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Eritrea outraged by Amnesty International’s “fallacious report”

Amnesty International did not contact the government of Eritrea to verify claims about the alleged massacre in Axum

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Yemane Gebremeskel, Eritrea’s Minister for Informatino

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Eritrea on Friday expressed outrage over Amnesty International’s latest report regarding alleged human rights violations and the “massacre of hundreds of civilians” in the historic city of Aksum, Tigray regional state. 

Yemane Gebremeskel, Ministry of Information of Eritrea, said in a twitter message that “Eritrea is outraged and categorically rejects the preposterous accusations levelled against it by Amnesty International in a fallacious report issued today.  The report is largely based on testimonies of some 31 individuals from the Hamdayet Refugee camp in Sudan.” 

Amnesty claimed that Eritrean troops “systematically killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in the northern city of Axum on 28-29 November 2020.” 

The interview-based report from Amnesty made further claims when it said that Eritrean troops opened fire in the streets and house-to-house raids. 

Earlier this week, Ethiopian government reaffirmed that Eritrean troops were not deployed in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and that law enforcement operation following TPLF attack on Ethiopian Defense Force was carried out by FDRE Defense Force. 

Amnesty report admitted that it interviewed what it called “survivors”, in Hamdayet Refugee  camp in Sudan, from “ Eritrean troops attack in Aksum.” 

Eritrea’s Minister for Information said that many in the camp mentioned above are TPLF militias who crossed the Sudanese border after carrying out an ethnic-cleansing massacre in Maikadra in November 2020.   

In January 2021, secretariat of Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Fact Check Task Force, Redwan Hussien, announced that most TPLF militia and special forces who conducted ethnic-based massacres in Maikadra fled to Sudan Refugee camp. 

The Eritrean government announced that it was not contacted by Amnesty International for a fact check.  Yeman Gebremeskel remarked ‘It must be underscored that Amnesty made absolutely no attempt to seek any information from Eritrea. Moreover, the fabricated Axum accusation has mutated over the last month from a “massacre of Orthodox Christians at St. Mary’s Church” to “house-to-house” killing of civilians” 

The Ethiopian government was not contacted either regarding the alleged Axum massacre.  

There have been accusations from activists (both Eritreans and Ethiopians) that Amnesty International has become biased. Crimes committed by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) including the Maikadra ethnic cleansing massacre was not given the attention it deserves, and is not thoroughly investigated. 

Ethiopian government this week reaffirmed that it is ready to investigate any rights abuse in the northern part of the country.   

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3 COMMENTS

  1. When is the last time interest group Amnesty International came out with a report condemning the gross human rights abuses of the Uyghur people by the Beijing commies in Xinjiang concentration camps? When was that?

  2. Subject:” Eritrea outraged by Amnesty International’s “fallacious report”, borkena, February 26, 2021.

    Humble Commentary, 28 Feb 2021
    Since when Amnesty International became an arbiter in the internal Affairs of Black African Countries? Would they undertake the same role in the affairs of the USA and respectable European States? How about with Canada? How about with Australia? Would they also do it for any Asian States?

    It is indeed a permanent insulting and demeaning practice to treat Black Africans like zombies who are devoid of any intelligence ands functioning brains to deal with their OWN affairs. And so, AFRICA becomes a permanent source of employment for WHITE RACE using the most degrading treatment ever concocted on Human Beings, without an iota of feeling for the hard working Black Race — where ever they may be around the Globe.

    It is a permanent crime of crimes upon the Black Race. Volumes and volumes of history books would NOT be enough to describe the CRIME of CRIMES perpetrated upon the BLACK RACE. And so the helpless Black Race is forced to look upon the spiritual Lord, Way UP in Heaven, for a piece of peaceful sanctuary of their SOULS.
    AMEN or INSHALLAH., as the case may be.
    THE END

  3. There are too many sources are now reporting stories of atrocities committed in the conflict region of Tigray. This is now something we have to step back and ponder. War is a situation where anger can easily get out of control. It was documented in all wars. We have read stories where combatants lost their cool in WWII, Vietnam, War in Iraq and others. These alleged gross violations of the Geneva Convention should be independently investigated. The US government is blunt in its latest statement. It has ‘ordered’ forces that are not of Tigray ethnicity to leave that region immediately. If there are such forces in that region then they must leave immediately. Numbers are piling up whether verified or not and they look extremely grim. I assume the USA has issued such order after investigating the allegations thoroughly. It has the most sophisticated surveillance tools imaginable. It must have found some substance in the matter. It has now issued a very clear order to those two forces to leave and they should heed the order and leave immediately. Otherwise, missiles will be raining on them like never seen in the history of that region. Your are forewarned. Leave is leave! If you don’t, then you gonna find yourself in tiny pieces.

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