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Ethiopian organizations reject UN statement on Tigray

Jan 11, 2021
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11 de enero de 2021, 10:22Addis Ababa, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopian organizations based in Europe have reportedly rejected a statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the situation in northern Ethiopia.

According to an official statement, the associations ‘expressed dismay, sadness and disappointment following a press release by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet,’ about the recent events in the Tigray region.

It is sad and unfortunate to see assertions containing unverified allegations, personal testimonies without verifiable evidence, as well as elements with a biased position, the associations stated through a letter addressed to the Office based in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the text.

The press statement deliberately omitted to mention the ethno-nationalist and oppressive regime of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that ruled Ethiopia from 1991 to 2018 perpetrating gross human rights violations, and that clearly undermines the credibility of the United Nations High Commission of Human Rights.

It also ignored the November 9, 2020 atrocious massacre in Mai Kadra town amounting to crimes against humanity that was carried out by the TPLF local administration police and militia forces.

The document also states that the OHCHR disregarded the attempted internationalization of the conflict by the TPLF by firing several rockets to Eritrea’s territory, as well as the attempted strike on densely populated and historic cities Gondar and Bahir-Dar.

These and other events were investigated by several independent groups, they assured, and they called upon the Human Rights Council Member States to take corrective measures to address the bias and propagation of unverified allegations exposed in the press statement.

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