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UN human rights chief nodded for Ethiopia’s invitation for joint investigation

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the UN Human Rights body will investigate the alleged war crimes and rights violations in northern Ethiopia 

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Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Human Rights Commission chief, reportedly accepted Ethiopia’s offer to jointly investigate alleged war Crimes and Human rights  violations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Jonathan Fowler, spokesperson, on Wednesday said the UN Human rights commissioner responded positively to a request from Ethiopia to investigate “possible war crimes” in the part of Ethiopia affected by conflict, according to the VOA Amharic report on Thursday.

It is said that Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and United Nations Human Rights Commission are working on a plan, including finances needed and the necessary conditions, to jointly investigate it. 

Reuters on Thursday quoted Mr. Fowler as saying “The U.N. Human Rights Office and the EHRC are now developing an investigation plan, which includes resources needed and practical modalities, in order to launch the missions as soon as possible.” 

Earlier this month, the UN Human Rights Commission expressed concern about the situation in northern Ethiopia. It said that “Deeply distressing reports of sexual and gender-based violence, extrajudicial killings, widespread destruction and looting of public and private property by all parties continue to be shared with us, as well as reports of continued fighting in central Tigray in particular.”

Last Month, Amnesty International made similar claims about an alleged massacre in Axum city which was said to have claimed hundreds of lives. This week, a Kenyan news source exposed that the picture that was used during a social media campaign, which seems to have informed policy makers including in the US government,  in connection with the alleged Axum massacre was false. It was found to be a picture from an atrocity committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria. 

Apart from the UN agency, US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, alleged that an ethnic cleaning took place in the Tigray region, which Ethiopia rejected as incorrect.  A press release from the US Department of State on Friday emphasized a “political solution” to avert a “worsening humanitarian crisis” in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. 

Maikadra massacre, which was carried out by youth groups and TPLF military leaders as verified by human rights organizations, however does seem to be ignored by actors in the west that are putting pressure on Ethiopia. 

Ethiopians have been opposing interventions from multilateral institutions and state actors in the west. There have been series of protests in North America and Europe against intervention to resuscitate, as they believe, TPLF under the guise of humanitarian assistance in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. 

The Ethiopian government this week claimed that 4.1 million people in the region received humanitarian assistance about 70 percent of which was provided by the Ethiopian government itself. 

Tigray region of Ethiopia degenerated into a situation of humanitarian crisis after Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) attacked the northern command of the Ethiopian Defense Force  on November 4, 2020. The incident triggered a total war from which TPLF emerged as a loser, but it also complicated the situation in the region.  The Ethiopian government says it is now working on rebuilding the region while it continues to hunt TPLF leaders who are believed to have started the war after what is said to be three years of preparation for war. 


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  1. Subject: “UN human rights chief nodded for Ethiopia’s invitation for joint investigation” borkena, March 18, 2021
    QUOTE: “Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Human Rights Commission chief, reportedly accepted Ethiopia’s offer to jointly investigate alleged war Crimes and Human rights violations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia”.UNQUOTE

    Commentary, 18 MJar 2021
    One can have a question because of the above QUOTATION
    In Ethiopia, there are NINE PROVINCES
    If another PROVINCE — other than Tigray — were to have a local problem, would Ethiopia invite the United Nations and any one of the SUPER POWERS for urgent HELP in solving its problem? It is just a question. As a matter of principle, shouldn’t any one of the so-called independent Countries be obliged to handle their internal affairs by themselves, for the benefit of themselves, before running to the United Nations for survival? Just a question, please.

    At the risk of inviting for a roaring laughter, one may wonder whether the same aide be applied to one of the creators of the UNITED NATONS ITSELF. It is, of course, an innocent, silly, and absurd question. Why would THE CREATOR be subservient to those created by the respectable world power.?!?!?!?

    In any case, GOOD LUCK to Ethiopia and to its province Tigray for a solution to the benefit of the innocent, bystander, and ordinary citizens of Ethiopia. AMEN & INSHALLAH, in alphabetical order. THE END
    Post Script.
    No doubt, the problem at hand will be solved, one way or another. And then a question pops out: who is next, out of the nine provinces?

  2. Temperance of emotion on the issue of massacre has been a rare commodity these days. What I don’t see is so much talk about those two heathens lurking more than ever in the old country. Russia and the commies in Beijing are hard at work trying to lure PM Abiy into their herd of loyal dogs. If the current diplomatic impasse with the West is allowed to get worse Abiy will be forced to seek refuge with one of these heathens and we all know what Putin or the commies will do with him. They must have someone more loyal to them in the military and they will get rid of him. Putin will not tolerate Abiy to have one foot set in Beijing and the other one planted in Moscow. He won’t have any of it. He wants him all in Moscow. So do the commies in Beijing. They will use one of his generals to take the living daylight out of him. In either case that country will once again descend into the deadly chaos and bloodshed similar or worse than those of the 1970’s and 80’s. In fact, the possibility of a military coup exists now. All it needs is a flint, an igniter. If an investigation leads to a discovery that blatant massacre has taken place in Tigray and the military is found to be the perpetrator and PM Abiy begins to move against those who were in charge of the operation in the field, he will be gone in a flash. He wouldn’t even know what hit him! This is what these bigots who are hell bent in carving out their personal fiefdom are salivating for from their comfy homes at their college campus orphanages and missionary canteens. It is a quagmire out there.

    In regards to the USA it is in the right pressing for an independent investigation into the allegation of a massacre. The allegations must be thoroughly and independently investigated. Nobody has the right and to get away with murdering innocent citizens. Human life is the most sacred that Allah so intricately created. One human life is not less valuable than the others. No sir!!! There have been consistent allegations of massacres in Tigray and Oromia where most of the victims are said to be Tigrayans and Amharas. Both must be independently investigated. Then we will talk about who was responsible for the proven atrocities. You just can’t investigate the matter in Tigray only and claim the investigation is over. That ain’t gonna fly with me or anyone else. Both must be looked into it and those responsible must be held accountable. This is just my two cents worth of an opinion.


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