Letter to the UN Human Rights Council Special Session - Dec. 17, 2021

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As you convene a Special Session of the Human Rights Council to address the current situation in Ethiopia, WE, Africans, especially Ethiopians, ask you to consider the following facts.

As you are aware, from 1991-2018, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) ruled Ethiopia committing heinous crimes against its own people. In 2018, mass protests by Ethiopians led to the TPLF being ousted from power. For the first time in its history, Ethiopia now has a democratically elected government.

The current war in Ethiopia was planned by the TPLF to garner international support for the TPLF’s coup d’état against the democratically elected government of Ethiopia. To that end:

  • The war was initiated by the TPLF on November 3, 2020, when the TPLF attacked the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) in Tigray, targeting their fellow non-Tigrayan soldiers and massacring them while they slept. The TPLF’s objective was to regain power by force.

  • On November 4, 2020, the Ethiopian Government responded to the TPLF’s attack with a military operation to protect its citizens, as it is the government’s duty to do so.

  • Based on the requests from the international community, in June 2021, the Government of Ethiopia issued a unilateral ceasefire and removed all Ethiopian Government soldiers from Tigray.

  • The TPLF did not accept the ceasefire and instead advanced into the Amhara and Afar regions and further south hoping to reach the Capital of Ethiopia and seize power by force.

  • The TPLF is and continues to be the sole aggressor in this war.

  • As the TPLF expanded its attack outside of Tigray, to other regions of Ethiopia, the TPLF massacred civilians in MaiKadra, Galicoma, Chena, Gashena and the list continues.

  • There are documented eye witness reports of how the TPLF looted and destroyed schools, hospitals, businesses, and religious establishments as it advanced to the Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia.

  • TPLF rebels executed civilians, raped women in the Afar and Amhara regions, and recaptured Lalibela.

  • The TPLF used Tigrayan and other ethnic groups that are sympathizers of the TPLF as sleeper cells in Dessie and Kombolcha to conduct the TPLF’s surprise attack in cities killing many innocent civilians.

  • This is when the Government of Ethiopia started to identify people who are TPLF members and TPLF sympathizers, regardless of ethnicity, to protect the Ethiopian population from surprise attacks by the TPLF and began holding the TPLF legally accountable for their numerous crimes.

The Ethiopian Government’s action is no different than what the United States of America did after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, where they arrested all suspected individuals.

  • Consequently, the TPLF crafted a false narrative of “mass arrests of Tigrayans” and “concentration camps” to protect its supporters and deceive the international community into supporting a coup which would place the TPLF back in the seat of power in Ethiopia

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission have already investigated many of the crimes committed in this war. We ask that you accept their finding, including their conclusion that there was not merit to the allegations of genocide in Tigray.

We urge you, DO NOT LET THIS RESPECTED INTERNATIONAL BODY become a tool in the nefarious TPLF plan to grab power in Ethiopia. This war can be stopped and here is what we kindly ask you to do:

  1. Demand the TPLF cease fire and disarm immediately. This will enable the Ethiopian military forces to stop engaging in any further war activities.

  2. Recommend the sanctioning of the TPLF for initiating the war and their continued brutality against women, destruction of schools, religious institutions, and hospitals.

  3. Allow time for the Government of Ethiopia to conduct the investigations into the alleged crimes by the TPLF and its own military’s actions.

  4. Stop persecuting the Government of Ethiopia in its response to the TPLF’s coup d’état attempts. If this situation was to occur in any other Western country, that sovereign country would not be expected to recluse itself from fighting the insurrectionists

As a founding member of the UN, Ethiopia has the right and the responsibility to self-govern. The Ethiopian government has established a multiagency taskforce to implement the best practices for the peace and reconciliation processes. Interference by the UNHRC in Ethiopia’s domestic affairs will only impede the peace brokering process. We ask that you continue the long history of diplomatic relationship with the Ethiopian Government and hold the TPLF accountable for its crimes against democracy and humanity.

Today’s digital world has connected our global community where African countries are comparing this UNHRC Special Session to the 1884 Berlin Conference. Africa did not have a seat at the table 135 years ago and today, the voice of 13 African countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Libya, Malawi, Namibia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, and Togo), including Ethiopia, is being silenced by sophisticated misinformation, misdirection, and lobbying campaigns conducted by the TPLF and its sympathizers in the West.

This frustration is being echoed by the ongoing #NoMore global protests in over 30 countries across 5 continents, with millions of people demanding the international community stop supporting the terrorist organization TPLF and keep its hands off Ethiopia. This is a pivotal moment in history where Ethiopia is leading the path for peace, economic stability, and prosperity on the African continent. The international community has a moral imperative to support Ethiopia’s young democracy during these very challenging times.