The U.S is investigating the killings in Tigray northern Ethiopia against human genocide and war crimes
By Lilian Lbliss
Giving voice to thousands of American diplomats working hard on the continent of Africa most especially in Ethiopia but who are rarely mentioned in the United States and downplayed across Africa.
Our final post for the day 13th July 2021 is focusing on the happenings in Ethiopia. The United States on Monday the 12th day of July has once again wave into Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country after Nigeria, which has been rocked by violence, famine, and shocking human rights abuses.
The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters here in Washington DC that the Biden administration is investigating whether the killings in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, in the past eight months, constituted crimes against humanity, war crimes, or genocide.
Asked whether the killings in Tigray, Ethiopia, and those of the Rohingya people in Myanmar constituted crimes against humanity, genocide, or war crimes, Blinken responded
“Look, both reviews are ongoing. We’re bringing together the facts, the legal assessments, and both are being very actively considered.”
Blinken took questions from reporters after making remarks on the release of the 2021 Congressional Report Under the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act.
The Biden administration made it clear that it remains “gravely concerned by reports of ongoing hostilities in western Tigray and evidence of escalating military conflict there.”
The administration added that “any effort to change the internal boundaries of Ethiopia by force is unacceptable.” “Any issue of such national importance, like borders, would be an issue for the Ethiopian people to decide through consensual dialogue, not by the barrel of a gun
The U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters in Washington D.C. In other words, things may be escalating again in Ethiopia, and the ceasefire declared on June 28, 2021, has not resolved anything on the ground.
In his words, help is needed and needed now faster than ever to end the war crime and genocide taking in Ethiopia
If you remember the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Ali’s from the Prosperity Party (PP) has previously won the general elections that were held amid voter fraud concerns, opposition crackdown, and a major military offensive in Tigray.
The conflict in Tigray has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in the region and left millions of others on the brink of an unprecedented famine.
Thousands of people have been killed and many remain unaccounted for, while thousand has been displaced from there home and town
The United States last month said the elections were neither free nor fair for all Ethiopians and called for a national dialogue to resolve a lingering crisis that seemed to get worse even after the elections were held
Abiy’s Prosperity Party was expected to take 410 of the 516 parliamentary seats in the first round of the contest, meaning the 44-year old Prime Minister who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 but pursued war instead of peace will remain in office for another term.
It is Ethiopia’s sixth national election and the first multi-party election in 16 years. But despite the victory, the United States has called for a national dialogue and opposition members have called for a government of national unity also
In other words, the elections have done little to bring all Ethiopians together and peace and prosperity can only be achieved through dialogue and inclusion
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