The Need to Deploy a United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Investigation Commission in Tigray

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We, the Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS), have the honor to enclose herewith a Note on the nature and impacts of the war on Tigray. The Note outlines the actions that the GSTS considers are critical to address the many and flagrant violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws. We welcome and applaud Vietnam’s leadership to convene a Ministerial-level open debate under the agenda “Protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population” on 27 April 2021. We also note that the “Open Debate will highlight the experiences, challenges and recommendations regarding the protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population in armed conflict”.

The GSTS appreciates the leadership of Your Excellency, Ambassador Dang Dihn and underscore that currently, there is no better example to illustrate such grave and deliberate damages done to civilian populations than what is happening in Tigray. In Tigray, there is an active and brutal war orchestrated by multiple domestic and foreign forces who are intentionally and systematically destroying objects indispensable for the survival of the civilian population. We expect a very careful and thorough assessment of these horrific ongoing damages to civilians to not only inform the debate but also to bring the dire situation in Tigray to the attention of members of the Security Council to take overdue remedial actions.

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