington on Thursday to demand an end to the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where the UN has documented hundreds […]

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EU envoy: Ethiopian leaders said “they are going to destroy and wipe out Tigrayans”

(Source: Addis Standard, By Siyanne Mekonnen @Siyaanne, Addis Ababa) –   An alarming video with claims from Pekka Haavisto, Foreign Minister of Finland and EU’s envoy to Ethiopia has emerged in which the top EU diplomat alleged that Ethiopian leaders told him in February of their intents to “wipe out the Tigrayans.” FM Haavisto briefed […]

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Lead international Magnitsky sanctions for Tigray: Maria Reisdorf and Sarah Teich in the Hill Times

(Source: MLI, By Maria Reisdorf and Sarah Teich, June 17, 2021) –  Leading on Magnitsky sanctions will be an important first step, both to show solidarity with the Tigray community, and to impose real consequences against those committing atrocity crimes against them, write Maria Reisdorf and Sarah Teich in the Hill Times. A war is […]

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The National Bank of Ethiopia should apologize for its role in the Tigray war

(Source: Awash Post, By ASRESS ADIMI GIKAY) –  The categorical suspension of all bank accounts held in the Tigray region was illegal, discriminatory, and disproportionate. NBE must apologize and pay reparation to all Tigrayans. In November 2020, a few days after the Ethiopian National Defense Force launched armed hostility in Tigray, the National Bank of Ethiopia […]

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Boycott Ethiopian Airlines for transporting soldiers and weapons on the war on Tigray and ethnically cleansed Tigrayans from thier Jobs

(By Yared Huluf, first published on 16 December 2020 and updated on 18 June 2021) – Freedom and peace loving people of the world, “Boycott Ethiopian Airlines” Freedom and peace loving people of the world, we urge you boycott your flights using the so called ‘Ethiopian Airlines’ since the airlines is engaged in supporting of […]

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Ethiopia urges AU Tigray rights inquiry to ‘immediately cease’

(Source: AP, By Cara Ann, Nairobi, Kenya) – Ethiopia’s government is urging an African Union body to “immediately cease” a new commission of inquiry into allegations of abuses in the country’s Tigray region, where months of deadly conflict have led to warnings of famine and “ethnic cleansing.” An Ethiopian foreign ministry statement on Thursday criticized […]

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Ethiopian Foreign Ministry urges African Union to “immediately cease” Commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in Tigray

(Source: Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs) –  Press statement on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights measures to investigate alleged violations of human rights and humanitarian law in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. It is to be recalled that the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, during the meeting of the […]

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Tens of Thousands of Tigray Children Face Imminent Death, UNICEF Warns

(Source: VOA, By Lisa Schlein, Geneva) – The U.N. Children’s Fund warns at least 33,000 severely malnourished children in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region face imminent death if they do not receive immediate help to treat their condition. UNICEF is appealing to the Ethiopian government to live up to its promise of unimpeded access to conflict-ridden […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 170 – 17 June 2021

(Source: EEPA) –   Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa […]

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History is being denied in Abiy and Isaias’ war on Tigray

(Source: Ethiopia Insight, by Ethiopian Canadians for Peace, 15 June 2021) –  Tigray is being decimated because its ruling party presents a challenge to two strongmen. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his ally, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, are waging a catastrophic war in Tigray that has caused alarm globally, including at the United […]

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US congressman Michael McCaul raises spectre of ‘genocide’ in Tigray

(Source: The National) –  High-ranking member of Congress says systematic crimes by Ethiopia call into question whether genocide is occurring in region Michael McCaul, the lead Republican congressman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, raised concerns on Wednesday over whether genocide is occurring in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Addressing US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield […]

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Opinion: “Starvation has become a weapon of war in Ethiopia. U.S. action is urgent”

(Source: Washington Post) – Opinion by the Editorial Board June 15, 2021 at 6:31 p.m.   FOR MONTHS, humanitarian agencies have been warning that famine could spread in the Ethiopian region of Tigray if government forces and allied troops from neighboring Eritrea did not end a brutal campaign to subjugate the area. Now that emergency […]

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Eritrean troops in Tigray to ‘leave soon’: Ethiopia UN envoy

(Source: Aljazeera) –  Move would be welcomed by the UN whose humanitarian chief accused Eritrean troops of using starvation as a weapon. 16 Jun 2021 Ethiopia’s United Nations ambassador has said Eritrean troops who have fought with his country’s forces in a war against the Tigray region “will definitely leave soon”. The move would be […]

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US playing hardball with Ethiopia, rallies EU for more Addis sanctions

(Source: The East Africa, By Allan Olingo, June 15 2021) –  The United States has rallied its allies in the European Union for more sanctions against Ethiopia, including further funding cuts, over the Tigray conflict. The Tigray conflict was on President Joe Biden’s agenda as he met his counterparts in the G7 meetings in the […]

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U.N. warns war raging in Ethiopia could kill “hundreds of thousands”

(Source: CBS News, BY PAMELA FALK) –  United Nations — Parts of northern Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region are on “the brink of famine,” the head of the United Nations said on Monday. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was the most senior voice in a unified warning cry from a range of U.N. agencies that the grinding conflict remained […]

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Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in Tigray

(Source: UNICEF) – This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson, James Elder, to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 15 June 2021 GENEVA, 15 June 2021 – “I would like to start by reading three paragraphs from a statement […]

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Revoke the Nobel Peace Prize from Ethiopia’s Abiy

(Source: Ethiopian Insight, by Mistir Sew) –    The Nobel committee should revoke the honor from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and speak out about the atrocities in Tigray. When the Nobel committee awarded Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed the Nobel Peace Prize of 2019, many hoped the accolade would strengthen his resolve toward democracy and peace. […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 169 – 15 June 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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An Open Letter to Nobel Peace Prize Committee

Open Letter Norwegian Nobel Committee HenrikIbsen Gate 51, N-0255 Oslo, Norway June 10, 2021 Dear Nobel Committee Members, The continuation of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Tigray (Ethiopia) prompts us to write to your prestigious committee, as a follow up to our letters of November 17, 2020 and April 19, 2021. Once […]

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The UN and AU must act now to prevent famine and end atrocities in Tigray, Ethiopia

(Source: The Elders) –   14 June 2021   Download as PDF The Elders today called on the UN Security Council and the African Union to take urgent steps to address the unfolding humanitarian and human rights crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia, which poses a clear threat to regional peace and security in the Horn of […]

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UK Parliament: House of Commons debate on the Tigray war

(Source: UK Parliament) – Ethiopia Volume 697: debated on Monday, 14 June 2021 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury) (Con) (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs if he will make a statement on the deteriorating situation in Ethiopia. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs   […]

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UN Security Council to discuss Tigray humanitarian situation

(Source: In the Blue) – Ethiopia (Tigray): Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Humanitarian Situation Tomorrow (15 June), Security Council members will hold an in-person informal interactive dialogue (IID) on the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Ireland requested the meeting. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and WFP Executive Director David Beasley have […]

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Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray

(Source: AP) –   ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Sunday that humanitarian aid reach hungry people in the war-torn Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers are blocking food deliveries and other assistance. Francis called for an immediate end to the fighting in Tigray, the return of social harmony and for […]

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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed: The Nobel Prize winner who went to war

(Source: BBC News) – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was once widely praised outside the country for his reforming zeal but that image was shattered in the months leading up to his first electoral test. His journey from darling of the international community to condemnation has been swift. Bagging the Nobel Peace Prize in October […]

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Voices from Tigray: Sexual Violence Against women and Girls, Brutalities against Religious leaders, Holy Places and Heritage in Tigray

(Source: EEPA, by L. Storchi, June 10, 2021) –  On 8 June 2021, the webinar “Brutalities against Religious leaders, Holy Places and Heritage in Tigray Confirmation” took place in the framework of the webinar series “Voices from Tigray”. The aim of this online meeting was to give a platform to testimonies of witnesses, describing the […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 168 – 14 June 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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G7 summit 2021 statement on Tigray

This statement, released by US President Biden, includes the following paragraph: “54. We are deeply concerned by the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and reports of an unfolding major humanitarian tragedy, including potentially hundreds of thousands in famine conditions. We condemn ongoing atrocities, including widespread sexual violence, and we welcome the ongoing Office of […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 167 – 13 June 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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EXCLUSIVE UN official accuses Eritrean forces of deliberately starving Tigray

(Source: Reuters, Katharine HoureldGiulia Paravicini) –      The northern highlands of Ethiopia became a global byword for famine in the mid-1980s, when drought and conflict combined to create a disaster that killed as many as one million people. Now hunger is stalking the Tigray region again, and a senior UN official alleges that starvation […]

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Thousands protest over climate change, Ethiopia’s war on Tigray and Myanmar at G7 summit

(Source: Belfast Telegraph, By Isobel Frodsham, PA, June 12, 2021 03:56 PM) –  Thousands of protesters have marched through the streets of Cornwall on day two of the G7 summit as leaders of the world’s richest nations gathered to discuss coronavirus and other key issues. Members and supporters of Extinction Rebellion walked through the town […]

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